Penname: shadesmaclean [Contact]
Real name: Scott
Gender: Male
Status: Member
Member Since: 18 Apr 2010
Favorite Fandoms: Original Fiction
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aliases: Shades MacLean, Scoot the Ko’An, Neko-Sen’nin
(in case you should run into me elsewhere in cyberspace)

interests: the 3 R’s, Reading, Writing and Rock & Roll

hobbies: writing, walking, video games, designing sigs/avatars and Winamp skins

Shadesmaclean is a college graduate who has been writing since high school. Currently working on...

Okay, okay, that last part read way too much like the beginning of a bestselling author’s bio, so let’s get real. I’ve been making up stories since I was a kid, and have been writing since I was in middle school. I wrote a couple books in high school… that never saw the light of day and never will, and the world’s probably a better place for it. In college I co-wrote the Book of Hondo with several friends’ collaboration, and later several short stories. In recent years, I’ve turned my attention to something that started in high school.

…Though it might be more accurate to say that it started way before that. When I was a kid, especially in middle school, I had several friends that I used to role-play with— nothing fancy, no profile sheets, no dice, no sourcebooks, hell, I didn’t even know what D&D was back then— my friends making up their own characters within a certain world, and me making up scenarios and other characters along the way. Much of the series I’m currently writing, Tradewinds, is loosely based on the world(s) of The Adventure (as we used to refer to it), adapted and written for an older audience. This is the third “incarnation” of the series, rewritten from scratch, with older drafts only serving as notes, and I can only hope it does justice to all my old friends’ imagination and the sense of adventure we shared at school and playing out in the woods when we were kids.

As far as influences go, I draw from a lot of sources. As a kid, I was into a lot stuff from the Twilight Zone to Star Wars to those Choose Your Own Adventure stories to that pile of National Geographics in the corner, tantalizing me with a thousand exotic destinations. Some of my favorite writers are Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Douglas Adams, Robert Jordan, H P Lovecraft, and I’ve really been getting into Terry Pratchett and Tony Hillerman. I also read a lot manga, and some of my favorites include Naruto, Saiyuki/Reload, xxxHolic, Love Hina, and Azumanga Daioh. I also like a lot of video games, ranging from Zelda or Suikoden to Silent Hill or Fatal Frame to various fighting games. I listen to such a wide range of music that it exceeds the scope of this bio, so I’ll just name some of my favorites: 311, Bad Religion, Pennywise, Offspring, Bouncing Souls, Rancid, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Less Than Jake, At the Drive-In / Mars Volta, the Eels, Weird Al Yankovic, Powerman 5000, Rage Against the Machine, Sage Fancis, MC Lars, Porcupine Tree and Akira Yamaoka, to name a few.

But enough about me, this place is really more about the writing than the writer. I just hope this shed some light on where I’m coming from when I’m at the keyboard.

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At the Moon and other Poems by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 5) starstarstarstarstar
A collection of assorted poetry and verse I've written over the years.

Tradewinds 21: Unreal Estate by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 0)
Wherein Shades’ feet have a mind of their own, leading his friends into the heart of the darkness infesting the Woods, the house your parents warned you about…

Tradewinds 20: Into the Woods by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 0)
Wherein a plane wreck is only the beginning of their ordeal…

Tradewinds 19: Dead Reckoning by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 0)
Wherein the erstwhile crew of the Maximum try their hand at bounty hunting, as both they and their host attempt to get new partnerships off the ground…

Tradewinds 18: Skeleton Crew by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 0)
Wherein a passenger ship becomes a cruise ship becomes a cargo ship becomes a pirate ship becomes a prison ship…

The House by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 0)
A sequel of sorts to The Attic.

Tradewinds 17: Underneath by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 0)
Wherein the crew of the Maximum meet a familiar face in the ancient city of Alta, leading them on a stern chase, from the highest towers to the deepest ruins…

Time Marches On by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 1) starstarstarstarstar
Adrift upon the winds of change, one summer week.

Tradewinds 16: Castaways by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 0)
Wherein the crew of the Maximum take another shot at that tropical vacation thing, and Trouble ensues…

Lost and Found by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 0)
A child finds what was lost, but loses himself…

The Book of Hondo by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 1) starstarstarstarstar
10th Anniversary Edition! Now with 13% more typos! Bored in study hall, they started their own religion, and this one was commissioned to write its sacred text, in exchange for becoming their First Apostle. And so it came to pass, the most demented religious book ever written, an epic tale about nothing. (This book containeth more than thy USDA Recommended Daily Allowance of Irony, Unrefined Satire, and Vitamin X, and may cause random side-effects for those who take themselves, or their religion, too seriously.)

Hallmark Holiday by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 2) starstarstarstarstar
An appropriately themed holiday poem, brought to you by Consumerism.

The Attic by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 1) starstarstarstarstar
A little sister's prank goes horribly wrong...

Paradigm Shift by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 0)
A day at work goes sideways, right along with reality as they knew it. Waking dream, delusions of divinity, or reality derailed?

Tradewinds 15: Against the Odds by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 0)
Wherein a new challenger appears, and Max faces a bet that can’t be won…

Tradewinds 14: No Way Out by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 0)
Wherein tomorrow is a long time coming…

Tradewinds 13: Derelict by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 0)
Wherein it came from out of the fog…

Tradewinds 12: Keep One Eye Open by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 0)
Wherein the crew of the Maximum try to take a tropical vacation. Yeah right…

Tradewinds 11: Honor Among Thieves by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 0)
Wherein an unexpected encounter brings things full circle…

Tradewinds 10: Reflection by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 0)
Wherein an alliance ends in betrayal, and the betrayed try to face the fallout without having a falling out of their own…

Tradewinds 09: The Building is Hungry by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 0)
Wherein our intrepid adventurers face unknown perils as they challenge the twisted depths of the Harken Building…

Tradewinds 08: Centralict by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 0)
Wherein Justin meets another fellow wanderer, Max and Shades risk a dangerous new escape plan, and the pieces begin to fall into place…

Tradewinds 07: Away From Home by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 0)
Wherein two new friends make the most of Away From Home Syndrome, while an old friend fights for his very survival…

Tradewinds 06: Falling by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 0)
Wherein Shades must cope with being all alone, trapped in a life that’s been hollowed out, placing one foot in front of the other, but with each step he takes he can feel himself falling…

The Road Trip by shadesmaclean (Reviews - 3) starstarstarstarstar
Asleep at the wheel… It really seemed that night that we could have driven right off the face of the earth, and I believe we did, in a way.