Just keep swimming [60]

Fortnightly update 60: 14.03.2022 to 27.03.2022

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. I submitted two stories this fortnight and have gotten to the short list of an excellent publication, so fingers crossed!

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 2
Pending: 6
Rejections: 0
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2022: 6

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 7 went live this fortnight. Paddy reads one of my flash fiction pieces previously published by Cross & Cross Keys, a poem about life and death, and an essay about Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and we talk a lot of crap. It’s a belter. Check it out!

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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. Four of my videos went up this fortnight. I especially love the video on the Philippine–American War. It was an absolutely brutal conflict.

And here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 124
Videos for The Braved: 60

Conclusion

This fortnight was a little slow because of some personal stuff, and the next probably will be too, but all I have to do is keep swimming. I’ll find the current soon.

Thanks for reading ❤

Balancing my fiction and copywriting [59]

Fortnightly update 59: 28.02.2022 to 13.03.2022

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. I scored four lovely rejections this fortnight and pulled one of those stories from my submission rotation because I think it could be a lot stronger with some minor-ish edits. I also pulled another story because I wanted to put it on my podcast, so now I’ve got just four pending stories, which feels thin indeed.

I’ve also been chipping away at a 10k-word fantasy story for the past few weeks and should have that drafted in the next day or two. After that, I’m going to dedicate myself to flash fiction again because shorter stories often take less time than longer ones (though honestly, not always), and I want to pump those submission stats.

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 3
Pending: 4
Rejections: 4
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2022: 6

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 6 “Durries & Cowboys” went up this fortnight. We read my apocalypse story “Anything but the Light,” a poem about tripping at a festival, written by Paddy, and an essay about Westerns. Enjoy!

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Copywriting

Overall, I’ve started to put more of an emphasis on my copywriting than my fiction and such in the past few weeks. One part of my process that was lacking was my documentation. This fortnight, I built some templates to formalise my process and my business. I also did a bunch of research into the psychology behind copywriting, and I’m finding a lot of enjoyment in it. In about a month, I’ll be ready to take on new clients, and I honestly can’t wait for that.

Copywriting: 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 a little for Geetsly’s in the past, I mostly write for The Front and our new, smaller channel The Braved. Four of my videos went up this fortnight. I’m learning a lot about the many conflicts of Korea, which is… nice?

And here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 122
Videos for The Braved: 58

Conclusion

This fortnight was pretty steady. I’ve got some fairly clear goals lined up and am working towards them, building routines and habits as I go. All the small steps will, I am sure, add up to something huge in the not-so-distant future.

Thanks for reading ❤

Routines and creepy dog stories [58]

Fortnightly update 58: 14.02.2022 to 27.02.2022

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

Since my last fortnightly update, I’ve been testing out a new daily routine, in which I work on my fiction from 6 AM to 8 AM each weekday and spend the rest of my workday hours on client work. Overall, I think the quality of my fiction is improving, and I’m generally happier. Still, I’ve been chipping away at two longer pieces of fiction, and this is getting in the way of my shorter stuff; hence why my submission stats haven’t been so good this year. Once these two are out of the way, I’m going to force myself to work on some flash fiction and get some more work out into the world. That’s the plan, anyway!

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 1
Pending: 6
Rejections: 0
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2022: 2

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 5 “Life & Life Only” went up this fortnight. I think it’s our best yet. You should definitely check out my story in this episode, one called Mongrel, but only if you can handle creepy dog stories.

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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 a little for Geetsly’s in the past, I mostly write for The Front and our new, smaller channel The Braved. Just two of my videos went up this fortnight. The Loring video is interesting because it’s the first that Paddy (from Spinning Yarns) narrated for the channel. I think he did a pretty good job!

And here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 120
Videos for The Braved: 56

Twitter

I’ve also been trying (and kind of struggling) to get back into #vss365 on Twitter. As I used to do, I’m going to start sharing my tiny stories here again.

#sorority

Nailed to a wooden T in the basement of the Black Goat sorority house, I wish I’d read the signs. The name for one; the devilish cackling for another. I just thought the girls were having a good time and wanted to get in on that. All is obvious in retrospect, I suppose.

Conclusion

This fortnight was all about implementing and testing new systems and getting some paid work done. I’m trying to set myself up as well as I can, creating new documents and templates and such, as I’m expecting 2022 to be a big year for me, both for my client work (as a freelance copywriter) and for my more creative stuff.

Thanks for reading ❤