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Witchkaskitmistwa: the Night Unicorn

By Christian A. Brown | April 5, 2015 | 0

  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, most prosaic escape from that madness. Surf, sun and sand…I would rather…

National Poetry Month (My Contribution)

By Christian A. Brown | March 29, 2015 | 0

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 contribute to NPM. Now throughout the works of Geadhain,…

Either You Laugh or You Cry

By Christian A. Brown | March 22, 2015 | 0

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 far back as my grandmother’s fight with cancer. Imagine a…

How Many Days Do You Have Left?

By Christian A. Brown | March 15, 2015 | 0

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 matter what mythos or world, Death is most always a certainty.…

Edge of Doom

Why Fantasy?

By Christian A. Brown | March 8, 2015 | 2

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 worlds that appeals to me (and the people who love to read and…

Inclusiveness Is the Gateway To Equality

By Christian A. Brown | March 1, 2015 | 0

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 these debates. I am a biracial, visible minority. I’ve been quite poor in my…

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

By Christian A. Brown | February 22, 2015 | 0

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 my thoughts in order. On the topic of ‘necessary duties’,…

Marriage, and How to Do It

By Christian A. Brown | February 15, 2015 | 0

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 thought I would add to the discussion with my own…

The Great War

By Christian A. Brown | February 8, 2015 | 0

  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: socially, politically, biologically—any mixture of adjectives. In a world’s history,…

A Mother’s Rage

By Christian A. Brown | February 1, 2015 | 0

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 closet. I wish them the best through this journey, even though they are brave, beautiful and strong…

A Spark of Hope

By Christian A. Brown | January 25, 2015 | 0

Last night we watched Lucy in lieu of another film, Snowpiercer. I was mildly disappointed as we turned on the movie, since I’ve been dying to see Tilda Swinton’s hokey performance in Snowpiercer. But the vote was for Lucy, democracy decided, and that’s what we watched. Have you seen this movie? If not, a brief…

Time to Talk

By Christian A. Brown | January 18, 2015 | 0

Don’t be misled by the title. As much as I want to begin another one of my sermons on conquering the evils of mankind, today is not the day for that. We are creatures of light, and darkness, and today we can focus on the former. First, however, a moment of silence for the lives…