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    Wow, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

    Posted by Charles Gray on January 4, 2017

    I’ve been doing a lot of other work recently and sadly, I’ve been neglecting my writing blog.  The good news is, that work involves finishing up three novel drafts which will be out in the first quarter of 2017.  I’m also hoping to get this blog back and operating, especially since it’s sort of nice to talk to people now and then.

    I hope you all had a wonderful 2016, and that 2017 will be even better for you!

    Posted in Freelance Writing, Uncategorized, Writing | Leave a Comment »

    The Bessemer Process: A New Book Enters the Ring!

    Posted by Charles Gray on June 30, 2016

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    Sometimes, the biggest changes in our world are the ones that have been least remarked on. Take, for example, the Bessemer process. Before it was invented, high-quality steel was a semi-precious material due the time and effort it took to produce it. It was restricted to things like swords, dinnerware, and other such expensive goods, with cast iron being used for most other items.  After the Bessemer process became common, steel became the metal of choice for everything from bridges to cannon, and directly contributed to the rise of our first great skyscrapers.

    It literally changed the world and yet, even among those who know about the importance of steam power, the telegraph, or the airplane, the Bessemer process is almost forgotten.  Which is terribly unfortunate.  That’s why my upcoming young adult science-fact book will be about the development of the Bessemer process and the man who invented it. It’s a pretty damned interesting story.

     

    Posted in children's book, Uncategorized, Young Adult | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

    Excerpt from “Bright Lights, Dark Shadows”

    Posted by Charles Gray on June 9, 2016

    A writer’s work is never done, and so here’s an excerpt from the next book in the Guardian’s series, “Bright Lights, Dark Shadows.”  Our intrepid pair of teens have made it to Los Angeles, and even in the depths of the Great Depression, the lights of Hollywood shine very brightly indeed… and cast dark, dark shadows. There’s magic afoot in Tinsel Town, and it isn’t Tara’s… but it is lethal.

     

    “It was a working of some sort,” Tara muttered in their room as she flipped through her notes. “It… I’m not certain what type. Oh,  Six Underworlds, if I’d only had my books with me when I fell through!” She ran one hand through her unbound hair, a quick, frustrated moment.

    “It looked like he was dissolving,” Michael said. “That, and he was getting older.”

    “Yes,” Tara muttered, “but it doesn’t make any sense.

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    Posted in Fantasy, My stories, Self-publishing, Uncategorized | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

     
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