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 270: Working on Tecumseh Street Stories.
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 270: Working on Tecumseh Street Stories
I worked on placing three more short stories into Tecumseh Street Stories this morning. The editing was easily accomplished. I can see I’m going to have an issue with having enough of these to make two books out of that long ago NaNoWriMo project. The strategy I will probably take is to sift some from Tecumseh City Limits. There are a few short stories in that collection that might be better in the second book. I am finding this to be an interesting project. My goal is to have both books cleaned up by the time NaNoWriMo rolls around on November 1st.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 270: Working on Tecumseh Street Stories
I am still working my way through Eldora Welty’s Losing Battles. It is a very long book that takes a while to digest. The biggest problem I’ve experienced in keeping track with the book is because there are so many characters and the dialogue gets fast and furious at times. Jack has left to take care of Aycock. The guy is balancing on a cliff in Judge Moody’s car. The family gives Gloria the bad news that she is Jack’s first cousin during a watermelon fight. They also discuss the details about Julie Mortimer’s life and death. Gloria was an orphan if you will remember. If the details of her parentage are true, you have to wonder why nobody said a word about it before d=she married Jack.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 270: Working on Tecumseh Street Stories
I listened to Rusted Root this morning. Their music moved me through my morning editing.
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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