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 209: Treading Water.
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 209: Treading Water
I looked at chapter 35 again and rewrote part of chapter 45 of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast, but my progress feels more like treading water. The changes I am making right now are necessary. There is a big chance I won’t finish my goal by the end of August. The goal might have been unrealistic. The book is so much stronger than when I started. That makes this writing adventure worth the trip.
I wrote a few Golden Shovel Poems today. This style is starting to be cumbersome. I can feel my desire to switch soon. I might keep writing it into August, but I can feel the urge to change directions. I am not certain where I will take my poetic adventure next.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 209: Treading Water
Before I started this morning, I read a few pages of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Anne goes to a musical performance and briefly converses with Captain Wentworth. She soon realizes that he is jealous. She also learns from her friend that Mr. Elliot isn’t everything he a[[ears to be. I am getting near the end of the book. I want Anne to have a happy ending.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 209: Treading Water
I decided to wake up this morning, so I put Jimmy Hendrix’s Experience, Hendrix, on the stereo. His music is better than a shot of expresso. It worked.
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