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 246: Stuck in a Funk.
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 246: Stuck in a Funk
I moved through two chapters of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast this morning. There were several places where editing needed to take place. I have had a busy week. It is hard to keep up with the blog. I decided a year ago the writing had to come first. That was the whole point of me getting involved with the other stuff. I might make some progress if life events didn’t keep popping up. Things might get interesting today because I saw Batman running down the road. Every time he does that, weird stuff happens.
There are Golden Shovel Poems still to be written. I need to get on with that, but something always comes up. The creative juices are clogged at the moment. I’m not one of those writers who sit around waiting for their muse to make an appearance. If that were the case, I would have fired Word Daddy years ago. I am sort of stuck in a funk right now. Maybe I should write my way out of it. That’s a novel idea. Here goes.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 246: Stuck in a Funk
I still haven’t started Eudora Welty’s The Golden Apples yet. Time seems to have slipped away from me. I am looking forward to starting the book. This author’s short stories caught my eye when I was in college. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1973.
There is one more thing I want to mention about my observation I found reading The Giver of Stars. I still try to avoid watching the news, but it hasn’t escaped my notice that there has been a lot of talk about a two-tiered justice system in this country because of the Trump indictments. Every poor person in America knows about this multi-tiered justice system. Those of us who can’t afford a lawyer go to jail a long time if they have contact with the law. Margery found herself in that position when accused of killing the man who attacked her. She was guilty to everyone who judged her low position in society.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 246: Stuck in a Funk
I am listening to Rooster’s instrumental jazz station while I work this morning. The funk I am stuck in makes me want to get my desk time over and close down shop for the day.
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