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 As of late I've been painting a lot of animals, but recently I've turned to birds. Large birds, tiny birds, cat sized birds. Any bird. These are done from photo references in watercolor. I've got a minor obsession recently with iconography, which would explain the halos I've been doing. At first I was doing this with gold ink, like in the Indigo bunting. Now I've moved to actual leaf in two shades of gold and silver.

Indigo Bunting by alice-timeFlamingo by alice-timeCostas Hummingbird by alice-timeScops Owl by alice-time

I'm also doing this with other animals, like Bronson, my father's dog, and this Little Brown Bat, and the Cardigan Corgi.

Bronson by alice-timeLittle Brown Bat by alice-timeCardigan Corgi by alice-time

And of course there's a rash of Sailor Moon... I am doing the full series of scouts for this, including Outer Senshi and Chibi Moon. There's no real order to which one I do, but right now I'm starting on Neptune and Uranus.

I am almost always open for commissions, and to find out for certain, feel free to message me or hit my email: ashkalexander @ gmail . com

You know those days when everything just goes wrong? Well, March has been that kind of month for me. We had to move, which is expensive, and this overlap month has meant paying final bills for the old place and new bills at the new place.

Which, as it turns out, doesn’t work out too well when you get shorted hours. We need to make up the difference so we can pay our bills and buy food. I’m not joking, every cent of my last paycheck went to bills. I can’t buy food, I can’t put gas in my car to go to work and my roommate just put the last of her  money into the electric bill from the old place.

We need to raise $150.

So, I’m going to give this whole “commissions” thing a shot again.

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Single Character Line Art: $20

Extra Characters: $5 a piece

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Single Character Bust, Watercolor Color and Background: $35

Extra Characters $7 a piece

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Single Character Color, White Background $30

Extra characters: $5 a piece

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Full Color, background, single character: $45

$10 per additional character.

Just a few more examples:

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I take Paypal, and can be emailed at: ash k alexander @ gmail . com (without the spaces).

I work 9-5, so I’ll be doing all commissions in the evening hours darlings. I work best then anyhow. Commissioners will receive a High-Res Digital version, I can do JPEG, TIFF, whatever your preference, and for $3 extra, I will mail the original piece to you.

Thank you all.

Portraits Portraits Portraits

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:14 AM by alice-time:iconalice-time:
You may have noticed a new obsession of mine. Portraits. Of animals. In Victorian garb.

It's really opened up a new avenue for me. I've sold a few prints even. So forgive me if I continue on this vein for some time, and just so you know, I am taking commissions in this style. I do mainly side/three quarter portraits, color or just black and white with gray scale color.

I've got a new website up, with commission information, links to print sales and the beginning of my new portfolio . aklalexander1.wix.com/home

I've decided February is the start of my new year, and I really hope it doesn't screw around with me like January, which has been a battleground of financial and emotional stress. I was told my grandmother wasn't going to make it...but she is. So...yeah, the lady is tough as nails. Really. I thought my heart would just burst. (Metaphorically) My first YA novel is coming out on Wednesday, I finished edits for a pair of short stories, I'll be working on edits for my next novel in a month or so and, if all goes well, I might even land a full time job.

I'm going to stay positive on this front.

In the meantime, I still have commissions open. It's a sort of grab bag of $10 madness. You name the characters and I go at them with whatever inspiration strikes me. I do promise to try and make you happy.

More info: alice-time.deviantart.com/jour…
I got a job interview today, which while not taking care of the immediate financial situations, is still good news. I was riding pretty high on that news when my dad called.

My grandmother is not doing very well. The kind of not well that means I need to go see her soon and say goodbye. I just need to stay busy. Busy hands and all that. I always do better when I'm working.

So while my journal updates are going to be less than jolly, I can promise that commissions will continue. alice-time.deviantart.com/jour…
It's that time again! My newest book has hit cyber shelves. Death's Children from Torquere Press came out this past Wednesday.

