He shoots and he scores [FU25]

Fortnightly update 25: 09.11.2020 to 22.11.2020

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.

Flash fiction and short stories

I’m currently submitting flash fiction and short stories to online magazines and such for publication. This fortnight, I got my first acceptance, in Black Hare Press‘s anthology Dark Drabbles – 666! While only a 100-word story, it’s still a big step forward for me. The anthology won’t be available until August 2021, but you can find out more about it here. Stoked.

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. Two videos for which I wrote the scripts were uploaded this fortnight.

Twitter

I write 280-character stories using various writing prompt hashtags on Twitter, and I also host #WeirdVSS. This fortnight, I wrote just two stories. My goal is to get back to writing at least four a fortnight by the end of the year!

#reek

I breathe the reek of your shower-drain coagulation. Your bloody toilet-bin paper-parachutes sate me like no sewer rat ever could. I’m getting stronger — enough to tongue the ear gunk from your earrings while you’re out of the house. Another summer, and you’re mine.

#gibber

I finish the cask red and gibber to my rose-cheeked friends about how I’d be the perfect guy to make first contact with aliens. When a moonbeam thickens and takes a spindly, probing form in my bedroom later that night and says, “Go back to sleep,” I’m not so sure.

Conclusion

My acceptance into Black Hare Press’s anthology is the big news this fortnight. Other than that, I’m just trying to keep my head above the water in this busy time of year, probably like a lot of you.

Thanks for reading ❤

Rollercoaster [FU24]

Fortnightly update 24: 26.10.2020 to 8.11.2020

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.

Flash fiction and short stories

I’m currently submitting flash fiction and short stories to online magazines and such for publication. This fortnight, I submitted a couple more flash fiction pieces to various magazines and did a TONNE of research. I can’t stress how important it is to know your market. It should get me the leg-up I was missing until about a month ago. Some of the magazines and other publications I’ve been reading and keeping my eye on include:

Wow, I really I hope I can claim those subscriptions when it comes to tax time. If you’re interested in short fiction, I recommend all of these, but I particularly enjoy The Arcanist and Pseudopod because their podcasts are on Spotify. Score.

Frontier Media

So the reason I called this post “Rollercoaster” is because this fortnight has bloody been one, mostly because my role at Frontier Media has changed, a lot. But first, what is Frontier Media?

It’s a media production company specialising in YouTube, with its two largest channels being The Front (200k+ subs) and Geetsly’s (320k+ subs). I’ve written scripts for Geetsly’s in the past, but mostly I write scripts for The Front. I also help our with a range of other stuff, such as writing copy, writing business documentation, editing other writers’ scripts, managing social media, and more.

As of this fortnight, however, I’m stepping into a management role and becoming responsible for our brand new channel The Braved (which I’ll also be writing scripts for) and our relatively new music channel RelaxJack. Long story short, my workload has just about doubled, and I get to spearhead some exciting creative projects. I’ll be sharing more information about The Braved and RelaxJack in the following months, as I’d like to get some content on them before I do. We’re also rebranding our website, so I’ll share that with you soon as well — professional mugshots and everything.

As for The Front, five videos for which I wrote the scripts were uploaded this fortnight.

Twitter

I write 280-character stories using various writing prompt hashtags on Twitter, and I also host #WeirdVSS. This fortnight, I wrote just three stories. Still gotta pick up my game!

#glue / #chocolate

He sniffed glue when he was eight and was hooked on being hooked. White powders came next. Then liquids golden-brown. A hit of crime, even. And, on special occasions, a dose of murder. But he never predicted the fix that ended him — goddamn chocolate.

#scrawl

Peter scrawled MAE on the doll’s back with a Sharpie, turned it over and pushed its black Labrador hair over its burlap ear. On the other side of the world, an invisible hand lifted the real Mae’s hair, and she screamed. Peter reclined with a sewing needle, smiled.

#worm

Eyes red, feathers sloughing, the magpie mother landed on the table and regurgitated a worm into my palm. I swallowed it and thought of all my long years confined to fat, fleshy feet and the ground. Then I flew out the neckhole of my shirt before it collapsed on me.

Conclusion

I hate ACTUAL rollercoasters (and the sun — who needs it, really?), but this ride is great. I feel like I’ve actually earned a break for once. I think I’m gonna go out and do some headbanging.

Thanks for reading ❤

Submissions, submissions, submissions [FU23]

Fortnightly update 23: 12.10.2020 to 25.10.2020

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.

Flash fiction and short stories

I’m currently submitting flash fiction and short stories to online magazines and such for publication. This fortnight, I submitted my first short story (as opposed to flash fiction), around 5,000 words, to Black Hare Press, a Melbourne-based indie publication. I’m not sure how it will go, but I’m honestly just glad to have wrapped that story up after months of editing. Also, I submitted four other, shorter pieces to various publications this fortnight, my busiest yet. Lastly, I added another flash fiction piece to my website; you can check it out here:

Brat Stew (finished 11.09.2020)

The Front

I write scripts for the popular World War II YouTube channel The Front. Three videos for which I wrote the scripts were uploaded this fortnight. Old mate might like the first one.

Twitter

I write 280-character stories using various writing prompt hashtags on Twitter, and I also host #WeirdVSS. This fortnight, I wrote just two stories. I gotta up my game!

#silver

Fish fins danced silver on the surface of the lake. Mosquito clouds whispered in moonbeams. Frogs rattled in the reeds. I slid naked into the water and down into the embrace of muddy roots and tendrils, where gills flowered on my neck and I found myself most at home.

#clone

I cloned my heart just to watch it beat in a Fanta-filled lab tank. What I didn’t expect is that it would beat faster when my own heart did, nor that I would feel the orange fluid fizzing in my own heart’s chambers. I should have cloned my cat instead.

Conclusion

I think the biggest news this fortnight is that 5,000-word submission. I really didn’t make it easy for myself, but I got there in the end. Other than that, I did a bit of work for HealthJob, though it’s not up on their website yet; they’ll add it soon. The general plan is to keep smashing out flash fiction (I’ll avoid short stories for a while, I think) until I get a bite. I’m becoming a better writer with every one, and it’s just a matter of time until something of mine gets published.

Thanks for reading ❤