Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF


This week has gone quickly. I suppose being busy has helped. I managed to get the My GRL manuscript off to the editor for a final go through. I also finalized the cover and will have it to show at a later date. I have been working on a newsletter that isn’t quite right so I think it might take more time. My attempts at humor fell pretty flat. I believe it is hard to write humor when you have no idea what the audience will find funny. Let me give you an example. I wanted to explain that the recipient had the option to cancel their subscription. So I said, “If you find this letter does not live up to the three reasons to keep it, feel free to  dump your subscription like it was last night’s Chorizo burrito.”


At least the political situation is beginning to work its way into some semblance of normalcy. Let’s hope so. Today’s JohnKu talks about situations where we fear the worst but the outcomes are never as bad as feared.

Events of Fear by John W. Howell © 2016

Fearing the worse case,

We build walls of protection. . .

Now feel too cautious.


  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    Brilliant choice of words. Capturing an evolving emotion is an art — well done!

    1. Thanks, Gwen. You are the best. 🙂 Hugs

  2. Hey, I laughed!

    1. YAY! I did too. :-D. Thanks Pam.

  3. I’ve found that humorous analogies are a big risk. Still, I find them amusing. Only partially aware of what a Chorizo burrito is, but I like that one. Think it’s more about the action than the target there.

    1. Thanks, Charles. The action word “dump” is the key.:-D

  4. Newsletter? What newsletter? And My GRL is with an editor? What did I miss? Ugh, I feel so behind the times!

    1. You’re not alone, Linda! John’s mention about a newsletter and My GRL is a surprise to me. Yikes … I have A LOT of catching up to do!

      1. Phew! Now I don’t feel so bad. So much going on! Thanks, Marie. 🙂

      2. No it’s okay. Thanks for the concern. 🙂

      3. I don’t feel so bad now either 😉 Thank you, Linda ❤

      4. See what you miss when you go to sleep? Ha ha ha. My contract is up in March so I have to go it alone. (Sad thing all the reviews go bye-bye as well) The good thing the book will be up to my standards which I could never get the publisher to do.)

      5. Yes, if I could only do without sleep 😉 Well, it is sad your reviews will go, but you’ve got some serious social capital, John. We can always repost our reviews on our blogs when you reissue My GRL 🙂

      6. You are so nice. I’m wondering who else would do that. 🙂

    2. I’m putting together a newsletter because I have 1500 people signed up. (So I gotta do something). I’m relaunching My GRL since my contract with the publisher is up next March. There you have it all. 🙂

      1. Where’s the link to the newsletter? I want one too!!!

  5. My husband has a campaign motto: “Let’s Make America Normal Again!” But, then, we’d have to define “normal” 😉 You sound very busy, John, and productive. Avoid the chorizo burritos (and I did smile at your joke) and reward yourself with a nice drink instead (at least, with drinks, you only worry about pissing it all away … 😉 ).

    1. Ha ha ha, Marie. Thanks.Have a great weekend. 🙂

  6. Great Johnku, John! This week has flown. Enjoy the weekend!

    1. You as well, Jill. 🙂

  7. Love the dog in sunglasses, John. I don’t know if people feel safer or not. I have a friend who I think is still in shock. This hit hard and many still have the jitters. Some places down south the KKK are marching again.—- Suzanne

    1. We will have to see how it all plays out. Thanks, Suzanne. 🙂

  8. That’s a very apt Johnku. I hope it proves true in a multitude of wall related issues, John. 😀 TGIF. Mega hugs.

    1. Reminds me of the country song, “Hello Walls.” Peace be with you.

      1. Of course yours are talking to you. 🙂

  9. I laughed at the joke, but I’m pretty sure we have a similar level of potty humor… Sometimes you just have to throw it at the wall and see what sticks (see, same potty humor…).

    Happy weekend, John!

    1. I remember doing a riff on an old time tent revival. I would tell folks to take their money out of the wallet and throw it at the wall. The money that stuck to the wall was theirs and the money that fell to the floor was the Lords. Gotta lot of laughs with that one. Thanks, Phillip.

  10. Well, I laughed. And I had a piece of pizza like that in college. I adore the photo. Reminds me of you. Smile. You work incredibly hard, Sir. Enjoy your weekend. Have some tequila around 3 today. Times come. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Audrey. I may take you up on the tequila. Need to wait until five when I can “put my feet in the sand and my ass in a chair.” 🙂

      1. Ahh, yes, shall be perfect, I’d say. 🙂

      2. I’s say. Thanks. 🙂

  11. I did laugh, John, but then I had this sour feeling in my gut 🙂

    I think you’re right about fearing the worst.

    1. Thanks, Dan. That feeling might be a little lower. let’s hope I’m right about fearing the worst and that everything will be fine. 🙂

  12. I’ve always heard that it’s especially hard to interject humor for that very reason you noted. Still, none of us should ever get so jaded that we can’t at least smile over someone’s attempt, right? Happy weekend, John. You deserve a break (gee, sounds like a McDonald’s ad!!)

    1. I’ll take two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, onions, pickles on a sesame seed bun. Yeah and supersize those fries. 🙂

      1. With a gallon-sized Coca-Cola!!

      2. Ha ha ha. Good idea!

  13. Humor comes from the brave, my friend. Be fearless!

    1. Thank you Doctor. 😀

  14. I got the chorizo burrito line – maybe I’m in the minority? Happy Friday!

    1. Thank you, Teri. 😀 Wait! Did you laugh?

  15. I must get around to doing a newsletter myself John. Let us hope that you are right about the political situation. I am of the same opinion as you. Here in the UK we are not yet avid chorizo burrito consumers, but I can appreciate the joke. Stale burritos must be very unappetising.

    1. Preowned are worse. 😀

  16. I laughed. Couldn’t help it.
    Nice JohnKu. You’re keeping up with the times. Good one. 😀 😀

    1. Thanks you, Tess. 😀

      1. You are welcome, John.

  17. Excellent work, good sir!

  18. Wow, now I want a chorizo burrito, but the Basque kind like we have in Idaho.

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks for the laugh, Craig.

  19. President Clownstick
    Turns out he’s really quite sane
    Haha, just kidding.

    1. I may have to put thee in the detractor Hall of Fame. Wait! You need a green card for that.

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