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181. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Wednesday, February 28th, 8:00pm
Drommen (and Hillary)


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

Hillary: Hey Jake!

Drommen: Hey, Jessica, how are you?

Hillary: Great! Tomorrow’s my nineteenth birthday.

Drommen: Wow. Well, happy birthday!

Hillary: (pulls a baggie part-way out of her pocket) Wanna celebrate?

Drommen: (frowns) I have to get home. My sister needs me.

Hillary: (puts baggie away) Oh.

Drommen: But thanks for the offer.

Hillary: Yeah, no problem.

Drommen: Do you have anything special planned for your birthday?

Hillary: Nah.

Drommen: That’s too bad.

Hillary: You gonna be around tomorrow?

Drommen: I don’t know. But if I am …

Hillary: (smiles) I’ll save you some just in case.

Drommen: I have to warn you, that stuff … does things to me.

Hillary: Like what?

Drommen: I’m afraid you’re about four hours too young for an answer to that question.

Hillary grins.


Next stop: Thursday, March 1st, 4:00pm

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One-Liner Wednesday – How I Roll

Once in a while I get a brilliant idea for a story–something that’s so mind-boggling, that I just KNOW it’s best-selling-novel material. I’ll be so excited that there’s NO WAY I’m going to forget this idea, but I write myself a little note, just to make sure.

Here’s one example, that’s been on my phone for almost a year:

I have no freakin’ clue what the story was going to be about.

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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180. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Tuesday, February 27th, 4:00pm
Blade and Mumsy


Mumsy: You have everything you need?

Blade: Yes, Mumsy. I have everything I need.

Mumsy: And you’re wearing clean undergarments?

Blade: Of course, Mumsy.

Mumsy: And you won’t be too frightened?

Blade: No, Mumsy. I’ll be fine.

Mumsy: Because I can come with you.

Blade: (sighs) We’ve been through this before, Mumsy. You can’t come to college with me. It’s something I have to do myself.

Mumsy: As long as you’re sure.

Blade: I am, Mumsy.

Mumsy: (pats his hand) All right then.

Blade: (freezes and gasps) Wait. Did you pack my grey poupon?

Mumsy: No, I thought you did.

Blade: We must go back! I can’t go to school without my grey poupon!

Mumsy: (stands up) Driver! My son forgot his grey poupon! Turn this vehicle around immediately! We need to go back! (sits)

Blade: (a minute later) Why is he not turning around?

Mumsy: I have no idea. (stands) Driver! I said turn this vehicle around immediately!

Blade: Perhaps I should go and speak to him privately.

Mumsy: (stands) No, you just sit. I’ll take care of this.

Mumsy walks to the front of the bus and returns a moment later.

Blade: What did he say?

Mumsy: (indignantly) He told me we’ll have to disembark and catch something or other going in the opposite direction!

Blade: Of all the nerve!

Mumsy: That’s the last time I hire this limo company!

Blade: (shakes his head) I knew this was a bad idea when he refused to get out and open the door for us.


Next stop: Wednesday, February 28th, 8:00pm

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The Magician’s Curse – Award-Winning Novel


The Paranormal Romance Guild has announced the winners of their Reviewer’s Choice Awards, and my novel, The Magician’s Curse, came in first place! It’s a bit surreal to be able to call myself an award-winning author. I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet.

Linda Tonis, senior reviewer for the Paranormal Romance Guild wrote:

I literally read this book in a few hours since I found it hard to put down. This is a story filled with magic, curses, sex, romance, secrets and surprises so how could I not love it.

To read the full review, click here.

Thanks so much to the Guild for nominating me, and thanks to everyone who voted for me!

If you haven’t read The Magician’s Curse yet, here are the links.

On Kindle:
Amazon US
Amazon Canada
Amazon UK
Amazon Australia
and Amazon where ever else you are in the world, as well as
Kobo worldwide.
or get the paperback on Amazon.

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179. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Monday, February 26th, 4:00pm
Miles (and Andrea)


Miles sits at the window. Andrea takes the seat beside him.

Andrea: (under her breath) Man, this weather sucks ass.

Miles: Yes it does. Do you have any toilet paper?

Andrea: Ewww! Eww! Eww! Eww!

Andrea changes seats.


Next stop: Tuesday, February 27th, 4:00pm

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178. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Note: Strong language

Sunday, February 25th, 10:00am
Xavier (and Zoey)

Xavier sits at the window. Zoey takes the seat beside him.

Xavier: Hi.

Zoey: (regards him briefly) Hi.

Xavier: I’m not who you think I am.

Zoey: (looks at him closer) I don’t think you’re anyone.

Xavier: What do you mean? Don’t you recognize me? Or recognize who I look like?

