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.

**********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, 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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#Whatdoyousee, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

What do you see # 62 – December 28th 2020

What do you see # 62 – December 28th 2020

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

Here’s the photo:

Image credit; Rhaúl V. Alva @ 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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Christmas Present

By Tessa Dean January 2021

Billy had been hoping for a puppy for Christmas. He had asked Santa for it and could hardly wait until Christmas morning.

He got up and snuck downstairs and snooped among the Christmas gifts under the tree. No barking puppy greeted him. He was disappointed and wondered what he had done wrong that Santa hadn’t brung him a puppy.

His family came down and they started opening gifts although Billy could barely keep from crying.

Finally him parents told him that if he couldn’t put on a happy face and be thankful for what he got then he could just go to his bedroom and go back to bed. He didn’t move.

“Go!” his father ordered him coming in from the hallway.

Billy trudged down to his room. He opened the door and lying on his bed was the most beautful puppy in the world and it even wore a santa hat. His tears dried up magically and he snuggled the pup. He turned to find his family in the doorway with smiles on their face.

“Surprise!” they yelled in unison.

“Santa did hear me,” he whispered with surprise still showing on his face.

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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

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

#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, Photo Prompt, Prompt

30 OCTOBER 2020 Friday Fictioneers

30 OCTOBER 2020 Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

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Teddy

by Tessa Dean

Anita stooped to tie her shoe, knocking her bag over and spilling out the contents for everyone to see. She began to blush as the other kids started laughing. Tears seeped down her face, and a boy she didn’t know closed her bag and helped her up.

“What’s your name,” he asked.

Tearfully she replied,” Anita. Why aren’t you laughing at me like everyone else?”

He unzipped his bag and showed her the contents. He, too, had a small stuffed bear in his bag.

“What’s her name,” he asked.

“Sunshine.”

“Sunshine meet Rambo.” He shyly took her hand in his.

**********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, Photo Prompt, Prompt

23 OCTOBER 2020 Friday Fictioneers

23 OCTOBER 2020 Friday Fictioneers

Rochelle’s Rules:

PHOTO PROMPT – © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Puppy Woes

By Tessa Dean

“Jennifer, get inside the dining room and set the tables. It’s time to serve lunch,” her mother yelled from the back door.

“Oh, Ma, do I have to,” Jennifer asked whiningly. “There’s a puppy out here, and it is so cute. Can we keep it?”

“Listen, you know we can’t afford a dog. Get those tables set so we can start serving lunch.”

Jennifer snuck the puppy inside and started setting tables.

There’s a shriek from the kitchen, and then the puppy runs out with two steaks in its mouth, an angry cook behind it. “Now, you’ve done it, Jennifer!”

*****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