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 22: Shifting into Second Gear.
Note: I consider editing an important part of the writing process. Editing is where all the artistry happens.
My morning writing before I started entry 22: Shifting into Second Gear
I managed to finish chapter 8 and move on to chapter 9 this morning. The rewrite of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast is moving along quickly. I moved up the plot in a way that makes perfect sense. The background check Chad Wallace does regarding Amazing Buchanan happens in stages earlier in the story. I also reveal what happened that night in the French Quarter much earlier, leaving out some details. My only worry is that I might have told too much of the back story too early because I don’t want these chapters to amount to a big information dump. The truth will be revealed when I go back and do the editing.
I wrote a couple of acrostic-styled poems this morning. It’s hard for me to get inspired right now, but I managed to come up with a few interesting poems. These dreary days have had a bad effect on my creativity. Maybe I should write about that.
The book I am currently reading today while writing entry 22: Shifting into Second Gear.
I am moving along in my reading of Alexander McCall Smith’s The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds. Isabel has put her amateur sleuth hat on again. She agrees to meet Duncan Munrowe with a stolen painting while dealing with a few personal issues. She meets his son Patrick at a social gathering. I am not far enough into the story to know for sure, but I feel like he may play a role in the theft. Her son’s demonstration of mathematical abilities far advanced for his age is discovered to be the babysitter’s fault. She teaches him math skills based on a book she read. Isabel isn’t certain that she is happy about the woman’s interference.
What I’m listening to today while writing entry 22: Shifting into Second Gear.
I started my morning with a blast from the past when I put Ten Years After A Space in Time on my stereo. The English rock band, Ten Years After, became popular in the late 60s and early 70s. They had a blues sound mingled with rock and roll that many English bands adopted back in the day. I still enjoy listening to this album. Rooster and I believe it to be one of those perfect albums where every song strikes the right chord.
The thing I am most thankful for at this moment.
The sky is still grey, but at least the sun is attempting to shine. I almost expect the skies to turn blue by the afternoon. It gives me hope that the sun will shine bright tomorrow. I’m afraid I am not demonstrating as much gratefulness in 2023 as I did the previous year. Still, I am thankful that the sun shines brighter today.
This old lady says
Find thankfulness in every situation. There is something to learn in every dark situation, even if it is the hope that tomorrow will be a better day. Remember, thankfulness is a choice. It is a powerful one to make.
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