Friday John Ku – AKA – TGIF

 

Twiggy and Lucy

“Hey, Lucy. Want to play with the soccer ball? It’s Friday.”
“I’m so glad you are back at it, Little One. Sure I’ll play.”

Friday is here and a very welcome sight. “I wish I could work all weekend,” said no one ever. (Well maybe there are a few.)

This was a pretty uneventful week. I continue to pour over my WIP. I did a run-through Grammarly and found 4,323 things that need attention. Most are commas, which are the bane of my existence. I fully understand why. When I was in High School, I worked in the journalism department as a reporter and section editor of the yearbook. My journalism teacher would send back my stories with blue pencil circles around all the commas. (Blue pencil was an indicator to eliminate.) I finally got to the point where I almost removed commas from my brain.

The teacher did explain that too many commas slowed the story, and maybe a more fluid sentence would be in order. So that is my excuse, and I’m sticking with it. I also put the 4,323 things into context. If I take all the words in the WIP (96,000) and divide them into corrections needed, that leaves an accuracy ratio of 95.6 percent. I can live with that. (At least I can rationalize with that.)

As you know from yesterday’s post, Twiggy has been under the weather. I am pleased to report she is back to her old self and a testament to big pharma.

Today’s JohnKu talks about worry. I hope you have a great weekend

Concern by John W. Howell Β©2019

They can’t speak a word,

Even if something is wrong . . .

Fur babies need us.

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  1. I’m happy Twiggy is her old self again. I hear you on the commas! Enjoy your weekend, John.

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Have a good one as well.

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  2. So glad Twiggy is better. I’m laughing about the commas … I’m with you on that, lol. I love that ratio though! Well done, John. The end is in sight! Love today’s poem. Have a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

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    1. The end is in sight. Beta readers then magic editing. πŸ˜€

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  3. The same thing happens when I run my work through Grammarly. I’m happy little Twiggy is well now and playing with her toys. Have a happy weekend, John. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. Have a super weekend as well.

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  4. I actually had the opposite issue with commas in high school. Rarely used them until a teacher sat me down to explain how they work. Natural pauses was the phrase. Natural for most people though because there are those who talk, with, too, many, pauses.

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    1. Hahahaha. Thanks, Charles.

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  5. I’m so happy Twiggy is feeling better. I’ve always thought of pediatricians and veterinarians as especially gifted as they understand what we cannot decipher. Your comments about commas evoked a chuckle, John. Right on!

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. I agree on the medical folks who can understand what is needed. Glad you got a chuckle.

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  6. So glad that Twiggy is on the road to recovery…

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    1. She has all her brat traits back. (They are welcome.) Thaks, Lori.

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  7. Glad to hear you made it through the week. I did just fine!

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  8. I’m glad Twiggy’s feeling better, and I laughed at your commas. Too many of anything can be a chore to deal with. You have commas — I have boxes!

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    1. Yes, those cursed boxes. I was so glad our community has a recycle cardboard pick up. πŸ˜€

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  9. Whew glad Twiggy is getting better! We are care givers from day one. An awesome responsibility. (I’m afraid I love my commas!)

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    1. I have to admire you, Pamela. Anyone who loves commas is a saint in my book.

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  10. What a joy, dear John! Now she is stronger & is going to enter the Eel soccer team. Commas? I comprehend you as they are my own problem, especially in Russian. There are so many rules where to put them & where not…so I prefer foreign languages for writing. πŸ™‚

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    1. I envey you, Maria. To have a choice of languages is a blessing.

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      1. Thanks, dear John! Each of us has its unique blessing. That’s wonderful! You can write wonderful books, for example, & comprehend the doggy language. Otherwise Twiggy & Lucy’s photo diary wouldn’t have been possible! πŸ™‚

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      2. Thank you, Maria.

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      3. πŸ™‚ Mr. Eel looks like a goalkeeper, by the way… Very cute photo!

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      4. Thank you, Maria.

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  11. Cheers to Twiggy’s recovery! I’m with you about commas. Meanwhile, I used to tell people that the best part of Friday was that we were one day closer to Monday than we were yesterday. Just can’t understand why they thought I was sick.

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    1. Yes. Makes one wonder. πŸ˜‚

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  12. So happy Twiggy’s feeling better – and just in time for the weekend.

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    1. Yes. We are happy too. Thanks, Teri.

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  13. Glad Twiggy is fine!!

