It has been a while since I have posted much online. I have been busily working away, and now is the perfect opportunity to sit down and tell you what’s up.
The book signings are ongoing for Brainstorm Revolution. (Available from Chapters in Canada, Amazon US and Amazon UK.) After an amazing launch last November in Barrie, the calendar is starting to show book signings happening throughout the province. Yes, I know, I do hear all of you who have been filling my Messenger inbox and e-mail inbox, and I promise we will get something in Toronto soon … conversations are ongoing at a few locations, downtown, midtown, uptown. As soon as there are confirmed bookings, I’ll share the event with you. Not every author is at every signing, I know I will be missing a number of them for the next while, and you’ll find out why as you read on.
As well, the first stage production from the stories in the book is coming up on Valentine’s Day in Barrie. Unconventional Love Stories will be the first of a number of events to happen throughout the province in various venues, with a mix of authors and themes for each event (If you went to each and every one, you would hear from all of the inspirational contributors in the book!). If you are looking for a fun night out in the theatre that will leave you touched, moved, and inspired, don’t miss out, buy your tickets now ($18 per person), and join us for the evening.
Katherine and I will be back in the classroom again in the coming semesters. Currently pencilled in are Humber College Lakeshore, University of Guelph-Humber, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, and more conversations that are taking place. Everyone is anxious to see the new lecture series on Victimization, Trauma, and Mental Health, along with bits of the previous series on the LGBTQ community and policing. We will be adding and subtracting from each series as we go, there’s always room for tweaking the materials, and, sometimes we are totally surprised by what content a professor will ask to have included in our lecture. As well, we have ongoing work with first responder organizations outside of Toronto, and educational work with TBTB and Serving With Pride.
While all this is happening, my sister-bestie-sidekick and I will be taping an hour for Rainbow Country on CIUT 89.5 FM. We will be talking about Katherine’s work as the National Program Administrator for Wings of Change Peer Support, my work as a Director and LGBTQ Liaison for the National Women in Law Enforcement Association, our education work with organizations and post-secondary institutions, and we will be discussing Brainstorm Revolution.
Katherine and I have been working diligently on a new project since last fall. All I can tell you is that we are partnering with the top experts in the field, and once we have completed this project and are ready to roll it out, it will be the first of it’s kind ever. It’s quite exciting really, we do so enjoy the people we are working with, and we cannot wait until it is ready for beta testing.
In the interim, things are really picking up with the National Women in Law Enforcement Association. Many new projects are being worked on currently, and we will be rolling them out as they are ready. I am keeping my fingers crossed for one big project, as it will definitely get conversations happening when it gets the green light. I must admit, it did seem odd the very first time I saw my title with the organization in print, “Director and LGBTQ Liaison”. Takes me a bit of time to get accustomed to these things, I’ve spent decades out of sight working behind the scenes, and it is still new for me to be out there more than before.
At the start of the new year, I did agree to take on an Advisor role for the Voice For Mental Health Collective, who will continue the conversations to end the stigma around mental health.
I’ve been working on my Professor Kitty look as there are a number of bigger events coming this year. (I still think it’s the glasses). It may prove useful for a webinar tentatively pencilled in for a group of facilitators this year.
Our trio of women with big hearts are going to be presenting a seminar for Toronto Beyond The Blue. Our working title is “Supporting Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Children.” A full day of information, personal stories, questions and answers, education and eye-opening facts. Giselle, Katherine, and I will be leading this program, for parents of trans kids, allies, and other service organizations and providers.
Taking on another new experience in June of this year, delivering two back to back breakout session workshops at a large conference in Toronto. The topic/title is Motivation and Mental Health. And, the best part will be having my SBS back again as part of the event. We’re one of the afternoon breakout session selections after lunch.
I will be back into writing soon, once more of the coursework is complete for upcoming lectures and presentations/seminars this year. I typically shut down near the end of the year, and if you know me well enough, you know why, I don’t need to spell it out here. I have had a laugh to myself when some folks ask why there are not more posts or more regular posts on my blog or elsewhere. Simple, really. When I have a teachable moment or something worth sharing, I’ll write it up and post it on the blog. At some point I will put pen to paper, and then fingers to keyboard, and publish the Year In Review post for 2018.
Work on the book/memoirs came to a screeching halt. I will pick it up again at some point, but it is that constant battle against that yappy twit in the back of my mind who just will not shut up some days. The one who takes great pleasure in pointing out, “You don’t belong here … you don’t fit in … nobody is interested … you’re not good enough … you’re an outsider … etc.” It’s one flavour of Impostor Syndrome, and I’ve fought it for decades. Throw it into the mix with PTSD, and you get an idea why some days it is difficult to string a sentence together. That’s why there are times I may know all kinds of fascinating information about a topic being discussed, but will go totally mute and shut down. Some people feed it, some take away from it. When it’s quiet I get things done … when it’s chattering away non-stop, things come to a total standstill. I’m still tempted to write the book, call it complete, and shove it in a drawer and not publish it. Things may change, it’s fluid, but it’s why I am at my most effective behind the scenes and out of sight.
I think that brings you up to speed with all that’s happening here.
Hugs and love to all!