About this blog – I established this blog to provide a forum for the free exchange of information and ideas on the subject of fiction favorites. This exchange will, hopefully, take the form of expression of interest in those stories that have inspired, entertained, or frightened the reader so that the memory or lesson of the story lives on. It is hoped that these memories or lessons once shared can translate into a lesson or memory for another as well. So feel free to add your account of a fictional story that meant something to you. I hope you enjoy.

About the header picture – It changes from time to time.  Currently, it is a picture of the Gulf of Mexico taken on January 24th at about 10:00 AM CST

About your comments – They can be seen by clicking on the comment section of a particular subject.  Please feel free to leave a comment.  If you don’t want others to see it please mark it private otherwise I will assume it is okay to post.  I have also added a comments section on the front page so that the last five comments are posted.  If you don’t see yours please go to the individual post and it should be there.

About John W Howell – I have been working in business for over forty years and now have the time to work in special areas of interest. My passion has always been to create compelling stories of fiction. I have authored two novels and am working on my third. The first novel is still in manuscript form and being utilized as a door stop in the laundry room. The second is a thriller fiction novel of 92,000 words and has been launched by Martin Sisters Publishing. I have finished my third novel and it is at the publisher. My fourth is underway and is about 30,000 words.  I also write short stories and have had a number published. My short story Cold Night Out won an honorable mention in the Writers Digest popular Fiction Contest. I dabble in poetry and have published a few on this blog. I am trying new forms and will sneak out of the dressing room and into the water once I think one is worth reading. I am primarily a Haiku fan. The one time I read a piece to a person their only comment was, “it doesn’t rhyme.” I will continue to write and hopefully this blog will provide some entertainment and an interesting thought or two.

I live by the Gulf of Mexico with my wife Molly and an assortment of loving rescue pets.

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    1. Thank you Michael. I will try to be worthy.

  1. My favorite fiction book would have to be Jane Eyre. By Charlotte Bronte. I actually wish I hadn’t read it, so I could have the pleasure of reading it for the first time again.
    One of my all time non fiction favs is “On the Street where I Live, by Alan J. Lerner. It’s an autobiograpical accoun of the famous Lerner and Low Broadway Musical team. The books takes you behind the scenes of such favorites as My Fair Lady, Camelot etc. Fascinating..

    1. Thank you for the comment. There are so many books I wish I had not read so I could experience them for the first time. This is an interesting subject for a post. Thanks

  2. Too encumbered to volunteer, John, but have done some tweets and facebook LAUNCH notes for your book. You can send me links to copy/paste and tweet. My best wishes.

    1. Billy you are the best. here is a short link to the Amazon book site http://goo.gl/3bgc0E

  3. Hi,

    I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. If you wish to accept, then visit this link to receive it :)


    1. Yes thank you. I see when I can fit the acceptance in.

  4. what a stunning skiline! thanks for sharing

    1. Yes it is. I take a new picture every ten days or so. Thanks for the comment

  5. Just discovered this blog. Cool stuff.

    1. Thank you very much. Come back.

  6. […] “I never had a photo taken of me naked. The world is a better place as a result.” John W. Howell […]

  7. Enjoyable blog, John. Following you on twitter and here. My blog, http://thefinalcurtain1.wordpress.com has a new ‘short fiction’ post this week: “Snow, Solitude, and Sadness.” Hope you can visit and enjoy it. My best wishes.

    1. Thanks I’ll pop over and have a look.

  8. […] for your reading pleasure.  It includes writing by yours truly (big smile) and the very talented John W. Howell (bigger smile).  Click your way to the issue via the link in this post and […]

  9. Richard Buchanan · · Reply

    Poem – Daddy’s Little Girl

    A season of troubles,
    A season of fears.
    I wasn’t prepared,
    For what happened those years.

    I think it began,
    With the move from the North.
    Best friend left behind,
    Start new in Ft. Worth.

    A school full of strangers,
    She entered ninth grade.
    From pressures and hormones,
    She started to fade.

    Her chums are now different,
    Her countenance changed.
    Her moods become darker,
    Her life’s rearranged.

    With cuts on her skin,
    With arms burned and gashed.
    Worst nightmare upon me,
    Her wrist had been slashed.

    Sure there were doctors,
    And plenty of pills.
    But progress escaped us,
    My thoughts gave me chills.

    So I took her away,
    To a home to get cured.
    Their program seemed worthy,
    And hope reassured.

    But deeper in trouble,
    This young girl did slide.
    I never imagined,
    She’d get pregnant inside.

    She came home with problems,
    Way over her head.
    One day at a time,
    Each day full of dread,

    But after a while,
    The baby was born.
    He displaced all her troubles,
    Her fear, and self-scorn.

    Like the Phoenix arising,
    From ashes anew.
    This new life gave hope,
    And dreams to cling to.