    And I’m sure it’s a lot of work…but hey, it’s almost finished πŸŽŠπŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈπŸ°πŸ“–

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    1. Twiggy is back to her brat self. Thanks, VR. Yes, almost finished.

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      1. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  14. I love your rationale, John. πŸ˜€ I’m so happy that Twiggy’s feeling much better. I can relate so much with your haiku. Having a dog is like having a toddler that never grows up. Happy Friday!

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    1. So true on the toddler, Vashti. Thank you

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  15. I am, so glad, Twiggy, is feeling, better.

    You’re right about those commas John. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thanks, Marc. They are a pain for sure.

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  16. I’m happy to hear that 1) Twiggy is back to normal, and 2) that I’m not the only one fighting a lifelong battle with commas.

    Have a great weekend, John. Time to put the blue pencil down.

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    1. Hahahaha. Thanks you, Dan. Maybe I will take some time off. 😁

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  17. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    Congrats on your progress. I feel the same way about commas. I wish our fur babies could tell us when something is wrong, too.

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    1. Thank you, Denise. 😊

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  18. So glad she’s back in the game, and I hope her toys didn’t miss her too much.

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    1. I think they might have enjoyed the time off. Thanks, Craig.

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  19. What a relief that Twiggy is better! Your comma story shows something about how we learn. Very thought-provoking.

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    1. Thak you, Luanne. I’ve had to learn abot commas for sure.

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  20. John, who doesn’t have cause for concern with commas and the correct time to use them. Personally, I love them. Keep up the good work and have a great weekend, warm and dry where you are, hopefully. Cold and snowy here today (4 inches on top of what we already have)

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    1. Yes, your snow is why I’m in Texas. Don’t think I could handle it. Y’all are tough and brave.

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      1. And maybe a little dumb for staying here. But we just love paying NY taxes…NOT!πŸ˜‰

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  21. Pleased to hear Big Pharma are doing something right. Commas – I feel your pain. Have a good weekend.

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  22. Yay for Twiggy! Though she was already showing signs of being back to her old, young self πŸ˜‰
    As for commas, I should think too much of anything, is too much; not enough, however, makes one have trouble catching one’s breath! Cheers to you finding the happy-medium!

    And for you, the weekend, for me, the start of work (though I can’t really complain as I only work two days per week… my weekend is just 5-days long instead of 2 πŸ˜‰

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    1. I like the idea of a five day weekend. πŸ˜€

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      1. Lemme tell you, these two days are worth five and I NEED five days to recuperate!

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      2. I can believe it. πŸ˜€ Especially given last week’s story.

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      3. Yessiree. And by the way, Pat made it out ok. Last night was a later one as the organisers have our venue til 2 instead of 1 and again tonight. So… I am already tired and looking forward to my “weekend” πŸ˜‰

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      4. That is good for Pat. For you ? Not so much.

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      5. One more weekend after tonight and then I am FREE!!! So I am trying not to complain too much πŸ˜‰

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      6. That will be nice for sure,

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  23. 95.6 is not bad. It is good to see Twiggy up and moving again! TGIF to you, John! Cheers!

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    1. Thank you, Jo. We are very happy she is responding to the meds.

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  24. Anonymous · ·

    HOW

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  25. How lucky you are,John; with all the troubles in the world you have the luxury of condemning commas!

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  26. Yay! Glad Twiggy is back to herself. Those young ones can bounce back quickly! I love the JohnKu!

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  27. I am so glad Twiggy is back to her old self and feeling chipper again! I share your ‘bane of existence’! My first year of college, my political science prof (for whom I later went to work as a research assistant) marked every single paper I wrote with the same comment: “You tend to overuse the comma”. I still do … when you have 14 commas in a single sentence, it’s almost certain you have overused it! πŸ˜‰ Have a happy weekend, my friend!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Happy weekend to you

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  28. Awww… a heartfelt JohnKu. I’m glad Twiggy is feeling better.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie. She is up to full brat.

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  29. I’m glad to hear that Twiggy is feeling better! As for you, it sounds as though you are suffering from Comma Paranoia. (It’s a real phenomenon.)

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    1. I think you are right. I see dead commas. 😁

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      1. Haha! πŸ˜€

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  30. Reblogged this on Loleta Abi Author & Book Blogger and commented:
    So very true!

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    1. Thank you, Traci

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      1. You’re welcome, John! Hugs and enjoy your week!

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      2. You as well, Traci

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