Fiction, Prompt

What Do You See? 11-23-2020 #57

What Do You See? 11-23-2020 #57

Image credit: Angéle Kamp @ Unsplash

Sadje brings us her weekly “What Do You See?” Monday Challenge. 

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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100 Years and Counting

By Tessa Dean November 2020

Myrtle sadly left her granddaughter’s home. Today was her birthday and although they served her favorite dinner, which they did every Sunday, today was like any other day. She left the house, trying not to let the tears show. How could they have forgotten her birthday. Today she was 100 years old and in perfect health.

Her grandson William walked her home, guiding her with her arm in the crook of his elbow. She felt like grabbing it back and storming off. It was only a few blocks so she could handle it on her own.

However, she had been taught not to be rude and so she left her arm where it was and continued up the street to her house.

In the side yard she saw something flickering between the trees. It was dark except for that small flickering light. William guided her to the side yard.

“Surprise,” everyone yelled. Myrtle looked around and saw shadows stepping out of the trees. On the picnic table was a cupcake with one lit candle. A light was turned on and the area was well lit now. She could see her family and all the different birthday cakes they knew she liked appeared on the table next to the cupcake, including a tray of cupcakes for the children.

Now Myrtle allowed the tears to flow. “I love you guys,” she mumbled through her tears. And here she thought they had all forgotten.

Her granddaughter said, “I bet you thought we had forgotten, but you know Nana we would never forget your birthday and today you are 100 years old. What a special day and we wanted to surprise you.” She hugged her grandmother tight.

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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

Fiction, Haiku, Poetry, Prompt

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 333 Life and View

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 333 Life and View

Life Passing By

By Tessa Dean November 2020

life is passing by

fast enough it’s hard to view

can’t smell the roses


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!

Life and View

fall haiku challenge badge japanese maple with black and white background

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, Photo Prompt, Prompt

20 NOVEMBER 2020 Friday Fictioneers

20 NOVEMBER 2020 Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT © Sarah Potter

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Take It or Leave It

by Tessa Dean

Standing on the curb, Roger and Marjorie looked the house over. It would need a lot of work to make it presentable. The rest of the property required an excellent gardener’s touch. Marjorie didn’t think it was worth the trouble. However, Roger was in love with the property. He started to list what needed to be done to fix up the property to resell it and came up with a rough estimate on the costs.

He turned to the real estate agent and started to haggle over the price. “The owners won’t come down anymore. Take it or leave it.”

**********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

Fiction, Haiku, Prompt

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 332 EBB & Flow

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 332 EBB & Flow

Ebb and Flow

By Tessa Dean November 2020

the tide ebbs and flows

running up to catch our toes

begins to recede


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!

Ebb and Flow

fall haiku challenge badge japanese maple with black and white background

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

#threethingschallenge, Fiction, Prompt

Three Things Challenge #421

Three Things Challenge #421

Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Every day I’ll list three things that may, or may not, be related. The challenge is to simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you, using 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 the 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and the logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post and don’t forget to leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. While you’re there, why not check out some of the other posts too!

Have fun and these are your three things today are:

BETTER
CRISP
CUT

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Betty finished ironing her shirt, making nice crisp creases in the darts. She hung it up on a hangar and then laid it on top of her laundry basket so she could take it upstairs and hang it up.

Jerry came running into the kitchen covered in mud and blood. My blouse she thought about a minute too late.

Jerry ran straight for the stairs and pushed her laundry basket out of the way with his dirty hands. He started running up the stairs. “You had better run,” Betty shouted at him. “Where did the blood come from anyhow?”

“I cut myself on a broken bottle someone threw into the yard. I was trying to pick it up to throw it away. Sorry about the mess.”

“I want to kill you right now, young man, but let me see that cut. You are filthy and it needs to be cleaned.”

“Aw ma, let me clean it myself. I can do it.”

“Jerry, you simply aren’t old enough to clean it properly.”

“Ma, I know you are going to make it hurt even more. Can’t you clean it without hurting so much?”

“Come here or I will pour alcohol on it and if you think it hurts now, just wait until the alcohol hits it.”

Jerry sighed, and headed over to his mom. Gingerly he held out his hand. Betty cringes. It would need stitches. Now that would hurt. Her blouse was ruined so she ripped it into strips and tied them around the cut to try and stop the bleeding on the trip to the doctor’s office.

“Next time,” she said, “please get an adult to pick up the glass. You are too young to be doing it, do you hear me?”

“Okay, Ma, I get it, but do I really need stitches?”

“Yes, Jerry, now move it.”

Jerry stomped out to the car, trying not to cry.

