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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.

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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.

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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 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 We’re clearing out our reserves before they get too outdated.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.

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#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.

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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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