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: 266: It’s All Fun and Games.
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: 266: It’s All Fun and Games
I waded through chapters of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast until I reached 63. That will be left for tomorrow, along with the epilogue, concluding that round of edits. This jumping-off point will free me to explore the short stories I will put into Tecumseh Street Stories. Most of these tall tales have been submitted to my writing group for critique. All that is required is to arrange them in some sort of order. I worked for seventeen years in a campus police office. The local cops who worked part-time for us liked to talk. I was like a fly on the wall listening, taking their stories, adding an element of exaggeration. It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.
I wrote the last Golden Shovel I will use from The Blue Scarf. Sticking with Amy Lowell seems to be a good idea. I will move on to The Garden By Moonlight. I like the images Lowell conjures up in her poetry. There is over a month until NaNoWriMo. Maybe I can get ahead before it starts. I am looking forward to that writing adventure.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry: 266: It’s All Fun and Games
I am reading Eldora Welty’s Losing Battles. Jack finally shows up at the reunion. He discovers his grandfather has died. Curly took his truck and horse. The farm has fallen apart. The big surprise of the baby isn’t much of a surprise because Gloria wrote to him. The biggest surprise happens when he learns it was Judge Moody’s car he helped pull out of the ditch on his way to the reunion. He leaves with Gloria and the baby to put the judge’s car back in a ditch.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry: 266: It’s All Fun and Games
I put The Temptation’s 20th Century Collection Masters CD on this morning. They are the best of the Motown sound. I don’t remember where Rooster and I got this greatest hits collection, but there is some great music on these CDs.
Who is Molly Shea?
Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh. To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.
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