Keeping a journal has never been one of my strongest pursuits. I find it boring talking about myself for an extended period. This year, I wrote blog entries telling the tales about the things I’ve encountered along my writing road. On this writer’s journey, I’ve run into bumps, got stuck in ditches, and sometimes the scenery becomes tedious. The repetition of editing can become monotonous. Computer glitches can become obstacles along the path as tiresome as construction zones. It can leave a person stuck in technical traffic for hours. The best solution to such problems is sometimes to drive a different route. Please fasten your seat belts and prepare for this new stage on my writing journey. Therefore, I titled this post Entry 289: I’m Sure I Will Make My Goal.
Remember, editing is an important part of the writing process. Editing is where the artistry takes place. It’s where a writer thinks with their head to catch mistakes. Editing is the sweet spot where the delete button comes in handy. It’s where the creator decides which words belong to the reader and which ones remain with them.
My morning pages and Entry 289: I’m Sure I Will Make My Goal.
I had a very productive morning. Two more short stories have been edited for Tecumseh Street Stories. I also finished writing Old Granddaddy to add to a collection. Somehow, I managed to lose this story along the way. I rewrote it this week, trying to remember all the elements that went into the first story. Undoubtedly, I will be finished with this leg of my journey by the first day in November. I still have at least two stories to add to this project.
What I am currently reading and Entry 289: I’m Sure I Will Make My Goal.
I am almost finished reading Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. Janie goes to Jacksonville to marry Tea Cake. She thinks he took her money and ran when he didn’t return to where she is staying for a few days. He throws a big party with her money and promises to win it back. They go down to the Everglades to live and work.
The Music I selected today and Entry 289: I’m Sure I Will Make My Goal.
This morning, I put the Lord’s of Dog Town soundtrack on the stereo. This 1970s movie is about skater board riders in Santa Monica, California. People didn’t fill their pools because of the drought. These kids climbed the fences and engaged in this new outlaw sport.
The stuff going on in my life at the moment and Entry 289: I’m Sure I Will Make My Goal.
(This is the part that might get boring. You can skip it if you want.)
We spent the afternoon getting quotes and dealing with the insurance company. The Great Dane did over four thousand dollars in damage to our small car. The situation is frustrating. Since dogs don’t carry insurance, it is up to the owner’s homeowners insurance to pay the bill. We don’t think these people carry insurance.
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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Keeping a journal has never been one of my strongest pursuits. I find it boring talking about myself for an extended period. This year, I wrote blog entries telling the tales about the things I’ve encountered along my writing road. On this writer’s journey, I’ve run into bumps and got stuck in ditches, and sometimes…