Non-Fiction, Prompt

Reena’s Xploration Challenge #174

Reena’s Xploration Challenge #174

PROMPT #174

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When I first saw the picture I thought of squeezing the brain or shrink as they sometimes call it. The person appears to be wearing a hospital gown so I immediately thought of someone in a mental hospital and having spent two occasions in one myself, I can say it is not a particularly happy memory.

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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

#Whatdoyousee, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

What do you see # 70- February 22 2021

What do you see # 70- February 22 2021

Here’s the photo:

Image credit; Lance Anderson @ Unsplash

(For the visually challenged reader, the image shows tall skyscrapers lit in the evening light. In the front there is a small pale-colored house resting at an angle on the ground, one side of it raised from the ground)

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Flipping Houses – Ooops

By Tessa Dean February 2021

Joey and Willy picked up this house for $1.00. All they had to do was move it to another location. Willy told Joey it wouldn’t be a problem. His brother, Mac, could move the house for them. He’s a house mover he told Joey.

Mac arrives at the house and finally manages to get the house up on his truck. He never thought to ask the guys where he had to move it to so when they pointed at the skyscrapers, he was puzzled. On one side of the house was a community and on one side was all skyscrapers.

“Wait,” he said puzzled. “Are you telling me this house has to go through those skyscrapers to the other side of the city?”

Both guys just nodded lazily, grinning.

‘How am I supposed to get to the other side?”

“There’s a large park down the center of the skyscrapers. Just make it through the first tight street and enter the park and then exit at the end and go through that last tight street and there’s a piece of land on the other side waiting for it. We got it for a $1.00, all we have to do is move it. Cool, don’t you think?”

Mac shook his head. “This ain’t going to work fellas. I’m not sure I can get the house through the first set of skyscrapers even. What about the traffic lights and wires? Do you have permits to drive through there and then through a park and then through another set of skyscrapers?”

Willy asks, “What do need with all of that? Just drive through it. I seen you do it hunnerts of times.”

“Look guys, it ain’t that easy. You just can’t drive it through there.” He turned away, shaking his head. “I am going to get dinner while you guys figure this out.”

Willy left his truck and walked across the street to a restaurant to get dinner. Suddenly there was a ruckus going on outside. He felt his pockets and said, “Damn, I left the keys in the truck. I bet those fools tried to move it themselves.”

Sure enough Joey and Willy had drove off and as they were passing through the skyscrapers they took down the first set of traffic lights and wires and then hit the park with the house half off the truck. They kept driving until the house was all the way off of the truck and stuck with one side buried in the park and the other end up in the air. They didn’t stop either. They kept on driving pulling whatever happened to remain attached to the truck behind it.

Everyone was talking about these two crazy guys in the truck, but Mac stayed quiet. This was all gonna come back on him and his boss was gonna kill him.

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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/

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

12 FEBRUARY 2021 Friday Fictioneers

29 JANUARY 2021 Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT © Alicia Jamtaas

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Lost

by Tessa Dean February 2021

Nora and her young son, Nicholas, were running through the wilderness. The greenery was lush, and it had rained recently, adding a shine to the leaves they had to brush aside in their dash across the trail on the other side of the tracks that ended so abruptly. Nora had no idea what had caused the desolation and the tracks to end like that. It must have been quite a while ago as the greenery had grown up through the rails.            

The dogs were barking behind them, urging them on. They had to hurry. The danger was way too close.

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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 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

#Whatdoyousee, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2021/02/08/what-do-you-see-68/

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

Here’s the photo:

Image credit; Richard Kesperowski@ Unsplash

( For the visually challenged reader, this image shows a couple of water lilies growing in a pond of water)

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Oh Grandma, Where are You?

By Tessa Dean February 2021

Amelia looked at the last line of her long list of nursing homes. The list was just for her state because she didn’t think her mother would go too far away from home, but now she was on the last home and no sign of her Grandmother. She had recent pictures in case her Mother had changed her name and so far no one had seen her or had her registered at that nursing home.

