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Light in the dark [FU8]

Fortnightly update 8: 16.03.2020 to 29.03.2020

In this blog series, I share my fortnight-to-fortnight triumphs, and failures, as a writer. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Front

I write scripts for the popular YouTube channel The Front.

We uploaded two videos this fortnight. The first was about how the French get “memed “too hard for their capitulation in World War II.

And the second was a study on American propaganda and how important it was in the Second World War.

I also worked with some graphic designers to put together a post to both The Front History Facebook page and The Front History Instagram account. Unfortunately, we’ll be discontinuing these custom posts indefinitely, and that means no more custom featured images for these blog posts. Stupid COVID-19.

Our final custom post for the foreseeable future was a colourisation of an Aussie soldier in New Guinea in World War II.

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Where are the Aussies at? 🇦🇺 . Thousands of brave Australians perished in the jungles of New Guinea in a World War II campaign that was a little too close to home, though, with the aid of other Allied forces, the Aussies were able to push the Japanese back into the sea, ending the campaign in August 1945. We've colourised this image of R.F. Gaudry of the 2/3rd Australian Infantry Battalion so that he and the sacrifices of Australian soldiers in this time of peril may be remembered. Gaudry was standing in a pit in a village called Kalimboa in New Guinea. The Owen gun this soldier was wielding was an Australian icon in itself, and this is a fantastic image. . #thefront #ww2 #ww2history #wwii #wwiihistory #war #history #military Image edited by instagram.com/maruu.ji/

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fiction_shots

This fortnight, I posted two fiction_shots pieces on both Instagram and Twitter.

The first was about a robot dad. [Twitter #vss365 word #robot]

The other kids laugh or get all shy when he picks me up from school; his head antennae and metal arm bones are just a little too much for them. Half man, half robot — they have a word for that sort of thing, but I just call him Dad.

The second… well, I couldn’t resist. [Twitter #vss365 word #delicious]

We came up with a lot of names for the family cat over the years — Boots, Furball, Bastard — though, before the lockdown, we never thought we’d end up calling the poor little guy Delicious.

Life (and conclusion)

I don’t need to tell you how strange everything is right now, but I will say I’m fortunate enough to be working, and I’m hoping that won’t change for the worse; this is my light in the dark. In terms of my day to day life, it’s about the same, as I rarely left my “office” anyway. In terms of my life with my partner, we decided it was best to flee Melbourne and return home until things are looking up again.

Thanks for reading, and best of luck.

We hit 100k subscribers! [FU7]

Fortnightly update 7: 02.03.2020 to 15.03.2020

In this fortnightly blog post series, I share with you my progress as a writer. I’ll throw each post up on both Facebook and LinkedIn on Sundays or Mondays, though if anything dinosaur-huge happens, I may still make separate posts about it; these fortnightly posts are more about my fortnight-to-fortnight triumphs.

The Front

I write scripts for the popular YouTube channel The Front, and this fortnight, we reached 100,000 subscribers! We’re now one-tenth of the way to our ultimate goal 😉

We also uploaded two videos this fortnight. In the first, we jumped forward a little way in time to discuss the history of space forces. Pew pew!

And our second video was all about Britain’s answer to the Nazi SS and Gestapo.

I also worked with some graphic designers to put together two posts to both The Front History Facebook page and The Front History Instagram account.

The first week’s posts were about paranormal activity in the Vietnam War.

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Apartments of the dead 🏢 . 727 Trần Hưng Đạo was an 8-tower estate in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) which housed hundreds of US soldiers during the American War in Vietnam. In those days, it was known as the "President Building," though in the decades following the war, the tremendous structure was left to peel and rot until it was finally demolished in 2018. And maybe that was a good thing, as it had a rather dark past. Firstly, its 530 rooms were divided among 13 floors, and when that portentous 13th floor was finished, all manner of accidents started to occur, with many of the men working on the building losing their lives. It's even said that a local shaman travelled to 727 and buried under it the bodies of four dead virgins to rid the building of its curse, and with 727 "cleansed," it was leased to the Americans, though, after the war, some of those US soldiers… remained. The subsequent LIVING Vietnamese residents of 727 claimed to hear strange whispers, screams, and even the sounds of American military parades coming from inside the building, and others claimed to see an apparition in the form of a US soldier strolling hand-in-hand with his Vietnamese girlfriend, also a ghost. . Image edited by instagram.com/maruu.ji/ . #thefront #ww2 #ww2history #wwii #wwiihistory #war #history #military

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The second week’s posts were about Spam and Vegemite in World War II, haha, though we’re a little behind on actually posting on Instagram, and we blame COVID-19 for this.

Geetsly’s

I write scripts for Geetsly’s, the popular Star Wars YouTube channel. Here’s the first video made using one of my scripts!

Oh, yeah, and as part of my “research” for the channel, I finished my first playthrough of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, which I played on Android (it was originally released in 2003!). What a game. I played a space scoundrel named Coffee who refused to use a lightsaber.

Coffee

fiction_shots

This fortnight, I posted two fiction_shots pieces on both Instagram and Twitter.

I love this first one, and it was a single sentence too. [Twitter #vss365 word #seagull]

Hoppy the one-legged seagull swallowed two potato chips and half a crab stick and then fluttered onto the tin roof to cackle at his pea-brained compatriots and stretch out both his legs.

