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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…

Homecoming

By Christian A. Brown | January 11, 2015 | 0

As some of you may know, I spent the Christmas holiday with my cousin and her charming family in the UK. We saw as many sights and sounds as can reasonably be experienced in a two week trip. It was the kind of whirlwind vacation where you only rarely think of home, of how you…

A Gift for the New Year

By Christian A. Brown | January 4, 2015 | 2

Well, here we are in 2015. It’s been a terrific year for me: the launch, the realization of a lifelong dream (and the birth of new goals and ambitions). I do hope that each of you has enjoyed great success and happiness this past year. If not, well, here we are in 2015. I don’t…

On Romance

By Christian A. Brown | December 28, 2014 | 0

Well, here I am in Barcelona (see the attached pic), one of the oldest cities in the world, and naturally, I’m thinking of romance. It’s hard for even the hardest heart, like mine, not to soften, when church bells are ringing on the breeze fluttering in from the Juliette balcony behind me. Love, religion, and…

My Love Affair With Language

By Christian A. Brown | December 21, 2014 | 0

‘Tis the time of year to be thankful; for our friends, our health, our possessions. I’ve written extensively—though not exhaustively—on gratefulness. I think many of you know a good deal about my life, passions and loves. So when thinking about what I was grateful for this Christmas, a conversation with a pen-pal of mine prompted…

Dealing With Negativity

By Christian A. Brown | December 14, 2014 | 2

Good afternoon, folks. Negativity. I mentioned that I wanted to touch upon this topic two Sundays ago, but I became derailed by all that terrible business down south. I’m sending whatever positive thoughts and energy that I can spare toward dissolving those tensions. Do I believe that sort of contribution can matter? Thoughts? Crystal-waving and…

The Cancer of Hate

By Christian A. Brown | December 7, 2014 | 0

It’s hard to look to our neighbors in the south now, and not see the simmering pot of tension and socioeconomic repression and not feel something. Three tragic incidents happening, in such a small frame of time; all pertaining to a visible minority being killed by the police. I watched the Eric Garner video for…

Tripping Down the Road to Greatness

By Christian A. Brown | November 30, 2014 | 0

The Sunday blog. Like any other bit of writing, on particular days this is a chore. I had a meeting with my editor this week, and we discussed—among many interesting things—the nature of writing, the dedication and time-management needed for the craft. We discussed how certain parts of the 2nd manuscript flowed like honey and…

Gloriatrix

Our Glorification of Evil

By Christian A. Brown | November 23, 2014 | 0

I have a particular inspiration for today’s post, namely, the lovely images commissioned from Mr. Leo Black, which have been added to the gallery. They are another artist’s representation of the grisly trio of schemers from Feast of Fates: Gloriatrix, Sorren and the Broker. I really like these pieces, as much as I enjoy Mr.…