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I won Camp NaNoWriMo and a tip!

Ok so I won camp NaNoWriMo this month already. I won on July 23. During the camps you can set your own goal so I set mine for 3 hours per day and with several days of writing sprints for 9 hours and 14 hours and 5 hours I managed to hit my goal earlier.

Here’s the video where I hit my goal.

Now for my tip. The writers, including me, on authortube (which is the writing community on youtube), we use live writing sprints to help us meet our goal . The more people on the sprint, usually the more sprinting that gets done. I say usually since sometimes everyone gets distracted talking for longer periods of time then actually writing. These are even helpful if you watch the published version instead of the live one. You can just pretend it is the live version, but you can’t comment that is the only difference. I suppose some people can find it distracting, but usually the host is muted during the sprint and if you ignore the chatting going on, which I do, you can get a lot of writing done.

To find my channel put “Tessa Dean” in the search box on www.youtube.com. To find live writing streams put either “live writing streams” or “live writing sprints” in the search box. Here is an example of my best sprint. I am still new to them so I don’t get a large audience at this time, but this one had 16 views I believe:

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Non-Fiction, Writing

Share Your World – 7-13-2020

Share Your World – 7-13-2020

SYW pizzashare

I am writing this from my new blog. I wrote under the name Teresa Smeigh on www.tessacandoit.com. Now I am using a pen name on www.tessadeanauthor.com.

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Questions:

What song always gets you out on the dance floor? “The Twist” by Chubby Checker

What’s your favorite sleeping position? On my left side, curled up.

If you could snap your fingers and instantly make the world better, what would you do? Get rid of the Covid-19, replace our government and stop the wars. I think they all go hand in hand.

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done, and why did you do it? Went snorkeling and only because my ex-husband demanded that I do it while we were on vacation in the Bahamas. I was absolutely terrified and the giant angel fish going after food since they are used to being fed, was the worse thing. I won’t even put my hand in a fish tank and now I was swimming in a giant fish tank.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Fiction, Haiku, Poetry

#Haikai Challenge #147 (7/11/20): smoldering [hot] (moyuru) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

#Haikai Challenge #147 (7/11/20): smoldering [hot] (moyuru) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

Death Valley, California, Landscape

Writing under a new blog. This is Teresa Smeigh from www.tessacandoit.com

Smoldering Hot

By Tessa Dean July 2020

it’s smoldering hot,

heat shimmers off the black top,

you better wear shoes

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Non-Fiction, Prompt, Writing

The Weekly Smile for 7/13/2020 #weeklysmile – neighbor cooked me shrimp dinner

The Weekly Smile for 7/13/2020 #weeklysmile – neighbor cooked me shrimp dinner

weeklysmile

My neighbor likes to cook and he does a great job. I don’t cook. So last night he made a wonderful shrimp dinner, with a baked potato and asparagus.

So my smile was enjoying a plate full of shrimp.

Trent’s Rules

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Fiction, Prompt

Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt #165 – Cavalier

Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt #165 – Cavalier

“I’m not going, Pamela,“ he said in a cavalier manner. “I don’t wish to meet your parents.”

“Justin, please don’t make me beg. Mom and Dad want to meet you. We’ve been dating for a year now, and they think it is time for you to meet them, and I have to agree with them. What is your problem?”

“I said no, so no!”

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Author, Book, Non-Fiction, Prompt, Writing

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Writing Challenge

Coffee, Pen, Notebook, Caffeine, Cup

Hey everyone, this is Teresa Smeigh from www.tessacandoit.com and I am posting on my new blog www.tessadeanauthor.com. I am writing with a pen name now.

Thanks to Eclectic Alli for hosting this prompt.

If we were having coffee, for one thing I wouldn’t have coffee as I don’t drink it and it is way too hot anyhow. I am mainly drinking water only or occasionally I will make a pitcher of ice tea. You can choose your poison.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I am working on my new novel for NaNoWriMo and keeping slightly ahead of target for the month. I count anything to do with writing in my 3 hours a day goal. If I am writing great. If I am watching a how-to video that is also great. As long as it deals with writing it is fine. Still trying to come up with a title for the book. That is proving a little harder as the subject leads to titles used a few times already which I am told you can’t copyright a title so that isn’t a problem, but I would like something a little different. It has a working title of “Dangerous Obsession.”

