WWII or Star Wars — which happened first? [FU3]

Fortnightly update 3: 06.01.2020 to 19.01.2020

While I’ve kept a crude text file diary for a few years now, I’m now going to summarise the happenings of my life in fortnightly blog posts like this one and share them to both Facebook and LinkedIn. This will allow me to be consistent with how I share my progress as a writer and editor, while also improving my reflection process. I’ll post the fortnightly updates on either Sundays or Mondays, though if anything dinosaur-huge happens, I may still make separate posts about it; these fortnightly posts are more about my fortnight-to-fortnight triumphs.

Geetsly’s (Star Wars)

While I write mostly for The Front, I also started preparing to write for the popular Star Wars YouTube channel Geetsly’s. FYI, The Front and Geetsly’s were both founded by the same guy.

A big part of my preparation is watching The Clone Wars, though I also listened to a Star Wars: Darth Plagueis audiobook. It was incredible. Do yourself a favour and at least listen to the sample.

The Front

I write scripts for the popular YouTube channel The Front.

While we only uploaded one video this week, I finished the script about the Polish people in World War II and wrote scripts about McNamara’s Morons (Project 100,000), Britain’s MI19, and the true strength of the French people in the war.

I also started managing The Front History Facebook page and The Front History Instagram account (which is brand new) and made unique posts to both. I’d love for you to follow both!

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Hitler, friend to all animals 🌍 . When Hitler rose to power, he saw that existing animal protection concerns in Germany, specifically regarding kosher butchering and vivisection, were adapted into formal law. His right-hand man, Hermann Göring, even threatened to "commit to concentration camps those who still think they can continue to treat animals as inanimate property." This is but one among many examples of Nazi sympathy towards animals, though the topic remains controversial. Much of it may have been propaganda, basically conveying that the Nazis must be "good blokes" because they love animals, and the Jews "obviously hate animals," as their traditions require them to be slaughtered in the most inhumane of ways. In some cases, however, it may have had nothing to do with pro-Nazi propaganda and antisemitism. Hitler, for instance, kept several dogs, and it's also suggested that the Führer was a vegan… when it suited him. #thefront #ww2 #ww2history #wwii #wwiihistory #war #history #military

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Project Bronze

Project Bronze is coming along nicely! Roderick Fernandes actually worked on the cover art during an art course held by industry professionals. It’s not done, however, so I’ll wait until he’s happy with it before I share it with you.

Perhaps the biggest update of all, Project Bronze, our semi-secret D&D project, will now feature goats. Try to contain yourself.

fiction_shots

This fortnight, I posted two fiction_shots pieces on both Instagram and Twitter.

The first was about a witch.

Hordes of humans she had bending and sweating before her, all of them caught in her most wicked of spells. Through the air of her terrible and tremendous studio her cackle flew, and under the weight of the word that followed, her prisoners fell, spines on their mats, quiet as corpses. And that word, all ye with minds still your own, was “shavasana,” and that cruel enchantress was none other than the dreaded Yoga Witch, to whom all the world shall bow and sweat.

And the second was about, well… [Twitter #vss365 word #languor]

As so often I had seen her felled on the couch in enchanted languor, I thought little of the syringe in her vein and left her to dream. But through my own dream pervaded a stench, and I woke to find swollen and cold all but her cheeks, which were lifted in smile.

Conclusion

My energy was scattered every which way this fortnight, but that’s the way I like it. Monotony is the bane of the creative. Though, in saying that, all I really do is sit in front of my laptop and occasionally go out for a Guinness.

Thanks for reading. May the Force be with you.

Centaurs and Canadians [FU2]

Fortnightly update 2: 23.12.2019 to 05.01.2020

While I’ve kept a crude text file diary for a few years now, I’m now going to summarise the happenings of my life in fortnightly blog posts like this one and share them to both Facebook and LinkedIn. This will allow me to be consistent with how I share my progress as a writer and editor, while also improving my reflection process. I’ll post the fortnightly updates on either Sundays or Mondays, though if anything dinosaur-huge happens, I may still make separate posts about it; these fortnightly posts are more about my fortnight-to-fortnight triumphs.

The Front

I write scripts for the popular YouTube channel The Front.

In the first week of the fortnight, we uploaded a video on Canadians and their savagery in World War II. This is the first video in which I was involved to reach 100,000 views, and it’s still climbing!

In the second week, we uploaded the third part in a six-part series about the worst casualties to military units in World War II.

On top of that, I wrote the script on “shady” brands and companies involved in World War II, a script on “unkillable” soldiers, and started another script on how World War II strengthened the Poles. I’ve also started to interact with the YouTube community through comments and will soon be managing related Facebook pages and Instagram accounts!

The Jerk’E’Club

I write the blog post series Tales of Two Jerks for The Jerk’E’Club.

This fortnight, I wrote Chapter 3 of Tales of Two Jerks, and the Jerk’E’Club posted it on Christmas day.

Project Bronze

I managed to get a little work done on the secret-ish D&D project I’m working on with Roderick Fernandes, who started producing some concept art for it in the last week. Here is a sneak peek into Project Bronze.

PB concept art 1

Fein’s Deluge

I haven’t touched my work if interactive fiction Fein’s Deluge in a while, though last week I worked with a friend to resolve some technical issues and bring the “game” up to scratch for a proper release.

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fiction_shots

This fortnight, I posted five fiction_shots pieces on both Instagram and Twitter. I also started writing pieces using #vss365 word prompts. It’s a great way to stay motivated, and I’m already starting to find my place in the community.

