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By Christian A. Brown | May 28, 2017 | 4

…to the new site! First and foremost, if you’ve somehow missed my repeated media-blasting of it, feast your eyes on the animated trailer put together by the wizard (Joshua) at Mjolnir Studios and the super talented Leo Black. I’ll be featuring each of these creatives in a Creative Collective spot before year’s end in case you’re…

Creative Collective: J.H. Moncrieff

By Christian A. Brown | May 20, 2017 | 1

I’d like to thank the folks at JKS Communications for introducing J.H. and I; a Creative Collective opportunity that wouldn’t otherwise have happened. Horror has always been a second genre and calling of mine, and it’s that darkness (and fear and wonder) in which J.H. has spent her life dredging for secrets. First, as a journalist, then as a…

How Do They (Moms) Do It?

By Christian A. Brown | May 14, 2017 | 0

Short n’ sweet today: I’m taking a short break from drafting the last few pages of the manuscript to write this piece. But I wouldn’t have come this far in my career or life without my partner or my mom. This is a day for moms, though, not spouses, and Cynthia was the one who confirmed for…

Gratitude

Too Much Love

By Christian A. Brown | May 7, 2017 | 3

I mean, there’s always things in life to feel crappy about, and most people–myself included–tend to focus on those elements above all else. Pleasure (happiness, in the non-Pavlovian sense) is a homeostatic state: we of the free and postmodern world exist in it, we expect it as our baseline, and thus everything outside of that state…

Ana Santos Design

Creative Collective: Nya Designs

By Christian A. Brown | April 30, 2017 | 2

Behind every visionary is a strong, silent partner, right? Well, the same is true for artists and creatives, and their partners are many. Art, as we know it in this age, isn’t just about creating something and then setting it free into the world. With that attitude no one but your cats will ever see your…

Welcome to the Family

By Christian A. Brown | April 23, 2017 | 12

We never thought that we would love another animal so soon, yet here we are. In four to six weeks we’ll have a beautiful new fur baby in our home. Meet Jupiter.     Even his name is a bit of a pricking-thorn to us, since it’s the Roman version of Zeus–our recent and dearly…

Vortigern

How to Be a Nicer Person

By Christian A. Brown | April 16, 2017 | 0

Even though Vortigern, our featured ghoul, is a dead guy, he’s a lovely fellow. At the start of the year, I decided that I was going to try to be a better person–like Vortigern without the deadness. ‘Becoming a better person’ is a lofty goal to undertake; there’s no pill or app for that. Although, I believe we…

Home Is Where…

By Christian A. Brown | April 9, 2017 | 0

Today’s featured image is of Mouse: everyone’s favorite sass-talking hero from the Feasts saga. Mouse spends most of the story rediscovering her innocence as well as her sense of family–two blessings that have been stripped from her through cruel circumstance. Without a home, we don’t have an anchor. Without family, friends and companions (animal, in my case),…

Getting On

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

As I’ve gotten older, life has gotten easier in some ways, harder in others. I like how my emotions, desires, finances and goals have somewhat stabilized and I’m no longer without direction. I like the process of growing older, of knowing my body and myself–to a point. After I turned thirty, the first of many…

suzanne van Pelt

Creative Collective: Suzanne van Pelt

By Christian A. Brown | March 26, 2017 | 0

I’m a sucker for glossy fantasy realism, which is why I immediately fell in love with Suzanne’s pieces. Although she’s using modern techniques, you can see a lot of old-world influences to her characters and settings–again, a weakness of mine. Romantic, colorful, beautiful stuff… I’m delighted that I get to be the one to share…

Piranha Diving

By Christian A. Brown | March 19, 2017 | 1

What a week: the first in a while where I’ve considered piranha diving to be a more rewarding career. I try to put on a happy face, since our mindset influences our wellbeing and abundance. You know: think positive, positive things will happen in our lives. Simple, right? Not really. In practice there are a million…

Death and Taxes

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

Death and taxes: two circumstances from which we never escape. The former event remains–I hope–quite a way off, the latter I contribute toward every year. However, that didn’t stop the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) from sending me a lovely notice last week that I was likely to be audited for my 2014 and 2015 returns. Because, as you…