#Whatdoyousee, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

What do you see # 103 – October 11, 2021

Sadje’s rules:

Image credit; Jovan Vasiljević

For the visually challenged reader, the image shows a tray lined with brown paper and full of a variety of donuts.

Hot Baked Goods!

By Tessa Dean October 2021

The grandkids had hidden themselves under the table before Grandma put a freshly made batch of donuts out for the party later. Toby whispered, “Now!” Jean put her hands up and reached for one of the donuts on the top thinking Grandma wouldn’t notice one missing from the top of the tray. They split the still warm donut in half and ate it quickly. They pondered whether she would notice if they snuck another one. Little did they know that she had made exactly one donut per person and eventually they would be caught. She continued to place other baked goods on the table. They could snatch a cookie or two, but the cakes and pies would be noticeable if cut.

Once Grandma left the kitchen they snuck out and ran out the back door since Grandma had headed into the living room to greet her guests. Jean and Toby followed the others inside from the front yard.

Grandma started to hand out the donuts and noticed she was short. “Toby and Jean,” she scolded, “What did you do? There is a donut missing and I see you both have a donut in your hand and crumbs all over your mouth, but you haven’t eaten yet. So where did the crumbs come from and where is the missing donut? I know it was you two pranksters. I had exactly enough for one for each person and now one is missing. Toby’s mom grabbed Toby’s and told him to share Jean’s since they already shared one. She ate Toby’s.

Toby and Jean pouted, but they couldn’t do anything about it. They were caught!

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

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

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

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

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

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

I am now following and streaming on Twitch.tv. Find me under www.twitch.tv/tessadeanauthor

#weeklysmile, Photo Prompt, Prompt

The Weekly Smile for the 13th of September, 2021 #weeklysmile




Trent’s Rules

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My smile:

The aide is now on week 4 which is amazing and I got my desire to write back again, at least for one short story. We’ll see where it goes from there.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

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

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

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

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

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

I am now following and streaming on Twitch.tv. Find me under www.twitch.tv/tessadeanauthor

#threethingschallenge, #writephoto, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

Three Things Challenge #711 and #WRITEPHOTO –BANDSTAND and Weekend Writing Prompt #225 – Newspaper (corrected the photo mistake)

Three Things Challenge #711

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Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Below are three things that may, or may not, be related. Simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you.
You can use one, two or all three words in your post, there are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
You can use 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and my logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. You might like to check out some of the other contributions while you’re there.

I schedule the challenge to go out around 6.30 am UK time, but pingbacks have to be approved manually so might not show immediately. This could be because I’m late accessing my blog or due to time differences, but I will get there, I promise!
I look forward to reading your responses, and as always thank you all for your continued support.

Your three words are:

RIFLE
MOBILE
MUG

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#WRITEPHOTO – BANDSTAND

Band Stand

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a green bandstand in a park. Nearby is a long building with windows overlooking the bandstand

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Weekend Writing Prompt #225 – Newspaper

wk 225 newspaper

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Reflections Part 5 (Part 1Part 2Part 3, Part 4)

By Tessa Dean September 2021

Sabrina, Serena, and Selena headed back to the parking lot. Sabrina said, “We can go sit in the shade on the bandstand if no one else is around. I don’t want anyone seeing us together now.”

Sabrina rifled her trunk and found a mobile phone, a mug, and a newspaper lying on top of the three chairs she had stashed in there. She headed for the empty bandstand.

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

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

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

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

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

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

I am now following and streaming on Twitch.tv. Find me under www.twitch.tv/tessadeanauthor

Fiction, Friday Fictioneers, Photo Prompt, Prompt

3 SEPTEMBER 2021 Friday Fictioneers

3 SEPTEMBER 2021 Friday Fictioneers

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PHOTO PROMPT © Penny Gadd

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Reflections!

by Tessa Dean September 2021

Sabrina was admiring herself in the stream’s reflection. She wished for a sister when a second face like hers appeared in the reflection. Clothing aside, there appeared to be two of them. “What the heck?” she shook her head. The second face was still there.

Slowly she turned around, afraid of what she would see. There was a girl who looked exactly like her staring at her. Sabrina reached out a hand to touch hers and found she was real. “Who are you?”

“Serena,” she said. “Your twin sister.” Our parents separated us at birth, but I’ve found you now!”