Amelia was crying now. She missed her Grandmother who she considered her real mother rather than that whimpering, whiny drunk who gave birth to her. If she found her, unless there was a medical reason she needed to be there, she was bringing her home to live with her.

She got her tissue out and dried her eyes. She wanted to be professional so they would listen to her if her Grandma happened to be there. Please God she prayed. Let Grandma be here.

Amelia approached the southern looking mansion and spotted the small pond with water lilies floating on it. How pretty, she thought. She looked around her. The place looked nice. Would her Mother pay this much for her Mother to live in a nice home like this? Her Mother had money, but she never spent it on her or her Mother. She drank her money away. Probably some drug usage as well.

Amelia walked towards the beautiful white double door entrance. She didn’t know if she should knock or just walk in. She was pretty sure it was a nursing home so she should just walk in.

Opening the door she was met by a woman, who she knew was older than she looked. She looked good for her age. She was in good shape and probably worked out. If she lived here this place must be quite expensive because she was also nicely dressed.

Amelia was stuck on what to say at first. She just couldn’t imagine her Grandma living here, although it was a beautiful place.

“May I help you young lady?” The woman had a sheaf of papers in her hand and was set to look through them.

Amelia began to cry. She tried to talk, but the tears were coming harder and faster. She had vowed not to do this, but this was her last chance for the most part without hiring a private detective.

The woman put an around her and led her over to a plush couch. She sat down next to her with her arm still around her. “What’s wrong honey?”

Amelia worked to pull herself together. She started her spiel. She had used it so many times she knew it by heart. She reached in her purse and pulled out her pictures and before she could say a thing, the woman said, “Ruth? Why do you have pictures of Ruth?”

Amelia said, “You know her? She is my grandmother and I have searched this whole state for her.”

“Yes honey, Ruth lives here and has for many years now. Why didn’t you know that?”

“Because my no-good, drunk of a Mother hid her Mother from me. Ruth raised me when my Mother couldn’t. My Mother hated to be reminded of it so she sent her away. She refused to tell me where and I have searched this whole state looking for her in places like this. If she isn’t medically dependent on living here I want to bring her home to live with me.”

“Well, I am gathering you must be the Amelia she always talks about. She is medically fine and will be delighted to see you again I am sure. Come with me, she is on the veranda with Maisie. Maisie will miss her, but maybe you can bring her up to see Maisie occasionally for a visit.”

“Oh I would do anything for my Grandma. She raised me right.”

“Come this way, child.” Amelia put on a happy face and followed the woman to the veranda on the side of the house. There was her Grandma and she looked great. This place was wonderful for her. She hoped she would want to leave to live with her.

“Amelia? Amelia is that you child?” Ruth raised herself up and walked over to meet them. She put her arms around Amelia and hugged her tight. “I never thought I would see you again. Rhonda made sure I was far away although she did put me in a decent place.”

“Oh Grandma I am so happy to see you. I have been driving all over the state looking for you. I want to bring you home to live with me. I have a nice three bedroom house and you would even have your own bathroom. All the rooms have their own bathrooms so you could choose whichever one you wanted. Will you come live with me? I promise to bring you to see Maisie almost every weekend for a day or if they rent out rooms occasionally I could rent you a room for the weekend and you could stay here all weekend. What do you think?”

“I would love to live with you doll and you are such a nice Granddaughter to think of letting me still see Maisie. Yes they keep guest rooms for just that reason. You could drop me off and then pick my up on Sunday.

Amelia hugged Grandma and then they headed to Grandma’s room to pack. Maisie came along to help. The staff brought in some boxes and told her to just pack what she absolutely needed right now and then she could pick up the rest of her things on the next trip when she came to visit with Maisie.

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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/

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, Photo Prompt, Prompt

29 JANUARY 2021 Friday Fictioneers

29 JANUARY 2021 Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT © Marie Gail Stratford

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Meeting Night

by Tessa Dean January 2021

My mother was the group leader, and every week she sat before the group and asked for volunteers to read from the coursebook. Everyone would look at someone else. Slowly a few hands would go up.

