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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!
"The transforming power of poetry and how it influences writing. http://deborahbrasket.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/downward-into-darkness/ "
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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!
"Getting Serious about Our Life's Work Are you writing as an amateur or a pro? Steven Pressfield's books, The War of Art, and Turning Pro, help us turn the corner from the one to the…"
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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 love this graph! It looks about right to me. I like to think I spend more of my writing life actually "writing," pen to paper so to speak. But so much of what is necessary in being a writer today includes all the things you mention.…"
Sep 22
Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"I blogged about "Books I've Abandoned," and those that keep me turning pages. How many books do you abandon or plow straight though?  http://deborahbrasket.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/books-ive-abandoned/"
Sep 22
Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"Come see what books helped shape the way I think and write, and share yours. http://deborahbrasket.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/20-favorite-and-most-influential-books/"
Sep 12
Marylee MacDonald left a comment for Deborah J. Brasket
"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…"
Sep 3
Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'How Can We Make Our Group More Useful?' in the group Literary Fiction Writers
"Hi all, I'm looking for another beta reader on my literary novel. It's going through its third full revise and I'd like one more pair of eyes to give me some feedback.  Here's a brief synopsis: A cranky grad student,…"
Aug 31
Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'How Can We Make Our Group More Useful?' in the group Literary Fiction Writers
"Hi Sara, Seems like the traffic dropped off the map on this group again. Did that 2.0 group ever get going? I believe I "joined" it, but haven't heard anything from anyone in so long, I'm thinking it faded away."
Aug 31
Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
" Part 2 - Quotes from  "The Writing Life" by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Annie Dillard, along with some of my own thoughts on the topic:…"
Aug 29
Deborah J. Brasket posted a blog post

Dialogue with Annie Dillard on "The Writing Life"

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 haven’t done much with…See More
Aug 19
Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"In Dialogue with Annie Dillard on "The Writing Life" I quote from Dillard's book as well as share my own experience as a writer.  http://deborahbrasket.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/dialogue-with-annie-dillard-on-the-writing-life/"
Aug 19
Kerri Sandberg left a comment for Deborah J. Brasket
"Sorry to hear about the family drama, Deborah. I hope everything works out okay."
Aug 9
Deborah J. Brasket left a comment for Kerri Sandberg
"Great to see you here, Kerri!  Yes, I am planning to send you my manuscript. Some family drama has been detaining me, but I should be back to work on my writing soon."
Aug 9
Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"Untangling the Knots of Addiction Addiction is such a huge part of our culture and so many of us have loved one who (or have ourselves) struggled with addiction. I started a new blog, http://awalkonthewild.wordpress.com/…"
Jul 31
Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"I blog about a song I heard in a dream and transcribed when I awoke, as if it was something I overheard long ago and far away - Song from a Dream - My Queen's Soul Lies Naked"
Jul 21

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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.
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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 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?

At 8:15pm on February 19, 2013, Kelly Hand said…

Deborah--I mentioned this idea to my daughters, and they were excited!  Thanks for taking a look at my blog and commenting.  We look forward to reading your chapters.  Kelly

At 8:51pm on February 14, 2013, Kelly Hand said…

Hi Deborah--I think my daughters would love to read sample chapters of the MG book. MG lit is so great in part because it targets an age when adults still read with kids, so it has to appeal to both.  I so enjoy the books we've discovered over the years. Maybe if you email me your sample chapters (whenever you're ready) as a PDF, I can get them onto my Kindle--or just print out.  You can email me at khaupair [at] msn [dot] com.  My only concern is that if they love it, they will not be happy to have to wait to read the rest!

 
 
 

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