CityLit Festival and Baltimore’s Uprising

This year I attended the 12th Annual CityLit Festival, which is held at the central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.  It took place the Saturday after what is now known as “Baltimore’s Uprising.”  It was a difficult time for the Baltimore.  At CityLit, a number of authors and poets discussed their work and expressed their feelings about the riots and their love for Baltimore.

 

Wyzae Crankfield

Anyone who knows me knows that I love horror books and movies.  I blame it on my mother, who used to read Stephen King novels to her children when we were small.  One of the things I love most about horror are zombies.  I love watching zombie movies.  Don’t ask me why.  It’s just fun to watch.  So, you know I love The Walking Dead.  It is by far my favorite television show.

Recently, I had the fantastic opportunity to meet a guy by the name of Zomb-G, also known as Wyzae Crankfield.  And guess what.  He’s a zombie!  Yep!  And he’s from Baltimore.  So you know I had to interview him for This Is Baltimore, Too.  Wyzae Zomb-G is a very entertaining and interesting dude.  Check him out, and you will find that he is also very intelligent and inspiring.  You know that’s how we do at This Is Baltimore, Too.  So, check out his story and See What’s Good In Your Baltimore Neighborhood.

 

Etosha Bakari

This Is Baltimore, Too had the pleasure of interviewing Etosha Bakari.  She is wife, mother, track coach, and just a wonderful person.  Please check out her story.  You will not be disappointed.

This episode also features visual artist Randall Gornowich.  He does something very creative with balls from sweet gum trees.

Take a few minutes to become acquainted with these two very inspirational people from Baltimore.

Four Square

Kizmic’s Journey is all about loving and remembering your childhood.  Some of the things we remember the most are the games we played.  Four Square was one of those games.

 

Hand Games

Kizmic’s Journey takes us back to the 70’s when children played hand games.  I got together with my family and friends and went back down memory lane.

 

Fan Appreciation Day

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On Saturday, July 25th, my new publishers, Edward Robinson and Natalie Stokes-Peters, held an Odessa Rose Fan Appreciation Day for all the people that have supported my writing.  It was a great event.  I wasn’t sure if I could do something like that at first, but when I realized that I’d be able to thank all of you for believing in and like my work, I was all for it.

We enjoyed good food, music, and conversation.  I read a chapter from Kizmic’s Journey and I must say that it was a hit.  I was a little worried that people wouldn’t like it, but everyone loved it.  I’m going to do another reading this week and I’m going to post it here so people can see it.

Kizmic’s Journey is a wonderful story. I love the characters.  I love the events that take place.  It really takes you back to your childhood.

Kizmic’s Journey is scheduled for release in 2016.  I can’t wait for you all to read it.

 

Here are a few pictures with some friends that came out.

 

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Four Square

In Baltimore, we played a game called Four Square or Block Ball, depending on what side of the city you lived.  I grew up in northwest Baltimore, and we called it Four Square.  I got together with my friends and family to relive our childhood playing this wonderful game.  When people see us playing this game, they say it brings back wonderful memories.  That’s what Kizmic’s Journey will do–bring back all those beautiful childhood memories.

 

This Is Baltimore, Too

Hey Everyone!

It’s long overdue, but Michael and I have finally created a web site for This Is Baltimore, Too.  Also, by popular demand, we will once again start posting This Is Baltimore, Too on Youtube.  So many of you support the show but are unable to view it because it only airs on Comcast Channel 75.  We are happy to post it on Youtube and on its official web page.  So, check it out when you get a chance.  You can also check us out on Facebook. I will provide the link below.

As always, thanks so much for the support and Happy Viewing!

This Is Baltimore, Too Web site

http://odessarose6.wix.com/thisisbaltimoretoo

https://www.facebook.com/Thisisbaltimoretoo

 

Water The Movie

My first novel Water In A Broken Glass was published September 15, 2000.  It was my first novel, my baby.  I worked on Water for about 3 or 4 years before it was finally published by the small press, La Callie Nous Publishing, Inc.  That day was a dream come true for me.  People were going to read this story that I love so much and hopefully they will love it, too.  My hopes were realized when Water received glowing reviews from readers and book critics.  People didn’t just fall in love with Water.  They fell in love with the characters.  They fell in love with my writing.  They fell in love with everything there is to love about a great story.

Now, Almost 15 years later, Water In A Broken Glass will be made into a film.  This is beyond my wildest dreams.  I still have a hard time believing this is happening.  To have people love my book so much they want to put it on the silver screen says a whole lot.  Check out the three women who have made this all possible — Jamelle Williams-Thomas, Rahima R. Rice, Danielle S. Mooney and how they plan to make this film happen.

Click on the link.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/water-a-dc-love-story#home