Back to my roots [FU16]

Fortnightly update 16: 06.07.2020 to 19.07.2020

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.

Flash fiction

I’ve decided to get back into the flash fiction game, and I started it strong by submitting an 800-ish-word sci-fi story to Daily Science Fiction this fortnight. I can’t share it here, as that counts as publication, but I’ll let you know how that travels. Wish me luck! For those who don’t know, I started my journey as a writer with flash fiction about three and a half years ago, hence the title “Back to my roots.”

As a gesture to those days, the featured image I used for this post was created by Oliver Ragen more than three years ago for my terrible, terrible flash fiction piece Gods on the Scarp. I forgot how damn cool this illustration was.

The Front

I write scripts for the popular World War II YouTube channel The Front. We uploaded two videos this fortnight, as usual, and they were both about the WORST jobs of the Vietnam War.

#vss365

I write 250-character “stories” using the #vss365 word prompts on Twitter under my own name. I think I used the wrong spelling of “sceptic” for the first one, but who cares? Got a bit weird with the latter two, haha.

#skeptic

They called him skeptic and laughed at him his entire life. How could their rosy little town not actually exist? How could it not be… real? It made no sense at all.

“But who’s laughing now?” he said, folding his arms in the endless white void.

“Who’s laughing now?”

#xenophobe

A budding xenophobe, the veins on his brow took angry breaths as he raged and spat about the Visitors to his very best friend, Po.

But Po had been in the very first ship to land. His human suit itched bad, though not even six green hearts were enough to break the news.

#charisma

The red wine charisma that once had carried him died as he took up the pen. He knew all the words in the world, but in social circles once familiar he was now off-key, stammering sentences he saw so well in his head, heard by only his friends in the pages back home.

#ocean

She sucked the ocean from the Earth like the outmost layer of a sweet. Then between her molars she cracked open the core, impatient for the molten caramel within. But for her impatience, she cracked also her tooth, and her silent crying clapped out the sun.

Conclusion

Other than starting to write flash fiction again, this fortnight was a pretty normal one, and it’s honestly nice to get my routines back on track. Not much else to say.

Thanks for reading ❤

New postcode, same desk lamp [FU15]

Fortnightly update 15: 22.06.2020 to 05.07.2020

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.

6050

So I moved out with my partner this fortnight, and IKEA is the third deepest circle of hell. It’s been a challenge keeping on top of my work during this transition, but I’ve so far managed to stay afloat, even take on some smaller new projects (more on these later). This new area is so very, very green. Rosebush jungles choke witch houses whose tiles are made of moss. The clouds don’t go away, and I can’t feel my toes. Conducive to writing? I’ll give that a big fat thumbs up. Can’t feel my thumbs either.

The Oracle of Aegis Isle

So as you’ve probably seen, I released my D&D adventure The Oracle of Aegis Isle on the Dungeon Masters Guild last fortnight. You can learn more about it here, but I thought I’d let you know I’ve sold 25 copies and given away around 80, and I’m taking that as a victory, especially for my first D&D project. The next one is already in the works, but it’s a fair ways down on my priority list for now.

OAI_cover_map

The Front

I write scripts for the popular World War II YouTube channel The Front. We uploaded two videos this fortnight, as usual, and the first was about the best fighter planes of the war.

The second was a counterpart to the first.

Geetsly’s

I write scripts for the popular Star Wars YouTube channel Geetsly’s. Several videos for which I wrote the scripts for went up this fortnight. We’re clearing out our reserves before they get too outdated. Vids don’t keep like pickles.

The Jerk’E’Club

I also wrote another chapter for the Tales of the Jerk’E’Club blog series. Haha, it’s always so much fun writing those.

#vss365

I write 250-character “stories” using the #vss365 word prompts on Twitter under my own name. I had a whole lot of horrific fun with them this fortnight.

#verdant

The valley was most verdant where there lay eternally unrested the bones of the missing platoon. The trees atop were tallest, glutted on their bullet-packed flesh, but no bird flew over, and no child played near, and poor Earth bore their secret to her own fiery grave.

#sculled

He sculled out to sea a day from death. His nerves were snapped guitar strings, and his joints wore like chalk, but no land burial would suffice. In a valley of swell, his mother called to him, and into her ink arms he leapt, sliding back down into the place he was born

Conclusion

Overall, I’m looking to get my routine back on track following the move, and honestly, my old maritime desk lamp is helping.

Thanks for reading ❤

The sprint is over [FU14]

Fortnightly update 14: 08.06.2020 to 21.06.2020

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.

The Oracle of Aegis Isle

So as you’ve probably seen, I released my D&D adventure The Oracle of Aegis Isle on the Dungeon Masters Guild this fortnight, and it definitely chewed up the majority of my mental and physical reserves, leaving me as little more than a folded sheet of shed skin the morning after (the champaign, wine, and beer probably had something to do with it too). I’ve already made a post about The Oracle of Aegis Isle,  so I won’t go into any more detail here, and you can learn more about it on its Dungeon Masters Guild page, where you can also buy the adventure! Once again, thank you to everyone who helped me over the finish line, and a special thanks to Rod, who became nocturnal to finish the cover art, which is just outstanding.

OAI_cover_map

The Front

I write scripts for the popular World War II YouTube channel The Front. We uploaded two videos this fortnight, as usual, and the first was about how the world is still rebuilding after the hell that was the Second World War.

The second was the second part of our video on the worst jobs of World War II, which isn’t far from hitting ONE MILLION views!

Geetsly’s

I write scripts for the popular Star Wars YouTube channel Geetsly’s. One video which I wrote the script for went up this fortnight, and I must say, it’s pretty philosophical.

#vss365

I write 250-character “stories” using the #vss365 word prompts on Twitter under my own name. I wrote another haiku this week because I’m an edgelord.

#languor

Hot keyboard languor
Slave to the mouse wheel demon
Reborn each chapter

#constellate

Where all the dark things constellate, where the devils hiss, witches scream, and spectres weep, where toes are hooves, nails are claws, and souls are without flesh, where the rain is ever and shadow’s thickest — that is where I recline with my black wine, my popcorn.

Conclusion

Well, it was a HECTIC fortnight, and honestly, I need a break, so I’m not going to start any new creative projects for about a month, focusing instead on boosting The Front and Geetsly’s, and helping to transform our little team into a fully-fledged company!

Thanks for reading, and thanks for your continual support ❤