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 217: Slow Progress.
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 217: Slow Progress
I posted today and finished a rewrite of one of the Chapters of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast. The progress over the past couple of days is slow. I am still catching up on the events in the story. My goal is to finish the book with one-hundred-thousand words. I have five thousand more than I need and am still editing. There are places where I am too wordy. Here’s the thing, which ones do I cut?
I posted my last Golden Shovel Poem using a William Blake Poem. I wondered one day into August. There are at least two Robert Frost poems I want to play with in August. A shift in inspiration will be nice. I should find a thee or thou in one of his poems. Those words are hard to fit into our modern-day language. Word Daddy has hit the road again. I don’t blame him because I want to do the same. It has been a year since we took our last motorcycle road trip. Money and time stand in our way. I have a bad case of summertime blues.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 217: Slow Progress
I still haven’t opened Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth. I plan to start reading it tomorrow. The story appears to be about an upper-class New York lady. Why are books always written about wealthy people? I guess those are the typical books written and read by people.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 217: Slow Progress
I listened to the Brian Adams CD So Far So Good today. I haven’t heard these songs in a very long time. At least five of the songs on this album were played on the radio.
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