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 34: Word Daddy is on vacation.
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 34: Word Daddy is on vacation
Word Daddy has taken one of his many vacations. The fickle muse has a habit of disappearing from time to time. I suspect he might be working part-time for another writer. He’s insisting on vacation time and a health plan. The health plan is out of the question, but there’s not much I can do about his occasional disappearances, which leaves me with no other option but to write on without him.
I did manage to finish the rewrite of chapter 18. It took me all morning to finish a single conversation. I suspect I won’t like what I came up with when I go back and edit. This version of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast will be longer than the first. It’s s frustrating dilemma because I always attempt to keep my word count down to within reason, but I always find details that need to be added. That is one reason I believe I will never be able to find a traditional publisher. They want an eighty-thousand-word count, and mine tends to be at least ten thousand over that figure. I might get away with it if I were a man, but a woman doesn’t have the luxury of being that wordy.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 34: Word Daddy is on Vacation
I am still reading Alexander McCall Smith’s The Novel Habits of Happiness, and I’ll be moving through the book faster because I am starting to be drawn into the story. The book had a slow but interesting start.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 34: Word Daddy is on Vacation
I decided to put The Very Best of Cream on the stereo today. This British rock band from the late 1960s included Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Jack Bruce. Man, could those guys jam. I need a jolt of energy this morning, so I thought these guys would supply the perfect music infusion to spark a fresh round of creativity. Word Daddy is on vacation, and I need all the help I can get.
The thing I am most thankful for at this moment.
I am thankful for my new haircut this morning. I typically wear my hair long. This style has become problematic since I had COVID. My hair is still experiencing shedding. I have worn my hair long for years because Rooster prefers it that way. It was so easy to wash and style this morning, and Rooster said it looked good. I’m going to wear it this way for a while.
This old lady says
If anyone out there has an extra muse hanging around the house, please send them my way. I can’t afford to pay, and they won’t get a health insurance plan. The only perks they would get would be hanging around our big pink house with Rooster and me. I hope everyone has a great day writing day, and may your words flow freely.
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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