Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

Twiggy and Lucy

“Lucy its Friday. Time to play.”
“How about waking me when it’s warm out there.”
“That may be a while.”
“Exactly.”

Here is that beautiful day of the week that traditionally signals an end to the workweek. Only eight more hours and then the weekend is available for maximum enjoyment. I certainly hope you will enjoy yours.

Not too much new around here. We saw the temperatures drop into the 30s, and for next week, it looks like more of below-normal conditions. The daytime highs are expected to be no more than the high 60s and lows in the 50s. This would compare to the ’80s as a high and 70s as a low. So, yes, sweater weather but not subzero. Tonight is the only low in the 30’s. We are due rain next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

The WIP is coming along but slowly. I work on it everyday but for me, editing is a much slower task than writing. So far, our heroes have been to Dodge City Kansas in 1878, Tombstone Arizona in 1881 and have just arrived at the Alamo in 1838.

By the way, in case I haven’t mentioned it, these two, James and Samantha, are on a quest to find the best eternal home. They are sampling places and time dimensions to see what fits the best. Along the way, they are seeing plenty of action. If you are a history buff you know some things happened in each of those years. For example, right now they arrive at the Alamo a couple of days before Santa Anna’s attack on the Texas stronghold. Well, more of this later.

Today’s JohnKu talks about the weather which we all seem to find something to complain about no matter what it is.

Weather by John W. Howell Β© 2019

When it’s hot or cold,

Rain, snow, dead of night or clear . . .

Half want a change now.

 

 

73 comments

  1. Sounds like a fun story. I’m with you on the temperature. It was muggy yesterday and now it’s chilly. Everyone is getting colds because of this. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. You as well, Charles.

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  2. Sounds like a fun book for me!

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    1. I think it will be. Thanks, GP.

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  3. This time of year we should have clear crisp days, but mostly we’re getting wet, windy, and misty. So,yeah, I can relate to that poem, lol. Have a great weekend, John πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m sorry I complained about summer heat. (Naw I’m not. It was damned hot) Happy weekend, Harmony.

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  4. We were 81 yesterday and now it’s 39 degrees. Where is my autumn? The leaves have already fallen and they hadn’t turned, but I have the day off, so who cares! My mom is ready to shop, so we’ll bundle up and head out with no complaints. I’m with you about editing being slower, but I do enjoy it. Happy Friday!

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    1. Happy shopping, Jill. I know the producer is happiest when she is shopping with our daughter. πŸ˜€

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      1. I’m happiest shopping with my mother, John. We did a 7 hour marathon today and she wanted to do more. ❀

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  5. Your cold weather blasted it’s way here yesterday late afternoon. Damn it’s cold! Lucy has the right idea! Good luck on the continued progress.

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    1. We have 31 degrees this morning. Brrrr

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  6. You always hit the mark, John.
    Well done.

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    1. Thank you, Hook.

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  7. I’ve got a tumbleweed from outside Dodge City. I wonder what souvenirs James and Samantha are going to pick up? That’s an interesting thought, right there. If nothing else, I’ll bet their experiences are going to be more dramatic than mine were!

    I was startled by how brown Twiggy has become. It’s not so noticeable in most photos, but for a moment I thought you had a different dog visiting in your home!

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    1. If you count meeting Wyatt and Virgil Earp at the OK corral, having dinner at the Longbranch saloon, and taking orders from Davy Crockett, I think they may have a few dramatic experiences. Twiggy looks brown because of the diffused light. She is really her same color (Blond with toast markings.) Thank you, Linda.

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      1. Here’s your fun fact for the day: I once dated Warren Earp, a direct descendent of the youngest “famous” Earp brother. The elder Warren wasn’t at the shootout, but he did ride with the group that set out to avenge the death.

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      2. Wow. That is a fun fact. Warren did help Wyatt hunt down those responsible for Morgan’s death. He, Doc Holiday, Wyatt and two others were on a vendetta in 1882. Warren was eventually shot and killed in 1900 during an argument. Thanks, Linda.

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  8. Enjoy your nippy weekend John!

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    1. Thank you Sheryl. You as well. πŸ₯Ά

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  9. It’s cold here this morning. We only had a handful of trick-or-treaters last night because of the wind and low temps. Need to get this chocolate out of the house!

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    1. There is a way to eliminate the chocolate. Heh, heh, heh. 🀭

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      1. Which I’m trying to avoid.

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  10. Sounds like an interesting story. Hope they eventually land someplace nice.

