Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

Lucy and Twiggy

“Hey, Lucy, its Friday. Want to ruckus?”
“After my nap, Little One. After my nap.”

 

Another Friday is here and thank goodness for it. As you know from last week. I was on a break. It was terrific having mt eldest daughter visit. We did so many things, and she was a delight to have close.

I didn’t do any writing on the break. My goal was to be with my daughter, and that was accomplished. I did get back to work on Wednesday and have managed a thousand words a day since then.  So in all, I took a break of six days, and I worked on my WIP for five days. I was at 28,000 words when I last reported, and I’m now at 34,000. That means the days I worked, I did a little over 1000 words a day. You may wonder why I am going through these gyrations? To stay on point is why. If I have to report my output to you guys weekly, then I’m more dedicated. So I think you for keeping my nose to the grindstone.

Today’s JohnKu talks about staying on point.

On Point by John W. Howell © 2019

When there’s a to-do,

Best to commit to others. . .

To stay right on point.

I hope you have a great weekend.

59 comments

  1. Great to hear that your short break from blogging went well and that you didn’t blog while on your break, John. Well done on the achievements.

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    1. Thank you, Hugh. Glad to see you back as well.

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  2. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    I’m so happy you had a wonderful time with your eldest daughter. And, I’m pleased we readers have a noble role — to keep you on point. 😀 Enjoy the weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Noble role indeed. 😁

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  3. The weekly report makes sense. It acts like a short term goal. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Puts me on the spot to deliver. 😬

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  4. So glad that you had a great visit with your daughter, John. Admire your discipline. And that photo of the pups is a perfect set-up for the weekend. Have a good one!

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    1. Have a great weekend as well, Lori. Thank you.

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  5. I’m glad you’ve found a ‘system’ that works for you. Figuring out what works can take some time!

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    1. Once I’m underway with a new book I pretty much stick to 1000 words a day. I find mouthing off about it keeps me dedicated and makes the discipline go easier. Thanks, Linda.

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  6. I’m happy you enjoyed the time with your daughter, John. Nice job staying on point! Happy Friday!

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    1. Thank you, Jill.😊 have a great Friday as well.

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      1. Thanks, John! I’m ready for the weekend! 🙂

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  7. I’m glad the visit with your daughter went well. It’s good to have family!

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    1. Yes, it is good to have family, GP. I am blessed and know it. 😀

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  8. Glad to hear your time with your daughter went so well, John. Welcome back and have a great weekend. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. 😁

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  9. A wonderful visit with your daughter and terrific word count. I’d say everything is going swimmingly 🙂

    Happy Friday, John!

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    1. Me too, Mae. Thanks so much. 😁

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  10. So glad you had a nice visit with your daughter. We all need breaks now and then and the best break is spent with those we love. Happy Friday, John, and congratulations on your word count 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Marie. The time was very well spent. 😊

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  11. Happy Friday, John! I love Twiggy’s stairs.

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    1. Thank you, Teri. She does leap up on the couch when she wants but does still use them.

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  12. Welcome back. I missed you, but I love that you devoted your time to your daughter.

    And kudos to you for getting right back on the computer and exceeding your target!

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    1. It actually was good to be away from the characters for a while. It let me gain back plot control. 😂 Thanks, Staci.

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  13. Nothing compares to family fun time, John.
    Nothing.
    Good to have you back.

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    1. Thank you, Hook. Good to be here.

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  14. Have a great weekend, John. ♥

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    1. Thank you, Billy Ray. You as well. 😁

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  15. Everyone needs a little break, and family time is important. More so when you don’t see them every day. I report on my progress too, and always wondered if anyone cared or not.

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    1. I think your reporting was the idea for my reporting, so I care.

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      1. Cool. Mutual Admiration Society.

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  16. A great strategy to hold yourself accountable, John. I’m happy you had the time off with your daughter. We all need to do that every so often. I’ve noticed that when I take a small break from my work I come back to it with more vigor. Happy Friday and a great weekend! 😀 xo

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    1. I think you are right, Vashti. It was good to get away. If nothing else but to plot on how I can wrestle the story away from those pesky characters.

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      1. They certainly do have a mind of their own. 😉

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      2. They do for sure.

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  17. Glad to hear you had a great time with your daughter, John.

    And you’re right about reconnecting, it does work wonders. 🙂

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  18. I admire your persistence and your productivity, John. I’m afraid talking about that would result in the opposite for me, coupled with a boatload of guilt over failing. Life does intervene, and sometimes it’s just tough to figure out a system that works. Enjoy your weekend!

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  19. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    So glad you got to focus on your daughter and had a great time! I think you make a great point if we have to report what we are doing we are much more likely to do it. Have a great weekend:)

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  20. Pleased to hear that you had a good break and are now back to the grindstone. Have a good weekend.

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  21. Fantastic you stepped away so you could be full-time with your daughter. These moments are precious and the rest of us can wait 😉

    And good on you for picking up where you left off! It is a smart idea to use us as your incentive to keep plodding. I want the next word count by Friday…y’hear? 😉

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  22. Cheers to your Dad time! …. and hey – you’ll make up for lost time. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Frank

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  23. We wouldn’t be too hard on you if you came up a little short, John. I’m glad you enjoyed your break and your daughter’s visit.

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  24. How lovely to have that special time with your daughter, John! I’m excited to hear that the new WIP is progressing well. I can’t wait to see where your marvelous creativity takes us this time. 😊

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    1. Thank you Soooz. So far we’ve been to Dodge City, Kansas, Tombstone AZ, The Alamo, and D-Day on Normandy Beach in France. Who knows where next?

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      1. Loving the sound of those locations, I keep thinking about Davey Crockett, Jim Bowie, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday, with a side order of John Wayne. Head on down to Australia I’ll be happy to supply the subtitles you’ll probably need to translate the Aussie-speak.❤

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      2. We met everyone except Bowie. Yes, Aussie speak is a little different. Thanks, Soooz

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  25. I’m happy to know that you had a good time with your daughter, as I’m sure she did with her dad. But, I must ask … the poor pups look exhausted … did you work them half to death? 😉

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    1. They work themselves half to death. They had just benefitted from a squirrel dropping into the back yard and resultant chase in 101 degrees. Alls well. Squirrel got away and dogs finally got cool. 😁

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      1. Poor squirrel! Glad he got away thought. I don’t envy you those temps … only in the 90s here, but still almost impossible to breathe. Stay cool!

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      2. I will. Thank you, Jill.

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  26. Wonderful to hear that your daughter’s visit was a good one, John. Good for you not blogging. I know what you mean about announcing to the world what you plan to accomplish. It helps you stay on task.

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    1. Yes, it does. Thanks, Jennie

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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