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Introducing New LGBT YA Novel, Miranda and Jaelin!

My YA lgbt romance novel Miranda and Jaelin! Based on a comic book I created in college.

“For years, shy and awkward Miranda Taylor has been struggling to fit in at one of the most selective public high schools in NYC. Then in her junior year, she meets a new student, the androgynous Jaelin Kim, a confident basketball star who quickly becomes popular with the other school athletes. When the two are paired up for an assignment in AP English, Miranda‘s infatuation with her new classmate becomes more than just a crush. Suddenly, Miranda learns a lot about herself as she grapples with the bigotry that surrounds them both at school and with their friends and families.”

Available here in E-book and paperback!

I am not Afraid of the Dark

I am not afraid of the dark
or of his shadow at night
for I can see in his eyes
a moon-like golden light
and it leads me towards a path 
where king and queen walk side by side 
God be-fore us, no one against us
love between us

And I am at ease in the mold of his melanin
I don’t judge him by another’s sins
I know myself in the folds of his skin
I am not afraid of his dark complexion
In fact, in the dark, is where
I get lost in the mat of his hair
found in the promise
on the soft of his lips 
lost in the tenor of his voice
in the rough of his chest 
found in the roar of his strength
I am anchored in his self-assurance
His embrace, my ballast
I have roots in him, in his veins, thru his blood stream
I am not afraid of our dark 
I will never be afraid of him 
And why should I be, 
I love him


And I kissed her. And she kissed me back. I mean, how many men can say they’d rather be nowhere else in the world? That’s how I felt. That moment. That I wanted nothing but the here and now, and nowhere else. On earth as it is in heaven. That one moment.
—  Let the Great World Spin - Colum McCann

“Eventually, life of the party is just like any other job. I’ve thought of myself that way at times, but it’s sort of like holding everybody hostage. It diminishes everyone else. And ultimately, your friends don’t require it of you.”
–Carrie Fisher

Amy Irving, Carrie Fisher, and Teri Garr photographed by Ron Galella at the Thankgiving Party at Sibils in NYC on November 21st, 1977

I was looking for a simple answer, the sort we give to children, you know. And I kept thinking that we were all children once, maybe I could return. That’s what echoed in my head. Go back to being a child. Spring along the strand there. Up past the tower. Run along the wall. I wanted that sort of joy. Make it simple again.
—  Let the Great World Spin - Colum McCann

This past October, 250 third graders from Harlem and the South Bronx became Arty Readers!  Time In’s wildly inspired program combining Opera, Manga, Film, Creative Writing and Literature, Arty Readers, helped our kids’ minds take wing.  At PS 197 in Harlem, 100% of one of our 3rd grade classes passed the ELA for the first time, thanks to Arty Readers.

 In this video, Morrisania 3rd graders from PS63 were asked what was the most important thing you did this year at Time In?  

Listen to their fantastically moving answers and then be in touch to find out how you can help!

Today is my 20-year New Yorkiversary! I moved here for grad school with no money, no friends, no job. Only big dreams and plans to make them reality. Thank you NYC for 20 years of magical moments, like this super cute one with B.J. Novak.