Thursday, April 14, 2022

#AtoZChallenge L IS FOR LAST

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The team's theme of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year is:

Welcome to L in the A to Z Challenge! Former Challenge co-host Alex here to tell you why L is for LAST.
#atozchallenge Alex

Last sounds for final, so ending. And we might feel like we’ve reached the last.

Maybe you feel like this is the last Challenge you can handle. Maybe today is the last letter and you’re tossing it in.
But what if it’s not the last? What if you just think this is the last? After all, humans are rather stubborn creatures. We don’t like to lose, either. We might say this is the last, but then the mind goes to work telling us why we just can’t quit now, why this isn’t the last time. We let those natural instincts to succeed take over and guess what—this isn’t the last.
My last full length novel came out in 2015, and outside of some short stories and published articles, I thought that would be the last one. I held on to that belief for a long time, content with it. Until an idea came to me, and I realized I wasn’t satisfied with the word last. I knew I could write another one. And I did—CassaDark, my fifth novel, was published earlier this month.

So, if you’re thinking this might be the end, the last post you do for the Challenge, think again! If I can write an entire novel, you can manage another blog post. You can write another two weeks of blog posts! Make that your goal—Z will be the last.

Alex J. Cavanaugh works in web design and graphics, and he plays guitar in a Christian band. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is known as Ninja Captain Alex and he’s the founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. 

By Alex J. Cavanaugh

His world is unraveling…

Bassan’s father is stepping down from command. His best friend almost dies when Bassan freezes. Now, he’s being sent across the galaxy to speak at an important conference. Despite saving the eleven races years ago, he’s paralyzed by fear and doubt. Could things get any worse?

Once there, new acquaintance Zendar convinces Bassan to visit his planet for a humanitarian mission. Bassan’s special connection to ancient technology is the key to saving Zendar’s people. One problem though—it’s a prisoner planet.

On Ugar, he discovers things aren’t so straightforward. As each secret reveals itself, the situation grows more desperate. If he can’t find the right answers, he might die along with Zendar’s people. Can Bassan summon the courage to be a hero again?

Trade paperback, 226 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, LLC
Science fiction - Adventure (FIC028010) / Space Opera (FIC028030) / Space Exploration (FIC028130)
Print ISBN 9781939844842 $16.95 / eBook ISBN 9781939844859 $4.99


Alex made a dream come true when he published another book. What dream of yours are you making come true this year?

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Dino said...

My L post:

ladyleemanila said...

this is not my last post :)

Susan Sanderson said...

Encouraging post, Alex. My L is Love and Light.

Mom and Ideas said...

That's a wonderful take on Last. I will head to the insecure writers group shortly, I guess I might find it helpful.

Dropping by from the A-Z challenge as I begin every sentence of each chapter with the letter of the day... a thing that might last until the last post :)

Frewin55 said...

I finished my first, and hopefully not last novel, this year and put it out to very old school friends and family, but only my sister came through having read and edited it and with the suggestion to "ditch the darlings". So now I am going to do a strategic review and rewrite... The experience of waiting for a response has definitely made me insecure lol.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

Felt like I should be cheering at the end of that "speech". LOL.

Ronel visiting for the A-Z Challenge My Languishing TBR: L

Crackerberries said...

Will definitely have to visit the insecure writers...I will definitely add that to one of my Little Lists


Kalpana said...

Congratulations on CassaDark Alex and thanks for your inspiring words. I did feel like throwing in the towel today. It usually happens to me at L and M. Strangely not at Q, X, Y and Z.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, everyone! Glad it was inspiring. Definitely check out the IWSG.

Cheryl said...

Congratulations on your new release. I find that never gets old. I hope I never embrace last until that last breath before I leave this world.

Anne M Bray said...

A Last is also a thing that shoes are built on, just sayin' :-D

L is for...

The Fluevog Lottie Deno shoe:

The "Lake" in South El Monte:

Timothy S. Brannan said...

Well today I look into one of the Last mysteries of the Cold War in "Lost Cosmonauts."

Tim Brannan
The Other Side | A to Z of Conspiracy Theories

L. Diane Wolfe said...

It's never the last until we're dead.

Gonz said...

Well, I must say that if you see her, it will probably be the last thing you see. L is for Lolth.

kaykuala said...

My L Contribution:


2 gators said...

this is NOT my last post, I intend on finishing

L is here