Augustine Fleur went into the grave knowing that curiosity killed the cat burglar, when she rose she discovered a world where curiosity kept one alive. A newly risen Grave Watcher, Augustine stumbles through her new world under the guidance of Sebastien Crowle, who has his own baggage. But while Augustine may have left the grave behind, there are those who would much rather she never did.
The Ghost King, a mythical entity of terrible power is stalking her, demanding something be returned to him. Except Augustine has no memory of the theft, and he's getting impatient. With a grave disturbed in London, and vampires to blame, it also begins to look like the long held peace between vampires and Watchmen is coming to an end.
Augustine must unlock her memories if she's going to solve the riddle of her time in the grave and save the people she's come to care for. She may just die again trying.

Buy: www.torquerebooks.com/index.ph…


Now, in the not so good news. I work retail, and as those of you in retail know, after Christmas, your hours tend to go south. In my case they've gone further south than they typically do, as my store manager and I are--shall we say opposing personalities? I believe in getting my job done, being courteous to customers and as helpful as I can be. This courtesy does not extend to office politics. I just don't play those games. Well, not playing those games means I'm not in the "favorites" list, and therefor, am not a priority.

Hurrah. Because of the hour shortage, as well as a few financial upsets at the beginning of the month. Unexpectedly high bills, an emergency that cost $600 and my roommate getting very ill we're tapped out. Seriously tapped out. I'm doing my best to pick up every hour I can, whether it's a three hour shift here or a four hour shift there. (Three hour shifts are my new normal right now) and have been attempting to find new work for the past year with little luck.

To this end, I'm letting everyone know, I am open for commissions. I need to raise about $150 to make ends meet this month. I have ten days. Given how little I'm working, this means I have plenty of free time to do commission work. It breaks down like this. Fifteen slots, ten bucks a piece. For more information alice-time.deviantart.com/jour…

Please spread the word if you can. I'm going to keep trying to scrounge hours and keep trying to pick up a second job. Really, I just want to be working.

Thank you for reading.
So, after much insanity and strangeness (for a bit there it looked like I might be homeless, moving to Boston and living in a car or renewing the lease at the apartment I hated) but I am now settling into a house! A real one with a basement that just begs to be studio space. If only I still had a drafting table... Ah well. What this means is that once the holidays are over and the house is all painted and we have a fridge (seriously, not having one is seriously annoying. See? I used seriously twice, that means I'm serious) I should finally be able to get back to the work of art.

In the midst of the move there was also the finishing of Nano (Yes, I won!) work (it's the busy season) and some shenanigans involving my car getting towed.

I'll be answering/going through the back log of messages very soon and should start getting things on DA back into order. I suppose that includes ContemporaryFantasy, my group that has been sadly neglected. But you see, I have a great deal more on my plate just yet. I've got two novel releases in January (count em, TWO) so I've got two rounds of edits on each to do, and then there's an anthology I'm probably going to be in that needs to be polished up before March and I need to finish the third book in a three novel arc (note I said arc and not trilogy) before my readers kill me. Nevermind that I still need to find a car *the one I have and that got towed is on loan from my hippie brother* finish Christmas presents and determine if indeed I am driving six hours to Maryland for Christmas this year, and if so, how best to acquire the time off of work.

So I will see all of you after the holidays, hopefully bright and bouncy and with plenty of art.
  • Playing: Assassins Creed 3
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Water
Just busy. Well, things have been mighty strange these past few months. I've had a lot of short stories, anthologies and novel contracts. As in, I have two novels (one adult, one YA) coming out in January, several short stories have come out and there are two new ones, (December and February) heading out. Working on Nano, and yes, I am trying to keep the art vibe going. I do have some stuff that's totally free to read up.

There's Fiends in Low Places (short story) which goes with my Night Wars series, but there's also the zombies meets Hansel and Gretel, The Gingerbread Hex, which is a standalone. www.goodreads.com/reader/29349…

I even did the cover art for it. Go me. In other news, I somehow bruised both of my hands, so typing is--painful. As in, the muscle nearest my thumb has a deep bruise, both hands. I have NO idea how this occurred. In other news, I'm moving at the end of the month. I just don't know where yet. Yeah, it's that kind of month. But there are boxes to be packed so...

