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Finally – Some Updates to Share With You

It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? The good news is, I’m still alive! After 2020 threw its endless curveballs our way, I decided to knuckle down and do a few things to keep my brain entertained. So, what have I been up to? Here are the big updates:

Scriptwriting

In the middle of lockdown, I secured a really sweet freelance gig: writing scripts for a YouTube channel. Not only does it allow me to cover movies and TV shows, but it’s also taught me some valuable knowledge about YouTube and optimising writing for an internet audience.

If you’d like to check out any of the videos, keep an eye on my Twitter feed for all the links as they go live.

Podcasting

Nowadays, everyone has a podcast, so I was feeling a little left out. To be honest, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but I wasn’t sure how to even approach it. In my mind, I thought it’d be something difficult and the obstacles would be too many to even attempt it.

While it certainly does have its challenges and specific requirements, thanks to the awesome team at Fortress of Solitude, it’s been rather effortless. We release weekly episodes and try to change the topics up here and there, so you’ll hear us discuss movies, TV shows, gaming and even comic books. So far, the reception has been better than we expected, and we’re having a blast doing it.

If you feel like listening to our nonsense, you can listen below:

The Novel

I feel like this topic’s status changes from month to month. I’m going to be real here: I’ve started a lot of manuscripts—which are safely stored on my hard drive—but I’ve struggled to crack a story that excites me. I mean, if I don’t like the story, how can I expect anyone else to?

Fortunately, there was an idea that I started late last year that haunted me. As it turns out, it just needed some reworking and proper planning. I’ve written a lot more of it and the words are flowing, so the mojo is back here. And I’m feeling incredibly confident about this story—it even has me chuckling as I write it!

A short story publication

A few years ago, I wrote a lot of short stories—and most of them actually found homes in various publications. Then, I stopped writing them. Why? I don’t know. I guess I started focusing more on writing my novel and screenplays, so my attention was divided.

There was one sole short that I wrote and submitted to the Bloody Parchment anthology. And it made the final cut! I’m actually super excited for people to read it, since it’s a horror based on a South African children’s game.

Check out all the authors selected here.

Phew. Yeah, so I’ve been busy. And there’s another thing happening, too, which I’ll speak more about if it materialises. Let’s just say these updates are proof that I’m still alive here.

Until next time…

Your friendly neighbourhood writer,

Sergio Pereira


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