My name is Deb, but due to the number of Debs online, I go by the pen-name DebW07. I am a writer, avid photographer, and '70s music junkie. I often describe myself as a "procrastinating perfectionist who is also introspective," and my formula for an article and a photograph is always the same, “Quality, Informative, and Interesting.”
DebW07 – The Procrastinating Perfectionist Who is Also Introspective
A look at the author and photographer known online as DebW07
In my youth, I was a hopeless romantic, and I saw the world through rose-colored glasses. I often made up romantic stories, and the main characters were always my current crushes. I always enjoyed writing and learning new words. Language was interesting, but I was shy, and so I preferred to write down my feelings instead of talking about them.
Another hobby that morphed into a passion was photography. I enjoyed snapping photos of anything and everything. I enjoyed taking pictures of toys, nature, people, pets, anything. There was just something about capturing a split-second on film forever that appealed to me – it still does.
70s Disco Queen
I was a teenager during the “disco decade” of the '70s, or what my kids refer to as the "Stone Age." When I think about the 70s, however, fun is the first thing that pops into my head, with music a close second. Saturday mornings were reserved for dance shows such as American Bandstand and Soul Train. Then, at night, my friends and I would practice the latest dance moves.
Music was a huge part of my life, and I was a fan of many of the solo artists and groups of the 1970s. My list of top musicians for the decade includes: Earth, Wind & Fire, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, The Ohio Players, Ashford & Simpson, Tower of Power, The Commodores, Rufus & Chaka Khan, S.O.S. Band, KC & the Sunshine Band, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, and Teddy Pendergrass.
I still enjoy listening to the music of the 1970s; my day just seems a little better with some 70's tunes.
Although my favorite music decade is the '70s, it was the 1980s when I discovered the king of the romantic song: Luther Vandross. His velvety smooth voice captured every last bit of romance in the songs that he sang. He was the ultimate love-song crooner, and there will never be another artist quite like him.
Luther Vandross will always be my all-time favorite romantic singer. He had a tremendous talent for belting out a slow, sultry love song. His ballads were filled with passion and romance, and he never resorted to offensive or vulgar lyrics.
I can’t say enough about how much I loved Luther Vandross, still do. I remember the sadness that came over me when I heard of his passing. But although he is gone his music will remain a part of society until the end of time, and for that I am grateful.
The Bible: John 1:1
My standard of living is measured by my faith. When I examine my life through the lens of Christianity, I always fall short. But I am reminded and always in awe of the amazing grace and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. I am in agreement with C.S. Lewis, who wrote, "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
The Bible is rich with life-saving words, and I have several favorite verses, such as "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" . . . "The Word became flesh . . ." and "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." One of my very favorite scriptures, however, is Philippians 1:21, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
I've always enjoyed writing, and as far back as I can remember I was putting my thoughts and feelings down on paper. After college, I was fortunate to get a job where I could use my writing skills. I worked for a major insurance company as the head of their internal audit department. My duties included writing complex technical audit reports. While I didn’t mind writing the tedious statistical data, my writing flourished in the narrative section of the reports. That is where my creative writing skills kicked in, and I thrived in the luxury of documenting my thoughts freely.
Tree -- Introspective
I am introspective, and thus I spend a great deal of time debating and deliberating in my mind. When I must deal with an issue, I think it through, all pros and cons, and seek a solution. I think about everything in my life and the lives of my family. Some nights it is two or more hours from the time my head hits the pillow until the time I fall asleep because my thoughts are crowding my mind, all seeking my attention.
Because I've lived a life of introspection and know no other way, I cannot put myself in the shoes of a different type of person. I can only assume that an extrovert's need to speak is as necessary as my need to examine my life in silence. For me, however, this adage rings true: Silence is golden.
DebW07: Writer – Photographer – 70s Music Junkie
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I write for a number of websites and select clients. I strive to do everything perfectly, but my downfall is that I put most things off until the last minute. I seem to work well under pressure as I’ve never submitted an assignment late. My procrastination-personality trait, however, leads to another habit – constant self-examination.
The self-analysis leads to self-imposed scrutiny of my work, which leads to what I believe is an output of high-quality articles and photographs. I am pleased with the work I’ve produced, and my clients have responded favorably.
At the present time, the majority of my online articles are on InfoBarrel, but I also write for HubPages, SeekyT, and others. Additionally, I was the ‘70s Contributor for the website Squidoo prior to the site closing its online doors.
A number of my photographs at showcased in my articles, they are readily identifiable with the watermark “©DebW07 – All Rights Reserved.” In addition, some of my photos are available to the public on Shutterstock.
Thanks for reading! You can follow me on Twitter @debw07. You can also follow my personal blog: DebW07 – The Procrastinating Perfectionist Who is also Introspective.