I did not have a nautical story to tell...
...but some seafaring characters had a story to tell through me.
I had zero plans of writing and submitting a story for this anthology. I researched. I doodled. Nothing came to me, so I moved on, but the universe did not. One morning at the beginning of September, I woke up with characters, a plot line, and a beginning rhyme!
In the coming days, I wrote out the lyrical prose piece: The Jonah Collector. Based in nautical lore and actual ship lingo, this short story is beyond creative.
When I finished the first draft, I was blown away. I edited, polished, and then submitted the piece on September 13, 2022, my grandmother's 119th birthday.
If the short story is accepted, A Novelist Idea Newsletter is having a party... when the anthology is released in 2023.
If the short story is not accepted, A Novelist Idea Newsletter will still have a party... when I release the publication sometime in 2023.
No matter what: it's party time!
Have a great and wonderful day.