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 243: Reaching for 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 243: Reaching for My Goal
I moved through three chapters of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast this morning. Several places needed to be cleaned up. I like the direction the story takes. There are still a handful of days left in August. I hope I make my goal, but I won’t cry about it if I don’t. It would be nice to catch up on other projects in September and October. I guess it all boils down to time. NaNoWriMo season is around the corner. I have succeeded at the challenge for the past seven years. There is no doubt in my mind that I can do it again. Still, the prospect of failure doesn’t set well with me.
I managed to post a couple of things yesterday. This afternoon will be devoted to posting some more stuff. There are Golden Shovel poems that need to be written. Rooster and I are still painting and remodeling the apartments. I need a break. We are considering another short vacation, but I don’t know if that will become a reality. Everything costs so much.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 243: Reaching for My Goal
I am enjoying Jo Jo Moyes’ The Giver of Stars. The blue book causes controversy when Bennett tells his father Alice read it. Rain causes the Ohio River to flood, and the lady librarians heroically rescue several people. Margery finds out she is pregnant. She also figures out that the black sludge water from the coal mine did most of the flooding, not the river. She confronts Van Cleve with this fact in public.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 243: Reaching for My Goal
I decided I was in the mood to listen to The Allman Brothers Band’s Enlightened Rouges CD to day.
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