Linda G. Hill

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#SoCS & #JusJoJan 2018, the 13th – the conversation carried


I want to start this post by freely admitting that before I opened the tab to start writing it, I moved away from my copy of Fifty Shades Darker. Being that this is mostly a family-friendly blog, I didn’t want to be forced to cheat on the off-chance that I would actually come across a sentence that didn’t contain, “Oh my.”

Moving into a much more comfortable spot (in more ways than one), I looked around and found that my copy of On Fire was the closest thing to hand. I opened it to a random spot, which happened to be Alisha Costanzo’s story, “The Mark of the Phoenix.” I wish I could tell you what it’s about, but I haven’t had time to read it yet. It’s a lovely book, though; one of my own stories is in it. 😀

But I digress. The sixth, seventh, and eighth words at the top of page 266 are “the conversation carried.” There’s a comma in there in the original text, but it makes more sense to try to talk about the words without the comma to confuse things. My first thought was of sitting in a movie theatre, near someone who won’t shut up all the way through the movie. They have the ads on now to tell people to shut off their phones, but I’m guessing no one has come up with an effective ad to tell people to zip their lips. You’d think it would be common sense, but it’s more than some people seem to possess. It’s why I loved the drive-in … or one of the reasons. If you’d known me as a teenager, you’d likely know that I steamed up my share of car windows at the drive-in. …because I had them rolled up to keep the mosquitoes out, of course. Get your mind out of the gutter! And yeah, having a mosquito buzzing in your ear while you’re trying to watch a movie is about as bad as rude people talking in your ear. So where was I? Oh yeah. Mosquitoes don’t have conversations. Or do they? Maybe they do …

Conversations carry so much farther nowadays than they did back when drive-ins were a thing. Back when one had to either spend too much money on a phone call or wait weeks for the reply to a letter via snail mail. Does anyone actually write letters anymore? I’d like to. I wish I had the motivation. It would be cool to do as a promotional device for fans of, say, an author. Hmmm …

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Author: LindaGHill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

7 thoughts on “#SoCS & #JusJoJan 2018, the 13th – the conversation carried

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  2. You brought back memories with the drive in movies. We had speakers that fit in the windows but sometimes they didn’t work. And isn’t it hard to see out of steamy windows? 😉


  3. I love to write letters and even poems-on paper; however years of writing in charts at work along with all my other hand abusing creative interests (cake making, pen and ink drawing, jewelry, cross stitch…you get it) have left me with wicked carpal tunnel. Any repeated moevement causes extreme numbness and night pain. Uggghh…even blow drying my hair makes the fingers go numb. So letter writing is at the bottom. I loved the randomness of this prompt. Way cool!

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  4. That was a great intro. I had NO publication near me, only the grocery list and the calendar. Unsure if I cheated, satisfied either way 😉 OH MY


  5. I haven’t written a letter in a long time. I think the last one was a complaint. I remember the last nice letter I wrote. I know it was well received.


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