Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Be”

Stream Of Consciousness Saturday

It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday again. The prompt for this week is “be.” Linda Hill is allowing us to used it any way we want. This kind of freedom can be downright intoxicating. If you would like to know more about all this prompting and streaming go visit Linda’s site. There are all kinds of other interpretations which are interesting to read. Here’s the link.

Be by John W. Howell © 2016

“To be or —”

“Don’t go there.”

“Why not?”

“That is the most obvious way to do this prompt.”

“Well, who cares? At least, it gets done.”

“You should have more pride in your work than that little bit of effort.”

“Do you know how long it took to memorize that line?”

“Yeah, maybe three seconds if you were really slow.”

“Okay, Mr. Smarty pants. What would you do with the prompt be.”

“I would be a little more thoughtful.’

“Okay, well then, what do you have?”

“I already gave it to you.”

“You did? Where was I?”

“Hard to tell. You’ll always be a mystery.”

“Wait, a minute. You’re trying to fool me.”

“Believe me. It would be hard to fool you.”

“I’m beginning to get it. You are tossing be’s in with every sentence.”

“Well, I’ll be darned. You’re a lot smarter than you look.”

“There you go again.”

“I would be interested in what you mean.”

“You are saying the word ‘be.”‘

“And what was the prompt this week?”


“So what should I be doing?”

“Using the word ‘be’ any way you want.”

“Can you hear what you are saying?”

“So you are just doing the ‘be’ prompt.”

“That’s exactly what I be doing.”



  1. LOL… I can imagine what Molly would have to say about arguing with you after reading this, John. 😀 Although it does sort of make me wonder how the Bard ever managed to finish Hamlet… Mega Saturday hugs!

    1. Molly winds them all. Thanks Teagan hope your Saturday is the best! Hugs.

  2. This be very entertaining, my friend! You be well and be charming ad be very erudite at your author event today!

    1. Thank you John. Of course, for a Hoser that’s a tall order.

  3. LOL! Nice job, John! Enjoy today!

    1. Thanks Jill. You as well.

  4. The real mystery is if that first line would end the way you expect. Never know when someone will switch it up.

    1. To be or not to be? I pick be. 🙂

      1. I pick the #2 with no cheese and a side salad.

      2. You want vinaigrette on that salad?

      3. Creamy Italian is my favorite. 🙂

  5. Fun approach John. I love these discussions.

    1. Thanks Dan. So often I have you in mind when I write these dialog stories. Not the subject matter but the question. “What will Dan think here?” You have muse status.

      1. Aw, thanks John. I wish I could channel it better.

  6. I truly enjoy the arguments you write, John. Remind me never to get into one with you. We’d be spinning for hours. 🙂

    1. I have the opinion it would be that way because you would have a counter to each point no matter how obscure. Might be fun.

      1. Tis true. I cant help myself. Would enjoy it immensely, Butch.

      2. Some day maybe we can.

  7. Excellent. I love it, John 🙂

    1. Thanks Julian. 🙂

  8. That be mighty cool, John!

  9. I be liking this. 😉

    1. I be glad you do.

      1. And it’s not even Pirate Day! Arrrrh!

  10. One of the little American linguistic glitches that I’ve noticed with Rhonda is dropping “to be” from sentences.
    For instance; “This needs to be washed” becomes “This needs washed”

    It’s something I’ve got used to, but it makes me wonder what Hamlet’s speech would have been like if Shakespeare had been from across the pond;

    “Or not, that is the question.”

    1. Be or not be, that is the question. The dropping of the “to” is a geographical anomaly with origins in the East where words seem too expensive to be used. I first heard (or noticed) when a New Yorker told me his partner “needs entertained.” I, like you, was blown away since I was raised in the part of the country where “broadcast diction” is practiced.

      1. Yeah Rhonda routinely drops both the “to” and the “be” from phrases like that.
        Where we’d say “The garden needs weedING” or “The garden needs TO BE weedED”, she says “The garden needs weeded”

      2. hmmm. East Coast for sure.

      3. Michigan, to be precise.

      4. Let me guess. Alpena

      5. Nope. Traverse city

      6. Loved Traverse city. I was born in Detroit and we used to go there sometimes.

  11. Haha! That’s a really good one, John.

    1. Thanks Michelle.:-)

%d bloggers like this: