Maxwell Grantly

Magical stories from an independent author

The Boy With the Clockwork Heart

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I am very pleased to announce the release of my latest eBook: The Boy With the Clockwork Heart.

This ‘free to download’ story tells the tale of how a young Victorian cotton mill worker, named Edward, received a clockwork heart and how he met the Shadow a total of three times.

Just a few weeks ago, I received a draft copy back from my proofreader, accompanied with a few spelling and grammatical pointers. However, I was most surprised (and flattered) to read a final postscript, “It made me cry.” I was not expecting that!

You are welcome to download the story for yourself, totally free of charge, to determine whether you think my proofreader was justified in reaching for a handkerchief.

The eBook can be downloaded from either iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords or Lulu. (There is a small charge when downloading from Amazon and so I am sure that you may find the other sites more advantageous.)

I do hope that you may enjoy reading it.

The Boy With the Clockwork Heart

Edward had a particularly hard upbringing. Despite being a young child, he had to work long hours in Mr. Grime’s dreadful cotton mill. It was a very hard life and, so very often, tragic accidents would occur within the exposed machinery. The other mill workers would tell tales of how the Shadow would frequently visit the factory, to take away the poor souls of the many fatalities that met their fate there. How Edward wished that he might never ever meet the Shadow.

Sadly, Edward’s wish never came true. In this story, he was to meet the Shadow a total of three times.

This is the tragic tale of how Edward met the Shadow so many times and how he came to be the first ever child to receive a clockwork heart.

(Author’s note: This is a beautifully illustrated story for both older children and adults alike. However, due to the triple appearance of death in this story, in the form of the Shadow, it is recommended that this story is not suitable for young children. Although the Shadow has been portrayed sensitively, as always, adults are recommended to use their discretion in the choice of this eBook for their children.)

Smashwords

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You may like to know that all of Maxwell Grantly’s stories can now be found at the site called Smashwords, totally free of charge. Here you can access his stories in epub, Kindle, PDF, Sony Reader, Palm Doc, Plain Text and Online Reader formats. There is bound to be a format at Smashwords that suits your own personal reading preference!

If you enjoy reading these stories then Maxwell is pleased that you were able to briefly enter his fantasy world too, if only for a brief ten or fifteen minutes of your busy life.

The Time-Travelling Mirror

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You may already know that I am active, assisting Hauptmann Weydert with an online computer-generated three-dimensional reconstruction of 1867 Luxembourg. Just recently this project developed a most unusual twist, linking the past with the present.

Visitors to two local history museums in Luxembourg are already able to wander through a digital reconstruction of the Pffafenthal district of the city, using virtual reality headgear or computer screens. As they meander through the city’s streets, they are able to witness first-hand the architecture and layout of the city, as it appeared one hundred and fifty years ago.

Now this computer generated reconstruction has a very usual addition: a time portal to the current city of Luxembourg in the form of a ‘mirror’. The surface of this ‘mirror’ displays a live stream, taken from a webcam mounted in a shop front in modern day Luxembourg. At the same time, a computer screen has been placed within the very same shop window, showing time-travelling visitors to the museum wandering around the very same position, but one hundred and fifty years in the past. This means that, as museum visitors explore the digital reconstruction of their city, they are able to look at a live stream of the very same location, outside in the modern day streets of today. However, the passers-by in the streets are also able to use the computer screen to peer back into the antics of the museum time-travelling visitors, as they explore the city one hundred years in the past.

So time-travelling museum visitors are able to view the modern-day Luxembourg citizens and, at the same time, these modern-day citizens can watch the time-travelling museum visitors. The two different parties are even able to communicate using text, animations or basic gestures.

Isn’t that a really incredible concept!

The Pfaffenthal Adventure

Work is continuing on the Pfaffenthal comic project. The completion date for this publication is set for midyear 2017. I hope that this video clip may whet your appetite.

Pfaffenthal Update

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Next year (2017) will be the 150th anniversary of the Second Treaty of London.

For people living outside Luxembourg, this date will have very little significance. However, for those who live and work in Luxembourg, the year 2017 will be an important opportunity to celebrate the reaffirmation of the neutrality of their city and a chance to remember the starting of a new chapter of this important European location.

