Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Figure”

Stream of Consciousness Saturday


It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday time again and this week’s prompt is explained by Linda Hill. “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “figure.” Use the word “figure” any way you’d like. Have fun!”

If you would like to join in, go to Linda’s site and read how. It is effortless to let yourself go over the edge. Here is the link.

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS March 7/2020

Figure by John W. Howell © 2020

“Go figure.”


“It just figures that this week’s prompt would be something that I could get my teeth into.”

“So get your teeth into it, already.”

“You don’t understand.”

“I guess not. Tell me.”

“The word figure can be used in several ways.”

“So use it.”

“Not so easy. I have to figure out  a strategy.”


“What do you mean by that?”

“You, the panster’s pantster needs a strategy? I don’t think so.”

“How do you figure?”

“I don’t think you need to plan. I figure you can just let yourself go and that will be it.”

“You figure?”


“I was going to describe our neighbor.”

“Which one?”

“The one across the street.”

“Ah. The one with the shapely figure. I could have guessed.”

“Wait a minute. I could write about the guy next door. He cuts a fine figure of a man.”

“That is actually my place to observe.”

“Men can comment on other men?”

“Sure, but when you talk to figure, it seems a little odd.”

“Don’t you ever admire the figure of another woman?”

“Well, sure. That’s different.”


“Go figure.”


“You stumped me for once.”

“Heh, heh, heh.”

“Shut up and finish your figure prompt before I figure out a way to get back at you.”

“You could throw a barley pop in my face.”

“I figure we will end up there eventually.”

“Smart woman.”

“Not an ending that’s tough to figure out.”





  1. Nice job covering all bases.

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    1. “Rounding third heading for home.” Thanks, Charles.


  2. […] “That’s true. If you want to escape derision for what you’re drinking, order something civilized like a glass of John Howell’s Bourbon.” […]


  3. I figured you’d knock this one out of the park, John. You didn’t let me down. Nice job. So, when are the views around the neighborhood going to feature the fine figures of Lakewood?

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    1. I’ll have to look for some fine figures first. Thanks, Dan

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      1. And secure the Producer’s permission???

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      2. From what I’ve seen, I think everyone is 60 or older here. She won’t mind.

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  4. That would be barley pop the beer, not barley pop the lollipop?

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    1. Yes the beer for sure. Thanks, Liz.

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      1. 🙂 (I had to Google it. I only knew about the lollipops, and the image didn’t make sense!)

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      2. We used to call uur beer barley pop in college

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      3. “Let’s stop for a couple of pops.”

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  5. You sure figured this one out, John. Nicely done! Happy Saturday!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Happy Saturday to you * sung to the tune of Everyday by Buddy Holly. Go figure. 😁

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  6. I figure your other readers said in their comments about all I had planned to say. 🙂

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    1. I figure I’ll say thank you for your ditto. 😁

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      1. It was hard enough to admit when you (a professional writer) beat me, but now all the readers are better at this than I am. I’m sinking fast, John!!


  7. Excellent!

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    1. Thank you. 😁


  8. Now I want to see that fine figure of a man living next-door to you. Lol 😂 Happy Saturday John! Thanks for the chuckle 🤭


  9. To my way of figuring, you did a fine job with the prompt, John!


  10. As long as it ends with a barley pop, you’ve got it all figured out. 😉


  11. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    It’s a wild guess, but I think you had fun (and maybe a few visions) as you wrote this story. 😀


  12. Well, John, I figure you did a pretty good job with this one, but right now I’ve got a stack of tax returns waiting for my attention, so I better go do some figuring. Happy Saturday!


  13. Brilliant! As always, of course! Hi, girls! ♥♥♥


  14. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    That was a fun one, John:)


  15. Well done, John. I figure you hit all the bases. 🙂


  16. I reckon you did a pretty good job of ciphering your way through this one.

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  17. So many meanings figure into this little story – great job!

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    1. Thank you, Barbara.


  18. I’m sure you figured out how to get lots of bonus points on this prompt, John! You nailed it!

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    1. I wonder if I got enough for that Bentley Turbo? Probabily not. Thank you, Deborah.

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      1. 😂 You’re welcome, John.

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  19. Do all your figures add up? I think so!!

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    1. Well you gotta figure there might be a slip or two, but I’ll figure that out later. 😁

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      1. Hee hee… Indeed! I figure your figures will end up taken care of…

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