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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 ❤

Just keep swimming [60]

Fortnightly update 60: 14.03.2022 to 27.03.2022

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. I submitted two stories this fortnight and have gotten to the short list of an excellent publication, so fingers crossed!

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 2
Pending: 6
Rejections: 0
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2022: 6

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 7 went live this fortnight. Paddy reads one of my flash fiction pieces previously published by Cross & Cross Keys, a poem about life and death, and an essay about Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and we talk a lot of crap. It’s a belter. Check it out!

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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. Four of my videos went up this fortnight. I especially love the video on the Philippine–American War. It was an absolutely brutal conflict.

And here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 124
Videos for The Braved: 60

Conclusion

This fortnight was a little slow because of some personal stuff, and the next probably will be too, but all I have to do is keep swimming. I’ll find the current soon.

Thanks for reading ❤