The Second Treaty of London was an international treaty signed on 11 May 1867. It was agreed in the aftermath of the Austro-Prussian War and the Luxembourg Crisis and it had wide-reaching consequences for Luxembourg and for the relations between Europe’s Great Powers.

As part of the many celebrations planned for 2017, I am currently working with a team from across the whole of Europe; helping in the production of a transmedia comic strip set in a computer generated reconstruction of the 1867 city. The story revolves around a young Luxembourgish boy named Steft and it explains how his vivid imagination caused him to cross the paths of many different characters in and around his home city of Luxembourg.

If all goes to plan, the comic strip will be released some time next year and it is hoped that it may be a unique way of retelling the stories of the inhabitants of this important European City.

Recommended for April

Now that spring has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, many adults may be relaxing outside, in the company of a good book.

With so many free children’s eBooks by Maxwell Grantly, now is the perfect time to encourage your children to relish the joys of reading too. If you’re looking for the perfect introductory eBook to whet your child’s appetite, you may want to take a look at “Albert’s Wiggly Tooth” – a zany illustrated children’s story that is free to download from both Kobo and iTunes.


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Do you believe in the tooth fairy? Not many children do. Even the thirty-two young boys and girls at the New Babbage orphanage knew that Mr. Bagshaw, the resident housemaster, really took their old teeth and left a silver sixpence under their pillows. Even still, a whole sixpence is such a lot of money: you can buy so many sweets with just the one coin.

When Albert’s wiggly tooth fell out, he wondered what happened to it when he left it under his pillow. To his surprise, he discovered that Mr. Bagshaw was selling the children’s teeth to a local dentist, in order to build dentures for the elderly people in town.

Discover the crazy antics of what happened in church the following Sunday morning, when Albert discovered the identity of the new owner of the children’s missing teeth.

Like all stories from Maxwell Grantly, nothing ever goes to plan!

Pfaffenthal Adventure

It’s the Easter holidays and so I thought I would experiment with some ideas, taken from the recent pictures composed within Pfaffenthal (Note: this is not the final proposed comic and nor is it the intended format of the proposed publication. However, it might whet your interest for what has been happening recently.)

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World Book Day 2016

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Today is World Book Day and it is celebrated in nearly 100 different countries around the globe. In Great Britain, many children dress up as their favourite fictional character and then attend school in fancy dress for the day.

If you want to celebrate World Book Day in style, why not download a free eBook by Maxwell Grantly and enter his crazy magical world of disbelief for an hour or so. (All Maxwell’s eBooks are free to download from both iTunes and Kobo.) You won’t regret it!

Pfaffenthal in 1867

Pfaffenthal (Luxembourg,1867) from Pepa Cometa on Vimeo.

This beautiful video by Pepa Cometa will give you a flavour of the work that Hauptmann Weydert has already completed, in the construction of the Pfaffenthal reconstruction.

Visitors to the Luxembourg City Museum are able to walk through the computer-generated streets and so gain an appreciation of what the city was like, some 150 years ago.

 

Transmedia Storytelling

If you are curious to learn about my latest project, you might find the following blog update to be of interest.

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Just recently, Hauptmann Weydert, a reader from Luxembourg approached me with news of a historical project that he was coordinating and he asked for specific input. Previously, he had read some of my published eBooks and he could see the potential for transmedia storytelling, by my involvement in his project.

Hauptmann has created a three-dimensional computer generated replica of the Pfaffenthal district of Luxembourg, set at the time of 1867. The Luxembourg Crisis of 1866 nearly led to war between Prussia and France and brought about the Grand Duchy’s independence and neutrality being affirmed, by the Second Treaty of London of 1867. It was then that the surrounding city fortifications were demolished and Luxembourg underwent great change. (You may note that next year, 2017, will be the 150th anniversary of this important European date.

Hauptmann has many exciting ideas in developement, for the anniversary of this major UNESCO World Herittage site. He approached me for input regarding the creation of storylines for his charcaters, within the Pfaffenthal recreation. It sounded exciting and so I was happy to oblige.

Over the next few months, I shall be very pleased to update you with any develoments about this project.

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