First Quarter 2022 Newsflash
War and Inner Peace
Wishing you and yours health, joy, peace, abundance, and pleasant surprises all year long. Let me know how you're doing! - Laurie Lamson
Announcing: collaboration with 24K Designz
JaZzyMaE Media is a woman-owned business that provides professional writing and copy-editing polish that helps clients’ education, entertainment and promotional projects shine.
JaZzyMaE Media is joining forces with 24K Designz, a minority-owned business. 24K Designz is a full-service communications agency with a proven track record providing excellent service to business and government clientele with marketing that matters.
With combined 50 years experience, our leadership and creative team design exceptional marketing outreach and awareness campaigns, on time and on budget.
If you want help with graphic design, website design and content, social media development, or other creative communication projects, we are happy to “meet and greet” to discuss your goals.
War Gals is getting re-optioned
Everyone knows about the incredible heroism of American men during World War II. What about the women left behind to keep the home fires burning? Thousands answered the call to support the great American war effort.
War Gals is a TV series that dives deep into the heart of the women who supported the war effort at home - pushing past artificial limitations that had been imposed on them up until then, while engaging in social battles for racial equality, sexual freedom, and fair treatment in the workplace.
WORLD WAR II – FIRST, SECOND & THIRD SEASONS
When three American gals (composites of real women) enter the man’s working world as a WASP pilot, a welder, and a spy, they align with ethnically-diverse women, cope with unfriendly men, perform life-threatening work, and juggle love, lust and money, as they grapple with moral dilemmas and murder.
By adapting, dramatizing, and weaving together the three award-winning historical novels by Jeane Slone, I created the pilot script and outlined the first three seasons of War Gals, as well as how it can spin-off up to present day.
Aside from women’s historical stories being very much up my alley – what prepared me for this project was researching and writing two World War II interactive museum projects produced by Showreel, now Shot Glass. They also hired me to write two Revolutionary War, and one about the Global War on Terrorism for the National Museum of the U.S. Army, which opened in August, 2021.
These pieces often involved boiling down 10, 20, 50 or more pages worth of research into an interesting and accurate 50-100 words. Even though it appeared through out the source material, one word I deliberately avoided using was “enemy.”
“The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.” - Carlos Santana
Speaking of peace, some of you may be aware of the AM radio show/podcast I created about 10 years ago, intended to help listeners enjoy more inner peace for a healthier, more joyful, fulfilling life: Soul Connect Radio.
Episodes are 13-18 minutes and share down-to-earth insights, information, techniques and music. Topics include self-healing/self-care, aging gracefully, dreams, astrology, addiction, creativity and more.
Special guests include TV writer/producer, founder of L.A. Webfest, and Now Write! Screenwriting contributor, Michael Ajakwe Jr. (RIP), celebrity stylist, Lawrence Ray Parker Jr., KCRW-FM’s “Art Talk” host and darling of the Los Angeles art scene, Edward Goldman, and Dave Wakeling of English Beat.
* JaZzyMaE Media is seeking submissions *
JaZzyMaE Media is seeking ALREADY PRODUCED WORK/S for a scripted audio compilation, to include our own short audio comedy/drama, Muriel.
Seeking completed audio play/podcast (recorded and edited with actors or speakers and sound effects), short story reading, or short film that fits the specs provided below.
Please be sure you have release forms from talent. Music must be licensed or royalty free.
Regarding short film submission: if your film has enough dialogue to convey the story, you can output and submit the soundtrack alone. (You may wish to edit down long montages, or add some narration for your story to make sense in audio-only format.)
- Concept/Storyline/Theme: female empowerment and/or romantic relations (ie. shifting gender roles, battle of the sexes, or…)
- Genres: comedy, drama, suspense, mystery, fantasy, science fiction, historical, or a combo. Documentary/nonfiction is also fine if it fits the specs.
- Length: 8-16 minutes
· High quality WAV file
· 44.1 kHz sample rate
· 16 bit
- Submit: please send audio file or link for review and consideration: email@example.com.
Virtual Public Speaking
SDSU Look Magazine asked me to speak to a group of students in November about a creative career. It was an honor!
Greater Los Angeles Writers' Society (GLAWS) also invited me to appear on four virtual writers' conference panels, and to give my talk on the Coming-of-Age Genre.
Meet Debra Eckerling
On one of the GLAWS virtual panels, I enjoyed meeting Debra Eckerling.
Deb is the award-winning author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals and founder of the D*E*B METHOD, which is her system for goal-setting simplified.
She is also the charming host of the GoalChatLive and The DEB Show podcast. (Internet troubles interfered with me being a guest this month, so we are rescheduling for next month.)
Please let me know what you’re up to and your plans for this year. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.