Stream of Consciousness Saturday 04/07/2015 #SoCS

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Linda’s brief this week is: Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “is”  Use the word “is” to begin your post – bonus points for using it (as a word on its own or at the end of your final word, i.e. (e.g. perhaps?) “metamorphosis“) at the end of your post as well. Have fun!

IS. Letters that strike fear into the hearts of many, especially people in places like Tunisia, Kuwait, UK, France, Iraq, Syria, Australia and others where there have been random or coordinated attacks devised, sponsored or inspired by this dangerously misguided bunch of zealots or whose citizens have suffered by their evil hands. Letters that also cause severe consternation to the vast majority of the world’s Moslems, whose only desire is to live their lives in peace according to the teachings of their faith, but in the name of whose faith these barbaric horrors are carried out.

Lest we are tempted to think that these fanatical excesses are an Islamic phenomenon; perhaps confusing Islamic with Islamist; let us not consider that Christianity’s past has been all joy and brotherly love. I don’t need to go into detail about the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisitions, and adventures designed to convert by conquest, nor do I need to go as far back as the well-meaning missionaries that entered and led to the colonisation of  much of Africa and South America. It is true, wars in the name of spreading Christianity are not currently being waged, but inter-denominational squabbles, frequently involving extreme violence, are still a feature of some countries, as anyone who lived through the IRA bombing campaigns in mainland UK will recall.

Am I an IS apologist? Far from it. I believe that over-zealous fanaticism of any kind needs to be driven out, be it based on religion, nationality or anything else. We are one species, living on a planet that is over-populated and sick because of its inhabitants. We don’t have time for this crap!

I’m depressing myself now. Time for a change of pace.

In addition to writing and editing my novels novellas novelettes books, one of my projects is “Albert & Jarvis“. The hero of this ongoing story, for which contributions of plot ideas or even full episodes are solicited, is a boy of ten years named Alex. The cast of characters includes bitek construct named Kr’veth’neq’is, a difficult name to pronounce, but she does answer to Kris.


This is my offering to Stream of Consciousness Saturday. The prompt word is ‘is’.

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,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”
  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.
  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. Have fun!

5 thoughts on “Stream of Consciousness Saturday 04/07/2015 #SoCS

  1. It seems to me that if there was enough support in our own countries, for the violent enforcement of Christianity, we’d have our own Christian version of IS to deal with. And as you pointed out so well, this was in fact the case, many years ago.

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    1. Remember, too, that Islam is 1436 years old. Christianity was 1490-odd at the time of the Spanish Inquisition, at which time I imagine most Christians just wanted to live their lives peacefully according to the rules as they understood them.

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