Kizmic’s Journey

Kizmic’s Journey is a novel that has been with me for a very long time.  It’s crazy because every time it was to be published, something happened.  But now I’ve decided that no matter what Kizmic’s Journey will be release in 2019.  I haven’t narrowed down a date as of yet, but I’m pushing for a December release.  I’m in the process of doing some re-writes, which is my favorite part of writing.  Re-writes bring your story to life.  It’s where you really get to know your characters.  I learn so much and am able to put 2 and 2 together, which doesn’t always equal 4, but it’s fun.

Kizmic’s Journey takes place in the mid 1970’s.  One of the fun things we did as kids was yell “Punch Buggy” then punch someone on the arm when we saw a Volkswagen Beetle ride down the street. Did you do this, too?

Administrators Book Club

Tonight I had a delicious dinner and great discussion about In the Mirror with the Administrators Book Club. These beautiful ladies were all administrators and they asked questions, made inferences and observations, and cracked jokes about the story that had me feeling like I was back in graduate school defending my thesis. 😊 Afterwards they presented me with these gifts that spoke to my heart. A tiny jar containing a mustard seed and this encouraging statement. Thank you, Ladies, for selecting In the Mirror. It was truly an honor and one of the best Christmas presents I received.

Such intelligent, beautiful women.  I thoroughly enjoyed my night with them.
These wonderful gifts spoke directly to my heart.

Pan African Film and Arts Festival 2019

On Christmas Day we received some unbelievable news. Water In A Broken Glass was accepted into the Pan African Film and Arts Festival 2019!!! We are so excited. When we were filming back in 2016, we never imagined that this little film would be accepted into such wonderful festivals. What a year 2018 has been. Thank you all for supporting us. We wouldn’t be here without you.

Candiace Dillard, Jamella Williams-Thomas, Kirby Griffin
Billie Krishawn

Kirby Griffin, Billie Krishawn, Toni Belafonte, and Victoria Rowell
Cast and Crew of Water In A Broken Glass

Surviving the Holidays

On Saturday, December 8, 2018, Dr. Patty Fitzhugh held a workshop entitled Together We Can Survive the Holidays. The workshop included inspirational dances and testimonies from people who had loss loved ones either through death or incarceration. It was designed to help people cope with the loss during the holidays, which can be extremely difficult. I was one of the speakers, but because I was recording, I was not on the video.

Click on the links to enjoy the highlights from the workshop.https://youtu.be/YicaPFmExuE

https://youtu.be/7Fae-iQTFdo

Teresa Davis Receives Award

Teresa Davis

On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, novelist and screenwriter Teresa Davis received the prestigious Joe Mann’s Black Wall Street Award. It was presented by Doni Glover during the 16th Anniversary of his media outlet, Bmore News. Teresa was acknowledged for her relentless promotion and support of Baltimore City through her many books and films. Check out the video of her acceptance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD6W_UuvmKk&t=11s

The Tormentors Premiere

 

On Thursday, October 11th, I returned to the Senator Theater where Water In A Broken Glass premiered in March.  This time I went to support a film produced by my dear friend Patricia Johnson-Harris.  The film is called The Tormentors, and it is based on a book written by Erin Bowman, Cordell Forbes, Isaiah Benjamin, Jermaine Powell Jr..  These talented teenagers were part of the Youth Writers Challenge created by Patricia.  After reading the book, Patricia decided to turn it into a movie, which they filmed in July.  The book and movie are great pieces of work.  The premiere was a great success.  Check out the video I shot while attending.  Then buy the book, and be on the look out for future screenings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thz-0w5ckR8

In The Mirror film Debute

On Saturday, October 28th, I attended the premiere of Finding Desmond, a film by Antonio Jefferson.  It was a wonderful screening.  The film was fantastic.  It made you laugh, cry, and really feel for the characters.  Oh, and the coolest thing happened.  While I was watching the film, one of the characters was reading In The Mirror.  He even mentioned my name.  That was so unexpected.  I truly thank Antonio for including me in his work.  What an awesome experience to know that your peers respect your work enough to include it in theirs.  Thank you again, Antonio.

I filmed a quick video of this special day.  Click on the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYF5zXOgyCU

Film Festival

Water In A Broken Glass was selected by the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza in DC.  We had a great time at the screening.  Billie Krishawn, who plays Tonya, was in the audience.  Here are a few pictures.

The Subway

Okay. So I’m working on my 4th novel.  It’s entitled The Subway.  It’s very different from anything I’ve ever written.  I love the story.  It’s been on my mind for a number of years and to finally get down to writing it is so wonderful.  I hope to finish the first draft by the end of December.  So my challenge is to write everyday, which I normally don’t do.  But this book is so important.  The only way to get it done is to write every, single day.  Which hasn’t really been a problem, because I love the story so much that I can’t wait to sit down at my computer and write.

Baltimore International Black Film Festival

What’s Going On People 🙂

It’s been a minute because I’ve been so busy.  Water In A Broken Glass is keeping busy.  We have been accepted into so many film festivals.  It is incredible.  This is truly a dream come true.  I don’t really know how to process it all.  I try, but I don’t think I’m supposed to.

On Thursday, October 4th, Water screened at the Charles Theater as part of the lineup for the Baltimore International Film Festival.  It was awesome.  The love people have for this film is amazing.  I’m so happy for the cast and crew because all their hard work is paying off.

 

A Few Minutes on Writing

Well, after months of struggling, I’m finally really into my last novel called The Subway.  It’s a challenging book, but I’m having a great time writing it.  I have the hardest time starting a book.  The first chapter gives me the blues, because I can’t just write any old thing and keep going, even though I know it’s a first draft.  The first chapter sets everything up for me, so it has to be right from the gate.  Now that doesn’t mean that when I finish the beginning won’t change, but for now that is the beginning.

