Welcome to the Chubby Chatterbox Newsletter, where I’ll be posting favorites from the Chubby Chatterbox archives. In addition, my complete thriller Return of the Mary Celeste will soon be serialized here for those who have asked for something beyond a regular post.

My novel is based on a true event, arguably the greatest maritime mystery of all time. In 1872 the crew and passengers of Boston brigantine Mary Celeste abandoned their seaworthy ship and its valuable cargo, vanishing in the middle of the Atlantic. Speculation over their fate has never abated. History records that after the Mary Celeste tragedy no one from that fateful voyage was ever seen again. History is about to be rewritten…

Return of the Mary Celeste


Tragedy struck the brigantine Mary Celeste on the morning of November 25, 1872. The hourly log was later recovered from the deserted vessel; At 8 a.m. the last notation was made. By 9 a.m. no one remained aboard to chalk the next entry.

Something had terrified Captain Benjamin Briggs and his crew, prompting the seasoned skipper to make a decision certain to affect not only himself, his ship and crew, but his family as well—his wife and two year old daughter were aboard Mary Celeste. Much ink has been spilled in fanciful and scientific attempts to explain the calamity that engulfed this perfectly seaworthy ship, yet all that is known for certain is this: in a matter of minutes Captain Briggs became convinced that the only way to save their lives was by ordering everyone into a hastily launched lifeboat. By giving the order to abandon ship, he also launched the greatest of all maritime mysteries.

On December 5, 1872, a month after leaving New York Harbor, Mary Celeste was found drifting on a calm and empty sea. The ship was in fine condition, perfectly intact with valuable cargo safely stored in her hold, but the crew and passengers had vanished. None were ever seen again.

Until now….

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Happy Hanukkah!

November 29, 2013





I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing a Happy Thanksgiving yesterday. I did so much celebrating that I didn’t have an opportunity to write anything new. But I did come across a set of holiday illustrations I painted for a greeting card company and I’ll be sharing the other one next month.


This picture is in honor of my Jewish friends who are celebrating Hanukkah, even though I mistakenly made the yarmulkes too big.






very nice. :)
By: TexWisGirl on November 29, 2013
Another masterpiece from the Chatterbox gallery!
By: Bryan Jones on November 29, 2013
Thanks for the good wishes and very cute card.
By: Hilary on November 29, 2013
I love the painting, Stephen, it's fabulous. Glad to hear you had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed the celebrations. Happy Hanukkah!
By: Sharon Bradshaw on November 29, 2013
A blessed and beautiful Hanukkah to all who celebrate!
By: mimi on November 29, 2013
Love the peace that comes through your work.
By: Akansas Patti on November 29, 2013
I knew someone who had a Jewish family member and talked about having to wear a "beanie" at his funeral. People who refuse to learn correct words can be such fun. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on November 29, 2013
Beautiful and a wonderful sentiment too!
By: Daniel LaFrance on November 29, 2013
And a Happy Hanukkah to you, too, Stephen!!
By: fishducky on November 29, 2013
Lovely. This piece exudes a great warmth and serenity.
By: Tom Cochrun on November 29, 2013
Great picture. Maybe some Jews like extra-large yarmulkes. I might need one that size if I ever converted to Judaism since my head is pretty fat.
By: PT Dilloway on November 29, 2013
I send my Happy Hanukkah greetings, as well, to our many Jewish blogging friends. Great picture!
By: Shelly on November 29, 2013
Such a warm glow in your painting.
By: Val on November 29, 2013
so much talents in your hands! Cheers!
By: Kathe W. on November 29, 2013
I feel I'm missing out on the celebrations going on! I love the painting. Interesting how the guy has sent both kids to sleep! :D
By: LL COOL JOE on November 30, 2013
Peace to all. :)
By: Scott Cody Park on November 30, 2013
I really am enjoying your artwork Stephen. I can't draw to save my life so I always admire talent when I see it!!
By: Bouncin Barb on November 30, 2013
It's very well done and it's the thought which counts anyway. It's not like you drew them with mouse ears, right?
By: Al Penwasser on November 30, 2013
By: Catalyst/Bruce on November 30, 2013
Another fine example of your talent (even with those big yarmulkes)!
By: Mitchell is Moving on December 1, 2013
Happy belated Thanksgiving to you too. Those pictures are really good mate. Very family orientated.
By: Rum Punch Drunk on December 1, 2013
Another great piece.
By: John on December 2, 2013
Looks like a very relaxing, comfortable, and cozy moment!
By: Pixel Peeper on December 7, 2013

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