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Art Begets Art

By Christian A. Brown | January 7, 2018 | 0

(Article originally appeared on Hypable.) I got my first tattoo when I was 20 years old. It was somewhat meaningless, as many pieces of body art can be when gotten on impulse. I hadn’t been drinking or anything, though my judgement was no less clouded by the hubris of youth than alcohol. I believed—as do…

Auld Lang Syne

By Christian A. Brown | December 31, 2017 | 0

Well, that’s a wrap—almost. Another 365 days gone, goals achieved, failed or postponed. All in all I’d consider 2017 a personal (not politicial) success. My highs: completing the Four Feasts till Darkness saga, marching and speaking on the news, adopting a new animal companion, gaining tons of exposure for my work, and connecting with loads…

Winterfall

By Christian A. Brown | December 24, 2017 | 0

A drift, a breath Another death Of season, and of time Gather around Family bound Beat snow-devils from your coat Summon your kin To hearth and stone To home and bone These ties that forever bind Winter has fallen A chill so near Pressing frosted claws to pane Winter has bitten Pinkish ears and nibbled…

Some Early Cheer

By Christian A. Brown | December 17, 2017 | 1

Or late, depending on whether or not you were looking forward to this quarter’s newsletter. We’re still in the fourth quarter, though, so it wasn’t late as much as…strategically delayed and deployed. Or something. Anyhoo, Geadhain’s Quarterly was just sent out this morning and it’s full of Geadhain’s newsworthiest stories. There’s also a double-draw running:…

True Beauty Is Eternal

By Christian A. Brown | December 10, 2017 | 0

Last week I found that rare gem floating in the Facebook effluvium: a beautiful and short bio that we’ll get to shortly. I don’t have all that much to say that the video doesn’t express. I urge you to watch it, and to consider what it means in your own life—how aging is as extraordinary…

Creative Collective: David Antrobus

By Christian A. Brown | December 3, 2017 | 0

Getting to know David was one of those ‘six-degrees-of-separation’ encounters. A few months back, I lost a member of my editorial team (to a new career, not the Great Beyond), and found myself in growing and desperate need of an editor. I reached out to my fellow authors, and I was passed David’s name by…

The Long Road

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

Writing these two novels—Feast of Darkness, Part I & 2–has been both the biggest struggle and achievement of my working life. It’s the conclusion to the series, and to be honest I’ve never really finished anything (professionally). Prior to being a writer, I turned down promotions in a number of my careers. I’m glad that…

The Family Stone

By Christian A. Brown | November 19, 2017 | 0

We had our first—light—snow here in Toronto last week, and I was reminded: yes, winter has come, and Christmas is just around the corner. That evening, as I was leaving the tattoo parlour and knowing that I wasn’t going to see George (my artist) or anyone at Chronic Ink till the new year, I wished…

Dust

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

Meaningful thoughts come to us at the strangest of times; the inspiration for this poem hitting me while I was sweeping up dust the other day. I was thinking about how pointless, existentially, the process of cleaning really is—despite my Virgonian obsession with it. We struggle to create order from chaos, we invent meaning where…

Creative Collective: Joshua Ezzell

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

Josh and I came into contact through Leo, who many of you know through the extraordinary visual art that he has created for my world. Together the three of us created the latest trailer for the series, and all of that flair, movement and life came solely from Joshua’s talents. There are many branches of…

Kitties, Cuddles and Newsletter Prizes

By Christian A. Brown | October 29, 2017 | 3

Today we’ll be discussing a hodge-podge of topics, and we’re not going too far beneath the surface with our insights. I mean, it’s been an intense few weeks, and after pushing so hard—emotionally—it’s time to put on the brakes. Sure, it has been a newsworthy week and there’s plenty to discuss if I choose to…

A Voice for the Voiceless

By Christian A. Brown | October 22, 2017 | 4

Only in the past few years and with the rise of fascism have I begun to understand advocacy and why it’s important. Our world moves by influence. When you’re given a spotlight–however small or large–that comes with a responsibility to understand that your voice echoes, and that what you say, or don’t say, has consequence.…