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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 notice below.)

Important Notice

THIS SITE HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE since the turn of the century. When a combination of changing technology and my new life and work interests in 2019 necessitated a move to a WordPress site, I finally accepted the fact that it was time to completely redesign my website and update its content. But this work is going to take me months to do.

The good news for my website visitors is that one day this old site's content will vanish and the new WordPress site will emerge with a new domain name. (I didn't want to do this, but both sites had to be live during this transition.) Until I'm finished, the site as you see it now will remain intact.

The old domain name will simply be forwarded to the home page of the new site so anyone who looks for it in the future will find me. Of course my new site will come up on top for anyone who searches for my personal name because I'm the only Barbara Brabec on the Web with two dot-com domain names.

NOTE: I will be selecting only the best and most timeless content from this site to be updated and moved to the new site. Topics I'm no longer writing about, such as those in the Computertalk and Crafts Industry article archives, will not survive, so you may wish to read some of them before they disappear from the Web. My best and most timeless home-business articles, however, will be updated and carried over to the new site.

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

SUMMER UPDATE: Much has been accomplished both on my end and that of my WordPress designer, but I still don't know how long it will take me to finish updating all the content I'm going to move over. And then I'll still have to UPLOAD all of it to the new site. (I could write a book about the many different aspects of moving an 18-year-old FrontPage-designed website to a WordPress site with a blog, but suffice it to say that I've written major books in less time than this is going to take.)

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 in August 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.

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. (See photo of Ginger with Harry HERE.)

Originally, 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 like 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 the publication of this book will also 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!