Barbara A. Busenbark

writer • painter • photographer

Barb’s Blog

Trees are more important today than ever before. More than 10,000 products are reportedly made from trees. Through chemistry, the humble woodpile is yielding chemicals, plastics and fabrics that were beyond comprehension when an axe first felled a Texas tree.


  • Happy New Year!

    Just like that, I attached Uncharted to an email and sent it flying through the ether to an editor. My editing is done. Tim’s editing is done. Beta readers comments have been incorporated and an editor friend has made suggestions which have also been included. I am so grateful to everyone who took the time […]



  • Nitty Gritty

    It seems everything is a blessing and a curse. I am eternally grateful to Tim for going over every chapter, word by word, for my final edit. He is very good at pointing out places that need clarification and punctuation. But, you knew there was a but in there, didn’t you? He never read Kurt […]



  • Safe

    Safe

    “There but for the grace of God go I.” We escaped the ravages of Ian by fleeing to Georgia on Tuesday morning. We planned to hunker down and stay home until three things happened. First, it occurred to me that staying proved nothing, and eating canned meat while melting from the heat when the power […]



  • Getting Closer

    Getting Closer

    The spectacular beauty of Norway, mystical Stonehenge and seeing King Lear at the Globe theatre in London were a few of the highlights. The architecture in Spain inspired me to get out my paints, which I will soon. Windmills in the Netherlands, the medieval town of Bruges and a return to Honfleur in France rounded out the trip.



  • Where to Begin

    Where to Begin

    I didn’t realize it had been so long since I last posted until just now. The beginning of each month I thought about writing a new blog. At the same time I think my book is almost complete. That thought leads me to wait until it’s completed and ready for the next step so I […]



  • A Very Simple Secret

    A Very Simple Secret

    Every time I read The Little Prince I get more out of it. If you’ve never read it, or it’s been thirty to forty years since you did, I recommend you find a copy and spend a couple of hours with it. I first read it in high school, I think, and then when I […]



  • Time

    Time

    Time is such a strange thing. It seems like it was yesterday, and a lifetime ago. Ten years have passed since my husband died. My life is completely different now, which is why it feels like a lifetime. But I’m the same person and the excruciating pain and trauma is forever with me. I have […]



  • Back to Work

    Back to Work

    The writing continues with fresh eyes, ears and nose. To give a reader a vivid picture it helps to include as many senses in the descriptions as possible. I had no idea when I started my journey with Tim that I’d be writing about it. The boat part yes, and I took notes, kept brochures […]



  • Deadlines and Do-overs

    My goal to finish this book by the end of the year may have been a bit hasty. I’m twenty-five chapters in, with 64,000 words written but still working on the re-writing and editing of the first five. I’m 97.3% sure I’m finished with Chapter one. But that’s also why I don’t think adhering to […]



  • Uncharted Waters #1 NY Times Bestseller List

    Uncharted Waters #1 NY Times Bestseller List

    Dateline: April 1, 2021, Bradenton, FL. With the pending release of Uncharted Waters, I am pleased to announce my scheduled appearances on Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel and The Tonight Show, with Jimmy Fallon. Dates when those will air are still being discussed. Further appearances will be sent out as more are scheduled. I am […]


Latest posts

  • Happy New Year!

    Just like that, I attached Uncharted to an email and sent it flying through the ether to an editor. My editing is done. Tim’s editing is done. Beta readers comments have been incorporated and an editor friend has made suggestions which have also been included. I am so grateful to everyone who took the time […]

  • Nitty Gritty

    It seems everything is a blessing and a curse. I am eternally grateful to Tim for going over every chapter, word by word, for my final edit. He is very good at pointing out places that need clarification and punctuation. But, you knew there was a but in there, didn’t you? He never read Kurt […]

  • Safe

    Safe

    “There but for the grace of God go I.” We escaped the ravages of Ian by fleeing to Georgia on Tuesday morning. We planned to hunker down and stay home until three things happened. First, it occurred to me that staying proved nothing, and eating canned meat while melting from the heat when the power […]

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