If you are reading this, chances are you’ve come here via TikTok. So welcome! And if you didn’t, welcome anyway!
I’ve been asked a fair bit about commissions, and the answer is YES, I am currently available. If you need a fantasy map made, head on over to my Fiverr gig and check it out.
If you would like to request something to go on TikTok, either comment on one of my videos, DM me on Insta or Twitter, or email me at Amy-Alex.Campbell@outlook.com.
There is no guarantee that I will pick up your request, but if I do, you have the option of purchasing the original for $10 + shipping ($4 for A5, $10 for A4. Prices in AUD).
Hello and welcome back to the Pride celebrations! I can’t believe that it’s already almost the end of the second week in June! How did this month fly…Pride Guest Post by Amy-Alex Campbell
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Hi everyone! Check out my guest post on Infinite Pages for Pride 🏳️🌈.
I’d also like to quickly say a big thank you to Jesse for including me in his blog 💜
It’s the 1st of June in Australia, so World Pride Month is officially here. To celebrate, I’ve made my best selling pride bin chicken available on tees and hoodies. You can check these out in my RedBubble store HERE.
Since it’s a bit fiddly to set up, DM me on any of my social medias or contact me HERE if you’d like any of the other flags made available on shirts or hoodies. I do plan to add more designs down the track when I get some more time.
Don’t forget, stickers and pins are available on RedBubble along with the rest of my merch. I have plenty of paperback books in stock, and eBooks are always available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.
Have a fab month folks!
As I’m writing this, there are two pigeons roaming around inside Westfield food court, and one just flew over my head. Cheeky buggers! But anyways…
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a writing update since I haven’t been writing much of late. As always, inspiration strikes at the strangest times and in the strangest ways, and all of a sudden I’m working on 3 writing projects at once. Ugh!
The first project is a complete rewrite of The Lowest Realm. I’ve done this so many times my head hurts, but honestly it’s for the best. This rewrite will become the second (and final) edition and will essentially be the same story, but much cleaner and with *some* changes. I have an awesome editor to work with now who will help me get this up to the quality of The Darkest Realm (which is amazing if I may say so myself).
The second project is of course book 3, The Final Realm. I’ve rewritten Chapter 1 opening so many times and am struggling to get it right, but that’s ok. I’m exploring the depth of my evil guy’s mind and need to get to know him a little better so I can flesh him out. I certainly don’t want a cardboard cutout villain – he deserves so much more than that (even though he’s an asshole).
The THIRD project came to me yesterday as I was drawing a map for TikTok. As I was filling in the elements, I found myself thinking of a story to go with it, and next thing I know I have a complete plot written out! This one may be released under a different pen name but same imprint (AAC Publishing Australia). We’ll see.
I don’t have a time frame for these projects – I’m still tied down with work and my studies. But fingers crossed I can get one of these completed some time soon!
As for now, I need to go. But stay tuned and I will update yall soon!
After a busy few months of adulting, I finally found some free time to go and hang out and sample another chai latte in style. My adventure on this day landed me at The Coffee Emporium in Parramatta.
On the day of my visit, it was pouring down rain, so the place was rather quiet. I was able to sit outside in peace and get some reading done (settle down Kon, it was uni stuff haha).
I ordered a blueberry muffin and chai latte. Usually I like my muffins unheated, but given the massive size of these ones, I probably should have said yes. Regardless, it was yummy and very filling. The chai latte was exactly as it should be, and very enjoyable. Unlike coffee which has all the different blends and tastes, I can always rely on my chai latte tasting somewhat the same no matter where I go.
When I was finished, I headed back towards the station and spotted the coolest livery on a bus that I’ve seen for ages. So colourful! I then got back to the station and caught an old V set home.
I can totally see myself hanging out here while writing my books. The inside seating area is tiny, but there are heaps of tables and chairs outside to sit. I know this area can get quite packed, so if you are going to do some writing, perhaps go on a quiet day.
I finally had a free day, so today I added a new addition to my site. You will find it in the top menu bar: Triggers.
There is a common debate in the writer/ reader world regarding content and trigger warnings. Some folk are all for them, and some folk are against them. Me personally: I have PTSD, and certain phobias which I don’t want to read about. I make it clear when I am beta reading for other authors what my triggers are, and appreciate it when they tell me so that I can mentally prepare for them and possibly skip them.
