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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…

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…