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What’s Up Wednesday

Hello lovely readers, and happy Wednesday! I’m peeking in mid-week to wave hello, and to talk a little more about what’s up in my writerly world. This year saw the release of my sci-fi novella Temporary Duty Assignment and prequel story Nice, both from The Book Smugglers. It was such a joy to be a part of the Book Smugglers Publishing Novella Initiative, and I learned a lot from writing and editing that piece. I have begun a new multimedia fiction and poetry project, Kudzu, with Pine Float Press…eerie southern gothic and memories of the place where I grew up feed these shadowy journeys. I also have been teasing a new project, which I’ll share more details about this week–it’s another novella enterprise, but this time I’m switching from a gritty post-apocalyptic megacity to a steam age world powered by magitech. In the Metro world, Sam’s Nightbringer served her well protecting Caleb and the Greenerhouse Compound in Temporary Duty Assignment and now it will be so much fun for me to show off mechmage Jeron North, a character from my new project, wielding a lightning scepter to great (and electrifying) effect.


Of course, where there is steam-powered magitech there must be airships and in my current manuscript I’m laying the groundwork for a world where flight is newly-discovered, and where magic is an everyday occurrence. I’ll blog more about this soon, along with a cover reveal but in the meantime, thanks to my followers, and enormous thanks to all readers who have found and enjoyed my work! Here’s wishing you the loveliest of days…be well! <3


Thursday Thoughts

vintage-1113179 (2)Hello, intrepid readers, and I hope you are all well and thriving!

I’ve been thinking a lot in recent days about timelines for upcoming projects, setting off on new writing adventures, and how thrilled I am to share these adventures with readers in the near future. It seems appropriate that a tremendously important narrative facet of my most recent endeavor is adventure and journeying, navigating the magic and dangers and even everyday moments of a fantasy world I’ve been developing over the past few years. Letting a world take form and dictate its shape, watching its terrain emerge from the swirling void is one of the most invigorating aspects of being a writer. Even more exciting to me is seeing that world populated by strong, ornery, funny, flawed, and so very real-to-me characters.

In the next days, I’ll be talking more about this project and even embarking on quests of my own–posting snippets and blurbs to ensnare you, lovely readers;  tantalizing you with cover art, celebrating this labor of love journey with oh so much squee…I am over the moon! I’ve even changed my Twitter banner and created graphics to offer you a hint of what this new world holds…  <3

Thank you for letting me share these Thursday Thoughts with you, lovely readers. I hope the rest of your week is kind to you and wishing you all the best! <3

Social Media Update


Hi there! I hope you are all well and thriving this near-the-end-of-October day. I wanted to send out a quick note to let you know that I’ve been doing some much-needed maintenance on my sundry writer’s accounts, and have made some changes based on recent reader feedback. For ease of searching, my Twitter handle is now @AEAshWrites, my Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr usernames are @aeashwrites, and my Goodreads remains A.E. Ash.


Streetlights on during the day…creepy. YES.

I’ll post any other new updates as they occur, of course…in the meantime, I’m excited to be able to foist a new creepy poem upon ya’ll just in time for Halloween tomorrow. I’ll have more news in the coming weeks–lots of little projects and one or two big ones are afoot, and life continues, for which I am profoundly thankful. The year wanes, the days grow short here in the Northern Hemisphere, and autumn settles around me quietly, nudging me towards even more writing, the excitement of NaNoWriMo (even if I decide not to participate this year and I’m still not sure, I love hearing about others doing so!), and the welcome quiet and introspection of the darker part of the year. All the best and thank you as ever for following and for reading! <3 


Book Birthday/Birthday Week…yay!

TDA_FrontCover (1)Salut, all! I hope you are thriving as well as you can these days. This week has been a sky-full-of-lights, all-hands-on-deck busy week for me, WHEW. /collapses

My new sci-fi novella Temporary Duty Assignment is finally out in the world, waiting to be read, to find a home on your shelf or nestled amongst the other lovely e-books on your reader of choice. I would be honored if you bought it…what greater compliment to a writer than purchasing her work? You can order it by clicking on the link above, or find other versions on The Book Smugglers site! <3

You can also read about what inspired me to write this novella and create this world over on The Book Smugglers site where my Inspirations and Influences essay awaits if you are curious and need perhaps that extra little nudge before buying the book. Check it out–you know you wanna! <3

It’s also my birthday today…I’m 42! You know, that amazing number? The one Douglas Adams wrote about? The answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything? I was too bombarded/blasted/tie-tie/zzzzzzzzz to have a party this week, birthday or book birthday, but I want to celebrate amidst some messed up, crazy, enormous things going on in my country and the world. I want to celebrate my hope that things can be better. I want to celebrate my fervent wish that maybe, at 42, I can finally start to chip away on that whole life/the universe/everything quandary and make some sense of it all. Wish me well, dear readers…I would like that so very much.


Thank you as ever for reading, for supporting my work and here is wishing you a safe, relaxing and kind weekend! <3

Newsday Tuesday: An Announcement!

