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 240: I have Goals.
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 240: I have Goals
I polished up two chapters of Amazing Buchana and the Beast today, and I am very close to the end. My goal is to have this round of editing finished by September 1st. The optimal situation would be to do one more listen to the book in its entirety for technical errors and inconsistencies. It is impossible to hold a whole book in your head. I want this book to be as cleaned up as possible before I take the next step. Amazing Buchanan and the Beast is the fourth book I have hovering in the wings for publication. I need to figure out why I am so hesitant to let my babies walk around in the world. Maybe it is the fear that they will languish in the piles of books in Amazon Land that never get read.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 240: I have Goals
I’ve done more painting than reading over the past couple of days. Jo Jo Moyes’ The Giver of Stars is about to get complicated because the mining company is expanding its field of operation. The injuries are starting to pile up. Alice’s father-in-law is famous for using dirty tactics. Margery wrote letters for the Packhorse librarians to hand out on their routes. I see trouble ahead for this group of women.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 240: I have Goals
Time is a factor, so I didn’t pick a CD to listen to this morning. Rooster has an instrumental blues station playing in the background.
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