shadesmaclean
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Joined 04-12-08, id: 607546, Profile Updated: 04-26-08
Author has written 25 stories for Fantasy, Horror, Life, Fantasy, Humor, Biography, and General.

location: Southern California

occupation: still keeping my day job

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, Rancid, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, At the Drive-In / Mars Volta, the Eels, Weird Al Yankovic, Powerman 5000, and Rage Against the Machine.

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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Shadows of Truth Part One: Flight by TJQ reviews
In an elaborate game of chess, in which the winner decides the fate of the universe, all are pawns, acting upon the whims of those who control them. Determined to protect her child, one young girl dares to defy the gods.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 13 - Words: 49,374 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 1/5/2009 - Published: 9/17/2008
Heaven Forbid by Cardboard Tube Knight reviews
Madeleine and Dee are tossed into the middle of a war that rages across the plains of existence in the tale that actually details their reasons for involvement in the other stories. Story in Progress.
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Drama/Supernatural - Chapters: 12 - Words: 20,611 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 5/12/2008 - Published: 4/17/2008 - Complete
As the Corpse Rots by Dowie reviews
I squatted down, and right there, under his car, was a body all trussed up like a mummy. Tingles down my spine; yeah you can laugh but I almost wet myself. The man had got out the car and was standing behind me.
Fiction: Thriller - Rated: M - English - Suspense - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,085 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/20/2008
She Cried Softly by Dowie reviews
Once, it was peaceful here...
Fiction: Fable - Rated: T - English - Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 414 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Published: 4/16/2008 - Complete
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Tradewinds 16: Castaways
Wherein the crew of the Maximum take another shot at that tropical vacation thing, and Trouble ensues…
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 9 - Words: 21,107 - Updated: 2/1/2012 - Published: 12/7/2011
Hallmark Holiday
An appropriately themed holiday poem, brought to you by Consumerism.
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 287 - Published: 12/24/2010 - Complete
Tradewinds 15: Against the Odds
Wherein a new challenger appears, and Max faces a bet that can’t be won…
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 16 - Words: 27,284 - Updated: 8/15/2010 - Published: 6/29/2010 - Complete
Time Marches On
An account of my last visit to my childhood home years ago.
Fiction: Biography - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,665 - Published: 3/11/2010 - Complete
Tradewinds 14: No Way Out
Wherein tomorrow is a long time coming...
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 26 - Words: 46,772 - Updated: 1/19/2010 - Published: 11/30/2009 - Complete
Tradewinds 13: Derelict
Wherein it came from out of the fog...
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Horror - Chapters: 13 - Words: 15,256 - Updated: 11/23/2009 - Published: 10/25/2009 - Complete
The House
A sequel of sorts to The Attic
Fiction: Horror - Rated: K+ - English - Horror/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,780 - Published: 10/21/2009 - Complete
Tradewinds 12: Keep One Eye Open
Wherein the crew of the Maximum try to take a tropical vacation. Yeah right…
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 30 - Words: 42,097 - Updated: 10/17/2009 - Published: 8/23/2009 - Complete
Tradewinds 11: Honor Among Thieves
Wherein an unexpected encounter brings things full circle…
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 14 - Words: 16,932 - Updated: 8/17/2009 - Published: 7/24/2009 - Complete
Paradigm Shift reviews
A day at work goes sideways, right along with reality as they knew it.
Fiction: Humor - Rated: T - English - Humor/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,085 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/21/2009 - Complete
Tradewinds 10: Reflection
Wherein an alliance ends in betrayal, and the betrayed try to face the fallout without having a falling out of their own…
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 33 - Words: 41,323 - Updated: 7/18/2009 - Published: 5/15/2009 - Complete
Lost and Found
The abandoned fourth floor of Courthouse East holds more mysteries than 9-year-old Darek imagined...
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,990 - Published: 5/13/2009 - Complete
Tradewinds 09: The Building Is Hungry
Wherein our intrepid adventurers face unknown perils as they challenge the twisted depths of the Harken Building…
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Horror - Chapters: 39 - Words: 56,295 - Updated: 5/11/2009 - Published: 2/25/2009 - Complete
Enter Ye the Spooky Door reviews
Enter ye the Spooky Door, step beyond the lantern’s beams, ancient dark corridors to explore where nothing’s what it seems...
Poetry: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Horror/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 437 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 2/22/2009 - Complete
Tradewinds 08: Centralict reviews
Wherein Justin meets another fellow wanderer, Max and Shades risk a dangerous new escape plan, and the pieces begin to fall into place…
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 17 - Words: 24,077 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 2/19/2009 - Published: 1/18/2009 - Complete
The Attic reviews
A little sister's prank goes horribly wrong...
Fiction: Horror - Rated: T - English - Horror/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,175 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 5 - Published: 1/16/2009 - Complete
Tradewinds 07: Away From Home
Wherein two new friends make the most of Away From Home Syndrome, while an old friend fights for his very survival…
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 24 - Words: 37,489 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 1/15/2009 - Published: 11/29/2008 - Complete
At the Moon reviews
One evening of shameless existential angst.
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Poetry/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 173 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 11/26/2008 - Complete
Tradewinds 06: Falling
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…
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Horror - Chapters: 13 - Words: 17,749 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 11/24/2008 - Published: 10/31/2008 - Complete
The Road Trip
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.
Fiction: Horror - Rated: T - English - Horror/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 7 - Words: 11,414 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 10/30/2008 - Published: 10/24/2008 - Complete
Tradewinds 05: The Flathead Experiment reviews
Wherein a certain young man takes a wrong turn on his way home from work one night, the tale of his last day on Earth…
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Chapters: 27 - Words: 35,582 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 10/25/2008 - Published: 9/3/2008 - Complete
Tradewinds 04: Tranz D reviews
Wherein our castaway crew finally leave the Isle of Paradise. Just not the way they expected to. Once some doors are opened…
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Chapters: 22 - Words: 20,468 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 8/30/2008 - Published: 7/19/2008 - Complete
Tradewinds 03: Shipwrecked reviews
Wherein Max gets an unexpected visitor, and word of the outside world, an account of smuggling, harrowing chases and treachery…
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 19 - Words: 28,794 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 7/16/2008 - Published: 6/8/2008 - Complete
Tradewinds 02: Paradise reviews
Wherein Max makes a new friend, and begins to adjust to his new life, even as he tries to pick up the pieces…
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 20 - Words: 19,814 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 6/5/2008 - Published: 4/28/2008 - Complete
Tradewinds 01 The Islands reviews
In the tropical islands of another dimension, the tale begins, of ancient martial arts and hi-tech weapons, forgotten secrets and those who seek them, the intertwined adventures of several characters, following a journey to haunted places and lost realms…
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 15 - Words: 17,774 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 2 - Updated: 4/26/2008 - Published: 4/14/2008 - Complete