Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

Lucy and Twiggy

“So it’s Friday, right?”
“Yes, Little Potato. It is.”
“YAY”
“I second that.”

 

Another Friday which signals another weekend. (YAY) This last week saw the manuscript delivered to the editor. The title is The Predator a world domination fight to the finish. It is a sequel to The Contract, and in it, Gwen and I hope to answer some questions raised in the first book.  It looks like we will be ready to publish in June, God willing and the creek don’t rise. We are currently working on a blurb and the cover. We’ll give you some more info when we have something to share.

That is all the exciting news from here. I have begun my next book which will be a solo effort. I want to give you the last three lines since that is where I always start. Here they are,

“I don’t think any of that matters anymore, my son. Now that you know the truth.”

“But how could you keep this kind of secret from me.”

“To see you grow and prosper was worth any deception. Now come on. We have much to discuss.”

Today’s JohnKu talks about the doors that close and those that open. I hope you have a great weekend.

Doors by John W. Howell © 2019

They say doors that close,

Lead to others opening . . .

Don’t leave your big foot.

 

53 comments

  1. we’ll see if you are right (in 2019) 😉🧐🕺
    or maybe…yes, YOU ARE RIGHT!

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  2. John,

    I believe in that one right there.

    To your newest book, and to 2019!

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  3. Great JohnKu! I never knew you always wrote the last lines first…interesting!

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  4. Love that action shot, John!

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  5. Interesting how our feet can get in the way of doors! Good luck with the new endeavor …. Title? … The Deception.

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  6. Congrats on the delivery to the editor. Looking forward to June!

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  7. Intriguing finale. Enjoy your weekend.

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  8. Nice closing lines.

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  9. Gwen Plano · ·

    I love your ending, John. Can’t wait to read this upcoming masterpiece. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. i’m not sure I would describe it as a masterpiece. (given my belief about the quality of the first draft.

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  10. Congrats on finishing one book – then starting another, John!

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    1. Need to stay ahead of the devil. Thanks, Teri.

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  11. I’m looking forward to these new releases, John (and Gwen). Here’s to the choices closing doors bring to light.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. Have to look to the new opportunities.

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  12. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Looking forward to the cover and new release this year:) That’s interesting you write the endings lines first! You have me with the word deception. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Denise. Have a great one as well.

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  13. I always have the end of a story finished before I start writing the beginning and middle, John. It always seems to work better for me. It’s almost like writing a story backwards. I guess it is.
    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Me too, Hugh. That’s why I lay the three last lines out after a lot of thought. Thanks. Have a great weekend.

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  14. All the best with your new book, John. Have a great weekend. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. You as well.

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  15. An ending that leaves us wanting more. So you always start with your ending? Does it ever change once you get there? Curious minds want to know…

    As for the Haiku. Yes. Don’t be jamming your own openings…

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    1. The last three lines change sometimes but the ending is always the same. For some reason it is easier for me to have the ending in mind. Works as a guidepost for the rest of the book.

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      1. I love hearing how writers write…

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      2. I’m a little weird. Not horribly weird but weird nontheless. Thank you, Dale

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      3. Do not denigrate weird… fabulous things are created thanks to weird!
        🙂

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      4. I do uphold weird as an institution.

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      5. As you should!

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  16. You have been working hard, John. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Guy. Have a great weekend.

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  17. Fantastic lines, John! I’m immediately intrigued! So excited for you and Gwen with the new book. I know it is going to be another totally amazing story! Happy Friday and yes, gotta watch out for those big feet in opening and closing doors. 🙂

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    1. Thanmk you, Jan. Yes those feet can get in the way.

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  18. You always start with the LAST three lines? Hmm, maybe I need to give that a try. It’s the beginnings that typically grab my interest first. I never considered writing from back to front — maybe I should. Whatever works, right? (and these few words are immediately interesting!)

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    1. Yes. I start with the last three lines. They don’t always survive intact but show me the ening destination.

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      1. Thanks for the suggestion, John. Makes sense to know where you’re going if you’re starting a journey!

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      2. I try to keep it simple.

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  19. Congratulations on getting the manuscript to the editor. Wishing great things for you and Gwen.

    It’s fascinating to me that you start with your ending. I’ve never done that. Do they always end the way you expect, or do you find you have to change some or all of them?

    Love the pic and caption. The girls always put a smile on my face.

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    1. The lines do change but the end result stays pretty firm. Think of it as a guiding light at the end of a dark tunnel. If you walk towrds the light all seems well even if you are in total blackness at the time.

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      1. That’s a lovely analogy.

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      2. Thank you, Staci.

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  20. Congratulations to you and Gwen! The lines of your new work leave us hanging! There must be a great story there. I will look forward to reading it. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Jo. The story is a concept but hopefully will come out good.

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  21. Oooh… those are three very intriguing lines, John. I definitely want to know more.
    Kudos to you and Gwen on this milestone with the new book. The title sounds like the story ups the ante. Looking forward to June!
    And I still love hearing Twiggy called little potato. 🙂 Mega hugs.

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    1. Thank you, Teagan.

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  22. Congratulations on sending the manuscript to the editor! I never know how my story is going to end until I’m at least half way through the book, and even then it may change. Great Johnku! 😀 xo

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    1. Thank you, Vashti. 😀

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  23. Good luck with the books, and yes, let’s take our foot/feet with us! Happy Week-end John!

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    1. Ha haha. Thank you, Deborah

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  24. I’d call this a hat trick, John: congratulations on the book, intriguing last sentences in the soon-to-be book, and an excellent JohnKu.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie. I love the hockey reference.

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      1. A pleasure, John!

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    1. Thank you, Traci.

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