Also, my car died. May she rest in peace, so I've had to learn to drive manual. It's a work in progress. I'm also apparently ill at the moment. Not sure what it is, but I'm generally fatigued so I'm going to take a stab and say it's some sort of flu. Go me.

Well then, now that I've info-dumped, I'll see if I can't get my stuff together and post art.

Whew.
  • Reading: The All-Seeing Eye by Rob Thurman
  • Watching: Haven
  • Playing: Assassins Creed 3
  • Eating: M&M's (mint)
  • Drinking: Water
My grandmother is at home resting now, feeling much better, so that's one worry off my plate.

Now, however, I have other concerns. Like my hours getting cut at work for no apparent reason. Six hours spread over two days, really? *Insert ten minutes of ranting/swearing*

Then I had a coughing fit at work (is asthmatic) and had to deal with some folks who just don't grasp the "wait your turn" concept. I can't answer five people's questions at once and work on my orders.

Needless to say, it's become a tug of war between my sanity and this job lately. It's a job I enjoy, but certain factors are impeding me. There's the hours issue of course, a coworker with a level of incompetence I have only seen before on TV, and the apparent inability to find a new job.

So--yeah. I'm going to go make art now, because Neil Gaiman said so. (If you haven't seen the comic version of his speech, check it out)
  • Eating: Cheez-its
  • Drinking: Water
My grandma is in the hospital right now. She's bleeding internally and as of yet we do not know the source. She's been in the ICU since either last night or very early this morning.

As of late this morning she was awake and visiting with family. It's really difficult for me because I"m hundreds of miles away and there's no way I can go see her. I wouldn't even be able to afford the time off work if I had a plane ticket.

I know in the rational part of my brain that my grandma is a very strong woman, but that doesn't stop me from considering the worst case scenario.

So if you could, positive thoughts everyone.
I've done it. I have finished this novel. We're clocking in at 117,500 words. Below my initial estimate (Thank goodness). I'm a bit tired, but now I have two more novels to finish writing...*Crash and burn*

I need that Dragon Voice thingy, it would help rest my poor wrists.

Cheers!
  • Reading: Serpent's Shadow
  • Watching: Teen Wolf
  • Playing: DMC4
  • Drinking: Water
It's been a very long time coming, but at last I'm poised to break a hundred thousand words on the novel I'm writing. As an economical writer, I tend to write as concisely and condensed as possible. It's something that's been ingrained in me by years of educators. Now, this book just has a hell of a lot going on. I had to spread out and stretch to make room for everything that happens. It's a bit crazy, this one.

It's also steampunk. A steampunk mystery/war story/romance with plenty of magic, mayhem and sword fighting alongside mechanical marvels and a unimpressed narrator.

Ah. And it's going to end at around 120,000 words by my reckoning. About thirty chapters long. My longest book prior to this was around 70,000 so, you can see how much of a jump this is for me. Normally, I don't care that much about word count. I tell the story, and whatever the length is, so be it. There's this push right now for all novels to be 100K, but that's ridiculous. If you can't tell a a story in 50K words I'm sorry folks, but you aren't a writer. If you can only write sprawling epics, you aren't challenging yourself enough.

I was stuck at middle-range length novels, and I pushed myself to write longer. Pushing boundaries is what writers do. Any novel, no matter how long, still has to be summarized into a one or two sentence pitch when you go to sell. Sometimes, that's the hardest part, because lets face it, you only have so many words.

If you write hundred thousand words novel all the time, and you want to impress me, try condensing it to eighty thousand, and then sixty, and then fifty. See what happens. Challenge yourself. I did, and I could not be happier with the results.
  • Reading: Serpent's Shadow
  • Watching: Teen Wolf
  • Playing: DMC4
  • Drinking: Water
I am open for commissions (January 2013). I need to raise about $150 to make ends meet this month. I have ten days. Given how little I'm working, this means I have plenty of free time to do commission work. It breaks down like this. Fifteen slots, ten bucks a piece.

As of right now I'm offering the following.

Details:
$10 flat rate (up to three characters)

I only accept Paypal.

