Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “in/out”



Today is Saturday and time for another stream of consciousness. Today’s prompt is “in/out.” If you would like to figure this whole thing out, please go to Linda Hill’s site and read all about it. Here is the link.

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Oct. 29/16

In/Out by John W. Howell © 2106

“How you been?”

“Good and you?”

“Wait I’m not the one who has been in and out of the hospital.”

“No. I’m the one.”

“So how do you feel?”

“Like I’ve been in and out of a nightmare.”

“What was the problem anyway?”

“Not sure. I think it had to do with insurance.”

“I don’t mean about the nightmare. I’m talking about you.”

“What about me?”

“If you hadn’t just gotten out of the hospital I think I would like to be the one to put you in. Let me make it easy. Did you have an accident?”


“You want to input more meat on that bone outside of the word ‘no'”?”

“No broken bones. The x-ray in the hospital ruled out broken bones.”

“In fact, are you trying to make me crazy without trying?”

“In  my opinion, that train pulled out a long time ago.”

“Can you at least tell me why you were in the hospital?”

“The supermarket was all out of doctors.”

“Okay, that’s it. I’m out of here.”

“Without any information?”

“While I still have my sanity which around you is an in and out thing.”

“I love In and Out Burgers. Want one?”

“I would love one, but they aren’t in this state.”

“That’s an outrageous state to be in.”

“Let me go. Please. Without a doubt, I’m in the process of losing my grip.”



  1. Are you actually up posting at 5 a.m. or did you write last night and schedule for today? BTW, you really are brilliant at these things. Is this how you converse with people all the time?

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks Phil. Yes I schedule them. These writing prompts are a method for me to hone my dialog skills. I am attempting to allow the reader to follow along without the usual “he or she said” kind of tags. Used to be really lousy at dialog and am trying to improve. Your comments are really appreciated and maybe I’m making headway. Thanks so much. 🙂

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    an inspiring glimpse of outstanding writing…… 🙂

    1. Thanks Gwen. You are the best. ❤ Hugs

  3. Nicely find, John but totally unfair to bring up In ‘n Out burgers. I haven’t had one for over 10 years. I think I might be drooling. I definitely want in on that.

    1. I know what you mean. My last one was in 2001. (But who’s counting) 😀

  4. Well done, John! In and Out Burgers…yum! I’m hungry. Happy Saturday!

    1. Thanks, Jill. Used to enjoy them when we lived in California. Happy Saturday to you. *sung to the tune of Wake Up Little Susie by the Everly Brothers. 😀

  5. Haha! Sensational use of “in” and “out” and of “in and out” too, this Saturday. I’m beginning to think you find people in general as frustrating as I do. LOL 😀 Mega hugs my friend.

    1. You and I could be related that way. 😀 Super Saturday, Teagan.

  6. Another wonder-filled dialog, Mr. John!

  7. lol: insurance. 🙂

    1. Thanks, JoAnna. I loved that line. Glad you liked it.

  8. ROFLMAO!!! ❤

  9. Finger-snapping fast and humorous as usual, John. Fantastic. 😀

    1. Thank you, Tess 🙂

      1. You are more than welcome, John. 😛

  10. In and out reminded me of In and Out Burgers too. They are still good by the way. 🙂

    1. Oh, excellent. 😀

  11. I indulged in this story, now I’m out of here.

    1. Come back in anytime.

      1. There is an outside chance.

  12. The more I read the further I felt myself slipping away into some sort of oblivion John, masterly done, I’ll be in and out of the looney bin in no time…

    1. There is a slip factor alright. Thanks Michael. 🙂

  13. Haha! This is right up there with “Who’s on first?” 😀

    1. These two guys kill me sometimes. Thanks, Linda. 🙂

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