a message from the prez hello survivors, their friends and family. Portland Burn Survivors Inc. has been given a grant; five grand to use for ART, so we're making an anthology. Pictures, paintings, jewelry, short stories, poetry, fotography... and you don't have to be from Portland, that's just our address.
Inkwater Press is our publisher and it will be available in Kindle format as well as soft cover book. It will be for sale on Inkwaters site and Amazon. Everyone that participates will get a free book and Kindle, if it makes money, we can split it, but self Published books don't make anyone rich. (I wrote gimp in '08.) However, doing press when the book is ready for sale will be a party.
We're going to have stories from all points of view, example: A friends father died in a house fire when she was a child, the baby of the family, everyone shelterd her.
If you're interested please call or email we're at the 1st Draft phase now We Have Changed the Due Dates because many peeps have asked for more time / late is the new early. 1st drafts are due by July 1st and our publishing package comes with an editor, who will be available after July 1st. Final Drafts by September 1st.
Then comes the fun part - doing press by yourself can be nerve wracking - but doing press with a pack of pals is a party. For television, maybe Ellen Degeneres, Katie Couric, Ricki Lake, all the Doctor shows, Today, Good Morning America, etc. We'll try for them all; fun in LA and New York, possibly Canada, The UK and Austrailia as well. (We'd most likely Skype. )
And also magazines like Atlantic Monthly and Smithsonian for more indepth interviews and People, Cosmo and US for 'feel good' stories. We'd love for You to be a part of it.
December was filled with holiday cheer. Eight of us went to 'A Circus Carol' a retelling of A Christmas Carol, done with singers, jugglers and acrobats. Rob, Alisa, Tanya and Dallas took the Oaks Park Polar Express.
Happy November / Benita and Alisa are back from New Orleans, it was a fun trip, we packed a lot into the week / graveyard ghostie trolly tour, the New Orleands Museum of Art, a ferry ride across the Mississippi, the New Orleans Fringe Festival and live jazz, blues & good food everywhere. Looking forward to the holidays here in Portland xoxo
September 2012 - had a few near misses but never did get a grant, still we gained a lot of knowledge about blabbity blab and I think we'll have better luck this coming year; yes it's the New Year for PBS, our fiscal year starts September 1st
However we did make a few didgets fundraising and had some generous donations (Total for the fiscal year $6430, details on Finance page,) so PBS was able to send four burn survivors to the World Burn Congress. (Milwaukee Wisconsin, September 12 - 15.) facebook Fotos Here The rest of our cash was spent on Grants and operating expenses.
Sunday, August 26th was the last Trek in the Park: Journey To Babel for the season - it's an episode from the 1960's Star Trek series done like a play in Cathedral Park, St John's. It was so nice (the 5th) we're doing it twice / It's free and starts at 5 pm, a few of us are going early, having a picnic and saving some land near the front. Come join us!
Last year was silly fun but the old park was overflowing, Cathedral Park is a nice amphitheater - the foto below is from last month's Jazz Festival.
Brad and Alisa went to the Canadian Burn Conference in Calgary in June / met some great new friends
Burn Survivors require real support; financial, physical, educational and emotional. It's necessary to heal and allow for future reconstructive surgeries. It's time consuming and can be overwhelming. Everyone is different, please let us know who you are and what we can do for you.
loveu ~ PBSurvivors