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A week of disease [69]

Fortnightly update 69: 18.07.2022 to 31.07.2022

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, I submitted my story The Long People to a bunch of A-tier markets and got a bunch of rejections, which is to be expected, but I’m proud of the story and I’m gonna keep firing it out. I also edited another story, but besides that, and besides reading stories for Etherea Magazine, my fiction work was pretty slow.

Here are this fortnight’s stats (I’ve stopped recording total rejections because I no longer think it’s a great measure):

Submissions: 5
Pending: 6
(6 stories; 0 sim subs)
Rejections: 4
Acceptances: 0

Copywriting

As I said in my last update, I recently joined The Clever Copywriting School, and honestly, I’ve already gotten my money’s worth. I’ve been attending Zoom meetings, meeting some lovely fellow copywriters, and working through the course content. It’s fantastic.

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 write mostly for The Front, I’ve written a little for Geetsly’s in the past and a lot for our retired channel The Braved (for which I wrote about 80 scripts).

Just one of my videos went up this fortnight, and it’s a pretty controversial one. All in all, I’ve written at least 140 scripts for The Front.

Thoughts

I was a social butterfly (actually, maybe more of a moth) last fortnight, and I bloody paid for it this fortnight, with the flu eating up most of my second week. I managed to get some work done, but not much. Working for myself, getting sick sucks. If I don’t work, I simply don’t make money. So I’m thinking I’ll stop hugging every second person if I do go out this coming fortnight, haha.

Thanks for reading ❤

Aliens, badges, and mojitos [68]

Fortnightly update 68: 04.07.2022 to 17.07.2022

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 smashed out my Australian alien (Australien?) horror story The Long People this fortnight and fired that away, but other than that, I didn’t do too much in the way of creative writing. I’m pretty eager to get some responses on the stories I have pending at the moment; I feel like they’ve been pending foreverrr.

My goal this coming fortnight will be to finish my hellish inebriation story Scull and maybe write some new flash fiction.

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 1
Pending: 7
(6 stories; 0 sim subs)
Rejections: 2
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2022:
19

Copywriting

I’ve been dedicating quite a bit of time to improving as a copywriter lately, namely creating templates, reading, and watching videos. I also joined The Clever Copywriting School, which has been great so far. If I put in the effort, I think I’ll get a lot out of it.

And even if I don’t, I still get to flaunt this rad badge for a while.

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 write mostly for The Front, I’ve written a little for Geetsly’s in the past and a lot for our retired channel The Braved (for which I wrote about 80 scripts).

Two of my videos went up this fortnight, meaning I’ve written at least 139 scripts for The Front so far.

Thoughts

It kind of sucks that I didn’t get to work on our podcast Spinning Yarns with Nick & Paddy this fortnight, but we will be back on that horse soon enough, and we’ll also be handing out flyers advertising interview opportunities this week. I can’t wait to do that.

Really, my copywriting work took centre stage this fortnight, as did socialising. I’ve been such a busy bee as of late, and the mojitos are starting to add up!

Thanks for reading ❤

A finale, finally [67]

Fortnightly update 67: 20.06.2022 to 03.07.2022

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.

After hundreds of hours, I finalised and submitted my dark fantasy story The Menticider this fortnight. I’m super proud of myself for sticking it out, and grateful for everyone who helped me along the way. I also received a rejection from, like, a year and a half ago, which is pretty funny; I’d long since self-rejected that one.

With The Menticider out of the way, I’ve got to polish my stories The Long People and Scull, and then I’m going to get back into my flash fiction, trying to pump out a 1k-word draft per week.

Here are this fortnight’s stats:

Submissions: 4
Pending: 6
(6 stories; 0 sim subs)
Rejections: 2
Acceptances: 0
Rejections 2022:
19

Spinning Yarns

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

A finale, finally.

After two months of delays, we finally released episode 13, our final episode of season one. Our very first interview was fun as hell, and we’re looking forward to replenishing our content stocks and lining up interviews for season two.

We’re not exactly sure when we’ll drop S2E1, but it will be this year.

Thanks for all your support so far ❤

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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.

As I said last week, I’ve got some bad news: we’re going to be phasing out The Braved and 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.

Two of my videos went up this fortnight, and here are my total stats:

Videos for The Front: 137
Videos for The Braved: 71

Thoughts

My main goals this fortnight were to get the final episode of season one of our podcast finished and The Menticider submitted, and I did both of these things. Sometimes, I focus on what I didn’t do, on what tasks I pushed back, but I think it’s important to celebrate your wins, and I certainly celebrated these ones.

Thanks for reading ❤