HomenDunRoamin About

This blog is about the writing life and  travel—wanderlust—and the insights that sit down beside you on the bus.  HomenDunRoamin is also about community.

Debka Colson created HomenDunRoamin.  Debka writes fiction, poetry, essays and creative nonfiction in Boston, Massachusetts (but enjoys packing her bags whenever she can).  After completing an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, she continued writing short fiction and poetry as she set to work on a novel set in an unnamed Latin American country and a hybrid memoir.

Over the years, in an effort to support her travel habit (and more recently, her three kids) Debka has taken on a variety of jobs including painting the wooden horses in a carousel, teaching fiber arts at a rural Appalachian school, designing a day care center for a cooperative farm in Nicaragua, developing a program for inner-city youth incorporating spoken word and socially conscious performance art, and coaching other writers in academic and community settings. Debka is also the Administrator of The Writers’ Room of Boston and the Contest Coordinator for JP Reads, a community literary celebration in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. 

Posts on HomenDunRoamin are updated when inspiration hits and time allows (both of which never happen enough).  Most pieces are written in ‘real’ time.  Those under Time Travel and some under Child’s Play are selected highlights from 40+ years of journal writing.  Good Reads and Writes highlights the creative work of others.  The tab titled HomenDunRoamin Published includes excerpts from Debka’s published writing.

The image for HomenDunRoamin is a manual typewriter stuck to a fence that symbolizes getting unstuck and overcoming boundaries.  All photos were taken by Debka unless noted.  A few have been pulled from the public domain.  Many of the background paintings are from Debka’s photos of wall murals created by the Cuban painter Salvador and other residents of Callejon Hamel in Centro Habana.

Roam often!  You can contact Debka at the following address: debkacolson@gmail.com

Website: http://www.DebkaColson.com

Last but not least, Debka Colson also declares that her copyright is attached to all of her writing, personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention).  For commercial use of the above, her written consent is needed at all times.


8 Responses to HomenDunRoamin About

  1. I love the design of your site– the painting in the background. It’s very sophisticated and unique. You really managed to make WordPress your own. Reading about you is inspiring. I sometimes worry that as a mother of two young children, who take up so much of my physical and emotional energy, that my creative life is behind me. You give me hope that my best days are yet to come. Thank you.

  2. Thanks so much! I’m new to this, so I really appreciate the support of other bloggers. When my kids were young (I have 3), a friend said to me that I should view the time I am able to set aside for creative projects as my ‘canary in the mine.’ (You know the story of miners taking canaries down into the mines with them because the canaries would show the adverse affects of decreased oxygen or toxic chemicals long before humans?) If I make time for the things that help me breathe freely, I will be better able to support my kids in their endeavors. I still have a ways to go (my youngest is now 12) but I know that was great advice. Here’s to keeping that creative canary alive and well!

  3. Susi Lovell says:

    Debka, This blog is terrific. I love the design, visuals, layout etc. What a wonderful forum for your writing. Brilliant. Looking forward to more. Susi

  4. Pamela Hodgdon says:

    Thanks for the words of encouragement! I’m impressed with your site – very interesting.

  5. Jody and Ken says:

    Hi, Deb–As a matter of course I stop by the blogs of people who’ve signed up for ours (The Garum Factory) just to see who’s mapping over what. As I read about you I began to wonder, Do we know one another? I can’t believe we haven’t crossed paths before, at a party, book-signing, etc. As the guy who’s been working at home, with kids, I haven’t gotten out much, but it seems odd that we haven’t shared a drink at some writer’s shindig before. In any event, your blog looks great–I signed on. Cheers, Ken

    • Hi Ken (and Jody),
      Thanks so much for stopping by! I love your blog (introduced to me by another writer and fellow foodie) and signed on at first glance. It’s also hard for me to believe that we haven’t crossed paths somehow, somewhere. For now, it seems, our virtual paths will cross until such time that we can raise a glass at a future (face to face) event. In the meantime, sending every good wish your way! Warmly, Debka

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