I’ve never been good at 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 128: Riding Ahead of the Storm.
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 128: Riding Ahead of the Storm
I listened to chapters 4 and 5 of Amazing Buchanan and The Beast this morning. The flow is much smoother now that I’ve lost all the chunky words that can drag down a story. Tomorrow, I’ll do one more deep dive before I move on to chapter 6. I am having fun playing around with ways I can make these chapters better. Editing is a lot like staying ahead of the storm. I wish I had known about this earlier in life because I would be further down the writing process now.
At the beginning of May, I started writing Echo Poetry. I like creating these short poems. I am unsure how long I will play with this style. Time is slipping away today. Rooster and I are off on an adventure, so I won’t be playing with poetry today.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 128: Riding Ahead of the Storm
I am still reading Kate Atkinson’s Blue Sky. Brodie married a con woman, and she ran off with all his money in one of the books in the series I didn’t read. I need to locate the other books in this series to fill in the gaps. The number of people Jackson has managed to rescue in this book is now two people saved. I love how Atkinson shows the reader fragmented snippets of her characters’ lives and ties them all together at the end.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 128: Riding Ahead of the Storm
I listened to Th Wallflower’s’ Bring Down the Horse. They are my new favorites at the moment. I didn’t realize how many songs I liked that they made until I listened to the entire album. I like One Headlight, 6th Avenue Heartache, and Three Marlenas. These guys know their way around a sad song.
What I dreamed last night and Entry 128: Riding Ahead of the Storm
I don’t remember what I dreamed of last night.
The adventure Rooster and I took and Entry 128: Riding Ahead of the Storm
Rooster and I rode in a motorcycle funeral procession. The man died last winter, so there wasn’t a graveyard service. We did that part today. We rode to a local cemetery where his ashes would rest with his deceased family members. Then, the group traveled to the country for a meal in a barn.
The thing I am most thankful for at this moment.
I am thankful we rode home in time to escape the storm. We sat with other bikers at a table, talking after the meal. One of the guys came to say goodbye. He’d been watching the radar, and a storm was approaching. Rooster and I decided to leave. We could see the dark clouds in the west moving in our direction. We made it home before the wind, lightning, and thunder.
The henhouse Lady says
When you see dark clouds, it indicates that a storm is moving in your direction. A smart person pays attention and takes evasive measures. A stupid person covers their eyes and goes back inside. Decisions must be made, but staying out of the storm is always good.
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