Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt – Close Eyes and Point

 

 

It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday, and here comes Linda Hill with a mammoth box.

“Hey, Linda.”

“John.”

“Prompt?”

“Duh. I’ll just leave it here on the porch. I doubt it will fit in the door.”

“Thanks, Linda. Would you look at this? I better open it and see what we’ve got. I feel like I’m on Chopped. The prompt.”

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “close eyes and point.” When you’re ready to write your post, open a book, a newspaper, or whatever is handy and close your eyes, and point. Whatever word or picture your finger lands on, make that the basis of your SoCS/JusJoJan post. Enjoy!

Close Eyes and Point by John W. Howell © 2021

“Why are you sitting there with your eyes closed?”

“It’s part of the Saturday prompt.”

“Of course, it is.”

“When I open my eyes, I have to point at a magazine or book and then use a word or picture as the prompt.”

“So you picked Vanity Fair magazine?”

“Don’t you think that’s pretty smart? It’s the Holiday 2020/2021 issue.”

“Well, I suppose as long as the word or picture is something you can use in a story.”

“Okay, here goes. I’m opening the mag, and still with my eyes closed, I’m pointing right here.”

“Looks like you have one.”

“Tell me I’m afraid to look.”

“Not sure you’re going to like it.”

“Tell me.”

“Your finger is on Britney Spears nose.”

“You are kidding, right?”

“No. Open your eyes for heaven’s sake and take a look. Right here on page 49.”

“OMG. What can I do with that?”

“Your prompt, my man.”

“Maybe I could do it again.”

“You have a witness.”

“You?”

“Me. If you think I’ll let you out of this one, you’re nuts.”

“Maybe I can just talk about Britney Spears?”

“Nose.”

“Come on. What can I say about her nose?”

“Count your lucky stars it wasn’t somewhere else.”

“Maybe I could talk about the shape.”

“Sure, that’s a start.”

“Slopes downward.”

“So unusual.”

“Give me a break. What else can I say?”

“Is it cute?”

“Well, I wouldn’t call it cute. Attractive maybe.”

“Excuse me, Miss Spears, but you have an attractive nose.”

“What would you say?”

“This is not my prompt. In the first place, I would have picked a book. At least some words can be used.”

“How about if I start over.”

“I’ll report you to the Linda Hill police force.”

“Even if I offer a token of my appreciation?”

“I’m listening.”

“A pint or two at the pub.”

“Popcorn?”

“All you can eat.”

“Somehow, this makes me feel cheap.”

“No one will know.”

“Now I feel sorry for Brittney’s Nose.”

“She’ll get over it.”

“Yeah, and what’s in a prompt anyway.”

“Now you’re talking. Let’s go.”

 

 

78 comments

  1. Hah! You got our of that one rather easily… Pour me a pint, would you?

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    1. Here you go. Extra Stout draft. 😁

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      1. Woot! You’re the best!

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      2. *clink. Let’s do some serious day drinking.

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      3. Yes, do let’s! It is, after all, Saturday 😉

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      4. Okay then. 😁

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  2. Nicely done, Sir. I’m not sure I could make a story out of the lady’s olfactory organ. On the other hand…

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    1. Thanks, Keith. Notice the nose was more or less ignored. 😂

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  3. All you can eat popcorn sounds great to me! Nice job, John. Happy Saturday!

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    1. Happy Saturday to you, Jill *sung to the tune of Reelin’ in the Years by Steely Dan.

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      1. Glad you like it. 😁

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  4. Delightfully off-kilter!

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    1. One click off. Thanks, Liz 😂

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  5. So much danger from blindly pointing.

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    1. Tell me. I should have cheated and just picked a word. Oh well. Still fun. Thanks, Charles.

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      1. You’re welcome.

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  6. Ha ha. That was fun! I’ll never say you had doubts, promise.

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    1. I appreciate you keepng my secret. Thanks, Pam. 😁

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  7. Good to know you can get off with a couple pints. Otherwise, s was hi knows where this could have gone?

    I hope you have a great weekend, John.

