Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt – “First Three Words”

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It is Stream of Consciousness time again, and this week’s prompt is going to take some explaining. Let me ask Linda Hill to tell us what is needed. In her words. “Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “the first 3 words of the first full sentence.” Okay, follow me here. This is what I want you to do: 1. Grab the closest book to you when you sit down to write your post. 2. Open it to a random page. 3. Locate the first complete sentence on that page. 4. Use the first three words of that sentence to start your post, then take it from there–write whatever comes to mind. That’s it! Have fun!”

If you would like to have the same kind of fun, go to Linda’s blog and read how easy it is. Here is the link.

The Friday Reminder for #SoCS & #JusJoJan 2020 Daily Prompt – Jan. 11th

First Three Words by John W. Howell © 2020

“She snaked her…”

“Huh?”

“The first three words of the first complete sentence randomly chosen in this book.”

“Doesn’t make any sense.”

“I know. But the rules are the rules.”

“Whose rules? Oh, wait. It is Saturday, and you are off on that prompt goose chase again.”

“It’s not a goose chase. It is intellectually stimulating.”

“I suppose you were told to have fun too.”

“Yeah. Linda always says to have fun. She is kind that way.”

“Well, your three words sound pretty lame.”

“I think I’ll make a story about someone snaking their arm around an unsuspecting bystander.”

“Yeah, sounds real exciting, all right.”

“No, wait. It gets better. He cries out as the hypodermic needle is plunged deep into his side.”

“Okay, now it is starting to sound like something.”

She supports his weight as the poison begins to buckle his knees.”

“Sounds like a thriller.”

Slowly, she allows his body to descend to the concrete as she shouts for help from passersby.”

“She killed him, right?

“The syringe is secreted away as the first good Samaritan arrives.”

“Someone should call 911.”

What happened, lady?”

“I don’t know. I was standing next to this man, and he simply passed out against me.”

“My gosh. I think he’s dead?”

“Oh, good lord, call 911.”

“Do you know him?”

“Never met him before in my life.”

“Okay, okay, that’s enough. We don’t have to hear the whole story.”

“Aren’t you curious as to what happens?”

“Sure, but I can read it on your blog.”

“Why not just listen a minute, and you’ll have it now.”

“I hear the roar of a six-pack calling.”

“I think I hear it too.”

“What about your story?”

“Ah. She works for the Russians, and the guy is their enemy. She gets caught and spends twenty-five years in jail.”

“I’ll bet there is more story between killing the guy and jail.”

“Yeah, but as you say, there is another calling.”

“I guess this could be why you are not a best selling author.”

“Could be, but who knows. The first one is on you.”

 

57 comments

  1. Well done, John! This one would have stumped me. Happy Saturday! It’s toasty warm here this morning.

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    1. We had toasty yesterday and now its 42 degrees. Happy Saturday to you, Jill *sung to the tune of Please Don’t Stop the Rain by Jim Morrison

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      1. Burrr! Good tune!

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  2. Excellent, you have
    These are the first three words of my compliment.

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    1. You are such…My first three words of response. 😁

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    1. Thank you, Liz.

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  3. Wow. That sounded like a tough one to pull off.

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    1. Yes it was. Should have cheated.

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  4. Good job, John. Thanks for the Cliff Notes version. Now I can head over to the bar and join you guys before the 6-pack is history.

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    1. Without the cliff notes we could have been here all day.

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  5. haha, I had trouble getting past your first 3 words – when I finally got to it – I did enjoy your story! 🙂 (still chuckling).

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    1. It was pretty obscure. I guess I could have explained it better but in the end it worked out. Thanks, GP.

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  6. she snaked her hand around a cold bottle for herself. and handed the second one to me. hey she was thirsty too. even cliff notes can be exhausting….

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    1. Totally understand. Thanks, John.

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  7. Begins on a cliffhanger and ends with the plush pop off the top of a cold one.

    Best? Meet seller.

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    1. Oh no, you di’n’t!

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  8. Great idea: start with the first three words as described in the prompt, then abandon them. I love it!

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    1. I needed to distance myself from them. They weren’t my words after all. Thanks, John

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  9. And the ‘beat’ goes on! Terrific! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Billy Ray

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  10. Psssshht! Hear that? A cold one for you and Psssshhht! A cold one for me… So go on with your story – you’ve my full attention, now 😉

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    1. Maybe someday around a campfire. Thanks for the cold one.

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      1. Wouldn’t that be grand?

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  11. Well, you might be a best selling author one day, John. A most amusing take on the words. I am glad I’m not reading your book [wink].

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    1. Thank you, Robbie. 😁

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  12. Lol, Saturday is made for beers 🙂
    Enjoyed this, John. Gotta watch out for those Russian spies!

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    1. They are everywhere, Jacquie. Thank you.

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  13. Great way to turn this prompt into a thriller, John! However, you let it drop for a cold one. Good call!

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    1. Thank you, Jan

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  14. Good job!

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    1. Thank you, Luanne.

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  15. This is nicely done! You had a challenging set of words, John.

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    1. I know. I should have pulled a different sentence. Rules be rules. Thanks, Laura.

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  16. You make me laugh! I think that’s a good thing!

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    1. Well, it might be a good thing if you take time to enjoy laughing.

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      1. Sigh … yes, it might. I do, every now and then. 😉

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      2. More then than now it would seem.

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      3. Heh heh … Yeah, I suppose so. Sigh. I do more sighing than laughing these days.

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  17. So the beer could be holding me back??? Naw, this must be a comedy story.

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    1. This is a comedy. Beer is good food.

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  18. Well done, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  19. I liked where that was going.

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Teri.

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  20. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Too funny, John. A drink sounds good right now. 😀

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    1. Thanks, Gwen. (A little early for me right now)

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