A New Light, A New Day

Wow, so here we are, my own real web page and our first real blog. Where to start? I have been writing for years, I used to keep an active blog on Myspace. Does anybody remember Myspace? Shesh, I am old right. After that, I got a Live Journal, I admit no one ever read that but not because I wasn’t interesting. I barely ever posted. I always kept a journal growing up, too. My first “diary” I was eleven. I loved writing, would write stories and poetry as a kid.
We have started The Shade of Writing as a Shadow’s Lair family venture. The Shadow’s Lair Family is a family of two dads and two kids, not to unusual. We love to travel, and will post about our travels, everyday lives, fantasy writings, and just a general hodgepodge of things. We also have a goal to one day own a family farm and shop. We will use this blog to update our progress on this goal. For those of you who found this after following the Shadow’s Lair for years, thank you for your continued support. If this is your first time reading our writing, welcome and thank you. Feel free to follow us on Patreon.

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Left to Right Cera, Jayson, Damien, Aaron, 2011 Maryland Hiking trip

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Star Flower

My heart cries to her
The flower of starry skies
She faded from dreams

Where can i find her
The lady of dreamy mists
I will never stop

I will seek her love
Hold our fate close to my heart
My is wish for her

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Panicked Lights

I worry, my heart races
I cannot breathe, choking
The world snaps around me
I’m alone, scared, pacing
The skin burns, eyes water
The world slams into me
The lights blaze down
My eyes can’t take the light
The day lasts too long
The night too short
The sounds too loud
My head just hurts
Let me free this rocking
Back and forth clawing
The rising inside me
Will this be how I live
Until the day I die?

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Rock’n’Roll Tattoo and Piercing Glasgow Does Not Listen to Autistic Voices

Greetings blog followers, I recently informed you all in another post that I am autistic. Over a week ago a page in the UK, particularly Glasgow asked autistic people what flash designs we would like to see for a charity. Many of us, including myself asked for the neurodiversity symbol also known as the rainbow infinity. I would have screens of this except I did not expect that not only would they not listen but in an effort to avoid accountability they deleted the thread.

I would not even be writing this if after having done puzzle piece flashes and donating to an organization many of us asked to be switched to a more autism positive charity such as ASAN, they had admitted to the mistake and perhaps apologized. Instead, when we reviewed them they doubled down and insisted they were right to do this and even told one autistic person “your comment truly does not matter to us.” And then justified this as any “Autism warrior parent TM” does by saying “This comment is actually written by staff member who is a parent of autistic child so mind your comments.”

I find it irritating that a parent of an autistic child choose to tell an autistic person their voice didn’t matter and that they should mind their tone. I find it disheartening that because many of us were in the United States They ignored us but Americans weren’t the only ones speaking up. When autistic people in their community also left reviews concerning this, they blocked all of us who left reviews from their page which I shall link here: Rock’n’Roll Tattoo and Piercing Glasgow

Businesses, when we say no puzzle pieces and you ignore us we will come for you. I will come for you, for myself, for my kids and for the community I have found home in. You can try to silence us but the internet is forever and you can’t close google reviews. We were polite, informative and direct. We offered a substitution a preferred symbol and charity, you ignored us and attempted to silence us, Rock’n’Roll Tattoo and Piercing Glasgow but I have the screens of my reviews and you won’t prevent others from seeing the truth.

For others who are reading this and had commented on the event mentioned you can leave a review on Google by looking up: Rock’n’Roll Tattoo and Piercing Glasgow
25 Gallowgate, Glasgow G1 5AA, UK

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Vaulted Heart

Lady, I love you.
The dreams they don’t leave me.
I keep dreaming, the soldier fighting the eternal war inside.
The corpse king
standing at the edge of a cliff,
the cave yawns in the mountian. Princess are you there?
Will you lend Koraki your wings.
Fly to freedom,
fly from this dark place
where we can’t hide.
All eyes on us here,
their judgement creeps ever near. Come, my dragon queen,
I’ll hide our love, secret, safe,
in the vault of my heart.