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Internal Dialogue

Welcome to Day 17 of 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing, the creative writing challenge that 4 out of 5 rocket scientists agree is not rocket science. Today’s prompt is Whatever, Dude,  and it was my idea. You’re welcome. Don’t forget to link up at the end of this post if you participated in today’s challenge before beating up a rocket scientist.


Internal Dialogue

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Remember the old “This is your brain on drugs” commercials? Well, this was my brain before drugs. And alcohol. And kids.

The voice in my head –  So. What time is it?

Me – Shut up.

The voice in my head – That’s not very nice. You should be nicer to me. I’m the only one around keeping you company at 1 am, aren’t I?

Me – So leave.

The voice in my head – How long are you going to stare at it?

Me – Until it’s done.

The voice in my head – At this rate, that might be a while.

Me – Didn’t I say you could leave?

The voice in my head – Oh, but then we wouldn’t be having this stimulating conversation. Anything yet?

Me – Seriously, shut up.

The voice in my head – You’re starting to hurt my feelings. Keep it up and I’ll just shut things down completely in here. See, you’re already starting to blink slower. How about a yawn?

Me – *yawning* Ok, fine. Stop it. Look, I’ll be nice, ok? You could try being more helpful, though. How ’bout sending an idea my way?

The voice in my head – Sure! I’ve got this great idea for a post. I’ve even got the title:  My Life – The Musical. Basically, it’s your autobiography in song titles. Just offhand, I thought you could include Teenage Dirtbag, Alcohol, Face Down, Crazy, Sittin’ at a Bar, Howlin’ For You,  Blood Sex and Booze, Cold Hearted Bitch, Basket Case and Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town. Oh, and Radioactive. But just because I really like that song.

Me – Awesome. Except. Music was yesterday’s prompt.

The voice in my head – Yeah, I know. Funny, right?

Me – You suck.

The voice in my head – Well, I am living in your head, you know.

Me – Ha. Ha. And don’t think I didn’t notice the Elderly Woman crack before. Hysterical.

The voice in my head – Heheh. Thank you, thank you very much. I’m here all week. Every week. Forever.

Me – Whatever, dude.


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  • Hey, Nicky, I’m in Montreal today. I’ll wave as I go by.

  • Hey Nicky! My heart goes out to you; your subconscious seems to have the same intent as mine. And by the way, this got a genuine laugh-out-loud from me – “the creative writing challenge that 4 out of 5 rocket scientists agree is not rocket science”. Back in the day, we called them belly-laughs. Indigo x

  • For a brief moment I thought it would be a good idea for me to create a soundtrack of my life. And then I started thinking of the songs. Changed my mind. 🙂

  • Where? Where are you? I looked outside and I don’t see you anywhere. 🙂

  • Yes, my subconscious is a tortuous sarcastic thing. The exact opposite of me, right? 🙂

    Glad you liked the intro, Indigo. I wasn’t sure anyone was even reading them!

  • Yup, and those were only really the ones for the teenage years. 🙂

  • Haha, I love your subconscious almost as much as I love you, Nicky!

  • Voices in your head, eh? That’s usually not a good sign… 😉

  • The voice in your head is really funny. Mine has no sense of humor at all.

  • It was kinda last minute. We were at the Hilton downtown. Went out to Stash’s for lunch, went out for Japanese last night to Sakura and out to Laval for breakfast with friends this morning. Next time I’ll warn you I’m coming.

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  • So you are saying you came to town to eat? They don’t have food in Aylmer?

  • I think that voice in your head may be Mike. Your resemblance to each other on this one frighten me. Have you been doing that Vulcan mind meld thing again? 😉

  • At the voice in your head is participating in a conversation, helpful or not. Mine is either quiet or crowded out today.

  • We were visiting my wife’s son. Gotta keep in touch, ya know. And we went out to see Django Unchained last night. Great film.

  • We could have had breakfast together, mon ami! Please do let me know next time – even if it’s last minute!

  • Oh, you’d probably love my subconscious even more, Lemmikki… she’s much naughtier! 🙂

  • Actually, P.J., when the voices stop is usually a worse sign. 🙂

  • Oh yes, she’s a riot. Would you like to trade? 🙂

  • We’ve been friends for too long, I think. The next thing you know, we’ll be finishing the other’s posts for them 🙂

  • I’d let you borrow mine, but I wouldn’t wish that on anyone! 🙂

    Besides, you’ve been doing so well during this challenge, I don’t think you need the extra input.

  • Now, all of the sudden, I want someone to sit at a bar and howl for me!

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  • Our time was pretty occupied this trip, Nicky. I’ll try to make time next trip.

  • June O’Hara

    I argue out loud with the voice in my head. It’s always a tie.

  • Those internal voices can be so obnoxious.I kick them out every now and then and send them to the Bahamas. Hell, I should be sending myself to the Bahamas and keep them home to watch the pets.

  • KZ

    Just out of curiosity, how often do you actually say “dude” in your everyday vernacular? I actually say it more than I’d care to admit. It’s slightly embarrassing, because it feeds into stereotypes about people from California.

  • More often than you’d think. Mostly when I’m talking to CheesyMike. Or the voice in my head who sounds remarkably like CheesyMike. 🙂

  • Love this Nicky!! Funny how the mind works!


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