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 227: I Might Make My Goal.
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 227: I Might Make My Goal
I moved through four chapters of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast, looking for flaws. The same ground will be covered many times during this part of the editing process. I look to add words and subtract words, until I reach the right combination that makes the story flow. I still won’t find perfection, but the story will be stronger. If I keep moving at this pace, I might reach my goal to be finished before the end of August. Glory Hallelujah.
I wrote four Golden Shovel Poems. Word Daddy found the time to whisper in my ear. He had a little help from Robert Frost. I am currently using lines from The Road Not Taken.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 227: I Might Make My Goal
I have almost arrived at book two in Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth. Lily returns to her Aunt’s house and confesses her debt level. The woman refuses to help. Lily waits for Selden to come. He saw her leaving Trenor’s house, and he suspected the worst of her. Rosedale shows up instead. She discovers Selden left for Europe without sending word to her. Lily receives an invitation to go with the Dorsets on a Mediterranean Cruise. She accepts.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 227: I Might Make My Goal
I put Riding With The King, a collaboration between B.B. King and Eric Clapton. I enjoyed the sound these guys made when they played together. B.B. is gone now, so it won’t ever happen again.
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