Author’s thoughts

Hey fam, this is your author Shade here reflecting on my first major short story I’ve completed on here. The Dias de los Muertos series of short stories is something I’ve been dreaming up for a while but this first story is very spicy. In the world today, the crisis facing young men is quite staggering. However, many do not take a path that I personally would. The success of right wing crazies around the world is partially due to alienation and the inability of young men to make their way in the world. I sympathize as, I too have … Continue reading Author’s thoughts

You matter

I don’t know you but I don’t need to. You matter No matter how many times you fuck up You matter In your darkest hour, You Matter When you are on the top of the world You matter When you feel alone You Matter When you are lying alone You matter I want you to know that you never alone. For those who struggle with anxiety and who toil under the weight of depression. Mental health issues are not your fault. I have struggled and so have you. We are human, you and I. Be kinder to yourself and remember … Continue reading You matter

Communicating our values part 1-3

More recently, I have understood something about myself and about current discourse that I really want to discuss. Group dynamics and how people communicate are important ideas to me, not just for myself, but for the world at large. The more ways to communicate we have, the less we seem to understand one another. It is quite remarkable how, in my lifetime, I have seen both pre internet and the internet era and how different that is. But this isn’t about digital communication for me. This is about reaching people and actually communicating. Communicating doesn’t just involve being able to … Continue reading Communicating our values part 1-3

Thesis Inspiration part 1-2

The longer I’ve been out of college the longer I have had time to wish I hadn’t lost a copy of my thesis paper. I really wanted to expand on it because I felt excited about it and felt that not only would it be helpful for others, it would help me. Call me selfish if you want, but part of the inspiration was trying to understand what made me tick more. However, to connect with others effectively, I am a strong believer in understanding yourself at some level. First of all, the basic idea behind my thesis was that, … Continue reading Thesis Inspiration part 1-2

Media Medium Analysis part 1-2

  No this isn’t the MMA you are looking for -Spock probably, in Mordor.   Talk about a fun title!! Now in case the title was too vague, which it probably was, I will now explain what I mean by it. Over the history of storytelling, there have been many forms of presenting stories to prospective people, and they have been told in so many different ways. Today we probably think of the different forms of media as written, spoken, visual and combinations of such. However, it gets way more specific when we speak of comics versus novels or TV … Continue reading Media Medium Analysis part 1-2

Dias de los muertos: Sabado Update

Hey all, this is Shade your author speaking. Today I uploaded all the previous parts as one complete post. I plan on revisiting it in order to finish the story in the best way possible. The frustrating thing for me is that I have other ideas for other stories but need to satisfactorily finish this one first. I am having difficulty figuring out the best way to finish it. In case it wasn’t obvious the story is in its third act. I plan to upload it by the end of the week. The final part will just be part of … Continue reading Dias de los muertos: Sabado Update

Muertos Update

Recently, I have gotten more views on my blog than I had any reason to expect. I am very glad that some people have read my stuff and especially if they liked it. Again I am open to any constructive criticism or feedback you have. You can comment on the blog or email me. The email is in the about me section of the blog. So, in case you didn’t know, Dias de los Muertos is meant to be a series of short stories dealing with modern issues with a horror spin. Each day of the week will be a … Continue reading Muertos Update

Part 2 Media Medium Analysis

No this isn’t the MMA you are looking for- Spock probably, in Mordor.   Now this analysis will jump around quite a bit but the central ideas that animated it will remain intact. Basically¬† I want to help people understand why the different ways of telling stories do have fundamental differences that make the transition between them dodgy at best. The structure and method of conveying the story change and therefore you can expect the story to be adapted to best fit the new medium. The most famous truism of book lovers is that the book is always better than … Continue reading Part 2 Media Medium Analysis

The Mirror

We are so close yet understanding eludes me. You seem to know me but yet still are a stranger What inspires this cruel twisting darkness? My heart is warm and yet far too cold Duality I think, Duality I am. Must I hear the protestations of my weak soul Must I deal with my weakness and pitiful silence Anxiety crushing my heart like a vice You say I am not a man and I yell You say I am not a man and I protest I say I am not a man and I weep I see the tormentor and … Continue reading The Mirror

Media mediums and their pros and cons pt 1

Talk about a fun title!! Now in case the title was too vague, which it probably was, I will now explain what I mean by it. Over the history of storytelling, there have been many forms of presenting stories to prospective people, and they have been told in so many different ways. Today we probably think of the different forms of media as written, spoken, visual and combinations of such. However, it gets way more specific when we speak of comics versus novels or TV shows versus movies. How does the medium change the story or the limits of whether … Continue reading Media mediums and their pros and cons pt 1

Thesis Inspiration part 2

The importance of a good teacher and positive role model, are super important and resonate with me. The importance of feeling like you are not alone and also understanding that part of growing up, is that no matter who you look up, they are human and have flaws. Dumbledore resonates with me because his flaws do not take away from how important he is to me as a character in the Harry Potter series. Honestly, his flaws make him better. Dumbledore taught me, that your flaws are part of who you are but that they are simply shadows of your … Continue reading Thesis Inspiration part 2

Muertos Update

Hey fam how’s it going!! This is my official update for my mini anthology of short horror stories I will posting on this blog. I am trying to be as careful as possible and trying to put in effort in creating a coherent and well structured group of stories. Currently, I am working on part 3 of one of them. Releasing them in parts allows me to write by the seat of my pants but also give it more time to actually feel authentic. There is a good chance that I will be restructuring earlier parts if I feel that … Continue reading Muertos Update