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 265: Almost Polished.
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 265: Almost Polished
I moved through several chapters of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast this morning. The next round of editing should be finished by the end of the week. I have taken out all major grammatical errors. The plot holes have been fixed. I believe the characters have been developed about as good as they will be. The words that don’t need to be there have left the page. The ones that needed to be included showed up to do the work. I finished fifteen days over my target goal line. Life is good.
I managed to write a Golden Shovel today. If I find the time, I’d like to write some of them this afternoon. We also need to get back to finishing the apartment. The work slowed down due to a hand injury. There is always another day to work. Rooster and I are so busy that sometimes we can’t keep up with everything. We’ve also stolen some time to play in recent days. The big fact of life is winter is coming. I have a bad feeling about this one. Let’s just say that we are due.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 265: Almost Polished
Eldora Welty’s Losing Battles is a very humorous story. Jack takes the safe back and is arrested. He breaks out of the jail, sawing through the wall with a small knife, He goes home to help the family and wait on his trial. The one thing he wants is to marry the schoolteacher. Gloria becomes his wife. On their wedding night, Curly comes to arrest him. The next day, he goes to trial. Judge Moody wants to make an example of him, so he sends him to prison. His best friend, Aycock, confesses he was his accomplice and goes with him. Gloria has a big surprise waiting. She gave birth to Jack’s daughter while he was away.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 265: Almost Polished
I was in the mood for some classical stuff this morning, so I put on a CD with some Schubert-Beethoven Symphony music. Listening to this is very soothing. A strike by the U.A.W. is about to take place. There are members of my family who work in the auto industry. These things always create a certain level of anxiety.
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