Zoey: I don’t … know what you mean.

Xavier snorts.

Zoey: Who are you supposed to be?

Xavier: (outraged) Supposed to be? I can’t believe you don’t recognize me!

Zoey: But … you said you’re not who I think you … might be.

Xavier: (folds arms and looks out window, mumbling) Shitty-assed town. Don’t even recognize Johnny Depp when you see him.

Zoey: Johnny Depp?

Xavier turns and grins slightly.

Zoey: (eyes widen) Now I … I still don’t see it.

Xavier: (mumbles) Bitch.

Zoey: (mumbles) Idiot.


Next stop: Monday, February 26th, 4:00pm

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177. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Note: Strong language

Saturday, February 24th, 7:00pm
Hillary and Sean


Hillary: I was so fucked up yesterday when I left your place.

Sean: Yeah, that was some good shit. I can get some more.

Hillary: Can I buy it off you?

Sean: Fuck no. Why?

Hillary: Oh, nothin’.

Sean: You want to smoke that guy up that you meet on the bus.

Hillary: (crosses arms) No I don’t.

Sean: Yes you do. I don’t know what you see in that creepy old perv.

Hillary: He’s not creepy or old or a perv!

Sean: Oh fuck, girl, you got it bad.

Hillary snorts and looks out the window.

Sean: Okay, fine. I’ll let you have some. But I he’s gonna say no.

Hillary: No he won’t.

Sean: HA! I knew it! I fuckin’ knew it!

Hillary: (mumbles) Asshole.


Next stop: Sunday, February 25th, 10:00am

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#SoCS – Doors we don’t go through

As the last door I went through that wasn’t mine was my son’s school door, it got me to thinking about my own school. I refer to it as mine loosely, for two reasons. One is I haven’t taken a course in almost a year–I’ve either been too busy making money to afford one, or too broke to afford one. There has to be a solution there somewhere … Save the money? Yeah. But I keep spending it on stupid things like hydro and gas.

The other reason I hesitate to call it my school is I’ll probably never walk through the front door of it. According to Google maps, it’s about 4,600km (2,858 miles) away, which is apparently a 42-hour drive. That’s one hell of a commute every day … or every four days if I don’t sleep. It really looks like a lovely place though. Lovely enough that I’ll try to visit one day.

Weird that we now have the technology and means to go anywhere in the world, but we rarely do. I imagine if I cut off my Internet and saved the money instead to fly around the world, I’d get out a lot more. But then, how would I know where to go without the Internet to show me the great places I could visit? Sure, I could go to restaurants and use their Internet, but that would result in spending my money again. Especially if I have to drag the kids along so they could get their Internet fixes. Yeah, bad idea.

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176. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Friday, February 23rd, 7:00 10:10pm
Maurice and Stuart


Maurice sits at the window. Stuart takes the seat beside him.

Maurice: Hey! What happened to you? You’re really late tonight.

Stuart: (nods) You remember that old lady who lives with me?

Maurice: Yeah. Is she okay?

Stuart: Oh yeah. We got into a rousing game of Monopoly.

Maurice: I don’t think I’ve ever heard the words “rousing” and “Monopoly” used in the same sentence before.

Stuart: You haven’t met this lady. It all came down to her having hotels on Park Place and Boardwalk, and me with hotels on everything else, and she still won.

Maurice: Wow. The odds are incredible.

Stuart: Not really. Just as I was about to win, the dog and the cat flew across the board, chasing each other, and we lost everything. Had to start over again.

Maurice: Seriously? You must have already been playing for a while if you had all those properties. No wonder you’re late.

Stuart: Oh, no. That’s not why I’m late. The cat got out as I was walking out the door. I had to chase it around the neighbourhood.

Maurice: Oh man. How did you catch it?

Stuart: It got wet.

Maurice: Outside? In this weather?

Stuart: Kid saw me chasing it and squirted the thing with a squirt gun, thinking it was a rat.

Maurice: That’s right. It’s bald on account of the old lady’s allergies. But that doesn’t explain how you caught it.

Stuart: Sure it does. It brushed up against a fence post and got stuck. I’ve spent the last two hours figuring out how to heat up a fence post to get the cat off it.

Maurice: (looking confused) So, how does that have anything to do with the Monopoly game?

Stuart: (shrugs) It doesn’t.


Next stop: Saturday, February 24th, 7:00pm

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Feb. 24/18

Friday is here and that means it’s time for your Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. It’s a cold one here again this morning, but they’re promising above freezing temps for the next week. What’s with the weather these days? We should be in a deep freeze still. It’s a crazy winter! Here’s your prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “door.” Write about a door you walked through this week that wasn’t your own. 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 new 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!