2018 Plans

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Hello all,

I only have a few more dev edits for my Yaliana novella, and I think I can get them done by February 19th. At least, I’m hoping I can get them done by then. It’s been a long slog when it comes to my thesis, but I’m coming upon the time when I’m completely finished my first draft of my thesis. That means that there will be a lot of back-and-forth edits between me and my supervisor. In between revising my thesis, I will be able to finish my creative writing projects.

My first project to finish is obviously the Yaliana project. That is the f/f sci-fi novella about two black protagonists which I have been trying to complete for nearly a year. Yaliana is about two women trapped in a death jungle trying to find their way out together.

Next, I want to finish my Far Patrol project. I have a full novel completed called Far Patrol, which is my ace/aro dragon project. I also have about 1/2 of the next novel written. It is meant to be a trilogy, and I would like to have the full trilogy written before submitting it anywhere. This is because of the unpredictable nature of my schedule, which might require me to do academic stuff before writing stuff.

I also have another novel in the works, which was originally supposed to be for the bisexual anthology Enchanted Soles. I have two chapters out of like 10 written, but I’m really excited to work on this novel, because it has middle eastern influences and is a fantasy novel. My main character’s name is Rajih, and his love interest’s name is Kadar.

My next project I’m working on is to revise two of my past publications. I want to do revisions on both Across Borders, which was a fantasy shifter story with a dragon protagonist and kelpie love interest and also Rangers over Regulus, which was my Rainbow Award runner up novel featuring a space vampire cowboy and a cyborg sheriff. If possible, I would like to get these two projects beta-read, and to see if anyone would like to suggest revisions on them before I resubmit. Beta readers would receive a print copy of the final product sent to them by mail. 

Those are my current projects that I want to get squared away for this year.

Thanks everyone!

If anyone is interested in being a beta reader for any of these novels, please email me at aa.powell.author@gmail.com

Winter is coming…

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Hello everyone,

So I’m updating my blog even though I have accomplished pretty much nothing writing-wise. I’ve finished two chapters of my thesis for my English MA, but I haven’t finished editing Yaliana even though it’s been since August that I was supposed to have finished them. 

I have a new Tumblr blog? I just created it after sadly deleting my fandom blog. If you want to go follow me on Tumblr, you can find me at alex-powell-author

I’m working on trying to finish the Yaliana edits today and tomorrow. Sorry to my Less Than Three Press people who are working on edits and wanted them back ages ago. I hope I can finish them soon.

As for my depression, it’s had its ups and downs. I was basically useless the entire summer because of fatigue, but hopefully I can finish some projects.

I hope everyone is getting their own projects done! Good luck!

End of Summer update

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Hello all! I’ve been MIA for a bit, and I want to explain a bit.

I’ve been having a hard time with chronic exhaustion, which as of yet does not have an explained cause. I’ve been to the doctor, had numerous blood tests and even undergone a test for sleep apnea. The doctor is still trying to diagnose me with something so that we can treat my tiredness. Just so you all have an idea of how this is affecting me, I haven’t been able to concentrate or focus on anything for any length of time. I’ve been missing work, haven’t been able to do any of my Masters coursework and haven’t done any writing or editing since late July. It’s been very stressful and frustrating for me. I’ve been slowly trying to do some work again, and I hope by September I’ll at least have a doctor’s diagnosis for my problem.

Now that that’s out of the way, on to more happy news.

So, a little while ago I put out a call on Twitter for artists to do an art exchange with me – my writing in exchange for art. To my surprise, someone actually answered me!

Reiko Meyer was interested in doing an art exchange with me, and nothing could make me happier, because I’m actually terrible at art. There’s nothing I want more than to have amazing fanart of my characters, but my artwork is laughable. So, in the hopes of finally having fanart, I made a call, and Reiko answered.

Ta-da! This is Yaliana. Reiko did an amazing job. I love it an incredible amount, and I hope to do many more art exchanges with her in the future!

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This is also a call for any other artists out there who would like to do an art exchange. I’m a writer who is willing to write from pretty much any prompt in exchange for artwork.

If that’s something you are interested in, email me at aa.powell.author@gmail.com

And lastly, I have the final cover art for Yaliana! I’m really excited about it as well, because as usual, LT3 Press has outdone themselves with their cover art.

Here it is!

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So I’m still doing my best to get the editing for Yaliana finished so that we can get a release date for it. I’m getting it done slowly, but it’s been difficult, as outlined by my tiredness issues above.