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

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

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

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

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

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

I am now following and streaming on Twitch.tv. Find me under www.twitch.tv/tessadeanauthor

  

#writephoto, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

Thursday photo prompt: Painted #writephoto

Photo by Sue Vincent

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a rather oriental red bridge over a  pool covered with waterlilies and surrounded by trees.

Idyllic Spot

by Teresa Smeigh May 2020

Caroline stared wistfully at the lovely painted bridge she had just crossed over. She had never been here before, and she would have thought she was in the wrong spot if Robert hadn’t mentioned the lovely red bridge crossing over the stream and leading to a lush wooded spot.

She stared at the lovely, colorful butterflies flitting around the flowers and bushes. Occasionally a pretty hummingbird would enter the area and fly around. The stream sparkled and glittered with the occasional sunshine that made it through the dense area surrounding this open spot.

She wondered why they were here. Usually, they went to more secluded spots. She assumed that they were going to talk. She always hated it when Robert would want to have a conversation as they usually had to do with their relationship, and she knew it was not supposed to be a long term affair. He had been looking for someone to see outside his marriage, and sometimes things got a little uncomfortable for him, and they had to talk about it. She wondered what she had done this time.

He was late, and she was getting tired of standing. She looked for somewhere to sit, but other than the lush green grass, there wasn’t anywhere to sit. So she gingerly sat down and tried to pull her skirt up so she could bend her legs to sit on the grass.

She had been seeing Robert for over five years now, and she never expected this relationship to last that long. He knew she was looking for more than a casual fling, but so far, she hadn’t tried to force the issue. He made himself clear that he had no intention of leaving his wife. She had agreed to that and tried not to let it bother her. She had made the mistake of falling in love with a man she knew wasn’t looking for love, just a fling. That wasn’t his fault. She could only blame herself.

Caroline heard the lilting sound of voices coming closer. She was about to have company, but it wouldn’t be Robert as he came alone unless he ran into someone on the path coming in here. Her car was in the parking lot, and it was a slightly longer hike than normal. Anxiously she watched the opening to the bridge.

Much to her surprise, it was Robert, and he was with a woman. Watching them cross the red bridge, she thought she saw a resemblance to his wife in the woman’s face. She had seen pictures of her. Surely he wouldn’t have brought his wife along.

She stood up and waited for them to approach where she was standing. She didn’t move to greet them.

“Caroline,” Robert began and stopped. He looked very uncomfortable, and she could imagine he was.

The woman was watching her carefully, saying nothing at first, but her expression said she wasn’t happy. “Robert, let’s get this over with, I have to get back to work. I have no idea what you were thinking, but this ends here or else.”

“Caroline, I’m sorry, she caught me leaving this morning as she came home to get something she forgot for work. I didn’t plan for this to happen. She found your birthday present, and it was kind of obvious since it is not her birthday yet, not to mention that the present wouldn’t suit her. Samantha wouldn’t be caught dead in sexy lingerie, and I have never bought her any.”

Samantha opened her tote bag and tossed a sexy teddy at Caroline, smacking her in the face with it. Next came the birthday card addressed to Caroline. Caroline ducked this time and backed up.

“I don’t know what you think you are doing with someone else’s husband, but it won’t be mine. If I find out he’s been sniffing around you again, I will kill you both, and I am not kidding. My daddy won’t put up with this kind of thing. Robert is mine, or he’s history, and if it is you he is with, you are history too. Do you understand me? Speak up, girl. I can’t hear you.”

“Yes, ma’am, and I’m so sorry. I will never set my eyes on him again.” Caroline picked up her purse and left, practically running across the red bridge.

*******722 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 published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

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

I am now following and streaming on Twitch.tv. Find me under www.twitch.tv/tessadeanauthor

#writephoto, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

Thursday Photo Prompt: Guardian #writephoto

Thursday photo prompt: Guardian #writephoto

Photo by Sue Vincent

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a flower-strewn cliff-top above the sea, where a rocky outcrop, seemingly shaped into many forms and faces, looks out over the waves.

Hide and Seek

by Teresa Smeigh May 2020

“This is boring,” Carl said, wiping the sweat off of his face with his shirt.

“Oh, Carl, you are always bored. What do you want to do?” Susie said, also wiping the sweat onto the bottom of her shirt. “I am tired of coming up with ideas on what to do. You choose today.”

“Let’s head down to the sea wall. Lots of places to hide, and we can play hide and seek. I’ll even let you hide first.”

“I don’t know, my parents have always stressed that it was too dangerous down there to play.”

