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My 100th video for The Front [45]

Fortnightly update 45: 16.08.2021 to 29.08.2021

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. It’s been quite slow for the past few months, but I think it’s because I’m more picky with my stories and also with the publications I submit them to. I did manage to draft a fantasy epistolary short story, and I absolutely love it. Epistolary is, in many ways, liberating; the story’s existence is warranted in-universe. Probs gonna submit that one this coming week!

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 2
Pending: 7
Rejections: 1
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2021 (from June 8th): 8

Other projects

Last fortnight, I mentioned my grandad’s memoir, a story of his childhood in Macedonia and how it was affected by the Greek Civil War. I made some great ground with that this fortnight and am ready to have another sit-down with him and get the next chapter happening. I’m enjoying it more than I thought I would. My family’s history is far more interesting that I thought it was.

I also finished beta reading that novel for my friend this fortnight. It was a lot of work, but I definitely learnt a thing or two about my own writing, and also that I’m nowhere near ready to try my hand at a novel.

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 live this fortnight, including my 100th for The Front! That’s something to be proud of.

And here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 100
Videos for The Braved: 31

Twitter

I write 280-character stories and poems using various writing prompt hashtags, mostly #vss365, on Twitter. I wrote just three this fortnight, but I’m pretty happy with them all, especially the first one.

#search

They were about to turn the helicopter around and give up the search for the day when, through the red desert sand, they spotted the skull, as big as a house and befitting to one being and one being only: God. They returned with machines, and they buried him deeper.

#history

Why did I have to delve into my family history? Why didn’t they bulldoze that ancient house? Why did I have to take that book of skin from the basement? I could keep asking myself all this, or I could just take my knife and get on with it, adding my page to the count.

#shallow

My friends say I’m shallow, but you’ve gotta draw the line somewhere when it comes to dating ETs in 3021. Felinae — sure, hot as hell. Cephalopoda — maybe. But Crustacea — no, uh-uh. I mean, we’ve all heard that story about the man and his wife with the giant crab claw.

Conclusion

This fortnight was nice and balanced. I managed my time super well and came out with a bit of time to spare for boardgames and other activities that recharge my creative battery. That’s all for now.

Thanks for reading ❤

Rejections, new projects, and more rejections [44]

Fortnightly update 44: 02.08.2021 to 15.08.2021

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 tooouuuggghhh. I scored two rejections on the same day, which in itself is fairly normal, but I had such high hopes for those submissions, and it bloody hurt. I did also draft one of my strongest short stories to date, so that improved my mood, and I started my first epistolary piece too, with which I’m having a great deal of fun. That’s the game, I guess. Cherish those wins you get them.

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 3
Pending: 6
Rejections: 3
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2021 (from June 8th): 7

Other projects

I managed to put aside a few hours to work on my grandad’s memoir this fortnight, and I’m pretty happy with how it’s going so far. It’s shaping up to be a fairly short piece, with most of the focus on my grandad’s childhood in Macedonia and how it was affected by the Greek Civil War.

A while back I mentioned I’d written a children’s story. Finally I’m doing something with that now, turning it into an animated children’s book with some of my friends from Frontier Media. I can’t wait to share more about this soon.

There’s also my other super secret project I’m working on with my friend Patrick. We’re hoping we can reveal something about it by the end of this month. Stay tuned.

Oh yeah. I’m also beta reading a novel for a friend. I’ve never done it before, but it’s providing me with much insight. It’s also a lot of work!

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 live this fortnight. And here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 98
Videos for The Braved: 29

Twitter

I write 280-character stories and poems using various writing prompt hashtags, mostly #vss365, on Twitter. I wrote five this fortnight, some of my best to date.

#eclipse

It was always “sacrifice this” and “summon that.” Couldn’t Troy stay home and enjoy at least ONE lunar eclipse with his family? He shrugged, tossed his pointy hat on the floor, and cracked a beer. Yeah, just for this one bloody night, the cult could get fucked.

#dolphin

shark!shark!shark!
— dolphin
winter swell

#nourish

The great mother, holes in her white leathery wings, could only nourish her young on the village under the cliff for so long. Soon they would be strong enough to take flight and learn the sting of man’s arrows for themselves. Soon, but not yet. For now, they were hers.

#reviving

The necromancer had spent his years reviving the dead and had never thought to test his magic on the living. It happened by chance. His target’s back straightened and face lifted in bliss. Somewhere in the necromancer’s black heart, there was a spark. It felt… good.

no prompt word

crouching
in the winter grass:
your car

Conclusion

This fortnight was bumpy, but I think overall I came out on top! Not much else to say.

Thanks for reading ❤

Pints and haiku [43]

Fortnightly update 43: 19.07.2021 to 01.08.2021

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’ve been a little slow on the submissions, but it’s because I have four short stories I keep editing and re-writing and can’t seem to finish. I’m hoping I can send at least one of them off this coming fortnight, and I’m hoping to write some flash fiction, just to get some more work out there. One of this fortnight’s rejections was from Flash Fiction Online. My story made it to the third and final round but didn’t quite make the cut. Spewin’.

Here at this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 2
Pending: 6
Rejections: 3
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2021 (from June 8th): 4

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. Just two of my videos went live this fortnight. And here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 96
Videos for The Braved: 27

Twitter

I write 280-character stories and poems using various writing prompt hashtags, mostly #vss365, on Twitter. I wrote four this fortnight. I think the clam one’s cute.

#afraid

Rappelling down the fissure, he emerged in the black cavern in which he believed the god-queen slept. His flare was still falling. He called her terrible name, more afraid now, after everything he’d done, after all that blood, that she wouldn’t call his name back.

#clam

pink summer sunset
on my fishing hook:
a clam

#permission

The archmage had created many clay golems over the centuries and knew the constructs could not think nor feel. Though, when he finally granted his most recent golem permission to tear itself apart, to die, he could have sworn the damn thing smiled.

no prompt word

more lemons
than leaves
on the lemon tree

Conclusion

In other news, I took a fair bit of time off this fortnight. I was supposed to go to this heavy metal festival in the middle of Australia called Blacken, but COVID fucked that up for me. I went on a nice long haiku walk instead and had some pints with some friends. It didn’t quite give me what I needed, but I needed some sort of break. I was running on empty.

Thanks for reading ❤