Hello, all…happy Tuesday to you lovelies! Since Tuesday rhymes with news-day, I’ve decided to announce today that my short story Nice will be appearing in next edition of The Book Smugglers’ Quarterly Almanac! WOOOOOOOOOOOOO! *ahem* Nice will introduce an exciting new sci-fi world and set in motion the events that go down in my upcoming sci-fi romance novella T.D.A., coming in July of this year. I cannot tell you how excited I am, so I must include a moment for internal Carlton Dancing.


*Ahem* again. In preparation for this exciting new story, which is among my favorite things I have EVER written and maybe even my Patronus, I have opted to do teaser art of one of Nice‘s characters. Kind folks, meet Lukka:

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Lukka keeps company with shell casings, apparently.

I’ll announce more details, including a cover reveal for T.D.A. (it’s AMAZING and I am not even one tiny bit joking), and availability dates. Thank you as ever for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day! <3

#TastyTuesday Writing Prompt


Nothing brings people together like food. We all need it–there’s no getting around that fact. Beyond simply existing as sustenance, food is such a wonderfully rich expression of our humanity–we share our cultures, our family traditions, our own joy in the creating and sharing of something that does far more than keep us alive.

Which brings me to the matter at hand: your oh so yummy, #TastyTuesday writing prompt! Getting to know our characters can be as simple as knowing their favorite foods. Food is also a way to ground difficult or abstract narratives or complex worlds…showing what keeps your characters sustained and living contributes to world-building in the most relateable, practical ways. Think about the following questions for your main characters:

  • What is your character’s go-to comfort food when stressed?
  • What meal do they absolutely dread but know they can expect (and that they must partake of for fear of alienating others, hurting feelings, etc.) during family, civic, or social events?
  • What types of meals do your characters associate with major life events such as deaths in the family, civil unions, or celebrations of birthdays or career achievements?
  • What would be considered a super-rare delicacy in your character’s world? Is it a chocolate bar in the trembling hands of a world-weary dystopian society rebel? A rare, cave-dwelling fish or a moonflower that can only be harvested on the night of a lunar eclipse? Would your character have ever tasted such a thing, even?
  • What food would be your character’s biggest “guilty” pleasure–as in, something they are embarrassed to admit to liking as violently as they do because it’s considered icky, weird, gauche, or any other number of reasons?

Have some fun thinking about these little things a bit and maybe even write a drabble, paint or draw an image of or create a collage for what mealtime looks like in your world. I know it’s helped me make my worlds more real and alive than they would be if my characters didn’t take a moment to sit and smell the legume protein mash or delicate star-blooms or fried green tomatoes. Happy creating, and if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to raid the cabinets. <3

Horrorscopes, V-Day Edition 2017

zodiacn2Why hello there, Starchildren! Welcome to this February 2017 edition of Horrorscopes, the Valentine’s  Celebration special!

Love is a strange thing. Even stranger when we consider the enormity of what we think and feel against the dogged practicality of the phenomenon itself.  We survive in part because we love, or so biology seems to indicate–safety in numbers, herd to hide, love to make more of whatever we are. Does that freefall crash we experience when we realize how much we care for someone result from pheromones, from instinct, from a complex cocktail of neurotransmitters and the sensory responses and impulses that follow? Is it a meeting of minds? Co-mingling of souls? Or all of the above?

Or is it nothing?

Oh, stalwart Capricorn, inquisitive Aquarius, gentle Pisces, determined Aries, sensual Taurus, capricious Gemini, sensitive Cancer, bold Leo, dignified Virgo, harmonious Libra, subtle Scorpio, independent Sagittarius…the time has come.


What time? You may well ask.

The time to put aside your thoughts on love and your feelings on feelings and to consider your vast, unending aloneness at the end of all things and the beginning of all others. Though time as we like to imagine it—linear, parsed, neatly arranged in seasons, cycles, calendars, ticks and tocks—does not exist, we must make time to consider the monster in the room—your thorough, ineffable sense of isolation against all of that which society tells us love means. It was time to think on this before you existed and will remain time to think on this long after you are dust and even longer after the world itself is a blasted shell and again when all folds around on itself, it will still be time.

For in knowing at the end/beginning of all things  that we are only who we are with no reference to any other being, there is power. So yes, it is time to think on YOU.

Time to assert your personal strengths and to sound your roar through the vast nothingness.

Time to own your weaknesses with good humor yet an almost grim desire to remedy them.

Time to know you are exactly enough to exist now, here, precisely as you are.

Time to give your love to your shadows, your fears about who you are beneath all those layers. Time to give your love to what you wanted for the world.  Time to give the world your best even when it has not given what you want.

Time to whisper those three words we adore and fear into the void, the chaos, the dawn, the beingness that slips between the cracks when the world seems to be collapsing around you…



Breathe it in, let it fill you with strength you never knew you had, with strength you never knew anyone could have.

I am here. WE ARE HERE.


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