I decided to create a weekly post about women, nonbinary, trans, and LGBTQ2+ people. Spreading the word about people working hard, making art, writing, advocating, climbing mountains, helping people, etc. Because it makes me feel good to write good things about others. I’m three weeks in, but I put them all in this post and will continue to create new posts weekly as part of this feel good chain and creating space to highlight others…because it makes me feel good!
This week (week 3), goes to writer and all around phenomenal person, Joie Lamar. I met Joie when she was collecting stories from 49 artists for the book created in memory and honor of the 49 people who were murdered at the Pulse Club in Orlando. I was so thankful to have a place to contribute something from my heart, to our community and the grief we all felt. It allowed us to do something to help LGBTQ+ people and I know I was grateful. 100% of the proceeds were donated to two LGBTQ+ organizations.
Aside form being an amazing community advocate, Joie is a very talented writer. She wrote three books (maybe more!) with another on it’s way in 2019. Salsa Hips, Mambo Lips, Sapphoetry, and of course, Cuarenta Y Nueve. Joie is also working on a screenplay.
She cares deeply about the LGBTQ+ community, someone who walks the talk, and is passionate about everything she does. So, I wanted to recognize Joie Lamar in –
My commitment to write about women, nonbinary, trans and LGBTQ2+ people. Spreading the word about people working hard, making art, writing, advocating, climbing mountains, helping people, etc. It makes me feel good to write good things about others.
I would like to share what Barbara Radecki has been up to! Barbara wrote the book, The Darkhouse. It’s a YA novel.
Fifteen-year-old Gemma’s life on a small New Brunswick island with her father, Jonah, is not an exciting one. Her mother ran off when she was an infant, and Jonah, an amateur scientist, spends most of his time conducting experiments he thinks will one day bring him fame. But when a woman arrives on the island, Gemma tries to play matchmaker—only to discover Jonah’s secret journals, which hold terrifying secrets about both their lives.
Mystery, science, and dreams of a better life collide in this page-turning young adult novel from Barbara Radecki.
Barbara is also a longtime actor and is writing a second book. You can find her book on Amazon.
I would like to mention Sarah Deakins who finished her short film, Yellow, and has been receiving great responses in festivals. Writer, actor, director—Sarah is diving in and working hard to get this new series into the world. Invested in women, with a deep sense of love and commitment to craft, a storyteller with soul, who cares about art and blurring lines. I wish her all the success with her project.