Nerdier by the day [FU4]

Fortnightly update 4: 20.01.2020 to 02.02.2020

In this fortnightly blog post series, I share with you my progress as a writer. I’ll throw each post up on both Facebook and LinkedIn on 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.

We uploaded two videos this fortnight, and I wrote a bunch more scripts as well; I won’t be detailing all of them from now on, as you’ll see them when they’re uploaded as videos! The first video we uploaded was the first part in a two-part series about the most feared World War II aces from each fighting country.

The second upload was the second part.

I also worked with some graphic designers to put together two posts to both The Front History Facebook page and The Front History Instagram account.

We uploaded posts about Japanese kamikaze pilots to both Facebook and Instagram in the first week.

And in the second week, we uploaded posts about Soviet women fighting for the Soviet Union in the Second World War.

Geetsly’s

The most exciting piece of news this fortnight is that I’ve officially started writing scripts for Geetsly’s, the popular Star Wars YouTube channel.

It’s going to be a little while before my script makes it to the screen, though I can say for now that I’m quite proud of it, especially as it’s my first, and that it’s on CC-2224 “Cody” in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. As of next week, I’ll be writing two scripts for this channel a week and one script for The Front. I’ve also started editing every script written by Geetsly’s principle writer.

I’m going to be a busy little nerd.

Project Bronze

I’ve decided to shut up about the secret-ish D&D project Roderick Fernandes and I are working on until I’ve got something more to show you. This will be my last mention of it for a while but know that it’s currently my highest priority aside Geetsly’s and The Front!

LAZERDUST

So apparently the best thing to do when you’re absolutely swamped with work is to start more work, haha. This fortnight I started a second tabletop roleplaying game (TRPG) project, which I called LAZERDUST. This is a little different from Project Bronze, as it’s TRPG system in itself, rather than an adventure for an existing TRPG system.

More to come on LAZERDUST soon. It should be fun for everyone, even those of you who didn’t know what TRPG meant before reading this post, most likely those of you who actually go outside.

fiction_shots

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

The first one is about a parasite. Reading over it now, it’s probably a little vague, haha, though I was feeling quite “sci-fi” after writing my Geetsly’s script.

The usurper of all but my mind, a tick on my brain, puppeteering my lips and limbs. I’d be furious, if this ride in which I’m just a passenger wasn’t so damn good. They’re better at humaning than we are, and I’d recommend a helmetless stay on Ida IV’s jungle moon any day.

The second was about what comes next. [Twitter #vss365 word #could]

It could come at any time on any day. The uncertainty’s worse than the result He’s almost sure of it, but he hasn’t put the cross down since it arrived.

Metal hits metal, and his heart makes a fist.

A guard saunters past, dragging a baton over the iron bars.

Conclusion

It’s been a flat out fortnight, and it’s not going to get any easier at least until April. If not April, then when I’m dead. Oh, yeah. I started doing yoga because there’s dust on the joints between my bones, and it sounds like a door’s opening when I stand. The Yoga Witch’s got me under her spell, I guess.

Thanks for reading. Much love.

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!

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.

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