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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

Fiction, Prompt

Weekend Writing Prompt #183 – Wrangle

Weekend Writing Prompt #183 – Wrangle

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

Wrangle

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“You had better get over here,” said Russell to his sister. If you don’t, I am coming over there and will wrangle you to the ground ruining your new dress.”

“You wouldn’t dare!”

*****33 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

#Whatdoyousee, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

What Do You See? 11-16-2020 #56

What Do You See? 11-16-2020 #56

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

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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He Shouldn’t Have Missed Curfew

By Tessa Dean November 2020

It was an hour past my curfew, and I know my mom would be furious. There was nothing I could do, but ready myself for my punishment. Mom was very inventive when it came to punishments. I dragged my feet down the street. I was already late, so why rush the inevitable.

I could see the light on in the living room and her face pressed against the glass peering out, looking for me I knew. I didn’t move any faster. I was still dreading this. Then as I watched, I saw her slide down out of sight. What just happened?

I started to hurry. Had Ma fainted? She wasn’t prone to fainting, but what else could have happened? I raced across the yard and reached the door. I pushed on it, but it wouldn’t budge. She must have fallen against it.

I turned and ran to the side of the house to the window and peered in. “Ma? Ma? No, Ma, please, no.” I smashed the window and climbed inside, not noticing the cuts from the broken glass. The blood, there was so much blood. I raced across the room and turned her over. Her throat was slit. Her eyes were lifeless.

I hurried upstairs to check on my little brother. He was dead in bed. Blood everywhere, his throat slit and his eyes also lifeless.

I was in shock. Who could have done this? Oh God, what if they were still here? I got up and started back downstairs to look for the phone. Ma’s cellphone would most likely be in her pocket, which meant he would have to touch her again.

Searching quickly, he picked up the phone and ran back outside, and stood in the middle of the street while dialing 9-1-1. He screamed into the phone that his Ma and little brother had been murdered, their throats slit. There was blood everywhere, and he was all alone, and he needed help. “Oh God, please help me,” he whispered into the phone and sank to the asphalt on the street. Sirens sounded in the distance.

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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

Fiction, Prompt

13 NOVEMBER 2020 Friday Fictioneers

13 NOVEMBER 2020 Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

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Honey, It’s Warm Outside

by Tessa Dean

Robby threw the tangled tree lights back into the box, disgusted. “Why are we dragging these out now,” he complained. “It isn’t even Thanksgiving yet.”

Sally picked up the string of lights and started to untangle it. “Robby, it is 75 degrees outside today. Would you rather be hanging these up when it drops to near zero?”

Pondering that thought, Robby began to pile up the boxes and carry them outside. Grandpa followed with the last box. “Thanks, Grandpa,” Robby said. “Sometimes, Ma is pretty smart for a girl.”

“Don’t talk about your mother that way, young man,” Grandpa 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

#threethingschallenge, Fiction, Prompt

Three Things Challenge #415

Three Things Challenge #415

Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Every day I’ll list three things that may, or may not, be related. The challenge is to simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you, using 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 the 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and the logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post and don’t forget to leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. While you’re there, why not check out some of the other posts too!

Have fun and these are your three things today are:

DAY
AFTER
SPIRIT

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The day after Marjie and Randy spent the night at the haunted house they went back during the daytime. “This place doesn’t look so scary during the day, ” Marjie joked. Just then a spirit of an old woman walked across the front porch and into the house by the front door. Marjie and Randy lost no time getting out of there. They grabbed their bikes and ran as fast as their legs would carry them.

Stopping when they had reached the end of the road they tried to slow their breathing down so they could talk. “Who was that,” Randy managed to get out.

“I don’t know. Thankfully we didn’t see her last night.”

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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

#threethingschallenge, Fiction, Prompt

Three Things Challenge #411

Three Things Challenge #411

Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Every day I’ll list three things that may, or may not, be related. The challenge is to simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you, using 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 the 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and the logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post and don’t forget to leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. While you’re there, why not check out some of the other posts too!

Have fun and these are your three things today are:

ANIMALS
MUTE
SELLING

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The mute child stood watching the animals in the zoo. She was fascinated by all of them. Her mother could barely pull her away to move her on to the next cage. Suddenly she pointed to the man selling animal balloons. Her mother took her over and let her have her choice and she picked the koala bear. Later in the souvenir shop she also wanted a stuffed koala bear and when her mother asked the person selling the souvenirs the price she immediately told the girl no, which led to a crying spell. The mother had to pull her crying out of the store and lead her home. The child didn’t understand why she couldn’t have that one too. At four years old she didn’t understand price. The stuffed bears were considerably more expensive.

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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