Blue Bus Books

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Blue Bus Books...The Little Publishing House, on Wheels! Yes. This publishing company is actually housed in a bus. And yes. It runs. It’s a 1977 International Harvester Thomas school bus…named Thomas! As a homeschooling project, I, Anne V. Pyterek, and my son converted it into a tiny home on wheels. We painted the outside Handicap Blue with Safety Red trim. I was the one who lettered the words “The Autonomous Zone” up on the charter area…because that, of course, is the ultimate destination.
Devoted as we were to homeschooling along the length of our beloved Chicago River, we needed to get away from there. Our poverty was too intense to pay rent and go on vacations so we took a leap into the unknown and drove off into the sunset. We did this for the adventure, the learning and so I could find out about my protagonist, Calliope Braintree’s, childhood.

I knew doing this without an income would create super-intense learning and adventure situations, and it did. Our learning was intense, alright...and even scary at times. But the memories that Calliope recovers about traveling with her mom, in their bus, are some of the fun and pleasant things we got to do. (Well. Some of them were unpleasant.) Thomas...the bus and the publishing my vehicle in a long term, over-arching Quest. The Gospel of Thomas says, “If you bring forth what is within you, it will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, it will destroy you.” This is me bringing it forth. I needed to find my own Wildness, needed to strip away the internalized conditioning of civilization, find my own kind of Freedom. We live in Colorado now, nice and isolated, on 120 acres in the middle of nowhere, with a pack of semi-feral dogs, completely surrounded by coyotes—The Autonomous Zone!

Smashwords Interview

You’ve said that the process of creating Calliope completely re-created your own life. Can you elaborate on this?
It was a double whammy! First I created Calliope out of my own pain, then Calliope created River and Jane out of hers…it took all of us, pulling real hard, to finally get me out! And it’s not finished. Recovery is a life-long process.
Yes. Of my Real Self. To create a character, out of yourself, your belief system, your hopes and fears, is to really see yourself from another angle and, likewise, be able to turn yourself in different directions. It’s like trying on parallel universes for size. Our minds perceive images as real things, so when we see these images of our own creation, our lives naturally start to follow along. It’s like driving. The car effortlessly goes where ever we look.
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Where to find Blue Bus Books online

Killing Joe Sabazius: A Different Sort of Love Story
Series: Calliope Braintree. You set the price! Words: 54,140. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014 by Blue Bus Books. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist, Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A darkly whimsical study in anger and forgiveness, “Killing Joe Sabazius” tells the unlikely love story of a guilt-wracked murderess, the spirit of her dead rapist and his newly reincarnated self, a magical crow, and a dirty cop… while the natural wisdom of the sullied but indomitable Chicago River sparkles through on every page. (Adult language.)
River's Song: A Poem
Series: Calliope Braintree. You set the price! Words: 5,160. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014 by Blue Bus Books. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A playful, sensual modern homage to “The Thunder, Perfect Mind,” this long narrative poem is the Voice of the Great Goddess in Her heartbroken, polluted urban river aspect. Calliope Braintree’s loving tribute to the Chicago River, this poem gives voice to the passion, plight, and ultimate triumph of nature.

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