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 319: A Reunion With Old Friends.
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 319: A Reunion With Old Friends
Today’s word count is 1743. I have almost reached the 30,000-word point on this NaNoWriMo journey. This year, the writing for this event has become so much easier. This book has been living in my head for over a year now. I feel a sense of relief as I type the words. This is the third book in the second series I’ve been writing. Amazing Buchanan and the Beast is the first one in this collection of stories that evolved from a NaNoWriMo project. Some of the characters appear in this story. It feels like I am having a reunion with old friends.
What I am currently reading and Entry 319: A Reunion With Old Friends
I am almost in the middle of Lilac Girls by Martha Hall-Kelly. My reading has taken a hard right toward stories about World War II. My current book is taken from a true account of what happened to these three women during the period. I think we have forgotten about this period of time and the horror of what the Nazis brought on the world. They argued that they were doing it for the greater good. If any public figure starts using arguments such as this and talks about reeducation camps, run the other way. History has a bad habit of repeating itself, especially in a population that doesn’t read.
The music I selected today and Entry 319: A Reunion With Old Friends
I went back to my roots and listened to Led Zeppelin’s Mothership. This two-disc set contains the songs of my youth.
The stuff going on in my life at the moment and Entry 319: A Reunion With Old Friends
(This is the part that might get boring. You can skip it if you want.)
It has been a day for broken things, and time progressed with the normal sluggishness that happened for weeks after one of those annoying time changes. We were about to go to bed when I heard water running. I thought at first that it was raining outside, but it wasn’t. Rooster listened before he entered the crawl space beneath the house. A trip to the front yard and the water was turned off. We have a broken shutoff valve squirting water. Tomorrow, we will have to fix it. Yuck.
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I started participating in NaNoWriMo in 2014 because of a dare. Someone was planning to try the 50,000 words in a month challenge and dared me to participate. I didn’t think the word count was achievable, but I also thought I had nothing to lose if I tried. I barely made it over the finish…
In high school, I had a young teacher straight out of college. She came up with the idea to have us study song lyrics as modern poetry. We’d pick the words of a song and analyze what the songwriter was trying to say. I thought it was a cool thing to do at the time.…
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…