Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Door”


Stream of Consciousness

It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday again and this weeks prompt is “door.” Now just having the word “door” as a prompt would be a little mundane, so Linda Hill kicked it up a notch. She requires “door” to be used in a specific context, which is, a door we have walked through that isn’t our own THIS WEEK. If you would like to join in on this fun go to Linda’s site and read how. Here is the link if you dare.

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Feb. 24/18

Not My Own Door by John W. Howell © 2018

“Why so glum, chum.”

“I hate to say this, but sometimes your alliterations come at the wrong time.”

“Oh, my. You are in a mood. You been over to Linda Hill’s place again, right?”

“How did you know?”

“Same face every time.”

“It’s cause I like the prompts and want to do well.”

“So what’s the problem?”

“You know I write all the time.”

“Yeah, I do. In fact, I think you are obsessive.”

“Save the psychological analysis for some other time. I have a real problem.”

“Okay. I’m sorry. What’s the problem?”

“Here it is. We are supposed to write about a door that isn’t our own that  we have gone through this week.”

“Sounds fun. I don’t see the issue.”

“I only went out once this week.”

“Ah, the old Howard Hughes recluse writer thingy.”

“And guess where I went?”

“A bar, restaurant, museum, or something interesting I hope.”

“That’s just it. I went to the frickin Rheumatologist.”

“What? the Rheumatologist? Oh, that is one exciting trip. How was the door there?”

“You are not helping.”

“What’s with you writers anyway? You have some kind of sun allergy?You’re all the same. To leave the house is like a major deal.”

“We get wrapped up in our work.”

“Yeah, and all your friends are in your head.”

“You are my friend. You aren’t in my head.”

“You’re kidding me right?”

“Yeah. Sorry about that. You are in my head too.”

“I think you need to find a hobby.”

“I have one.”

“Do tell.”

“Making up stories.”

“The prosecution rests your honor.”





  1. I don’t know about sun allergy, but my dermatomogist has me slapping on Factor 100 twice a day even in the middle of winter!

    1. You may be a rare one, Keith. Ha ha ha.

      1. Not much risk of progressing to well done, is there?

      2. I think that is the ultimate goal.

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    Characters have a way of leading us through all kinds of exciting doors, but life takes us to Rheumatologists. Thank goodness for your “hobbie;” it opens the door of dreams. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Gwen. Dreams are plenty for me. 😀

  3. Nice job under such challenging circumstances, John. the possibility of prompts like this is why it’s important to visit at least one fun place each week. Fun places don’t end in ‘ologist’ – you need to look for something ending in ‘tender’.

    1. Ha ha ha. I will look for something like tender. Oh, look. An oil tender.

  4. After all that you went through last year, I don’t blame you for preferring to stay home with your characters. If I could, I’d do the same. Happy Saturday, John. I hope you’re feeling okay.

    1. thank you, Jill. All is okay here. Happy Saturday to you * sung to the tune of Money by Pick Floyd.

  5. I loves this one, John!

    1. Thank you, Jennie. 😀

      1. You’re welcome! 😀

  6. I say that door still counts. Whatever it takes to accomplish the prompt.

    1. Thank you, Charles. I’ll take that to the bank.

  7. Ha! The door was acquitted and you were found guilty…of writing! *gasp*
    Nice response to the prompt, John.

    1. Thank you, Mary. 😀

  8. Your knack for these ‘SoCS’ prompts amaze me! They’re so good and fun to read! I can see a “Book of Prompts” coming from John Howell – at least, I hope so… ♥

    The only door I walked through several times this week gave me a sense of great relief and a rejoiceful spirit… That’s very important here in ‘Twilight’! My doctor – a pretty lady – tells me ‘regularly’ that I’m ‘full of it’!

    Bless her heart! She knows me so well!

    Oops! Sorry, I must go!

    1. I wish my doctors gave me a reason to look forward to a visit. Thanks for your visit, Billy Ray.

  9. God bless, John! If my attempts at humor fall short at times, or, touches a ‘spot’ it should not, forgive me! ♥

    1. Ha haha. You are always welcome to bring your humor and good wishes, Billy Ray. I love your comments.

  10. LOL… I so related to this John — but you found a door — the door to the imagination.

    As for my doors… back at Mordor, we now have to use our badges to get OUT the gates (and to the doors) as well as getting in. The gate/badge thing is finicky. You often have to swipe it a few times. So I got in a hurry to get *out* after getting a red light to prevent me leaving… The gate halfway opened, so I went on through. The guard jumped up from his chair and physically blocked my path. Seriously. There’s my SoC for “door.”
    I doubt they’d do the same thing if someone was determined to get IN… but then nobody really wants in. 🙂 Happy weekend hugs!

    1. Oh my goodness. I can’t imagine. Hugs Teagan

  11. Hmmm – to look at the positive, at least when you came back through the door you probably felt better for the experience (eventually…) 😉

  12. I so relate to this. I used to love to go and would head out my door at the drop of a hat, but now, I just want to stay home. Heck, if I leave, I get behind again and have to hurry to catch up. 🙂 Good one, John.

    1. You do understand. Thanks, Jan

  13. Excellent job on the prompt, John. That one hit close to home!

  14. Hmmmm . . .

    Might this have been based on a true story?

  15. A great conversation John 💜

    1. Thank you, so much. 😀

  16. I, for one, am overjoyed I decided to step through this virtual door.
    Well done, John.

  17. You do such a great job with these prompts, John, but hope you’re feeling okay. 🙂

    1. Doing well, Lauren. Thank you. 😀

  18. Do you break out in hives? I do. I wear sunblock everyday rain or shine. I’m getting to the point that I want to be wearing long sleeve shirts too to protect my arms a bit more.

    I hope you’re feeling better. It sounds like a pretty important door to me.

    1. Is a regular infusion. Always feel better after.

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