Commas Again


The clock strikes 10 in 5, and I just realized I wrote nothing today. Morning writing makes so much sense that not writing then is foolish, so I forget. Also, some days challenge me to get my butt in my seat.

Speaking of my butt let’s see what we can pull out of it.

I tell you what. Discovering if the above sentence needs a comma between butt and let’s will satisfy me for the day…

Based on my neo-nacent understanding of comma use with regards to introductory phrases and asides, I say the sentence needs a comma in that spot.

101 words on day 539

Coordinating Conjunctions

I did not work the comma thing to exhaustion yesterday, so I’ll try a few more today.

I said yesterday I needed to find out some of the other conjunctions, and I still do.

I’d look now, but I fear I’d leave for the Internet and never return.

The eight coordinating conjunctions: and, but, for, nor, plus, or, so, and yet.

I think I’ve done the first two plenty already, yet I may do more to be sure.
I’m having trouble creating a situation to use nor, or I’m not giving it enough consideration.
Margy yells when she talks making working with her frustrating, plus she’s a bitch.
The glass of milk spilled, so I cleaned it up.
The tractor ran out of gas, so I left it in the field.
“We definitely need some more cups, plus we need ice.”
We could clean up the kitchen, or we could vacuum the livingroom.
Ron held a degree in Astronomy, yet he rarely stayed up late at night.
I don’t think I’ve been doing these anywhere near correct in the past, plus I’m certain I’ve actively tried to do it the opposite way in most cases.
This exercise makes me worry my reading skills need work, for clearly my attention to punctuation while reading is low.
I still haven’t come up with a suitable sentence for nor, nor am I likely to find one.

242 words on day 538

Independent Clauses and the Commas That Separate Them

Benhá loiters in my thoughts. That story paces back and forth in a single small antechamber of creation. I need to get the door to the next room open soon. For now I’ll leave it to wear out the carpet on it’s own. I’ve got something else in store for today—something new.

I came across and educational, training, and coaching technique in conversation over the weekend. Like the karate kid you repeat succinct actions. Once you’ve iterated those actions sufficiently you move on to other core skills—repeating those until exhausted as well. Or alternatley building on the initial actions. If you trained at piano you might start with two notes over and over then move on to another pair of notes or add a third to the first pair.

My version of this—if I can find a quick resource—will be to practice one of the appropriate uses of commas: seperating two independant clauses joined with a conjunction.

The car careered off the road, and Lonnie was thrown across the backseat into the armrest.

  • Charming slipped the touris under a stack of shirts so they didn’t blow away, but Jun-kata didn’t pick them up.
  • Brother Gane dropped his flit to the scant pad atop [the leaf] as he had less than twenty years before, but touching down didn’t make him feel better to be back.
  • Independant clause, conjunction to another independant clause.
  • I would usually write this as two sentences, but I could write this as one.
  • The music played, but no one danced.
  • She smoothed the raised words on her thigh with her thumb, but they wouldn’t receed.
  • This wasn’t as many entires as I’d hoped I’d have today, but I can always write more tomorrow.

302 words on day 537