My dad has recovered from Covid-19 and on Wednesday night my sister and I are going to the nursing home to visit. Visitation is being allowed by the governor but must be held outside and within social distancing guidelines. Fine with us since we have no desire to go inside the building which is riddled with the virus.

I tossed the outline I struggled all of June with and am pantsing my books as usual. It is in my head and there is no need for an outline. All I really need is a list of character names as they get confusing at times and their relation to the protagonist. Still trying to figure out how to use different POVs (point of view) because I think that will add some necessary parts of the story that would be missing if I was just telling it with a narrator, the protagonist. I need to get inside the heads of those other characters.

I had the second injection on my spine and I am in worse pain than the first one. I spent most of today lying down to ease the pain. Sitting is uncomfortable for long periods of time. I also have to wear a back brace for timed periods throughout the day. This could increase the pain.

Be safe everyone,

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Fiction, Prompt, Writing

Thursday photo prompt: Vista #writephoto

Thursday photo prompt: Vista #writephoto

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a wide, summer landscape, seen from a narrow path near the top of a hill that looks out across a valley.

Rolling Down the Hill

By Tessa Dean July 2020

Mark Lohan was standing at the top of the hill surveying the vista with his five-year-old twin sons, Phillip and William. He was breathing heavily from the trip up the hill, and he was trying to slow down his breathing and enjoy the landscape spread below him.

“Can we, dad? Please?”

“Please,” William joined in.

“Please, what, you two?” Mark is not paying very close attention to the two boys.

“We want to roll down the hill, please,” they beg together.

“Don’t be silly,” Mark tells the boys, “it is too steep for you.”

“No, it’s not, please,” and William reaches out and shoves Phillip down the hill and quickly starts rolling behind him.

Mark yells at them to stop, but the momentum was building, and they couldn’t stop. The danger of the situation hits the boys as they see the stone wall looming up in front of them, and they can’t stop themselves. Mark starts down the hillside after them, but fears he won’t reach the boys in time to stop them from rolling into the wall.

A stranger happens on the scene and quickly throws himself in front of the wall to stop the boys from hitting it full force. Luckily the boys were close enough together that he was able to provide a softer cushion for them both to land against rather than the stone wall.

The boys were crying, and Mark stumbles down the last few feet to land near them. He grabs them in a hug, thanking the stranger.

“Thank the kind man, you two. I don’t know what got into you.”

After the boys thank him, they stand quietly by their father. They are no longer eager to get very far away from him, hugging him tightly.

***********293 words***********

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Fiction, Prompt, Writing

Friday Fictioneers – 7/10/20

This is Teresa Smeigh from www.tessacandoit.com writing as Tessa Dean on www.tessadeanauthor.com.

PHOTO PROMPT @ A. Noni Mouse

Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers

Preheat the Oven

By Tessa Dean July 2020

I looked at the kitchen sink and surrounding area. The clean dishes were in the drainer and the counters and sink were full of dirty dishes. My mother and father were on their way over and I had about five minutes to straighten this kitchen up or my mother would give me a lecture on cleanliness.

I grabbed the drainer and shoved the drainer and clean dishes into the oven. I opened the dishwasher and threw all the dirty dishes into it and jammed it shut.

“Janet, preheat the oven, I brought over a lasagna for dinner,” my mother said.

*****100 words*****

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Author, Fiction, Poetry, Prompt

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 185, #Poet’sChoice

Jetty, Pier, Sea, Sunset, Dusk, Dawn
Photo compliments of pixabay.com

Fishing Pier

by Tessa Dean July 2020

fishing off the pier

sun setting low in the sky

quick I have caught one

Colleen’s Rules:

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#1linerWeds, Non-Fiction, Prompt, Writing

One-Liner Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 – NaNoWriMo and outlines

Badge by Laura @ riddlefromthemiddle.com

One-Liner Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 – NaNoWriMo and outlines

I started my new novel with an outline, then tossed it after a few paragraphs because I am a pantser not an outliner.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg