My Journey to Become a Writer 03/19/2024 Post #79

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I’m fighting off discouragement, because my body has kind of gone on strike for a bit.

My brain’s saying, “I want a break, too!”

I knew this was coming. I’ve been running on adrenaline far too long.

Between caring for my mom, helping my dad empty and sell their house, trying to finish a manuscript and a tiny house, finding a place to live, moving in, starting a business, and blah, blah, blah, it’s just been too much.

I’m having to step back and catch my breath for a while. Good thing I had help moving my couch out of the garage. It’s been a nice landing spot. Hopefully I can start recovering strength soon.

With that being said, I sort of dread the daily question:

What Did I Accomplish Today to Be a Writer?

My heart skipped a lot of beats; but it kept going, so that’s got to be some kind of accomplishment.

I did Day 79 of the 100 Words a Day Writing Challenge 2024 through LA Writer’s Lab my story.

I made it to my writing group after missing the last two weeks. We’re thinking of doing a collaboration of short stories and poems in the coming year.

Not much else to report.

When I get discouraged about my lack of strength, I remember how my mom just kept putting one foot in front of the other:

She wanted to keep walking as long as she could.

I did post these pictures on Instagram:

For some reason the option for music shows up on my phone; but not on my computer – I can’t quite figure it out. I was reminded of the verse “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path,” and the song that Amy Grant sings with those words.

Thanks for reading what I’m writing,

Jody Susan

These pictures of my mom make me smile:


I'm not sure what to say here: I once got second place in a dog-look-alike-contest? I know how to fold a fitted sheet? I'm pretty much a poster child for social backwardness - at least as far as social media is concerned; but I have some stories I think I'm supposed to share and am attempting to do that here, in this space.

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