My Journey to Become a Writer 04/23/2024 Post #114

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The other day somebody was speaking about pencil nubs. Just that reference made my face cringe remembering school erasers and how it used to be when I’d try to make mistakes disappear; but that metal rim would scrape and tear my page, because all the pink rubber had disappeared.

That’s kind of how I feel today. Like a flattened eraser worn down to nothingness causing more problems than solutions.

I think all of us, no matter how hard we try to fix ourselves, wind up falling short. We leave smudges and rips and all sorts of embarrassing messes. We try to help others, and then end up marring their pages as well. So then we feel shunned by their resentment and misunderstood and discouraged thinking maybe they feel the same.

Sorry if I’m being presumptuous in saying all this; but our humanity can be pretty frustrating.

And as with #2s, there’s really nothing to be done once an eraser gets worn down to the nub; but to throw it away.

Thanks be to God that He doesn’t do the same with us when we are worn to nothingness. He goes beyond just swooping in with white out – instead, He washes away all of our sins and shortcomings.

I’m resting in that today. All my faults and failures are covered by His grace. I’m trusting God to comfort others with that truth for their lives as well. Sometimes the best way to fix things is just to leave them alone instead of continually trying too hard.

What Did I Accomplish Today to Be a Writer?

I did Day 114 of the 100 Words a Day Writing Challenge 2024 through L.A. Writers’ Lab and submitted some short stories and a couple of poems for a collaboration our writing group is doing. We met and read through a stack of work from various members. We’re hoping to start sorting through each piece and determining where it belongs in the book as a whole,

Then we’ll begin to edit together.

My Office Management Strategy to Cut Down on Distractions as a Writer

I’ve been working to streamline regular tasks, so that I won’t feel so scattered in this area. For so long I was just in survival mode, tossing receipts into boxes, telling myself I’d better get to those ten months ago. Tax time came, and my lack of order led to a lot of stress, and dare I say: shame. I’m way behind on emails, and all sorts of things. Hopefully by focusing at least one day of the week on administrative type tasks I can start to reduce my anxiety over having so many lose ends.

Being able to relax definitely helps me focus on writing. Otherwise, I’m at war with myself and feeling frazzled. Anyway –

Thanks for reading what I’m writing,

Jody Susan

It’s kind of ironic that in this post from 99 days ago I talk about something else that makes me cringe besides eraser nubs; maybe I do have some sort of sensory issues…

Looking back I can see that my event count according to Google Analytics has gone way down since ninety-nine days ago, which leaves me with the questions: what was I doing then that I’m not doing now? Or: did they just change the algorithm? Oh well. Maybe it’s more issues with me being a bit of a nub.


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