Happy New Year, Readers! (And You Can Totally Pre-Order My Book)

Happy 2011, everybody.  I’m holding out high hopes for this year to be most excellent.  Fingers crossed.

Been working at the theatre for just over three weeks now.  I absolutely love it there.  If it keeps on going like this, this is by far, no contest, my most favorite job that I’ve ever had.  The people are so great and they seem to like me pretty well, so I’m pleased about that. There’s also some breathtaking shows coming up in the second half of the season, so I’m really stoked about getting to see them.

Most of the people have fled the lot after code enforcement came and turned things upside down.  All the trailers and vehicles and such had to be removed from the property.  I think the lot owner gave most of them away, or sold them for peanuts.  I was one of the few people allowed to stay, and have been esconced in one of the converted garages/sheds on the property.  That’s kind of nice actually, since it’s a little more room and open floor space than the trailer, but it’s still legally…iffy…for me to be here, of course.  Laying low and more camping out than anything, switching between Riverside and my friend’s house in Orange County every now and then when I get the chance…I think the code enforcement officer is coming back for a follow-up visit this week or next, and I need to have my stuff out of the garage when he arrives, so it looks like everyone has cleared the lot.  After he confirms that and goes away, maybe I can furnish it a little and stuff.

I’m not sure where the people who left went.  It was pretty horrible, everyone was (understandably) upset and at one another’s throats about the last-minute shakeup and uncertainty.  I think most of them had no idea where they were going to go.  I did hear that one was pulled over a week later for driving his car without a license and was arrested on an outstanding warrant or something.  He’s spent the past few weeks in jail.  A shame, but I guess at least there they feed you.

Sage is visiting her family out of state at the moment, so I’m babysitting her dog Piglet, who is the sweetest.  He and Fez are best buddies.

It almost seems really trivial after everything else, but hey, my book just went up for pre-order last week on several sites!  I need to find pretty shiny clicky buttons to all the major retailers and install them conspicuously on my site, but at the moment you can find the book simply by searching on Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, etc. etc.  Please feel free to pre-order if you like! (Wow, this is so surreal.)  The sites say the book will be available April 26th.  I’m told that I start promotion-y stuff last week of April, first week of May, so I’ve gotta prep for that whole whirlwind again…  O.o


  1. OMG this is so exciting honey and yes I have a strong feeling 2011 is going to be a fabulous year ………

  2. Paula Villegas PsyD says:

    Congrats on your book. What is the exact name of it? Okay if I post on Goodreads recommendations? I am a homeless friendly psychologist if you or your friends ever need my help let me know. I am in Santa Monica CA.

    • Hi Paula,

      That’s awesome, especially since the range of services (including mental health/therapy) for poverty-stricken and homeless individuals is so limited! Thank you for helping out where you’re needed :)

      The book title is the same as my blog, “The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness”. I don’t know if info on it has been posted on Goodreads yet, or when that happens, or how…I’m very new to the whole process, haha.

      Thanks again!

  3. Super excited for you on the job and the book! I hope the drama dies down quickly at the lot. Best wishes for a fabulous 2011!

  4. Congrats on the job and on the book! Here’s hoping they are merely the start to a wonderful 2011 for you. :)

  5. Bri- Kudos on the books sales going online- what a THRILL!!! I will definitely be ordering as gifts for family/friends. In fact, it is a FABULOUS idea for birthday/holiday gifts!

    I’m gonna post a link to your book (from Amazon.com) on my Facebook pages. Will also figure out a way to highlight it on our blog (for sale) @ http://www.commongroundworldwide.blogspot.com

    Maybe others here can do the same. Definitely let’s help Bri to spread the word!!!

    Blessings multiplied,

    Cynthia ;-)

  6. Bri: I also posted a note on my facebook and blog @


    about the book. I am so excited for you! Best of luck on the book!!


  7. Hey! I just wanted to tell you I ordered your book the day I read this article, and I’m really excited! :)

  8. Hello Brianna,

    Just wanted to thank you for your inspirational story. As for my situation, reached a touching similar note of many losses – dear losses of family and of professional life as well. Since such time, I sought out ways to pick myself back up as well.

    Then, I remembered the story that my godfather would always share with me in the foyer of his house showing off his vast collection of publicity photos of the great legacy his father left behind… in Hollywood… as none other then, the Master Mason who carried on the tradition of the Footprints’ installations after Jean Klossner. From then on, beginning in 1953, was John Tartaglia’s claim to fame in Hollywood, a 34 year amazing legacy was born and ended by immortalizing his last set of footprints of Mr. Eddie Murphy in the forecourt of the Chinese!

    And why is this story so delicately important to me, now, and John’s son (my godfather)? I realized this chance as an Entreprenual Opportunity: Because of the fact that John Tartaglia was NEVER identified as given credit for his 34 years of dedication to Hollywood at The Chinese. Much of John’s legacy may have likely been destroyed due to the selfishness of Ted Mann and his lack of concern for Hollywood history by removing memorabilia – displacing it all elsewhere. This, now, I see as (at least) one of my greatest missions in life, to share the legacy of our family in the public eye – how important it was that one in our family made a World-Famous impression on you all, something so important and well-respected to have drawn in countless in tourism to Los Angeles and Hollywood each year! Therefore, I Founded “HOLLYWOOD FOOTPRINTS” Community Facebook Page to draw attention to what I referencing as: “Hollywood Footprints’ Greatest Story NEVER Told”. And in the process, I secured: hollywoodfootprints.com (construction underway). Further efforts are being explored, such as new documentaries, video and book to tell the, otherwise, Untold Hollywood Story. Wish me luck!

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