Entry 255: To Epilogue or Not

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 255: To Epilogue or Not.

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 255: To Epilogue or Not

Wow. I did rewrites on two chapters of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast this morning. Now, I need to answer the question of whether or not I want to include an epilogue. Using the voice of Grace Plumber might ass a nice touch because she was the voice I used in the prologue. It would tie everything up in a nice little bow. I could write it; if I don’t like it, there is always the delete button.

The blogging is lagging. I only have so much time in a day. Maybe I can catch up this afternoon. Some posts need to be entered, and golden shovels need to be written. Oh, well, I’ve been in this place before. My big problem centers around the fact that I’ve spent so much time working on my book that I haven’t devoted what I need to keep up with the blog.

The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 255: To Epilogue or Not

I finished the short story Moon Lake this morning. It is the fourth short story in Eldora Welty’s The Golden Apples. Easter, one of the orphans, drowns in Moon Lake. Loch rescues her, but his CPR skills are lacking. It seems likely that the orphan will die with the life-saving tactics Loch uses. Easter revives despite Loch’s efforts to save her life. Everyone went about doing their business during the recitation attempt. People came and left. This story part of the story would be dismissed as unbelievable if you didn’t take into account that Welty was one of the South’s grotesque writers.

What I’m listening to right now and Entry 255: To Epilogue or Not

I put on Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits to honor the ladies of the South. Her birth name was Virginia Patterson Hensley. She was one of the first country singers to cross over into the rock-n-roll genre. Patsy was the first woman in country music to perform at Carnegie Hall. She died in an airplane crash on March 5, 1963.

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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

10 thoughts on “Entry 255: To Epilogue or Not

      1. The sad thing about that fact is that Patsy Cline was most certainly still alive and going about her late morning routine on Tuesday, March 5, 1963. Per my mom, I was a “noon” baby, and where Patsy was (Kansas City, KS) it was still morning. Patsy didn’t check out of her motel room till 12:30 PM, and her plane didn’t crash until 6:29 PM Central Time, so Patsy and I were alive on the same planet for about 7 hours.

  1. I agree, editing is an essential part of writing. It’s actually my favourite part of writing – it feels like I’m sanding off a beautiful archeological item so that it can be enjoyed in all of its full splendour and beauty. I’m actually currently editing my own novel. Congratulations on the rewrites of your two chapters! I know that’s no small feat.

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