I’ve never been good about keeping a journal. It all boils down to consistency. There are days when I skip making an entry. Life can crowd out the time I need to write down my thoughts about a day’s events. I’ve also been reluctant to pose as an expert on the writing process. If I knew anything of value about writing, my work would already be in print. I went out on a skinny limb of a tall in 2022 when I shared my 365 days of thankfulness. The exercise forced me to put myself out there with my soft belly exposed. Thank you for joining me on my journey in the written word. Therefore, I plan to keep a journal in 2023 to document my progress. I will call entry 10: Finished the first Draft of Kidnapping the Iron Man.
Note: I consider editing an important part of the writing process. Editing is where all the artistry happens.
The project I am working on now regarding entry 10: Finished the first Draft of Kidnapping the Iron Man
It took two days to rewrite this long short story I wrote years ago. I consider it an important part of the collection, or I wouldn’t have bothered. The adventure Pipe Wrench and Plunger go on the night the moon was full needs to happen because these characters were mentioned in the previous long short story. Their presence needs to be explained. The reader needs to know what they have hidden underneath the blue tarp in the bed of Plunger’s truck since these stories are all interconnected. I need to allow what I’ve written to rest until tomorrow. Then, I’ll go through it again before I add it to Tecumseh City Limits. I want to search for flaws to see if I’ve done an adequate job of worldbuilding and character development.
At least two more “Ars Poetic” poems are rambling around in my head. I decided to write them in a series concerning stuff I could write a poem about in this exercise of writing a poem about writing a poem. I am having fun doing this because it allows me to write about a subject without doing a deep dive. I am also coming down from writing all that blank verse poetry at the end of last year. I don’t want to get hung up writing the same style like that again.
The book I am currently reading while I write entry 10: Finished the first Draft of Kidnapping the Iron Man
I am still on a reading hiatus. I know which book I will start next. The problem with starting it is that rooster and I have gotten hung up binge-watching a new series. I don’t want to start this next one until I give it the proper attention.
What I’m listening to today while I write about entry 10: Finished the first Draft of Kidnapping the Iron Man
I put the Allman Brothers Eat a Peach on the stereo and listened while I finished my long short story. I imagined my plumbers slipping that CD into the truck stereo and listening to it a full volume while they tossed the Iron Man’s body down the bank of Mudd Creek.
The thing I am most thankful for at this moment
I am thankful the sun came out today. It isn’t bright sunlight, but it isn’t fog or dark clouds with rain. The sky is light grey, and the window is cold to the touch. I don’t know if we will see blue again for a while, but I will rejoice that the sky isn’t black today. This weather condition won’t last long.. but I will enjoy it while it is here.
This old lady says
I am a little surprised that I remembered many of the details of the original story about kidnapping the Iron man. There is a chance I am wasting my time writing about writing. I know I ramble at times. That sort of behavior happens when you get older. I am still working on the format I am using right now. When I started this blog, the idea was to write about my adventures. I don’t have as many of them these days, or the type where you get dressed and leave the house. However, I think writing is the biggest adventure I’ve ever taken. I hope all of you have a fantastic day filled with putting words on the page.
Who is Molly Shea?
Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh. To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.
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