` Acknowledgements



“I do not want your destiny. I have my own.” Scrycher

As my abilities have developed, such has technology, including the addition of the little red lines, the spell check and the OMG, that paragraph does not make sense comments from my PC. They have more then helped me along the way. Unfortunately, like everything, technology can only take you so far. Fortunately for me, I had many people in my life that helped me get across that final hurdle to get to where I am today… This is a small appreciation to those that spent time believing in me…

Colin Turner… Well you know you are the man that awakened my urge to write again. “Any one can write, no matter how bad or good it is, writing is something that you do for personal pleasure.” You fascinated me by how confident you were. Also, congratulations on becoming a published Author yourself. If any one was going to do it, then it was definitely going to be you.

Mother… Well, you have always been my worst critic and my writing was no different. At times you had me in the highest of moods over your praises and other times in complete depression at your critiques. Through it all though, I can only say, you were willing to read, help, hint, guide but at no time did you ever try to compromise who I am and what I write. Hopefully one day I will be famous and you can say… “That is my son, I always told him there was something not quite right about his writing, just couldn’t put my finger on it. Lucky for him someone else could.” These people are below…

Ellie… Well, you definitely helped me more then you could possibly imagine. Those small phrases on the post it notes… it has creaked (past) it is creaking (present) it is going to creak (future), changed my writing and my perception of English in such a definite way. (They are still on the laptop.) Also, I will never forget that you are the only one more critical of my story, plot and characters than I am. I apologise in advance, I needed to keep Rod in the story, after all, like all the characters, he is a part of me.

Sarah… When all others had forsaken me to my own bad grammar, you came to the rescue. Without changing my style, characters, speech or essence, you made my writing more then it was and educated me further to the point that I can now say, I would not fail English if I ever felt a need to take a class or two.

Which brings me to my next dedication… To that student teacher that briefly invaded my English class and told me I would never become a writer because I was awful at it. The exact words elude me. I am sure that they were along the lines of… I sucked at English and there was no way I was ever going to be a writer without a miracle. Well apart from shattering the dream of a sixteen-year-old kid, you may have just made me the writer I am today… twenty-one years of ideas not written down are now trying to get out onto the computer screen. See, miracles do happen and I am hopeful that others will enjoy reading my stories as much as I do writing them and possibly even inspire one or two of them to put their thoughts to page.

To those that I did not mention, well you know who you are and in what ways you inspired me. In life, inspiration is everywhere; you just need to know where to find it and I found it in YOU…

Character profiles

Gunnery “Like taking candy from a baby.”
The Gunnery is like his brother. He has one person in his life that matters. Himself, just don’t stand in his way.
Lord Dragoon “Do not disobey me!” The head of The Company, he has enjoyed many advantages throughout his long life. The Councill is his direct report in theory, though he more then manipulates them into doing what he requires. He has an evil agenda and I pity all that stand in his way, even his son…

About DC Daines

It’s not a man’s thoughts that make him evil.
It’s what he does with those thoughts..

The world of “The Star Crystal” was something that I did not make up. Rather it came to me in a time of need. After many years working in the same job, I turned up to work, got myself stuck in a drum heating oven. Just imagine a massive, double-door steel box. Freaked out with mass claustrophobia and phoned my partner in crime. I can still remember those words, “I know that we have only been here for fifteen minutes, but I really need to go for a break.”
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