Since this is my first post, I thought I’d introduce myself. Hello, I’m A.S. Akkalon and I write fantasy novels.
You can read all about my life on my bio page. Yes, I have a bio and it has its own page, because it makes me sound a bit more like an author and a bit less like some idiot who’s managed to figure out WordPress (and I can’t lay claim to that distinction just yet).
My bio is almost entirely true, and only some of it is metaphorical.
I hear blog posts are better with pictures, so here’s a picture for you. It’s not me. It’s a squirrel.
I could tell you what kind of blog this is going to be, but first I’d have to know. It’s not going to be a blog of writing advice. Not that I have anything against writing advice blogs. In fact, they’re one of my favourite kinds of blogs. I just think anything I could say on that front has already been said elsewhere and much better than I could manage.
If you have a writing blog and you happen to be reading this then, first, yay, I have a reader! And second, please say hi and point me to your blog in the comments so I can check it out.
If you have any other kind of blog, point me to that too.
I’m also not going to (primarily) talk about my writing life because, frankly, I don’t think anyone other than me cares, and even I’m borderline. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m not a super famous author. If you think I am, bad news, sorry. You’re on the wrong site.
So if I’m not going to write about writing, what am I going to write about? Life. I don’t expect everyone who reads this to be a writer, but probably everyone who reads it will be alive, so we have that in common.
I should warn you, I’m not funny and any humour in this blog is probably entirely accidental. Sort of like the humour in my novels. At least there I can edit and re-edit until the humour dies. I have to, because it usually occurrs at entirely inappropriate times, like when the heroine is being chased by fifteen priests and a dragon.
You might be curious what kind of books I write. You already know some of them have priests and dragons.
I write the kind of books I enjoy reading. No one’s ever going to analyse anything I write in English class at school, but if someone reads a book I wrote and it takes them on a journey and makes them feel, if it makes them forget a meal or stay up half the night reading, then I’ve succeeded in what I’m trying to do.
My stories might have themes and morals and symbol webs, but, like any humour, they’re probably entirely accidental.
My plan is to update this blog on Wednesdays (nearly always) and Sundays (sometimes). I live in New Zealand, so that might be Tuesdays and Saturdays for you. You’re smart. I’m sure you can figure it out.
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