Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Tale/Tail

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It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday time again. This week’s prompt is “Tale/Tail. Linda Hill says we can use one or both. If you would like to play with words visit Linda’s blog and see how. Here is the link.

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Feb. 10/18

Tale/Tail by John W. Howell © 2018

“I see you been up to the Hill.”

“Huh. What are you talking about.”

“You have a prompt tucked under your arm, so you have been to the Hill.”

“Oh. You talkin’ about the Linda Hill hill?”

“Yes, of course. Man, it takes forever with you.”

“Whatever. Yes, I have this week’s prompt.’

“Care to share?”


“You talkin’ sex now?”

“You call me slow. You’re not only the same, but your mind is in the gutter.”

“You’re the one talkin’ dirty. Not me.”

“The first is like a story. Tale. The second is like what is on an animal.”

“So it could be the tale of a tail.”

“Well, I suppose it could be.”

“What are you going to write?”

“I think I’ll do a story about a guy telling a story. It will be a tall tale of the woods.”

“So where does the tail come in.”

“What tail?”

” I thought you had to use both.”

“No, it is okay to use one or the other or both.”

“Can I do one?”

“Of course.”

“Mine’s going to be about a ranch. I’m almost positive I can work in the word tail. You got your horsetail, dog tail, foxtail, raccoon tail, cow tail—”

“Okay, I get it. Why not go away and write it.”

“You want to get rid of me?”

“In a word?”

“I don’t get it. I bust my tail helping you with your prompt tale, and this is the thanks I get.”

“Don’t consider it permanent.”

“And now the narrator says, “In anger, he turns tail and heads for the door.”‘

“Don’t go away mad.”


  1. I enjoyed the tail of the tale…

    1. Wanted to go to whale of a tale with tremendous tail but abandoned the effort.

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    Excellent dialogue, John. Given your love of football, I expected to read about tailgating, this was a fun surprise. Thank you again for the morning chuckles. 😀

    1. Sadly the season is finished, so all thoughts of football are in the “later” compartment. Thanks, Gwen. 😀

  3. “Just go away.”

    A nice light tale to start to day. I like “up to the Hill” – that’s a good way to describe it.

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Dan. Gotta love Linda.

  4. Loved this one, John! Happy Saturday!

    1. Ah, hell, no tale of a tail to tell! Oh, well! ♥..
      Great one, John! (What the hell! John always has a tale to tell that’s swell!
      Thanks, Linda, you’re swell as well! Your ‘Bus tale’ is also swell!
      Okay, I’ll put the corn away! Hope all have a great (or, swell) week-end.

      1. Hey, Billy Ray. Could you pass that corn over here. I’d like a sip. 😀

    2. Jill, dear lady, hope all is well with you and hope your harlequin tale is selling well! Linda poisoned my brain with the ‘tale of the tail” to tell… ♥

      1. Hi Billy! It’s great to see you. I hope you and your lovely wife are doing well.

    3. Thank you, Jill. Go see Billy Ray he’s saying nice things.

  5. Good one, John!

    1. Thank you, Jennie. 🙂

  6. Poor guy gets no respect. 😉

  7. Loved it! Glad I caught the tail end of this tale. Wonderful job, good sir.

  8. You’re so clever and witty. Love this.

  9. Gotta ❤ the Tail of the Tale… 😉

  10. Lol, that’s one heck of a tale! And my DH would have though sex too, so you’re not alone 🙂

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Jacquie.

  11. Lol!! Now that’s one whale of a tale!

  12. I decided to behave myself with this one! 😛Loved it, my friend.

  13. A tall tale of a teal mermaid’s tail might have been fun 😀

    1. Ha ha ha. Good one. In keeping with yours, “Two tall tales to tantalize the Tapir’s tail. Thank you , Jill

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