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334. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Tuesday, July 31st, 5:00pm
Zoey (and Frank)


Zoey sits at the window. Frank takes the seat beside her.

Frank: Excuse me.

Zoey: Yes?

Frank: Have you ever seen the sea?

Zoey: No indeed. I have not seen the sea.

Frank: Would you care to see the sea with me?

Zoey: No, I would not care to see the sea with thee.

Frank: Why not?

Zoey: It’s too far away.

Frank: Oh.


Next stop: Wednesday, August 1st, 5:00pm

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Our TRANSCENDENT Authors: a Featured Interview with Linda G. Hill

An interview with moi! TRANSCENDENT, the new anthology by Transmundane Press, will be out this fall. Check it out!

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In our new author series, we’ll be offering a clairvoyant peek behind the veil of who and what makes up TRANSCENDENT. Here’s a glimpse at Linda G. Hill and her story “Snooze.”


What inspired your story?

I was inspired by the times, infrequent as they are, that I’ve been woken up by the alarm and returned to my dream after hitting the snooze button.

Did you have to do any research? If so, what kind? What did you learn?

I did absolutely no research for this story. It’s entirely a product of my weird imagination.

Tell be about the setting you chose and how it influences your work.

The story takes place in modern day, in a city much like any other.

What would you like readers to take away from your story?

Pure entertainment. And an intense desire to read more of my work. 😉


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333. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Monday, July 30th, 5:00pm
Thelma (and Sean)


Thelma sits at the window. Sean takes the seat beside her.

Sean: Friggin’ hot out there today, man.

Thelma starts to cry.

Sean: What? What did I say?

Thelma: (digs a tissue out of her purse and blows her nose) Nothing. It’s not you. My acting coach just told me I’m not funny.

Sean laughs heartily.

Thelma: Stop it! Why are you laughing at me?

Sean: (settles down to a chuckle) Just trying to help.

Thelma: You’re an asshole.

Sean: I get that a lot.


Next stop: Tuesday, July 31st, 5:00pm

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332. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Sunday, July 29th, 11:00am
Andrea (and Lacey)


Andrea sits at the window. Lacey takes the seat beside her.

Lacey: Where …

Andrea: (holds finger up) Wait! Before you say anything I’ve, like, got to tell you about this weird friggin’ dream I had last night.

Lacey: Oh yeah?

Andrea: Yeah. I dreamt I was locked in a basement for a week and while I was there? I was with this, like, creepy gorgeous guy who only knew four words. We really hit it off though. By the time I woke up, I was in love. But the weirdest part? I got all these bite marks on my neck. Like, I don’t know where the hell they came from.

Lacey: A week you say?

Andrea: Yeah.

Lacey: Is that why you haven’t been at work for a week?

Andrea: (sits up straight) I haven’t what now?

Lacey: You’ve been totally missing for an entire week.

Andrea: No way! So it wasn’t a dream? (stands up) Excuse me.

Lacey: Where are you going? Harold’s going to be pissed if you miss any more work.

Andrea: Harold shmarold. I gotta find me some o’ my Honey Darkness!


Next stop: Monday, July 30th, 5:00pm

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331. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Saturday, July 28th, 5:00pm
Ethyl (and Penny and Pooch)


Ethyl sits at the window. Penny and Pooch take the seat beside her.

Ethyl: What’s that you have in your purse? A rat?

Penny: No, this is Pooch. Isn’t she cute? (makes baby talk at dog)

Ethyl: Looks like a scraggly little rodent to me.

Penny: (moves purse as far away from Ethyl as possible) Don’t say that to Pooch! You’ll give her a complex!

Ethyl: Are you nuts? Do you have any idea how stupid you sound? It’s a dog. It doesn’t understand me. (to Pooch) You’re ugly and your mistress is an indescribable idiot.

Penny stands and walks away, apologizing to Pooch as she goes.

Ethyl: (calling after her) And stop dressing your rat in colours that match yours! It makes you look like your rat’s raccoon bitch!


