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First Line Friday: January 15th, 2021

It is First Line Friday! Welcome and let’s get writing.

Below, I give you the first line, and you all get to write the rest. This prompt alternates with Jim’s Music Prompts, so make sure to check back next Friday for some musical inspiration.

I’ll provide the first line, you get to write whatever comes afterward. Length, genre, and structure are completely up to you. Feel free to modify the line as you see fit, adding punctuation, quotes, or other bits if so desired. No need to tie it to the picture, unless you want to.

Or for more of a challenge, change nothing. You have a week to write it, enjoy!

Include the first line of course! Tag it Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, First Line Fridays, and short fiction. Create a link (ping-back) to this post and add your link to Mister Linky below.

Your line for this week is:

Gigi assembled her planners, her calendars, her pens, pouches, and post-its before her on the desk and stood over them like a general surveying maps. “Now all I need to do is find a place for all this stuff. I am tired of it all piled up all over the desk. I have two staplers and three rolls of tape. I have to stop buying things I can’t find. Everything needs a home,” said to her husband.

She separated everything into piles, like with like and what needs to go together when used. She decided how to store every item and went to the container store to get the appropriate containers to hold everything so it was all neat and tidy.

Now all she needs is an idea to start writing her new book about. Her space is neat and tidy and her mind is blank.

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

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Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP) #72 – January 9, 2021

Prompt for Week #72 (Jan 9, 2021 – Jan 15, 2021)

Balloon

Tears streaming, balloon disappears above trees.

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Shweta Suresh says:

Welcome to Week #72 of the Saturday Six Word Story Prompt. Click here to read the guidelines for the Saturday Six Word Story Prompt series.

Prompt for Week #72 (Jan 9, 2021 – Jan 15, 2021)

Balloon

Click here for the 6WSP image.

I will do a roundup post each Friday. So please be sure to participate before time runs out!

Have fun! Thank you for participating. Until next week, folks!

P.S: If you have any doubts/suggestions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

The comments section is all yours!

P.P.S: Use the tag 6WSP and don’t forget to pingback to this post!

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

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Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP) #72 – January 9, 2021

Prompt for Week #72 (Jan 9, 2021 – Jan 15, 2021)

Balloon

Tears streaming, balloon disappears above trees.

Shweta Suresh says:

Welcome to Week #72 of the Saturday Six Word Story Prompt. Click here to read the guidelines for the Saturday Six Word Story Prompt series.

Prompt for Week #72 (Jan 9, 2021 – Jan 15, 2021)

Balloon

Click here for the 6WSP image.

I will do a roundup post each Friday. So please be sure to participate before time runs out!

Have fun! Thank you for participating. Until next week, folks!

P.S: If you have any doubts/suggestions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

The comments section is all yours!

P.P.S: Use the tag 6WSP and don’t forget to pingback to this post!

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

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8 JANUARY 2021 Friday Fictioneers

8 JANUARY 2021 Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT @ Jan Wayne Fields

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Neatness is not My Forte

by Tessa Dean January 2021

“Terri where’s the electric bill?” Andy shouted from the other room.

Oh no he’s at my desk, I ran, yelling, “In the pile of bills to be paid, where else would it be?”

“And which of these mountainous piles would that be?” I had to stop him.

“Give me a second, I know exactly where it is, just don’t mess with my piles. The last time you did I couldn’t find anything for a week.”

I picked up the electric bill and handed it to him. I don’t know what he needed it for, since I pay all the bills.

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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, 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

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One-Liner Wednesday – Finished my novel!

One-Liner Wednesday – Finished my Novel

Badge by Laura @ riddlefromthemiddle.com

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I finally finished my very first whole novel and just have to edit it 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.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

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27 NOVEMBER 2020 Friday Fictioneers

270 NOVEMBER 2020 Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT © Susan Eames

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The Bunny Hill

by Tessa Dean November 2020

Anna stared down the bunny hill at the children skiing. She felt stupid being relegated to the bunny hill at 41 years old. What must those little children think? All grown up and unable to ski down a little hill.

Anna was terrified if truth be told. She couldn’t get herself to shove off and glide down the hill. The children made it look so easy.

Just then, a kid came by and gave Anna a shove, and she started down the hill, legs and arms flailing. The bump at the bottom gave her a cast to remember this trip.

**********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

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Weekend Writing Prompt #182 – Bequeath

Weekend Writing Prompt #182 – Bequeath

Sammi’s Rules:

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

Bequeath

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The Widow’s Surprise

By Tessa Dean November 2020

Sarah sniffed daintily into her handkerchief, faking tears, glancing out of the corner of her eyes as the lawyer prepared to read the will for her dearly departed husband. Who was the young, blond woman sitting next to her step-daughter?

