Thursday Writing Post No. 132

The Atlantic Ocean, at Outer Banks, North Carolina.

The Atlantic Ocean, at Outer Banks, North Carolina.

A day late and a dollar or two short, this week’s Thursday Writing Prompt focuses on the ocean. Why? Because it’s been raining for the better part of two or three weeks here (I’ve lost track), so learning how to deal with large quantities of water might be a good idea.

But seriously, the sea has played a very large role in human history. I’ve written 13 articles that will be published in an encyclopedia on the sea, including one on the Flying Dutchman legend. Almost everyone’s heard of the story, but no one knows exactly where or when it originated, although it seems to have been first mentioned in print in the late 1700s.

There are several variations of the story, but the legend basically involves a captain who is fated to sail for eternity. Your task is to do a little research and familiarize yourself with the legend, and then write a short story version of your own.