Fortnightly update 62: 11.04.2022 to 24.04.2022
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.
I’m currently submitting short fiction, mostly flash fiction and short stories, to online magazines and such for publication.
Sooo, the two stories I had pending on longlists/shortlists last fortnight were both rejected this fortnight. These were with Flash Fiction Online and Aurealis, two excellent publications I’ve been trying to crack since this whole writing thing started. I did get some wicked feedback, however, and applied it to both stories, which I submitted elsewhere. They’re much, much improved, and I have high hopes.
Moving forward, I’m going to polish up the handful of stories I’ve sat on for a few months now, and then, once they’re sent off, draft one short story (probably flash fiction) each week. I do love me some flash fiction.
Here are this fortnight’s stats:
Pending: 6 (5 stories; 1 sim sub)
Rejections 2022: 11 (I think I miscounted this last fortnight; 11 is correct)
My mate Patrick and I recently released our podcast Spinning Yarns with Nick & Paddy, which is about storytelling in all its forms.
Episode 9 went live this fortnight. We read a fun, pulpy sci-fi story called “Brain Slug,” a poem about Paddy’s mum, and an essay about precious moments, centred around a song by Billie Holiday.
In the coming weeks, we’re going to get more on top of our marketing game, too, so look forward to that.
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.
Just two of my videos went up this fortnight. The Douglas Mawson one was a nice change of pace.
And here are my total stats:
Videos for The Front: 127
Videos for The Braved: 63
So I moved into my shoebox in Fremantle this fortnight. It has been quite surreal so far, dreamlike. But I’m starting to find great comfort here, and I know moving here was absolutely the right choice. I’ve got clear goals, more than enough time to achieve them, and plenty of awesome people around me. I just need my bloody internet to come already!
Thanks for reading <3