The second was about what it’s like to write. [Twitter #vss365 word #insurmountable]

To write his great work — an insurmountable task. He cursed his pen and tore pages till but one remained, writing on it the only word he knew, “insurmountable,” and realising it was just that. The next word he wrote quicker, and quicker still the next word after that.

Conclusion

Well, this fortnight was pretty standard. The first week was pretty scattered following my weekend getaway to the Great Ocean Road, but the second was so very smooth, and I had plenty of time to read some books, watch Castlevania (which is epic, by the way), and play some games. It’s nice to enjoy other people’s work sometimes.

Thanks for reading!

Distractions and grey hairs [FU6]

Fortnightly update 6: 17.02.2020 to 01.03.2020

In this fortnightly blog post series, I share with you my progress as a writer. I’ll throw each post up on both Facebook and LinkedIn on Sundays or Mondays, though if anything dinosaur-huge happens, I may still make separate posts about it; these fortnightly posts are more about my fortnight-to-fortnight triumphs.

The Front

I write scripts for the popular YouTube channel The Front.

We uploaded two videos this fortnight. The first was about how World War II tempered the Poles into some of the strongest humans on the planet.

The second was about Robert McNamara’s “Project 100,000” or “McNamara’s Morons. This one is travelling exceptionally well.

I also worked with some graphic designers to put together two posts to both The Front History Facebook page and The Front History Instagram account.

The first week’s posts were about indigenous Australians in the Second World War.

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Lest we forget 🇦🇺 . You may know little about Australia and, more specifically, Indigenous Australians, though if there is one thing you need to know it's that they fought and died for the Allied cause in the Second World War. While it's almost impossible to get an exact figure on how many Indigenous Australians took up arms, estimates range from 3,000 to 6,000. Many of these men and women volunteered soon after Australia's declaration of war, and many ended up in the Middle East, Greece, Greece, and Syria; this was before Japan ended the war and island-hopped towards Australia in the Pacific Theatre. This is Indigenous Australian Thomas Harold Green of the 2/1 Battalion, pipe in lips. Unfortunately for Green, the photo — which we've colourised — was taken when he was a POW in Stalag XIIIc in Hammelburg, Germany. #thefront #ww2 #ww2history #wwii #wwiihistory #war #history #military

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The second week’s posts were about ghosts and curses (hence the featured image). Spooky!

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The curse of the SS Alkimos 💀 . World War II was horrible enough without curses and spirits, though if such things do exist, it makes a whole not of sense that they would be born in war, in which suffering is commonplace. Claimed to be cursed was the SS Alkimos, built in the US and sold to the Norwegians. While she was in Naples, Italy, one of her crew members shot her radio operator and then turned the gun on himself. After the war, she was sold to a Greek shipping company, under whose hand she crashed into a reef near the coast of Western Australia (WA). When she was in Fremantle getting repaired, she caught fire, and when she was well enough to leave the port, her tow line snapped, and she hit the shore. A few more unfortunate events led her to be stranded, damaged severely and sinking slowly off the coast in Yanchep, WA. Salvagers had at her, though often they were driven off by feelings of dread, unexplained footsteps and voices, and in at least one case, a spontaneous fire. The Alkimos was soon after abandoned, left to rot under the waves. . #thefront #ww2 #ww2history #wwii #wwiihistory #war #history #military

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Geetsly’s

I write scripts for Geetsly’s, the popular Star Wars YouTube channel. We’ve got quite a few banked up, so one of mine has yet to be uploaded. Stay tuned for that!

The Jerk’E’Club

I write the blog series Tales of The Jerk’E’Club for The Jerk’E’Club. This fortnight, I wrote chapter 5, and it’s filthy. Enjoy.

fiction_shots

This fortnight, I posted two fiction_shots pieces on both Instagram and Twitter.

The first was written by Dilini, a fiction_shots contributor.

Water swirled around our ankles. My feet sunk slowly into waterlogged sand. Her squeals of delight over small lapping waves warmed my heart. She let go of my hand. Fearless, she duck-footed her way along the shore. I suppressed the nag and let her go.

The second was written by me, and it was about the “million-dollar wound.” [Twitter #vss365 word #spirits]

I’d never seen a man with bone sticking out his skin in such high spirits.

He looked at me, read my thoughts. “I’m going home, mate. Home.”

He looked at nothing after that, and I spent a long minute deciding if I should put a bullet in my left asscheek or right.

6ixes

I let my nerdiness take hold this fortnight, making my own simple tabletop roleplaying game system which I called “6ixes” (as it uses only the humble six-sided die), and I ended up testing it out in a Discord play-by-post RPG server and “Skyrim-esque” setting of my own, recruiting players from Reddit and my existing pool of friends. It was fun while it lasted, but maintaining the server and setting turned out to be a whole lot extra work, which I just don’t need right now. I want to playtext 6ixes in a far more restricted setting, so then I don’t have to spend hours and hours worldbuilding.

If that made no sense to you, it might be time to dive skull-first into the world of tabletop roleplaying games, starting with something like D&D first. The neckbeard will grow shortly thereafter.

Conclusion

This fortnight was a f***ing grind, and it was totally my fault. Discipline is everything, and I let the dirty nerd inside of me take the reigns, ceding it to him. I finished everything I needed to, yeah, but it cost me more than a few grey hairs.

Thanks for reading!

P.S. I drove along the Great Ocean Road too. It was nice.