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I won my first writing contest! [39]

Fortnightly update 39: 24.05.2021 to 06.06.2021

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, and I got some fantastic news this fortnight. I’ve been listening to The Arcanist’s podcast for a good while now and have been submitting to them, without success, for just as long. On the morning of 2nd, though, I found out that I won FIRST PLACE in their hunger-themed flash fiction contest, which is just epic. It’s easily my biggest writing victory to date, and I’m just so grateful about the whole thing. My winning story, Goblins, should go live in the near future, so I’ll share it here when it does. I also found out that my story Widow of the River has been accepted for publication too, though I’ll wait till I get the thumbs-up from the publisher before I announce anything more about that!

Other than that, it’s been pretty quiet on the submission front. I’ve been putting work into a new and very secret project, so that took up most of my time. You can expect to find out more about said project within the next month or so.

For now, here at this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 1
Pending: 4
Rejections: 2
Acceptances: 2

My story Not My Wife also went live with Ghost Orchid Press. It’s short and creepy; check it out!

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 videos for which I wrote the scripts were published this fortnight; here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 90
Videos for The Braved: 19

Twitter

I write 280-character stories and poems using various writing prompt hashtags, mostly #vss365, on Twitter. I wrote four this fortnight!

#funeral

He never expected he would attend his own funeral. But here he was, standing next to his murderer and screaming that she’ll burn in hell for this. Unable to hear him, she took to the podium and soon had the crowd weeping for the loss of her third husband’s only son.

#quaint

Who would’ve guessed that Baal would enter our world via the basement of a quaint suburban home? Tom had rolled the dice in just the right way. Zoe had read the just right spell card. And Eric’s blood, from one of his spontaneous nosebleeds, had sealed our fate.

#doppelganger

My doppelganger gives blood and feeds the homeless. He runs for charity and never buys plastic bags. If they’re supposed to be us but evil, I think I know what that means about me. I also know what I have to do. With no one left to compare me with, who could ever tell?

#happy

He wasn’t too happy about losing an arm, but at least the prosthesis had a built-in lasgun he could use to smoke the corporate a-hole who’d crushed his original appendage with his Audi’s anti-grav track. Why stop there, actually? There’re far too many suits in this city.

Conclusion

Winning that contest is the big news this fortnight. I swear I spent the next few days just coming to terms with it, and also allowing myself to take a breath. I’m gonna try and write and submit at least one new story this coming fortnight, so wish me luck.

And thanks for reading ❤

Back on my Twitter game [FU38]

Fortnightly update 38: 10.05.2021 to 23.05.2021

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 a struggle, if I’m being honest. I started and then abandoned like five stories in the first week alone. In the second, I forced myself to take a break. I needed to recharge my creative energy, and thankfully was able to. Here are my stats nonetheless, with the additional stat of “submissions pending”:

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

My short story “Crocodile” went live with Frost Zone Zine, too. You can read it online right here.

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. As of this post, I’m gonna start sharing my Frontier Media stats; i.e. how many published videos I’ve worked on. Five videos for which I wrote the scripts were published this fortnight; here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 87
Videos for The Braved: 17

Twitter

I write 280-character stories and poems using various writing prompt hashtags on Twitter. Despite having a difficult fortnight with my short fiction game, I’m proud to say that I’m back on that bird app with seven tiny stories this fortnight.

#jailbird

He was a jailbird by choice. When the moon was full and the tides were high, he would have gutted his own mother if she got between him and the sea. Now he had iron and concrete to contend with, and a cell with no window. It was safer this way. But the urge still burned.

#bark

I stroke the pale bark. Goosebumps spread up and down the trunk, mirroring my own skin. I pluck a leaf, and it winces. I press myself against it. It’s as warm as a woman on a rug by a fireplace. I start to thrust. A month latter, it bears a fruit, with my face on it.

#superpower

One superpower pressed the button, and then the world cascaded into nuclear holocaust. Watching from their spaceship in orbit, Gwzop sighed. Then he dropped ten galactic credits into Katzar’s waiting palm. Katzar smirked.

“Another ten on Europa?”

“Let’s make it five.”

#poleaxe

His guards and their poleaxes used to stand on the outside of his door, not in. Now, the greatest threat to his kingdom is he – as much a prisoner of his chamber as his mind. He tries to overrule it, though among all that he’s forgotten is that he gave the order himself.

#conversation

I’m so glad I gathered the guts to eavesdrop on Agnus and Hecate’s conversation and found out that they intended to sacrifice me, ME, to the Blood Queen when the party was over. I was about to leave! Speaking of guts, actually, they’re bringing the knife over now. Yay!

#idol

I have a clear memory of Gran praying to her idol, a beetle in a resin cube. They were going to bury her with it, but I took it. Now it chitters to me, begging me to rebury her with it inside. Having fulfilled its end of the deal, it wants only what it’s owed. A feast.

#average

His legs were longer than average, and could bend the other way. He never showed anyone this, nor the spinneret on his back. That all changed after the waitress had folded over frontways to pick up his wallet. “You’re not alone,” she’d said, and placed it in his hand.

Conclusion

This fortnight was a slog, but there was totally some silver lining. For one, the Twitter stuff. But more than that, I gave three larger projects some serious thought. One is editing my grandad’s autobiography; that’s straightforward enough. The other two are still in the conceptual phase though, so I don’t want to spill all my beans just yet. One may end up being a longer prose piece. One will have something to do with audio. But that’s enough beans for you for now, friend. Lastly, I’m still playing Monster of the Week and effing loving it. It was one of the things that helped me recharge my creative juices this fortnight.

Thanks for reading ❤

I got a novelette published! [FU37]

Fortnightly update 37: 26.04.2021 to 09.05.2021

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, as with the last two, was pretty damn successful. I got a 9k-ish-word (which apparently means it’s a novelette) story accepted, and it went live this fortnight as well! I also wrote and submitted a couple of creepy short stories that I’m feeling fairly confident about, with one of them being my first attempt at a young adult story. More on those two later! For now, here are my stats:

Submissions: 2
Rejections: 0
Acceptances: 1

If you’re interested, that novelette was Children of Ibbdgalgar, which you can read online in Issue 16 of Novel Noctule. It’s set in Western Australia and features drugs, heavy metal, and Lovecraftian caterpillars.

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 for Geetsly’s in the past, I mostly write for The Front and our new, smaller channel The Braved. Four videos for which I wrote the scripts were published this fortnight.

Twitter

I write 280-character stories and poems using various writing prompt hashtags on Twitter. Well, I used to. I’m struggling to get any consistency with this, but I’m gonna add it to my weekly to-do list and see if I can get back on top of things. Halp.

Conclusion

Children of Ibbdgalgar was a BIG personal victory for me. It improved my confidence drastically, especially with writing in an Australian setting with distinctly Australian characters. Liberating AF. Oh, and as per last week, I ended up running Monster of the Week with great success, as well as last night. Such a fun TTRPG system!

Thanks for reading ❤