Changing every day [66]

Fortnightly update 66: 06.06.2022 to 19.06.2022

In this 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 weird one. I spent most of the hours I dedicate to my fiction beta reading for friends and going through the feedback they gave me on my upcoming fantasy story The Menticider, which I should be ready to submit in the next two weeks. I also found out a story I thought I submitted was never actually submitted, which was a nice surprise. I’d got my hopes up for that one.

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 0
Pending: 4
(4 stories; 0 sim subs)
Rejections: 1
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2022:
17

Spinning Yarns

My mate Patrick and I recently released our podcast Spinning Yarns with Nick & Paddy, which is about storytelling in all its forms.

We were supposed to but didn’t release episode 13 (our season one finale) this fortnight. This is because we’re trying to record our first-ever interview, and it has been quite difficult to get all three of us in the same room and make it happen. Hopefully, we can get it done this coming fortnight. I’m super excited to start focusing on content generation and marketing for season two.

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Copywriting: Frontier Media

I write scripts for Frontier Media, a media production company specialising in YouTube content. 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.

Three of my videos went up this fortnight, and I’ve got some bad news: we’re going to be phasing out The Braved, merging its content with The Front. The two channels are just too similar, and The Braved seems to have lost its momentum. This happens. YouTube is a difficult beast to tame. And we might as well capitalise on The Front’s superior subscriber base.

We’re also going to be creating longer videos, between 20 and 30 minutes, as that’s the direction in which YouTube seems to be heading, in this field at least. So far, I’m enjoying writing the longer scripts. I’m more invested in the content, and it’s more of a challenge.

For now, here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 135
Videos for The Braved: 71

Thoughts

I also spent a good while updating my work diary this fortnight, moving from a text file to a spreadsheet. It means I can track my working hours better and use pie charts and stuff, which is rad.

In general, a productive yet weird week, punctuated by a hectic weekend. Am I becoming… social? Who would have thought?

Thanks for reading ❤

Spinning the best Australian yarn [65]

Fortnightly update 65: 23.05.2022 to 05.06.2022

(I accidentally overwrote fortnightly update 64 with this one. Whoops.)

In this 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, I finally submitted my entry to the Best Australian Yarn competition. This was after five full rewrites and scores of edits. While only 2,500 words, it was the most difficult prose project I’ve worked on yet. I tried to cram so much into this sandwich, and I’m stoked with how it’s come out. Maybe the judges will like it, too, but either way, I’m happy I fought and died on the hill that was this story.

I also had my Macedonian folk horror story Army of the Bear accepted by Dark Lake for publication in their anthology Their Ghoulish Reputation, which is nice. I was worried I wouldn’t find a home for this one.

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 1
Pending: 6
(5 stories; 1 sim sub)
Rejections: 2
Acceptances: 1
Rejections 2022:
16

Spinning Yarns

My mate Patrick and I recently released our podcast Spinning Yarns with Nick & Paddy, which is about storytelling in all its forms.

Episode 12 went live this fortnight. Patrick reads my story “Embryo,” which was previously published in an anthology by Quill & Crow and a poem about having a break from being himself, and we discuss the book The Master and Margarita. We’ve also been going around Fremantle finding artists to interview for season two. Exciting stuff.

Under the Spinning Yarns umbrella, we’re also looking to do horror reading nights in Fremantle, and have already sent a proposal to the Fremantle Arts Centre, an old asylum which would suit our project perfectly. More on this soon, hopefully!

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Copywriting: Frontier Media

I write scripts for Frontier Media, a media production company specialising in YouTube content. 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.

Three of my videos went up this fortnight.

And here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 133
Videos for The Braved: 70

Thoughts

Inside and outside of writing, it has been a busy, stressful fortnight. I’ve had some crushing defeats and epic wins. I’ve been miserable and the happiest I’ve ever been. I wonder what this coming fortnight will deliver me.

Thanks for reading ❤

I’m now a first reader [63]

Fortnightly update 63: 25.04.2022 to 08.05.2022

In this 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.

Submissions were slow-ish this fortnight (for me, anyway; compared to some other writers, I am an actual slug), but I started reading for Etherea Magazine, a wicked Australian speculative mag. As a reader, I read and judge story submissions to the magazine, deciding if they move to the next round or not. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try this, and it has been super enlightening so far.

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 4
Pending: 6
(5 stories; 1 sim sub)
Rejections: 4
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2022:
14

Spinning Yarns

My mate Patrick and I recently released our podcast Spinning Yarns with Nick & Paddy, which is about storytelling in all its forms.

Episode 10 went live this fortnight. It’s probably our most twisted yet.

You have been warned.

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Copywriting: Chad Gerber Photography

My client (and friend) Chad Gerber had his award-winning film Lens screen at an event in Perth called Pickle District After Dark on the weekend, and because I helped write the script, I got to tag along as a VIP and stand up in front of a crowd of people who clapped at us. It was sick.

Among other awards, Lens has won Best Inspirational Film at the 2021 LA Film Awards and Best Australian Short Film at the 2022 Australian Film Festival.

Here it is:

Copywriting: Frontier Media

I write scripts for Frontier Media, a media production company specialising in YouTube content. 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 of my videos went up this fortnight, including my three-part one on the First Indochina War. I think it came together pretty well!

And here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 129
Videos for The Braved: 66

Thoughts

As per my last update, still no internet at my new place. Just end me now.

In other news, I’m pretty much back on track with my writing routine, and it feels good. I’ve also become a regular at a pub for the first time in my life, so I am also well on track to fulfilling that writer stereotype.

Cheers ❤