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 73: Change is Good.
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 73: Change is Good
I am unsure how to end the chapter I am working on in Amazing Buchanan and the Beast. It will work itself out tomorrow. I could always go back and drag some pieces of the original and add them here, but I am leaning toward exploring something different. The changes I am making now will distinguish this story from the second book in the series. The work I am doing now will pay off in the future. Writers sometimes get stuck in a pattern when they write a series. I want these stories to be as different as the people in them.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 73: Change is Good
I am reading J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey. I am far enough in the book to realize that he shares two stories. The first is a short story in Franny’s voice. She meets the guy she is dating at Yale and attends a game. They do go out to eat in a restaurant named Sickler’s.
Franny says she doesn’t feel well and thinks she might lose her mind. She orders a chicken sandwich, and Lane has snails and frog legs. She has a book titled The Way of the Pilgrim in her purse. A thirty-seven-year-old Russian peasant who went on a pilgrimage asked what it meant to pray without ceasing.
I will start the novella called Zooey later today.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 73: Change is Good
I put Annie Lennox’s Medusa on the stereo today. I was in an odd mood and felt I could do a Medusa thing today.
The thing I am most thankful for at this moment.
I am thankful for my daughter and her husband because we are about to start a bathroom remodeling project. This project should be an exciting adventure. I am grateful they agreed to help us make the needed changes.
This old lady says
Change is good. Sometimes it is more than good it is necessary. I know I will hate the process, but I will love it when the renovations are done.
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