Next stop: Sunday, July 29th, 11:00am

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#SoCS – Tea, no matter what

When, as a child, I questioned the wisdom of drinking hot tea on a hot day, my parents told me that it made you sweat, which is better. Back then we didn’t have an air conditioner in the house. They weren’t really a “thing” in my neighbourhood, at least outside of public buildings. We never had a window unit and didn’t get central air until the late 70s, early 80s.

My parents came from the UK–let’s get that out of the way. They HAD to have their tea. So even when it was 90 degrees outside, we’d be sitting with our cuppa, vying for a spot where there was a bit of a wind to cool off our sweaty skin. All stiff-upper-lip/do-it-because-it-feels-good-when-you-stop behaviour.

But that’s turned out to be a good thing. I can’t stand iced (or cold) coffee, but I’ve been conditioned to bear the heat of summer AND a scorching hot drink. I’ve learned to appreciate that extra layer of perspiration that cools me off when I come in contact with even the slightest of breezes.

Or I drink it in an air conditioned room.

Because who needs a stiff upper lip when you have A/C?

BUT, having said that, I still take my cup of tea upstairs to bed with me every night. I have a fan on my bedside table that blasts me with cool air.

Ingenuity is the boon of all that ails.


This post is brought to you by Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Click the following link to find all the other posts in the comments, and the rules to join in too. It’s fun!


330. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Friday, July 27th, 8:00pm
MoJo and JoJo


JoJo: Dude. What do you say to a double date tomorrow night, man?

MoJo: I dunno man. Things are so weird lately! I think it must be the full moon or somethin’.

JoJo: It’s a blood moon.

MoJo: You serious?

JoJo: Yeah. And it’s in Aquarius, too, man.

MoJo: You’re a lunatic, Dude.

JoJo: No really! It’s gonna change lives and everything! (realization dawns) Oh, I see what you did there. (chuckles) Is that something like a FAN-atic?

MoJo: Oh Dude. With all this heat we’re getting, I’m definitely one of those.

JoJo: Me too, Dude. Me too.


Next stop: Saturday, July 28th, 5:00pm

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS July 28/18

It’s Friday! And time for your Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. So hard to believe summer is half over already, isn’t it? Here’s your prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “T, tea, tee.” Theme your post around “tea” or “tee,” or find a word that starts with “T” and talk about that. Bonus points if you manage to incorporate all three. Enjoy!

After you’ve written your Saturday post tomorrow, please link it here to 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. I will post the prompt here on my blog every 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 will simply be a single word to get you 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 all of them! 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 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!

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329. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Thursday, July 26th, 6:00pm
Jewel and Finola


Jewel: I saw this couple on the bus earlier?

Finola: Uh huh?

Jewel: And they were, like, making out?

Finola: Uh huh?

Jewel: And they’re, like, “I love you.” “No, I love you more.” “No, I love you more.”

Finola: Ugh. Doesn’t that make you, like, sick?

Jewel: So totally. (sighs) I seriously need to get laid or something.

Finola: Tell me about it.

Jewel: Hey, do you get a creepy weird-assed feeling sitting here?

Finola: Like someone, like, died here or something?

Jewel: Yeah. Let’s change seats.


Next stop: Friday, July 27th, 8:00pm

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So, about those prompts …

Do you remember a couple of months back I created a poll to see when the best time to do another month’s-worth of prompts might be? And it was decided August would be a good month? Well guess what?

I have the prompts all lined up and ready to go, and I know just how I’m going to organize it, but …

I really don’t think I’m going to have the time nor the energy to pull it off. My new book comes out on the 10th, and about a week after that we’ll be looking for a new SoCS badge. And all that on top of having the child home for three out of four and a half weeks.

So, how does October sound to you instead? Good?

Did you even remember that I was going to post prompts every day in August?

If not, just ignore this post. And you might get a surprise come October 1st. 😉