"My early writing experiences..." plus shoutout to Hollis Porter

From the author of poetry book Escaping the Summit (2021) comes a new horror adventure. In this collection of poems and flash fiction, readers will get a glimpse of the author's new-found love for the horror genre, as well as his struggle with mental health during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Just a few months after the publication of his first book, author Brandon Skanes has returned with a new collection called Wilson Pike versus the Monsters of Time and Space.

(buy the book here: https://www.amazon.ca/Wilson-Pike-versus-Monsters-Space-ebook/dp/B0982QT6V5/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=brandon+skanes&qid=1625069195&sr=8-2)


My first experience with writing was my "fan fiction" work from around 2003, before I actually knew what this particular genre of writing was. I was seven years-old at the time, and would write stories based on my favourite video games. When my parents bought me a Nintendo GameCube console back then (the console first launched in 2001), my love for video games started with the Legend of Zelda franchise, as well as Super Mario.

(c) Nintendo/ YouTube.

The first Zelda game was released in 1986, and late comedian Robin Williams instantly adored the concept of Link's journey to save Princess Zelda. Interestingly, Zelda is quite powerful in her own right... so she does not necessarily need Link to save her.

Unfortunately, the San Francisco native passed away in the summer of 2014. However, his likeness has been immortalized in 2017's masterpiece The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Wii-U and Switch.

(c) Nintendo/ AFGuidesHD

Early Writing Experiences:

When I was seven years-old, I knew that I wanted to be a writer. However, it was never about wealth and fame. Instead, I felt it was more important that my work became known through my passion for writing. I remember writing a short story for a school assignment in the second grade.

(c) Nintendo/ CountBleck2009.

In the story I created, Link was able to speak and he guided Princess Zelda to the Temple of Time in Hyrule Castle Town. From what I remember, Zelda was able to communicate with Link through his omniscient presence; ultimately defeating Ganondorf herself.

Despite the potential of this story arc, my grandmother laughed claiming "Brandon wrote a story and there was one period, and it was on the other page." I must admit, that's hilarious. However, it was difficult to ignore my strive for creative prowess.

Right Now:

Although I had stopped writing for quite some time (at least leisurely), I founded this blog and blogging team called The Modernist Son, seventeen years later in 2020. At the time of writing this article, I'm twenty-four years old and have published my first, as well as my second horror collection.

Follow "The Warrior" and his journey of looking for answers. Travel to an unnamed capital city, as the warrior searches for answers about "the summit." Can he escape his own thoughts, or will his sanity be consumed by the destruction and chaos around him?

Brandon Skanes was born in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Skanes is a graduate of Memorial University, and also runs a blogging team called "The Modernist Son, a name inspired by his love for literary modernism.

This book, "Escaping the Summit" is a reflection of the author's struggle with mental health. With mental health as a factor, "Escaping the Summit" is the first step in creating a science fiction world from the author.

Buy the book here: (https://www.amazon.ca/Escaping-Summit-Expanded-Brandon-Skanes-ebook/dp/B08YXZD33V/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=brandon+skanes&qid=1625071560&sr=8-1)

With respect to my first book, I have created a dystopian world with elements of science fiction, as well as drawing from ancient Greek mythology. My love for books and video games has stayed with me for the last eighteen years, and adventure games like Zelda have been a major factor.

My first attempt at writing as an adult came in 2015. Moreover, I wrote the first draft for my upcoming novel (yes, I will eventually get there)- The Versatile Zoo. It was awful. However, in late 2020 I began writing the novel from scratch. Although I have a horror collection set to release before my novel, the world I have created in these works are one in the same. Of course, Harvey Williams will not be the focal point of my current #WIP, but he will make an appearance.

My forthcoming novel The Versatile Zoo will take place in the town called Honeywell Falls, the name sake for my current project, The Hauntings of Honeywell Falls- without the supernatural connotations. Not surprisingly, my ultimate goal is to create a shared universe through my works of fiction. Furthermore, all of my future books will be somewhat connected to one another. The late science fiction writer Isaac Asimov has been one of my inspirations for writing, as most of his stories were often connected. Personally, I believe this offers a more rewarding experience for the reader.

Final Thoughts:

Over the last few months I have been anxious about publishing my first anthology before the end of 2020. Fellow writer Hollis Porter reminded me that consistency matters more than quantity, and that we all deserve time to relax. I'm a fan of Porter's work, and comments like that mean a lot to me.

Thank you,

The Modernist Son, 2020-2021.

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