Summer Thoughts

Another month has come and gone, and now we’re hurtling straight into the summer months. This last month has been much like the last, although this month I’ve been generating more blogs than I have previously. It’s been fun, I enjoy writing opinion pieces and novel updates, especially as I can still write them over the course of the week, no matter how busy my day gets.

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This month’s posts

As I mentioned at the start, I’ve written almost double the number of posts that I had for previous months. It’s been a great trial in blogging more regularly, and discussing topics that are outside of my comfort zone.

Don’t forget that I still post monthly flashfictions, and you can read my free short story The Gateway of Arieum when you sign up to my Newsletter!

Beyond Humanity (From the Archives)

“You think this will help?” Treyko asked, twisting his head in the vice of the chair. Even now, he still smiled. Heelna remembered those days, before she too had been plugged into the mainframe. Easier days, simpler days. “You know it will,” Heelna replied, as she tightened the wrist straps on Treyko’s wrists and upper … More Beyond Humanity (From the Archives)

What I thought about Jade City

Armed with a new kindle and a resolution to read some more books, I went on a buying spree at the start of 2021 for some new fantasy novels and world that I hadn’t read before. Having joined “bookstagram” over the pandemic, I’ve been exposed to a lot more diverse authors and stories that I … More What I thought about Jade City

What makes a Main Character?

There are lots of different ways you can define the concept of a main character. They’re the ones with the Points of View (POVs), they’re the ones with the most chapters, or they’re the ones that the story revolves around. A main character, for me, is a little bit of all of those three. Importantly, … More What makes a Main Character?

Why did you say that? (Flash Fiction)

“Why did you say that?” Tanee paused, wiping the knife on his sleeve. “What?” he whispered, “about the prophecy being bullshit? You and I both know we can’t live our lives in accordance to some crap from hundreds of years ago.” Tanee could feel the anger in Hyaie’s eyes as they bored into the back … More Why did you say that? (Flash Fiction)

Vacuum (From the Archives)

Geyle watched the world spin below her. She tapped her foot gently on the window that separated her from the vacuum of space. The sound echoed inside the table, a gentle tap tap tap to match the gentle rhythm of her heartbeat. Most hated the training area, being exposed on four sides to the vast … More Vacuum (From the Archives)

A reflection on the year

I always like reflecting on the past year as we sit in that time after Christmas and before the New Year is rung in. It’s a chance to step back and see the work and memories that you’ve made over a longer period of time – the months might fly by but the year in … More A reflection on the year

Editing your First Draft – Writing on Caffeine and Short Story Snippet!

Are you subscribed to my writing advice newsletter? The latest edition of Writing on Caffeine is now in your inboxes! This month I’m looking at how to edit your first draft! Don’t forget, when you subscribe to my newsletter Writing on Caffeine, you get free access to my fantasy short story The Gateway of Arieum … More Editing your First Draft – Writing on Caffeine and Short Story Snippet!

Looking back on a year

When I sat down to write this blog, I was concerned I wouldn’t have anything to write about. The last few months have been filled with everything other than novel writing (including downloading new computer games, woops). As such, there hasn’t been much progress on my novel to speak of. However, when I look back … More Looking back on a year

Where else you can find me

I’ve now got a Tumblr where you can find lots of #akrionaesthetic posts about my novel world.

If you’ve got an Instagram, make sure you give me a follow!


Alex.J.Cobalt is a fantasy writer from the UK. When she’s not working away at her fantasy novel series, she posts free flash fictions on her website, along with regular blogs about writing.

Photo by Lauren Mancke on Unsplash


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