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Happy Hallows’ Eve

By Christian A. Brown | October 26, 2014 | 0

Dear Gargirls and Boils, I do enjoy the upcoming holiday. I think that many writers do, since it’s a time of indulgence in, and fearful respect of the supernatural. It is important to understand darkness, to visit it now and again, so that we can appreciate light. It is important for humans to have a…

Loneliness

By Christian A. Brown | October 19, 2014 | 0

You know, I’ve never been one for companionship. I could easily live my life as a bearded recluse in a cabin, so long as all my basic needs—food, water, shelter—were met. At best, I’d need a dog or one-eyed racoon for company. If I wrote Feast of Fates in those conditions, it would be a…

Feminism: Why It’s Necessary

By Christian A. Brown | October 12, 2014 | 0

Today, I’m wrapping up my gratefulness/ how to be a better person series with a few final thoughts. On life, on how we behave, on how we can behave better. I had an interesting week, filled with downs, then ups. I reflected on my politics and beliefs. I should start with a bit of preamble about…

The Real Gratefulness Challenge

By Christian A. Brown | October 5, 2014 | 0

Okay, I’ve gone on to great lengths before about the value of being grateful, of saying please and thank you and just generally being kind to the world around you. But talk is cheap. We all like to think of ourselves as nice, accommodating folk. Unfortunately, we are our own worst judge of character when…

Well That Was a Party…

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

Oh dear…So many throbbing headaches and aching dancing-feet today, I wager! What a party! I think it was one of the greatest moments of my life, and I know that many of you folks made memories to cherish–and one or two, you’d like to forget 🙂 Pictures will be posted to the official Facebook page…

Why I Write

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

It’s party time next week! (Launch party time.) I have a million and one things to get to before the event. I seem to have misplaced my suit pants somewhere, too, which is the most annoying—and still trivial—issue du jour. The funny thing about success is that I don’t know if all of this planning,…

Toilet World

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

Well, there’s nothing quite like waking up to a new rave review from a total stranger (and some cat turds in a random corner of the apartment from my deranged pussy cat who decides, on a whim, that she wants to abstain from the litter box and do it hobo-style—but I digress). Jessie and her…

Garden of Strange

By Christian A. Brown | August 31, 2014 | 0

Tomorrow is the day that I begin the new manuscript. Originally, I had intended to start this week. However, knowing what I know about my particular writing habits, I decided to take the week off before delving into the world of Geadhain. Once I go in, I don’t come out for a while. I wake…

Health and Happiness

By Christian A. Brown | August 24, 2014 | 0

No shining pearls of wisdom here, but man, do we ever take the gift of health for granted. If you’ve spent any time in hospitals or with a loved one who is sick, you have probably learned this lesson, profoundly. I’ve been blessed, twofold, in life. First, I’ve never suffered a major accident. I hurt…

Women In Fantasy

By Christian A. Brown | August 17, 2014 | 0

Just a second, everyone put away the pitchforks and stop brandishing those Gertrude Stein books at me as if they can compel the misogynistic demon from my flesh. This isn’t a diatribe on feminism in literature–I wouldn’t dare to touch such a heavy subject without an array of facts at my disposal. As a fantasy…

Gratefulness

By Christian A. Brown | August 10, 2014 | 0

Hmm…Another Sunday, another blog post. The pattern of Sunday blogging seems to have cemented itself, which is nice as I like structure. A lot happens in 7 days, which also gives me quite a bit to chat about without recycling topics. A number of exciting things occurred this week. Thanks to the tsunami of support…

The End of Elegance (In Writing)

By Christian A. Brown | August 3, 2014 | 4

Happy Sunday, everyone! Today, I wanted to talk about some of the trends that I’ve noticed in modern writing. Recently, I read a book–well, part of one, I couldn’t finish it–where the entire narrative was told in an “active” voice. (For those of you who are not familiar with stylistic terms, each sentence can have…