SoCS — Monster-in-Law

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has asked us to “take the title of the last movie you watched (just the title, not the premise of the movie), and base your post on that title.”

It so happens that the other night my wife was so sick and tired of all the political bullshit that is swirling all around us that she insisted we turn off the news and watch a lightweight romantic comedy. I handed her the remote control and said go for it. She searched the on-demand movies and found “Monster-in-Law,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda. So I guess I have to write a post based upon the title of that movie. Yikes.


Frank’s young bride, Elsa, was feeling very anxious about finally meeting her new husband’s mother. She never really understood why Frank had refused to invite his own mother to the wedding. She assumed it was because his mother wouldn’t approve of their marriage. But Frank denied that, and kept coming up with different excuses for not introducing Elsa to his mother.

Elsa finally insisted that she meet Frank’s mother. “She’s my mother-in-law, Frank,” Elsa said to him, “and when we have children, she’ll be their grandmother.”

Frank finally acquiesced to his wife’s demands and made arrangements for them to fly to Germany, where his family was from, to visit his mother. When the day came for them to leave, both Frank and Elsa were nervous, but for different reasons.

Their plane arrived in Zurich and they then took a three and a half hour train ride from there to the middle of Germany’s Black Forest region. Frank had arranged for a car to drive them from the train station to the home where Frank’s mother lived.

When they arrived at his mother’s home an hour later, Frank’s mother opened the door to greet them, but the sight of the woman caused Elsa to let out an involuntary gasp.47600272-1448-4D70-82CB-2D4F282EE517 “Mother, this is my wife, Elsa,” Frank said. Then turning toward Elsa, he said, “Elsa, this is my mother.”

Frank’s mother, apparently used to such reactions when people met her for the first time, smiled, reached out and hugged Elsa. Then she stepped back and said to Elsa, “It’s such a pleasure, my dear, to finally meet the bride of Frank N. Stein.”

Call In the Experts

Nothing takes the place of experience when it come to dealing with a crisis.” Edward said. “There’s always the temptation to search for easy answers, but in order to triumph in the face of a crisis, one needs to be thoughtful, deliberate, and leverage the collective wisdom of experts.”

“You’re absolutely right,” Billy, Edwards younger brother, hardily agreed.

“Good,” Edward said, “So hop on your bike and ride to the fire department and tell them to send out their hook and ladder truck to retrieve our cat, who is stuck up in a tree.A33EDBE7-B8A0-4AFB-811F-AA413AE14D00Written for today’s JusJoJan prompt from Linda G. Hill, where the word, suggested by Dan at No Facilities, is “experience.” Also written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompts (nothing), Fandango’s One-Word Prompt (crisis), Word of the Day (temptation), The Daily Spur (answers), Your Daily Word Prompt (triumph), and Daily Addictions (bike).

It’s Priceless

FDD8BF0D-F7E0-4B7E-BCF8-57348309E8CE “Hey Sally, do you wanna take a ride in this cherry, 1977 Chevy Caprice Classic I just bought?” Matt yelled to his girlfriend as he pulled the car into her driveway.

“Have you gone completely daffy?” Sally asked. “Why in the world would you go out and buy a 43-year-old junker car?”

A disappointed expression darkened Matt’s face. “Are you kidding me?” he said. “This is a friggin’ Chevrolet Caprice Classic. Look at her, she’s in great shape. This is not just your average car, you know, Sally. The Caprice Classic was the most popular American car in the sixties through the mid seventies.”

Sally rolled her eyes and shook her head. “So how much did you pay for that old piece of shit?” she asked Matt.

“There you go again, Sally, off on some irrelevant tangent,” Matt said. “This car is a  true classic. It’s priceless.”


Written for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (ride), Your Daily Word Prompt (caprice), Word of the Day Challenge (complete), Ragtag Daily Prompt (daffy), The Daily Spur (average), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (tangent).

Weekend Writing Prompt/JusJoJan —Climate Change

7A3FC3C3-ED57-4D20-BD77-3F87CE8C4178“What is it about the gravity of the situation that you can’t seem to grasp?” Janice asked. “Don’t brush me off with your usual argument that climate change is just a hoax.”

“I don’t believe climate change is a hoax,” Richard said. “I just don’t think it’s going to devour all life as we know it on our planet by, what’s the date, 2030 or something?”

“So you don’t believe 97% of climate scientists who are saying we’ve got only about a decade before there is irrevocable damage to the planet?” Janet asked.

“I just have an easygoing temperament,” Richard said. “I don’t go crazy over things I can’t control.”

(108 words)


68F3F1B9-0E27-4B85-A534-73734CB5DDCEWritten for Linda G. Hill’s JusJoJan prompt word, “gravity,” and for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “devour” in exactly 108 words. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (brush), Daily Addictions (date), and Your Daily Word Prompt (temperament).

And for what it’s worth, I personally don’t agree with Richard on this topic.

SoCS — First Three Words

For today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has upped the ante a bit. She’s asked us to:

  1. Grab the closest book to you when you sit down to write your post.
  2. Open it to a random page.
  3. Locate the first complete sentence on that page.
  4. Use the first three words of that sentence to start your post.
  5. Then take it from there and write whatever comes to mind.

All of my books are on my iPhone’s Kindle app, so I chose fellow blogger Iain Kelly’s book, A Justified State, opened it up to page 81 (in the Kindle version) and the first three words of the first complete sentence were, “She had seen.”3CF7274B-8240-496E-84B6-2C0A92EFA823So let’s see what my stream of consciousness brain can conjure up from those three words along with today’s six daily prompt words, shall we?

She had seen the model wearing her creation many times before, but this time it looked a little different. It was not fitting the way it should have, and the fashion show was scheduled to start in less that two hours.

Carolyn knew it had been a mistake to permit the show coordinator to have access to her creations. The world of haute couture was not just competitive, but cutthroat. She should never have let her guard down like this.

She motioned for the model to come over to her. “There’s something wrong,” she said to the model. “The pants, they don’t fit the way they’re supposed to, the way they did earlier today.” The model — so tall, so thin, so beautiful, so empty — just stood there.

“Is there anything you have to tell me?” Carolyn said to the model, more as a demand than a question. “I hope that you’re not a part of this demonic scheme to ruin me.”

The model started to cry. “I’m so sorry, Carolyn,” she said, “but Felicia gave me five thousand dollars to give her access to this pantsuit. Can you forgive me!”

“That bitch, Felicia, couldn’t design her way out of a wet paper bag,” Carolyn said. “I’m tempted to fire you, Charlotte, but if you’ll accompany me to the police when I report Felicia to the authorities and are willing to corroborate that it was Felicia who paid you off to sabotage my show tonight, I might just keep you on as my top model if you promise to never do anything like this ever again.”

“I promise,” Charlotte said, reaching over and hugging Carolyn.


In addition to today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, this tale was written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (model), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (permit), Daily Addictions (pants), Ragtag Daily Prompt (hope),   Word of the Day Challenge (scheme), and Your Daily Word Prompt (corroborate).