Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

TGIF

“You are right, Little One. I hear Friday at the gate.”
“Do we let ’em in?”
“Friday is always welcome.”

 

It is Friday for sure.  You can count on me. I looked at the calendar to verify. I just thought about all of the workers who used to go to the workplace. This whole individual isolation thing has given you a shot of what we permanently at home types have been facing for years. Take Friday, for instance. I’m sure it meant some kind of marker that made you feel good to be facing a weekend. Right now, that marker is pretty blurred. Maybe Friday used to be pizza night. Well, no need for that right now. Whatever Friday used to mean, I have faith that sooner or later, it’s meaning will return. Look on the bright side. These days your commute from the bedroom to your workspace is the same even though it’s Friday. On the plus side, you don’t have to sit in traffic looking at someone ahead of you who is towing a boat, obviously heading for a fun weekend on the lake. Yes, there is that.

My WIP (The Eternal Road – The Final Stop) came back from the editor, and I have been working on the synopsis. This requires taking 85,000 plus words and distilling them down to 800. Yeah just shoot me.

I will begin the query process next week. As I’ve said before, I’m not going to take a long time at the query but will give it a shot. The story is very different so who knows.

Today’s JohnKu discusses the idea of nothing ventured nothing gained. I hope you all have a good weekend and that you and your families stay healthy.

Chance by John W. Howell © 2020

We all want something,

That takes a degree of risk . . .

Go for the first step.

67 comments

  1. Wise, dear John! I suggest that you write a special Friday Wise book. It would be very cheerful for millions of people who have to follow the office way of life. 🙂
    Welcome Friday, a friend of humans, dogs, cats, parrots & other creatures!

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    1. Hahahaha. I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t like Friday except for someone who only works on the weekend. 😁

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      1. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      2. A Friday poem: “Twiggy is looking at the yard: Friday, you’re my bodyguard. Twiggy is dreaming with the sea: Friday, Friday. swim to me!” Bow-Bow!

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      3. Hahaha. Cute poem, Maria. Thank you. 😁

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      4. Same to you for your Friday’s inspiration!

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      5. That was me… Friday was Monday or Tuesday, to me 😉

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      6. Not missing it. I am SO ready to retire…

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  2. Good luck with writing The Dread Synopsis!

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    1. Yeah. Dread is the right word. Thanks, Liz

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      1. Of course I meant to type Dreaded!

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      2. Dread works too.

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  3. I have faith too, John. It’s been four weeks since my mother and I have been out shopping and I’ve seen my father…it’s tough, but necessary. Wishing you the best on the query process. I have a good feeling about this! 🙂 Enjoy your Friday.

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    1. I imagine it is tough, Jill. Here’s hoping this nightmare will be over before too long. Thanks for the encouraging words as well. 😁

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  4. I can’t remember the last time Friday felt like Friday. Good to get the heads up.

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    1. Anytime. 😁

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  5. How the heck can you accomplish what they want for your WIP?

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    1. Maybe I could count on a miracle. Or not. Thanks, GP.

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  6. What’s the worst that can happen? The best part of work Friday was wearing jeans. The best part of wearing jeans was that I could wear truly comfortable shoes.

    Maybe wrap up your work a few minutes early today, John. Let the staff get a head start on that run to the virtual beach of pizza parlor. In any case, stay safe and healthy.

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    1. The few minutes early sounds like a good idea, Dan. I think the staff cold use some time off. I might even give them an all-expense paid trip to Los backyard. Stay safe and healthy as well. 😊

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      1. You’re a good boss.

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  7. Good luck with the synopsis – writing the book is far easier.

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    1. So true. Thanks, Teri.

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  8. I feel you about the synopsis, John. You’re way ahead of me. I just can’t focus on the new book — or anything else for that matter. Ah Chance… Take a chance… Hey! Now Abba is singing in my head. Pretty good for a Friday. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. I love this song. It always makes me sing along. Thank you, Teagan. 😁

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  9. All the best with your WIP, John. The only difference in my life now is I can’t even go to the dentist, etc. now. Stay well. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Stay well too, Suzanne. Thank you.😀

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  10. These days, the only day of the week worth having is Taco Tuesday. Love tacos.

