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 56: Morning in Repose.
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 56: Morning in Repose
I had a mellow time writing my morning pages. The word count is adding up, but I don’t even care. The day is so tranquil I seem to be coasting through stagnant water. It doesn’t matter if the flow is slightly murky. I’ll glide through it all somehow. I worry that this rewrite has taken so many twists and turns that the original version of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast didn’t take. It’s like I’m floating down a different stream of consciousness. It might have been that Word Daddy was helping me on that go-round. He always shows up for NaNoWriMo because he wants credit. Maybe I steer the ship better when he’s gone.
I also started writing Bop Poetry this morning. I don’t think I have the feel of it yet, but it will be a great poetic adventure. The rules aren’t as fixed as those in the Blitz Poetry style, but they exist. It will be exciting to see what problems I come up with during this adventure.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 56: Morning in Repose
The drama in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is starting to heat up. Karenina debates what he should do with his unfaithful wife. He knows he won’t fight a duel with Vronsky because he will lose. He won’t give her what she wants by divorcing or separating, so he will punish her by holding her son over her head. Anna is confused and can’t see any way out of her situation. Vronsky isn’t as wealthy as everyone thinks, and he is ambitious. As far as Levin is concerned, Kitty has come to stay with her sister, Dolly.
The entire book can be summed up in the first sentence. Tolstoy wrote, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” I believe that Tolstoy constructed these two connected romances the way he did. There could be an unexpected twist at the end. I don’t remember because it has been years since I first read the book.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 56: Morning in Repose
I am listening to Train’s Drops of Jupiter this morning. This group has several songs I enjoy.
The thing I am most thankful for at this moment.
I am thankful to have a day to drift. Sometimes the best time in life can be going with the flow. I am happy to be spending the morning doing the stuff I love.
This old lady says
Hang in there, sweetheart. Things will always get better when you go with the flow and don’t resist the current that is carrying you away. Sometimes fate knows the direction you should travel. Fighting the surge can make you tired. Change what you can, and ride the tide with the rest.
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