The Modernist Son: Showcase Mode!


(c) Brandon Skanes


Overview:

The process of content creation is often the result of experience. One of my regular customers at work asked me about my poetry, the other day. When I told him I've been lacking inspiration, that's when he made me realize writing comes from actually living. So, I took a break. I was no longer forcing myself to produce as much content as possible. I deserved better. More importantly, readers deserved better. Today's post is different. Well, it's somewhat like an entry in a magazine.


When I completed my first university degree last April (2021), I found myself residing in liminal spaces. Was I actually going back to pursue a second degree? Well, yes. However, I didn't make that decision until July of this year.


As a writer, I've considered ideas that never quite make it to published pages. So, that's where the showcase concept starts. In terms of what I'm doing, this is a way to briefly discuss unrelated concepts that just never become fully-developed articles. Of course, none of this could have been done without readers. Thank you. All of you.


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Over the last six months or so, I've become close with other content creators I met through Twitter. So, let's talk about them: Earlier this year, I met fellow Canadian Gordon Blackwood through Twitter. Gordon is young (he's just twenty years old), but don't let that force your opinion of his work. Gordon's fantasy stories are filled with charm, and wit, and can be easily digested by readers.

Click this link for more about his work: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09BBQ6PGX/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1


Shortly after meeting Gordon, I crossed paths with Hollis Porter. Now living in Hong Kong, Hollis has been an educator for years. Honestly, he knows something about everything, and this is evident in his work.

For more of his work: https://www.hollisporter.com/


As I continue, I've been thinking about the concept of an "overture". So, I felt this would be an interesting touch:


(c) Warner Brothers


Although he is known on Twitter as "The Ghost Host", Anthony Baamonde (his real name) is someone to keep your eye on from the horror genre. I love his charisma. His podcast This is Radio, Radio (2021-) is available through the "Anchor" app.

Find it right here: https://anchor.fm/radioradio995


This next person loves fantasy so much, she's spent the last few years perfecting her own saga. That's right, she's writing a saga. C.D. McKenna is a class act. McKenna goes out of her way to support others as much as possible, and she loves ghost hunting. I must admit, she and I lost contact for a few months. However, we did reconnect back in... June? Maybe it was July.

Her first book hasn't been published yet, but I did promote it in a previous article. Details of her fantasy saga can be found right here:


"A twisted prophecy.



A Demon King with blood on his hands and a dark secret.



A woman destined to belong to the dead but with a wicked sacrifice.



The first Dragon Rider in nearly eight centuries.. and everyone wants him."



War is on the horizon.



A new Empire rises."


(c) C.D. McKenna


Lastly, I want to mention my most recent writing friend, S.B. Hammock. She loves horror. She loves vampires... and we both love Fleetwood Mac. Not surprisingly, we clicked right away. Hammock has published a book called Blood of Willows, which readers can pick up right here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B098BP34CL/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0


She's also responsible for the #wickedweeklywordprompt, which I adore. Learn more here:

https://www.themodernistson.com/post/wicked-weekly-word-prompt-continues



(c) Fleetwood Mac (1987)


Shadow People:

This was a topic I had initially refused to discuss. Although, with life comes experience. Remember we talked about that early on? When it comes to shadow people, I've recently learned these entities are not necessarily evil. So, what are shadow people?


Well, these figures are the shadowed image of a humanoid entity. In some cases, paranormal fanatics believe these figures come from the "underworld". With respect to other versions, it's possible these "shadow people" are projections of the soul- of those living in other dimensions. Despite belief in the supernatural, the presence of shadow figures can be scientifically explained through lack of sleep.




(c) Great Big Story (2017)


Also, here's a sample reading from my #WIP:



(c) The Modernist Son, 2020-2021.


My Love for Bethesda:

One of the primary reasons I'm publishing this showcase is because I don't know when my next article will be. This entire team is busy with other projects, but as the owner, it's my responsibility to ensure content is published at a reasonable rate. I'm returning to Memorial University on September 8, 2021. I'm starting a second degree, so my focus will mostly shift to school.


In the spring of 2019, I was taking my final courses for my English major. As some readers might remember, I spent a lot of time playing Fallout 4. I was absent from work for two months, after breaking my ankle and tearing several ligaments. Despite its horrific nature, playing Fallout truly helped with my mental recovery.


(c) Bethesda Softworks



"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 it here: https://payhip.com/b/3vSpc


Last Christmas, my dad gave me an Amazon gift card. When I used it at the Amazon market place, I bought The Elder Scrolls Online for Xbox One. This version came with the base game, as well as the Morrowind expansion pass. Unfortunately due to bandwidth issues, I was unable to install the game on my Xbox One for months. It was taking too long, and there wasn't enough hours in the day. Thankfully, I was able to install the game as few days ago. It's been a fun experience, to say the least. Of course, there's something I love about the game. ESO takes place centuries and centuries before the events of Skyrim (2011, 2016, 2021). It's quite interesting to see an ancient Tamriel for the first time.



(c) Bethesda Softworks. I've placed this trailer here specifically for C.D. McKenna. She had no idea these games existed, and we know she loves fantasy.


Life and Experience:

Writing often comes from genuine emotions. A friend of mine told me they were talking to someone I used to know. Well, perhaps this was a good thing. I started writing poetry again, after at least a three week break. I understand today's showcase was quite lengthy, but my team will return soon. Thank you so much for reading, as we always appreciate the support. 2021 has been a good year for this blogging team, and I hope for many more to come. Now, I will leave you with the musical styles of (the) Climax Blues Band and their 1976 hit, "Couldn't Get it Right".



The Modernist Son, 2020-2021.


Further Reading:


https://www.liveabout.com/shadow-people-2596772

https://fallout.bethesda.net/en/games/fallout-4

https://www.elderscrollsonline.com/en-us/home


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