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 18: A Short Writing Day.
Note: I consider editing an important part of the writing process. Editing is where all the artistry happens.
he project I am working on now, Entry 18: A Short Writing Day
I didn’t get through the rewrite of chapter 6 of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast this morning, but I made some headway. My writing time will be cut short when my granddaughters knock on my door. I’m doing a total rewrite of this chapter, which will strengthen this story. Will Chandler doesn’t run into Mazie by accident in this version of the book. He goes to the pilot program she is running because Chad Wheeler arranges the meeting for him. This version makes more sense.
The book I am currently reading during Entry 18: A Short Writing Day
I finished Alexander McCall Smith’s The lost Art of Gratitude today. Some books end with fireworks or cliffhangers. The Lost Art of Gratitude ended with a song sung by a fox. I enjoyed reading this book. There were so many difficult subjects discussed softly through the rambling mind of Isabel Dalhousie. This change of tone was a big switch from last year’s exploration into murder mysteries. I will start reading The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds tomorrow. This book is another one of Alexander McCall Smith’s attrition to The Isabel Dalhousie Series.
What I’m listening to today Entry 18: A Short Writing Day
I picked Counting Crows August and Everything After to listen to today.
I like this collection of songs. The music is one long story in song. In Mr. Jones, the singer says he wants to be Bob Dylan. He does a good job bringing his music to life without being Dylan. The world only needs one of him.
The thing I am most thankful for at this moment.
I am grateful I completed some writing before the granddaughters knocked on my door. It keeps my writing on track. I will get back to it tomorrow. I will now, thankfully shift gears and spend time with them. Kids are only young for a little while. They will consider Rooster and me dull old people in a couple of years.
This old lady says
It is important to seize the day. Nobody is promised a tomorrow. Make the most of the minutes granted to you, and remember to smile.