Francelia Belton’s “Siren Song” appeared on April 1, 2023 in Stone’s Throw, A Rock and Hard Place Publication. Congratulations Francelia!
This short piece is a terrific read. Here’s the opening from “Siren Song”:
I think most men considered me a challenge: reel in the sea loving mariner, tame her, and make her your wife sort of thing. Only that’s not how it works. You can’t ‘domesticate’ a seafarer. They love the salty wind in their hair, the cool water against their skin, the sound of the waves crashing against the hull of their ship.
Stone’s Throw is a monthly companion to the Rock and a Hard Place Magazine. In addition to their regular issues, Rock and a Hard Place Press deliver shorter, sharper content that feature all the same grit and hard decisions as their usual fare. Each month, writers are given a submission prompt, and the best of the best, by their estimation, will be posted to the site the following month. Then at the end of year, all twelve of the 2023 Stone Throw’s stories will be collected and published into a Stone’s Throw Anthology.