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No more secrets [FU10]

Fortnightly update 10: 13.04.2020 to 26.04.2020

In this blog series, I share my fortnight-to-fortnight triumphs, and failures, as a writer. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Oracle of Aegis Isle (formerly Project Bronze)

Probably my biggest achievement in a while, the secret D&D project I’ve been chipping away at for almost a year is no longer a secret! It’s called the Oracle of Aegis Isle, and I’m presently playtesting my first draft of this 5th Edition adventure and getting the thing illustrated. If you play D&D and are interested in giving it a playtest or at least a read, please let me know 😉

More to come on this soon, including some wonderful art.

Geetsly’s

I write scripts for the popular Star Wars YouTube channel Geetsly’s.

Two more videos went up this fortnight. The first was about defective clone troopers.

And the second was about the glorified lampshades known as the Senate Guard.

The Front

I write scripts for the popular World War II YouTube channel The Front.

We uploaded two videos this fortnight. The first was about Portugal in World War II, a neutral nation whose contributions don’t get nearly enough attention.

And the second was about the diseases soldiers suffered in the Second World War, inspired just a little by the current pandemic.

#vss365 (formerly fiction_shots)

I decided to discontinue fiction_shots on Instagram and continue writing 250-character stories on Twitter under my own name. If you like my stories, I’ll be posting them just as frequently, if not more frequently, there, but I’ll also be copying them into these blog posts, under the #vss365 word prompt for each day. I wrote two this fortnight.

#shelter (This one reached 40 likes, the most I’ve ever got!)

The old seaman clutched his squid-head pendant and pointed to the swell bulging black and huge between two freighters in the bay. “Ain’t no shelter from this storm what’s coming.”

“Storm?” said I, studying the cloudless sky.

“Yup. He’s done waiting. Done dreaming.”

#oddity (I tried my hand a bit of poetry here!)

If an oddity it truly be
That spider of the midnight sea
That strobing fish with eyes of three
That swimming, scuttling giant flea
Then can I only ask, no, plea
That I shan’t ever live to see
What lurks below a different sea
On moons and planets far from me

Conclusion

The Oracle of Aegis Isle dominated my fortnight, but I still ticked off every other item on my to-do list and even found the time to revive two other secret projects, haha. One of them is made for kids, and you wouldn’t want your kids going anywhere near the other one. That’s all I’ll say for now.

Thanks for reading ❤

Business as usual [FU9]

Fortnightly update 9: 30.03.2020 to 12.04.2020

In this blog series, I share my fortnight-to-fortnight triumphs, and failures, as a writer. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Geetsly’s

I write scripts for the popular Star Wars YouTube channel Geetsly’s.

My second Star Wars video went up this fortnight. This one is for the Clone Wars nerds among ye.

The Front

I write scripts for the popular World War II YouTube channel The Front.

We uploaded two videos this fortnight. The first was about some World War II prisoner escapes you may not have heard of.

And the second is drawing the attention of keyboard warriors who can’t finish an eleven-minute video before shitting out a comment. Lol.

As for our custom posts on The Front History Facebook page and The Front History Instagram, like I said last fortnight, we’re discontinuing them indefinitely. With that said, I’m still using public domain images and making regular posts, so be sure to check out those links. For as long as we’re not making custom posts, I’ll be using our custom YouTube thumbnails as featured images for this blog series.

#vss365 (formerly fiction_shots)

I decided to discontinue fiction_shots on Instagram and continue writing 250-character stories on Twitter under my own name. If you like my stories, I’ll be posting them just as frequently, if not more frequently, there, but I’ll also be copying them into these blog posts, under the #vss365 word prompt for each day. I wrote three this fortnight.

#kicking

Thirty years kicking in dungeon doors and spearing dragons, only to cark it to some bloody disease. One piece of advice I give young adventures sinking ale at the inn I haunt is bring yer own tankard and wash yer bloody hands. Ain’t dragons what get ye in the end, eh?

#orange

Lakes of orange flame and plains of silent ice — these I envisioned in my fall. But the reality is far worse. Curled over a desk a little too low on a chair a little too high, placing and removing and placing and removing the same damned comma for all damned time.

#club

He stepped into the club, passed through a phalanx of laser, and sighed. It wasn’t him. It hadn’t been him in years. But the pills in the sandwich bag in his pocket said otherwise, and there were enough in there to get him to his thirties at least.

Conclusion

fiction_shots may be dead, but I just feel liberated; Instagram can be pretty sucky for writers. Other than that, we’ve taken little hits because of COVID-19, but business is continuing mostly as usual. Hey, I even started jogging. All it took was the apocalypse.

Thanks for reading ❤

Light in the dark [FU8]

Fortnightly update 8: 16.03.2020 to 29.03.2020

In this blog series, I share my fortnight-to-fortnight triumphs, and failures, as a writer. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Front

I write scripts for the popular YouTube channel The Front.

We uploaded two videos this fortnight. The first was about how the French get “memed “too hard for their capitulation in World War II.

And the second was a study on American propaganda and how important it was in the Second World War.

I also worked with some graphic designers to put together a post to both The Front History Facebook page and The Front History Instagram account. Unfortunately, we’ll be discontinuing these custom posts indefinitely, and that means no more custom featured images for these blog posts. Stupid COVID-19.

Our final custom post for the foreseeable future was a colourisation of an Aussie soldier in New Guinea in World War II.

fiction_shots

This fortnight, I posted two fiction_shots pieces on both Instagram and Twitter.

The first was about a robot dad. [Twitter #vss365 word #robot]

The other kids laugh or get all shy when he picks me up from school; his head antennae and metal arm bones are just a little too much for them. Half man, half robot — they have a word for that sort of thing, but I just call him Dad.

The second… well, I couldn’t resist. [Twitter #vss365 word #delicious]

We came up with a lot of names for the family cat over the years — Boots, Furball, Bastard — though, before the lockdown, we never thought we’d end up calling the poor little guy Delicious.

Life (and conclusion)

I don’t need to tell you how strange everything is right now, but I will say I’m fortunate enough to be working, and I’m hoping that won’t change for the worse; this is my light in the dark. In terms of my day to day life, it’s about the same, as I rarely left my “office” anyway. In terms of my life with my partner, we decided it was best to flee Melbourne and return home until things are looking up again.

Thanks for reading, and best of luck.