Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

 

 

“Lucy. Time to get up.”
“Ummm What?”
“It’s Friday. Time to celebrate the weekend.”
“Last time I looked Little One every day is the weekend.”

What a week. It seemed to go pretty fast. I don’t want anyone wishing their life away, but I hope it moved quickly for you as well.

I started editing my WIP on Monday and was pleasantly surprised that the story still looked good to me. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I go back to things I’ve written, and they look like something that requires some starter and a match. I’m glad this one has salvageable parts.

I was delighted to get an excellent Circumstances of Childhood review on Thursday from Kevin Cooper. If you missed it, you could go HERE

I was also a guest of Teri Polen’s Bad Moon Rising. She asks some outstanding questions, and it is always a fun time. You could go HERE  as well if you missed it.

I certainly want to thank Kevin and Teri and all of you who visited the posts. Thank you.

Today’s John Ku talks about encouragement from others. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. We are looking for temperatures in the 70s Whoo-Whoo.

Encouragement by John W. Howell © 2019

Writers work alone,

We struggle with our own ghosts. . .

Comments make our day.

71 comments

  1. Love the Friday poem, John. Have a lovely weekend. 🙂

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    1. You as well, Harmony.

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  2. You know John, I’m assuming you love to write as much as I do, and even at my most discouraging moment, one I’m actually having now, I remind myself, how lucky I am to have something I love so much. Love how you incorporate your doggies as if they were doing your actual editing.

    I also admire your talent tp promote. Another area in which I am hopelessly rent. Good luck.

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    1. Susannah, you are right about loving to write. Nothing gives me quite so much pleasure and at times quite so much pain. When I get into the discouraging moments, I take a step back and concentrate on remembering all the wonderful things I have put on paper. The things that make me the proudest. Remembering a few of those helps me move forward. I also post short stories on my blog (like yours today) which clear the webs of doubt and allow me to get back to work. Not many know this, but the book I’m working on finally came to be after almost six months of dark doubt about my writing future. Sure I had some physical stuff that got in the way, but mostly it was my head that gave me the trouble. We all go through this crap. As to promotion. I am the worst. What I do is support others’ efforts and now and then they return the favor. I struggle every day with promotion and other than editing it is the bane of my existence. So be not deceived, we are in the same boat. Please pass me an oar and some of that hardtack over there. 😊

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      1. You’re probably one of the few who actually knows what hardtack is. I always say it’s like one of those hard baby biscuits that helps when they’re teething. Zweibacks?

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      2. I’m old enough to hve eaten hardtack. I tell people it is bread made out of concrete.

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      3. You dunk it in coffee or milk then hope it leaves you with a few teeth left.

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  3. A particularly apt John Ku. Congratulations on your review and another good week!

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    1. Thank you, Liz.

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  4. This was a week? I thought it was a month. Poem is very true.

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    1. Hahahah. Thaks, Charles

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  5. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    You’ve much to celebrate, John — wonderful reviews, a newly finished book, and great weather! Congratulations, John, we celebrate with you. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. 😀

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  6. Your popularity and notoriety are growing every week, John.

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    1. I saw my picture in the post office. I don’t think it was put there by a PR firm either. 😂Thank you for the lovely comment, GP.

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      1. Hey – the PR firm might have – do you owe them money? 🙂

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  7. Kevin’s review was great and well deserved. You are a wonderful, constant support for many of us, John. Thank you. Xx

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    1. Aw. Thank you, Jane. Your comment is exactly what my poem talks to today. ❤️

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  8. Editing, to me, gives rise to a mass of conflicting emotions. I range from elation (wow – did I write that?) to depression (On God – did I write that?)

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    1. I know right? I don’t like editing so much, but sadly it is very necessary. Thanks, Keith.

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  9. Liked your comment, ‘writers work alone’, it’s so true. I’m just a casual writer who writes stuff that seems to stream into my head. Writing is hard and there is so much good content in WordPress that impresses the dickens out of me. Some writers post daily, or often, and I’m awed. Me? I have a tough getting something out each month. I should follow the comment about being alone, sit down and actually work harder at it, because it is fun, writing, that is. Have a great day!

