Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
The upcoming book, Gray Locke ~ The Witch of Clover Hill, is underway! The book and illustrations are finished, and all is formatted.
Currently, I am waiting on the PCIP data, and on a few clearances. Once that hurdle is cleared, the book will be sent to the printers. Then, I'll review the proof. If it all looks good, then it'll be a go. :)
So, if all goes smoothly, we can expect the book's release by November 22nd, and available exclusively at a select store, (to be identified when the time arrives), in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. :)
And, of course, it will be available online.
I've also been working on an extra to go with the release, but I'm still working out some very important details that will determine when, and if, that extra goody will be ready in time.
I'll be sure and keep you all posted. :)
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Been some time since I wrote in this blog. Sorry. :(
My time has been spent on different projects, family, writing, and job searching.
- Monitoring turtle crossing at the Cheshire Reservoir for TurtleZone.
- Researching material for book series.
- Writing the second book of the Gray Locke series.
- Keeping Off-world News & @OffWorldNews up-to-date.
- Working on lyrics to music, (in spare time/recreation)
- Finished reading a book, "American Gods: A Novel," by Neil Gaiman. (Excellent book!)
- Continuing to update the Natural Bridge State Park Facebook page.
- Coordinating the Marlborough Historical Societies' Facebook page.
- Added more to the Triple-Helix Space Colony Facebook page.
- Etc, etc, etc.
Regarding the second book, the writing is coming along with the second book. However, the process is taking longer than I anticipated. I see - at least - another month and a half before it is finished.
Have an idea of who I'd like to use as the model for a character for use in the illustrations. However, her management hasn't gotten back to me. But, I have an idea. ;)
The second book of the series has been re-titled. It is now titled, The Witch of Clover Hill. It is one story, (rather than the intended four short stories). It is coming along, but I still have much work to do with it. It's already now twice the size of The Mystery of the Weeping Rocks, (over 33,000 words). I'm really excited about it and can't wait to share the stories with you. :)
I created a Gray Locke merchandise page on the Gray Locke website. The stock is very limited. It includes autographed copies of the book, bookmarker, and a puzzle. Also featured on the website is the Gray Locke Puzzle for the computer as an FREE download. It's all on the Gray Locke Gift Closet page. (Grab it while supplies last! Because, who knows ... if the series takes off, it'll be a collector's item - most sought after.)
I'll be sure to keep you updated on the progress of the second book.
Friday, January 8, 2010
North Adams Transcript
NORTH ADAMS -- When city native Craig A. Chicoine was laid off from Sheffield Plastics last year, he didn’t see his departure after 14 years with the company as a bad thing.
"I’ve been using the time to pursue my dreams," Chicoine said Thursday.
One of those dreams was becoming a novelist, and he’ll celebrate the release of his first book, "Gray Locke: The Mystery of the Weeping Rocks," which is self-published, as part of Word Play at Papyri Books this Saturday at 7 p.m.
Set in North Adams, the book chronicles the adventures of a 10-year-old boy (named Gray Locke), who sets off to solve his first mystery while visiting family in the city. Although specific locations are not named in the book, a majority of the story takes place at Natural Bridge State Park.
"I have a special connection with Natural Bridge -- I’ve been going there all my life," Chicoine said. "The rock formations are incredible and something you don’t see anywhere else. Three of the chapters in the book take place there, starting with ‘the blasting rock.’ The characters refer to it as ‘the big rock.’ There’s also a chapter in the quarry part of Natural Bridge, where Gray goes into the field and then finds a cave. He also goes down to the [Hudson] brook, where the mills used to be."
The book is the first in what will be a series of five, with a second book scheduled for release sometime in March, Chicoine said.
"Initially, I was writing an adult novel about the same character," he said. "I was writing it in blog format, which allowed me to write it in entries. It was quite exciting. Frequently, I would write flashbacks as part of the story, and then realized that I should start from the beginning. I hope to finish the adult novel and publish it in a few years."
The first book will introduce young readers to Gray Locke, an inquisitive child by nature, who comes from a loving and supportive family. In the second book, Gray’s adventures will take place in his hometown of Marlborough, and several of his friends will be introduced. Books three and four will return to North Adams, Chicoine said.
"Gray Locke: The Mystery of the Weeping Rocks," is available for purchase at Papyri Books, Chapters Bookstore in Pittsfield and online at Amazon.com. Copies also have been donated to the North Adams Public Library, the Adams Free Library, the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield and Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School.
Chicoine said he has been writing since age 14 and has about 10 different blogs going, along with several other projects.
For more information on Chicoine, visit www.graylockeportal.blogspot.com or www.cachicoine.com.
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Thursday, January 7, 2010
45 Eagle Street
Click here for more information about this book and the author.
Craig Alan Chicoine reads excerpts from his new children’s book Grey Locke: The Mystery of the Weeping Rocks. The setting of the story was inspired by actual locations in North Adams - in particular, the Natural Bridge State Park - interwoven with factual local history surrounding the area.
With refreshments and open mic. Co-sponsored by Inkberry.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Papyri Books, North Adams author C.A. Chicoine will read from and sign his first children's book, "Gray Locke: The Mystery of the Weeping Rocks," about a morning's adventure of a 10-year-old boy named Gray Locke, 7 p.m. Eagle Street, North Adams. 413-662-2099.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Reading to mark release of C.A. Chicoine book
Author C.A. Chicoine will introduce the series and read excerpts from his book.
In Chicoine's first children's book, "The Mystery of the Weeping Rocks," he writes of a morning's adventure of a 10-year-old boy, Gray Locke.
According to the news release announcing the event, the story begins at Gray Locke's grandparent's home in Western Massachusetts, where Gray Locke overhears the tail end of a conversation between his father and uncle about rocks that weep.
His curiosity takes him on a search through his Grandmother Windsor's gardens, and off to neighboring lands - where his investigation leads him to such places as an abandoned marble quarry, a brook, and caves.
Gray is able to create different scenarios about what the weeping rocks may be before finally learning the truth.
The setting of the story was inspired by actual locations in North Adams - in particular, the Natural Bridge State Park - interwoven with factual local history surrounding the area.
"The Mystery of the Weeping Rocks" is geared for middle school-aged children.
Chicoine resides in North Adams. He has written and edited online articles, including "Monument Square, North Adams," and "Douglas Trumbull: In Retrospect." He also writes music, lyrics, and poetry.