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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 ❤

D&D, D&D, and more D&D [FU12]

Fortnightly update 12: 11.05.2020 to 24.05.2020

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 Oracle of Aegis Isle

My custom 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons adventure The Oracle of Aegis Isle copped some serious feedback and, in turn, serious updates this fortnight, but all the art except for the cover art is now finished, and the document is a whopping 35-pager now! It’s no longer the one-shot I set out to make but a fully-fledged adventure, and I’m happy with how it has evolved. Again, if you like D&D and you’re wanting to run my adventure with your group, please let me know! The group I’m playtesting it with right now, with myself as DM, seem to be enjoyed it, and it plays real well with those who get around social RP.

The featured image of this post is a screenshot of the top of the cover page of the adventure; the cover illustration, created by Roderick Fernades solely for use in The Oracle of Aegis Isle, is a work in progress, but both Rod and I are eager to share the finished cover with you soon!

Much more information to come soon, hopefully by next month!

The Front

I write scripts for the popular World War II YouTube channel The Front. We uploaded two videos this fortnight. You’ll wanna watch this first one with a taco in hand.

The second is travelling pretty well in terms of views, and it’s about some of the worst jobs military personnel could be assigned or volunteer for in World War II. My six-odd months at Spud Shed don’t seem quite so bad now!

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. A little experimental, this one…

#vss365

I write 250-character “stories” using the #vss365 word prompts on Twitter under my own name. I wrote two this week!

#village

From village to village the two rogues roamed, spilling through windows like shadow and swiping hard-earned coin. In the day, they huddled by low flames and clutched a locket which wore their mother’s face, knowing each night to come was one closer to having her back.

#bee (I Tweeted this months ago, but I like it, and #bee was the #vss365 word that day!)

I once saved a bee from drowning in my pool only to walk past the pool an hour later and get stung by that very same bee.

Conclusion

If it isn’t clear, The Oracle of Aegis Isle ate up my fortnight, and while most of the rest of my fortnight was fairly mundane, I also submitted a very special story, co-authored by my partner, Sarah, to a bunch of people who like to distribute colourful books. That’s all I’ll say on it for now, but trust me, you’ll know if a fish takes this particular line. Thanks to everyone who helped out with that; you know who you are 😉

And thanks for reading ❤

Normality and Aegis Isle [FU11]

Fortnightly update 11: 27.04.2020 to 10.05.2020

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

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. It was in response to S7E10 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

The Front

I write scripts for the popular World War II YouTube channel The Front.

We uploaded two videos this fortnight. The first was about the famous B-17 Flying Fortress the Memphis Belle.

And the second was about special forces in World War II.

#vss365

I write 250-character “stories” using the #vss365 word prompts on Twitter under my own name. I wrote two this week!

#killing

Hard, gory work it is, killing trees
Sawing through green bones
Twisting forearms from elbows
Peeling tough skin from milky flesh
Sticky with sap blood and sweat
There’s a sap heart in the trunk too
Beating long in the stumped remains
Drawing life from the roots in vain

#baked

Nocturnes echoing through his car and mind, baked like bread and just as buttery, he crested the hill and saw the sun bleed into the sea. This was the last true summer of his life, and he knew it. His final draw he drew with ease. Letting it out was a little harder.

The Jerk’E’Club

I write the Tales of the Jerk’E’Club blog series for the Jerk’E’Club.

We posted chapter 6 this week!

Conclusion

After drafting the Oracle of Aegis Isle last fortnight, this fortnight was all about playtesting the adventure, working with artists to get the battlemaps and other internal art finished, and generally enjoying myself a little; this included playing a bit of D&D in other people’s games, which was a blast. Other than that, I’m looking to tie off some other projects before starting anything else. Taking on side projects is always tempting, though if I can stave off the urge to download RuneScape, I can stave them off too.

Thanks for reading ❤