My first piece was about Christmas. Jolly.

Daisy mixed rat poison through the cookie dough. “This will teach that fat, red bastard for not giving me a pony last year.”

In the early morning, her mother set gifts under the tree and took a bite from one of the cookies.

The second was about change.

He went into his son’s old room, sighed, and put the paint roller to the wall.

The third was about purpose.

His granddaughter finally convinced him he was too brittle to water and pick the peppers out back, that he’d worked hard enough in his life.

He sunk into his couch and slept, and, with no garden to tend to, never woke up.

The fourth was about growing up. [Twitter #vss365 word #latent]

He set the board on the edge of the skate bowl, a latent gift waking inside of him, waking to save him from his office job and squeaking car.

Wind whipping his last tuft of hair, he dropped into the bowl and fell, skinning his knee and knowing he was fifty-five.

And the fifth was about digging an unfinished story out of the bottom drawer and finishing it. [Twitter #vss365 word #disinter]

This I disinter like the necromancer disinters bones from the crypt. So long entombed has my very first manuscript been, fleshless and wanting for bolder heart and steadier hand. Now to it I can offer both, and together we shall shake the written word.

Conclusion

Despite the chaos of the holiday season, I managed to get some good work done and hit all of my goals. It really comes down to discipline, and I have more of that than I have talent or brains.

Thanks for reading, and here’s to a fruitful year.

30 countries and 30 blog posts [FU1]

Fortnightly update 1: 09.12.2019 to 22.12.2019

While I’ve kept a crude text file diary for a few years now, I’m now going to summarise the happenings of my life in fortnightly blog posts like this one and share them to both Facebook and LinkedIn. This will allow me to be consistent with how I share my progress as a writer and editor, while also improving my reflection process. I’ll post the fortnightly updates on either Sundays or Mondays, though if anything dinosaur-huge happens, I may still make separate posts about it; these fortnightly posts are more about my fortnight-to-fortnight triumphs.

Chad Gerber Photography

As for this first fortnight, it’s actually pretty dinosaur-huge. My good friend Chad Gerber finished writing his 30th and final blog post on his 2019 photography trip around much of the world. I was there with him the whole way, in spirit (over the internet), and edited all 30 of his blog posts. The featured image of this post is a shot of Chad’s from Iceland, the last place he visited and the subject of his last blog post. This was an ambitious project, and I think we executed it beautifully. I’m looking forward to working with Chad again. We certainly have creative chemistry

See, I really should have made my own post about every blog post Chad and I worked on together, but I didn’t. This illustrates just how useful these fortnightly updates will be to me.

For your convenience, here are links to every one of the 30 blog posts I worked on with Chad over 2019:

IcelandArizona | Croatia | Bosnia & Herzegovina | Serbia | Road Trip Part VI | Road Trip Part V | Road Trip Part IV | Road Trip Part III | Road Trip Part II | Road Trip Part I | Andorra | Spain | Portugal | Morocco | Egypt | Cyprus | Israel | Turkey | Thailand | Macau | Hong Kong | Laos | Malaysia | Cambodia | Brunei | Singapore | Vietnam | Bali

The Front

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been writing scripts for the popular YouTube channel The Front since October this year.

In the first week of the fortnight, we uploaded the first video in a six-part series about the worst casualties to military units in World War II.

In the second week, we uploaded the second part.

On top of that, I wrote the script for a video on Canadians in World War II, two scripts for a two-part video on the most heroic pilots of World War II, and started another script on the “shadiest” brands/companies involved in World War II.

fiction_shots

Again, for those who don’t know, fiction_shots is both a writing community and a platform to share and post flash fiction and its derivatives (microfiction, vss, etc.). I’ve been maintaining it on Instagram and for a few months now, but this fortnight I made a Twitter profile for fiction_shots. I intend to grow both of the communities over 2020 and beyond. Right now, I’m putting most of my energy into creating content.

The first week’s piece was about a cemetery, I guess.

We drifted hand in hand between the cracked slabs and weathered headstones of the cemetery. The wind trawled the clouds over the church spire between the old section and new, bleeding sunlight onto our souls. I read epitaphs aloud to her as we neared the church, and she lifted her chin to let the sun strike her white collar and throat.

“All of us before and all after,” I read.

She smiled, and her golden hair flashed across her face. She then ushered me passed the church to the marble and granite stones of the new section. I preferred the broken, faded headstones, but I continued to read epitaphs all the same.

“Here on the meadow fair.”

After a minute or month, we halted by a headstone with a marble angel curled around it. The woman I was with released my hand and stepped back into a shaft of light, and I couldn’t on my life recall her name. When I turned to ask it, she was gone, and I was left with the angel-graced headstone which had carven into it my own name and my own epitaph.

“You need only let go.”

The wind ceased, and the clouds gave way entirely.

The second week’s piece was about my very good friend tinnitus.

Speakers pounding, he thrashed his hair and fists in the mosh pit.

On the way home, he laughed off the shrill ringing in his ear.

But laughter couldn’t rid his new companion; it chirped and whistled, tormenting him till the end of his days.

If you’re into it, don’t forget to follow along. It’s only going to get bigger and better.

Project Bronze

I also finally got some time to work on the secret-ish Dungeons & Dragons project I’m working on with Roderick Fernandes. I’ll release more information on this soon, though I can tell you that it’s influenced by Greek mythology, sort of.

Conclusion

This fortnight was as busy as any other, though it was all about wrapping up projects and setting the pieces for new ones.

Thanks for reading, and thanks again to Chad for the editing opportunity and for letting me use your image in this post.