100 Reasons To Not Kill Yourself: #63 (Guest Post).

I’ll say it again: I’m not hard-wired to be positive and inspiring for one hundred posts.

But since surrender is not an option I’m going to continue to enlist my blogging allies in this “fight” to convince people that embracing the emptiness of the dark is never the answer. So please welcome the amazing John W. Howell to the countdown, won’t you? 

What I love about John’s writing is that it doesn’t feel like writing at all; it’s as though he’s in the room with you (listen closely and you can hear him breathing) and so his conversational tone mirrors my own, So we’re all in for a treat today.


My friend Hook here invited me to guest post on his blog. Still, as I write, I cannot imagine being asked to appear on one of the most enjoyable blogs on the planet. You see, I have been following Hook for awhile and have been enjoying his offbeat brand of humor. No one can tell stories of the leisure industry like the Hook. Each one is as if you are right alongside him as the fun unfolds.

That isn’t all. He conducts world-class interviews with some of the biggest stars in Canada. (I don’t think the stars of America know what they are missing, or they do know him. Not sure which.) He also keeps us South Americans (yes, I’m in the States eh?) up-to-date on all the happenings on the “Murdoch Murders” scene. Of course, he doesn’t realize I can’t receive the Canadian television signal and am too cheap to subscribe to Hulu, so most of the time I have no idea what he is talking about in the storyline. That doesn’t matter because it is the way he describes the shows that make reading worthwhile.

So, what am I doing on his blog you ask? I’m glad you did. I am here because Robert (his real name – Gasp!) has been doing one of the most excellent series of what I call public service posts. You see he lost his dear friend Ronnie to suicide and in some way, Hook wants to prevent others from suffering the same loss as he. I have to admire his courage since he has decided to publish 100 Reasons To Not Kill Yourself.

I suspect that since I have been following his journey, Robert might need a breather. So, I think I will step in and offer a reason not to commit suicide; Now, this could be very tricky since I don’t want to give an idea that Hook has already published or is planning to release. “Well, just call him,” you say? That is easier said than done.

  1. Hook works odd hours.
  2. I don’t speak Canadian.
  3. He won’t take my calls.

No, I will have to work this out myself.

Since I’m a writer (surprise, surprise), I think my choice is:

#63: A Reason Not to Commit Suicide is You Will Not Finish Your Book.

We all know writers live for the day they can finish their book. You know, in the old movies where a writer concludes his or her book and then gets a cigarette and glass of Champagne in celebration? Imagine if you will, getting near the end of a book and deciding to take a swan dive off the Empire State Building. (lots of drama. I’m a writer remember?) What fun is that? You’ll miss the ciggy, the champers and all the adoring fans congratulating you with cards, letters, and chocolate. (My fellow writers now think I have lost my mind. The truth is none of that stuff happens anyway) What you will miss is bringing that tightly woven story to a conclusion. You have fallen in love with the plot and the characters, and so you can’t abandon them to an unfinished ending.

As a reader, I would also say a Reason Not to Commit Suicide is to finish the book that the author, by not committing suicide, took the time and trouble to finish. So, there we have an excellent tidy reason and it is all wrapped up in a good book.

Thank you so much for allowing me to visit, Robert, and I applaud your efforts in raising awareness about suicide prevention.

You can visit me at http://johnwhowell.com


Image result for JOHN W. HOWELLOne of John’s many amazing works of spectacular fiction.


My heart just swelled to three times it’s factory-issued size, John. I can’t thank you enough for being here and helping me fight this good fight. I only wish I was as good as you make me seem to be.

Please take John’s words to heart, everyone.

See you in the lobby, kids…

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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64 Responses to 100 Reasons To Not Kill Yourself: #63 (Guest Post).

  1. Reblogged this on Fiction Favorites and commented:
    I am a guest at You’ve Been Hooked today. The Hook has been running a series of posts titled One Hundred Reasons Not to Commit Suicide. His effort is raising the awareness of a very personal issue and I am proud to contribute to his campaign. A visit to The Hook is always a pleasure and is especially fun to guest post. Take a minute to see what I mean.

  2. Thank you so much for inviting me here today, Hook. I think what you are doing is an excellent way of raising the awareness of the tragedy of suicide. I’m proud to be a part of your effort.

  3. Great reason, John. 🙂 — Suzanne

  4. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for introducing me to another fine blog, John. You did a nice job with #63. I wouldn’t be considering exiting before my time, but that’s a good reason not to.

  5. Gwen Plano says:

    Congratulations to you both. This was an inspired post. 🙂

  6. rijanjks says:

    Fantastic post from John! You have my admiration, Hook, and you are fighting a good fight. I have a friend here in Texas, a musician/songwriter, Dan Johnson who is fighting this same fight along with you except his focus is on military suicides. i’d love for you to take a look at his work. He’d make a fantastic guest! His “Hemingway” Project is deep, personal and is making a difference! https://www.operationhemingway.org/

  7. ~Mar says:

    John, I’m so happy you have shared this. And that you’ve introduced me to a new blog. I admire you both. This isn’t always an easy topic, but it’s one I am passionate about and something I’ve also posted about. Real talk is necessary and raising awareness is critical in our society. Thank you both.

  8. Dale says:

    Now I am going to have to stalk this blog too…
    Fellow Canadian, eh?

  9. Mae Clair says:

    I enjoyed the humor in the post, as well as the attention given to a subject that should be in the spotlight. Many years ago I lost a coworker to suicide. Thanks for post, John, and it was great “meeting” Hook today!

  10. A close friend lost her son to suicide this past week. It’s a horrible, scary tragedy. Thanks for shedding a light on this, John and Hook ❤

  11. Doug in Oakland says:

    I agree. Music works that way for me also. I actually once said, right out loud: “Neko Case has a new album coming out. I feel like I have something to live for.”
    Which in many ways was a messed up thing to say, but it does at least illustrate your point about staying around and not missing the good stuff…

  12. StillWaters says:

    Cats and jazz. Hockey (the Sens; what???!!!, you say??). The Jays. East Coast living. Café au lait (Brewed White at 2nd Cup), MM. Lots of good stuff out there.

  13. You are right about lots out there. live it.

  14. Thanks for reminding me, John. 🙂

  15. A very admirable series, Hook, and a great post, John. As a fundamentally happy person, I find it hard to understand how people get into such a downward spiral that they commit suicide but I do try hard to understand depression and be helpful to sufferers.

  16. Hook, if you lie I could guest blog here. I’ve been round the suicide block a few time.

  17. dianaepona says:

    Loved it! Though I have to admit there was one manuscript I finished I really wanted to put in a binder, and beat it with a broom just to get even for all the sleepless nights it caused. But, hey! That’s me! Wonderful piece! Thank you!

  18. And after that book is published, there’s the sequel – don’t dare risk letting someone else write the sequel….then the prequel…..characters are so demeaning, but their yours and you have to support them…
    Loved the guest post!

  19. curvyroads says:

    And another great reason not to kill yourself! If only the recent victims and families of school shootings had read this series… 😢

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