Posts by Christian A. Brown

Witchkaskitmistwa: the Night Unicorn

April 5, 2015, by Christian A. Brown

  From the journal of Talwyn Blackmore  Threesday, 15th, 1798 AE I’m not sure what I was thinking in coming to Riverton. I suppose a stark change from the grim Isles of Terrotak and their cannibalistic maidens was due. Riverton seemed the nearest,…

National Poetry Month (My Contribution)

March 29, 2015, by Christian A. Brown

Happy Sunday, folks. In case you didn’t know, April kicks off National Poetry Month: #npm15. Every so often, I like to flex my mind and dabble in a little poetry drabble. Har-har! Ho-ho, a pentameter fast, or slow— I’ll stop now. Though, I do want to c…

Either You Laugh or You Cry

March 22, 2015, by Christian A. Brown

Sometimes situations in life are so absurd and uncontrollable that you respond with one of two reactions: you laugh or you cry—maybe both. Humor has ever been a refuge of mine when faced with trauma. I remember humor and trauma going hand in hand as fa…

How Many Days Do You Have Left?

March 15, 2015, by Christian A. Brown

Terry took Death’s arm and walked through the doorway…If Terry Pratchett died on Geadhain, rather than Earth, we’d say that the sands of his hourglass had run out; or, perhaps, that he took the hand of the Pale Lady. Death: the Great Equalizer. No matt…

Edge of Doom

Why Fantasy?

March 8, 2015, by Christian A. Brown

Most fantasy writers get asked this question a lot. Moving into the discussion with a stance that I am not a fantasy writer, as much as a person who writes speculative—highly speculative—fiction, let’s look at what it is about creating new, strange wor…

Inclusiveness Is the Gateway To Equality

March 1, 2015, by Christian A. Brown

I’ve wanted to write this piece for a while. In the past few months we’ve weathered a number of deplorable, violent, commendable and inspirational social media-storms. As an outspoken fellah, I’ve been asking myself lately, where and how I fit into the…

Caring Too Much, Too Little, or Not at All?

February 22, 2015, by Christian A. Brown

I have to wait another week or so before getting back to Mom’s tale; talking about her journey and illness is a draining experience for me. I need time between work and life’s other, necessary duties to recharge ye olde emotional batteries and to put m…

Marriage, and How to Do It

February 15, 2015, by Christian A. Brown

We’re going to take a bit of a break this week from the beautiful and tragic tale of my mother’s illness and final years. Since this weekend was one filled with tawdry romance and passion, with Vday and Hollywood’s first big budget soft-core porno, I t…

The Great War

February 8, 2015, by Christian A. Brown

  A Preface The Great War. We always have one of those in a fantasy novel, no? The War of the Ancients. The Reckoning of Kings. The Day of Dragonfall. The Great War…All that fantasy-speak boils down to a cataclysmic event that changes the world: s…

A Mother’s Rage

February 1, 2015, by Christian A. Brown

Hmm…An interesting week. Where to begin? Well, a friend of mine, an artist extraordinaire, is currently working through some trauma from their (gender neutral, for privacy reasons) childhood. All sorts of skeletons are being found in their family’s clo…