Anywho, to see a list of triggers in my work, click HERE.
I don’t have much other news. Uni has resumed, so I’m trying to catch up on it since March was so busy. I do look forward to sitting down and finally getting some writing done!
The only social media I’ve had time for lately is TikTok. I’ve been drawing maps and building a following, so be sure to check it out! Check it out HERE.
I’ll have more news soon. Until then, take care xox
Do you ever make plans for a certain day, week, or month, knowing that it is usually quiet and is the perfect time to do something special…only to have it completely derail and end up being the busiest days of your life?
Yeah. Me too.
March was supposed to be MY month. A quiet, uneventful, perfect writing month. I set aside the entire 31 days for writing, which should have been perfect for WRIMOboyslove. Well, it seems that the gods have frowned upon that idea and have doomed me to the busiest month of my friggen life!
So what’s been going on?
Between now and my birthday (2ndd March), half of Australia flooded – again. We only just flooded a year ago, and here we are flooding again. It was absolutely heartbreaking to watch peoples houses and businesses go under. Images in the media of places like Lismore Library throwing out their destroyed books tore me in half. I will donate some of my books when they are ready to take donations.
Last week, I had to visit Parramatta for an appointment (one of 6 appointments in 3 days – more on that later). The trains were out of whack due do damaged tracks and flooding, so I was lucky to get there at all. While I was in the area, I ventured down to the next block to check out the ferry terminal (this is mentioned in Beneath the Grandstand). The river was so swollen and gushing over what is usually the walkways.
The rest of that week was taken up with medical appointments. I’m fine, but it was stressful at the time. My few days off were gobbled up by going here, there, and everywhere. One of them was an eye test, and it turns out I am short sighted and now require glasses for distance, and glasses for when I’m working on the computer. Sigh.
The day after my birthday, I caught up with my friend in Ashfield and we visited the grandstand that was featured in Beneath the Grandstand. I took some photos which I’ll eventually add to an album for that book. I’ll post those in a different post soon.
Anyways, this Saturday I had to go to a wedding down in Bonnyrigg. It was really nice and the food was AMAZING! Best wedding food I’ve ever had besides my own. I was lucky enough to have yesterday and today off, but this afternoon I had yet another appointment, ugh.
Next weekend I’m hosting a 50th bday party, then the Friday after that I have to attend my nephew’s engagement party. Then I have more appointments, before the calendar flicks over to April. Ugh! Oh, uni has started too. It’s week 3 and I’m already behind lol.
So yeah, it’s a crazy month indeed!
Whoopy do. What about writing??
I have written a little for The Final Realm, but my mind keeps switching back to TLR. My beta/proofer gave me some invaluable feedback to make it even better, and identifies all of the issues I’ve been having with this story. It’s frustrating as I’ve only just re-released it after the big rewrite, and now I’m rewriting it again. This time, though, I’ll be releasing it as a second edition.
For those who already bought an older version of TLR, stand by and I’ll send you a free ARC of the second edition. Email me at Amy-Alex.Campbell@outlook.com to register your interest.
That’s all for now folks. Don’t forget to follow me on TikTok so you can see my cool map vids!
Now that I’ve had a break, I’m almost back to writing again. The Lowest Realm is getting a final pass-over to fix a few typos I missed (sorry!), and I have just a few minor things to update in The Darkest Realm. Things you won’t notice, but I know they are there and it bugs me every single time I see them.
As tempted as I have been to jump over and start writing Within the Archives, my heart and mind are both focused on finishing The Miscreant and bring the story to a close. Today as a part of WRIMOboyslove, I sat down and plotted out the key scenes I’ll be working my way towards. I’ve listed the things that have to happen, and any minor things that I need to tie up. I just hope I can do all that in one book! I really don’t want to split it into a fourth book.
And of course, once I finish The Final Realm, I can finish off the ending of Tysion’s story too. My rough goal is to have these released by Fair Day 2023 – fingers crossed!
WBL starts on Tuesday Aussie time, so from that day you should hopefully start to see the tracker on the right of the screen increasing daily. The goal is to write 30k words during March, though I hope to write a lot more. Uni starts Monday too, so I need to ensure I make time to study as well.
