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One Day…

By Christian A. Brown | March 5, 2017 | 0

While watching one of my favorite shows (Please Like Me), I heard a great line in response to someone sharing terrible news with a friend: “I’m so sorry, Josh, but one day you’ll wake up and you won’t feel so shit.” I’m somewhat paraphrasing, but those are the words as they stuck in my head. Nonetheless,…

Creative Collective: Hollow, A Webcomic

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

This month’s Creative Collective spot goes to Lilly Higgs: creator of the lush, gorgeous and ingeniously written: Hollow. It’s a webcomic, updated on Mondays and Thursdays, and soon available in print! I have a soft spot for deep mythology in my stories, and this one starts with a biblical and Pagan bang. The blending of those…

Another Light for the Stars

By Christian A. Brown | February 19, 2017 | 4

I wanted to thank everyone for the outpouring of support here and on Facebook last week, and I wish that I had better news to share regarding my little guy’s health. But I don’t. As we neared the date of Zeus’s surgery/ biopsy, he was struggling to eat food: hungry, but unable to get it into his…

That Monster, Cancer

By Christian A. Brown | February 12, 2017 | 8

In the background of last week’s events–failed tattoos, house-hunting, manuscript finishing–there was what we hoped was a minor emergency going on with my furry assistant, Zeus. He’s nine years old now, and, until recently, the picture of contentment and comfort. We’ve given him a beautiful life. When he’s happy, which is often, he tends to…

A Tale of Two…

By Christian A. Brown | February 5, 2017 | 0

It was an eventful week: the search for a new home is going well; my tattoo isn’t really working out (why are people so sketchy?); and–super amazeballs–I’m writing the final scene to Feast of Mercy. That last point is a biggie for me. I’m a chronic non-finisher: school, projects, career (until now); even video games,…

Creative Collective: Kami

By Christian A. Brown | January 29, 2017 | 2

Today we celebrate our very first Creative Collective contribution! Champagne for everyone! I’ll only hog the mic for a little bit, and then I’ll pass it over to author Libby Doyle, whose work is featured here today. I really liked this story’s blend of Eastern mythology, science fiction and fantasy. Libby’s prose is brisk and powerful. Beneath…

Solidarity and Sisterhood

By Christian A. Brown | January 22, 2017 | 0

The US has officially enthroned a new leader, and what a tumultuous path to inauguration that’s been. The world’s a bit crazy at the moment. Peoples’ passions and experiences with and without marginalization have driven them to either side of a divided and at times hyperbolic argument. As one of the voices of the moderate-left, the Women’s March on…

feast of fates

Bookclubbn’

By Christian A. Brown | January 15, 2017 | 5

(Note: There are a ton of clickable links in this piece, which all open in separate windows–click to your heart’s content!) When I was lost in my flu-delirium over Christmas, something wonderful happened: Feast of Fates was selected by the ladies over at Roadside Reader for their monthly bookcast. That means they’ll be gabbing about and tearing…

New Year, New Promises

By Christian A. Brown | January 8, 2017 | 0

Welcome to 2017. I spent Christmas and New Years Eve in bed with the flu, which gave me lots of time to consider my outlook for the year. Slightly before then, I’d already decided that I was going to give Oprah style positivity a chance. You know: envisioning success, being sincerely compassionate, inviting change. Given that…

Creative Collective

By Christian A. Brown | January 1, 2017 | 0

Fellow readers, artists and friends, Happy New Year. I hope that the next twelve months are auspicious and productive for you. I hope that your dreams come true–even if they manifest in ways you might not have planned. Moving into 2017, I’d like to support the fantasy/ dark fantasy/ romance/ horror/ nerd/ weird/ wonderful community…

Merry Christmas

By Christian A. Brown | December 25, 2016 | 2

Christmas is a strange time of year. We’re surrounded in family, commercial and sincere sentiment, and grandiose (dis)illusions of community, caring and hope–which all shatter when Boxing Day hits and people are tackling each other for 50% off sweatshirts. But somewhere in the panoply, there’s at least a flicker–or more–of genuine affection. Beneath all the slathered…

Circle of Love

By Christian A. Brown | December 18, 2016 | 0

‘Tis the season for giving. ‘Tis the season for love and unity; a time where we share our blessings. Had a bit of a better week; starting to feel less demotivated and more of that creative itch, which should be maddening once I get through the holiday kerfuffle. Looking back, I’ve had a pretty good year.…