My Journey to Become a Writer 02/16/2024 Post #47

What Did I Accomplish Today to Be a Writer?

I didn’t write much; but I did make it back and forth to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles three times – and only teared up once. I could certainly generate some content from the discontent I felt from my experience.

At least I didn’t start bawling when she asked me what hair color I wanted to put, then looked at me as if she were trying to be polite; but hoped I’d pick the answer she had in her head.

For the record, my license has always listed “Brown” for hair.

This morning I went to get my hair cut, since I’m supposed to get a headshot for my About Page photo done next weekend.

A lady I don’t know, that saw me walk in said, “Oh, did you decide to let your hair go gray? It’s so pretty.” I do believe it was a compliment; but was kind of humored, because the bottom of my hair is natural, not dyed.

Fast forward a few hours.

On my second trip to the BMV the employee instructed me to, “smile but don’t show your teeth”. Then for hair color she said, “Why don’t you just say ‘Gray’, so you don’t have to change it later?”

I’ve been thinking, what if I’d responded, “Why don’t you just shut up?”

That wouldn’t have been very nice; but I didn’t exactly need the push toward gearing up for my geriatric years.

I wonder if she tells men with receding hairlines, “Let’s just say “Bald” so you don’t have to worry about changing that when it all falls out.”

As far as actual writing, I did do Day 47 of the 100 Words a Day Writing Challenge 2024 through LA Writer’s Lab.  

What Am I Afraid of Doing Next in My Journey as a Writer?

I’ve faced the BMV and gotten disentangled from that red tape, so I’m feeling like I could face about everything on my list; but I think I’d rather put my face in my pillow and fall asleep. That place drained me dry.

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Stuff I find myself saying:  I know we have a lot to be grateful for in this country; but after dealing with the post office and BMV this week, I felt like their policies put the “dom” in freedom.

– Jody Susan

How Am I Balancing the Different Aspects of Being a Writer?

I’m recognizing that if my space is out of sorts, I’m less likely to settle into writing, so my main focus right now is to get my possessions, papers, and responsibilities in order, so that I can better concentrate on content.

What I’m Doing About Building a Body of Work as a Writer

I was not exactly content with the way things went at the BMV; but I think it could make for some pretty good content.

What I’m Doing to Complete My Manuscripts as a Writer

I’m planning to file papers in the upcoming days in such a way that they will be easy to grab, if I want to reference them while writing manuscripts. I’m also pretty determined to set some parameters for myself to cut my chapters down to a more manageable size and set some standards for future manuscripts.

What I’m Doing to Grow My Website as a Writer

I went back and looked at Income School again to see where I left off in the Project 24 blogging system, and that made me more encouraged about picking up where I left off.

What I’m Doing to Build My Blog as a Writer

I’m writing this post. I have not gotten to the drafts I intended to touch on; but I’m trying to still keep up with the discipline of posting daily. Even if this isn’t all that interesting, I feel like the act of having a deadline each day is exercising my time management and writing skills, so I’m going to keep at it, like I said I would.

Not so Fun Fact About Me:  I had to go to the BMV three times today.

What I’m Doing About Networking as a Writer

Nothing. I’m actually so excited to be snowed in for a couple of days.

What I’m Doing About Monetization as a Writer

I saved some affiliate links yesterday; but still haven’t implemented any of that.

What I’m Doing About Social Media as a Writer

I’m still pretty confused by the way Meta connects notifications. I feel like I’m seeing things more than I need to, and don’t know how to fix that.

What I’m Doing About Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a Writer

Nothing. Wow – maybe I need to get a new set of questions – or I need a kick in the tail. Mostly, I just need my upstairs cleaned, so I can get back to concentrating on posts.

What I’m Doing to Stay Organized as a Writer

I got my new driver’s license today and plates for my car and trailer. Once I send a copy of my license to Texas, I’ll be excused from Jury Duty down there – good thing, since I’m so far away. Getting those things out of the way will be a big help in having more time to file my papers and sit down to work.

Looking Back at My Writing Journey

It’s been a long day.

Any Other Thoughts on Becoming a Writer, Random Rants, Tales, or Trials…

The BMV has a survey they want customers to take to decide if they’re satisfied or not. There are only two emotions to pick from – a red frown emoji, or a grinning green one. Nothing in between.

I didn’t like that survey – and thought it was especially ironic that the smiling one was showing its teeth. That seemed hypocritical, since we’re not to show our teeth in the snapshot for our licenses.

I felt totally pressured into picking the happy guy. I’m glad to be done at the BMV and hope I don’t have to go back until the day I list my hair as “White”.

Thanks for reading what I’m writing,

Jody Susan

My mom’s hair could sure blend in behind her snowball hydrangeas:


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