Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF



Another week has flown. I mean this is getting ridiculous. Either I somehow nod off and lose a few hours here and there or time is passing way too quickly. Well, I hope you enjoyed the work week. (Excuse me. Did he just say that?) If not, I hope next week is better. If so, I hope next week is just as nice. (I should go into the diplomatic corps )

I got my Circumstances of Childhood manuscript back from the editor. I will be diving into that this weekend. I’m also continuing to work on the next. The story is coming together nicely.

I did launch a new Amazon Marketing Services ad for My GRL and this time increased the number of keywords. I’ll let you know what happens.

I read a fellow author’s post which asked a question about wasting our lives.  It was posed in the context of trying to accomplish some life goals and in the process do we spend time on activities that turn out to be a waste.  My point was all activities directed toward a life goal including those we feel are failures could be considered time spent learning.

This week’s JohnKu talks about what we should do in the face of failure.

Failure by John W. Howell © 2017

It simply was wrong,

Start to finish it was doomed. . .

Now I’ve learned something.


  1. Great Johnku today! Good luck with Circumstances of Childhood and enjoy the process. Happy Friday, John!

    1. Thank you, Jill. Happy Friday to you as well. 🙂

  2. Good luck with the book and ad. Trying my own Amazon ad and it’s not impressing me so far. In regards to the post, I got a sense that part of it is also who deems the goal a failure. Maybe it’s tougher these days since it’s harder to avoid the opinions of those around you. One tag on Facebook and you’re stuck looking at the judgement.

    1. Yeah, I hear the problem with the voice of others. I would love to think up a way to drown them out, but it really is hard to do. I think it will boil down to staying true to what one believes in and trying the best we can to fulfill that belief. (Easy to say but harder to implement) Thanks, Charles.

      1. Mental and emotional endurance is key, I guess. Just need to get through the voices until they get bored. Although, I’ve noticed modern day humans are fans of never letting something go. It’s like they’re all trying to spite the song from that movie.

      2. There is some comfort for some in being critical. I think it is coping mechanism for their failures. Hope you weekend goes well.

      3. It’ll be an interesting one. Lots of fun stuff and a medical thing. Have fun yourself.

    2. The old saying is, “When life throws rocks at you, gather them up and build something.” I’m sure you could write a great character about critical and controling personalities.

      1. Think I already have a few, but they tend to be violently psychotic too. So, do I gather the rocks before or after I get an ice pack?

      2. In your case you might want to build a fortress.

      3. I shall dub it Fort Fuck Off. 😛

  3. If you figure out what’s happening to our time – please tell me! As a kid, Christmas was always so faaaar away, yet now I think I should just leave the lights and tree up because it’s just around the corner!!!

    1. Ha ha ha. When I put them away, I used to think about how long it would be until I had to put the Christmas decorations up. I leave them closer to the storeroom door each year. Thanks, GP.

      1. Ah-ha, so it’s NOT just me!!!

  4. Gwen Plano · ·

    Congrats on Circumstances of Childhood, wonderful news! Love your Johnku – maybe our goals are more elusive than we imagine them to be; maybe learning is their purpose. 🙂

    1. Oh, great point, Gwen.That would put a different spin on what we are supposed to be doing here. Thanks for that. 🙂

  5. Sometimes I feel like time speeds up in the second half of our lives. One would think it would be the opposite don’t you think?

    1. It is like a rush to the finish. You are right. One would think it would be the opposite , Lynn. Thanks for the comment. Happy weekend. 🙂

  6. Interested to hear how your Amazon Marketing Services works out.

    This week has been way too busy. Sleep? What’s that?

    1. Hope you have enough caffeine, Dena. Maybe the weekend will bring respite. 🙂

  7. Nice Johnku — that’s a great way of looking at it. Wow… I should be brilliant considering failures. 😉 TGIF hugs!

    1. Ha ha ha. I’m a Mensa on failures. TGIF HUGS back.:-)

  8. I know what you mean – the whole year is flashing by! 😀

    1. I know right? 🙂

  9. If we don’t try, we can’t learn.

    1. Have to put the fear of failure behind us. (the old philosopher said that) 😀

  10. I’m with you on the week passing by so quickly – I thought yesterday was Tuesday for most of the afternoon. Happy Friday, John!

    1. Quite a surprise when you wake up with a margarita in your hand yelling “what happened to the week?” 😀

      1. Now that you mention it – I did have a margarita Wednesday night. Coincidence?

      2. Nope. Planned memory vacation

  11. I agree with Lynn. The older we get the faster the days and years seem to fly by. A lot of that . could have to do with the fact that we now live in a fast-forward world. Or so it seems to me.

    As for the workweek, I was standing in a morning coffee line at a local restaurant not that long ago, and the gentleman ahead of me struck up a conversation. He was obviously retired and enjoying his morning. The first thing he said to me was “You look like you’re headed to work. I don’t want to stand to close. It might be catching.”

    That still makes me grin 🙂

    1. Clever old dude. Ha ha ha. 😀

      1. I thought so too 😉

      2. Gotta watch ’em

  12. You’ve had a full week. Seems nodding off for a bit might be a requirement. Enjoy your weekend, John.

    1. Thanks, Audrey. You as well.

  13. I’d love to hear how the marketing campaign goes. I’ve nad no luck with those so far.

    BTW, I have My Grl in my TBR pile. As soon as I finish some research for my next book, it’s up–and I’m excited. What a great cover.

    1. Thank you, Jacqui. I need to get 24 days as well

  14. A good post, John. I think there are very few experiences we can’t learn something from. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. I agree, Suzanne. 🙂

  15. My own ads have been hit and miss. I find they work well as a push on several fronts.

    1. What do you mean several fronts?

      1. All at once do a blog tour, a FB ad, an Amazon ad, maybe a price reduction. It’s more work, but it seems to actually work. I’d reserve it for a release or shortly after.

      2. Yes. I agree with you. The AMS ads are supposed to be sustaining.

  16. No such thing as failure — ’tis all a learning experience. Some is pleasant and productive; some is disappointing and a waste of time. It’s all in the viewpoint. Happy Friday, John!

    1. Thanks, Debbie. You said it well. 🙂

  17. Another apt Johnku John. I agree with you, it is all a learning experience, at least I hope so. Have a good weekend.

    1. Thank Guy. You as well.

  18. And TGIF to you, John! It seems to me your days are flying by because you are productive in your writing and it is not work for you.

    1. I get that Jo. I think you are right. Now if I worked in a salt mine I might think differently. 😀

    1. Thank you, Traci

  19. After 21 Time suddenly seemed to speed up! WTF is that?!!! So many times I’ve yelled, screamed, pleaded TIME STAND STILL JUST A MOMENT MORE! No one’s listening. SIGH!

    Failure. No! It’s a Set back. And, Set Backs are the stepping stones to come backs! That you learned something is good! You are on the way back to something better. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the wise words. 🙂

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