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    1. There you go. I love them too.

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  11. Best wishes for a successful query process, John. I do feel your pain. People who aren’t writers don’t realize that chopping an 85,000-plus-word novel down to 800-odd words is akin to yanking out all your hair! Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. I think you have the analogy right. Thanks Debbie. Have a great weekend.

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  12. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    The first step is always the hardest…but no reward if we don’t try it. Great reminder, John. Good luck with the Synopsis and your potential publisher. How exciting! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. My first came out at 3600 words. I’ve got it to 1100 so just a few more to go. Happy Easter.

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  13. I suppose they would not be satisfied with a short teaser. A synopsis sounds more like punishment for talking or texting during class. Now pay attention or else ! Blah blah blah. Sorry teach I can’t hear your from Los Backyard… Stay safe !

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    1. Thank you, John. Stay safe as well.

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  14. John, I’m in the same writer’s spot you are. The manuscript edited & rewritten, and the final email back from the editor. It’s query time. A long wait for responses. Not sure how many agents really take to historical fiction from a newbie writer. Plus, The genre is way down on their lists. SciFi, mystery & thrillers at the top. The synopsis was edited. But, so far agents have only wanted a query letter & 10 or 25 manuscript pages in an email. For me, Fridays and staying home are the same. No major adjustments. Stay safe & well. 📚🎶 Christine

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    1. I hear you on the staying at home. Best wishes on your query quest, Christine.

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  15. You know, John, I was thinking just before I read this that the only thing I miss about going to work is the drive. I go through lovely treed suburbs and I listen to audio books and it was a pleasant part of my day that I really miss.

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    1. When I lived in California, I had a 70 minute commute one way. I pretty much enjoyed the time to think and listen to music so I know what you mean.

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  16. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    Queries are hard and I wish you all the luck with yours. Hopefully you will get interest immediately!

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    1. I’m not going to do it forever but just to put a toe in so to speak.

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  17. I have faith you will do a splendid job with your synopsis.
    Fridays – last week I told my son, hey, it’s Friday, we’ll have nachos! Response: It’s always Friday now, Mom. And here I thought we were living endless Sundays with all the cooking I’ve been doing 😉
    Anyhoo.. do enjoy this Easter Weekend John!

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    1. Maybe you should just give him nachos. No wait! That’s what he wants. Enjoy the weeked, Dale.

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      1. Haha! They will eat what is served 😉
        Happy Good Friday!

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      2. Dale’s dictum

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      3. Damn straight! And just so you know…the little buggers are spoiled rotten!

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      4. Not suprised at all.

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  18. What a perfect JohnKu! No truer words were ever written. I totally feel your pain, John. Condensing a story down to just a few hundred words is VERY hard! In fact, it’s harder than writing the book. I wish you the best of luck with your query! I finally have a publisher who has requested my full manuscript. That does not mean they will take it, but it’s the farthest I’ve gotten. So, we shall see.

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    1. Congratulations on the manuscript. Usually when they want it they take it. I hope so, Jan

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  19. Great to hear about your new book, John.

    Blessings and peace to you and yours.

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    1. Thank you, Marc.

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  20. Go for that first step — but try not to trip!

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    1. Hahaha. Tripping is in my wheelhouse for sure. Thanks, Linda.

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  21. Hope all your submissions bring in good results.

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    1. I’d feel success if one or tow got an answer. Even if the answer was “no”. Thanks, Craig.

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      1. I’ve done that before and never liked the idea of no response at all. Doesn’t settle well with me, and it isn’t hard to send a form letter.

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  22. Best of luck with the synopsis! Have a wonderful weekend and Easter, John!

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    1. Finally got it down to two pages. What a struggle.I feel for all my babies(words) that were deleated. Thanks, Deborah.

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  23. Go for it, John. Nothing ventured nothing gained.

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    1. Thanks, Jennie.

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      1. You are welcome, John.

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