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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

I am in kind of a dark place at the moment, so again, no real post from me today, because I will just end up ranting about how fucked up the world is to those of us that try and play by the rules, and that will only push me even further down the fucking luck ladder.

So here is a poster of my favourite poem.


The Brother Jack Effect

To those of you that followed my AtoZChallenge posts, you will have no doubt met Brother Jack.

Brother Jack is my new co-host, if you will, and will be a central character in one of my future novels.

He has been quite the character to get to know, and I was wondering, those of you that have read his posts, what did you think of him?

I am interested because while I have yet to start researching Brother Jack’s novel, I feel that I have a good enough grasp on his character to maybe give him some outings in shorter fiction, maybe to build up his back story a little bit.

Have you ever had a character that just came and grabbed you by the throat? When Brother Jack came to me, he stormed into my mind and demanded I listen to him.

It is the first time I have been struck so severely by a character, and I have to say, I kind of like it. The words for his posts just flowed.


It helps that he is bat shit crazy, and I don’t need to think about crossing any lines with him. Any line encountered will be stomped over, pissed on and left to rot in the fading light of yesterday.

I am not sure yet how I am going to work him. He cannot be a standalone central character, he needs someone to play off, but whether I make him the villain or a dark hero. That is the question.

In any case I am going to have fun writing him, and can see it being a relationship that lasts a long time.

But tell me, enough about Brother Jack for now, which of your characters have reached out to you the strongest? How did that relationship with them end? I can imagine that sometimes, just like in life, even the strongest connection does not guarantee a happy ever after for both parties involved.


#AtoZChallenge Day 1 – A is for Art

I have been meaning to take part in this event for a number of years now, and while I talked about it earlier in the year with a few friends of mine, I had totally forgotten about it until today.

The A-Z challenge sounds like just the right thing I need to get my blogging back on track. I don’t think I really posted anything of interest in the month of March, and that was coming off the back of a really exciting start to the year.

So here we go, Alex is getting back into the blogging seat. Who knows, maybe I will get some new followers, maybe I will get some new sign-ups for my mailing list and maybe even sell a book or two. That would be nice, but, it is not the aim of the game. The aim of the game for me, is to have fun. I can easily forget that in this crazy world we live in, but writing is, and always will be about fun. So today, I want to use the letter A to talk about


Art is an interesting word, and for this article, I will look at it from two angles, within the same writing sphere.

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For a writer, cover art is of vital importance to us. I know people say to ‘never judge a book by its cover’, but people do. More so now than ever. On Amazon, the first thing people see when browsing is your book cover. The artwork pulls their attention. The book will then hold it.

For (the majority of) writers, there are two things that we should always leave to the capable hands of the professionals. Editing and cover art. These are key ingredients to a writer’s success, and must be entrusted into the care of someone who is just as dedicated to their craft as you are to yours.


As a writer, what we create is Art. Our words are the oils, the watercolors, and pastels. The page is our canvas. We create what our heart tells us. We should not write for the masses, we should not write for success, but for ourselves. Like true art, our words do not need to be explained. Our words are ours, and as long as we stay true to ourselves, the core of who we are, then the art we create will always be true.

Feel free to share this post with others, and don’t forget, be true to your art, because at the end of the day, being honest with yourself is all that matters.

Check back in tomorrow for the B, it’s going to be a bitching and boisterous blog.