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Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"I've taken up painting, a way to "write" without words. And yet I can't help writing about painting--a paradox. https://deborahbrasket.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/painting-a-new-passion/"
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Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"Is it possible to find peace in the midst of chaos? An early Chinese poet asks and answers this question. https://deborahbrasket.wordpress.com/2015/07/30/peace-in-the-midst-of-chaos/"
Jul 31, 2015
Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"Have you ever felt being in the flow of things? That optimum experience that many athletes and artists feel when time disappears and everything you do clicks effortlessly into place? I write about that here.…"
Jul 27, 2015
Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
""Hot Hills in Summer Heat" - Poetry and communing with nature https://deborahbrasket.wordpress.com/2015/07/09/hot-hills-in-summer..."
Jul 14, 2015
Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"Seeing Things As They Are - Nature & Consciousness - "https://deborahbrasket.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/nature-and-consciousness-seeing-things-as-they-are/Every time I write about nature I get deep into human consciousness, for you can't…"
May 30, 2015
Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"What happens when people don't see us the way we see ourselves? Find out in this short story "Looking for Bobby."  https://deborahbrasket.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/looking-for-bobby-or-losing-finding-ourselves/"
May 20, 2015
Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"To Mother the World. You don't have to be a mom to mother. https://deborahbrasket.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/to-mother-the-world/"
May 11, 2015
Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"Poets on Poetry: Mark Doty's essay "Souls on Ice" tells how metaphor shapes his works. https://deborahbrasket.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/poets-on-poetry-mark-doty-mackerel-metaphors/oet"
May 1, 2015
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"Looking for some quality entertainment? Here's My Top 25 Binge-Worthy TV Series"
Apr 21, 2015
Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"Sexy, Smart, Sweet & Soulful - Have you read or watched the Outlander series yet? This new, guilty pleasure hits the spot for the hot, steamy romance I was looking for that is also has depth and substance."
Apr 15, 2015
Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"Poetry to make you swoon - Whitman, Where the sensual and Soulful Merge.  https://deborahbrasket.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/whitman-where-the-sensual-soulful-merge/"
Mar 16, 2015
Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"Speaking of Erotica . . . what are you looking for in a hot romance? I write about what I'm searching for. https://deborahbrasket.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/speaking-of-erotica/"
Feb 27, 2015
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"Thanks for the great tips, Deborah! I too try to comment and check out the blogs of people who are drawn to my site. The one thing I regret is that I have a wordpress.org site vs. a wordpress.com. The wordpress.com community is such a great way for…"
Feb 12, 2015
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"Hi Shelah, thank you on comment about my blog. Building audience is all about building relationships (you've probably heard that before, but it's true). I just try to respond to every comment I get and also visit the blogs of people who…"
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"Hi Deborah, I just checked out your blog and it is very beautifully done! Do you have any tips for how you built your blogging community (beyond the obvious fact that you write very well and have a great voice)?"
Feb 12, 2015
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Who I am:
I'm a writer living on the Central Coast of California. I taught writing courses at local colleges for several years, wrote columns for local newspaper on social-political issues, wrote articles for Latitude 38 when our family was sailing around the world, and currently working on a novel, adventure series for middle-graders, and a short story collection.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
My writing website "Writing from the Underbelly": www.djbrasket.com

My blog "Living on the Edge of the Wild": http://deborahbrasket.wordpress.com
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Short story "Looking for Bobby" featured in online journal at Barebacklit.com in June. Story "Tamara in Her Garden" comming out this fall in The Chocorua Review.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
None at the moment.
My writing is:
Fiction, Poetry, Blog Posts, Lit Crit, Theory
Services I offer to other writers:
Editing or feedback on work-in-progress.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Member of San Luis Obispo Nightwriters Organization.
I found out about She Writes from:
Searching web for community of writers

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Dialogue with Annie Dillard on "The Writing Life"

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 11:07am 0 Comments

I read Annie Dillard’s book “The Writing Life” years ago and reread it recently.

It was a huge inspiration to me then as now, full of practical advice about the craft of writing—its how and why and what–as well the thrill of writing, and the mystery that lies at its heart.

Below, you will find a “dialogue,” if you will, between Dillard and me on the practice and art of writing. Mind you, it will be a dialogue between master and novice. While I’ve been writing all my life, I…

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At 6:52pm on February 12, 2015, Shelah L. Maul said…

Thanks for the great tips, Deborah! I too try to comment and check out the blogs of people who are drawn to my site. The one thing I regret is that I have a wordpress.org site vs. a wordpress.com. The wordpress.com community is such a great way for bloggers with .com sites to connect! Congrats on being freshly pressed and for your blogging success story! :)

At 12:34pm on February 12, 2015, Shelah L. Maul said…

Hi Deborah, I just checked out your blog and it is very beautifully done! Do you have any tips for how you built your blogging community (beyond the obvious fact that you write very well and have a great voice)?

At 5:16pm on September 3, 2014, Marylee MacDonald said…

Hi Deborah,

What a beautiful post about the tensions, and call, of "real life," vs. the unjustifiable rebellion of writing. I suppose Virginia Woolf must have felt that. Sylvia Plath. Frida Kahlo. The unjustifiable rebellion of our active minds, boxed in by how society has represented to us that we should live our lives. Time is of the essence. Write!

At 12:22pm on August 9, 2014, Kerri Sandberg said…

Sorry to hear about the family drama, Deborah. I hope everything works out okay.

At 11:17am on November 2, 2013, Sakki selznick said…

Hi, Deobrah. I might have been going the wrong way about this, but I just messaged everybody on Lit Fiction Writers about a way to go possibly private. Which where on the Central Coast? Or should you keep that private? Was it San Luis Obispo? Did you ever go to the Santa Boo Writers' Conference before it defuncted? Do you know Catherine Ryan Hyde? 

Sara

At 5:09pm on August 31, 2013, Helen W. Mallon said…

Deborah, I tried to subscribe to get emails re: your blog posts, but I'm not sure I was successful.  I have trouble following any other way, haven't got the hang of that...Hopeful that it worked out...

At 5:03pm on August 31, 2013, Helen W. Mallon said…

Deborah, I was very glad to hear from you! Thank  you so much for your kind response.  I do hope you feel encouraged by all that's shared here, and that includes me! I'm glad we're friends as well!

At 2:24pm on August 15, 2013, Chrys Fey said…

It has been a blast getting to know you, Deborah. And I hope we will get to know each other even more! I look forward to reading more of your blog posts! :)

At 12:21pm on August 1, 2013, Kiersi Burkhart said…

Thank you so much Deborah! I'd love to get to know you better as well! I love your blog, it's very personal and extremely well written!

At 1:54pm on March 26, 2013, Thea Constantine said…

Loved those author photos- what on earth is that on Mark Twain's head?

 
 
 

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