An acceptance, some vss, and new perspectives [57]

Fortnightly update 57: 31.01.2022 to 13.02.2022

In this series, I share my fortnight-to-fortnight triumphs (and failures) as a writer. Despite all the ups and downs, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Short fiction

I’m currently submitting short fiction, mostly flash fiction and short stories, to online magazines and such for publication. I scored my first acceptance of 2022 this fortnight, and I’ve been flying ever since because it was my necromancer story and it found an Australian home with Etherea Magazine. I can’t wait until this one goes live and I can share it with ya.

Overall, it has been a slow start, but I’m shifting my daily routine up a bit so I’m writing every day, rather than just a lot on Tuesdays. I’ve been starting at 6 AM and going through to 8 AM, writing 500 to 750 words of fiction a day and then moving on to my client work. So far, I’ve been more productive with my time and I feel more satisfied and healthy. Consistency is key, and with this routine, I can probably draft a short story or at least a flash fiction piece every week, which would be lovely.

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 0
Pending: 5
Rejections: 0
Acceptances: 1
Rejections 2022: 2

Twitter

I’ve also been getting back into #vss365 on Twitter, which is nice. It’s genuinely a great way to generate story ideas, a department in which I’ve been lacking. As I used to do, I’m going to start sharing my tiny stories here again.

#keen

He knew his keen sense for occult treasures auctioned at estate sales would one day be his undoing, though he had expected his death would be the result of some haunting or curse, not the unwashed hand of the sniffling bidder who touched the pendant before him.

#crave

He didn’t crave it. He wished he did. Every drop tasted more foul than it had when he was a man, and he gagged and regorged as he fed, cursing the giver of his curse for this great mockery, this great, dreadful irony.

A vampire who hated the taste of blood.

Spinning Yarns

Last fortnight, my mate Patrick and I released our podcast Spinning Yarns with Nick & Paddy, which is about storytelling in all its forms. We dumped three episodes out at once to get the ball rolling, but now we’re moving to fortnightly releases. This fortnight, Episode 4 “Perspectives” went live, and you should definitely check it out.

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Frontier Media

I write scripts for Frontier Media, a media production company specialising in YouTube. Our two largest channels are The Front and Geetsly’s, and while I’ve written a little for Geetsly’s in the past, I mostly write for The Front and our new, smaller channel The Braved. Four of my videos went up this fortnight. I love the one on The Front about Britain in World War II. It’s probably one of my best scripts yet.

And here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 120
Videos for The Braved: 54

Conclusion

This fortnight was massive. I implemented some new routines, scored some wins, and had a lot of fun. There’s not much more to say other than thank you for reading this ❤

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