Payment is taken upon your acceptance of the final image, after which you'll receive a high res file. If the medium is traditional and you'd like the hard copy, I can throw it in for an extra $5-10 depending on size.

I do not draw explicit images, furries, robots, or horror. If curious about where I draw that line, contact me.
I do draw animals.alice-time.deviantart.com/art/…

Can do: Anime style (shojo, shonen, 80's,90's, dark...), realism, semi-realism alice-time.deviantart.com/art/…, cartoon alice-time.deviantart.com/art/…

Media : pen/inkalice-time.deviantart.com/art/…, pencil, digitalalice-time.deviantart.com/art/…, watercoloralice-time.deviantart.com/art/…,

Uncertain about a price? Please feel free to note me/comment and I will answer your questions.

Portfolio: akalexander.daportfolio.com/

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The Hanged Man's Ghost

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 10:39 AM
Here's a little teaser of The Hanged Man's Ghost. Enjoy!

Chapter One: 187

The Windy City. I was born here, and my father and his father. Caught in tradition, bleeding blue for the city. Catholic to the bone, too. It was like watching a made-for-TV movie.

    For me, the wind caught the voices of those souls lost to passion and fear. The ones that we found on the street, in back alleys and under bridges.

    But those are the voices of the past. This was the start of a case that would change things. That would change me.

    It started with a hangover, and the hangover started with a party. As it turns out, fourteen mojitos and a dozen or so Jell-o shots do not equate to a healthy morning. At least, I think it was only a dozen or so. There also may've been a couple beers in the count. The empty bottles at the end of the bed seemed to indicate that. The young man next to me, brunette with a slim build and pouty lips was pretty, and had probably been just as far gone when we tumbled into bed.

Blinking, clearing the crud from my eyes. I climbed out of the bed and pulled my discarded boxers back on, before stretching out my sore muscles. Where are my jeans? I looked around. His jeans, two sizes smaller than mine with a designer label, were huddled just under the bed. God, he still wore white briefs. I really hope he's over the age of consent.

His wallet stuck out of the back pocket of his jeans, I scooped it up and flipped it open. Eric Howard, age nineteen. Thank God. I really did not need that hanging over my head. Someone needed to buy the kid boxers. Tucked just behind his driver's license was another card, student ID? I couldn't help myself, I jerked it out. Eric Harrison, age twenty-three. It was a fake. A good one. I kept that and put back the wallet.

My jeans had managed to climb the bookshelf. Strange. I jerked them down and pulled them on. The fake ID went in my back pocket. My shoes and ankle holster were sitting by a chair. I strapped the holster on and put on my sneakers.

Is this his place? It had a very dorm-like look to it. Book shelves crammed with junk and the occasional textbook, laundry slumped near a hamper in the corner and posters of half naked men on the walls. Okay, a gay boy's dorm room, but a dorm room. I looked out the window. There were flowers in a box on the sill. Daisies. I didn't recognize the street. A sign read East Monroe. Huh. Maybe I'm just down from the club. I grabbed my shirt, checked for my wallet—finding it in my pocket—and headed for the door. The kid woke up with a yawn and grabbed my hand.

"Hey, leaving so soon?" He blinked. Damn, he's young.

"Yeah."

He pouted. "Don't I get a name and a phone number?"

"No, and if I see you in that club again, I'll arrest you for underage drinking. Do we understand each other?"

He gulped, eyes wide. "Yes."

Heh, I didn't even have to flash my star. Hell, knowing me, I'd probably used a pick up line along the lines of, Hey, I'm a cop, you want to go have some fun? I have handcuffs. "Good. Sleep tight." I paused. "And buy some boxers. You aren't twelve." He might as well have been. I buttoned my shirt on my way out the door. My cell phone buzzed as I hopped down the steps. I jerked it out my pocket and flipped it open. "Fynn Adder."

"I don't care how fan-fucking-tastic you think you are, Adder. You get your ass down here right now!" Captain Monroe screamed from the other end. I winced.

"Down where?"

"Don't you check your voicemail? We have a homicide on East Adams and Wabash. You were supposed to be here twenty minutes ago."

