Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 21, 2017

Saturday, Day 21

  1. Published Part 2 of my Essay.
  2. Picked up pet meds at the vet’s office.
  3. Had a Chick Fil A sandwich for lunch.
  4. Went to the Antique Store in Fairview Heights.
  5. Bought 3 lbs. of bacon at the butcher shop.
  6. Watched the movie Maggie.
  7. Did laundry.
  8. Put a bird feeder back out. We had brought all the feeders in last July when we had a rat problem in the back yard. Had not taken them back out since.
  9. Stopped reading The Goldfinch. It wasn’t holding my attention and life is too short to read boring books. I read the plot summary on Wikipedia instead and I’m okay with that.

Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 18, 19, and 20, 2017

Wednesday, Day 18

  1. Pay day! Paid bills.
  2. Fresh homemade salads for dinner again.
  3. Read.

Thursday, Day 19

  1. Read.
  2. Made chili for dinner.

Friday, Day 20

  1. Donald Trump’s inauguration is today. I won’t be watching.
  2. I pulled out the manuscript for a book I started years ago and have worked on sporadically for several years now. Last time I worked on it was 2013. I think I might start on it again. Time to finish it.
  3. While searching for my manuscript, I came across a 31 page essay I wrote for some project years ago (can’t even remember what project now) and decided to share it on Medium. It’s 6 parts. Published the first part. Read it here.
  4. Pizza for dinner.


Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 16 and 17, 2017

Monday – Day 16

  1. Back to work today. We are open on MLK day.
  2. Sha’Dam! practice. Our next big show is February 25th.
  3. Salads for dinner.
  4. Read

Tuesday – Day 17

  1. Picked up burgers for dinner.
  2. Worked on a new 4 minute set to try out tonight.
  3. It’s open mic night! I made the list at Helium again tonight. Going to try out my new set.
  4. The new set went over very well.  I was happy with it. Small crowd but they laughed and were lively.

Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 15, 2017


  1. I made pancakes for breakfast, something I used to do every weekend but haven’t in several months. Also cooked bacon in the oven. Both were yummy.
  2. Went to Tuesday Morning to buy a new colander. Found Harper Lee’s “Go Set A Watchman” on CD and picked it up too. First time we’d been out of the house since Thursday. The ice has melted.
  3. Made a new recipe I found on Pinterest – a casserole with ground turkey.
  4. White Chicken Chili for dinner.
  5. Read.
  6. Cashed in iTunes gift cards I got for Xmas. Only bought 1 single this time, but bought 6 full albums. Usually my wish list is full of singles by the end of the year. I never pay for music throughout the year. Just wait and request gift cards to buy it all at Xmas.

Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 14, 2017


  1. More ice overnight. At least we still have power and it’s not as bad as the storm we had in late 2006 when we lost power for 4 days.
  2. Threw some seed out for the winter birds.
  3. Made an egg, potato, bacon, sausage, and pepper scramble for breakfast.
  4. Read.
  5. Watched I Am Big Bird: The Carol Spinney Story. A heartfelt biopic of the man who has played Big Bird since day one.
  6. Watched Now You See Me 2. I enjoy these over-the-top A-ha! movies but the dialogue was so bad.
  7. Leftover stew for dinner.

Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 11, 12, and 13, 2017


Wednesday, Day 11

  1. Went to the Wednesday night comedy showcase at the Funny Bone. One of my good friends I’ve made last year while doing comedy was performing. It was a great show.
  2. Read.
  3. Leftover meatloaf for dinner.

Thursday, Day 12

  1. Instead of wasting my early morning online I got ready and went to the grocery store before work. We’re expecting ICE overnight or tomorrow so I wanted to beat the crowd and pick up some staples.
  2. Read
  3. Made fresh salads for dinner.

Friday, Day 13

  1. Stayed home from work due to the ice storm, but then work closed early anyway.
  2. Made beef stew in the crock pot.
  3. Read.
  4. Watched The Intern with Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.
  5. Watched Spielberg’s The BFG.


Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 9 and 10, 2017


Monday, Day 9

  1. Read
  2. Finished the corn chowder for dinner.
  3. Got a rejection letter for those poems I sent over the weekend. Not upset about it. Probably the fastest rejection I’ve ever gotten.  Better to get that than be left hanging.

Tuesday, Day 10

  1. Open Mic Night! I made the list at Helium. This will be my first mic of the new year.
  2. Read
  3. Made a turkey meatloaf for dinner, with pickled beets.
  4. Tried a brand new set at open mic. Hard to gauge how well it did because the crowd was very small. But I felt good about it.


Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 8, 2017


  1. I submitted 4 of my poems to a new online journal called Impossible Archetype.
  2. Cleaned and purged the kitchen: the pantry, dishes, glasses, utensils, food, everything. We are donating a lot, including two sets of dishes we never use.  And we threw away about 2 trash bags full of junk and expired food.
  3. Laundry
  4. Watched the first episode of NBC’s new show, The Emerald City. I’m so tired of Wizard of Oz inspired shows. I doubt this one will keep my attention.
  5. Read
  6. Watched most of The Golden Globes. I thought Meryl Streep gave a good speech.  Looks like La La Land will probably rack up at the Oscars if the Globes are an indication. Haven’t seen it yet.

Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 6 and 7, 2017


Friday, Day 6

  1. Worked on a new joke for a new set. It’s all about the Golden Girls.
  2. Had leftover chili for dinner.
  3. Finished binge watching the first season of “Beyond.” The religious aspect turned me off a bit, but it was good overall. I’ll definitely watch Season 2.

Saturday, Day 7

  1. Grocery shopped: the butcher shop, Dollar General, Save A Lot, The Ruler, Pet Smart, Shop N Save. It was a long day of shopping.
  2. Made collard green spring rolls for the first time. Not bad.
  3. Had corn chowder for dinner.

Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 4 and 5, 2017


Day 4, Wednesday

  1. Just another work day.
  2. Made turkey burgers and steak fries for dinner.
  3. Started binge watching the first season of “Beyond” on Free Form.

Day 5, Thursday

  1. Woke up to snow on the ground. Not much, just a light cottony dusting, but pretty.
  2. It’s payday! One day late because of the holiday on Monday.
  3. Paid bills.
  4. Paid my personal property taxes too – fuck you Missouri!
  5. Made chili for dinner.
  6. Watched more of “Beyond.”
  7. Reconnected with an old friend. He was my best friend in 8th grade. Haven’t seen or heard from him in years, and he hasn’t been on Facebook until recently.  He’s had a really hard time the last 5 years, but it was nice to catch up.