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Secret project: revealed! [52]

Fortnightly update 52: 22.11.2021 to 05.12.2021

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.

Spinning Yarns

So for the past eight months I’ve been working (in secret) on a podcast with my good friend Patrick. It’s not quite ready to go live yet, and I’m not counting this as “the big announcement,” but I think it’s time to share a little something-something.

Spinning Yarns with Nick & Paddy is a podcast about storytelling in all its forms. We read and critique our own stories and poems; talk about books, movies, TV shows, video games, music, etc, and chat heaps of shite.

So far, we’ve recorded five episode and intend to release the first three by mid January. It turns out there’s a lot more to podcasts than we first thought, but we’re up for the challenge. I’ve been doing all the sound stuff myself. It ain’t easy, but I’m getting there, and our episodes sound pretty great! We’ve set up a basic website with a placeholder logo and hope to have a proper logo at least a week before release (it’s in the works). You can find a little more information about our podcast on said website. I also made a Twitter account for Spinning Yarns, and I plan to get that ball rolling very soon.

If you like stories and want to hear two idiots talk about them, keep an ear out. I’ll hopefully be announcing more next fortnight and over the next few months.

The boys’ll dazzle listeners with the sheer wealth and breadth of their conversational content, carefully curated for them in lovely little half-hour chunks, in which they’ll pinwheel freely between such diverse subjects as video games, homoeroticism, cinema, bodily fluids, short prose fiction, existential ennui, pieces of poetry, a mutual crush on Anya Taylor-Joy, and the very human need to laugh maniacally at the ever-encroaching spectre of death.

Short fiction

I’m currently submitting short fiction, mostly flash fiction and short stories, to online magazines and such for publication. I submitted my first simultaneous submission this fortnight. I hadn’t been doing that until this point (I’m not sure why), but it makes sense to do so if I can. More lines in the water equals more fish, no? That’s if they’re biting. I’m also about to start a fresh short story, set in WWII-era Macedonia and loosely based on the setting of my grandad’s memoir, which I’ve mentioned a few times in the past (on that note, I’ve almost finished editing the memoir!). I can’t wait to start this one, although I wish I was writing it from a cabin in a dark forest, not sunbleached Australia. Oh, I also wrote and submitted a spooky Christmas story. An acceptance would be a nice Christmas present, but I’ll take coal if that’s all that’s on offer.

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 4
Pending: 8
Rejections: 0
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2021 (from June 8th): 25

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 up this fortnight. I particularly like the one on Switzerland in WWII. Total respect for those guys, caught between a rock in a hard place.

And here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 112
Videos for The Braved: 44

Twitter

I write 280-character stories and poems using various writing prompt hashtags, mostly #vss365, on Twitter. I wrote just one this fortnight. One day, one day, I’ll get back on track with this because these little stories are truly valuable in terms of sparking creativity and fresh ideas for longer pieces.

#ribbon

A length of police ribbon still fluttered from the front door. The windows were smashed, and the walls bloomed black with mould. But just for this one night each year, I could return here and be with the shadows of my family. Just for this one night, it was home.

Conclusion

This fortnight was mostly about pushing onward to the end of the year. I’m busy tying creative loose ends and getting ahead on my client work so I can drink way, way too much eggnog on Christmas.

Thanks for reading ❤

I drafted my first novella! [51]

Fortnightly update 51: 08.11.2021 to 21.11.2021

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.

Novella

I’ve been pretty cryptic about it, but I’ve been working on a novella for the past few months, on and off. This fortnight I put my head down and pushed through my first draft, finishing it on around 32,500 words. I wanted to quit this project so many times, but some positive words from some friends helped me back on my feet. I’m glad they were there to do so. Some stories just fall out; others, like this one, are a bloody grind. The last two days working on it, I wrote 3,700 words and 4,500 words. I swear my eyes bled afterwards.

