Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Critic(al)”


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It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday again and this week’s prompt is  “critic(al).” Linda Hill says we can use the prompt anyway we want. If you would like to join in visit Linda’s blog and read how. Here is the link

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Feb. 23/19

Critic(al) by John W. Howell © 2019

“I see you wrote your review of my book.”

“Yeah, it was tough, but I did it.”

“What do you mean, ‘tough?”‘

“Well, I had to sit down at my computer and think of what to say. That’s tough.”

“Uh huh. I suppose you now have an appreciation of how easy it is to write a book.”

“For one thing, trying to think of good things to say about a book is hard work. I would say writing the book is easy in comparison.”

“So you had a hard time with good things?”

“You know your plot was quite complicated.’

“Some like that.’

“And the characters were hard to like.”

“Yeah, murders and rapists are not the most likable.”

“That cop was very arrogant.”

“Yup so true.”

“The woman was too good-looking.”

“I wonder why I didn’t give her a hideous scar.”

“No one has a dog that loyal.”

“Should have had him turn on his owners.”

“So all in all the hard work was looking for the good stuff.”

“I can see that. So how long have you been a critic?”

“I just started. Your book is the first.”

“Lucky me.”

“I gave it a one star.”

“Oh joy. Why so generous.”

“I thought the cover was nice.”

“Yeah, one of the few things I didn’t create.”

“Want some advice.”

“Sure that is exactly what I want.”

“Write happy stories.”

“Happy stories?”

“Yeah you know where the hero gets the girl, and they all live happily ever after.”

“Sure thing. Let me get right on that.”

“I would be happy to review it when you are done.”

“I’ll give you a call. It might be a while though.”

“I can wait.”

“I’ll bet you can.”


  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    Great use of the prompt, John. You’ve touched on a topic dear to all writers. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Gwen. It is a love/hate kind of relationship sometimes.

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  2. Everyone’s a critic, eh? Yesterday you were saying how hard it is to get reviews. Is this a case of “be careful what you wish for?”

    Then again the ugly woman with a mean dog who ends up marrying a kind and gentle cop. It might work.

    Nice work, John.

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    1. Thanks, Dan. I think you have a great story line there. 😀

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  3. Happy is boring.
    Happy is how the story ends; you have to earn that happy ending.
    And yes, that is what she said.

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    1. I can imagine you trying for a short cut to a happy ending. Earn it is. Thanks, Hook. 😄


  4. I have a feeling he’s not going to write the happy ending.

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    1. Ha ha ha. I think you are right, GP.

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  5. An enlightening interview that encourages you to look for the book.

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  6. I love a good happy ending after the characters have been through hell. Nice job, John! Speaking of happy…HAPPY SATURDAY!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Happy Saturday to you. *sung to the tune of Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd

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  7. I think I’ve met that critic. It is a head scratcher when the complaint is ‘too positive’.

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    1. I know right? 🙄


  8. BAHAHAHAHAHA 🤣🤣🤣! I love it Linda!!

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    1. Thank you, Greg.

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  9. On my phone and just this was John! Still love it!!

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    1. Thanks, Greg. I got it the first time. 😄


  10. Fast and funny!

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    1. Thank you, Jackie. 😁


  11. Somehow even a more positive review sounds like this to the writer.

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    1. Ha haha. Thanks.

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  12. John,

    Writers might see this no matter the review, LOL. And no way Jose . . no happily ever after stories. That’s been covered. 🙂

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  13. On the plus side… though no one likes a negative review, it does help the author appreciate the good ones! And when the review is like this one, the author knows it for what it is – a worthless piece of drivel because he says nothing of value.

    And, let’s face it: everything all perfect and tied up in a bow for a happy ending is über boring and done, done, DONE!

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    1. I agree. Thanks, Dale.

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  14. Great critic(al) thrad!

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  15. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    At least the critic liked the cover…lol.

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    1. Ha ha ha. Yup. Thanks, Denise.

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  16. Sometimes, it’s better NOT to know what readers think, lol.

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    1. I tend to agree sometimes.

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  17. ACKKKKKK! An author’s nightmare. And I know there are plenty of critics like that out there. Perhaps we should put them in a windowless room with a sheaf of papers and one pen and tell them they can come out when they finish one chapter.

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    1. Ha haha. Love it, Pamela.

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  18. Perhaps a musical number at the end would help.

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  19. Jami Carder · ·

    Aww…one lonely star for the one thing that wasn’t his…

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    1. Ha haha. The breaks.


  20. Lol, John!! Wow! One star and that was because of the cover – tough critic!

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    1. I know right? Thank you, Jan

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