There was usually a short meditation and visualization led by my dad first and then the reading followed by a discussion about what had just been read.

My father was a faith healer, and my mother was a medium. It was a strange group by many people’s standards, but I had grown up with this group, and I saw nothing wrong with it.

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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

Non-Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

Reena’s Exploration Challenge 169

PROMPT #169

Write 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.

Last, but not least, don’t forget to tag the post “Reena’s Exploration Challenge” for easy location in the blog roll.

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I am terrified of needles. As a child they used to have to chase me around the office to give me my shot. At the age of 18 I embarrassed my father at the emergency room. I had fallen and since I was carrying a bottle in my hand, I landed on it and shattered it into 100’s of pieces that had to be picked out of my hand one by one. I was already infected so it required a tetanus shot. I started yelling bloody murder although I didn’t run away this time. My dad said, “Haven’t you outgrown that yet?” Uh, well no I guess I haven’t. Next time I was 30 years old and my dad took me for outpatient surgery. The nurse walked into the room with two needles on a small tray. I was ready to start yelling, but I looked at my dad’s face and thought of last time and said to myself, ok self, it is time to get over this you are 30 years old now, not a child. I made it through.

Now I am a diabetic who had to learn to give herself shots. Granted the insulin pens are much easier. And now I am always in the hospital and always giving blood, getting insulin, flu shots or whatever. They still scare me, but mind over matter, and I make it through.

Waiting for my turn for the new Covid-19 vaccination. I just got the notice for the senior citizens, but I have to be 65 or over and I am just under 65. So I have to wait until the next time.

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

#writephoto, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

Thursday photo prompt: Returning #writephoto

Click here for Sue’s rules:

Prompt word: Returning

Prompt Photo:

Every morning Jane watched her children as they trekked off down the mountain side to the small school at the base of the mountain where their small house was perched. She was always afraid that one of the small ones would fall and get hurt so she always made sure they made it down the side safely to the small school that served for all 12 grades and kindergarten for this region.

Every afternoon she was there waiting for them to return home and watched as they made the dangerous trek back up again. If her health had been better she would walk down with them and make the trip twice a day, but she had to be content that her oldest children would look after the younger ones.

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

22 JANUARY 2021 Friday Fictioneers and FFFTPP 2021: WEEK #03

FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER: 2021: WEEK #03

FFFTPP 2021: WEEK #02

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
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Combination of two photo prompts above. Check out the link to each one to see the rules for the prompts.

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Non-Professional Behavior

By Tessa Dean January 2021

Laurel was miffed that her coworker, Janet, got the promotion to head newscaster instead of her. She spoke loudly to everyone about how she was better than Janet and deserved that promotion.

People were getting tired of the constant tirades. Janet was well-liked, and Laurel was just unpleasant. Someone finally thought of a way to shut her up for a while, at least.

Everyone was hanging around, watching as Janet entered the locker room to change for her stint on camera. There was a scream, and then the aroma preceded Laurel and the small skunk out of the locker room.

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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, Photo Prompt, Prompt

14 JANUARY 2021 Friday Fictioneers and FFFTPP 2021: WEEK #02

14 JANUARY 2021 Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

FFFTPP 2021: WEEK #02

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Combination of two photo prompts above. Check out the link to each one to see the rules for the prompts.

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Missed the Concert and Needing a New Tire

By Tessa Dean January 2021

Sarah was taking her twin teenage sons, Aiden and Ethan, to a concert at the high school. The boys were fighting in the back seat. Sarah turned to yell at them.

“Stop it, you two, or we’re going home.”

There was a loud thump, and the car careened across the road to the median strip.

Sarah told the boys to stay in the car as there was a lot of traffic. She got out and looked at the tire. There was no way Sarah could save that one, and she had no spare tire. She would need a new tire.

**********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

Non-Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt, Uncategorized

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.

**********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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