For the Kids in Oakland Walking Around Believing in Fairytales

“Can you believe that? A kid from Oakland walking around and believing in fairy tales,” Which translates, can you believe there are young minds in urban settings filled with wonder? The answer is Yes! Filmed briefly in Oakland Black Panther, captures that  wonder   That wonder was not ignored when I penned the Tales of…

Alaya Dawn Johnson Knows Vampires

Alaya (rhymes with “papaya”) lives, writes, cooks and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning season. She has published six novels for adults and young adults, including…

VAL-MAR

This story, VAL-MAR Gifted and Cursed, is told through the eyes of a young homeless girl, living in the streets of Times Square, NYC . Although in an overwhelming situation, flexibility of thought and ferocious tenacity allows her to transcend the extreme nature of her reality… with a chance to become more than she could…