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Poetry in a Train Station Bar

Poetry in a Train Station Bar
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  Ann Erdman asked me to follow up on Selfies, an event I attended September 3rd at Union Station’s Traxx Bar.  The best thing about it: we met some bright, smart people. The worst thing about it: a bar is not a great venue for literary readings. Some slob near us kept ignoring the readers […]

Selfies

Selfies

I have your instructions: Hop on the train this Wednesday evening, September 3 at around 7 or 7:30 depending on where you’re coming from. You can get on just about anywhere in the LA area, and your train will take you to Union Station. Join us there at 8pm at Traxx Bar for SELFIES, a […]

Boz Books Biz

Boz Books Biz

Did I ever tell you that Boz Books is an actual publishing company? Yup. The company pays taxes and everything. And it’s about to publish its second book. Woohoo! Act As If: Stumbling Through Hollywood With Headshot in Hand will be out very soon. I learned from experience with Camelot & Vine not to give […]

Los Angeles Archives, III

Los Angeles Archives, III

In my previous post about the Los Angeles City Archives, I described an “organized room” and a “disorganized room.” But that’s not accurate. The organized room looks meticulous and tidy, yet it holds vast mysteries. And the disorganized room you see here, the vault, is very much in order in many ways. Yet there’s work […]

Los Angeles Archives, II

Los Angeles Archives, II

In my previous post I showed you an impressive room at the Los Angeles Archives. I think of that room as “The Organized Room.” It’s awesome in the true sense of the word. Perhaps even more awesome is “The Disorganized Room.” This one’s a vault. Many of the files are ancient by California standards, some […]

Los Angeles Archives, I

Los Angeles Archives, I

In another life, a dream life, I was an archivist. I worked among the dusty files, cataloged and notated maps, learned to preserve the oldest books. I researched the answers to obscure questions. I found letters that had been lost and forgotten, and brought them back to life. I was a curator of the arcane. […]

Reactive Rover

Reactive Rover

Wilma had not been with us long before we knew she’d need help adjusting. She’s lovely in the house; obedient, eager to learn, knows her sit and stay, never poos or pees indoors and only barfs if she gets too excited. (We try to keep things calm.) One of my friends even called her a […]

Housekeeping

Housekeeping

Have you noticed? My blog is now my website—my Online HQ. I’ve been working on it to the detriment of my other responsibilities. Except Wilma. Wilma keeps me to a standard. You can now type PetreaBurchard.com, CamelotAndVine.com, BozBooks.net or LivingVicuriously.net into the url field. They’ll all bring you here. Then there are the nifty tabs. […]

The Pledge of Independents

The Pledge of Independents

photo by John Sandel Lately there’s been a good deal of backlash against Amazon.com. The company’s been called a “bully” for holding a hard line against giant publishing companies to keep ebook prices low. Probably for other things, too, I don’t know. Let’s face it. Amazon is BIG. But this is a Goliath vs. Goliath […]

Guest Author: Bonnie Schroeder

Guest Author: Bonnie Schroeder

Bonnie Schroeder and I became friends when we were in the same writers group. This wasn’t the kind of group that read and critiqued each others’ work. We met to share our progress and our process. Here’s Bonnie, to share what happens next: SPEAKING OUT…IN PUBLIC When my novel, Mending Dreams, was published, I realized […]

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