Rejection streak OVER [FU35]

Fortnightly update 35: 29.03.2021 to 11.04.2021

In this blog 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.

Flash fiction and short stories

I’m currently submitting flash fiction and short stories to online magazines and such for publication. It’s been a big fortnight for me. Two of my previously accepted stories were released, and I broke a MASSIVE rejection streak of around about 30. On the 7th, one of my 500-ish-word stories was accepted by Ghost Orchid Press for publication in their online magazine The Crypt, and the very next morning, one of my short stories was accepted by Quill & Crow for publication in their anthology Anomalies & Curiosities. This latter one is an especially big win, as it will be my first published short story (it’s about 5,500 words), and I got paid for it too. I’ll have more news for you on those acceptances over the next few months, but if you were interested in those two which have just been released, you can check them out here:

 Human Suit — in Issue 271 of AntipodeanSF (accepted 27.12.2020)
 Demon Love — in the anthology Seven Deadly Sins – Gluttony by Black Hare Press (accepted 01.12.2020)

Last fortnight, I said I might start sharing my submission and rejection/acceptance stats, but with my recent success, I’m just gonna bloody do it. Between the 29th and the 11th, this is what I got:

Submissions: 5
Rejections: 4
Acceptances: 2

Obviously those stats look pretty good, but they are by no means representative of a usual fortnight. As I said, I’ve just come off of a rejection streak, with my last acceptance occurring in December 2020.

I also worked on a couple of new stories but ended up abandoning one and sticking the other in the bottom drawer. I can’t dawdle on my victories for too long; I’ve got to get right back into it.

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 for Geetsly’s in the past, I mostly write for The Front and our new, smaller channel The Braved. Two videos for which I wrote the scripts were published this fortnight.

Twitter

I write 280-character stories and poems using various writing prompt hashtags on Twitter. This fortnight, I was naughty and only wrote one piece. I promised I would do better this fortnight, but I did not.

#birds

The crows were the only birds that did not reorient their flocks towards my house and break their necks upon my windows. They watched me with their blue-white eyes. They watched because they knew what I had called into this world. For they were all of them its children.

Conclusion

Those acceptances were my front-page news this fortnight. Everything else was pretty stock standard. Oh yeah, I turned 28 on the 6th. That was… nice?

Thanks for reading ❤

One grind down, onto the next one [FU34]

Fortnightly update 34: 15.03.2021 to 28.03.2021

In this blog 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.

Flash fiction and short stories

I’m currently submitting flash fiction and short stories to online magazines and such for publication. This fortnight, I submitted that story I was complaining about last fortnight, and it was just the little win I needed. Often, the stories I struggle to write end up being stronger stories. Fingers crossed it gets accepted. I think I have at least a fair shot! Going forward, I’ve got one more “long” story to edit and submit, but then I’m going to aim to go for submissions under 1,000 words, at least until I have a few more of such stories under my belt. I’m considering listing all of my submissions and rejections/acceptances here too, so then whoever reads this can see which publications I’m going for and stuff. I’ll give it some more thought!

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 for Geetsly’s in the past, I mostly write for The Front and our new, smaller channel The Braved. Three videos for which I wrote the scripts were published this fortnight.

Twitter

I write 280-character stories and poems using various writing prompt hashtags on Twitter. This fortnight, I was naughty and only wrote one piece. I will do better this coming fortnight, I promise.

#rapier

I wore my pain as armour
And nothing could reach inside
Until you thrust your
rapier
Between the plates
And curved your love
Into my heart

Conclusion

This fortnight was all about getting that aforementioned story submitted. Everything else got sort of pushed aside, though I have been critiquing the work of several other writers a fair bit lately, and intend to do more of that going forward.

Thanks for reading ❤

Chained to the desk [FU33]

Fortnightly update 33: 01.03.2021 to 14.03.2021

In this blog 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. I know I was a few days late with this post, but I was off getting some fresh air.

Flash fiction and short stories

I’m currently submitting flash fiction and short stories to online magazines and such for publication. This fortnight, I chained myself to the desk. I’ve been working on a 5 to 8k-words story for a Frankenstein-vibe Gothic fiction anthology, and it’s been killing me. Just the other day, I ditched my first story at around the 5k-word point and started fresh, just because I didn’t think the first one fit the themes quite well enough. I have less than half a month to write, edit, and submit this thing now.

RIP me.

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 for Geetsly’s in the past, I mostly write for The Front and our new, smaller channel The Braved. Four videos for which I wrote the scripts were published this fortnight.

Twitter

I write 280-character stories using various writing prompt hashtags on Twitter. This fortnight, I wrote four little pieces.

#horse

When she met her bullet, she hit the earth hard as her #horse, heart a busted oil pipe spurting. All that love, all that life, all those tough nights in death-grip winters with naught but two fists to split wood — it’d be a shame for a woman like that to go out easy.

#request

A last meal? Nah, how about a last request? Lower me slow. Let me hang and twitch. Men get broken necks. I’m just rotten nerves. Less than animal. I want to feel the rope. That’s my last request. More choice than I gave them.

#tensed

Lightning struck the tower and zigzagged through Walter’s patchwork body, which tensed, then deflated. His claws extended; his whiskers twitched. I was getting somewhere, and there was just no way I was gonna let that truck rob me of my puddy’s ninth and final life.

#rotated

He rotated the cylinder, loading it with .44s, then locked it in place. As the clouds parted, betraying a full, coppery moon, he put the barrel under his chin, which was elongating and filling with sharp teeth. He squeezed.

Blackness.

Then he spat the bullet out.

Conclusion

This fortnight has been a grind both with my writing and with my personal life. But I’m still here, and I’m honestly finding that writing grind therapeutic.

Thanks for reading ❤