Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

Twiggy and Lucy TGIF

“Hey, you two.”
“What dad?”
“It’s Friday. You should be out playing.”
“We’re working up to it. We decided on no sudden moves today.”

The week seems to have flown by. Not sure why. Maybe it is because it has been a busy one.

I have received most of the beta reader comments on my WIP. I have been very pleased with the quality of the suggestions. Beta-reader comments are seldom a surprise to me because they usually are directed at a part of the story that was bothersome when it was written. It sure helps to have another set of eyes look at the work.

All of the beta readers enjoyed the story which makes life worth living. I am now waiting for the final comments and then will finalize the MS and send it to the editor.

I am very grateful for the support and attention to detail that each beta-reader gave. You have my gratitude.

All else is good. I am currently beta reading a memoir written by a well known New York antique dealer. It is a fascinating story of the NYC Β celebrity scene from the 50s to the 90s.

We finally got some much-needed rain that was more than a misty sprinkle. Hopefully, more is on the way.

Today’s JohnKu talks about how we look at life. I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Outlook by John W. Howell Β© 2020

When you see a glass,

Do you ever ask yourself. . .

Half-full or empty?

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  1. This week did go fast. Congratulations on the good report from your beta readers, John. As for the rain…please keep it down your way as we’ve had way too much this winter. Rainy Fridays don’t make for a good day out with mom! 😦 Happy Friday!

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    1. I will try to keep it here, Jill. I know Fridays are important. 😊

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      1. Thanks for trying, John. We got poured on…but we still had fun. πŸ™‚

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      2. The fun part is the importnat part for sure. The Producer and our youngest are going shopping tomorrow. An olympic event. 😁

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      3. So true on both counts! πŸ™‚

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  2. Enjoy the week-end, dear John! I see two pretty ladies on the sofa are preparing to celebrate Friday. Saturday & Sunday. πŸ™‚

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    1. If I can get them to move that is. Thank you, Maria. 😁

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  3. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    “…no sudden moves” πŸ™‚ These two are smile-makers (of course their dad has a bit to do with that). Congrats on the responses from the Beta Readers, John. I can’t wait to read the final masterpiece.

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. It is good to smile.

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  4. Great news on the beta readers, John. Good luck with the next stage!
    I love today’s Haiku … definitely half-full, even when I don’t much like my half! LOLs. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

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    1. I agree with you, Harmony. Have a super weekend.

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  5. Think I’m on a different timeline. Swear this it’s been a year since my last Friday. Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Hopefully the next is only a half year away. 😁

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  6. Wonderful JohnKu! And my two cents’ is coming this evening or tomorrow morning at the latest!
    Have a great weekend-!

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    1. Have a great weekend as well, Dale. 😊

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      1. Thank you, kind sir. I start my new job today!

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      2. Oh. Best wishes.

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      3. It went super well! I think the atmosphere is a happy and healthy one

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  7. I’m glad your WP is doing so well, John. Have a great weekend. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. Have a super weekend as well.

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  8. Congrats on your beta replies – you’re sliding into home base…..
    I only ask myself that question about how full the glass is if it’s something I really like or dislike – then the answer matters.

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    1. A super philosophical observation, GP. 1/2 empty of bourbon. Half full of caster oil. πŸ˜€

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      1. You got it!!

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  9. This week flew by for me. We’re having nothing but rain here for the next week. Looks like Sunday is the only clear day. Good news about the WIP!

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    1. Thank you, Teri. We are supposed to have 70s for the weekend.

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  10. So interesting (and impressive) how inde authors support each other. … and the JohnKu made me laugh.

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    1. As it should, Frank. Have a great weekend.

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  11. When I see a glass sitting around, it usually reminds me that I didn’t get all the dishes done, after all. Happy weekend!

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    1. I can appreciate that view as well. When I see an empty glass I always wonder if I drank that bourbon too quickly and maybe need another half full measure. Happy weekend to you, Linda.

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  12. Wow, super johnku, John! Such a good question. I’m trying to see things as a glass half-full, leave the negativity to others. Unfortunately, I’m such a cynic, it’s an uphill battle πŸ˜‰ Have a great weekend. I hope you get the rain you need. xo

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    1. Thank you, Marie. It is hard to fight one’s self perspective, but I’ve always found you to be a half full kind of person. Happy weekend to you as well. Looks like the rain is holding off until Monday.

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      1. Thanks, John. I like to project myself as a half full kind of person, even when I don’t feel that way. Weather is looking very β€œinteresting” for the southeast. Rain we need, but hopefully not all at once πŸ˜‰

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  13. Sounds like your publishing journey is marching right along. By the way, your glass is too big.

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    1. Then on Saturday it feels like a thimble. Thanks, Craig.

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  14. glad to hear all is going well with the beta reads. That’s fantastic. And I am deficiently a glass half full kind of person πŸ™‚

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    1. One of the best examples too. πŸ˜€

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      1. Awww! πŸ™‚

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  15. Oh, I’m thrilled your beta readers are coming through for you, John! What would our manuscripts look like without several more pairs of eyes to read through them?? I think I’m with the girls today — no sudden moves sounds like a perfect way to prepare for a busy weekend — enjoy!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. Enjoy as well. πŸ˜€

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  16. Half-full or empty? ALL THE TIME!

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  17. Hi, John. I am finishing up my beta-read of your story this weekend and will get my comments in to you. Love the JohnKu! I prefer half-full, please! πŸ™‚

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    1. There is no rush, Jan. Please take your time. I so appreciate you. 😁

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  18. It’s always great to get good feedback from your beta readers. I lucked out with my beta readers too. I received excellent suggestions, but as you said, nothing surprising. I usually see the glass half full, although there are times . . . Great Johnku! Have a great Friday and weekend, my friend! πŸ˜€

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    1. Half full is a great way to look at it. Thanks, Vashti. Have a peaceful weeked as well.

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  19. Good news from the Beta readers, good to see you moving on to the next phase. I think we get our rain tomorrow. As for the question, If I don’t really like the contents, then β€œit’s almost gone” – If I do like the contents, β€œoooh, room for more!”

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    1. That is a good answer. Thanks, Dan

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  20. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    No sudden moves today, I like that. Its nice to get more eyes in there to help out, I agree John:) Have a great weekend.

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    1. You as well denise.

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  21. Sounds like you’ve had a productive week, John. Wish I could say the same. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Hey. You ate a Five Guys burger. That is saying something.,

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  22. It’s good to hear that your beta readers have given you such positive and encouraging feedback! My answer to the glass question is, does it need to be washed? So, Lucy and Twiggy have been waiting for Friday all week, and when it finally gets here, they just can’t be bothered to get themselves up off the couch. They’re dogs after my own heart, for sure.

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    1. You look up spoiled in the dictionary and their photos are there .

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      1. As far as I’m concerned, that’s what dogs are for. πŸ™‚

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  23. I am always thinking next round . . .

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  24. I enjoyed beta reading for you, John. It was a great story. All the best with the new book!

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    1. Thank you, Mark. I appreciate your help.

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  25. Love the JohnKu. Half full, of course. I’m glad the feedback from your beta readers went well. Sounds like you’re on a roll. Best to the girls, John. I think Twiggy deserves an extra treat with no acorns around.

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    1. I’ll give Twiggy a little something extra. Half full is Jennie.

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      1. She deserves it. Yes, I am a half full. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Traci.

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      1. My pleasure, John!

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