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    1. You actually should do what feels good for Steve and not anyone else. If it takes a month so be it. What you do write has an impact on your readers so I would not worry too much about what others do. Thanks for the comment. Steve.

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  10. You were a busy beaver this week. I enjoyed your visit at Teri’s blog. Great JohnKu! Happy Friday!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. I always like answering her questions.

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  11. A busy, but positive week, John. Happy for you.

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    1. Thank you, Craig.

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  12. That is a perfect JohnKu! And it is so true. A positive comment to me is like getting handed a dozen roses! I can’t wait to read the new book. I know I am going to love it just because of the spiritual and paranormal aspects! So, I’m glad it didn’t get a match! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Jan. 😁 There is always the possibility that what has been written might not hold up to the light of day. (as you well know) Always nice​ when it does.

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  13. Such a great JohnKu today, and so true. Hope you have a relaxing weekend. It looks like Lucy is leading the way 🙂

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    1. Lucy is the paragon of relaxed. Thanks, Mae.

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  14. A fitting title …. Sleeping Dog and the Watch Dog

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    1. So true. Thanks, Frank

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      1. That seems to be the norm.

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  15. Congrats on the review, John, and thanks for the shoutout. Have a great weekend!

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    1. You as well, Teri.

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  16. Wonderful to hear that you are happy with what you have written. Tis a good sign
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    As for the girls… I love how Twiggy sits on the one spot NOT covered by a blanket…

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    1. Yes. I’m glad you spotted that. She does it all the time. She rides the couch like a cowgirl.

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      1. And we wouldn’t want to do that on the blanket. She prefers bareback!!

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  17. So glad your edits are going well. I missed so many posts this week when I lost power. I’m off to catch up now. Happy weekend, John.

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    1. Have a great weekend too, Staci

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  18. My ghosts provide commentary as well. I can’t get them to shut the hell up.

    Here’s to the slowdown after a quick week, John.

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    1. Yes, big breath in. AHHHHHHHHHHflack.

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      1. Buahahahaha!!

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  19. It is a good sign when you approve of what you have written. TGIF to you!

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    1. Thank​ you, Jo. It is good.

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    1. Thanks,​ Katie Kay

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  20. Wonderful image. You really see the different moods of the dogs. One curious, the other one lazing around.

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    1. That is their personality profile too.

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  21. Billy Ray and Julie Anne Chitwood · ·

    I echo the sentiments above. You’re a JOY to all who know you, and I am honored to call you a close friend – even without the brush of hands. It would be so much fun to be neighbors, discuss, argue nicely, and throw darts at out writing. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your network of friends. 🙂 (Oh, by the way, Phoenix delayed for a week or so). Have a great weekend with your ladies!

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    1. Thank you, Billy Ray. Such a great idea. Drink bourbon and throw darts at our​ work.

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  22. Best of luck, John. Keep plugging away. And those pooches are darn adorable!

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    1. Thank you, Kristine.

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  23. What a productive week you’ve had, John! I’ll bet you’ve found more than a few salvageable parts to your WIP. And even the weather seems to be cooperating — Whoo Whoo, indeed!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. Have a great weekend.

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  24. It was a good week, I hope you have a great weekend, John.

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  25. Great JohnKu this week. It’s a feel-good at the end of a long week. And, I enjoyed the review and interview. Well deserved.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  26. You did have a busy week! I’m glad it was positive. I hope the week-end is a good one too!

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    1. For you as well, Deborah.

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  27. Every day for you is enjoying your dream. You are a devoted craftsman, Butch. So happy for your progress.

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    1. Thank you, Audrey. There are some nightmares thrown in there but all in all you are right. 😊

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  28. Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide Traci Kenworth YA Author & Book Blogger and commented:
    Another great story!

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    1. Thank you, Traci.

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      1. You’re welcome, John!

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