Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

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Friday has arrived. Only about twelve more hours until margarita time. It has been a rewarding week. Got into the fourth book edits after a long rest from that document. WHAT WAS I THINKING WHEN I WROTE THAT? is a question I have asked quite a few times. I actually finished the rough draft of the manuscript in May of 2015. There are a few places where I can’t really recall what mindset caused me to write a particular passage the way it came out. Whatever it was my edit brain now has to correct my artist brain output. I guess we all get into this situation now and then. I don’t know about you but sometimes I read some of my stuff and wonder who wrote it. I guess that’s what happens when you are on the run to finish something. When you are in the moment to come back later and read what you’ve written can be a surprise. This is the subject of my JohnKu today.

Surprise by John W. Howell © 2016

Words in Black and white,

Laid out emotionally. . .

Author is surprised.


  1. LOL. That’s cute John. Only a writer understands! 🙂 My Friday enthusiasm is muted, since it’s my every-other-Friday to work. But at least my boss isn’t there. Heck, I’ll have most of a 9 story building to myself. Somehow that makes the Who’s Teenage Wasteland play in my head… 😀 Mega hugs.

    1. LOL. For some reason I think you’ll have a great day by yourself. Take care. 🙂

  2. Happy Friday. Best of luck with the editing. I hope you’ll have a great time at cocktail hour.

    1. Always a worth it at the end of the week.

  3. Wishing you luck!

    Likewise, I’m also counting down the hours until margarita time! The kids have an inset day… So it’ll be needed! 😂

    1. Kids at home!!!!! *hair hitting the floor*

  4. I’ve been seeing those during my edits. I think the ‘this is going to be awesome!’ mentality gets me into trouble. I get so into the pictures in my head that I don’t make much sense when writing it.

    1. I know right? It’s like “Seemed like a good idea at the time.”

      1. Always love that rationale before I make the cut.

  5. A few weeks ago I started reading Clemency, the novel from 2014 NaNoWriMo. I’m definitely having a LOT of WTF moments 😉 Have a great day, a great weekend and enjoy that margarita!

    1. Thank you Marie. Hugs to you. MWAH

  6. Yes, sometimes very surprised. Enjoy the weekend, John!

  7. Me too – d’oh! Loving your TGIF image… 😉

    1. Thanks Jan. Good interview yesterday.

  8. This has been a long week John. Could we call an early end today? Maybe step margarita time up to around 3:00?

    1. I’ll follow you.

  9. This piece didn’t surprise me… it was wonderful.

  10. Dan Brown must get this feeling all the time John. Fortunately you’ve got the opportunity to revisit your manuscript. Enjoy the margarita. Have a good weekend.

    1. Thanks Giy. Have a good weekend as well

      1. Sorry Guy. On IPhone and bumpy road.

  11. Happy Friday and margarita time. I know what you mean. Do you sometimes wonder if your fingers are purposely defying your brain’s signals and pushing for a revolt. 😀 😀 😀

    1. Almost like they have a mind of their own. Happy Friday.

  12. Well said, John! I remember doing the same thing in some boring class after lunch — taking notes that, afterward, aren’t even legible, much less meaningful. Happy Friday!

    1. Thanks Debbie. Have a great weekend

  13. I’m quite often in the opposite situation; when I read something I wrote a while ago I think “Wow, that’s great, did I actually write that?”
    It’s only when I go back to stuff I posted when I first started writing that I cringe at some of the phrasing and structure.

    1. The other side happens as well. To me not as much.

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