ApolloXandos
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Joined 01-24-19, id: 11930711, Profile Updated: 03-09-19
Author has written 9 stories for Alexander, and Dancing with the Lion Series.

Greek American with a hard-on for Megalexandros (Alexander the Great).

If anyone cares, the Pergamum Alexander head is the one I think of for Alexander, and the avatar I chose is close to my mental image of Hephaistion.


Such as it is, some frank advice for authors from a professional journalist:

Proofread your shit. Please. "Three days cold" is the editor's rule. You'll catch errors you didn't see when you wrote it. Readers don't want to wade through your typos and grammar crashes. (If English isn't your native language, I have more sympathy. Maybe find a native-speaker friend to edit?)

One scene, one head. Or better yet, one story, one head, especially if it's short. We don't need to see every scene from every point of view. It's confusing as hell.

Lose the gajillion synonyms for your character. Use their name. It becomes neutral with consistent use. All those synonyms are damn confusing and unprofessional.

Same thing with the f*cking dialogue tags. KISS principle: keep it simple, stupid. "said, replied, answered, stated." Use action to indicate who's talking instead.

Avoid anachronisms. There were no oranges or lime trees in Persia in Alexander's era. And he didn't know about silk till he got to the edge of India. LOOK IT UP; don't assume. (Yeah, as a journalist, I was taught to do my homework.)

And on sex...I'll be a bitchy gay queen and say, if you've not actually engaged in the sexual activity you're describing (especially if you're the opposite gender to the characters) DO RESEARCH. All sorts of descriptions are available online these days. ;)

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Rethinking Strategy reviews
Set during Alexander's siege of Tyre, about 6 months after events in "Making Amends." There's some politics and military here, but it's really about what's going on in between battles, and story behind Alexander's acquisition of a navy to defeat Tyre. Alexander's POV. Alexander/Hephaistion #4 (Coda) to the Phoenician Trilogy.
Alexander - Rated: M - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 4 - Words: 11,277 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 12/11/2019
Second Times Are More Complicated Than Firsts reviews
Passion carried the first sexual encounter between Alexandros and Hephaistion in the bath at Dion. But how about the next time? (Alexandros/Hephaistion)
Dancing with the Lion Series - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,921 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 9/15/2019 - Complete
Damn Fish reviews
Hephaistion hates fish. Alexander sends him some. Humor. Hephaistion POV. Alexander/Hephaistion
Alexander - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,410 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/23/2019 - Complete
Tonight reviews
In a temporary camp somewhere west of the Euphrates, Alexander is trying to decide where to cross. New territory makes him restless. And horny. Hephaistion's POV. Alexander/Hephaistion
Alexander - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,844 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 2 - Published: 7/12/2019 - Complete
A Matter of Apples reviews
In grief, people like to remember. As Hephaistion's funeral approaches, Alexander comes to an understanding about what matters most and beseeches the Moirai, the Fates.
Alexander - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,042 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/14/2019 - Complete
Medea reviews
When Alexander broke up a brawl between Hephaistion and Krateros, he called out Hephaistion in public, but scolded Krateros in private. If Hephaistion knows himself in the wrong to have begun the fight, his public standing is now in tatters. Hephaistion's POV. Alexander/Hephaistion
Alexander - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 2 - Words: 6,390 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 2 - Published: 2/14/2019 - Complete
Making Amends reviews
After Hephaistion and Alexander's quarrel, Alexander puzzles over how to acknowledge his friend's importance, both to him but also in the army, and Hephaistion's men speak up for him. Alexander's POV. Alexander/Hephaistion #3 of the Phoenician Trilogy.
Alexander - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 3 - Words: 8,621 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 7 - Published: 2/1/2019 - Complete
Facing Reality reviews
Byblos has surrendered, and Alexander is settling affairs in the city before going on to Sidon. While in Byblos, he's strong-armed into doing something he doesn't want to do. Alexander's POV Alexander/Hephaistion #2 of the Phoenician Trilogy.
Alexander - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 3 - Words: 7,024 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 4 - Updated: 1/30/2019 - Published: 1/29/2019 - Complete
Breaking Rules reviews
In the weeks after the battle of Issos, Alexander and Hephaistion finally breach the ultimate taboo. Alexander's POV. Alexander/Hephaistion #1 of the Phoenician Trilogy.
Alexander - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 8,107 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/25/2019 - Complete