Friday John Ku – AKA – TGIF

 

“What are you doing out there, Lucy.”
“Since it’s Friday I’m walking the line to make sure it’s secure.”
“Now at least I know where I get my paranoia.”

We have a Friday! Yes, indeed, it is here.

This week has been a good one. Lots of news from Washington regarding executive orders from the president. Looks like most of the problems of society are ordered to be solved. It will be interesting to see the longer-range effects on some of them. I think most people feel good that something is being done about what are perceived to be inequities.

I have gotten into a rhythm regarding my latest WIP. I’m able to get down something each day, which is an important thing to do. I wrote the last three lines, which I always do, but I am not sure they will stick. Here they are, so you can keep me honest.

Sam feels the light slowly spread around her as the source comes closer from above. Her tears do not obey her will and run unchecked from her eyes. She hesitates but finally looks up into the blinding storm and whispers, “Thank you, my Lord.”

Yes, my WIP is another book with Sam and James. This time they have been called upon to find a soul and guide who are missing on the Eternal Road. The soul is Ryan Sanders, who stayed with his crippled plane in Afghanistan to prevent it from crashing into a settlement. The guide is Eddie Rickenbacker. Yes, that Eddie Rickenbacker. Sanders always admired the WWI pilot.

There you have it. Just enough to keep me on the hook. Oh, one last thing. The first stop on the Eternal Road is Super Bowl I. The book has a working title of On the Road Again, but that probably won’t stick.

Today’s JohnKu is about a story. I hope you all have a great weekend. On Sunday, we are doing a potpourri kind of tour. A little bit of a mixture of things.

The Story by John W. Howell Β© 2021

You can plan and think,

But until something grabs you . . .

The story is not yours.

75 comments

  1. Sounds like an intriguing concept has grabbed you, John. May the muse continue to bless you…☺️

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    1. Thank you, Lori. Got the muse by the foot. 😁

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  2. The book sounds great, John. I love the idea of the two pilots. Good luck with the writing. Best of luck with everything and have a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

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    1. You too, Harmony. I hope you can get some rest and are blessed with peace. 😁

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  3. Wise words, John. Good luck with your WIP, it sounds intriguing.

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    1. Thank you, Keith.

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  4. Nice hook. Really makes one curious. Hope you have a fun (and warm) weekend.

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    1. 36 degrees this morning. Doesn’t look like more than the 60s for the weekend. But that is better than Northern weather. Thanks, Charles.

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  5. Your JohnKu is spot on this morning. Have a peaceful Friday, John.

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    1. You as well, Jill. Thank you 😊

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  6. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Did you hear my laughter? Over your opening lines? “Looks like most of the problems of society are ordered to be solved.” Brilliant, John! I love your Haiku and the storyline for your sequel. I’m already hooked. 😊

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. I’m sure there are some that won’t find those lines so amusing but so be it. Yeah the story is firming up here. I hope you have a terrific weekend. 😊

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  7. It’s good to hear that the sequel to Eternal Road is going so well! I agree with Jill that your JohnKu is spot on.

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    1. Thank you, Liz. 😊

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  8. More evidence that you are a writing machine! Wondering – have you received Part I of the vaccine?

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    1. No. I am eligible but can’t find any. I decided to continue my Rona protocol until there is enough for my wife and me. I have no reason to go out into the world and bring the virus back to the house so it will be a while I’m sure. Thanks for asking. You are not in the eligible group yet are you?

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  9. It amazes me you write your last few lines first. I usually have no idea how the story will end when I start my WIP. Have a great weekend, John!

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    1. Thank you,Teri. Writing the last three lines gives me a flashlight in the tunnel. 😁

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  10. I’m with Teri, totally amazed that you write the last lines first. When I start mine, I don’t even know who’ll still be standing by the end. Heck, if the characters didn’t dictate the story to me, I’d never write a word. 😯 But it’s always interesting to see how others approach their work.

    LOVE the JohnKu! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Marcia. Yeah we are all different.

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  11. A ghost story. COOL!

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    1. Yes the Eternal Road is a ghost story too. Thanks, Linda.

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  12. Maddie wants to offer a high five (four) to Lucy for checking the perimeter. It’s important to be on the look out for intruders. At least that’s what she was telling me this morning. By the way, it was 8Β°f (-13Β°c) at the time.

    The WIP sounds like another winner, John. I’m looking forward to it.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. I would drop over in 8 degrees. Lucy does check the fence line. You can never tell what is out there.

