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 21: Lingering in Redundancy.
Note: I consider editing an important part of the writing process. Editing is where all the artistry happens.
I am working on the writing project before Entry 21: Lingering in Redundancy.
I realize that tackling Amazing Buchanan and the Beast will mean more than a simple edit. The plot was too thin to hold up to scrutiny. I’m not sure that the changes I’m making will strengthen the story. The characters come across in a clearer light and with more detail. I rewrote the first part of chapter 8 this morning.
Sometimes, I feel like I am lingering in redundancy and that what I do doesn’t matter. The feeling may come from all the grey days we are experiencing this winter. Our normal weather pattern normally consists of snow followed by a freezing day with temperatures below zero and deceptive blue skies. We now have unseasonably warm weather, rain, and dark skies. There has also been a lot of dense fog.
The book I am currently reading is entry 21: Lingering in Redundancy.
I am still working through Alexander McCall Smith’s The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds, but I am not getting very far. Rooster has tempted me into binge-watching another television series. I’m getting sucked into another show, and the time-stealing television-watching habit can become addictive. The weakness I’ve developed for allowing my brain to be lured into the hypnotic trance of television needs to be overcome because it contributes to a lingering sense of redundancy.
What I’m listening to today while writing entry 21: Lingering in Redundancy.
I decided to live dangerously and put Led Zeppelin’s Mothership in the CD player. These songs always bring up memories filled with angst from my teenage years. The tunes also spark a certain amount of creative energy when I listen to them. I need a dose of that right about now.
The thing I am most thankful for at this moment.
I am grateful that Rooster and I walked at the gym this morning. We always get to the gym later in the day and spend an hour walking around the track. The exercise did me good and helped pull me out of the dreary funk I found myself experiencing. I look forward to a productive afternoon.
This old lady says
Don’t allow the dark days of winter to get you down. Always remember that the blue skies are still up there. They are only obstructed by the dark clouds that won’t stick around forever. It’s against the sun’s nature to allow them to remain for long.
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