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Skulls and beef jerky [FU5]

Fortnightly update 5: 03.02.2020 to 16.02.2020

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 Jerk’E’Club

It had been a while since I did something for The Jerk’E’Club, though this fortnight, I revamped their “Our Story” copy and wrote chapter four of Tales of Two Jerks, which I think was pretty jerkin’ funny, so do yourself a solid and give it a read.

The Front

I write scripts for the popular YouTube channel The Front.

We uploaded two videos this fortnight. The first was on shady companies/brand, like Ford and IBM, in World War II. As you can see, the people who wear suits are clearly Satan.

The second upload was about soldiers who, despite eating bullets and having their limbs ripped to shreds, just refused to die. Mostly, they just didn’t have permission to.

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.

We uploaded posts about Nazi symbology to both Facebook and Instagram in the first week. How metal is this.

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Victory! Victory! ⚡⚡ . The Nazi Party's Schutzstaffel (SS) symbol, the duel lightning-bolt-style Ss, was adapted from the Armanen rune "Sigel," which was just a single S and angled differently. In the Armanen rune set — or the "Armanen Futharkh" — "Sigel" basically meant "sun," though the Nazis changed the spelling to "Sieg," the German word for "victory," so the double S could basically be read as "Victory! Victory!" while also standing as the acronym for Schutzstaffel. It's quite a powerful emblem, to be honest, though not quite as blatantly macabre as the Totenkopf (skull) the SS wore on their caps and collars. There's no mistaking THAT uniform through a sniper scope. #thefront #ww2 #ww2history #wwii #wwiihistory #war #history #military

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And in the second week, we uploaded posts about dogs — yes, puppos — in World War II.

*sheds tear*

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I'm so sorry 🐾 . I think perhaps the most unfortunate fact of World War II is that the Soviets trained anti-tank dogs — yes, canines — whose job was to dive beneath German tanks with explosives strapped to their chests. The Soviets trained these poor creatures by starving them and then releasing them into a simulated battle environment, in which they could find food only between the tracks of a tank. While initial methods involved the dog removing the explosive device on its own and then fleeing before it detonated, this was far too complicated and ineffective, so the Soviets simplified it by having the dogs blown to pieces with their targets. #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!

fiction_shots

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

The first was about, I dunno — maybe Earth is hell. [Twitter #vss365 word #atlas]

She drifted to the cloud below and, tucking in her wings, leaned over his shoulder and beheld the black tome in his golden hands. “What’s that?”

“Atlas of the Underworld.”

“Australia. I’ve heard of that.” She touched the page. “But what’s that?”

“New Zealand. Duh.”

The second was just a little Lovecraftian. [Twitter #vss365 word #empire]

Upon his throne the Thing from Outside wraps one of one thousand tentacles around the blue-green pebble in the Black Lake and can hardly tell, with his star-sized eyes and belly, which empire would make the more satisfying appetizer — that of men or ants.

Conclusion

Honestly, I’ve been on top of my shit this fortnight. It was cruisy, and I had plenty of time to work on personal projects, which I’ll tell you more about soon!

Thanks for reading.

Nerdier by the day [FU4]

Fortnightly update 4: 20.01.2020 to 02.02.2020

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, and I wrote a bunch more scripts as well; I won’t be detailing all of them from now on, as you’ll see them when they’re uploaded as videos! The first video we uploaded was the first part in a two-part series about the most feared World War II aces from each fighting country.

The second upload was the second part.

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.

We uploaded posts about Japanese kamikaze pilots to both Facebook and Instagram in the first week.

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For the Emperor! 🛩️ . While only between 11% and 19% of Japanese kamikaze pilots hit their targets, those that DID hit devastated them. US Navy Seaman James J. Fahey evinces the horror in his diary: "A Jap dive bomber crashed into one of the 40 mm. mounts but lucky for them [the US Navy personnel] it dropped its bombs on another ship before crashing. Parts of the plane flew everywhere when it crashed into the mount. Part of the motor hit Tomlinson, he had chunks of it all over him, his stomach, back, legs etc. The rest of the crew were wounded, most of them were sprayed with gasoline from the plane. […] Planes were falling all around us, bombs were coming too close for comfort. […] The fellows were passing ammunition like lightning as the guns were turning in all directions spitting out hot steel […] The deck near my mount was covered with blood, guts, brains, tongues, scalps, hearts, arms etc. from the Jap pilots. The Jap bodies were blown into all sorts of pieces." #thefront #ww2 #ww2history #wwii #wwiihistory #war #history #military

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And in the second week, we uploaded posts about Soviet women fighting for the Soviet Union in the Second World War.

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Women make better snipers ♀️ . Some 800,000 Soviet women served in the Soviet Armed Forces throughout World War II, many of whom were snipers. Natalya Kovshova was one such sniper, and with the aid of her friend and spotter Mariyana Polivanova, she put bullets in around 300 German soldiers. Kovshova expressed a fiery hatred for the Germans both through the barrel of her rifle and in her words, calling them, in her diary, "Fascist pigs." Kovshova and Polivanova were awarded the Soviet Union's highest military decoration, though they were not alive to claim it. The pair, wounded and exhausted, had been holding off a German offensive near the village of Sutoki-Byakovo when their enemy finally broke through. Being caught by the "fascist pigs" was inconceivable, so these Soviet war heroes took the pins out of their grenades and waited for the Germans to get up close, loading every living thing around them, and themselves, with hot shrapnel. #thefront #ww2 #ww2history #wwii #wwiihistory #war #history #military

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Geetsly’s

The most exciting piece of news this fortnight is that I’ve officially started writing scripts for Geetsly’s, the popular Star Wars YouTube channel.

