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 79: Taking the Afternoon Off.
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 79: Taking the Afternoon Off
I started working on Amazing Buchanan and the Beast this morning. I didn’t get through the rewrite because I made the mistake of opening Saving the Henhouse to discover Grammarly thought I made over 600 errors that mainly concerned my word choices. I’ll admit that I have developed the bad habit of being wordy and using certain phrases when I write. That meant I spent a considerable amount of time going through each of the mistakes and making corrections.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 79: Taking the Afternoon Off
I finished J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey today. The problem with reading someone like Salinger is the realization that you will never measure up to that literary standard. He took a simple family scene and made it interesting. I plan to read Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger next.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 79: Taking the Afternoon Off
I listened to Ani DiFranco today. I am not one of her biggest fans, but I enjoy how she speaks the lyrics of the poems she writes with her music. At this point, I will take any form of inspiration.
The thing I am most thankful for at this moment.
I am thankful we took the afternoon off and went to Fire on the Monon for one of their tenderloins.
This old lady says
Sometimes all a girl needs is a break to recharge her batteries. A day off plus a pile of money and a room of my own would work wonders.
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