At the heart of the Shade of the Morning Sun project is a collection of linked short stories about the same characters – a family of three generations, starting with the ‘middle generation’ – Carrie and Jon.
You can start reading the first story and move on from there chronologically, but … there are a number of other ways you might want to create your own reading experience – since these stories are only tentatively linked. In other words, they don’t work like chapters in a book!
Below I have listed some of the ways you can enjoy the stories in Shade of the Morning Sun …
Main ways of reading
First, go to the Find Stories. From here you can …
- Read some of the collections which are selected stories that form something akin to a novel or novelette. Like the stories about Carrie’s sojourn to South America.
- Read stories with a single, recurring character only, at any point in his or her timeline. If you use this filter you will get both 1st and 3rd person POV stories. (E.g. all stories with Jon.)
- Filter stories by mood or musical inspiration.
You can jump between stories when a story features a hyperlink to a story that is related, or simply let the system choose a random story for you.
I also have stories that overlap in time and can be read both separately or as part of the same whole. For example, “The One I Tried To Destroy” is overlapped by “That Imaginary Desert”. Both take place on the same day with the same protagonist, but you can also read them separately. I plan to do plenty more of those.
Lastly, you may just choose to contemplate the photos for each story individually and perhaps listen to the musical inspirations suggested if you find yourself reminiscing about some meaningful event in your own life after reading an associated story.