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January 05, 2009

I Didn't Think Anyone Could Be THAT Stupid...

The Storm - Small

My short story, "The Storm", is going to be released this year by Forbidden Publications. Here's a link and the blurb.


After getting caught yet again with another man's wife, Robbie walked to Salt Island from the shore to nurse his wounded ego and his wounded face. He falls into a drunken sleep and awakens to find himself trapped on the island since tide came in - and a nor'easter is coming. He has to get off of this island before the storm hits. To make matters worse, the ocean is glowing an iridescent maroon. That could only mean one thing - an appearance of notorious pirate, Captain Samuel Black, and his ship, the Prospero. Robbie calls his best friend, Ian, and his former girlfriend, Kate, to get him off this island. Kate is now Ian's wife, but Robbie still carries a torch for her. Will Ian and Kate get Robbie off that island before the storm and the pirate find him first?
Now get a load of this. My short story "The Storm", is about a drunken idiot who walks out to an island only to get stuck on it once tide rolls in while he's passed out on the rocks. I though no one would be stupid enough to pull a stunt like that in real life.

I was wrong.

Check THIS out!


Man's boat drifts away with dogs, cell phone on board

BY BILL MASON | bill.mason@...

11:48 PM EST, December 31, 2008

A man, wet and stranded in the cold on a Great South Bay island, and his two dogs who had drifted away in his boat along with his cell phone were all found in good condition Wednesday night by Suffolk police and the Coast Guard, officials said.

Charlie Sirico, 46, of Bay Shore, was alone on tiny Fishers Island about 4 p.m. when the boat he took to get there began to drift away with his dogs still onboard, police said. Sirico jumped into the water and tried to swim to the boat, but gave up and swam back to shore as it drifted away, police said. Winds were 32 to 38 mph, the Coast Guard said, and it was 16 degrees out, said Marine Bureau Sgt. Joseph Hauswirth. "He must have been freezing," he said.

There are some empty shack-like structures on the island, but none with heat or electricity, Hauswirth said. Sirico may have gone to the island to do some work on one of the structures, police said.

Sirico finally got a battery-powered marine radio to operate about 7:23 p.m. and contacted the Coast Guard, officials said. He was picked up about 7:45 p.m., and the dogs were found about a mile away from there where it ran aground on the Fire Island National Seashore. The dogs and owner were reunited, Hauswirth said, and Sirico declined medical attention.

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