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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New Windows! An Update

Normally I’d be streaming a game and write today. Instead we are eating tacos and waiting as the window people install our new windows. My laptops motherboard has a short in it apparently and of course I can’t afford a new laptop. This one already cost me more than the original 600 I paid.

On the upside we have new windows for our house. The window Fauna/Corvid fell into has been replaced. Our back door is now a solid door with much less glass.

Anyway we stream four times a week on twitch! Twitch.tv/theshadowslair. On Mondays it’s game and writes. Writing sprints with gaming in between. Wednesday’s we play Skyrim usually or whatever we fancy playing. Fridays we play a game with one of the kids or a game that one of them suggests to us. Saturday is our plan and write streams and this month it’s camp nano!

Anyway that’s my update for now. Happy blogging!

An Update Blog

I have not written a blog post in ages and cannot promise that i will be regular as i had been. That said we been regularly streaming on twitch and Camp Nano is back again!

I am excited for camp Nano of course and plan to do a lot of writing streams during nano. I’ll post links later when I’m on laptop in meantime : HAPPY WRITING!

Grounded

Like a passionate sea violent
My heart beats against the waves
Drown me in mourning oh dove
Your flowery song that saves

I whisper to shadows my letters
The words that pound my soul
And embrace in the dark my pain
Of never obtaining my goal

Fight onward the cry and jeer
My body a broken marionette
Dance they demand and i do
But my heart will never forget

I long for the sky open and free
Wistful I stare at the birds above
Alas fate has tied me to the ground
At least you’re here too my love

Today We Celebrate

Today we weep, 
Grieve the loss which burdens us
Today we mourn,
The empty shell which was left behind
Today we cry,
For those this year that had to die
Today…
We prepare traditional foods
Today we gather,
In honour of their memory
Today we rejoice, 
In the shared lives we had with them
Today we remember,
That they have never left us and so…
Today we celebrate,
Keeping their love for us alive

Flash Update -Camp Nano and No Lap Top

If you wondered what happened to The Shadow, wonder no more. I have been working on World Anvil summer camp prompts. You can visit my World Anvil world Lysandus here: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/lysandus-korakisaros I also been doing Camp Nano.

I know I promised a monthly post, but it is not feasible during Nano’s. I also had my laptop go back to the shop, which complicates blogging further.

For all those still with me, thank you.

Monday Motivation: What Happened? Where have I been?

Greetings,

So I am sure you may have noticed that I missed last months Motivational Monday Post. If not, well now you know I had. While I was eager and ready to write I could not, due to my laptop being in the shop.

Today’s quick unofficial motivation is to remember radical acceptance of yourself, but also to radically accept others around you. We all think differently, but we all are human. My official Monday Motivation will be on handling emotions and hopefully posted by next Monday.

Thank You all for remaining with me.

Motivational Mondays: Attainable Goals, Limitations, and Toxic Positivity

“You can do anything you set your mind to.” You may have heard this phrase in some variation throughout your life. It’s that “go get’em tiger, you got this,” quintessential positive attitude that permeates American culture. (I cannot speak for outside the U.S.) This sentiment might seem like a positive message, in reality it keeps you producing while hoping to attain unreachable goals.

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Ableism isn’t Just for The Abled

            Normally I write motivational pieces for Motivation Monday, but this month I decided we need to talk about internalized ableism. I will preface this with the fact that I am disabled. I am an autistic male who also has pots and is epileptic. I walk with a cane on most days. I also am asthmatic and ADHD. These are all disabilities. This topic is important, not just because it applies to me though, many of you will know someone who is disabled. Let’s begin.

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Writing Update

As I am pressed to finish my novel, I believe I shall post inspiration Mondays once a month on second Monday of each month. I am close to finishing on my novel.

Meanwhile, the children have been writing assignments of their own and soon some may be posted here.