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.

Flash fiction and short stories

I’m currently submitting 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 ❤

Victory once more [FU36]

Fortnightly update 36: 12.04.2021 to 25.04.2021

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.

Flash fiction and short stories

I’m currently submitting flash fiction and short stories to online magazines and such for publication. This fortnight was actually pretty good to me, all things considered. I wrote and submitted some new stories, and threw some others in the bottom drawer. Here are my stats:

Submissions: 7
Rejections: 6
Acceptances: 1

And that acceptance was for my story Crocodile, which is now forthcoming in Frost Zone Zine. I’m stoked this one finally got accepted, after I think seven rejections.

In other news, I set up my Amazon author account, which is nice.

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. This fortnight, I was still super lazy and only wrote one piece, again.

#personal

He stood over his own dead body and fired another bullet into his bloodied face. His clone had stolen his job, drunk his beer, and nailed his wife.

“To hell with it!” he thought, and emptied the clip.

It was most definitely personal.

Conclusion

This fortnight was actually quite a victory. If I were able to get an acceptance every two weeks, I’d be laughing. But that’s honestly unrealistic. The only other interesting thing, I guess, is that I bought the tabletop RPG Monster of the Week and am super excited to give it a go!

Thanks for reading ❤

Rejection streak OVER [FU35]

Fortnightly update 35: 29.03.2021 to 11.04.2021

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.

Flash fiction and short stories

I’m currently submitting flash fiction and short stories to online magazines and such for publication. It’s been a big fortnight for me. Two of my previously accepted stories were released, and I broke a MASSIVE rejection streak of around about 30. On the 7th, one of my 500-ish-word stories was accepted by Ghost Orchid Press for publication in their online magazine The Crypt, and the very next morning, one of my short stories was accepted by Quill & Crow for publication in their anthology Anomalies & Curiosities. This latter one is an especially big win, as it will be my first published short story (it’s about 5,500 words), and I got paid for it too. I’ll have more news for you on those acceptances over the next few months, but if you were interested in those two which have just been released, you can check them out here:

 Human Suit — in Issue 271 of AntipodeanSF (accepted 27.12.2020)
 Demon Love — in the anthology Seven Deadly Sins – Gluttony by Black Hare Press (accepted 01.12.2020)

Last fortnight, I said I might start sharing my submission and rejection/acceptance stats, but with my recent success, I’m just gonna bloody do it. Between the 29th and the 11th, this is what I got:

Submissions: 5
Rejections: 4
Acceptances: 2

Obviously those stats look pretty good, but they are by no means representative of a usual fortnight. As I said, I’ve just come off of a rejection streak, with my last acceptance occurring in December 2020.

I also worked on a couple of new stories but ended up abandoning one and sticking the other in the bottom drawer. I can’t dawdle on my victories for too long; I’ve got to get right back into it.

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. Two 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. This fortnight, I was naughty and only wrote one piece. I promised I would do better this fortnight, but I did not.

#birds

The crows were the only birds that did not reorient their flocks towards my house and break their necks upon my windows. They watched me with their blue-white eyes. They watched because they knew what I had called into this world. For they were all of them its children.

Conclusion

Those acceptances were my front-page news this fortnight. Everything else was pretty stock standard. Oh yeah, I turned 28 on the 6th. That was… nice?

Thanks for reading ❤