What’s Happenin’ People :)

It’s been a minute since I’ve been able to post.  So much has been happening that I haven’t had time.  These last few months, actually the last two years have been amazing.  Things are happening in my life that I never imagined would happen.  As writers, we always dream about something big happening in our careers but we never really believe they will or can come true.  Well, things that I dreamed and didn’t dreamed are happening.  It’s crazy.

Let’s see.  Where do I start?  I guess with May 11th.  That is the day Water In A Broken Glass screened at the DC Center for the LGBT Community.  It was an amazing night.  Candiace Dillard, who plays Nikki, was there with her family.  Jamelle, my husband, Michael, and I were there.  Kirby Griffin, who shot the film came.  And Wes Hall, who plays Malcolm made it.  The audience loved the film.  They were laughing, fussing, and crying throughout the movie.  That let us know that the film hit all the right cords with them.

A few days later, The Washington Blade wrote a wonderful review about the film.  Check it out. http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/05/12/bi-love-triangle-explored-in-water-movie/

Then on June 16th, Water screened at the Rapport Film Festival in London!  London y’all!  http://rapportfestival.com/movies-16-june-2018-water-in-a-broken-glass/

That was incredible.  We weren’t able to attend, but at around 11 am our time, we all started tweeting, posting, and texting about our film playing in London.

Then on July 14th, Water screened at the CineOdyssey Film Festival in Charlotte, NC.  Jamelle, Emi, the script supervisor for the film, Michael and myself attended.  The cast was not able to make it because they were busy with other projects.  But we represented for them.  Jamelle participated in a panel discussion on diversity in Hollywood.  Then we returned for the screening of Water.  And guess what!  We won Best Film.  That was so incredible.  We were not expecting that at all.  Check out the picture of us during the Q&A and see the surprised looks on our faces.  We were like, Tre, for real?

I want to thank Tre McGriff for selecting our film.  It is an incredible honor.  It means so much because I watched how hard the cast and crew worked on this film and for them to receive this award is awesome.  They truly deserve it.  And a special thank you goes to Eternity Phillips who told Tre about Water.  If it wasn’t for her, he wouldn’t have even known about the film.

Congratulations Everyone!!!!

Busy, Wonderful Time

To say that life for me has changed would be an understatement.  So many wonderful things have happened in my life.   My family has been right here with me, which is so, so sweet.  My friends are with us on this incredible journey.  I’ve met some great, beautiful people.  You never know where life is going to take you until you just let life take you.  And it’s beautiful.  Hard, frustrating, scary, but beautiful.  Coppin State asked me to speak on a panel.  Woodlawn Page Turners asked me to speak at their anniversary.  Liberty Lite Book Club asked me back for their Book Club Extravaganza.  Reel Affirmation screened Water In A Broken Glass at the DC Center.  And it’s being shown in London!!  Come on.  London!!  I could cry some days.  All of this is so special and sweet and wonderful and awesome.  And I have my family, friends, and fans of the book to thank for all of this.

  Screening at the DC Center 

The Writer’s Haven

Last night, Jamelle and I were interviewed by V. Helena of the Writer’s Haven Show.  We had such an amazing time.  V made us feel welcome and at ease.  She asked some great questions and had the conversation flowing.  I thank her so much for inviting us and allowing us to share our journey with her audience.  I will be sure to keep you posted about when the show will air.

Water In A Broken Glass Premiere

On Thursday, March 1, 2018, Water In A Broken Glass premiered to a sold-out crowd at the Historic Senator Theater in Baltimore. Based on the novel Water In A Broken Glass by Odessa Rose, the film was directed by Jamelle Williams-Thomas,  and stars Billie Krishawn, Wes Hall, Toni Belafonte (Last Love Lost), Candiace Dillard (The Real Housewives of Potomac), Shani Ashley, Lee Avant, Carlyncia Peck, Renea Brown, Omar McClune, and Victoria Rowell (The Young and the Restless and Diagnosis Murder.)

The Red Carpet was hosted by KSal and filmed by Leonard Scovens (All Things Baltimore) and Vaughn Mason.

Click on this link to see scenes from the Red Carpet: https://youtu.be/yr1Qxuj8xBc

I want to thank the 650+ people who attended the premiere and made it such a memorable night for us all.

For more information about Water In A Broken Glass, please visit https://www.waterthefilm.com/

White Pages Black Print

I want to take this time to thank the members of White Pages Black Print Book Club for selecting my novel, In the Mirror, for their book-of-the-month.  I had the most wonderful time.  From the delicious food to the fun, wild discussion, it was a night every author dreams will happen at a book club.  I especially want to thank Erica who recommended my novel.  That great night wouldn’t have happened without you. 🙂

Water In A Broken Glass Premiere

Well, it happened!  Water In A Broken Glass the film premiere on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the historic Senator Theater in Baltimore.  The Red Carpet started at 6 pm and let me tell you, we sold the theater out.  650 people came out to support the film.  It was a spectacular night.  The entire cast was in the building–Billie Krishawn, Wes Hall, Candice Dillard, Toni Belafonte, Lee Avent, Carlyencia Peck, and Victoria Rowell. It was an incredible night. I want to thank everyone who came out, especially in the rain.  The best thing is afterward, people begin spreading the word about how great the film was so now people are asking when and where they can see it.  So I’ll keep you posted about that.  In the meantime, here are some pictures from that awesome night. Enjoy.