Shyfted Dreaming Trilogy:
Update 12.22.20: I grew up and realized this trilogy had a sick-ass backbone and loads of potential but looots of bad takes and cringe. The Structuralist Editions are nearing completion, and the Amazon pages are temporarily down. Please don’t read any of the original versions, if you happen upon them.
This is my baby; I regard it as my greatest accomplishment. One thousand, nine hundred two pages of pure awesome (well, some of those pages might not be quite so exciting… like the table of contents-). It laid the foundation for my fictional Universe, inspired a decent amount of my music, became a permanent home for all of the friends and horrors of my old dreams, and taught me a thing or two about my self. I call it ‘fantastical, psychological, character driven, action science fiction with traces of philosophy in an extensive, fully functional Universe.’ From the introduction to Shyfted Dreaming: Red Guise:
This is a story about a no body who asks too many questions, tries too hard, and would rather go back to dreaming than get out of bed. It starts that way, any way. This is- in a sense- a story that is about me. I believe that some parts are trivial facts. I believe that some parts are based on trivial facts.
The story was first roughly out lined to be a collection of dreams that I have had. The dreams were to be changed slightly for the story so that they could mix together as one over all plot. As more dreams were had and as I began to come up with character and event ideas that did not belong to my dreams the direction of the story changed. It changed from being a small experimental project to being the basis for every thing else that I will ever write, and in that sense it only makes sense to start with the self and expand outward.
Since what we perceive to be dreams are influenced by what we believe to be real life, many people from my life became inspiration for characters in the story. Some of them may feel exposed, if they read and draw the obvious connections, but I am just thankful to them because their personalities helped my story progress. There are no attempts to discredit- by many means these instances are attempts to subtly credit those personalities that aided in designing this plot.
This story was written as a complete stream of consciousness. Because of this, the narration will not always be accurate or clear. It is written in the way that I think and used to think, which is/was not always accurate or clear.
In a way, one could view Shyfted Dreaming like one of those autobiographies that are published and then much later discovered to be full of drastic distortions of the truth. A lot of my real development as a person is tucked away in there. I could go on and on about this story and how much I love it for ever, but by then any one reading this could have read all three of the books.