I’m lucky enough to already have the cover of The Final Realm done. As always, my Patreon supporters get to see it first before everyone else.
Another thing I wanted to mention is TikTok. I’ve been drawing some small maps and uploading the videos, and they seem to be quite popular. So if you’re on the Tok, make sure you follow me to see what I’m up to. Click HERE to visit my TikTok.
And finally: if you write any form of boys love (man loves man), do join us on Twitter with the #WRITEboyslove tag. WRIMO kicks off on March 1st <3
Fair Day is over and I’m back to the daily grind of reality. It’s taken me a couple of days to recover from the event, but it was all so so worth it. Given the lead-up to this event, I thought it was only fitting to give you a full run down of the weekend!
Instead of getting up at 4 in the morning and face a daunting 1.5 hour drive, this year I decided to head into the city the night before and stay in a nearby hotel. Coincidentally, I stayed at the Ibis Hotel – rather fitting considering I have written about the Black Ibis Cult in my Miscreant series, and I’ve released my range of pride ibis! The real reason I stayed here though was because it was super cheap (and not too nasty).
Last time I did Fair Day, my bump in was something like 5:30am. This year, it was 8:30, so I managed to get some sleep before hand. The only thing I didn’t like about the Ibis was the acoustics (or lack thereof). Every slight move or rustle was audible and kept waking me up. Next time if I stay there again I’ll be taking my earplugs!
On the morning of the big day, I indulged in some Maccas for brekky before heading off to the event. Knowing that I would be there for approx 10 hours by myself, I ate a bacon and egg muffin without cheese, and ended up throwing the coffee out as I couldn’t trust that they used lactose free milk instead of normal milk. The last thing I needed was to have to duck to the loo and have to queue up!
Around 8:15am we headed off to the event. Silly me though – one of the comms I received said Sydney Park instead of Victoria Park, so I ended up at the wrong place! Luckily my chauffeur knew exactly where to go and we got there on time. I set up my stall as best I could by myself and got ready to rumble.
The day turned out to be boiling hot and super dusty. I had to regularly wipe down the dust from the stock and keep the table clean. Every now and then people sat their frozen cokes down on the table and it left wet rings of dirt. I definitely didn’t want this to get on the books!
This event had been cancelled previously because of Covid-19. Given the multiple lockdowns over the last 2 years and the lack of queer events, I think everyone was super excited to get out of the house and come celebrate. Event capacity was 60,000 which was maintained for most of the day.
My next-stall-neighbors had a popular stall. Yes, those are dildos behind me…ceramic dildos made on a pottery wheel by a lovely lady named Amy who has a studio in Canberra. I would have loved to buy one, but I was there to try and make money, not spend money haha. Still, my birthday is coming up…
Check them out HERE!
As I said above, the day was super hot. Luckily I got to catch up with several friends through the day, and one of them brought mea frozen coke. I had 2 x 2lt bottles of water that I was sipping at all day, but still it wasn’t enough to cool me down. I’m so grateful for Em and Pia for bringing me the cold drink.
I also mentioned above that it was dusty. Once the clock ticked over to 6pm, I packed everything up and we high-tailed it out of there. As soon as I got back to the hotel, I hopped in the shower and washed off all that dust. I blew my nose, and without no word of a lie, I had black snot from all of the dust up my nose. Even my ears had dust in them!
I did sell some books and stickers, and even some pins which was super exciting! I made just enough to break even and buy a fancy breakfast the next day. The money was never my reason for going, though. Being able to meet new people and chat to people face-to-face is priceless, and I did get to meet some amazing people. I also made some new industry contacts which was so invaluable.
Fair Day is such an amazing experience and I feel like I got so much out of it. I have big ideas for next year and have been thinking non stop about my plans for my stall. I expect to have The Final Realm out by then, and possibly Tysion’s story if my release schedule permits. I’m also hoping to get stuck into the rewrite of Catalogue of Disaster and make it a full-length novel on even par with Beneath the Grandstand.
I would like to thank all those fabulous people who stopped by and had a chat that day. I’m so looking forward to hearing if those who bought my books enjoyed them. And if you’re reading this, please do not hesitate to reach out and let me know what you think!
Stay safe peeps <3