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  13. I’m intrigued by your practice of writing the last three lines first, so you’ll have a spot to aim at. I’ve never tried that, but as with any writing, if it works, great, and if not, it can be re-written. Happy weekend ahead, John!

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    1. That’s the way I think, Debbie. I’ve done it for all my books and it is something that I have a great deal of comfort with too. 😁

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  14. Boss

    You are proof that we make our own luck, by putting in the time . . . and then putting in the time on top of that time. And I like that choice of words “ordered”. And the story looks sensational to me.

    Have a great Friday.

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    1. Thank you, Marc. I’m glad the thing is finally on the move. I took about two months to think some stuff out. The first Super Bowl was a great chunk of history even for non-fans. 😊

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      1. You’re so humble.

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  15. Well sid, John. all the best with your WIP.

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    1. Thank you, Mark. 😊

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  16. Hi John, I am glad to hear that Biden is hard at work making changes and improvements. Your WIP sounds like it is going very well. I haven’t written anything on mine for the past two weeks. You remember busy season I’m sure.

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    1. Yes I do. That is why anything I wrote while working is not publishable. Thanks, Robbie.

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  17. portmanguy · · Reply

    Good lines, John. It seems there’s nothing like routine when it comes to writing. Have a good weekend.

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    1. You as well. Guy. Thanks for the comment.

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  18. I love that you are going to have more for Sam and James! I love the sound of it and the last lines are golden. You are so right in that the story does not belong to us. We are just the channel for it. Thank you for sharing and happy weekend!!

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    1. Thank you, Jan. Have a terrific weekend as well.

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  19. John, I am REALLY liking the sound of On The Road Again (even if the title does change). I’m amazed by your ability to write your last three lines then work toward that end. Congrats on getting into the swing of the WIP and finding your writing rhythm! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Mae. Been thinking on this long enough. I’m a pantster for heaven’s sake. 😁

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  20. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    You have excited about the next book. Those last lines make me so curious. Can’t wait.

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    1. Thank you, Denise.

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  21. Glad to hear you’ve already started another WIP, John.

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    1. Thank you, GP. It is good to get rolling.

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  22. Like your technique of ‘ending lines’ – forces, I think, a good discipline and focus… “On the Road Again”, I like, but Willie might come after you…actually, I think he would like it… πŸ™‚

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    1. I could only hope that willie would come after me. Thanks, Billy Ray.

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  23. You sound invigorated. I like that and wish you many happy writing hours.

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    1. Thank you, Craig

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  24. Ordered to be solved… you kill me.
    And you are a machine! Way to go on keeping those creative juices going. I have faith in the journey ahead…
    Happy… oh, hell, I’m late… happy Saturday!

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    1. Never late. Happy Saturday to you.😁

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      1. 😊
        It’s a cold ‘un! (7, feels like 4)

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      2. And the difference between 4 and 7 is????Damn cold either way.

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      3. I know… it’s cold. Period.
        And I’m crazy enough and am going out there… it now feels like 0 πŸ˜‰

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      4. Eeeek. I would drop over. πŸ₯Ά

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      5. Spent the most beautiful day at the site that was Expo 67…

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      6. I had wanted to go to Expo 67 but a new job came up and I never got there. I know you took a bunch of photos. 😊

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      7. Awww… bummer! I wish I could remember what it was like but at the age of 3… not so much. My father went for days and days, visiting everything while my mother stayed home extremely pregnant for my sister.
        Yes, I took “only” 213 yesterday πŸ˜‰

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      8. Hahaha. Will love to see them.

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      9. No worries. You’ll see some. πŸ˜‰

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      10. I saw some earlier on your prompt post

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      11. I’m thinking of sharing some more ..

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      12. πŸ˜€

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  25. I’m a little late for Friday but I hope you have a good weekend. Your ending lines are intriguing, John. Glad the WIP is going well – a working title and ending lines!

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    1. Yes, Thank you, Jo. 😁

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  26. Great johnku, John πŸ™‚ It sounds like you’re in the groove with your WIP. May it continue to go smoothly ❀️

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    1. Thank you, Marie. I think groove describes it perfectly. 😊

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  27. Happy belated Friday, John! πŸ™‚ And your next book sounds great. Looking forward to reading it when it’s available! Great JohnKu, too!

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    1. Thank you, Lauren

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  28. Love the JohnKu!

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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