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I’m now a first reader [63]

Fortnightly update 63: 25.04.2022 to 08.05.2022

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.

Submissions were slow-ish this fortnight (for me, anyway; compared to some other writers, I am an actual slug), but I started reading for Etherea Magazine, a wicked Australian speculative mag. As a reader, I read and judge story submissions to the magazine, deciding if they move to the next round or not. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try this, and it has been super enlightening so far.

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 4
Pending: 6
(5 stories; 1 sim sub)
Rejections: 4
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2022:
14

Spinning Yarns

My mate Patrick and I recently released our podcast Spinning Yarns with Nick & Paddy, which is about storytelling in all its forms.

Episode 10 went live this fortnight. It’s probably our most twisted yet.

You have been warned.

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Copywriting: Chad Gerber Photography

My client (and friend) Chad Gerber had his award-winning film Lens screen at an event in Perth called Pickle District After Dark on the weekend, and because I helped write the script, I got to tag along as a VIP and stand up in front of a crowd of people who clapped at us. It was sick.

Among other awards, Lens has won Best Inspirational Film at the 2021 LA Film Awards and Best Australian Short Film at the 2022 Australian Film Festival.

Here it is:

Copywriting: Frontier Media

I write scripts for Frontier Media, a media production company specialising in YouTube content. 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 of my videos went up this fortnight, including my three-part one on the First Indochina War. I think it came together pretty well!

And here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 129
Videos for The Braved: 66

Thoughts

As per my last update, still no internet at my new place. Just end me now.

In other news, I’m pretty much back on track with my writing routine, and it feels good. I’ve also become a regular at a pub for the first time in my life, so I am also well on track to fulfilling that writer stereotype.

Cheers ❤

Sooo close! [62]

Fortnightly update 62: 11.04.2022 to 24.04.2022

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.

Sooo, the two stories I had pending on longlists/shortlists last fortnight were both rejected this fortnight. These were with Flash Fiction Online and Aurealis, two excellent publications I’ve been trying to crack since this whole writing thing started. I did get some wicked feedback, however, and applied it to both stories, which I submitted elsewhere. They’re much, much improved, and I have high hopes.

Moving forward, I’m going to polish up the handful of stories I’ve sat on for a few months now, and then, once they’re sent off, draft one short story (probably flash fiction) each week. I do love me some flash fiction.

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 5
Pending: 6
(5 stories; 1 sim sub)
Rejections: 5
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2022:
11 (I think I miscounted this last fortnight; 11 is correct)

Spinning Yarns

My mate Patrick and I recently released our podcast Spinning Yarns with Nick & Paddy, which is about storytelling in all its forms.

Episode 9 went live this fortnight. We read a fun, pulpy sci-fi story called “Brain Slug,” a poem about Paddy’s mum, and an essay about precious moments, centred around a song by Billie Holiday.

In the coming weeks, we’re going to get more on top of our marketing game, too, so look forward to that.

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Copywriting: Frontier Media

I write scripts for Frontier Media, a media production company specialising in YouTube content. 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.

Just two of my videos went up this fortnight. The Douglas Mawson one was a nice change of pace.

And here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 127
Videos for The Braved: 63

Thoughts

So I moved into my shoebox in Fremantle this fortnight. It has been quite surreal so far, dreamlike. But I’m starting to find great comfort here, and I know moving here was absolutely the right choice. I’ve got clear goals, more than enough time to achieve them, and plenty of awesome people around me. I just need my bloody internet to come already!

Thanks for reading ❤

Shortlists and shoeboxes [61]

Fortnightly update 61: 28.03.2022 to 10.04.2022

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. There can be no denying it, things have slowed wayyy down, but I do have two stories waiting on two prestigious shortlists, so there’s that. My 10k-word story Army of the Bear got rejected this fortnight. Usually, that’s fine, but I honestly can’t find anywhere else to submit the thing. I may try and self-publish this one just to see how I like it.

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 0
Pending: 5
Rejections: 1
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2022:
7

Spinning Yarns

My mate Patrick and I recently released our podcast Spinning Yarns with Nick & Paddy, which is about storytelling in all its forms. Episode 8 went live this fortnight. We read my story Demon Love (originally published by Black Hare Press), a poem about Patrick’s daddy, and an essay on BoJack Horseman. As for recording, there have been a few bumps in the road, but we’re doing episode 12 this coming Friday.

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Copywriting: Frontier Media

I write scripts for Frontier Media, a media production company specialising in YouTube content. 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. Just two of my videos went up this fortnight.

And here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 125
Videos for The Braved: 61

Thoughts

I hinted, vaguely, at some personal troubles last fortnight. I’m still in the throes of those, trying to get back to my writing routine, which was absolutely working. For those interested, I’d wake at 5:50 AM, start writing fiction at 6 AM, write through to 8 AM, take an hour break, and then do my client work from 9 AM till 5 or 6 PM. It’s the best routine I’ve come up with so far, and it allowed for weekends too. I’m moving into a shoebox apartment about a week from now, so I’ll have all the solitude in the world. I am going to write some strange things indeed.

Thanks for reading ❤