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 219: I Caught Up.
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 219: I Caught Up
I have finally caught up to the writing I did before I moved events forward in Amazing Buchanan and the Beast. This development is fantastic because it will make my morning pages easier. I wrote several Golden Shovel poems using Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. I’ve always loved this poem, especially the last stanza.
Life has been getting away from me in the past couple of weeks. It has been a long time since I’ve done manual labor. Rooster and I have painted the upstairs apartment. We need to start on the downstairs next. A part of me wishes we’d never started down this adventure.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 219: I Caught Up
I’m moving at a slow pace through Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth. Not much has changed for women since Jane Austen’s time. This book was penned around 1905. Marrying a rich man became a woman’s way to advance herself. Lily meets Percy Gryce on the train. She sets her sights on the boring but wealthy bachelor. It is revealed that Lily’s father lost all of their money. He promptly dies. Her mother considers Lily’s beauty one weapon against a dingy life. She passes away before achieving her goal, leaving Lily to navigate back into society alone.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 219: I Caught Up
I’m listening to Phil Collins Both Sides right now. This CD is new to me. I have always enjoyed his music and found this CD at a resell shop. The price was a bargain at fifty cents. I thought I would give it a try.
Who is Molly Shea?
Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh. To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.
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