This story, with the working title “Cooked,” is set in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia, where I live. It’s largely about the secret relationship between a youth a few years out of school, and his best friend’s youngest sister, who’s still in school. There are lies, parties, no small amount of drugs and drum and bass, and, of course, Lovecraftian overtones. I drop the F and C bombs about a thousand times, too, because to censor it would be disingenuous. Let’s just say I wouldn’t want my mum to read this one.

I’m going to let it sit until 2022, then look on it with fresh eyes. Hopefully I can polish it into something worth submitting by late January. I’m gonna need some readers, too, so throw up your hand if you’re interested!

Short fiction

I’m currently submitting short fiction, mostly flash fiction and short stories, to online magazines and such for publication. My submissions have been taking a hit because of the novella, but I’m hoping to write and submit at least two new stories by the end of the year. This is a realistic goal for me, considering all the work I’m doing for Frontier Media to prepare for the holiday season, and also considering the holiday season itself.

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 1
Pending: 6
Rejections: 1
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2021 (from June 8th): 25

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 one of my videos went up this fortnight. We skipped one upload for The Braved, and we’ve got two writers for The Front. The Battle for Milne Bay one is pretty interesting, especially if you’re from the Land Down Under.

And here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 110
Videos for The Braved: 42

Twitter

I write 280-character stories and poems using various writing prompt hashtags, mostly #vss365, on Twitter. I wrote just one this fortnight. It got a decent amount of attention, but still…

#dormant

The gene had remained dormant for five generations, including mine. Why did it have to come to life in my baby boy? He latches to my breast not for the milk but for the blood, which he draws with his tiny fishbone teeth. I think I’ll take him for a nice walk in the sun.

Conclusion

This fortnight was all about the novella. The following few are going to be about my client work, my grandad’s memoir, and another epic project I’ve been keeping under wraps for about six months now. I can’t WAIT to share more about that one.

Thanks for reading ❤

Number 50, baby! [50]

Fortnightly update 50: 25.10.2021 to 07.11.2021

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 put out a new story out for consideration this fortnight and copped a few rejections, which I still need to send back out there to bring my pending stories back up. Look, it’s been a while since I’ve had an acceptance, but I’m not feeling too bad about it because I’m fricking working hard.

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 2
Pending: 6
Rejections: 3
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2021 (from June 8th): 24

Freelance

I’ve been thinking a lot about my freelance work this fortnight. I’ve got a great steady client (Frontier Media), but it’s been a while since I’ve written for someone else. I’d like to broaden my portfolio a bit and do some learning. I’m thinking about getting into copywriting. I’ve also forced myself out of my home office by joining a co-working space. Hopefully I can meet some new friends through that and broaden my professional network. I’ll keep you posted about that, but they have a printer at the co-working space, so finally, finally I can print my D&D character sheets without going to Officeworks. Woo.

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 of my videos went live this fortnight, but I forgot one last fortnight, so here they all are. The top one, Spicer-Simson, is so underrated. He was a weird, weird man.

And here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 110
Videos for The Braved: 41

Twitter

I write 280-character stories and poems using various writing prompt hashtags, mostly #vss365, on Twitter. I wrote just two this fortnight. I can see at least the second one working as a good prompt for a future story.

#foreshadowed

The fortuneteller might have foreshadowed my death, but she sure didn’t see hers coming. I shot her between the eyes with my Ruger and left her to rot in her caravan. Why did I care if I was going to drown at 62? In this line of work, anything over 50’s a miracle.

#sleepwalking

My daughter is just sleepwalking, that’s all. I never saw the slender shadow clinging to her back, puppeteering her legs and arms. Nope, like I said, sleepwalking. And Mum always said that it’s best not to interfere with sleepwalkers. She never woke me.

Conclusion

In other news, this is my 50th fortnightly update, which is pretty nuts. I’ve managed to put one out every fortnight for almost two years. I am proud of me.

Thanks for reading ❤

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