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    1. That should be “who knows” – why don’t I see typos before pushing ‘post’ ?

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      1. There is a typo gremlin who puts one hand over one eye. Hard to see anything. Oh and the gremlin hits return for you. 😂

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      2. Now I get it.

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      3. Makes it more understandable. 😁

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    2. Thank you, Dan. I always reserve the beer out option. Have a good weekend as well. See you at the bar shortly. (I know don’t call me shortly)

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  8. Whoa, Linda needs to be more specific with you guys!
    Funny one, John.

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    1. I think that would help, GP. Thanks. 😁

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  9. Close your eyes and point is good. Who knows what I will be pointing at. 🙂

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    1. Would like to see the result though. 😁

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  10. I’m glad you landed on her nose. … A local amber for me please.

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  11. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    A thriller writer who likes Vanity Fair? I love it! Great story, John. 😃

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    1. Never miss an issue. Thanks, Gwen. 😊

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  12. Nicely done!

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  13. This is scandalous, Boss. Flouting the challenge in this way? You better hope the Linda Police don’t come knocking on your door.

    This is “Pint-Gate”.

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    1. I’m thankful sometimes that she doesn’t read my blog. I was thinking of having her show up with no clothes on. Might be too far though. 😁

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      1. Yeah . . I think it’s too far.

        Troublemaker. . .

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      2. Hahahaha. Dang me.

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      3. Did I say that out loud? 😉

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  14. Think of the stories you can tell at the pub. “I picked Brittney Spears’ nose one time.”

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    1. Hahaha. That woud be a good one for sure. Thanks, Craig.

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  15. Ha! I got such a kick out of this, John. I do love these finger-point prompts. And I’m biting my tongue to NOT say anything about “on the nose.” Hugs on the wing.

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    1. I’m right with you on holding my tongue. Hugs

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  16. What luck, but you managed a fun post even if it was about Brittney’s nose. Nice one, John.

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    1. Thank you so much, Maggie

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  17. 💗💕💗

    Billy Ray Chitwood

    https://www.billyraychitwood.com http://about.me/brchitwood

    On Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 3:01 AM Fiction Favorites wrote:

    > John W. Howell posted: ” It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday, and > here comes Linda Hill with a mammoth box. “Hey, Linda.” “John.” “Prompt?” > “Duh. I’ll just leave it here on the porch. I doubt it will fit in the > door.” “Thanks, Linda. Woul” >

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    1. You poor thing. When you use links you get moderated. Thanks, Billy Ray

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  18. I’ll never look at a picture of Britney Spears again without remembering this post! Laugh out loud funny, John. Great way to start off my day. 😁

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    1. Thank you, Soooz.

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  19. The Linda Hill police force, the pub and all-you-can-eat popcorn, and poor Britney’s nose…all the ingredients for a good laugh. Great job, John! Enjoy your weekend. 🍿🍻

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Lauren. 😁

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  20. Ha! Ha! Good one, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jan

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  21. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Made pick made me giggle. Good one!

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    1. I’m glad you got a giggle. Thanks, Denise

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  22. Snickering!!!

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    1. No snorting though. Thanks, Luanne. 😁

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  23. Good way out, John. Next time you might want to use a book. This made me laugh.

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    1. If I used a book maybe you wouldn’t laugh. Glad you did, Jennie.

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      1. Good point. And I’m glad.

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  24. So let me get this right. First you poked her in the nose. Then you just sat there afraid to look. Then you decided not to pick it. And then you went out for drinks. Let me guess before you left you slammed the book shut on her nose for good measure. And left without any qualms. Shirley I know she won’t be the musical entertainment on the bus tomorrow. Just be careful of the barmaid when you pick out your drink.

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    1. Yes, I did all that. I don’t answer to Shirley. 😁

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  25. Tough subject, but you handled it nicely…well, at least I didn’t turn my up nose and hit delete. 😜

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    1. Yes. Good thing. Glad you stayed around. Thanks, Deborah

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      1. 😂 You’re welcome, John!

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  26. Your post got me laughing, John. Well done!

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