It’s going to be a little while before my script makes it to the screen, though I can say for now that I’m quite proud of it, especially as it’s my first, and that it’s on CC-2224 “Cody” in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. As of next week, I’ll be writing two scripts for this channel a week and one script for The Front. I’ve also started editing every script written by Geetsly’s principle writer.

I’m going to be a busy little nerd.

Project Bronze

I’ve decided to shut up about the secret-ish D&D project Roderick Fernandes and I are working on until I’ve got something more to show you. This will be my last mention of it for a while but know that it’s currently my highest priority aside Geetsly’s and The Front!

LAZERDUST

So apparently the best thing to do when you’re absolutely swamped with work is to start more work, haha. This fortnight I started a second tabletop roleplaying game (TRPG) project, which I called LAZERDUST. This is a little different from Project Bronze, as it’s TRPG system in itself, rather than an adventure for an existing TRPG system.

More to come on LAZERDUST soon. It should be fun for everyone, even those of you who didn’t know what TRPG meant before reading this post, most likely those of you who actually go outside.

fiction_shots

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

The first one is about a parasite. Reading over it now, it’s probably a little vague, haha, though I was feeling quite “sci-fi” after writing my Geetsly’s script.

The usurper of all but my mind, a tick on my brain, puppeteering my lips and limbs. I’d be furious, if this ride in which I’m just a passenger wasn’t so damn good. They’re better at humaning than we are, and I’d recommend a helmetless stay on Ida IV’s jungle moon any day.

The second was about what comes next. [Twitter #vss365 word #could]

It could come at any time on any day. The uncertainty’s worse than the result He’s almost sure of it, but he hasn’t put the cross down since it arrived.

Metal hits metal, and his heart makes a fist.

A guard saunters past, dragging a baton over the iron bars.

Conclusion

It’s been a flat out fortnight, and it’s not going to get any easier at least until April. If not April, then when I’m dead. Oh, yeah. I started doing yoga because there’s dust on the joints between my bones, and it sounds like a door’s opening when I stand. The Yoga Witch’s got me under her spell, I guess.

Thanks for reading. Much love.

WWII or Star Wars — which happened first? [FU3]

Fortnightly update 3: 06.01.2020 to 19.01.2020

While I’ve kept a crude text file diary for a few years now, I’m now going to summarise the happenings of my life in fortnightly blog posts like this one and share them to both Facebook and LinkedIn. This will allow me to be consistent with how I share my progress as a writer and editor, while also improving my reflection process. I’ll post the fortnightly updates on either 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.

Geetsly’s (Star Wars)

While I write mostly for The Front, I also started preparing to write for the popular Star Wars YouTube channel Geetsly’s. FYI, The Front and Geetsly’s were both founded by the same guy.

A big part of my preparation is watching The Clone Wars, though I also listened to a Star Wars: Darth Plagueis audiobook. It was incredible. Do yourself a favour and at least listen to the sample.

The Front

I write scripts for the popular YouTube channel The Front.

While we only uploaded one video this week, I finished the script about the Polish people in World War II and wrote scripts about McNamara’s Morons (Project 100,000), Britain’s MI19, and the true strength of the French people in the war.

I also started managing The Front History Facebook page and The Front History Instagram account (which is brand new) and made unique posts to both. I’d love for you to follow both!

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Hitler, friend to all animals 🌍 . When Hitler rose to power, he saw that existing animal protection concerns in Germany, specifically regarding kosher butchering and vivisection, were adapted into formal law. His right-hand man, Hermann Göring, even threatened to "commit to concentration camps those who still think they can continue to treat animals as inanimate property." This is but one among many examples of Nazi sympathy towards animals, though the topic remains controversial. Much of it may have been propaganda, basically conveying that the Nazis must be "good blokes" because they love animals, and the Jews "obviously hate animals," as their traditions require them to be slaughtered in the most inhumane of ways. In some cases, however, it may have had nothing to do with pro-Nazi propaganda and antisemitism. Hitler, for instance, kept several dogs, and it's also suggested that the Führer was a vegan… when it suited him. #thefront #ww2 #ww2history #wwii #wwiihistory #war #history #military

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Project Bronze

Project Bronze is coming along nicely! Roderick Fernandes actually worked on the cover art during an art course held by industry professionals. It’s not done, however, so I’ll wait until he’s happy with it before I share it with you.

Perhaps the biggest update of all, Project Bronze, our semi-secret D&D project, will now feature goats. Try to contain yourself.

fiction_shots

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

The first was about a witch.

Hordes of humans she had bending and sweating before her, all of them caught in her most wicked of spells. Through the air of her terrible and tremendous studio her cackle flew, and under the weight of the word that followed, her prisoners fell, spines on their mats, quiet as corpses. And that word, all ye with minds still your own, was “shavasana,” and that cruel enchantress was none other than the dreaded Yoga Witch, to whom all the world shall bow and sweat.

And the second was about, well… [Twitter #vss365 word #languor]

As so often I had seen her felled on the couch in enchanted languor, I thought little of the syringe in her vein and left her to dream. But through my own dream pervaded a stench, and I woke to find swollen and cold all but her cheeks, which were lifted in smile.

Conclusion

My energy was scattered every which way this fortnight, but that’s the way I like it. Monotony is the bane of the creative. Though, in saying that, all I really do is sit in front of my laptop and occasionally go out for a Guinness.

Thanks for reading. May the Force be with you.