He scores again! [FU26]

Fortnightly update 26: 23.11.2020 to 06.12.2020

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 SECOND acceptance, in another of Black Hare Press‘s anthology series — Seven Deadly Sins. This one was just under 1,000 words, so I’m just under 10 times more excited than I was last fortnight.

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. Three 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 six stories, so I’m back on track!

#dark / #weird

When he shut his eyes, he didn’t see darkness, but the infinite, congealed weirdness of his own creation. It was safer there, in his own world, until, one day, he recited a phrase marked in a twisted old tome, opened his eyes, and let his world come pouring out.

#heart

There’s no core in the centre of the world, but a contracted heart, getting ready to thrust out a billion trillion tons of blood and shake everything that grew on its skin between its aeon heartbeats down into its pores.

#mosaic

Dash my brains out and make a mosaic of my skull. Suck in another bowl of that lung-shaking junky honey and put me back together. I’ll pick you apart right after, my crystal-cheeked doll, and fucked if we don’t stop till the freeway rooster-crows us to our sweating bed.

#lake

There is a castle on the lake and a lady in its tallest tower. She sings when the Moon is full and mirrored. Men row to her in scores, the rotting skiffs of those who rowed before them choking her gripping banks, their wives left to sing ever for their own loves lost.

#melt

The firestorm swept over, melting those who’d hidden underground. A week later, in the city’s charred remains, firemen opened a cellar beneath what had been a pagan church, and the survivors clambered out, fused together in a screaming mass of molten flesh and bone.

Conclusion

Other than the news of my second publication acceptance, this fortnight was relatively quiet. It’s probably the calm before the shitstorm that is the December/January period for YouTube creators.

Thanks for reading ❤

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 ❤