Grafton’s Ghost-Child

Even unto the Seventh Generation

 
Grafton turned the knob on his daughter Cloe’s bedroom door so slowly, thankful for the patience that came so naturally to him. The doorknob would sometimes crick and he didn’t want to wake her, just peek in to watch her sleep, make sure she was snug under the covers. Sometimes Amanda would open the window in their daughter’s room to let the night air in and Cloe would curl up into a tight little ball, just her nose exposed and forming a little steam tent.

She was adorable.

His hand turned past the crick, he opened the door slowly. Sure enough, a few icy snowcrystals blew in as he entered and Cloe was beginning her curl into a ball. Like her father, she was patient. It would take about ten minutes before she was done, never waking once. Grafton had watched her do it.

As he entered, Cloe’s Merchant-Ghost looked up. It was sitting in a recliner beside the nightstand next to his daughter’s bed. It was reading a book – Grafton could see it in his hands. It had to be as ancient as the merchant ghost itself – it’s eyes emitting that odd red-yellow light to illuminate the pages. The Merchant-Ghost nodded, its tree-like body and bark-like skin folding as it moved, then went back to its reading.

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Sanctuary

How far will you go to find home?

 
There is a planet on the scanners. It is large and round and red. The sun is yellow and warming, and the planet is in the sun’s life zone. The gravity is slightly stronger than Earth’s. The air is a bit richer, and there is abundant water under the surface.

The red coloring comes from two things. The surface of the planet is covered with red vegetation and their spores are everywhere. The ground is also red, although not with spores but with clay and slate like so faraway Connecticut.

The dog beside me raises his massive head and growls. I scratch behind his ears and his hind legs start thumping the cabin floor. I make him thump in time to songs I sing, switching legs as I go from chorus to lead and back.

“We’ll go down, see if this is the one.”

His ears go up slightly. I wonder how many of the words he understands.

“Take the dog,” my wife said. The cabin has room for me and one more. The taste of her lips is still on mine. The smell of her hair is here before me. I can delight in her touch and feel her sun-warmed and reddened skin.

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Trailer, Bear, and Jaguar

When wildlife respects you, you’re someone to be feared

My writing coach suggested I add a scene to The Augmented Man that demonstrates Trailer’s “alpha-ness” in the woods, basically that he’s the uberpredator and even top predators fear him.

Good assignment.

But Trailer, in the woods among wildlife, isn’t feared in the way my coach wanted me to depict him. Animals in the wild acknowledge each other and little more. They do not threaten unless they are threatened, they do not attack unless there is no other choice. They won’t attack you unless you’re stupid and they are ravenously hungry or diseased.

So I wrote the following because it 1) depicts Trailer’s status in the wild, 2) shows relatively early on that he’s not the monster everybody assumes he is.

And then I pulled it because – even though I like it a lot – it didn’t fit. It added a scene that is demonstrated elsewhere in the book and at a better place in the narrative.

So what to do with it? As I wrote in Ripping Out the Pattern, I’m saving it. My publisher‘s asked for sequels to The Augmented Man. I’ll put it in one of those, me thinks.

Meanwhile, here it is. Let me know what you think.
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For Immediate Release: Acclaimed Author of Multiple Genres Signs With Oghma Creative Media

It’s good to be loved…

      

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Contact: Cyndy Miller, Editorial Director
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July 20, 2018

Acclaimed Author of Multiple Genres Signs With Oghma Creative Media

Bentonville, AR, July 23, 2018– Oghma Creative Media is honored to sign Joseph Carrabis, an author of multiple fiction genres, to a multi-book deal. A master story-teller with a sharp sense of humor and a free spirit. Carrabis can bring forth the joy of a five-year-old in one moment, and the wisdom of a thousand-year-old sage the next.

Oghma is very excited to welcome Joseph and publish his series of books about the curious workings of our inner minds and creativity.

 

For many years, Carrabis dabbled in the arts of science and combined them with his interests in fantasy. His non-fiction books are the Reading Virtual Minds consumer neuroscience series. His first fiction anthology is Tales Told ‘Round Celestial Campfires and his work includes Empty Sky, The Goatmen of Aguirra, and Winter Winds. He is not afraid to plunge deep into his imagination to create an approachable, yet humorous voice.

Oghma’s Creative Media’s editorial director, Cyndy Miller, says “Oghma is very excited to welcome Joseph and publish his series of books about the curious workings of our inner minds and creativity.”

First up to be published is The Augmented Man, a scifi thriller described as a cross between Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy.

For more information about renowned author Joseph Carrabis, visit his website: http://www.josephcarrabis.com. Readers can also get updates on his newest books and events by following him on social media:

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Oghma Creative Media is located in Bentonville, Arkansas. The mission of Oghma Creative Media is to develop and promote quality authors who are overlooked by traditional business models and currently lost among the unfiltered mass media distribution channels.  Oghma Creative Media has focused on publishing and creativity since 2013.

The Augmented Man -Synopsis

The ultimate battlefield is the human heart

The US government is engaged in a South American war and losing badly. After years of standard and non-standard strategies and tactics failing, the government entertains an often-made suggestion: create supersoldiers. The suggestion is about to be dismissed when (then) Captain James Donaldson adds an outrageous modification: use horribly abused and already traumatized children as the source material. These individuals, Donaldson argues, are already hardened against anything they’ll experience on the battlefield and anything we’ll ask them to do.
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