Fiction, Prompt, Writing

8 AUGUST 2020 – Friday Fictioneers

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PHOTO PROMPT – © Jennifer Pendergast

8 AUGUST 2020 – Friday Fictioneers

Riding the Rails

By Tessa Dean copyright August 2020

Mac and Stu raced towards the moving train, anxious that they may miss the next phase of their journey across the country. Grabbing for a handhold to pull themselves up and into the freight car, they helped each other over the threshold and into the dirty car.

They had jobs waiting on the east coast, and they were only halfway across the country to their destination. The jobs wouldn’t wait for them to arrive, so they had to make sure each freight car change went smoothly. Suddenly the train stopped, not a good sign. They hid as best they could.

***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, Poetry, Prompt, Writing

#Haikai Challenge #151 (8/9/20): first (autumn) storm (hatsu arashi) / Darkness (Yami) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

Haikai Challenge #151 (8/9/20): first (autumn) storm (hatsu arashi) / Darkness (Yami) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

Thunder, Lightning, Storm, Sky, Night

As Isaias struck in August, the first Autumn month of the traditional calendar, what better kigo could there be than first (autumn) storm (hatsu arashi)? As the storm caused blackouts that still plague other parts of the New York Metropolitan area, what better kigo can there be than darkness (Yami)? Therefore, haijin, you have a choice this week.

Write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to either the first (autumn) storm (hatsu arashi), Darkness (Yami), or both!

Thunder and Lightning

By Tessa Dean copyright August 2020

thunder and lightning

darkness rules as the rain pours

see between flashes

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: Fantasy #writephoto

Thursday photo prompt: Fantasy #writephoto

This week’s prompt ~ Fantasy

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a green landscape of rolling hills and an island in a bay. In the foreground, pastel-painted buildings and a tall clock tower are surrounded by summer trees.

Shade Trees

By Tessa Dean August 2020

Trixie was carefully checking the area out. She was looking for a new home, and she wanted to be near the water as her boyfriend, Mark, loved to fish, and so did her two young sons, Randy and Ross. Mark was willingly teaching them how to fish. It didn’t matter to him that they were only four years old. He loved them both dearly, so much more than their father did it would seem. He loved to spend time with them.

She was approaching a row of homes that appeared to be facing the water’s edge. She couldn’t tell much from the back if the homes had the requirements the men and boys were looking for in their new home.

Trixie didn’t care either way since fishing wasn’t her idea of a great time. In her fantasy, she was looking for a waterfront view and shady trees so she could lie there and spend her spare time reading. Laughing at that, Trixie realized just how little time she would have for that little fantasy with four-year-old twin boys to take care of and usually by herself since their father didn’t have the time to spend with them he claimed.

The realtor was chatting away, and Trixie let her voice roll over her. She couldn’t wait until they got to the front of the house they were here to see. She was looking for a place to call their own with just the right requirements.

They headed down the path to the front of the row of houses. Trixie gasped at the beauty spread before her. The house they were heading to had a tiny little pier out front and huge elm trees in the front yard that provided lots of shade. She could hang a hammock out there, and the men and boys could fish.

“This is it,” Trixie exclaimed to the realtor. “This is the one I want. Please start the paperwork. I want to move in right away.”

***********330 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, 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

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

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

Fiction, Haiku, Poetry

#Haikai Challenge #146 (7/5/20): Buck Moon #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

#Haikai Challenge #146 (7/5/20): Buck Moon #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

Moon, Sea, Full Moon, Light Reflections
Photo compliments of Pixabay.com

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

Buck Moon

By Tessa Dean July 2020

the July full moon,

full moon also called Buck moon

falls on July 4th

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, Writing

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 313 Dwindle&Ripple

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 313 Dwindle&Ripple

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

The Pond

By Tessa Dean July 2020

Contents of the pond

Dwindled away at the side,

Creating Water 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