Business as usual [FU9]

Fortnightly update 9: 30.03.2020 to 12.04.2020

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.

My second Star Wars video went up this fortnight. This one is for the Clone Wars nerds among ye.

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 some World War II prisoner escapes you may not have heard of.

And the second is drawing the attention of keyboard warriors who can’t finish an eleven-minute video before shitting out a comment. Lol.

As for our custom posts on The Front History Facebook page and The Front History Instagram, like I said last fortnight, we’re discontinuing them indefinitely. With that said, I’m still using public domain images and making regular posts, so be sure to check out those links. For as long as we’re not making custom posts, I’ll be using our custom YouTube thumbnails as featured images for this blog series.

#vss365 (formerly fiction_shots)

I decided to discontinue fiction_shots on Instagram and continue writing 250-character stories on Twitter under my own name. If you like my stories, I’ll be posting them just as frequently, if not more frequently, there, but I’ll also be copying them into these blog posts, under the #vss365 word prompt for each day. I wrote three this fortnight.

#kicking

Thirty years kicking in dungeon doors and spearing dragons, only to cark it to some bloody disease. One piece of advice I give young adventures sinking ale at the inn I haunt is bring yer own tankard and wash yer bloody hands. Ain’t dragons what get ye in the end, eh?

#orange

Lakes of orange flame and plains of silent ice — these I envisioned in my fall. But the reality is far worse. Curled over a desk a little too low on a chair a little too high, placing and removing and placing and removing the same damned comma for all damned time.

#club

He stepped into the club, passed through a phalanx of laser, and sighed. It wasn’t him. It hadn’t been him in years. But the pills in the sandwich bag in his pocket said otherwise, and there were enough in there to get him to his thirties at least.

Conclusion

fiction_shots may be dead, but I just feel liberated; Instagram can be pretty sucky for writers. Other than that, we’ve taken little hits because of COVID-19, but business is continuing mostly as usual. Hey, I even started jogging. All it took was the apocalypse.

Thanks for reading ❤

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!