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 215: I am not a Quitter But.
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 215: I am not a Quitter But
I made a little progress editing Amazing Buchanan and the Beast this morning. The process of editing a couple of chapters and then moving to where I have to focus on a rewrite to smooth over the plot is working. Taking the afternoon off helped me recharge my batteries. I needed a break. We traveled to the Habitat for Humanity Resale shop in Fishers to find things for our remodeling project. I also talked Rooster into visiting a couple of used bookstores in the area. These two places help us keep costs down. My husband had to give me a hard time about my reading obsession before I made a purchase.
I have decided to continue writing the Golden Shovel poems in August, but I am breaking up with William Blake. There are a few Robert Frost poems I want to play with. I also like Yeats. Maybe I will flirt with Dylan Thomas for a while. Who needs Word Daddy for inspiration anyway?
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 215: I am Not a Quitter But
I am not a quitter, but I stopped reading A Memoir of Jane Austen. Rooster was shocked when I told him. He’s never seen me give up reading a book before. No worries. I picked up a copy of Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth at one of those used bookstores we visited yesterday. I should start reading it tomorrow.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 215: I am not a Quitter But
I put the Wallflower’s Bring Down the Horses this morning. This group had so many great songs on this CD, but they went more or less silent after that. They still exist, but you don’t hear anything about them. An interesting side note is that their frontman Jakob Dylan is the son of the legendary Bob Dylan.
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