I hope that next time I talk to you, I’ll be able to tell you that I’m back on track!

Camp NaNoWriMo 2017

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Hello everyone! 

This is just a quick blog post to announce that I’m officially ready to start writing for Camp NaNoWriMo on July 1st! I’ve set my goal for 50 000 words, which will hopefully finish off my second novel for my ace/aro dragon series. 

In preparation, the first thing I did was reread Far Patrol, which I finished in November 2015 for NaNoWriMo. This was very interesting, as I haven’t touched the novel in a long time. I kept getting surprised by things I forgot that I put in the novel. I also keep thinking to myself “I should include this” and then finding that my past self already did. This is very amazing for me, because it shows me that I’m pretty consistent in my writing.

I always wonder if I wrote a scene at a different time how differently it would turn out. So some evidence that it wouldn’t drastically change is nice.

I’m outlining the second novel, which I’ve dubbed “The Youngblood Society.” I have about 17k words written of this novel already, and I’m planning on adding another 50k, so it should be a fairly good-length novel by the end of the month.

Anyway, I’ll keep everyone apprised of my progress on Twitter!

Thanks for tuning in!

Giveaway 3

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Hello everyone!

I’m announcing the two winners of the third giveaway for this month! And those two people are… number 6 and 16!

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Those numbers correspond to commenters Hart D, who won the $30 prize and Susan, who won the $15 prize. Please email me with the email address you want the gift certificates send to! My email is aa.powell.author@gmail.com

Thank you to the rest of you for entering, I’m so glad that I had a good amount of people enter this year. Next year there will hopefully be more books out for the next Pride giveaway!

Now, I am going to go around and give out all the ebook copies of Rangers over Regulus that I promised. Thanks again everyone, and happy Pride month!

Summer 2017 Updates

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Hey all,

Just wanted to update you on what my current projects are looking like.

I finished my dev edits on “Yaliana.” I’m currently looking for an alternate title for this one and am debating with myself over which one is best. I might go with “The Jungles of Harr” because that one was most popular when I did my poll. I haven’t received the line edits back yet, but I expect them to be a little while. This one is well on its way to being published, however, so I’m looking forward to working more on it!

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I have one book draft written in a series of three that I need to revise. This is my ace/aro dragon series which seriously needs to get finished. I’ve had the draft of the first novel written since November 2015, which I did for Nanowrimo. I have a solid plan to finish the other two books. I have three chapters written for the second novel. I plan to finish the draft of the second novel in July for Camp Nanowrimo. Then, I plan to finish a draft of the third book in November for NaNoWriMo. It’s getting finished!

 

Lastly, I just need to revise Rangers over Regulus to resubmit it. I think I should only need minor revisions for it. I’m also going to do huge amounts of revisions on Across Borders and resubmit that one as well.

I just received the rights back for Insanity Girls as well, and with the encouragement of a few different people, am planning on self-publishing it! It’s only 15k words, so it’s not too long. But I think maybe it could do well. I’ve asked my sister if she will do the cover art for it, and she has agreed! I’m excited about it!

Those are my current projects, I just hope that I will be able to keep up, especially with grad school taking up so much of my time.

 

Giveaway 2

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Hello all!

Sorry I’m a bit late with this announcement, I was in Edmonton till late last night, but I’m back now, and I did the draw for the three people who can choose either the Damsels in Distress vol 2 or A Loose Screw vol 2 anthology as their prize!

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So, the winners are… 

Numbers 1, 8, and 7! Those numbers correspond to comments by S, Carolyn, and Meredith Katz!

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Please contact me via email (aa.powell.author@gmail.com) to tell me a mailing address to send you your print copy, and of course, which of the two anthologies you would like.

Just so you have an idea of what the two anthologies are about, the Damsels in Distress anthology is all f/f pairing stories about ladies who find themselves in trouble and have to find their way back out of it themselves. My story in the anthology is called Sky Knights and is a historical fantasy about Russian bombers during WW2. The A Loose Screw anthology is all mecha stories (like gundams or Pacific Rim style stories). My story in that anthology is called Hakusan Angel and is about a mech pilot and a Source (person who powers the mech vehicle with their own energy) who have to fight against an enemy nation – that is, if they can stop fighting with each other first.

Everybody who commented on my 5th Anniversary post is still in the draw for June 23rd! Also, anyone who wants to enter the next draw can still comment on that post to be entered!

My next draw will be two people, one for a $30 gift certificate and the other for a $15 gift certificate to the Less Than Three Press book market! 

Thanks everyone for entering!