Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “est”



It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday and this week’s prompt is “est.” That’s right “est.” What the heck am I supposed to do with “est?” I guess I will just have to figure it out once I start my story. Linda Hill says to have fun with it so as a good soldier I will try. If you want to suffer a little go to Linda’s post and read how you can jump into this exercise.

Est by John W. Howell © 2016

“I was wondering why you continue to invent these dialogs?”

“What are you talking about?. This is fun stuff.”

“Maybe for you, cause all you have to do is come up with sentences in response to what I say. I’m the one who has to work in the prompt.”

“Oh, poor baby. Are we feeling a little oppressed?”

“‘We’ are feeling like we have more of the heavy lifting on this prompt business.”

“Okay then I’ll take over the prompt part, and you just sit there and react to what I say.”

“You’re on. Go ahead.”

“What’s the prompt?”

“I can feel this is going to work well. The prompt is est.”

“What? Dis you hiss at me.”

“No. That’s the prompt E-S-T.”

“Est? What the hell kind of prompt is that?”

“Stop now. You are either going to play or give it back to me.’

“And have you whine for the rest of the day no thanks. Okay, I’ll give it a try. Ahem. Your girlfriend is the nicest.”

“Okay, you got one. Now leave my girlfriend out of this.”

“My, my. You certainly are sensitive. I would say the sensitivest.”

“Beep. No such word. Try again.”

“Hmm. Before I met you today, I was the busiest. Now I’m playing a word game.”

“That works. How are you going to keep folks entertained with this stuff?”

“What’s the problem I have two.”

“Yeah and no one cares. You are not doing anything with the prompt.”

“Like what.”

“Like tell a story. You are just picking words out of the air.”

“Well, why didn’t you say so. Here goes. There was a guy who was the baddest, ablest, calmest, deadliest, evilest, and most contrary person in town.”

“Now you’re talking go on.”

“Well he walked into the bar and yelled,’who is the fastest gun in the place?”‘

“Then what?”

“Some other guy jumped up and said ‘I may not be the fastest but am the gnarliest.'”

“Now I see where you are going?”


“You are saying “est” words in alphabetical order.”

“Story is good though isn’t it?”

“No comment.”


  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    …one of the craziest but cleverest exercises…. 🙂


  2. Great job John. I had trouble with this one. I was waiting for the gunfight and for you to end with “one (gunfighter)is the lonliest number”.

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    1. Talk about nailing it. I wish I had thought of that ending, Dan. 🙂

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      1. You would have had to get through H-I-J and K – tough rows to hoe.

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      2. Yes. I had to call it quits. 🙂

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  3. You always seem to nail it, John. Well done! Happy Saturday!

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    1. Thanks, Jill. Happy Saturday to you. *sung to the tune of Cheeseburger in Paradise by Jimmy Buffet. 🙂


  4. But what made him the gnarliest?

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    1. Too many fistfights. 🙂


      1. That or he’s an excellent surfer.

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      2. That is the correct choice. 🙂


  5. LOL… I think we just got the tiniest glimpse into the workings of your cleverest mind. 😀 Have a satisfying Saturday. Mega hugs.

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    1. Thank you, Teagan. Not sure about clever. Maybe nuttiest. Hugs


  6. That was the bestest. When I saw the prompt, I thought it was going to be about EST seminars. Back in the 70s they used to lock people in a conference room and deprive them of pretty much everything for a weekend. This included the ability to go pee. They made a small fortune doing these, and supposedly trained people to be people or something.

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    1. I remember those days. I think it trained people to live with wet pants.

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      1. Seems about right.

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  7. Tough prompt. Well done, John!


  8. This is a tough one, John, but you handled it with your usual finesse. Well done!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. 🙂


  9. A to Z “ests” would be a great challenge. I like the dialog, you know. My favorite part of any story.

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    1. Thanks, Audrey. 🙂

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  10. Very imaginative, John! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    1. Thanks, John. 🙂


  11. I could almost imagine you and Linda having this kind of a dialogue 🙂 Good one John!

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    1. I thought of her as I was doing it. Thanks. 🙂

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