The Summerlands

Mirror World

By Christian A. Brown | May 24, 2015 | 1

We live in a global society. I’ve known this for a while, however, not until recently did I notice how much this paradigm shift has affected my life. We—human beings—are not as distant as the miles and cultural rifts suggest. We are, in fact, interconnected quite closely. For better or worse, the world and all of…

How to Be Happy

By Christian A. Brown | May 17, 2015 | 0

I had an interesting conversation with someone close to me on Friday. They said something like: “I feel that you have gone one way after Cynthia’s death—that you’ve really embraced the sadness and change of her passing and made something out of it—while I have gone in another direction.” I’m paraphrasing, though that was the…

Penny Dreadful

The Best Kind of Infection (Love)

By Christian A. Brown | May 10, 2015 | 0

NOTE: This blog was just picked up by The Mary Sue! An extended version can be found, here. Mother’s Day. A bit of a mixed affair for me, since what’s left of my mother—physically—rests in an urn. I don’t find that grisly, having the dead around. I mean, I’m not living in a mortuary—that would certainly…

What Never Fades

By Christian A. Brown | May 3, 2015 | 0

What an amazing week. I had a TV appearance on Kitchener’s Daytime show, with Susan Cook-Scheerer. She’s a fantastic host, and it was a pleasure getting a chance to speak with her. Once you get over the jitters that come with live-appearances, they’re actually quite fun. Then, as if things couldn’t get any more euphoric,…

Writers Write

By Christian A. Brown | April 26, 2015 | 0

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always…

War of the Immortals

Portraying Evil

By Christian A. Brown | April 19, 2015 | 2

Recently, I had a lovely blogger review that praised many aspects of Feast of Fates. On that list—and what stuck with me the most—were the reader’s commendations toward some of the darker material in my book. Life is composed of many shades and colors: passionate reds, golden acts of kindness, and the blackest evils. I believe…

Unconditional Furry Love

By Christian A. Brown | April 12, 2015 | 2

I’m not blogging about this:   What people choose to do with their imaginations and free time is entirely up to them. I’d like to talk about another type of “furry love”: the bond between people and animals. Yesterday was National Pet Day, and naturally, I thought about my pets. Though I’m not a fan…

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…