Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Ma.”

Stream of Consciousness


Mama just killed a man. Put my gun against his head pulled the trigger now he’s dead. Well, it is Stream of Consciousness Saturday and this weeks prompt is “ma.” Linda Hill says we can use “ma” or any word containing “ma.” Also, there are bonus points for starting the post with “ma.” Now you see why I did a riff on Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

If you would like to slowly lose your grip on reality, visit Linda’s blog and read how easy it is to do. Here is the link.

Ma by John W. Howell © 2108

“You would not believe the dream I had last night. It was a real nightmare.”

“You know dreams are only imaginary?”

“I know that, and I don’t normally pay attention to them.”

“Was this one that dramatic that it has you upset?”

“How’s this sound. David Letterman is the chairman of our company.”

“Well, that doesn’t sound so bad. In real life that would be immaterial.”

“Yes, but I had to give a presentation to him on filmmaking. I don’t know squat about the subject.”

“So what did you do? Make up some facts?”

“I walked in and he was sitting behind this giant desk with a margarita in his hand.”

“Okay, this sounds like it is getting funny. I imagine he was pretty friendly.”

“Quite the opposite. He called my presentation the benchmark of mediocrity.”

“Oh, that’s harsh. Maybe he was drunk.”

“The whole thing ended up with him demanding my resignation.”

“What did you do with that malicious request?”

“I took it as a mandate to find another job.”

“So did you find another job and leave that dismal place?”

“I’ve been busy this morning. I need to go to Monster Dot Com on my MAC.”

“You sure you’re not being premature. After all, it was a dream. What were you doing all morning?”

“Working on my resume. Oh yes. I sent my marvelous letter of resignation.”

“You gotta be kidding me. Because of a dream, you formally resigned?”

“You had to have been there. Besides, I hate filmmaking and I think to try to succeed would be too much drama.”

“Your company makes computers. You work for a manufacturer not a filmmaker.”

“I think I have post-traumatic dream disorder. I’ll write to the boss and tell him it was a big mistake.”

“Good luck with that. Use your personal magnetism.”

” I wish I hadn’t opened the letter with ‘Dear Demanding Asshole.'”

“Yeah, that might take a little touch of diplomacy to fix.”



  1. Gwen Plano · · Reply

    Wow, what an amazing use of the prompt ma. Given the opening, I was expecting a story similar to “Throw Mama from the train.” You surprised me with a dream that provoked dismaying consequences. 😀

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    1. Yes, a fools dream at best. Thanks, Gwen.

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  2. I won’t even try after reading yours!! On your toes today, eh John?!!

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    1. I think so. Let me look down and check. Yup fully upright. 😀

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  3. I’ve always assumed that Bohemian Rhapsody was inspired by the novel, The Stranger by Albert Camus, but I’ve never been able to confirm this.
    Sorry, went off-script there for a moment there, John.
    As for your latest offering, I feel unworthy of it’s greatness.
    Thanks, man.

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    1. Thank you, Hook. :-D. As to the song’s inspiration your assumption is better than most.


  4. Wow! Did you have extra coffee this morning? This was fantastic, John! Happy Saturday!

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    1. Ha haha. happy Saturday to you, Jill *sung to the tune of It All Went Down the Drain by Boz Scaggs

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  5. Magnificent 👍 Sebby

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    1. Thank you, Sebby.

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  6. Boss,

    Sipping on a margarita behind a giant desk is my kind of management style. Berating peeps, not so much.

    I just came down from my Bohemian Rhapsody trip after almost a month’s time. It was divine. As was this play on words. And to you I say . . well done ‘ma man!


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    1. Thank you so much, Marc. Your words are always so uplifting. 😀

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  7. “So, on my across, I set the bridge in fire.”

    Nice job John and very good opening.

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  8. Whenever you hit a speed bump on the job, update your resume. It is not that you might need it, but it makes you feel a whole lot better.

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    1. I used to do that all the time. Finally hit the send button. Yes, did get a better job.


  9. Haha, John. I think I am suffering from year end stress disorder and can imagine writing a letter like this without the dream.

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    1. Be careful, Robbie.

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  10. MA wants you, John! MA gonna spank John! MA no lika MArgaritas! MA no lika your dream! MA lika Bohemian Rhapsody!

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    1. Ha haha. Thanks, Billy Ray

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  11. To start Yay! Queen. Then you write this “If you would like to slowly lose your grip on reality, visit Linda’s blog and read how easy it is to do.” Since I resemble that remark, I think I snort laughed. And closing with the “DDA” salutation is priceless. I have thought of doing same but never acted on it. Thinking about calling my personal power monger a “DDA” is delightful!

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    1. Just use the letters. They’ll never know.

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      1. Ha! Yes his current moniker is AH. I will add DDA to our inside joke to have more to laugh about.


  12. MAhhhvelous John. 👏🏻

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl

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  13. You’re on your game today. Outstanding bit.

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    1. Thank you, Craig.

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  14. D.L Finn, Author · · Reply

    Now that’s a dream come to life…lol. One of my favorite songs, too especially to sing loudly in a group.


    1. I used to write to Queen. I would always enjoy when the song came on. Thanks, Denise.

      Sent from my iPhone



  15. Marvelous use of the prompt throughout. And, yes, I think he better stay on and find a new job quick! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Jan. I think going back may not work. 😀

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  16. Maniacal and Masterful, Maestro! 😊

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    1. Thank you, Soooz

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  17. What a joy to read!

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    1. Thank you, Jim. I’m glad you liked it. 😀

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  18. Jami Carder · · Reply

    Dear demanding asshole😂

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    1. Ha haha. Wouldn’t we all love to address a letter to someone with that greeting.


  19. Post traumatic dream disorder – really funny!

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  20. Thanks for sharing…if that’s what you’re up against a talented published writer then I haven’t even got a chance so won’t even bother trying. I’m sure it’s all just a nightmare and you’ll be fine. You’ve published several books after all! Jamie Carder is right!

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    1. Thank you, Deborah.

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