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The website of Barbara Brabec
author and self-publisher, book manuscript editor, and author's consultant

Self-employed at home for most of her adult life, Barbara Brabec continues to move in new directions as an author and independent publisher, speaker, and author's consultant. This site reflects her professional and personal interests, philosophy, and beliefs. (But it's now in the process of change. See updated notice below.)

Personal Update

October 15, 2020

BECAUSE I PLAN TO BE ACTIVE on the web for several years, I decided last year that I needed to completely update my presence on the web with a new WordPress site and blog. This site has been in existence since the turn of the century, featuring both my writing and that of many other professionals. But the world has changed dramatically since then, and my life, work, and especially my writing interests have changed along with it.

Moving to a new site is taking much longer than I anticipated because of the hundreds of pages of content and related documents on this site. Deciding what to discard (about half the content) and what to completely rewrite or update and edit—plus how to structure all that content into new article categories—took months of planning and work before the actual uploading and formatting of pages to the new site could begin this summer. I've also been delayed this year by having to deal with technological issues related to working on the web, plus personal life changes imposed by Covid-19. Sometimes the current unrest in the country and the daily news has totally killed my desire to even sit down at the computer. (See link to my August Bulletin at left for my Covid-19 story.)

I also had a setback in the fall when WordPress released the latest 5.5 version, which prevented plugins on many sites from working properly. I was affected in two ways. My page-builder plugin stopped working, and it took experts all over the world a few weeks to figure out how to fix this problem. Several things were tried, but it wasn't until September that webmasters the world over realized that the "fix" was going to require them to change all the themes they had originally designed for themselves and their clients. The problem was that they had all used a program that had stopped working (much like programs that work on Windows 7 won't work on Windows 10).

In mid-October, my webmaster explained that changing the theme of any WordPress site was extremely complicated and time-consuming, and I have no idea now how long it will take to get my website fixed. Mine is just one of a couple dozen sites my webmaster is managing. I'm able to load some articles in the meantime designing pages with HTML code, but I have no idea when my new site will actually launch.

In Summary

MUCH OF THE CONTENT on this site is now badly outdated and will be discarded, including all articles by other writers and content in the Computertalk and Crafts Industry departments. But until I'm able to launch the new site, what you see here will remain intact. Thanks for understanding that I can't keep this site updated while also building a new website.

The new Barbara Brabecís World will feature my business services, books, and  best writing about all aspects of LIFE, which includes the myriad of topics Iíve been writing about all my life. I'm excited about starting all over again with a beautiful new website, and I'm looking forward to moving from the publication of a monthly Brabec Bulletin to shorter and more frequent Brabec Bulletin blog posts.

Subscribers to my Brabec Bulletin will be notified when the new site is about to launch. (Subscribe HERE if you're not already on my mailing list.)

New "Dog Memoir" Book in Progress

I ONCE SAID THAT "Old writers never die; they just change their subjects." Since the publication of my first memoir about my life with a drummer named Harry, I've been most interested in writing in direct response to the call of my heart. And that call is what prompted me to document the life and writings of my amazing mother in my second memoir and biography. It's also what prompted me to begin the writing of a third memoir about Ginger, the remarkable dog Harry and I rescued in the deep woods of Missouri in the seventies. This will be my first work of fiction—a "dog memoir" based on the dog's true and dramatic life story told from two points of view: Ginger's and mine.

Because of the time I've had to devote to the new website, it was necessary to set this book aside until 2021, and I'm upset about this because this book has been living in my heart ever since Ginger found her Golden Pastures in 1986, and it is unlike any other book I'll ever write. It was nothing short of a miracle that Harry and I found this abandoned dog after she had been running wild for six months, and our lives changed overnight after we rescued her, literally from the jaws of death.

At the beginning, we just planned to save Ginger, clean her up, and then take her to an animal shelter for adoption, but she quickly won our hearts and then surprised us with a litter of puppies. Our life with Ginger was an adventure from start to finish as we taught her to communicate with us and adapt to our unusual lifestyle as we moved from place to place and traveled the country. After all these years, she still comes to me in my dreams, always smelling like fresh-popped corn.

I feel as though both Harry and Ginger are accompanying me as I write this book, and from the early interest in it that I've had from a few people in my network, I believe that its publication will be life-changing for me in ways I can only dream about now.


Memorial Pages

A Widow's Thoughts and Advice—Barbara's series of articles for widows and other grieving hearts.  


a pair of Harry's rosewood drumsticks

BARBARA AND HARRY BRABEC—partners in both life and business for nearly 44 years. Barbara's memoir of their unusual and adventurous musical life together is documented in THE DRUMMER DRIVES!