Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Vol”

Stream of Consciousness


It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday time again and this weeks prompt is “Vol.” Yup, that’s right. Linda Hill says to find a word with “vol” in it and construct the post. She also advises the group to have fun. If you would like to participate in the fun go to Linda’s blog and find out how. Here is the link

Vol by John W. Howell © 2017

“So what did she say?”

“Find a word with vol in it and write the post.”

“That’s it?”

“Oh, and she said to have fun with it.”

“Ha. Easy for her to say. You and I are here on the line and she sits in that Ivory Tower handing out prompts like they are free.”

“They are.”

“Are what?”


“What do you mean. We have to put our very heart into this crap. We sweat bullets over these damn words. How can you say they are free?”

“You finished?”

“Yeah, I guess.”

“Okay then, Let’s put our thinking caps on and come up with a word that has vol in it.”

“I hate that.”


“The phrase thinking cap. I don’t have a cap. It is my brain that does all the thinking.”

“Did you get your coffee this morning?”

“Had five cups. Why?”

“You seem a little wound up is all.”

“Fine. Volume, Volvo, convoluted, volleyball, benevolent, voluptuous, devolution, malevolent, and voluminous. Just to name a few.”

That’s great. On which do you want to base a post?”

“None of them.”

“None of them? Why not?”

“They have all been done before. Let’s do something original.”

“Okay like what?”

“Well there is a village in Iran named Vol. We could do a story on it.”

“Ho hum.”

“There is Vol Dooley a former sheriff Louisiana. We could do his story.”


“How about the computer command Vol?”

“Wait a minute. You went on-line and looked this stuff up, right?”

“Well, yeah. So what?”

“So what? Do you know how frivolous this makes you look?”

“I think I’m a revolutionist.”

“I think you show the voluminousness of the empty space where your brian should be.”

“I’m thinking you border on the revolting.”

“Says the man with the vole sized brain.”

“You better vol.”

“Huh? What does that mean?”

“It’s French for flight and you should take the hint.”


    1. Thank you for the reblog.

  1. Voltaire would be proud. 😛

    1. Ha ha ha. I wish I had thought of using him. I was focused on volt but that was a totally different story line that I didn’t follow.

      1. You did better than me. I had a blank until you started listing them. Thought more about ‘vol’ starting words than it being in the middle.

  2. ahahahah Loved it!

  3. Gwen Plano · ·

    This was fun…and I discovered the difference between moles and voles. 😀 Have a great day, John.

    1. Always happy to be a source of personal investigation. Thanks, Gwen. Have a super Saturday. 😀

  4. Sensational. Last three lines. Excellent.

    1. Thank you, Chris. I appreciate you taking the time for that compliment. 🙂

    1. Thank you for the reblog Michael. 😀

      1. Always with a great pleasure! Have a nice weekend. 😉 Michael

  5. This was a tough one, John, but you knocked it out of the park. Well done! Happy Saturday!

    1. Thank you, Jill. Happy Saturday to you * Sung to the tune of “Can’t You See That She’s Mine,” sung by the Dave Clark Five.

  6. Bravo, John!

    I love how you always volunteer your talents to these prompts. . . .:)

    1. Thank you, Pilgrim. 🙂

      1. For sure. Go Steelers.

      2. Steelers kicked some butt yesterday! My Fins won a close one too! So look out! AFC title game baby!!! Okay, maybe for the Steelers . . .

      3. Ha ha ha. You never know. Didn’t see the game (no TV) but glad everyone we care about won.

  7. Amazing job, John – when I read the word, I had nothing. That one required some digging.

    1. Back of brain needs dusting now and then. Thanks, Teri.

  8. Good job, John. I was having a similar, but less articulate debate when I considered ‘vol’ words.

  9. Maybe that is why our local tavern has a sign above the bar, NO BLOGGERS ALLOWED. Either that or it is just their way of keeping me out. 🙂

    1. Ha ha ha. It must be you.

  10. I knew you’d warm up to it John. 😀 Well done. That had to be a difficult prompt. Have a sensational Saturday. Hugs.

    1. Thank you, Teagan. You as well.

  11. This is a new challenge to my ears, John, but well done, creative, humorous, moving easily away from obvious choices as you pursue the ‘vol’ words. I’m inspired! Not to take the challenge, but follow your blog.

    1. Thank you, Jay. I would be honor to have you follow.

  12. LOL! This part right here … when you write

    “Ha. Easy for her to say. You and I are here on the line and she sits in that Ivory Tower handing out prompts like they are free.”

    “They are.”

    “Are what?”


    Simply the best John!

    1. Thank you, J. I try to give it my all.

  13. Gee, if you had focused on volt, it would have been quite a shocker, eh! Well done, good sir!

    1. Ha ha ha. Good one, John.

  14. This one is a winner, John. The VOLume of words that reVOLve around your story is one of the best in SOC. Thanks!

    1. Thank you, Jeannie. I like your VOL use. 🙂

      1. You’re welcome, John. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Traci. 😀

      1. You’re welcome, John!

  15. John, remind me not to invite you to my next Scrabble game….well done.

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Phillip

    1. Appreciate the wingback, Traci

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