Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt – Empty/Hollow

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It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday time again. This weeks prompt is “empty/hollow.” Linda Hill says we can use one or both. If you haven’t had enough pain in your life and want to join this crowd, just visit Linda’s blog and find out how. Here is the link.

Empty/Hollow by John W. Howell © 2018

“Why are you looking off into space with that empty stare.”

“I am thinking of the good times.”

“The good times? ”

“Yeah. You know the times when we had no responsibilities. The times when we stayed up late and raised hell.”

“What has gotten into you today? You perhaps don’t remember those early morning headaches. Being yelled at for arriving late at work. The prayers for forgiveness.”

“Leave it to you to turn fond memories into hollow history.”

“I’m just sayin’.”

“Yeah, I know. I need to get over it.”

“You do. After all, we have a lot to do today.”

“Today? What do we have to do today?”

“We are going to write our Senator, remember?”

“Yeah, remind me why we are doing that?”

“Sometimes your head is as empty as a hollow log. We are going to write the Senator and ask for a recommendation for parole.”

“For the tenth time.”

“Just takes once.”




  1. Cool story 🙂 haha I wrote yesterday as well about ’empty’, I scheduled it for this ev :))
    It was a very easy word :))

    1. Looking forward to it. 😀

  2. Guess someone raised a wee too much Hell.

    1. Just a bit. Thanks, Charles.

  3. Good one, John! Sometimes, while getting down that first draft, my head feels like a hollow log. 😦 Happy Saturday!

    1. I know the feeling. Happy Weekend to you. *sung to the tune of Dirty Water by the Standells.

  4. Love the twist, John. You never can tell, maybe #10 will be lucky.

    I hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you, Dan. Happy Weekend to you. 😀

  5. Well, isn’t THAT a perfect prompt! As empty as my head has been lately, all my attempts at fulfilling the challenges have been hollow.

    1. You get a gold star on this one. 😀

  6. Nice ending, John. I didn’t expect that!

    1. Makes me happy you were surprised. Thanks, Mary. 😀

  7. Gwen Plano · ·

    Great story, John. I didn’t expect the ending at all. I love your morning surprises. Have a great one! 😀

    1. Thank you, Gwen. I try to sneak in a twist when I can. 😀

      1. Thanks for the ‘Clock and Car’ comment on my website… Framing it! ♥

    2. Hey, Gwen, thanks for the website visit and comment! Safe trip to the wedding! ♥

  8. As always, ‘perfectamundo’! “Went to the liquor cabinet for my usual ‘Maker’s Mark’ toddy…the bottle was Empty…’What a Hollow feeling!’ Yuk, yuk! ♥

    1. I know the feeling. That’s when you know the kids are visiting.

  9. Great use of the prompt and loved the ending twist. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Jan 😀

  10. John, you do these prompts so well. This could’ve been anything, even a couple. Glad you surprised us! Happy weekend.

    1. Thak you, Linda. Happy weekend to you as well.

  11. I could set the old Mary Hopkin song “Those Were The Days” to this one, John. Thank you for bringing the humor to a cautionary tale!

    1. I love that song…we thought they’d never end.

      1. We’d sing and dance forever and a day . .

      2. We’d live the life we choose.

      3. We’d fight and never lose.

      4. For we were young and sure to have our way

      5. La la la la la la . . .

      6. We covered the first verse in good shape. This song is still in my head. Thanks for the fun.

  12. LOL… Okay — that was a surprise ending. You’re the twist master. 🙂 Happy weekend hugs!

    1. Thank you, Teagan. Happy weekend to you. BIG HUG

  13. Great writing John and took the prompts well onboard. I’m new to SoCS and have already come across some amazing new (to me) bloggers and writers. Great twist at the end too. As someone above said, it could have gone anywhere.

    Looking foreword to reading more from you.

    1. Thank you, Gary.

  14. Very good. I like the hollow log analogy too.

    1. Thank you, Deborah.

  15. Another masterpiece.

  16. Haha! Terrific take on this John.

  17. Very well done! I didn’t expect that ending.

    1. Thank you, Deborah.

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