A time of Doing Things

Whenever I look at the month of July on my writing wordcount spreadsheet, it is always a lower number, without fail, every year.

Summertime, even with the hangover of the pandemic still thundering across the collective world’s mind, is a time of being outside. It’s a time of doing things, even if the things you’re doing is making another batch of iced buns because now is the best kind of proving weather. Or out in the garden visiting the newest flowers and watching the bees flitter here and there.

Writing this month has taken somewhat of a backseat, both with my ongoing novel and my blogging. It’s been a busy month with guest posts on others blogs, as well as a time to find new TV to watch on Netflix.

Next month, I’m expecting much of the same. But that’s okay. Sometimes its okay to pace yourself. Your novel or whatever creative endeavour you’re pursuing will be there waiting for you when you get back.

This month’s posts.

Miss any of my posts this month? You can check them all out below!

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

Monday Inspiration - A cup of tea that is orange in the morning sunlight

Read More Stories (Monday Inspiration)

Reading is as important to be a good writer as it is to practice writing. You can see how other stories are constructed and written, how they’ve dealt with the same plot pains you have, how they’ve created tension and pacing. Reading also allows you to be a reader again, just a reader enjoying a … More Read More Stories (Monday Inspiration)

The Jewel of Hanerath (From the Archives)

“HOLD IT!” Cathen yelled. I’m trying gods damn you, Thyren thought. He forced himself to hold onto the spell book, despite the heat radiating off it. The magic poured off the pages, funnelled into the glass tube by the complex array of shielding spells. Fire magic normally glowed red, but this magic was almost white, … More The Jewel of Hanerath (From the Archives)

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What I’m listening to

This month has been back to the Batman Soundtracks. I love the heavy beats throughout these scores, perfect for writing some action scenes!

What I’ve been watching

The Chef Show

As someone who is getting more and more into All Things Food, I’ve spent a lot of time binging this show on Netflix. Really friendly format, and I’ve learnt some useful tricks too!


I knew this film was good, but oh boy, watching it for the first time on an otherwise quite dire-looking Thursday evening home alone was just the antidote I needed.

What I’ve been reading

I’m still working my way through Jade City by Fonda Lee. It’s different to what I’d usually read from the fantasy genre (I’m used to a few specific POVs that you follow throughout the novel), but I’ve really enjoyed the writing and way the story is structured!

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.

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