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SoCS: Writing from the Couch with a Side of Star Wars



The couch can be a wonderful respite, a therapeutic venue, or a trap that sucks you in and holds you captive. Well, that might be a little dramatic. It’s Friday night, and I’m sitting on the couch with my computer watching Star Wars, The Phantom Menace, as I type, except when I switch to Harry Potter. I wanted to watch Valkyrie, a true story about a nazi who tries to assassinate Hitler, which I’ve never seen, but we don’t get that channel in our package.

I sit on the couch a lot with the computer. Too much because it’s not good for my back. Better to sit at the table. The couch is really a love seat we brought from my parents’ house. Their big gold couch was just too big. We’ve had used furniture as a regular thing for years because of the dogs. It’s odd not to be sharing the couch/love seat with a dog after so many years of doing so.  When we had the five pack (my two plus three step dogs) the dogs were on the couch more than the humans. We tried to keep Beep off the couch once by putting stools and chairs up there, but it didn’t stop her. So we gave up and let the dogs have the couch which at that time was a This End Up one from the old days. Maybe the only one I’ve ever bought new.

Beep on couch chairs.jpg

Beep was tenacious.

(Star Wars is easier to watch than Harry Potter. For me anyway. Maybe cause I’ve been watching star wars since I was about 20. )

Anyway, sometimes I paint small pieces of art sitting on the couch. I like to paint on discarded wood with acrylics. But I can’t paint big stuff sitting on the couch. For the big stuff or something that takes close attention to detail, like one of the mermaids I’m working on, I go to the kitchen and paint on the washing machine that is right under the window. Good light there, and I can stand up.

Speaking of mermaids, I’ve just created a new website for my art.  Building it has been more complicated than when I first started this WP blog. I hope it’s more complicated and not just that my mind is less sharp. They have so many plug ins and things that they’re trying to sell…. I hope the the subscribe button works now. Thank you to Sue Dreamwalker for encouraging me in my art and the website. Sue is an artist, too.

Pretty soon, at least by the next commercial, I’m going to get off this couch/loveseat and stretch. If I don’t, it will be hard to get up, and I’ll be walking funny. Maybe I’ll do a little yoga while watching Jedi, Qui Gon Ginn.

Today’s prompt was “couch.” For more information on SoCS, visit Linda Hill at:

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!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

11 thoughts on “SoCS: Writing from the Couch with a Side of Star Wars

  1. I have the correct link up now. 🙂

  2. We’ve had mostly used furniture as well. LOL about putting the chairs up to keep the dog off. Visiting from the SoCS gang.

  3. Your failed strategy to keep Beep off the couch is hilarious 🙂
    When watching TV programs, I take advantage of the commercial breaks to get up from the couch to do a household chore. Watching no-break movies on HBO and Netflix are a challenge, I must admit.

    • I do the same with movies. Not every commercial, but most of them. Beep’s persistence surprised me. She must have been uncomfortable up there, but she was so determined to claim her couch, we had to give in.

  4. We buy furniture with the pets in mind. It’s not like we’re ever going to try to keep them in the floor.

  5. There is noting wrong with used furniture. I love old things and only bought new things in my younger days before my I inherited my folks old farm house furniture. I have my childhood dresser, a wardrobe, round oak table, some chairs, and pie safe that belonged to my parents, I treasure them all. And I buy leather sofas from estate sales. I have also been there and done that regarding the chairs in the sofa in an attempt to keep the dogs away. That trick has worked best in my bought new recliner. I did not know that you painted so I will have a look at the other site.

    • Old furniture has character. Maybe it even carries some of he memories of the old farm house. I bet their good ones. Thanks for looking at my other site, Yvonne. I hope you are well.

  6. Congratulations on the new site, JoAnna! It looks great!

    And that picture of Beep is hilarious. I think my mother tried a similar strategy once when I was growing up–I seem to vaguely recall it. We got the same result. Animals can be so adaptable. Maybe not pleased with the obstacles, but able to take it in stride somehow…

    Hope you’ve enjoyed your summer!

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