Hello, this is me, A.S. Akkalon

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.

If you’ve made it this far and you want to hear more that I’ve got to say, enter your email below to grab a horse and join my posse of special friends. You’ll get a monthly summary of my new posts, and maybe even special gifts because I like you so much.

Don’t forget to say hi in the comments.

Author: A.S. Akkalon

By day, A.S. Akkalon works in an office where the computers outnumber the suits of armour more than two-to-one. By night, she puts dreams of medieval castles, swords, and dragons onto paper.

22 thoughts on “Hello, this is me, A.S. Akkalon”

  1. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

    Unfortunately I seem to be having a few technical issues with comments, so apologies if you tried to comment and couldn’t. Hopefully I’ll get them sorted soon.

    1. Yes, I hear you!

      Recipes… Hmm, okay. I’m not much of a cook, but here’s a recipe.

      Boil water. Add unbroken egg to water. Dither about whether to start timer straight away or wait for the water to boil again before starting the timer. After fifteen minutes when the water still isn’t boiling, decide the stove was turned down too low. Turn stove up and set timer for eight minutes. When timer makes annoying noise, remove egg from heat. Burn fingers trying to peel egg. Get revenge on egg by eating it, and find the yolk is still runny.

  2. Hi,
    My name is Ian. I’m in Australia, have been a stay at home dad for twelve years, and hope to do more writing and arting when the kids all get to school next year. I have a blog, but I haven’t written much at all. I’ll share if I get my act together and start blogging.
    Love your work on Twitter.

    1. Hi Ian,

      It’s great to meet you! (Even though you are an Aussie. 🙂 )

      I’m a bit nervous about the commitment of having a blog, but it has to be good writing practice. Right? And hopefully I’ll be able to meet and interact with people in a deeper way than on Twitter.

      What kind of art do you do? (I draw stick figures.)

      1. I admire your bravery at blogging. And you’re good at it.
        Try not to hold my aussieness against me, I’m mostly an okay guy, so I’m told.
        I sketch in pencil and ink a lot. I also love to do watercolour paintings of everything from riverscapes to five eyed cephlapodic creatures for the novella I’m nearly done editing.

        1. Thank you. 🙂 It’s all very new and scary, but hopefully it will get easier.

          Five eyed cephlapodic creatures! I want to see that and I want to read the novella. 🙂

    1. Thanks! WordPress nearly had me in tears a few times getting this set up, but I think it’s mostly functional now.

      Your website is Amazing, and yes, that has a random capital letter because it’s so important. I hope you pay someone a lot for that. 🙂

      1. LOL Thank you! I did it myself. I haven’t paid anyone. 🙂 It took me a lot of time to figure this out and I understand the tears. I was there as it can be overwhelming. I watched a lot of YouTube videos to figure it out and did eventually! 🙂

    1. Aw, that’s so sweet of you to say.

      I have to say, I’ve been at this for less than a week, but so far this blog thing is great for making friends. 🙂

  3. Hey there! Glad to see this up and running. I swear I swung by a week ago, but my memory is often spotty. Anyway, I’m going through your posts now. Looking forward to them!

    1. Hi Kyle! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I am from New Zealand – it’s a great country! Thanks for not asking if I know your uncle. 🙂 I get that a lot when people overseas find out where I’m from.

        1. I don’t know any hobbits, though I once saw one of the dwarves in a restaurant. (Though he didn’t have his beard on and I didn’t recognise him.)

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