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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.

DOWNLOAD “THE PINK NOTE”

Number forty-seven,

-Shady

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

…hire Ice Cream!

He’s a poet, a cartoonist, and a singer. All in one!

Ice Cream!

Unfortunately, he doesn’t look like ice cream… he looks better than ice cream!

Seriously!

He’s only free after 7PM,

-Shady

We were all so young.

That is all,

-Shady

Well, here are a few from my past.

First, here I am with my high school girlfriend, Abby-René, at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. If I had to guess, this photo was probably shot sometime in May 1993, just after we went to prom.

Look at all that hair!

Next up, me, Abby-René, Beth, and my old friend Elden. This one was also shot at Great America, probably in May 1994, also just after prom.

We're just babies, man!

And finally, here I am with Emily, an old college girlfriend. Apparently, I was unable to buy clothes that actually fit me. Everything I’m wearing is horribly baggy, and I have no idea what’s going on down in my crotch area. This one was shot in the summer of 1995 at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

No idea what's going on down in my crotch area.

Pretty sure camera phones have forced these into extinction,

-Shady

Nandita! Eighteen years later!

…when we both moved into the freshman dorm at the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) in Columbus, Ohio. We haven’t seen each other since she graduated in May 1998.

Last night, Nandita and her husband Raj came over for dinner.

It was great seeing her again after all this time, and I promise to not let another 18 years pass before we see each other again.

Reconnecting with old friends dulls the pain,

-Shady

Cbus on a garbage can? Come on!

One can even features a music venue I’ve been to more than any other venue in the country: Newport Music Hall.

Newport Music Hall!

Amazingly, these garbage cans are making me feel nostalgic. Think I’ll have to visit Cbus again soon… which means these garbage cans are doing their job.

Columbus is no trash-can city,

-Shady

More than a decade later... I WIN!

Take that, Kaylor,

-Shady

The rubber taco is in my pocket.

Yep,

-Shady

Dag, yo!

Thanks to my good friend Jamie for sending this photo my way.

HTRSGNAHT,

-Shady

this print from my good friend Amanda Hope Cook, I also bought this print as a belated Christmas gift for my sister Bethany!

"Planters Peanuts" by Amanda Hope Cook!

Couldn’t post it until I gave it to her,

-Shady

Old Poop!