The lawyer started to read the will. Sarah noticed the pretty young thing sitting up straighter. “I bequeath all of my belongings and financial wealth to my girlfriend, Paige Weatherspoon.”

“What,” Sarah shrieked and launched herself out of her chair. Her step-daughter laughed, “Gotcha, bitch!”

*****85 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

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What Do You See? 11-9-2020

What Do You See? 11-9-2020

Sadje brings us her weekly “What Do You See?” Monday Challenge.  Here’s the photo:

Image credit; Evan Clark@ Unsplash

Rules:

You can write a post on your blog and create a ping-back to link to the original post.

Write an original story, poem or a caption.

I will try to re-blog your response on my blog.

There is no limit to words or format but keep it family-friendly.

I will do a round-up next Sunday before the next Prompt is posted.

Please tag your responses with #Whatdoyousee

Or

#WDYS

Does this picture inspire you to write something?

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New Friends or Class Clown?

By Tessa Dean November 2020

Ronny was tempted to walk out on the limb that was lying half in the water. He had worn his only hoodie and had to go to school and if he misjudged and fell into the water he would have to not only run home to change facing his father’s wrath for being late to school, he wouldn’t have his hoodie to wear. On reflection, he could take the hoodie off while he walked out on the limb.

Finally he took it off and started to inch out on the limb and tried to gauge how far he should go. It was slippery and he kept having to catch his balance. He hadn’t hit the spot where the water was covering the limb, but he thought he should start back to land.

As he turned around to start back he realized that several of the bad boys at school were watching him. Just great, he thought, if I fall they will never let me live it down.

The boys remained silent and just watched. He was expecting jeers, but no, they made no sound just watched him.

He started walking back with more pride in his step and hoped to hell he didn’t end up falling. This might be his in with the other boys.

He made it to the dry ground and hopped off the limb. The boys approached and Brant said, “Way to go. Johnny here fell into the water the other day and none of the rest of us even tried it. Want to walk to school with us?”

Mindful that these were the bad boys, Ronny was delighted to have made friends finally at the new school. They took off jabbering amongst themselves.

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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, 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

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Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 330 COLD & Fall

Cold Air

By Tessa Dean

cold air blows the leaves

it is supposed to be fall

winter takes its place


The Guidelines:

Take the two words and write a Haiku. I use Haiku in English (the link shows you how) as my style, which is 5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the third, but you can use what you like.



The Challenge Words!

Cold and Fall

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

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – Sleep Study

Coffee, Pen, Notebook, Caffeine, Cup
Picture compliments of Pixabay.com

Thanks to Eclectic Alli for hosting this prompt.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I just completed the second part of my sleep study and that I couldn’t use the child’s mask they had since I am a mouth breather and they didn’t bother to find that out so had to use an adult mask that covered my mouth and covered just the bottom of my nose so it wasn’t sticking me in my eyes. I ended up falling asleep and never got a chance to get switched to a BiPap since it didn’t affect my sleep, so Medicare will be most likely setting me up with the CPap and hopefully this time I can use it.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I have started NaNoWriMo on November 1st. I am struggling with the story and with Microsoft’s Word. My computer is so old and the memory is full so getting anything to run is difficult. Hard to get word counts if you spent most of the time rebooting and trying to get the program to run. Plus part of me just doesn’t know what to write or even know if it wants to write.

My blog has been kind of abandoned all these months and now that I have gotten so involved with youtube I have even less time for it. I do videos and do live streaming for sprints for writing. I have gotten over my fear of the camera and there is a link to my channel in the signature below if you want to check it out. I lost a lot of subscribers when I was in the hospital so working towards my first goal of 100 subscribers again. I only have 8 to go at the moment. 100 is the first goal on youtube.com. (UPDATE: I now have 108 subscibers and today I did the semi-mandatory “Ask Me Anything” question and answer session on a live stream. The recording is available if anyone wants to check it out.)

I lost a lot of the prompts I was doing. Some for sad reasons and some I don’t know what happened. So I am looking for new ones to keep me writing. I have found at least one new one so far and then there are some that I occasionally check out and don’t get an idea to write so I skip it that week and/or day.

My daughter took me out for dinner last weekend for my belated birthday. It was a strange set up with the social distancing and the masks. I don’t believe I mentioned this last week. Thought who knows. It isn’t in the one I copied over so I assume I didn’t mention it. I like my posts to be the same every week so I like to copy/paste the last one in and fix what I have to.

I got home from the sleep study a few hours ago and I am still awake so the machine and mask must have done their job. I may nap later, or I might not. Depends on how I feel.

I am trying to get a new aide. The one I have can’t come until night time and since I need help bathing and dressing she isn’t much help besides she just doesn’t get the bathing part. It is embarrassing enough without having to keep spelling it out to her. English is not her first language so communicating is hard.

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