CHATTER-BOXING

UPDATES, NEWS & MORE

Latest

The Family Stone

By Christian A. Brown | November 19, 2017 | 0

We had our first—light—snow here in Toronto last week, and I was reminded: yes, winter has come, and Christmas is just around the corner. That evening, as I was leaving the tattoo parlour and knowing that I wasn’t going to see George (my artist) or anyone at Chronic Ink till the new year, I wished…

Dust

By Christian A. Brown | November 12, 2017 | 0

Meaningful thoughts come to us at the strangest of times; the inspiration for this poem hitting me while I was sweeping up dust the other day. I was thinking about how pointless, existentially, the process of cleaning really is—despite my Virgonian obsession with it. We struggle to create order from chaos, we invent meaning where…

Creative Collective: Joshua Ezzell

By Christian A. Brown | November 3, 2017 | 2

Josh and I came into contact through Leo, who many of you know through the extraordinary visual art that he has created for my world. Together the three of us created the latest trailer for the series, and all of that flair, movement and life came solely from Joshua’s talents. There are many branches of…

Kitties, Cuddles and Newsletter Prizes

By Christian A. Brown | October 29, 2017 | 3

Today we’ll be discussing a hodge-podge of topics, and we’re not going too far beneath the surface with our insights. I mean, it’s been an intense few weeks, and after pushing so hard—emotionally—it’s time to put on the brakes. Sure, it has been a newsworthy week and there’s plenty to discuss if I choose to…

A Voice for the Voiceless

By Christian A. Brown | October 22, 2017 | 4

Only in the past few years and with the rise of fascism have I begun to understand advocacy and why it’s important. Our world moves by influence. When you’re given a spotlight–however small or large–that comes with a responsibility to understand that your voice echoes, and that what you say, or don’t say, has consequence.…

Money, Money, Money

By Christian A. Brown | October 15, 2017 | 0

If there’s one thing that J and I have fought about throughout our relationship, it’s money. Money–the lack and/ or abundance of it–is one of the most common relationship stressors. When J and I met, I had a decent salary for a young man. I made 50K/ year training and managing other trainers through Goodlife.…

Kindness

By Christian A. Brown | October 8, 2017 | 0

“In times of chaos and crisis, what we all tend to do is start pointing fingers at where we think the bad guys are, where the evil is. Everybody has different opinions about that. Please do not forget that hatred or evil, whatever you want to call it, it’s intelligent. It’s smart and it’s invisible.…

Creative Collective: Simon J. Cambridge

By Christian A. Brown | October 1, 2017 | 0

Such a grand, literary name for a person who I feel is a genius of the written word. I don’t remember how, exactly, I first encountered Simon’s work. I believe it was while browsing for a new fantasy title to read on my Kindle. The simplicity and starkness of his covers caught my eye, then…

Some Friendly Reminders

By Christian A. Brown | September 24, 2017 | 0

Morning folks, hope you’re all having a nice weekend. I’m still recovering from a hangover from my partner’s 40th birthday, which we celebrated on Friday. I haven’t drank in almost 2 years, so I’ve no one to blame but myself (and perhaps our charming Irish server, Karen, who suggested that we would regret just having…

Wordplay

By Christian A. Brown | September 17, 2017 | 0

When prepping, athletes stretch, chess masters play matches with themselves (or computer AI), and artists keep their skills current–like Leo, who’s always training himself on some new technique or brushwork between projects (and, at the risk of making this into a travesty of a run-on sentence, it was his birthday on Friday, so swing by…

Another Candle…

By Christian A. Brown | September 10, 2017 | 2

Though I don’t eat cake; guess I’ll put it on a ketogenic nut-wafer or something. Tomorrow I’ll be thirty-nine. Honestly, I feel as if my life has only begun. Sure, I’m getting creakier, and finding little aches here and there. I certainly can’t hold a drink like I used to (and that’s one of the…

Creative Collective: George Chestak

By Christian A. Brown | September 3, 2017 | 5

An undertaking of mine this year has been to celebrate the milestone of completing the Feasts series with a very specific memento: a tattoo. I had Leo draft up an initial concept and brought it with me when visiting various tattoo parlors, putting down many a deposit that I may as well have burned, and…