Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF


Looks like we made it. Well, another eight hours will tell the tale. What’re eight hours anyway?  We did forty-eight before today, so this will be a snap. (Unless you are hanging by a frayed rope over the Grand Canyon)

Interesting week. I had to get another proof for My GRL. It seemed when I went to print stage there was a setting which I had not double checked. It was in the style set up under “normal.” For some reason, the default .o5 indent reestablished itself even though aI had set it a zero. Well, this is all too boring so let me say that when the proof arrived, I was stunned. I had to go back and redo the setup. I didn’t want to take a chance again, so I created a new document. Long story short I’m waiting for the new proof. If it is still messed up I will go ahead and launch the kindle version and follow with the paper edition since the turn around time is too long to make the March 1 date.

I’m telling you all this so that you will not even think of launching a paper edition without getting a proof copy first. This would have been a major embarrassment, and at this stage of life, I can’t afford much more.

Today’s JohnKu talks about checking your work. I hope you have a great weekend.

Double Check by John W. Howell © 2017

Measure twice cut once,

Advice born out of error . . .

Why then the short rope?



  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    What a headache…but you figured it out and are doing it. Bravo for that. “Why the short rope?” Good question…and very clever JohnKu. 🙂

  2. Have a Great Weekend John.

    1. Thanks, David. You as well. 🙂

  3. Ugh…sorry to hear about your difficulties, John. It did result in a great JohnKu for you. 🙂 Happy Friday! Phew!

    1. That is the super half full way of looking at it. Thanks, Jill. Happy weekend! 🙂

  4. The devil is in the details, isn’t it. Try not to let it get you down, John. Wishing you a fabulous Friday. Mega hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Fantastic Friday to you. I hope you are looking forward to President’s Day. Hugs 🙂

      1. Pos-i-lutely! I lose my telework day, but at least I don’t have to be tied to Mordor at all that day! 😀 More hugs.

      2. Yes. You can actually of outside. YAY.

  5. Good advice. Sorry the proof didn’t come back and hope it’s all fixed. At least it’s the weekend.

    1. You have that correct. (you can tell I’ve been editing) Thanks, Charles.

      1. Ah, editing. The fun part of the process.

      2. UGH. *crossed eyed look*

  6. Great JohnKu, good sir. Aren’t paperback preparations the bane of our existence as authors! E-books are such a breeze!

    1. I know right? I have no hair left. 😀 Thanks, John

  7. Good luck with it all, John – both versions! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jan. Version one will be pulled by the publisher. 🙂

  8. Oh, you have plenty of room left for embarrassment. It’s kinda fun. Prayers for a productive next week. Hugs.
    Enjoyed the haiku, John

    1. Thanks, Audrey. When it comes to my books I have a low tolerance for error. Drives me up the wall. I’m just glad I caught it.

  9. I know nothing about the formatting – but I do know it sounds like one big headache. Glad you caught it. Happy Friday, John!

    1. You don’t want to learn.

  10. “I’ve cut this board three times and it’s still too short!”

    1. Ha ha ha. I have been there. I learned to do base and crown moulding and must have chewed up hundreds before I got it.

      1. Crown mounding has the added excitement of cutting it to the right length, if you were installing it upside down.

      2. Um….Have to think on that one.

  11. Those proof copies are so important. Sorry you had to go through the formatting again. I know that’s a headache.
    Happy Friday, John!

    1. Thanks, Mae Clair. Never had so much trouble before. Must be elves or something.

      1. Pesky things 🙂

  12. A busy week hasn’t dulled your edge, John.

    1. Thank you , Hook. Hope the weekend is good for you.

      1. We’ll see.
        This has been a horrible winter in terms of tips.

      2. That is not good. Must be Trump’s fault.

  13. Ah, John, I do empathize. Having just completed several intensive edits of my own — and finding more formatting issues than you could shake a stick at — I know how hard it is. Here’s to a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thank you , Debbie. 🙂

  14. All part of the process … so keep moving forward. Edits are intense enough with just the words … and formatting is its own animal. Great last line on the JohnKu.

    1. Thank you, Frank. The proof arrived and it is perfect.

      1. Time to celebrate with a toast … clink!

  15. The high point, you caught the boo-boo. Technology is great when it works. Sigh. Always double check. Have a restful weekend, John. 🙂

    1. Thank you Tess. The proof arrived and it is perfect.

  16. Great post. Rick used to call double checking his measurements, “Chiney Checking.” I never asked him what that meant. 🙂

    1. I’ll bet it was kin to double check. I have not heard that before.

  17. Hope the proof comes back A Okay so you’re good to go!

    1. Came in and is perfect. Thanks, Deborah.

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