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30. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Saturday, September 30th, 8:00pm
Edward and Bella


Edward: I’m so glad you agreed to come out with me.

Bella: (shrugs) You sounded so normal enough on the phone. (mumbles) And I had nothing better to do.

Edward: What?

Bella: Nothing. So where are we going again?

Edward: A special place downtown.

Bella: What’s so special about it?

Edward: (smiles) You’ll see.

Bella: (stares at him) You’re going to take those fake fangs out though, right?

Edward: What fake fangs?

Bella: (sighs) Whatever.

Bella opens her purse and takes a compact out.

Edward: (snatches it out of her hand) This doesn’t have a mirror in it, does it?

Bella: (glares at him) Yeah, why?

Edward: Don’t open it. (he sniffs) Is that garlic I smell on your breath?

Bella: (gasps) How dare you?

Edward: How dare YOU!?

Bella: (stands and grabs her compact) That’s it, I’m leaving.

Edward: Wait! You can’t!

Bella: And for God’s sake, wipe the sparkle off your face. You look like you belong in a disco.

Bella walks down the aisle toward the door. Edward gets up to follow her.

Edward: That’s where I was taking you! A disco!

Bella: (turns) Discos have mirror balls, freak!

Edward stands in the aisle, confused, as Bella gets off the bus.


Next stop: Sunday, October 1st, 9:00am

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Announcing the Launch of Circumstances of Childhood by John W. Howell

Sounds like a really great book! Congratulations on the new release, John!

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Circumstances of Childhood.

By John W. Howell

Click for Amazon Kindle

Shipping on October 1st. Priced at $0.99 for the introduction.

This is a different story for John. It is in the Family Life genre and tells the story of brotherly love, riches to rags, redemption and a little paranormal thrown in. Normally John writes thrillers but this time he has stepped into a different place. This book was written with love for the story and the hope it will be an enjoyable read.

Here is the blurb:

When a former pro football star and broadcaster, now a Wall Street maven is accused of insider trading, will he be able to prove his innocence and expose those who are guilty?

Greg and his boyhood pal dreamed of big success in professional football and then later in business. Greg was the only one to live the dream. Now the founder of an…

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#SoCS – Due/Dewy/Doodoo

Due-dates. I’ve always been bad with them. When I was in school, I always waited until the last minute to complete a project, and even now, when I have something to write I often do it at the very last minute. So it makes sense that I’d set myself up for a career in which I have nothing but due dates, right? Ha!

Strangely enough, where my editing business is concerned I seem to have overcome that awful habit. But only as long as I stay off the Internet, which is, of course, my downfall. Nope, I must get up every dewy morning (and mornings that aren’t so dewy) and start work before I even connect. And I love it. I really do.

The date that’s been on my mind most these days is tomorrow, and it has nothing to do with my editing business. Tomorrow, I’m having my very first book signing! I’ll be signing copies of my novel The Magician’s Curse and giving away bookmarks. And where else than in the biggest book store in Kingston: Chapters! Kingston, where my story takes place! If my audience there can love what I’ve done with the setting, I’ll know I’ve done well.

I so want to edit that last sentence. How ironic is it that I came up with a prompt rule that prohibits me from doing what I do for a living? Ugh, there I go again. I’m in serious doodoo here.

I’d like to end this post by saying a huge thank you to Dan Antion for taking over for me this weekend. My stress levels over the upcoming event are already through the roof–I don’t think I could have coped without him. But he couldn’t, of course, let me get away without giving me at least one challenge: points. I need his points!

And if you’re in the Kingston area, (and a lot of book lovers are this weekend, since the Kingston WritersFest is on) you need to come and see me at Chapters on October 1st, 2017 between 1pm and 3pm. Do it! Whatever you do!

This post was brought to you by Stream of Consciousness Saturday and the wonderful Dan Antion! Go visit him! And then come back and check out the prompt rules and join in! Click here:


29. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Friday, September 29th, 6:00pm
Drommen (and Hillary)


Drommen sits alone by the window. Hillary approaches.

Hillary: Hi! Mind if I sit?

Drommen: (smiling) No, not at all. Jessica, right?

Hillary: Right. And your name was …

Drommen: Barry.

Hillary: Riiiight, now I remember … So, what happened to your face?

Drommen: Oh, just a little accident.

Hillary: A little accident?

Drommen: Yeah. I ran into a baseball bat.

Hillary: Wow. You must have some pretty fierce enemies.

Drommen: (shakes his head) Nah. A couple of guys on the bus decided they didn’t like me.

Hillary: I’m surprised you came back.

Drommen: (laughs) I’m never afraid to come on the bus.


Next stop: Saturday, September 30th, 8:00pm

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS September 30-17

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for your Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. I love saying that. Yes, you’re right, this is not Linda. This is Dan from No Facilities, filling in for Linda who’s out signing books (I hope she wears out a few Sharpies). Linda doesn’t like to burden you with a lot of preliminary stuff (which makes me wonder why she turns this over to me, but…) so, let’s get to the heart of the matter.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “do/dew/due”. Use one, use two or use all three. If you start and end with two of them, you get bonus points. If you use all three AND start and end with two of them, you get Linda’s bonus points plus, I’ll match hers – from me to you. And, lest we all forget – Enjoy!

After you’ve written your Saturday post tomorrow, please link it here at this week’s prompt page and check to make sure it’s here in the comments so others can find it and see your awesome Stream of Consciousness post. Anyone can join in!

To make your post more visible, use our SoCS badge! Just paste it in your Saturday post so people browsing the reader will immediately know your post is stream of consciousness and/or pin it as a widget to your site to show you’re a participant. Wear it with pride!!


Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


28. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Note: Strong language, adult theme.

Thursday, September 28th, 8:00am
Robert and Donald


Robert: So let me get this straight. You went to a psychiatrist to get a cure for gay…

Donald: (looks around to make sure no one is within earshot) Not a cure. I just wanted to know if I am.

Robert: Right. And then from the psychiatrist’s office you went home and fucked your wife.

Donald: But you forgot about the woman I met on the bus before the appointment.

Robert: The … catalyst … you called her?

Donald: Yes. She told me I might be (whispers) bisexual.

Robert: Uh huh. So to prove that, you came over to my place after you did your wife and propositioned me?

Donald: I went to the bar in between.

Robert: And got drunk.

Donald: Right.

Robert: So you’re an inhibited gay.

Donald: (raises eyebrows) I’m a what?

Robert: Well, if you have to let your inhibitions go in order to get on your knees and …

Donald: SHHHH!!!!!

Robert smiles.

Donald: We’re still not talking about this.

Robert: We weren’t doing much talking that night either.

Donald: I mean at work.

Robert: (rubs hands together) Yep!

Donald: (frowns) What do you mean “yep”?

Robert: (smiles) I think it’s time for a raise, boss.



Next stop: Friday, September 29th, 6:00pm

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27. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Wednesday, September 27th, 10:00am
Deborah, Tilden and Prescott


Tilden: Mommy?

Deborah: Yes. sweetie?

Tilden: Why don’t you just feed Prescott?

Deborah: I’ll wait ’til we get home.

Tilden: But he’s hungry now.

Deborah: I can’t feed him now.

Tilden: Why not?

Deborah: Because we’re in a public place.

Tilden: So?

Deborah: So, people don’t want to see me feed your brother.

Tilden: But you said it’s natural.

Deborah: That’s right.

Tilden: So what’s wrong with it?

Deborah: I don’t know, sweetie.

Five minutes goes by with Prescott crying.

Tilden: Mommy?

Deborah: Yes, Tilden?

Tilden: Prescott is really hungry, and he’s getting on my nerve.

Deborah: We’re almost home.

Tilden: Just whip it out and feed him.

Deborah: TILDEN!

Tilden: That’s what Daddy says!

Deborah: That’s when we’re at home.

Tilden: Can’t I even say it in public?


Next stop: Thursday, September 28th, 8:00am

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One-Liner Wednesday – Works for Them!

You might remember my post from a few weeks ago when I asked if anyone knew what this might be:

Turns out it was a bag of water with a coin inside for discouraging bugs to come in the door.

So I decided to try it in my kitchen full of fruit flies:

They love it!

Turns out it works for them. 🙄


If you would like to participate in this prompt, feel free to use the “One-Liner Wednesday” title in your post, and if you do, you can ping back here to help your blog get more exposure. To execute a pingback, just copy the URL in the address bar on this post, and paste it somewhere in the body of your post. Your link will show up in the comments below. Please ensure that the One-Liner Wednesday you’re pinging back to is this week’s! Otherwise, no one will likely see it but me.

NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, like Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

As with Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS), if you see a pingback from someone else in my comment section, click and have a read. It’s bound to be short and sweet.

Unlike SoCS, this is not a prompt so there’s no need to stick to the same “theme.”

The rules that I’ve made for myself (but don’t always follow) for “One-Liner Wednesday” are:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

4. Add our very cool badge to your post for extra exposure!

5. Have fun!

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26. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Tuesday, September 26th, 1:00pm
Drommen (and Bella)


Drommen sits at the window. Bella takes the seat beside him.

Bella: Hey!

Drommen: Oh, hello.

Bella: I wanted to thank you again for walking us home the other night.

Drommen: You’re welcome. I haven’t seen your strange friend on the bus since.

Bella: I haven’t seen him either, thank God. There are some real weirdos in this town.

Drommen: I suppose there are.

Bella: So, you take the bus a lot?

Drommen: Every day.

Bella: Would you like to go for a coffee sometime? My treat.

Drommen: Thank you, but I’m afraid you might find out I’m another one of those weirdos in town.

Bella frowns, confused.

Drommen: But when you’re a little older, I’d be pleased to have you join me for a bus ride. (smiles) My treat.


Next stop: Wednesday, September 27th, 10:00am

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25. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Monday, September 25th, 5:00pm
Candice (and Phil)


Phil: (approaches Candice, who is sitting at the window) Mind if I sit here?

Candice: Go right ahead.

Phil: I’m sorry, I’m not very good at bus etiquette. I don’t take the bus.

Candice: Oh.

Phil: My car broke down.

Candice: That’s too bad.

Phil: I work in an office downtown, and I usually drive.

Candice: I see.

Phil: My car has been in the shop for a week now.

Candice: You must really miss it.

Phil: I do. They think it’s something to do with the alternator, but I think it’s a computer problem.

Candice: (nods) Ahh.

Phil: I work on computers all day so I know a thing or two about computers.

Candice: I see.

Phil: So what do you do for a living?

Candice: I’m a dominatrix.

Phil stares, mouth hanging open.

Candice: I work in a dungeon where I tie up men and occasionally women, and I torture them for money.

Phil, frozen, continues to stare.

Candice: I take it you’ve never tried it?

Phil takes out his cell phone and dials a number. Candice watches him.

Phil: (into the phone) Yeah, Discount Car Rental? Do you have any cars available? … Now. … Where? (holds the phone away from his ear and speaks to Candice, enunciating as though talking to a deaf person) What’s. The. Next. Stop?


Next stop: Tuesday, September 26th, 1:00pm

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