A true story too depressing for a witty caption.

I spend much of my day writing. Or at least trying to write when I’m not chasing kids around and changing diapers.

Lately, most of my writing has been on long-form projects. Because of this, I sometimes write a short (most times comedic, other times not so much) to break up the monotony of those longer projects. But while these shorts are fun to write as an exercise, nobody ever really gets to read them.

To remedy this, I’ve decided to share them here. I’m doing this for two reasons:

1. I like to share! And it’s better than having them sit on my laptop.

2. It’s my hope that someone might be inspired to actually do something creative with them. Want to film one as a short? Awesome. Interested in animating one? Go for it. Feel like performing one live onstage? I dare you. All I ask is that you give me credit and send me a copy of the final product.

The forty-eighth of Shady’s Shorts is called The Pink Note.

Unlike almost all of my previous shorts, this one is not a comedy. It’s a dramatic short that is based on something that, unfortunately, actually happened in Bellefontaine, Ohio back in 2015. This short is similar in approach and tone to This Is Where I Get Off, which I wrote a few years ago.

Download the short by clicking below, and then click here to learn more about the real (and tragic) event that inspired it.


Number forty-seven,


“The Pink Note” is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Created by Justin Shady, ©2020.