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.


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


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Fall Household Agenda

By Damien Knight

This summer the kids and I tried doing schedules. This is our update on how time management is working for us. It has made the kids mpre fucused and things get done. I highly recommend printing a schedule to for your house hold.

5:00 am to 5:30 am

5:30 am to 6:00 am

Morning Workout


6:00 am to 6:30 am Get dressed and ready for day
6:30 am to 7:30 am Breakfast
7:30 am to 8:30 Daily Chores
8:30 am to 11:30 am

11:30 am to 12:30 pm

12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Morning Lessons

Lunch and Recess/Lunch chores

Afternoon Lessons

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm Free Time
5:00 pm-5:30 pm Dinner
5:30 Pm -6:30 pm Evening Chores
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Free time
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Showers / Bed prep
9:00 Pm /10:00 pm (Weekends)

Bed Time

Chapter Three: Hope for a Race Final Draft


“O to see a dragon birth.

To travel to one’s dark lair

Deep within the earth

Pray the Dragon spares thee”

Quoted by Arajuan to his men

warning them the danger

of hunting dragons.

Deep in a massive shadowy cave, the smoky black egg was preparing to hatch. The father, Rork crouched down and blew flames on it to hasten its incubation. His vast scorched wings tucked behind him, his neck stretched forward toward it. He focused his entire energy on hatching the egg.

To the left side of Rork sat a smaller female curled up in her nest of straw and rocks. The mother, she was a misty-black dragon. Her wings were thin delicate membranes she kept folded into her. She pressed the frilled crests to the side of her smooth face and neck as she edged nearer. She watched over him with an anxious eye.

A new large line appeared on the shell. Rork looked up and detected the crack. He called out with telepathy.

Mika, it is hatching, he exclaimed.

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Belong to Me

By Damien Knight

I wake confused and uncertain,

Place my love behind an iron curtain.

Let my heart be cold as war.

I don’t feel so sure.

These walls they surround me

And I just can’t get free.

But I dream of my princess

Only to wake and feel useless.

Aniya, Lady of Shadows, I’m empty

All I want is for you to belong to me.

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By Damien Knight

Dare not read into every line,
No don’t examine each fine point
Each word that will defines
Is just another verse.

I the true death knight
Sit in my room and brood.
Do I have the right?
Has my sudden influx been rude?

But no I press forward
Aniya, I ever seek.
Do I use my shield or cut with sword.
Is my desires weak?

Come are you Sailor Mars?
Or another I once knew?
Have I left so many scars?
But I do love true.

And in so doing here you are
Led by my repeated verse.
Men can traverse the stars
But loneliness is Raven’s curse.

Your Damien, I am not he
Or am I? Even I don’t know
And that’s the tragedy.
Still give this stranger a go,

Fate brought you here to me
In my heart strained hour.
I can write pretty pleas
You inspired me to flower.

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Your King

By Damien Knight

You’re my goddess,
You’re my queen,
But I won’t be on my knees
Cuz you’ll be the one to bow to me

I’ll be your truest lover
Of that you can be sure
I’ll gladly be your everything
Make me worthy to be your king.

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