Day 25 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Projects

This morning I have Barbra Streisand’s memoir on my mind. It’s 900 pages so I decided to do a combination of listening to the audiobook and reading the hardcopy. I typically listen to audiobooks or podcasts while I’m reading, but although the days are getting longer, we’re in a spat of rain. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I do well when I stick to a schedule or have a plan. Anyway, it’s taking me longer than anticipated to finish the book, but the way it’s laid out, that’s perfectly fine.

The book is 900 pages because Barbra Streisand has done a lot in her life. The book is organized in terms of projects. It’s easy to flip to your favorite Streisand project and read about her creative thought process and how she works. That’s what I find the most fascinating.

Yes, you can listen to an interview with an artist. That way, however, you’re limited to what the interviewer wants to talk about and about the work that artist is probably promoting. The goal of Streisand’s memoir is to set the record straight – to tell the truth about her life. Some might find it tedious with all the minutiae.

I suspect those people are not artists.

It might be cringey at parts. It is, however, authentically Barbra. In the end, all we have to bring to the page or bring to our art is ourselves. Someone else has created what we want to create. They probably create a higher craft level. What no one can do better than you, however, is to be yourself. And as I wrote that sentence an argument popped up from a person, I used to know who believed differently.

Here’s another thing I’m learning – you can choose to believe what thoughts that pop through your head. You can choose to believe that the authentic you has nothing to offer, that someone can study you and recreate you, that we are just a series of synapses that can be programmed into a computer… or you can choose to believe that you, just you has something to offer. I choose to believe the latter. Life is better for me that way.

These days I wouldn’t entertain someone who thought like that in my life. It’s too dangerous to surround myself with negative people whose thoughts and opinions keep me from my goals. I can think of plenty of negative thoughts about my work and myself on my own, thank you very much. I don’t need any help in that department.

One thing about the memoir that I pay close attention to is her regrets. Now. Regrets are not a chapter in the book. It’s not a project you can search for and see them all laid out plain. They’re sprinkled throughout. A recurring theme is that she regrets the things she didn’t do – the projects she didn’t carve out time to do, the people she didn’t work with. Time runs out.

Keep moving forward.


As of Day 25, – 1/25/24

# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/52-Day Goal

47,787 / 50,600/ 105,248

About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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