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    1. They are working on it. Thanks, Craig

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  11. Since it was sticky and steamy here yesterday, I won’t complain about waking up to an arctic chill. Still, I wish I had brought my fingerless mittens. It’s cold in my office πŸ™ Yet it’s Friday and always warms my spirits πŸ™‚ Happy Friday, John!

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    1. Happy Friday, Maria.

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  12. I love fiction with a little history worked into the plot! Happy editing, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jo. You might like this one.

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  13. Hey! I remember the Alamo . . . (Sorry, I had to).

    Sounds like a very cool story going on there Boss. I’m guessing you probably wish the weather wasn’t quite so cool . . .

    Happy Friday

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    1. I woud like it a little warmer I think. Thanks, Marc.

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      1. Warmer would be nicer, yeah

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  14. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    What a great Haiku! It’s been quite cold here as well, but with sun, I’m happy! Your story sounds amazing, John. Congrats on your progress!

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    1. Thank you, Gwen

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  15. Good Johnku, John. Enjoy the sweater weather.

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    1. Thank you, Guy. Freezing my butt off here.

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  16. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Your story sounds exciting John, especially with the history mixed in. You are right in you Johnku people always long for a season it isn’t. Happy editing and Friday.

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    1. Thak you, Denise. 😊

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  17. That’s so true! Enjoy your week-end John!

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    1. Thak you, Deborah

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  18. Hi, John! Your Johnku is so true. Your WIP reads fascinating. Happy editing! πŸ˜€ xo

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    1. Thank you, Vashti 😁

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  19. I imagine the cool snap is a welcome break and puts a lot of folks in the mood for holiday spending, right?! And with an even shorter time to buy and wrap all those Christmas presents, every minute counts (or so the retail outlets would have us believe). I’m with you on the editing, John — yes, it’s a slower process. Hang in there!

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    1. Yes. Temps go low and shopping fever goes high.

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  20. Your Johnku is pretty accurate. This summer we had a string of beautiful, sunny days but many of us were pining away for rain for our lawns. The WIP sounds wonderful. I’ll be in line for it. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. 😁

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  21. You’re never happy, eh? Too hot, too cold… πŸ˜‰ I tease, of course. You guys have had colder weather than we up here in the Great White North – not counting Alberta and Manitoba – but they always have weird weather so I don’t count them.

    Your story sounds fascinating! Keep on keeping on so we can read it!
    Happy weekend to you!

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    1. I’ll keep going for sure. Thamnks, Dale.

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      1. I hope so!

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  22. You always make me smile, John. I hope you have a good weekend! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Rob. I hope you have a good weekend as well.

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  23. You have piqued my interest about your WIP! I am a history buff and will look forward to that one … sounds fun! As re the weather … yep, we are never satisfied for more than about 12 days out of the year. I was complaining yesterday of the cold, when only two weeks ago I was whining about the heat. And, a month from now I’ll be complaining about ice on the roadways. Never satisfied. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Never satisfied is a very human trait. You are in good company, Jill.

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  24. The storyline of the book sounds terrific, John.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie. I hope people will like it.

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      1. Oh, I definitely think they will!

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    1. Thank you, Traci

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      1. You’re welcome, John!

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  25. Every tiny reveal you do of this story makes me want to read it more!!! Wow!

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    1. You should see when they have dinner with Satan at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. 😁

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  26. Sounds like an interesting story is underway. You’re right about the weather. Every winter I promise not to complain about the heat in July and every July I promise not to complain about the cold. Sorry to show up late again. Seems like my reading and writing schedule are totally out of whack lately.

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  27. Was it difficult…to write about past? I mean the research part & history details?

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    1. It took a lot of time. I had several periods to research and so the writing was slowed while I did it. One trick I found was to wait until I was at the point in the story befoe doing the research. This kept me on track for collecting the information I needed rather than random information. For example I needed to know the kind of pistol and holster Wyatt Earp carried at the gunfight at the OK corral. Had I done the research ahead of the story I would have missed that point and would have had to go back anyway. So I write a little till I get stuck and then research to get unstuck. Thanks, VR

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      1. Actually M. Atwood said the same in her class, she’s working with the research in the same way you described. Cool!!

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      2. Well if Margaret and I are doing the same thing I think you can take it to the bank.

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      3. Yes I guess it works :))

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  28. I maybe asked it before … but I’m also in the process of editing & my head goes around & around, completely empty πŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ‘€

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    1. Hahaha. Nothing like an edit to cause head emptying. Thanks for the laugh VR. 😁

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      1. True πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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