“Oh, Susie, you are so boring. I play down there all the time.”

“I don’t know…”

“Come on, please.”

“OK, but don’t tell anyone. I don’t want to get in trouble.”

They start walking towards the sea. Upon arrival, they both start to climb to the top of the sea wall, and Susie looks around. The area was pretty, and she saw lots of rocks and things that she could hide behind.

As Carl begins counting to 100, Susie heads to the rocky area and spots a large rock to hide behind. She was pretty close to the edge, and when Carl hit 100 and started to look around, she was afraid he might see her and started to back up, not noticing she was approaching the edge of the cliff they were on.

Her foot started to slip on the sandy surface, and she let out a scream, catching Carl’s attention. He races to her and grabs her arm just as she slipped off the edge and was dangling there.

“Give me your other arm and stop struggling,” Carl urgently pleads with her.

She tried to calm herself down and gave Carl her other arm, and he slowly dragged her up the side of the cliff and back onto firm ground. He was shaking and couldn’t talk. He just hugged her tightly until their shaking subsided.

“Thank you, Carl. Oh my God,” she practically stutters. She was still shaken and started to cry.

“Susie, I am so sorry. I didn’t think this was a dangerous place to play. I should have listened to you. I will never come here again. I don’t think I will ever forget how close you came to falling off that cliff.”

Carl puts his arm around her, and they head towards home and away from the sea.

*******399 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 published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

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

I am now following and streaming on Twitch.tv. Find me under www.twitch.tv/tessadeanauthor

Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

Reena’s Xploration Challenge #195

Reena’s Xploration Challenge #195

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PROMPT #195

Yes, it is an image prompt as you can see – but with an added twist.

Write down the first three words that come to mind on seeing this image. The words should be there on your blog.

Use these three words in your piece.

Alternatively, you could also use synonyms of these three words.

There is no restriction on length or format of the piece. There is no last date either, unless you wish to be featured in the Weekly Wrap. 

Any post that is found to be offensive, vulgar or something that hurts common sensibilities will not be included. This needs to be a safe space.

Create a post on your blog, and copy-paste the link in Comments. In case you are using a pingback, do check back to see if it has worked.

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My three words were: City, Space and Lost

I wrote a Haiku:

lost cities floating

far out in space and unmanned

travelers beware

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 published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

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

I am now following and streaming on Twitch.tv. Find me under www.twitch.tv/tessadeanauthor

#threethingschallenge, #writephoto, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

Three Things Challenge #695 and #WRITEPHOTO –Office

Three Things Challenge $695

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Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Below are three things that may, or may not, be related. Simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you.
You can use one, two or all three words in your post, there are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
You can use 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and my logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. You might like to check out some of the other contributions while you’re there.

I schedule the challenge to go out around 6.30 am UK time, but pingbacks have to be approved manually so might not show immediately. This could be because I’m late accessing my blog or due to time differences, but I will get there, I promise!
I look forward to reading your responses, and as always thank you all for your continued support.

Your three words are:

SWEAR
ENRAGE
GATHER

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#WRITEPHOTO – Office

Office by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a small child who has commandeered control of the pc.

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Blue Screen of Death!

By Tessa Dean August 2021

Randy looked adorable and innocent when his mother brought him into her office to show him to her coworkers. Everyone gathered around him to pinch his cheeks and tell him how cute he was. However, five minutes later, the enraged operator of the computer little Randy was playing with turned to Randy’s mom and swore at her for being so stupid as to let Randy out of her sight because now her computer screen showed the blue screen of death as Randy happily punched the keys. Randy’s mom was swearing at him and pulling him away from the computer, but the computer’s operator was crying about the project she had been working on and was probably lost now even if the IT department could get her computer back up and running. She had a deadline of another hour and it seemed highly unlikely that the computer would be up and running again and that the project could be saved. Randy was dragged out of the office all the while screaming, “Play!”

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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 published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

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

I am now following and streaming on Twitch.tv. Find me under www.twitch.tv/tessadeanauthor

#threethingschallenge, Fiction, Friday Fictioneers, Photo Prompt, Prompt

Three Things Challenge 694 and Friday Fictioneers 20 AUGUST 2021

Three Things Challenge 694

Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Below are three things that may, or may not, be related. Simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you.
You can use one, two or all three words in your post, there are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
You can use 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and my logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. You might like to check out some of the other contributions while you’re there.

