I began writing as a teenager. I was a bit of a loner as a kid and I found my refuge in books, losing myself in the made up worlds between the covers of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Edgar Allen Poe, et al. It was probably a logical next step that I’d start creating my own worlds. I won a National Sunday school short story writing contest when I was around 13, and from then on I was hooked.
When I joined the army in 1962, I wrote poetry for the European Stars and Stripes newspaper, and over the years began writing for newspapers near the bases where I was assigned and getting published in national and regional magazines. I’ve moonlighted as an editorial cartoonist and columnist for local papers, been a contributing artist for a now defunct magazine, and had cartoons, photographs, and articles published in magazines all over, such as Ebony, Asia Magazine, Newsweek, Tarheel, etc. Some of the publications I appeared in haven’t survived the digital revolution, while others have changed dramatically. Having been in print journalism for decades, the transition to e-Books was difficult, but I took the plunge, and now that’s my mainstay, although I still like the feel of a paper book in my hand, and my books are available in paperback as well as electronic format.
I worked as a government employee (military and civilian) from 1962 to 2012, and during that time, I wrote at every opportunity. I retired in 2012 (50 years was long enough, don’t you think?) and am now devoting full time to writing, art, photography, and public speaking on leadership and international affairs. That, of course, calls into question the term ‘retirement.’ Maybe a better word is ‘transitioned’ from public to private life.
I have a broad range of interests, and they’ll be reflected in this blog, as well as my other blog at http://charlesaray.blogspot.com. Hopefully, what I post will educate and inspire you, but most importantly, I hope it will entertain you. Reader feedback is always welcome – even the negative stuff, but, please, no rotten tomatoes.
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27 thoughts on “About Me”
January 5, 2013 at 9:19 pm
Thanks for showing interest in what I put out too.
I sincerely hope you continue to find my works entertaining & pleasurable.
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April 5, 2013 at 1:59 am
As one of my beloved followers, I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude by sharing with you my exciting news of becoming a newly published author! And, of course, I wanted you to be among the very first to get a chance to read the rest of my debut novel, The Legacy of Blood, now available in e-book format.
(No worries if you don’t have a Kindle or other e-reader device, they have free ones to download on your computer. I went on Amazon and downloaded their “Kindle for PC” absolutely free! Love it! Here’s the link if you need it: http://www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/pc/download .)
Again, I want to thank you kindly for all the support. And you never know, as some of my followers have told me, you could say you’ve had a big hand in helping make Shelby Westland a household name! 😛
The Legacy of Blood on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Blood-Sanguivore-Saga-ebook/dp/B00C5J7V2E/
Other e-reader retailers to follow soon!
April 5, 2013 at 3:54 pm
Thanks for dropping by my blog!!!
April 6, 2013 at 3:32 am
April 6, 2013 at 3:20 am
Charlie – Thanks for the like on my “In Today’s Publishing Bedlam – There Are At Least 1,001 Ways To Get Where You Want To Go!” post 🙂
April 6, 2013 at 3:31 am
April 19, 2013 at 6:29 pm
Thank you for visiting, it’s appreciated.
May 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm
as a bucket list publication follower/fan I thought you might like this:
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June 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm
Thank you so much for following my new blog. I am humbled 🙂
July 28, 2013 at 5:38 pm
Hi there… glad to connect and interact with you… 🙂
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Best wishes to you.
August 23, 2014 at 12:05 am
It’s always nice to meet a fellow writer. We do aim to make this world a better place! 🙂
August 23, 2014 at 1:38 am
November 5, 2014 at 2:04 am
I had to laugh at your last sentence, as I have “Rotton Tomatoes” app on my iPad.
December 24, 2014 at 2:46 pm
Good morning, Ray. I’m here from Indies Unlimited to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
December 25, 2014 at 12:24 am
Thanks, and same to you.
December 31, 2014 at 4:46 pm
Thanks for finding and liking my blog!
January 1, 2015 at 2:05 am
You’re most welcome.
January 1, 2015 at 2:49 pm
Thanks for the ‘like’ on ‘A Winters Morning’. I’ve been reading your site and look forward to reading more. Happy New Year.
January 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm
My pleasure, and Happy New Year to you.
January 6, 2015 at 7:17 pm
Thank you, Charles, to like my poetry. Hope you enjoy it 🙂
April 18, 2015 at 4:34 pm
Charles, Thank you for exploring Renaissance Musings and finding my Riverside 177 report (follow up). Although we have had it less than a year, we enjoy and are getting some really good use out of it.
April 18, 2015 at 4:34 pm
November 16, 2015 at 8:14 pm
Hi, Charles — I just nominated you for a blog award! Please check it out here: https://ccyager.wordpress.com/2015/11/16/oh-what-a-lovely-blog-award/
April 27, 2016 at 11:52 pm
Wow, what a lifetime of experience and thank you for serving to us all safe- I’m indebted. It is a pleasure to know you took a stroll through the Cow Pasture. Welcome to the fence jumpers. I look forward to reading your thoughts and comments. @sheilamgood at Cow Pasture Chronicles
August 9, 2018 at 9:12 pm
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Thanks for your time reading this message. Hope to hear from you soon.
Have a great day!
August 9, 2018 at 10:36 pm
If you can be patient, as I currently have a long queue, I’d be happy to read your book. I cannot, though, promise when I shall be able to review it, because if you read this blog, you’ll see that I’m only doing one book or so a week now.
August 9, 2018 at 10:37 pm
Oh, and my email is email@example.com for Amazon gifts.