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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.)


BECAUSE I PLAN TO BE ACTIVE on the web for several years as a writer, author, publisher, and authorís consultant, I decided early in 2019 that I needed to completely redo my website by setting up a new WordPress site and blog.

This site has been in existence since the turn of the century, featuring not only my own writing, but that of many other writers and business owners. The world has changed dramatically since then, and my life, work, and especially my writing interests have changed right along with it. Although the new Barbara Brabecís World will feature my business services, the focus of the site will be all about LIFE, which of course includes the myriad of topics (including business) that Iíve been writing about all my life.

Initially, this new site will feature only my writing, but at some point I may decide to offer space to other writers who have life experiences and stories to tell that I think will benefit my readers. All articles currently on this site by guest authors—most now outdated—will not survive the move. Topics I'm no longer interested in writing about, such as those in the Computertalk and Crafts Industry article archives, will not be republished either, so you might want to check the T/C page of these departments and read any of interest before they disappear from the web. (My best and most timeless home-business articles will of course be updated for republication.)

Since Iíve had two simple WordPress blog sites in earlier years, I thought this move to a new domain would be the proverbial ďpiece of cakeĒ once I selected and updated the content I wanted to move over to the new domain. Suffice it to say that Iíve written major books in half the time this website project has taken me this year.

Until I'm finished, the site as you see it now will remain intact. Eventually, this siteís 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.

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.)

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!