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 52: On the Other Side.
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 52: On the Other Side
I spent time writing my morning pages. Surprisingly, I am on the other side of being half-finished with the rewrite of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast. The story is rolling along despite all my complaining about Word Daddy being on vacation. Maybe he’s here whispering in my ear, and I am so accustomed to his voice that I don’t notice. He’s normally so loud and obnoxious. The music I’ve been listening to might tone down his voice. I need to take a morning to do an outline for the next chapters. It helped when I had a road map of where I should go.
I wrote one Blitz poem. I’m finding it difficult to play this Blitz game, so it might be time to change, so I think I’ll spend the afternoon doing a little research. It was a good idea to try writing poetry for my blog. I’ve been at it for two years now. It was a twist in the road I never planned to explore. Sometimes it is those detours that make the journey interesting.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 52: On the Other Side
It will take me a month to read Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. I don’t seem to be getting a good amount of reading time. Karenina is starting to get suspicious about Anna and Vronsky. Oblonsky travels to visit Levin in the country because he is in the middle of making a deal on the forest. Levin thinks he is being ripped off, but that makes no difference to Oblonsky. He wants the money even at a cheaper rate. Kitty and her bad health come up during Oblonsky’s visit.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 52: On the Other Side
I am listening to John Mayer’s Room for Squares. I didn’t pay much attention to these songs when they were popularly being played on the radio. That was because I went through a period in my life where I boycotted any music made after 1974. Oldies radio was the only sound that was allowed on my radio. That goes to show that it pays to keep an open mind.
The thing I am most thankful for at this moment.
I am thankful that the man who fell at the gym today wasn’t hurt. I saw him on his walker and was surprised when I saw him jogging a few minutes later. Then he seemed to stop near the railing. I thought he was catching his breath. A few minutes later, I heard him fall. I turned around to help him, but someone was already there. The man must be recovering from an illness and pushing himself too hard.
This old lady says
When you are recovering, it is important to know your limits. You can hurt yourself if you push yourself too hard. It is important to walk before you run. Running too soon can make a person fall.
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