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    It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

    Posted by Charles Gray on May 30, 2016

    I’ve been deep in well, Internet writing and getting some other projects off the ground. Unfortunately, life has a way of keeping you from that vital bit of telling people what you need to tell them. Hopefully, I’ll be a little more proactive now. I also have google alerts to poke me. 🙂

     

    Good news, one of  my stories is about to go live, possibly in the next week on Amazon Kindle.  Here’s a quick look at the initial cover, though I may be adjusting it a bit in the near future.  Ah, the joys of self-publishing, you get to do everything, in between glaring at George R.R. Martin and J.K. Rowling and their hoity-toity covers that have professionals designing them…

    Guardians cover

     

    I may be putting some snippets of the story up in the near future, so stay tuned!

     

     

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    Lilliput Chronicles

    Posted by Charles Gray on July 19, 2011

    Having finished my hard sci-fi novel, I’m now venturing into the wonderful world of YA.  The Lilliput Chronicles, set in 2063 is set to come out in the next two months or so, but here’s a teaser from the prologue. I haven’t run it by my friendly editor yet, so their may be goobers. (You must ALL have a friendly editor, or at least one who won’t throw things about you. It makes life much better).

    Lilliput Chronicles

    Prologue:

    50 years ago.

    When Denise went to bed, she wasn’t thinking of anything more than a good nights sleep and seeing her Todd in the morning. The Comet Fall, the shower of sparks that had entered the atmosphere like a thousand glowing fireflies, had been just as dramatic as the astronomers had promised.

    Denise pulled her covers up, smiling at the fact that unlike the day side, they’d been able to see them in their full glory. The way the stars had almost been blotted out by the falling motes had been like something out of a fantasy story.  The astronomers said it’d keep happening for about the next two weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Fantasy: Who lights all those #(#*@!!!! torches?

    Posted by Charles Gray on July 13, 2011

    You see it in books, and in just about every fantasy movie. It’s dark, the evil overlord in his doom fortress is stalking down a corridor, or maybe the hero is sneaking in, or perhaps people are in the streets of the city…

    And there are torches.  Lamps, enough flickering lights that it looks more like an ancient version of LA than a real ancient city.

    The truth is, even the rich seldom had much activity at night.  Lamp oil cost, and had to be brought in, physically.  Torches lasted only a few minutes or at most hours, and had to be replaced continually. (why is everyone poor in many fantasy movies?  It’s because all the money goes to the Torch consortium.  They’re living in a golden castle, thank you very much). Read the rest of this entry »

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