I winced again. "I'll be right there." I hung up and shoved the phone back in my pocket. On the street, I hailed a cab. Miraculously, I got one. Maybe today wouldn't be so bad. I hopped in. "Adams and Wabash."

"Be there in five."

Fin


The Hanged Man's Ghost
Coming February 12, 2012!

I'll be running a contest for a signed copy of The Hanged Man's Ghost in February, so keep your eyes peeled! Well, not literally, that would be horrible.

- Cheers!

  • Watching: Life, Season 1
  • Playing: Bioshock and Dragon Age...
  • Eating: Cookies
  • Drinking: Water
Well, I finally have internet all over the apartment, got a new computer for Christmas (it rocks) and am settling into the new place. Still don't have furniture, so working on art is a bit of a hassle right now, but I'm working on it.

My second book, The Hanged Man's Ghost comes out February 12, and my third comes out in April, no firm date just yet. I'm working on a steam punk novel proposal for Tor, which should go out next week.

In other news, I'm job hunting again. I really enjoy the job I'm at now, but I have to face the fact that I'm not making enough money working part time.

I've applied a few places I'd really like to work, and heard from a couple places I didn't expect to hear from. We'll see how it all goes. With a more lucrative job, I'd be able to get a new car, which given the fact that my current car looks a bit--horrible--that's for the best.

I had to duck tape the bumper on her, as it fell off... Sad day.

I'm teaching painting classes every weekend, but that's not really paying off enough for me to stay at my current position, so if anybody knows of anyplace hiring illustrators, art restorers, or any of my other myriad skill sets, drop me a line, would you?
  • Watching: Life, Season 1
  • Playing: Bioshock and Dragon Age...
  • Eating: Cookies
  • Drinking: Water

Out Now

Mon Oct 3, 2011, 9:43 PM
All right then. I have some new releases to pimp.

The King's Dog www.torquerebooks.com/index.ph…

Fiends in Low Places www.torquerebooks.com/index.ph…

Fiends is for charity folks, with all funds going to the It Get's Better Project.

On October 8th, another short, Poisoned Spirits, will be available. There's also a paperback anthology coming out this fall (no date yet) and my second novel is scheduled for February.

Whew. Now, to put together that packet for Tor...

  • Listening to: Itunes Writing Playlist
  • Reading: Hammered
  • Playing: Braid,,,
  • Eating: Pork chops
  • Drinking: Water

New Releases.

Thu Sep 15, 2011, 7:47 PM
Wow. This has been a crazy month. The c on my keyboard is dying, and I have two short stories coming out through Torquere Press.

Fiends in Low Places, a story from Fynn's universe, is out on September 17 as part of the charity Blitz project. missouridalton.blogspot.com/20… Link has all the official information on the Blitz. Thirty-two authors participated in the blitz this year, in order to support the It Gets Better Project, a charity I really believe in.

Out on September 24 is The King's Dog, a short story from my Kingdoms universe. Hopefully we'll be seeing more of those soon.

I was also accepted into the Shifting Steam Anthology, which will be out for e readers and on paperback sometime this fall. It's steam punk, it's shape shifters, it's gay romance.

That's quite cross-genre. My story, On the Shores of Loch Mor, features a pooka and plenty of Shakespearean, Victorian inspired fun.

That's it for now. On a side note, I've shipped out those books, Link, at last. Sorry about the huge delay.

Still running through everything to see if I missed people. As far as the Imagine Me and You contest flop, I'll be issuing prizes to the participants in the next week or so.

cheers!

  • Listening to: Itunes Writing Playlist
  • Reading: Scorpia Rising
  • Playing: Braid,,,
  • Eating: Popcorn
  • Drinking: Water

Life

Tue Aug 23, 2011, 12:28 AM
So...first off, I got a job. Then, then I had edits for my novel. Then there was a charity thing. Then I got more responsibility at my job, a secondary position, a tertiary position and then there was a mad rush to get the edits done.

I bought my first car.

Job. Apartment/Condo hunting. Book madness. Promotional madness. Unreliable internet availability.

