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 212: I Need to Add Color.
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 212: I Need to Add Color
I moved through a quick rewrite of chapters 45 and 46 of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast. When I go back through, I need to add some color, such as the appearance of Hortence Duplantis and the roadside restaurant where they ate lunch. I also realized today I am catching up with the grand finale. The blog posts I wrote are starting to pile up—at least four Golden Shovel poems to write and post before the month ends. I haven’t decided whether to move on to a new style or stick with the Golden Shovel Poems to write in August. At any rate, William Blake will move aside for another poet. I am thinking of Robert Frost or Yeats. Who knows, I might go with someone else.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 212: I Need to Add Color
I am still reading A Memoir of Jane Austen, written by her nephew, J.E. Austen-Leigh. His aunt was a better writer. He talks about the influence Steventon had on her stories. Jane spent many years in this rural community. He also discusses how different life was during her lifetime. I find this small book interesting but hard to get through.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 212: I Need to Add Color
I am listening to The Band’s Last Waltz this afternoon on YouTube. The live concert is one of the best. They moved out of it, but I am listening and watching a black-and-white version of the event.
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