Friday, November 2, 2012


When I was a kid at 4H camp, the counselors used to sing a song at lunch in the lodge: "Announcements, announcements, announcements! A terrible way to die, a terrible way to die..." Then it just repeated itself. It was kind of terrible. But I'm grown up now so I like to think I announce better things than trash pick-up at the tether ball court.

A blood drive for Children's Hospital Los Angeles is taking place conveniently here in Pasadena from 7:30am to 1:30pm today. You can find the CHLA Blood Mobile at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green Street, right behind the Paseo. CHLA needs 1,000 units of blood every month. Take lunch early and be a hero!


A short story of mine, called Portraits, will be published in April of 2013 in a collection called Literary Pasadena: The Fiction Edition. I'm honored to be part of this Prospect Park Books collection, along with local star authors like Michelle Huneven, Victoria Patterson and Jervey Tervalon. Michelle will contribute the introduction, Victoria was a guest author here on PDP, and I met Jervey once at a party! I'm in excellent company.


My very short story, Belinda's Birthday, is now an audiobook (voiced by me), available on Amazon for 89 cents. Because it's an MP3 download it's listed under Music. You can click on my little ad at the upper left or just click the link right here. I'll be interested in your honest feedback and, if you're so inclined, your Amazon reviews.

We have two entries awaiting your judgement in the Camelot Where You Are photo contest. I'm holding onto them until I get a couple more, for competition's sake. It's your turn! (Details are here).

Have a great weekend!


dive said...

Ooooh, what a treat for the weekend.
As soon as I'm back from work I'll download Belinda and listen to your dulcet tones.

Adele said...

Great announcements! Congrats on all your news. I can't wait to listen to Belinda. Also, my dad used to sing that Announcements song to me. Little trip down memory lane (stuck in my head for the day).

LOLfromPasa said...

Exciting!!!!! And, I am excited for YOU.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you, Dive! I hope I don't give you too many flat A's.

Oops. Sorry, Adele. It's stuck in my head now, too, and I wish I hadn't thought of it!

Thank you, LOL! I thought I'd just throw it all out there at once.

Bellis said...

Can't wait to hear the audiobook - such good value. But what's an MP3? ....I'm showing my age.

Petrea Burchard said...

Bellis, I'm not techie but basically it's the sound file you download to your iPod or computer when you download a song.

John Sandel said...

I'm gonna collect all the literary license plates on a new site:


This is all wonderful news, Petrea - congratulations!! Have a relaxing and (hopefully) celebratory weekend:)

Petrea Burchard said...

Too late, JS, that's already somebody's blog. A writerguy, who unfortunately is having trouble finding time to write. I feel his pain.

Thanks, Lulu! We plan on a day off tomorrow.

dive said...

"We could not process your order. The sale of MP3 Downloads is currently only available to US customers. Please refer to the terms of use of the MP3 store to determine the geographical restrictions.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you."

Looks like I'll just have to re-read the text version and imagine it in Ryoko's voice, Petrea.

Petrea Burchard said...

Well, thank you for trying, Dive. Bummer! I was expecting to make a killing in international sales!

Bellis said...

Poor Dive. We have all this wonderful new technology and, as usual, corporations put restrictions on it.

Great number plate. Did you find it outside a library?

Will you have a competition to win copies of "Portraits"? I know where to find lots of those.

Petrea Burchard said...

Bellis, you stumped me! I couldn't remember where I took it, so I searched my photos for other shots taken the same day. My best guess is the parking lot at Descanso Gardens.

As for a contest for "Portraits," it's only part of a larger collection that's not mine to give away. We shall see. Where will you find lots of those?

Ms M said...

Congrats on your announcements! Looking forward to "hearing your voice". :-)

Bellis said...

I was going to go to the Huntington Library, and then maybe the Norton Simon Museum. We have two of the best art galleries in the world right here in Pasadena.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you, Ms. M!

Ha! Bellis, you got me.