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.

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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 ❤

The Oracle of Aegis Isle RELEASED!

Wine shall be spilt, backs shall be broken, a daughter of Aegis Isle shall rise, and ever shall these days of festivity and sport be known as the Oracle Games. But this once-in-a-lifetime event is not for the salt-browed denizens of the island alone, and all with heart are welcome.

The Oracle of Aegis Isle is a setting-neutral adventure for 5th Edition DUNGEONS & DRAGONS that encourages social roleplay on a small but lively island. While the characters can have a whole lot of fun just by participating in competitions and otherwise enjoying the festivities of the Oracle Games, a conspiracy unfolds beneath the surface, ancient secrets and strange treasures await discovery, and the monsters guarding them await their next good meal. The Oracle of Aegis Isle is perfect for 2nd to 4th level parties in need of a holiday (a break from their main campaign), and it is of course thematically compatible with the upcoming realm of Theros!

You can purchase The Oracle of Aegis Isle via the following link:

https://www.dmsguild.com/product/317209/The-Oracle-of-Aegis-Isle

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While that may have made sense to the D&D-savvy, I probably confused everyone else. What you need to know is that for about a year now I’ve been creating my very first D&D adventure for publication on the Dungeon Masters Guild (under the Community Content Agreement), and I published it today!

The Oracle of Aegis Isle is my biggest creative project yet, and the hundreds upon hundreds of hours I spent on it would’ve been a complete waste of time without some very special folks who helped me over the finish line.

So thanks again, Ar-Tel (Matt), Gehrigan (Darren), Grath (Dingo), Almawt (Ben), Jordan, Tayt, Andrew, Jan, shroomvolcano, and Lachlan for playtesting and providing pre-release feedback on The Oracle of Aegis Isle, and thanks to all my family and friends for putting up with my ten-hour working days and headaches.

Of course, The Oracle of Aegis Isle would be pretty mundane without Roderick Fernandes’s gorgeous cover art, the map, battlemap, and cross-sectional art of Stanislav Mokrushin, and the symbol of the Oracle art by Sarah Gerber. You guys are superstars, and I love you.

While The Oracle of Aegis Isle is published, my toil is not yet over and never will be. I’m going to be updating the adventure as I receive feedback, and there are all sorts of other things to consider, such as marketing the adventure and, if it goes really well, offering a physical or even a virtual tabletop version of the adventure.

But for now, thank you for your support, and if you’re a D&D nerd or want to be, please consider purchasing The Oracle of Aegis Isle

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Lines in the water [FU13]

Fortnightly update 13: 25.05.2020 to 07.06.2020

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.

Mallee

Now, I felt a little inspired this fortnight, especially after talking to my good friend Jon Pettas, and I wrote my first ever screenplay, just for fun. Mallee is a story about a father and son who’ve lost touch, so they go camping in rural Western Australia, and you can read it for free via that link. I’m pretty proud of it!

Children’s book

I also think it’s time I tell you that my partner and I wrote a children’s picture book and that we’re currently submitting it to publishers! I know, it’s super exciting, but unfortunately, I can’t reveal much more than that just yet. If a publisher takes our wonderful story and runs with it, you will DEFINITELY hear about it. Fingers crossed! On this note, I’d like to thank everyone who read and provided feedback on our story before we finalised it for submission. You know who you are ❤

The Oracle of Aegis Isle

My custom Dungeons & Dragons adventure The Oracle of Aegis Isle is about two weeks off being ready now, and I don’t think I’m going to need much more playtesting, as there is such thing as too much. The playtest I ran with some pals from the D&D Perth Facebook page wrapped up the other day, and it went well! Overall, I’ve put hundreds of hours into this thing, and I’m about ready to abandon it because…

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

— Leonardo da Vinci

Honestly, this has become my biggest project to date, and I can’t wait to share it with the nerd world.

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 one Puerto Rico in the Second World War.

The second was about China in World War II. Copped a little heat for this one!

Geetsly’s

I write scripts for the popular Star Wars YouTube channel Geetsly’s. Two videos which I wrote the scripts for went up this fortnight. The first was about the most terrifying species in the Star Wars universe.

The second was about the droid who almost toppled Sidious’s empire.

#vss365

I write 250-character “stories” using the #vss365 word prompts on Twitter under my own name. I wrote two haikus this fortnight because I’m edgy like that. Ha, you can always tell which words are the prompts. Who the hell uses “gleaming” or “littoral” in a sentence? My third pieces was… I dunno.

#littoral

Pink and greasy brow
Cheap drinks,
littoral village
Anxious yet for home

#gloaming

Salt wind and milk waves
Drive ends on ocean
gloaming
Arms wrapped from behind

#slough

I felt my skin peel back, eyes shrink dry, and flesh slough dead into my coffin, conscious somehow through it all. And oh how I miss every second of that untellable torment, for now spreading through the dark is only my soul, and I feel nothing at all.

Conclusion

The title “Lines in the water” makes sense now, eh? I think it’s healthy to have plenty of projects on the go, but I’m also keen to tie off a few and glue them into my portfolio. This fortnight has been all over the place, but I’ve been working DAMN hard, and I think I’m about ready to piss off down south for a few days. Just gotta push through this final sprint.

Thanks for reading ❤