This past Thursday, we at the newspaper held what I termed a "Meet the Editors" event at the DeBell Clubhouse Grill in Burbank. It was an informal deal, with writers, photographers, columnists, critics and editors mingling with community members.
I tend to dislike public speaking — though I'm getting more and more practiced as time goes on — but I love talking with people in small groups. It's a great opportunity to get acquainted with people in the community.
At least that was the idea. Though a handful of readers showed up, the vast majority of the 20 or so people who came were our freelance writers, columnists and critics. I certainly understand: Being a freelance writer can be a lonely existence. You go to a show, a restaurant or a gallery opening, come back to your computer, type up your thoughts and e-mail it in.