Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

Twiggy

“It’s Friday. So much to do. So little time.”

“Here, we are again. Having to face another weekend away from our beloved work,” said no one ever. I hope you are looking forward to the weekend. I also hope your week was a good one.

Nothing much going on around here. Just plugging away on the WIP. Last week I finished up at over 61,000 words. This week’s total is over 68,000. That is still on the 1000 word a day goal. I am grateful I can continue the pace and don’t take the productivity for granted. We all know things could get in the way at any time, so I mark it up as a good run so far. It also means I’m about 75% complete on my first draft. Yeah, that feels good.

Today’s JohnKu talks about taking things for granted. I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Grateful by John W. Howell ยฉ 2019

We accomplish goals,

And tend to think it’s just us . . .

Fate is there to help.

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  1. Haha I have a long weekend off Radius rehearsals but there is no rest for the wicked as my Mum reminded me this morning after I finish relaxing and reading my blog Iโ€™ve got to get on with learning my words and music for Romeo and Juliet, I hope fate shows up soon to help get me off the couch ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

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    1. Hahaha. The life of a star. Hopefully a new set of words and music calling you off the couch forever. Hugs. ๐Ÿ˜

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  2. Congrats on the progress. Iโ€™m sure someone has lamented being away from work. They ended up with a self-hugging jacket, but there had to be someone. ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Hahaha. It’s like saying on the deathbed, “I wish I could work more.” Thanks for the laugh. I like the self-hugging jacket term. ๐Ÿ˜

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      1. Careful saying that phrase. A higher power might be listening and have a plan.

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  3. Cheers to progress โ€ฆ and Hey Twiggy – Don’t forget to put away the toys when you are done playing. Oh – I know – you’re not done.

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    1. She also tells me she has no opposable thumb so it is pretty hard to pick up the toys. I remind her that the mouth can serve a pick-up function and she just looks at me.

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  4. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Hope your day is perfect, John. Congrats on your progress! All the best…

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    1. These days all new days are perfect. Thankโ€‹ you , Gwen

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      1. Gwen M. Plano · ·

        I so agree with you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. What a great opening line…and so true! Congratulations on your progress, John. Slow and steady wins the race, right? Great JohnKu!

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    1. Yes. I call it low and slow. Thanks, Jill. Have a super Friday.

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  6. Sounds like great progress, John. It is always good when โ€œthose thingsโ€ donโ€™t happen. Iโ€™m poking around looking for yesterdayโ€™s post – no email. Have a great Friday and roll into the weekend a little early if you can.

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    1. I can’t imagine where the post went. I think you should do an early weekend as well.

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      1. Well, itโ€™s given me a topic of conversation for tomorrow.

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  7. Personally, my struggle’s to keep it from being a three-day weekend. This is forecast to be the hottest day of the year, and I’m not certain anything with AC wouldn’t be better than work. If Fate shows up, I hope she brings clouds! Congrats on your progress — do you ever do weekend work on a WIP if things are going really well?

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    1. Thanks, Linda. Yes, I write at least 1000 words a day, seven days a week. Gives me at least 7000 words for the week. I very seldom keep going even if I’m in a groove. I’m pretty lucky in that I can pick up the groove the next day. So I’m like an elephant and lumber as opposed to a sprint. On top of that, I do the blog every day as well so I need to conserve energy (so to speak) ๐Ÿ˜€

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  8. Indeed, Twiggy is very busy. So many toys to deal with!

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    1. I know,โ€‹ poor thing. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  9. True words, John. Good news on your writing progress. Happy weekend to you and the girls.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie. Happy Weekend to you as well.

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  10. Nice progress, John – have a great weekend!

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  11. Busy Fingers and Mind! โ™ฅ

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    1. Thanks, Billy Ray

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  12. Loved your opening about work. Yep, I think we can all relate to that, LOL.
    Cheers to your continued progress. I’m jealous! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Progress is measured in inches. Sometimes I feel like a lumbering elephant. Thanks, Mae.

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  13. Oh, how I agree with this JohnKu! We think we are in control and God laughs at us. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats on the steady pace. You are an inspiration!!

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    1. Thank you, Jan. Call me John the elephant. ๐Ÿ˜ *Trumpet

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  14. Sounds like you’re making great progress to me. I’m about to lose all my writing time again. I have a housefull of company once more, then I’ll have to dedicate some time to my new release.

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    1. As this weeks Friday post says, “Shit happens.”

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  15. Endless Weekend · ·

    What was said, that serves as a source of endless amusement and inspiration for us, is what the dowager countess from the tv show Downton Abbey asked:

    โ€œWhat is a week-end?โ€

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  16. You’re moving along at a great pace, Boss. And no, I don’t see you as the kind to take anything for granted.

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  17. Wow… steady as she goes. You are motivated and dedicated. So glad your muse is keeping you steady company.

    Enjoy your weekend. Yo Twiggy! Pick up your toys!

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    1. She will tell you that she has no opposable thumb as an excuse. I mention mouth and she looks at me.

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      1. Of course. And of course! Just like any kid!!

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  18. Fate is indeed there to help and hinder on occasion too. Have a good weekend, John.

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    1. Have a great weekend, Guy.

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  19. Congratulations on your progress, John. Some of that may be fate, but most is hard work ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Marie.

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  20. Your WIP is just humming right along, you should be proud of yourself!!

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    1. Thank you, GP. It does become satisfying once you stand back and look at the results.

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  21. Your Johnku is very true. You can make all the plans you like but sometimes life gets in the way. I’m happy you’re on a good roll, John. Congrats on being 75% done! ๐Ÿ˜€ xo

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    1. Thank you, Vashti.

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  22. Three-fours done on the first draft of your WIP?? Awesome, John! I need to be as organized and determined as you are. Odd how things just get in the way — things that need to be done, and I’m the only one who can do them.

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    1. Yeah. Life does happen. Thanks, Debbie.

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  23. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    Congrats on the continued word count. I agree take advantage of the smooth sailing of it!

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    1. The only way to go.

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

        ๐Ÿ™‚

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  24. […] Itโ€™s true. I read Johnโ€™s Thursday post after his Friday post. But itโ€™s Googleโ€™s […]

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    1. Thanks for the mention, Dan

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  25. Holy Hannah! I could never do even half that, John. That’s an amazing rate of words. Kudos.
    Oh, and I love the pink pig toy. I see Twiggy is not short of playthings. ๐Ÿ˜€ My old friend who lives in the next town commented on Crystal’s gallon ziplock bag of cat ball-toys. She got playful yesterday and even did the “springbok” pounce (all fours in the air at once, then pounce). She hasn’t done that since before all the pre-move chaos set in, back in February when I donated our furniture. She’s 13 now so those moments are cherished. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. I used to laugh out loud when our cats did the springbok pounce. Yes at 13 you have to cherish every moment. Thanks for sharing, Teagan.

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  26. It sounds like things are going well for you John. It’s quiet here today and that’s always something to be grateful for. It could be a calm before the storm. ๐Ÿ™‚ — Suzanne

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    1. Quiet is good. Thanks, Suzanne.

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  27. Kudos on your progress, John!

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  28. Congratulations John. The haiku has resonance. It’s beautiful.

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    1. Such a nice comment, Rob. Thank you.

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