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And the Beat Goes on

By Christian A. Brown | July 23, 2017 | 2

I’ve been in a bit of a creative lull. I’ve been twiddling my thumbs without my manuscript since the middle of June. My publicity campaign has been getting ramped up over the last month, so there hasn’t been much on that front either. At least Jupiter–his woes and then exuberance–have been keeping me busy. But…

Look, Ma!

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

I made a pooter! Wait, that sounds as if I’m celebrating the crapping of my pants. I’m actually celebrating the rage-driven-industriousness that struck me when my iPad crapped (intentional word usage this time) the bed a week or so ago. Emails were lost, deadlines missed–there’s only so much you can do on a phone, even…

They Grow up so Fast!

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

I’ve had so many comments and messages regarding Jupiter and his welfare that I thought I should give everyone an update: he’s doing fine. Better than fine! Jupiter’s lungs have completely cleared up and he’s growing like a weed and still sweet as can be (WHEN NOT BEING A NIGH UNSTOPPABLE AND DESTRUCTIVE TERROR!). But…

Creative Collective: Julie Frayn

By Christian A. Brown | July 2, 2017 | 12

Today’s Creative Collective feature is for a very special artist: the homegrown, Canadian queen of saucy-literature-that-parents-might-slap-you-for-reading (not good parents–overprotective ones!): Julie Frayn. I feel she’s the perfect writer to feature for (yesterday’s) Canada Day; the diversity and richness of her writing represents our country so well. When considering how to describe her work–of which I’ve…

Mother’s Pride

By Christian A. Brown | June 25, 2017 | 3

*** Mother’s Pride Nature shines, She beams She adores Herself in light Yet She knows the craven kiss of darkest night Embracing with truth Her right, Her glory –Her imperfection Telling you, I, they We are no sad story She is Pride Beauty and we: wisps of her grace Look to her throne Burn out…

Wikis, Internal Racism, People Losing their Damn Minds

By Christian A. Brown | June 18, 2017 | 0

The best critiques come from the heart, and that’s why I so respected the discussion that was happening over at Pages and Pause Screen (iTunes podcast, here) about the 3rd book in the series. The best commentary opens discussion and makes us think about what we believe and have done. Don’t get me wrong, it sounds…

Highs and Lows

By Christian A. Brown | June 11, 2017 | 4

Bringing Jupiter home was definitely a high point of last week. Still, our happiness at his arrival was overshadowed–made a footnote–by the horrible events that happened in London. With that pain fading, but not forgotten, we believed Jupiter would be the ray of sunshine we needed in the days ahead. And this he proved to…

A Bundle of Joy (and Sorrow)

By Christian A. Brown | June 4, 2017 | 0

This is unscheduled and off the cuff, and not what I’d planned to discuss (see the original blog below). I woke up this morning and read the news; then caught up on the “I’m safe” tags from my cousin and other friends and family in the UK. While the past two weeks have been busy,…

Welcome…

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…