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 267: Finished Editing This Morning.
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 267: Finished Editing This Morning
It has been a productive morning. I finished the editing of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast. It is stored safely in several locations until I can afford a professional editor and figure out how to format and hire a book cover designer. The story is as polished as I can get it. I also edited two of my short works of fiction and put them into Techuseh Street Stories. The thing about working in a police office is you hear a lot of stories. These tall tales went back to the 1800s. I placed the nucleus of these accounts into the small fictional city of Tecumseh and added a little imagination. Having this done by the first day of November would be nice. That would give me two books filled with short stories and four books in my edited folder while I work on my NaNoWriMo project.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 267: Finished Editing This Morning
Eldora Welty’s Losing Battles can get a little confusing at times. It’s like ready a conversation where everyone is talking at the same time. Still, I am enjoying the story. Jack finally shows up at the reunion. He takes Gloria and the baby off to settle a score with Judge Moody because he pulled him out of a ditch without knowing he was the judge who sent him to the pen. Gloria and the baby end up on the road, and the judge swerves to avoid hitting them. This event places the vehicle in a precarious position between a tree and a cliff with Aycock inside.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 267: Finished Editing This Morning
I rocked out to Sly and The Family Stone’s Greatest hits this morning. I have always loved how this group combines the horns and the beat. It was a high point of my week when I watched them perform on The Midnight Special. I loved listening to them on the car radio. This music is the perfect sound to help me celebrate finishing my edit of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast.
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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