the mind

profile photo of author, in grayscaleA.L. Blacklyn (Lynn) is an American fiction author of prose and poetry. They have survived an array of injuries in food service, retail, and recreation jobs but have felt the satisfaction of voluntarily cleaning public spaces, teaching chemistry, reorganizing a school’s basement storage, and carrying a lost calf back to his mother.

Lynn writes daily, in one form or another, and sells work occasionally, with hopes of more acceptances in the future. Their poems can be found in Frozen Wavelets, The Cascadia Subduction Zone, and Polu Texni.

the backstory

Shadows in Mind started as a blog about “writing and living” way back in 2009. Blogging was a way to connect with more writers, practice edits, and build confidence. Although the address has changed, the name of this site has remained the same since the beginning.

The general use of Shadows in Mind has shifted along with audience expectations–from an erratic artist’s personal weblog to an emerging author’s site for sharing work under the A.L. Blacklyn and A.M. Lynn pen names (for the same person).

Please note that this site has no affiliation with any book or film of the same name.

other social media: forums

shadowy cartoon aviIn my early years of writing, I haunted Hatrack River Writers Workshop and Liberty Hall Writers (now closed). After a long and uncomfortable break from writing, I threw into the challenges in the SFFWorld Writing forums and started hanging out at the Absolute Writer Water Cooler (AWWC). More recently, the “neo-pro” group for speculative fiction writers, Codex, has graciously added me as a member.