My skin thickens [49]

Fortnightly update 49: 11.10.2021 to 24.10.2021

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.

Short fiction

I’m currently submitting short fiction, mostly flash fiction and short stories, to online magazines and such for publication. I scored a tonne of rejections this fortnight, probably because I’ve started targeting high-tier publications which respond within a matter of hours or days, instead of months. One story racked up five rejections on its own, but I believe in it and am not going to give up. My skin thickens.

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 7
Pending: 8
Rejections: 7
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2021 (from June 8th): 20

Grandad’s memoir

I had another sit-down with my grandad and extricated most of the info I’ll need to finish his memoir. It will be a short piece, maybe around 8k to 10k words, but I’m loving how it has turned out so far. I’m also excited to learn a little about self-publishing and printing smaller “books” such as this. I’d love to get it done by the end of the year, but we’ll see!

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. Two of my videos went live this fortnight, and they’re both tracking super well. It’s nice to see The Braved growing. We’d love to reach 50k subscribers by the end of this year.

And here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 106
Videos for The Braved: 39

Twitter

I write 280-character stories and poems using various writing prompt hashtags, mostly #vss365, on Twitter. I wrote just two this fortnight, but I loved both of them, and the second one got a nice amount of attention, too.

#firefly

The boy caught the firefly in his hands and burst into flames, making a calamity of what had been, until then, a peaceful twilight picnic. Before his family could react, trees, cars, and people combusted all around them. The fireflies were descending from the stars.

#river

The night after I birthed it, I took it to the cliff and tossed it into the moonlit river. My husband struck me and cried, “What have you done?” I guided him down to the water, and together we watched as our webbed child plucked out a trout and devoured it raw.

Conclusion

On top of all the rejections this fortnight, I was dealing with some fairly intense personal stuff, so I wasn’t super productive. But I’m hitting the ground running this fortnight, feeling strong in the body and mind.

Wish me luck, and thanks for reading ❤

All about them Aussie cryptids [48]

Fortnightly update 48: 27.09.2021 to 10.10.2021

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.

Short fiction

I’m currently submitting short fiction, mostly flash fiction and short stories, to online magazines and such for publication. I was super productive this fortnight, chipping away at my novella and drafting two new short stories about Australian cryptids, like the dreaded bunyip. Three rejection emails came in, but I sent those stories right back out. I also retired one story from the submission game because, frankly, it blows. This coming fortnight, I’m gonna polish those two new drafts and fire them off, weird as they are.

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 3
Pending: 7
Rejections: 3
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2021 (from June 8th): 13

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 live this fortnight, one about the pirate who mentored Blackbeard. Yarrr!

And here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 106
Videos for The Braved: 37

Twitter

I write 280-character stories and poems using various writing prompt hashtags, mostly #vss365, on Twitter. I wrote just two this fortnight. I’m finding it a little hard to stay motivated with Twitter. I’m not sure why. I think I’ll force myself to get back into it because vss stories often make great writing prompts for longer pieces, and I definitely a little idea-starved.

#rivulet

Lost, I followed the rivulet and soon found myself back where I’d started. It had no end, and no source but itself. A paradox. That was the first hint that I’d stumbled into a trap — an accursed self-perpetuating world, suspended God knows where, and for God knows what.

#dandelions

They looked like dandelions, but Alec knew better. A field of yellow-topped stalks spread out before him, wide as Australia but on an entirely new world. No, they weren’t flowers. These were the locals, the first sentient race encountered by man. Alec had work to do.

Conclusion

Overall, this fortnight was one of my most productive this year, so much so that I was able to enjoy a guilt-free weekend. I’m slowly learning to switch off and not feel guilty for doing things other than writing, but man, it’s a long learning curve.

Thanks for reading ❤

A real GRIND of a fortnight [47]

Fortnightly update 47: 13.09.2021 to 26.09.2021

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.

Short fiction

I’m currently submitting short fiction, mostly flash fiction and short stories, to online magazines and such for publication. I didn’t work on any short stuff this fortnight because I’m focusing on the novella I mentioned last week (it’s going well!). I’d love to find a balance between both, but I’m not quite there yet. I did score a sweet rejection, though.

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 0
Pending: 8
Rejections: 1
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2021 (from June 8th): 10

LENS

I totally forgot to share this next thing, but I suppose now is as good of a time as any. LENS is a short film about travel and photography/videography by my buddy Chad Gerber, and I helped develop the script! Check it out!

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. Three of my videos went live this fortnight.

And here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 104
Videos for The Braved: 35

Twitter

I write 280-character stories and poems using various writing prompt hashtags, mostly #vss365, on Twitter. I wrote three this fortnight, and I love all of them. They got solid responses too!

#door

I backed into my little brother’s wardrobe and shut the door. He’d be home any minute, and I’d give him the scare of his life. At least, that’s what I’d planned to do, before a cold breath touched my neck and someone whispered, “Can I play too?”

#axe

Running towards me, the axe-wielding maniac tripped over a log and knocked himself out cold. I’d seen enough movies to know what NOT to do in this situation. I picked up the axe and buried it in his head. Roll credits.

#expedited

Bleeding out, I expedited my demise with my .45. I’d died enough times now to know it was best not to keep Death waiting. It was a professional courtesy, really, and he always paid it back by bumping me to the front of the queue in Purgatory.

Conclusion

This fortnight was just a massive grind, to be honest. I worked hard, but I have little to show for it right now because it’s not ready to be shared. That’s writing, I guess. You’ve got to find ways to stay motivated without recognition! Going totally insane works.

Thanks for reading ❤

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