Saturday Stream of Consciousness – Prompt “So/Sow/Sew



So that you understand the nature of what is going on here, I have to quote Linda Hill on this week’s prompt. “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “so/sow/sew.” Use one, use ’em all, use ’em any way you’d like. Bonus points if you start and end with any of them. Enjoy! So” I hope everyone noticed I began this post with “so.”

Now I ask you is this freedom or what? If you would like to join in the fun go to Linda’s post. Here is the link.

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Feb. 11/17

So/Sow/Sew by John W. Howell ©2017

“So what are you up to today?”

“You noticed I’m deeply involved in this story.”

“I love stories. What is it?”

“It is about a young man who left his home to seek his fortune.”

“That sounds familiar what it the name.”

“Go West Young Man.”

“Hmmm. I’m familiar with the saying by Horatio Alger, but that title escapes me.”

“Cause I just put it on paper.”

“Oh. I get it. It is a story you are writing.”

“Man. Hard to put stuff past you.”

“Now don’t be contrary. Can I read it?”

“It’s not finished. Maybe when it’s done.”

“Read me a line.”

“Okay how about the opening line?”

“Super go.”

“It was a dark and stormy night.”

“Wait. You’re kidding right?”

“Okay. I’ll read the real first line. Ahem. ‘Jacob felt he could so no further. His bones ached from the fear and weight of what he had to do. All along his father told him not to go, and now that he ignored him, Jacob could feel the karma slide like a wet snake up his back and feel the heat on his neck. He could smell the stench of the payback that was about to be his.”‘

“Go on. This sounds great.”

“He decided to lay his burden down and face whatever was in store.”

“What burden?”

“It’s a metaphor for his guilt. Shall I continue?”


“The sow had to weigh hundreds of pounds, and the yoke of wagon pressed into his shoulders. He must find a place to rest, or surely he will fall to the ground and not be in a condition to escape. He stopped at a tree and there an old man called his name.”

“How did the old man know his name?”

“You sound like a reviewer. Just wait.

‘Jacob,’ he called.

Jacob stopped gazing at the man with his brow furrowed. ‘You know my name, old man.’

‘I do.’

‘How is that possible?’

‘I know your father. He sent me to find you.’

‘For what purpose?’

‘To see if you have finished your foolish task which you set out to do. “Sew your wild oats.” is how I believe you explained it to your father.”‘

“‘Wild oats.’ What the heck does that mean?”

“Experience what life has to offer. I think I’ve read enough.”

“No, I want to hear more.”

“Okay. Let me read one more line. ‘Your father has instructed me to warn you to return to the homestead so. . .'”







  1. I think he should keep moving west. Nice job with the prompt, John. So, about those oats…?

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    1. Steel cut. 😀 Thanks, Dan

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  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    Another fun dialog…around a simple prompt. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Hope you have a great day. 🙂


  3. John that was *so* delightful it made me want to join in… I woke up feeling just so-so… remembering the days when I used to sew all my own clothes… never getting around to those wild oats that should be sown while young. Now I’m just an old sow, feeling so-so. One who needs another cup of coffee! LOL
    Have a satisfying Saturday. Very small sows at my place today. They don’t like the word bacon… Mega hugs!!!

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    1. LOL. I’m glad you joined in and it is marvelous, Teagan. Mega Hugs and wish for a lovely Saturday. 🙂


  4. Loved this, John! Happy Saturday!

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    1. Happy Saturday to you, Jill. *sung to the tune of “The Letter” by Joe Cocker.

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  5. Nicely done. Gotta leave them wanting more.

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    1. I think I learned that from you. Thanks, Charles. 🙂


    1. Thanks, Phil. 😀


  6. Like the way you s(e)(o)(w)ed it all up! 😉

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    1. Thank you , Jan. 😀


  7. John Fioravanti · ·

    “Go North, young man… it’ll be way cool!” Great job, John!

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, John


  8. Hi, John! That was so much fun to read. The use of the prompts was super. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Soooze. 🙂


  9. Nice use of so/sew/sow! I wanted to hear the dark and stormy night story. 😜 Nice writing! Engaging!

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    1. Thank you, Ipuna. The Dark and Stormy Night story belongs to Snoopy and Charles Schultz.


    1. Thank you, Audrey. Means a lot.

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  10. Sounds like the beginning to a good western! Yeah, for getting so, sew, and sow in there and beginning, and ending with with it!!

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