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

Easy Halloween Wreath Suitable for Chronically Ill People

Wow a quick cute wreath worthy of love!

Life with an Illness


I decided to get into the holiday fun with this adorable wreath! Having several chronic illnesses and POTS, I always have extreme fatigue and my hands become numb after a while. There are a lot of things I am not able to complete but I decided to get involved in the Halloween spirit and make a craft! Remember even though life can be hard, and you’re hurting it’s important to still have fun, and do things to get your mind off of things. I loved this craft and it makes you feel good to accomplish it! Anyone can do it however, for those with a chronic illness and get tired easily this is perfect for you! It was inexpensive, I did it on my couch, and it only took an hour! It didn’t overly tire me out and didn’t make my hands go very numb. I did take several breaks…

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Nominated for Liebster Award

By Damien Knight

Hey, we are “The Shade of Writing” a blog written by an entire family. I am Damien, head writer and editor of the blog. I am enthused we got picked for Liebster Award. The acknowledgement of our progress and hard work is encouraging.


We were nominated by Lamees Helal: Motherhood and All. I feel honoured as her blog is inspirational and enjoyable. You all really should go read her posts.
The Liebster Award is an award that only exists online. It was first established in 2011 and it is given to bloggers by other bloggers. You can find all the rules here: https://theglobalaussie.com/blog/liebster-award-2017/

We have to answer these questions asked by Lamees Helal: Motherhood and All. Let’s jump right in!

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Grace From Ashes

By Damien Knight

Dark flames rise
As I push from the ashes
The ashes of lies
Given to me through the ages
By men who belittled me
I clean my wings of soot
I look out upon a silent sea
Of dancing dark fires
And I wait here charred
By the flames of torment
I continue on scarred
To help those in need
Of my passionate embrace
And one day I will find you
And you will find grace


Motivation Monday: Be Like a River, Go with The Flow

Hey guys, this week I begin driving lessons! As you can see by the exclamation mark, I am very excited. I am also real nervous. I have not driven since my wreck in 2009. That wreck left me concussed and terrified of driving even though I was not at fault. Anyway, that’s beside the point.

Another exciting thing is the Geology spring break trip. I will go to the Mojave! I know little about the trip yet but I will write about it when I get back. Things are flowing, some good, no lots good but even when I got good flow I know life isn’t always smooth so today, My Motivation Monday is:


When the river flows, it does not avoid the rock but embraces the rock. Over time, the rock in the river is rounded and changed and the jagged edges become smooth. In this way we too must embrace obstacles that cannot be avoided. When a river cannot make it through rough terrain, it’s path changes. It is not wrong or unmotivated to change direction, to avoid obstacles which otherwise hinder us. But if it cannot be avoided (School Tests, Job interview, a Marriage) we must welcome, embrace the change, the hindrance and reshape it into our benefit. Be like a river my friends and go with the flow.

Shadow Self

By Damien Knight

Blood dark as night
Black and potent
Mixed with the pain
That is your fight
Wondering when you see
That my blood is black
Dark like yours shadow
Ropes bind no slack
Keeping me my shadow
Chained to nightmares
Things I fear haunting me
I wake scared
I sleep on edge
Your name the last thought
Your name screaming
Shadows of darkness reeling
Trying to escape
Your name the first I wake
Take it how you see
But leave me my heart to break
This is where I am failed
Waking cuts on me
Sleeping bruised
Begging silently
Can’t be me
Words harsher than a Knife
I am slaughtered
By this life
Without you, death
consumes me
Without you, shaded self,
I am a shadow’s shadow
Of a dream unreal

Rescue Song

By Damien Knight

Spiraling down with broken wings
Suddenly an angel sings
A dark salvation melody
As she comes to rescue me
I hold on tight, don’t let go
Why does hell pull on me so
Lies of danger and despair
My angel flies without care
She holds on as hell fights
She saves me from the night
Everyone tells me to beware
But my angel does not scare
She is a dark and gentle thing
I will listen to the song she sings