I schedule the challenge to go out around 6.30 am UK time, but pingbacks have to be approved manually so might not show immediately. This could be because I’m late accessing my blog or due to time differences, but I will get there, I promise!
I look forward to reading your responses, and as always thank you all for your continued support.

Your three words are:

OATH
ENGAGE
PUSH

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Friday Fictioneers 100 word challenge August 20, 2021

PHOTO PROMPT© Lisa Fox

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Grandpa’s Motorbike

By Tessa Dean August 2021

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Hadley zoomed up on his new Honda Motorcycle that he had gotten for his birthday. “What is that you got there? It sure is rusty,” he asked his cousins, who were pushing an old rusted motorcycle out of their grandfather’s garage. Jacob and Joshua tossed out several oaths before replying.

“We are trying to engage Grandfather’s old Harley Davidson Motorcycle. Grandfather seems to think it will run with some loving care, but I think it is ready for the junk heap myself.”

“It’s rusted. That thing isn’t going to start,” Hadley informed them. Laughing at their idiocy, he roared off.

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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 published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

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

I am now following and streaming on Twitch.tv. Find me under www.twitch.tv/tessadeanauthor

#writephoto, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

#WRITEPHOTO – Cliff Edge

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#WRITEPHOTO – Cliff Edge

Cliff Edge – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a high area of rock with a very steep side, often on a coast. The cliff has a grassy top. The sea can be seen further out..

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Edge of the Cliff

By Tessa Dean August 2021

Sarah and Thomas argued about the safety of Tabitha, their two-year-old daughter, while on a trip to the Diamond Cliffs. Thomas saw no reason for them not to take Tabby with them, and Sarah said, “You know how fast a two-year-old can get out of your sight and move quickly into a danger zone. It’s impossible to keep your eye on them every second, and they move too fast.”

“Oh Sarah, don’t be such a wuss. You can watch her just fine.”

“Thomas, that is part of the problem. I am the only one watching her as you can’t move with your broken leg. Once I put her down, she will head for the cliffs, and there aren’t any safety rails there. It only takes seconds for her to disappear if we take out eyes off her for any reason. It is not fair to me to have to be responsible for her every second.”

“So take the playpen and her toys.”

“She climbs out of that playpen now, and toys only interest her for a short period. You know she will want to go out and see the water, and she will head for the edge. This trip is hard enough for me to push you in the wheelchair down the sandy paths, and you will have to hold her, and even if we did take the playpen, I would have to carry it and push you two. No, I am telling you.”

“Look, this is our vacation, and we can’t leave without seeing the cliffs and the sea beyond them. You know we have wanted to come here for a long time.”

“Yes, and we didn’t have a two-year-old then. This is not the time for this trip, I tell you.”

“Oh, come on, Sarah, we may never get this chance again. Please!”

“I swear if something happens to Tabby, you are going over that cliff after her.”

The next day they drive up to the cliffs and park in the lot. Sarah is still grumbling about the dangers of this trip. She struggles to have to push a wheelchair, through the sand, with a grown man and a baby. Not to mention carrying their lunches, a blanket, and the playpen.

They finally come out of the woods onto the flat area near the cliff’s edge so Thomas could look at the view. He wasn’t going to be any help to her with Tabby. She set up the playpen and put Tabby in it, and she immediately began screaming to get out and within minutes had climbed up and over the top, falling on the ground beneath it. She picked herself up and started running for the cliff’s edge, yelling, “Water, mommy.” Sarah dropped everything and headed after her. She stumbled and fell, and all she could do was watch as her baby headed to the cliff’s edge. She screamed, “Stop, Tabby, no, wait for mommy.” All to no avail, Tabby didn’t hesitate. She kept on running in her stumbling baby gait.

Sarah screamed, “Tabby, no,” and tears flowed down her face, and she was terrified to watch her baby as she took a step off the edge. Sarah hadn’t noticed the man who put out his arm and scooped little Tabby up as her feet cleared the edge. “Whoa there, little one.” Tabby stared at him and pointed, “Water, pretty water.”

Sarah reached them and snatched Tabby out of his grip. “Oh, thank God, sir, you saved my baby. Thank you so much.”

“You are welcome, but you had no business bringing a toddler up here like that. They move too fast.”

“Well, sir, you can tell that idiot over there who thought this was a brilliant idea all because he was bored and wanted to see the cliffs.”

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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 published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

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

I am now following and streaming on Twitch.tv. Find me under www.twitch.tv/tessadeanauthor