It’s all about them rejections [42]

Fortnightly update 42: 05.07.2021 to 18.07.2021

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.

Short fiction

I’m currently submitting short fiction, mostly flash fiction and short stories, to online magazines and such for publication. I’m gonna start guaging my success by how many rejections I get. July 8th marked my first year of submitting short stories seriously. In that time, I scored only 56 rejections. I’m hoping to get at least 100 a year. I’m gonna start the count fresh in 2022, but with that said, I’d like to get at least 40 in this latter half of 2021. Wish me luck.

Here at this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 3
Pending: 7
Rejections: 1
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2021 (from June 8th): 1

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. Been smashing out some scripts lately. Feeling real good about the whole thing. Here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 96
Videos for The Braved: 25

Twitter

I write 280-character stories and poems using various writing prompt hashtags, mostly #vss365, on Twitter. I wrote four this fortnight. I love that first haiku. Probably someone’s already written one just like it, though.

#honey

in my tea:
lemon, honey
and a raincloud

#unravelled

From around the corners of our reality, it unravelled him, shifting the tracks so his loved ones drove themselves into an early grave, whispering words he could never know. In the end, when it finally stepped around the corner, he was grateful his mind was already gone.

#antagonistic

They kidnapped my wife and tried to feed her to their starving god. I showed them what a shotgun slug can do to a human body at close range. Yeah, Father, I’d say I’ve been feeling a little antagonistic lately. Now, would you stop yapping and just bless my damn shells?

#almost

Hank almost didn’t pull the trigger. The guy had a wife, kids. He begged like a dog, too, prayed to every god he knew. Hank could almost see himself in the guy’s shoes, could almost let this one rat slide, could almost take his word for it. “Almost,” said Hank. “Almost.”

Conclusion

In other news, I implemented a new work routine this fortnight. I felt I was being inefficient. So far, it’s been working great. I’ve been staying on top of my creative work and my client work, and I haven’t felt so stressed about it all. I’ve also been getting back to the basics a little, brushing up on things like narrative POV and narrative voice, showing vs telling, and showing emotion in writing. I was definitely getting a little sloppy. Maybe you’ll see an improvement in my work. Who knows?

For now, thanks for reading ❤

I guess I write (bad) haiku now [41]

Fortnightly update 40: 21.06.2021 to 04.07.2021

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.

Short fiction

I’m currently submitting short fiction, mostly flash fiction and short stories, to online magazines and such for publication. I snagged a nice acceptance this fortnight, my second with AntipodeanSF, and I took some old stories out of the bottom drawer in the hopes of breathing new life into them. It’s going… okay so far. I swear the rejection I got from one of those (a few months ago now) gave me PTSD.

Here at this fortnight’s stats:

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

In other news, my prize-winning story “Goblins” is now available on The Arcanist’s podcast and also on their website. It’s free to listen to or read!

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. Since our one video exploded last fortnight, The Braved has been travelling incredibly well. Three videos for which I wrote the scripts were published this fortnight. Here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 94
Videos for The Braved: 23

Twitter

I write 280-character stories and poems using various writing prompt hashtags, mostly #vss365, on Twitter. I wrote eight this fortnight, mostly haiku. I’m having all too much fun with haiku, and I plan on keep writing them. They’re a great reason to go outside.

#summer

a fly
in the shade of a nostril
summer sun

#hold

raindrops on a leaf tip
hold… hold…
release

#gold

The beggar gasped when the man with the ouroboros tattoo dropped a gold piece into his hat. More, he knew the man’s face. But from where? If his father wasn’t dead, it might have been him. The man winked. “Just be sure you do the same when you’re in my shoes, kid.”

#cloud

He thought what he was seeing was the shadow of a cloud passing over the waves. But the sky was empty, and when he looked again, the vast circular bulk shot out to sea, merging with its darker bands and leaving the echo of a name in his skull. An awful, beautiful name.

no prompt words

secateurs click
through the neck
of a rose

my heart
when the magpie flies
in spring

can’t tell
the chimney smoke
from the sky

a rainy day
is night
under the peppermint tree

Conclusion

All in all, it was a pretty steady fortnight. I ended it with something different, though. On the second Saturday, I went to my grandparents house and started working with my grandad to edit/write his autobiography. It’s gonna be a fairly short, concise tale in the end, but it’s nice to get to know him in that way. More updates on that, and everything else, soon!

For now, thanks for reading ❤

Some big wins on our new channel [40]

Fortnightly update 40: 07.06.2021 to 20.06.2021

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.

Short fiction

I’m currently submitting short fiction, mostly flash fiction and short stories, to online magazines and such for publication. This fortnight was pretty quiet on that front. I’ve been chipping away at a few stories but can’t seem to figure a couple of them out. I did manage to polish and submit one story, though, which is nice! Also, I announced that my story Widow of the River got accepted last fortnight. That was with Crow & Cross Keys, and it’s gonna be a WHILE before it goes live.

For now, here at this fortnight’s stats:

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

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. Five videos for which I wrote the scripts were published this fortnight, and our baby The Braved also spiked, with one of our videos breaching 300k views and still climbing. Exciting times! Here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 93
Videos for The Braved: 21

Twitter

I write 280-character stories and poems using various writing prompt hashtags, mostly #vss365, on Twitter. I wrote four this fortnight! The last few were American haiku or lunes, which uses a 5-3-5-syllable structure and don’t have any other restrictions. I even tried to make a little interactive fiction piece with lunes, but the form ended up being a poor fit for the type of story I had in mind, so I ditched it, and that led me to explore haiku a little more. I ended up spending like 12 hours researching and writing haiku, haha. I think I’ve found a new thing.

#avarice

In his avarice he acquired a relic unalike the million coins and jewels in his treasury. It bore the markings of a race long buried and rid him of all earthly desire. Now there is only it — a horror buried even deeper than that dead race, a mouth that calls his name.

#dispose

every body they dispose
down here
is a new friend
or a meal

#hunger

He was mesmerised by the fire’s appetite, its hunger, and followed it as it levelled forest and village alike. He wept with joy as it raged, and anguish as it grew dim and tired. With its last lick, he lit a candle, and held it close, so close, aching to begin once more.

#ride

raindrops crowd the glass
my windshield
seabirds
ride west winds

#swords

grass swords cross the moon
reflected
in a swan’s black pool

Conclusion

I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m working on a secret project at the moment (well, one major one and a few minors ones), and that’s taking up a fair bit of my time. I’ve got to find a way to balance it with my short fiction submissions because I do not want to slow down too much with those. Can’t wait to share the project with you.

And thanks for reading ❤