The Entomologist and NoSpiders-Man – 4


The Entomologist and NoSpiders-Man – 4


Adam couldn’t speak, himself. He’d have choked on a word. It was impossible to come up with even a fumbled, ‘um, hi’. What was he going to do, affect nonchalance, act like he just walked around the building in the buff all the time?

After the awkwardest brief pause in the world, though, Markov saved him. He stood a little straighter – making the most of his diminutive height.  And he looked Adam right in the eye – because anywhere else would have been awkward.  “’Evening, there, neighbour,” was how he opened the conversation.  He folded his arms, and there might have been a twitch of amusement round the pretty curl of his lips. “Interesting weather we’ve been having, right? Warm,” he emphasized.

His gaze traveled and lingered over Adam’s shoulder, arm, hip – suggesting, wordlessly, that a spot of naturism was a perfectly reasonable response to the heat. Or that maybe Adam thought so, at least.





© Alex Ankarr 2017, all rights reserved.  Including the stellar artwork, don’t go stealing my spidey, peoples.


YAY!  4th installment of my bug-hunter/bug-phobic gay romance, here it is!


Poem: prescription strength of love


“Your prescription now is stronger,”

My optician says to me

He only means to give the dimming

Fuzzy world a clarity

You, I’ve not explained to him yet

He has not asked that I do

Only wants to know my headaches

An alphabet recital too

Think you I’ll love you less dearly

If I see you sharp and clear

If I see your flaws my dear one

Once I excused myopically

It’s not the case, although it should be

I love you not for fuzzy glow

For radiant halos stemming only

From faulty curve of lens, I know

I love you for your faults, you bastard

And when I see them close and sharp

I’ll pull the hornrims off my nose, dear

Vowed haloed angel, sans specs, mit harp.

© 2015 Alex Ankarr.


Image – Zuukuo Wuu public domain.

Poem: …star corsage



a bouquet of roses,

of diamonds and baby’s breath

a few stars thrown in

to confuse over scale

and Satan peering from a black black hole

deep, deep, deep in the vase

a bouquet of roses

roses, foxes and diamonds

diamonds and baby’s breath

breath, and a few stars

the scale is confused

and Satan’s in there too

peeping out a black hole

gravity in the vase

down deep, deep

© Copyright Alex Ankarr 2017

Image – Vaughan’s Seed Company; Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection, no known copyright restrictions.

Creativity Project – alternate bookcover 09/02/2018

This one?  This one’s an alternate cover for ‘Even A God Of War Pays Overdue Fees‘…  Grecian, godlike, nude…

Even A God Of War Pays Overdue Fees

I wouldn’t quite describe it as NSFW, but I wouldn’t submit it to Amazon either… you never know…  Or not without making the supplementary text a WHOLE lot bigger, right?

image – Nagarjun Kandukuru, licence


Zumba for the Soul, week 5

Are we in week 5 already?  (I suspect we’re in week 6 already, actually.  Late, late, for a very important date!)

Aaaand the Zumba tasks for this week, assigned by Ms. Grout:

a) make a hat out of newspaper.

Ehhhhh.  MORE ORIGAMI?  Can I just cut a circle out of the middle, plonk it on my head and call it a sunhat?

b) then, to write 500 words.  About someone you hate.

Yuck, that’s not a nice task.  Must I?  Well, I suppose it need never see the light of day.

c) Plan a beach holiday, make cocktails for it, get straw hats for the sun.


But hey?  With my newspaper-with-a-hole cut out, I’ve got the sunhat all ready!  (The boozin’ bit I’ve got down.  I can do that all right.)

‘If you like pina colada, and getting caught in the rain…’


image – chris Goldberg licence and not modified.

Creativity Project – alternate bookcover 08/02/2018

cupcake kissin'

image – Marina Aguiar under licence and modified using a Canva element.

Like it?  Pretty!  This is today’s alternate cover, for my fluffy romance title ‘Cupcake Kissin”.  Read on…

Caspar is a new post-grad with no money, no job, no boyfriend and no options. Then his sweet old aunt Gertie leaves him a cupcake bakery in her will. It’s based in LA, with a starry clientele, in the shape of gorgeous soap star Mack – who has a snooty academic boyfriend, but seems to like Caspar more than he should. Has Caspar inherited more than he bargained for?

Cupcake Kissin’ is FREE to read here on the blog or downloadable HERE!

Alternate bookcover 06/02/2018 b): an alternate to the alternate!

Or here’s a slightly different version.  Better with a grey background? Anyway, it’s another alternate bookcover for ‘Wolves In Leather‘, using the same Canva element.  And monochrome is still pretty.  Like it?  Let me know in the comments!

wolves in leather2

Looka that moon!  Arooo!  Pretty, right?

The ‘Daily’ Book-cover – Sunday!

And today – for the, er, biweekly alternate bookcover/creativity exercise – tadah, an alternate cover for ‘Another World, Another Love’!

another world, another love

This cover uses a detail from one of my wolf drawings.  And I think the pseudo-abstraction and colour-scheme give it a definite ‘mid-1970s middle-school textbook’ vibe, which is sort of cute.