Writer. Designer. Aspiring Lady-of-Leisure…
In case it wasn’t immediately apparent from my logo (I designed that by the way), my name is Roxane Lapa, and it is my pleasure to have you on my site, which I designed too. I also wrote this stuff.
So you’ve probably heard the great news by now – the news about me not having to turn on the red light. As you can most surely imagine, my husband is quite relieved as well. Of course, now that I don’t have to be a lady of the night, what do I do with all my spare time?
Well, I do a bunch of visually creative things…
For starters I’m a qualified graphic and website designer. I’ve been doing that since I graduated from the DSSA (Design School of Southern Africa) in 2001. That’s my ‘bread and butter’, as they call it. I have a design page on this site with a little more info and a link to my web design company website with a lot more info (should you want to know more).
Another creative outlet of mine is digital art. I create it, and then I have it printed and blockmounted. You can read about that on my art page where you’ll also find a link to my online art shop.
I’m also a writer…
And that’s what this particular site is dedicated to. I’ve always had a love affair with books. In fact, one of my first jobs was in a bookstore. I started to write in late primary school, and since then I’ve always been writing something or the other: Creative pieces that I will never show anyone, design articles for one of my blogs, and of course non-fiction books.
My books are driven by an empathy I have for those suffering or lost in some sense. I’m not saying I’m some smart-arse guru with the answer to all of life’s questions. Hell no. I’ve got a lot to learn still, but what I have learned, I want to pass on. Isn’t that our duty? Each person’s journey through life, though unique, shares at least some of the same trials and tribulations that others have already, or will go through. Suffering is not pleasant, but I believe we find purpose in it by being able to later comfort others in the same predicament, after we’ve overcome our own. I also believe we are blessed by God in order to be a blessing to others. I believe God gives us true happiness when we live selflessly, rather than the pseudo-happiness we find in hedonistic selfishness. The way I obey that call of God on my life is to write.
Mind you, I’m not a professionally trained writer, so yes, you’re going to find spelling mistakes (that I lie and say are ‘typos’) and questionable grammar. I hope you will graciously look past that and simply enjoy what I’ve written, and take it for what it is.