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 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 this post Entry 122: Witness to a Domestic Dispute.
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 122: Witness to a Domestic Dispute
Yesterday, while I ate pizza, a sudden thought played at the edge of my mind. At the end of my morning pages, I thought I could move on to chapter 3 in my edits. Then, I realized I’d made a big mistake. I’d added something too soon in the chapter, which led me to take a second look at the entire chapter this morning. The problem and solution proved to be easy to fix. I went through the entire chapter again, which is much stronger now. My editing process sometimes works that way.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 122: Witness to a Domestic Dispute
I am almost to the end of Kate Atkinson’s One Good Turn. Thursday is proving to be an interesting day. I like the way this writer doesn’t give everything away. Each character has issues that unfold during the story’s telling. I’ve enjoyed this book so much that I’ve read another by this author.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 122: Witness to a Domestic Dispute
Silence reigns in the house today. Sometimes it makes the perfect music.
What I dreamed last night and Entry 122: Witness to a Domestic Dispute
I had a weird dream last night, and I believe it is associated with my editing process. In this dream, I was working on a project with myself that covered the scope of at least four days. Myself and I seemed to be having an argument about how the project happened one day at a time. One of us suggested that there might be a better and faster way to get the same results. The second one of us insisted that the slow process had to be the only method for the job to be done right.
The adventure Rooster and I took and Entry 122: Witness to a Domestic Dispute
Rooster and I went to the gym. Exercise seems to be our big adventure this year.
The thing I am most thankful for at this moment.
I was thankful to witness the two geese arguing on the abandoned factory roof across the street. The weather turned cold, making it feel like winter had returned. They were discussing whether they were in the right neighborhood to lay their eggs. The sight served as a reminder that spring is still here, even if winter wants to hang out longer.
The henhouse Lady says
Even geese are picky about where they make their home. I think the wife won. I didn’t see the couple anywhere when we returned from the gym. They might have found a more comfortable place to set up housekeeping, such as beside the freeway. I’ve seen geese do that before. Still, the unhappy couple didn’t need to make us a part of their domestic dispute,
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