Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Post.”


Stream of Consciousness

It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday time again and this weeks prompt is “post.” Linda Hill says we can use it as a stand alone or to find a word that uses “post” as a prefix. If you would like to join in with this fun just pop over to Linda’s blog and read how. Here is the link.

Post by John W. Howell © 2018

“What the heck is a prefix?”

“You don’t know?”

“Would I ask if I did?”

“A prefix is a word or a letter placed in front of another.”

“So what would be a prefix to the word post?”

“How about lamp?”

“Ah, lamppost. I get it.”

“I have decided not to use a prefix though.”

“Pretty brave. You going to use ‘post’ alone.”


“Go ahead then.”

“This post will not contain any prefixes to the word post.”

“Pretty boring so far.”

“Ahem. The torn and folded piece of paper was driven into the post by whoever used the large knife to stick it there. Not sure whether or not I should interfere in whatever was going on, I just sat astride my horse and stared.”

“Okay, that’s better. Keep going.”

“It was clear the paper has some kind of message and the post because it is central to the town is the perfect spot for special delivery.”

“Now you’re cooking.”

“My mount sensed some danger and kept urging me to pull away. With a firm hand, I guided it closer to the post and wrapped my fist around the handle.”

“And then?”

“A scream moving out from the gates of hell fell across us, and the horse bolted leaving me on the ground with the knife. The note was still attached to the post. I wasn’t sure I could stand but looked up to see a small rivulet of blood begin to amble down the post from where the knife used to be.”


This is none of your business came a thought out of the air, and it was clear to me that my troubles had just begun. I tried to rise but could feel a force holding me down. I looked at the knife and tried to open my fingers. Almost like a magnet, the knife held me fast.”

“What did you do?”

“Not sure.”

“What do you mean not sure?”

“I haven’t finished the story.”

“You got us all worked up, and you haven’t finished the story?”

“Want to catch some lunch?”

“I want you to finish the story.”

“After lunch.”

“That will be the goalpost then. Story after lunch.”

“Linda Hill will love you. Sure the goalpost is to finish the story after lunch. I’ll give you a hint. The guy dies.”

“Ah man?”




  1. Wow – that;s #SoCS done well! I kinda figured the guy was doomed, but I wouldn’t mind sticking around for the postmortem.

    Have a great weekend, John!

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    1. My word count said I had to go. I guess it would have been a pretty good story. Thanks, Dan

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  2. Good one, John.

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  3. Nicely done, John! Happy Saturday!

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    1. Happy Saturday to you, Jill *sung to the tune of Saturday in the Park by Chicago.

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  4. You’re the ‘writer’s wow’! ♥ (aND, I CAN HARDLY READ YOUR TYPE-SIZE!) Neabg cibstryctuvektm if ciyrse/1( *And I cb’t read what I’ve written! ♥

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    1. Ha ha ha, Need new soecs I’m thinking.

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  5. harmonykent · · Reply

    Great post, John! 😁

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    1. thank you, Harmony.


  6. Great tension and suspense there. Were you tempted to leave it as a cliffhanger and then make an actual post after lunch?

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    1. No, this was a stream of consciousness so it was complete. I guess I could have gone on with the story but was time to wrap. Thanks, Charles.


      1. Nicely done then. Your stream of consciousness seems to have had a blast here.

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      2. It was fun. Thaks, Charles.


  7. I love it! Keep writing!

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    1. Thank you, Cynthia. 😀

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  8. Neat vignette. Glad you posted it.

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  9. Excellent job, John! Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you, John.


  10. Good one, as always, John. Love how you imagination takes over in stories! 📚 Christine

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    1. Yes, it runs away some times. Thanks, Christine.

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  11. its after lunch now, John. What happens next [grin]? I see that my review of Circumstances of Childhood got 5 or 6 hits after I linked it to Craig’s post this morning. Hope you get some sales.

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    1. Ha haha. No more story I’m afraid. Thank you for the Tag, Robbie. 😀

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  12. You wretch!
    Well done, John…

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    1. I know right? Stream of Consciousness be Stream of Consciousness.

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      1. Be a tease is what it be…

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      2. Ha ha ha. I suppose.

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  13. Nicely done, John! An excellent SoCS entry.

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    1. Thank you so much, Laura.


  14. Gwen Plano · · Reply

    Very clever, John. I bet you had fun writing it too! You always bring a smile…thank you for that. 😀

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    1. I did have fun, Gwen. I wanted to go on with the story but needed to wrap it. 😀

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  15. Very clever – sounds like you had fun too!

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    1. I did, Barbara. Thank you.

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  16. What fun! 🙂

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  17. Excellent! That was well-done, humorous and suspenseful all wrapped up in one post! 🙂

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    1. Ha haha. Love the comment. Thanks, Jan


    1. Thank you, Audrey.


  18. This was really good, John. And I want to hear the end of the story, too. 🙂

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    1. Next life maybe. 😀

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