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The Haanta Series venerates Dr. Maya Angelou

Poet, author, journalist, activist, teacher: these are only some of the titles given to Maya Angelou during her reign as a literary pioneer. She was also a dancer, a singer, a cook, and a producer. She was born into a tumultuous family, was raped when she was eight years old, sustained shock for years after the incident and did not speak for much of the rest of her childhood. It was during this time that she cultivated a love of literature and an appreciation of art. Her teenage years were even more distressful, turning to prostitution to earn enough to raise her son. She moved through various cities, became a celebrated dancer, traveled with the opera, learned many languages, and became involved in the Civil Rights Movement. She became an editor and was encouraged by friends to write her life story, an autobiography which highlighted her transformation as a young woman. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings has become one of the greatest autobiographies in English Literature. It stands as …

Story for the Day: The Black Bear - Part 2

Mharac, the Great Bear, is servant to the Frewyn God Borras, God of Wilderness. Mharac began as a man who was turned into a bear and enslaved as a punishment for his crimes against the inhabitants of the Westren woods. He grew to like his ursine form and decided to remain in Borras' service even after he was forgiven and released. He returns to Westren for the seasonal hunts, to protect the bears and wolves from poachers. During his time in town, he often indulges in an evening's houghmagandy with the local women, which sometimes results in a son. The Sons of Mharac are Mharac's children, all of them born with the ability to change into an ursine form, just like their father. They often hide their abilities from the general public, fearing to invite circumspection and ridicule, but there are a few clever hunters, like Eadmhaird, who can find them out:

A pause here, a fervent look on one side, a placid smile on the other, and Eadmhaird was instantly apprehensive. Something w…

Story for the Day: The Black Bear - Part 1


Story for the Day: Salt and Vinegar - Part 2


Story for the Day: Salt and Vinegar - Part 1