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 58: Everyday Complications.
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 58: Everyday Complications
I don’t know why things have gotten so complicated. Yesterday, I had to deal with updates, and today Grammarly thought I needed to make hundreds of corrections to parts of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast I’d already checked. It took most of the morning for me to go back over the ground I’d already worked. I guess that comes with the territory. Once the edits were finished, I managed to do some writing.
This book is different from what I’ve written before. The characters are younger. In Saving the Henhouse, all three women were my age when I started writing the series. This work forced me to step out of my comfort zone and concentrate on when I first discovered who I was. I am also reaching for other emotions than I did in my first attempt at novel writing. I find this method very interesting. There is a different energy that comes with writing in this style.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 58: Everyday Complications
I am still working my way through Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Why do Russian writers make their stories so sad? I can feel how this book will end in tragedy. I’ve read it before, but I think I feel the undercurrent of sadness more in this reading. I want Anna to escape both men and live happily, knowing this will never happen.
Karenina goes to his brother-in-law’s dinner party, and so does Levin. He has decided to contact the lawyer who catches moths in his hands during the interview with his hands. He will divorce Anna. Levin is still in love with Kitty. I think their relationship will move forward from this point.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 58: Everyday Complications
I am listening to the soundtrack from the movie The commitments today. Rooster and I enjoyed the music in this movie so much that we had to purchase the soundtrack. For anyone who hasn’t seen this movie, it is about an Irish rhythm and blues band that a guy put together. They sound awesome but fall apart, as most musical groups do. The interesting element in the story is that all the members are from Ireland.
The thing I am most thankful for at this moment.
I am thankful I worked out all my complicated issues this morning because I am back on track now. I am grateful that my entire day wasn’t wasted on trivial matters.
This old lady says
Sometimes it is important to slow down and fix the road bump before traveling any further. The detour is there for a reason. Life doesn’t always come with smooth pavement.
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