IE, I haven't actually touched a pencil, my Wacom tablet, or even visited this website in some time. I'm going through the ENORMOUS backlog of messages and will try to get everything I've let slide by do to insane life stuff back together.

The good news: My very first novel is now available for e-readers everywhere!  missouridalton.blogspot.com/ There's a buy link on my website.

Promotional blurb:

Death rides a pale horse, and she is a beauty. Since man first buried his dead, she has watched over them. With her hand she raises those select few, those disturbed and maimed, to new life. These risen souls are duty bound to protect the souls still buried and resting. The souls restless and walking.

Sebastien Crowle is such a watchman. But as a villain so profane and perverse enters the scene with a crime the likes of which Sebastien has never seen, can he stop the villain and confront the ghosts of his own past as they begin to rear their heads?

I've also written a short story which will be in an anthology due out this September, the proceeds for which go to support the It Get's Better Project, which is an incredibly worthy charity I recommend you all google.

Also in good news, another short story will be released as a standalone in the next couple months, I think. I don't have a solid date yet. Unless I missed it completely when looking through my marketing materials. Which is possible.

What this means:

I'm focusing very much on my writing career, but I do not plan on ignoring my drawing, nor my Deviant community friends.

The CFM has not been getting the press it needs to stay afloat. I truly wish it otherwise, but given the time constraints of myself and the other editors, I don't think another issue will be forthcoming any time soon. The sequel to The Grave Watchers takes precedence, as it can make me money.

If there is anyone at all that I have forgotten to give a prize to, neglected to speak to, message, mail something to (Yes, Link, I am a HORRIBLE person, who apparently cannot make it to the Post Office during it's actual business hours) please let me know either through messaging here, on via email at missouridalton @ gmail . com

I may at some point in the future switch to that as a username, but am not sure at this time. It's up in the air at the moment.

Thank you to everyone who has faved, commented and looked at my work in the past few months, you are very much appreciated. These have been very roller coaster months with high highs and very low lows.

Cheers

  • Listening to: Itunes Writing Playlist
  • Reading: The Stone Light
  • Playing: Revenge of the Titans
  • Eating: NADA
  • Drinking: Water

Imagine Me and You Contest!

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 30, 2011, 6:44 PM
  • Listening to: The fridge cycle on
  • Reading: The Prisoner's Dilemma
  • Watching: NADA
  • Playing: Folklore
  • Eating: NADA
  • Drinking: Tea

Finally

Wed Mar 30, 2011, 6:43 PM
I'm getting the prize commissions out, notes answered and going through the absurd amount of messages that have piled up. DA seems to be behaving itself now, IE, I can actually read my messages! This makes me very happy.

One prize commission is still left to go. This is not because I haven't done it, but because I am still not happy with any of the many versions I have done. That's my downfall really, I draw in too many styles, and I just can't seem to get this one right. It's very vexsome.

In other news, I had a very promising job interview today, I'm about to start my maneuverability practice so I can obtain my driver's license and I got my state tax return today so I have small sum of funds I did not have before. I'm debating about the use of it, though I've decided to treat myself and will be going out to see Sucker Punch tomorrow with friends.

Other than that, the money will go towards my license, contest prizes for those of you who entered the Imagine Me and You contest (still ongoing until April 15 folks!) and probably shoe/work clothes. Thank goodness for the thrift store! I'm also looking for a small table/shelf to put my computer on so I can use the metal suitcase it's currently on for sock storage.

That's all really, besides my insomnia, allergies and general normal madness. I'm plugging away at three separate writing projects at the moment, and with any luck my very first book will be out for e-readers beginning of Fall/End of Summer. Nothing official just yet. Right now I'm waiting for edits, and cover art. I'm more nervous about the cover art than the edits.

I'd love to just have one of my favorite artists here do the cover, but I have a feeling that's frowned upon. Ah well. Perhaps after the book comes out I'll commission a cover just for my own happiness. Until next time.

Cheers.

  • Listening to: Itunes Writing Playlist
  • Reading: Bloodhound
  • Watching: Justified
  • Playing: Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria Chapter 3
  • Eating: NADA
  • Drinking: Pepsi