    I wish I could say,
    That all will be well.
    While some things are better,
    No cure I’ll foretell.

    1. Nice stuff Richard. Thanks

  10. […] fun thing I do on my blog.  It’s actually the one constant thing (aside from my Mondays with John) that gives meaning to my […]

    1. Thank you for the award. I really need to get these done. Gonna see what can be done.

  11. Thank you for following my blog. And, thanks for all the good advice you provide here! (My husband also says poetry is only poetry if it rhymes!)

  12. Good morning – (well it is here in Wales)

    I have just found your blog and wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading it. I also love your header photograph. The colours are just beautiful, thank you for sharing, it has provided a great start to my day.


    1. Dee, Thank you so much. I have always had a fondness for Wales since my family got its start there. I have never visited, but hope to one day. Thanks again. Come back when you can.

      1. You are welcome, hope you make it back here one day. I’m following now and look forward to reading and learning.

  13. Fellow blogger, congratulations!
    I nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award.
    For more details, please check http://createthissimple.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/dragon-loyalty-awards/

  14. I’ve nominated you for some awards. If you choose to accept them, you’ll find them here:- http://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/award-time/

    1. Thanks Jo. Very nice of you. I have retired my award cabinet, but I truly appreciate the thought. Thank you for thinking of me.

      On Fri, May 16, 2014 at 5:49 AM, Fiction Favorites wrote:


  15. Mary & Bruce Reading · · Reply

    Hello John from Perth Western Australia, my husband is trying to rewire his project 1978 FJ40 but we cannot find a manual for love nor money. We are desperate for a copy of the wiring that you have achieved. Are you able to help?
    Mary & Bruce Reading
    Greenwood West Oz

    1. Yes. Go to Haynes website linked here. They have a complete repair manual for the 1978 FJ40 including wiring diagram. http://www.haynes.com/products/productID/309. It is on sale now for $19.95 US. Unfortunately I sold my FJ just two weeks ago. There was an eager young man who loved it and I couldn’t resist. Sadly I have really no time to continue the restoration so off it went..

  16. Hi John – I came across your blog via the editor’s journal. Kudos to you for achieving the feat of writing 3 novels and actually becoming a published author. I love short stories, but am primarily writing poetry for now. I look forward to visiting your blog and finding out more about your writings.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by. I love poetry as well. I have only written a few things and am doing a Haiku each Friday. The regular poets who know what they are doing call mine JohnKu’s. Please come back.

  17. Hi John… Friday Fictioneers is where I met Susie. She quit after a while to go a different direction with her blog and to write a book. It’s a good group with some fine writers. Unfortunately time is the big factor, as not only do you write a story, but you kind of have to read the others too… at least the ones who read yours. I do it now when the photo prompt really prompts me, rather than try to grind something out. I also participate at yeahwrite.com. But you should check FF out… http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/18-june-2014-summer-rerun/

    1. Thank you for the information

      Sent from my iPhone


  18. Hi John! Just tuned in from around the Internet and gave you a follow. If you’d like to return the favor, come visit me at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com and join the fun. Have a great day!

  19. I find it nearly impossible to have a favorite, as that spot is a constantly shifting space and the world–thank heavens–is filled with wonderfully talented writers that compete for that position. That said, I’m looking forward to reading many of your words, John. Thus far they’ve been a pure delight!

  20. Hi John :) I read a couple of the reviews of ‘My Girl’ and it sounds like you have a winner. More importantly, you’re enjoying what you do. Best wishes to you and ‘the missus’.

    1. Thank you so much Jo

  21. […] and is an accomplished author. When I grow up I want to be like John! Please check out his blog, “Fiction Favorites.” He has a new book out called, “My Grl,” which is available through […]

  22. Cool blog! Excited to see more!

    1. Thank you so much. Come back anytime.

  23. Great blog you have here John. Happy I came across it. Have enjoyed reading about you, your blog and the great things you are doing. Let the light keep shining. The world needs it.

    1. Thank you. I really like the seven D’s. It is an interesting point that success is a matter of the first, desire. I can’t imagine anyone waiting for success to come to them. Like anything worthwhile, it is a matter of desire and then hard work. Thank you for following my blog and for the visit.

  24. Happy New Year to you, Molly, and the four-footed family. Hugs.

    1. Thank you so much. Happy New Year to you as well. I hope 2015 is the best for you.

  25. Hi John. I’m still chuckling about “The first novel is still in manuscript form and being utilized as a door stop in the laundry room.” That’s better than me. I accidentally threw mine away (downsizing after the move to DC)… three of them.

    Looking forward to reading more of your stories. Hugs!

    1. You are brave in tossing. I guess in the back of my mind I think there may be some use. For right now it is a perfect door stop. Happy 2015

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