Anniversary, Writing

I have hit 10,000 all-time views on this blog alone.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

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Family, Non-Fiction, Writing

The Blue Bird of Happiness

– by Tessa Dean (written in 2015)

When my oldest daughter Kat was married, it was a crazy time, and the wedding planning was rough as her father and I were divorced, and she and her soon-to-be inlaws paid for most of the wedding. I had no money as a divorcee struggling to raise a son alone, but I managed to pay for half the wedding gown.

The gown was beautiful, and it was made just for her. You know how you try something on, and you just know it is the one? She tried it on at the shop, and they had her out front so everyone could see, and all the customers came over to watch. She tried on several gowns, but we all loved the same one.  She picked out her bridesmaid’s gowns, but she had to be mindful of the fact that one of them was pregnant, and although she would have the baby before then, the dress would probably have to cover baby fat. The dresses picked out looked really good on all 3 of the girls. They were all dressed in dark blue or navy blue, not sure which.

Her sister, Karen, was the maid of honor. Her son was the ring bearer. Our son Will was on the guy’s side. He looked nice in his Tux.

On the day of the wedding, all of the women were at the beauty parlor getting their hair done. The girl did a beautiful job with the bride’s hair and incorporated her veil into the design. She looked beautiful.

While they continued working on the girls, Kat went outside to smoke. She was standing out there, and suddenly, we heard her yelling. She puts out the cigarette and comes running inside. Her words were, “A bird just shit on my veil!” She started to get really upset. We got some damp rags and started washing the bird poop out of the veil. It cleaned up nice, thankfully.

We convinced her that it was good luck for a bird to poop on your veil.

Then just as we get her calmed down, storm clouds start rolling in. Thundershowers were predicted.

We got to the church for the wedding with no rain, but by the time the reception had rolled around, it had already rained.

The pictures were supposed to be taken outside. They had a beautiful setting for pictures, but the dark cloud remained, the ground was soaking wet, and it was thundering again.

They took just the bride and groom out to the small river and put down tarps, and took a few outside shots. We had to convince her again that rain on your wedding day was good luck. What else could go wrong?

The next problem was that they wanted my ex-husband and me to walk in together. His girlfriend was mad about that, but she wasn’t family. So we walked in next to each other, but not holding hands like the other couples.

Finally, we were all seated, and my ex and I were at different tables. All the kids were at the head tables, so I sat with my family and Karen’s escort. Our friends were seated with the ex and his girlfriend.

The funny thing was that he didn’t dance with his girlfriend. He was dancing with an old friend that he was close to. Watching that, I believe that even though they claimed to be just friends while we were married, I think there was more than that going on. I was kind of mad, and so was the girlfriend. The bad thing was that I promised to give this girl a ride home. I promised, so I did it. I wasn’t happy about it. I didn’t say much to her on the ride home.

Even with the rocky start to their marriage, they have 2 beautiful children and are happily married still.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Book, Fiction, Writing

Exciting News

First off I am sorry to have been missing so long, but I am just getting over a severe case of colitis and my stomach is finally allowing me to eat solid foods, very limited solid foods, but solid foods. I was in the hospital for a week and a half and on 2 antibiotics to try to kick this out of my system. Now to make sure it is not an autoimmune disorder such as crohns, ulcerative colitis or diverticulosis I have to have a colonoscopy on February 1st! UGHHH!

Now for the exciting news. I have finally finished my novel. I wrote “The End” on Monday night and am editing now for beta readers which I will need volunteers for. If you are interested in beta reading a thriller/mystery/suspense novel let me know either here, at instatgram @tessawritesfulltime, or email terri_smeigh@yahoo.com. I need an email address in order to share a google doc with the reader. There will be questions at the top which you are not absolutely required to answer, but I would appreciate if you would, plus google docs allows you to add comments (I think you just highlight it and after that I am not sure how it works, but my first reader did it). This is my very first novel and I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a lot wrong with it. I didn’t read a bunch of craft books either.

Title – Murder in Angel’s Cove

Synopsis – philandering husband, 2nd wife suspicious and on the hunt, throw in a stalker or two and then add 2 murders and stir.

Author, Non-Fiction, Writing

Thanks to all of you who subscribed to my YouTube channel!!!

I appreciate the subscriptions from those of you who have subscribed to my youtube channel. Besides videos on different subjects, for those of you who write and would like to try live streams I host them several times a week. Check my schedule below. They have timed writing sprints and there are no goals or winners or losers. It is just time to socialize while also having support from fellow writers. Lots of people host them so there are all kinds available. Mine are still small and I am laid back. Sometimes we end up just chatting. And you don’t even have to let anyone know you are there and just use the timed sprints to encourage you to write. Unless you speak up in the chat, I have no idea who is in the room with me. It will only tell me how many people are there. Some people never speak. You can also watch the ones that already streamed lived as they are recorded and are available. There is usually talk in between each sprint.

If you can’t read the photo my start times are all PM and run sometimes as long as 6 hours or more. If I am not tired I will stay as long as people are sprinting. There are all different time zones in there and people from all over the world.

Again thanks to all of you who have subscribed and if you would like to subscribe, my page is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

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

Weekend Writing Prompt #180 – Vault

Weekend Writing Prompt #180 – Vault

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Sandra peered anxiously at the vault. She knew she had to check the safety deposit box. She was pretty sure her soon-to-be ex-husband had cleaned out what savings they had before he took off with her best friend.

“Miss, put in your key,” said the bank manager.

She turned the key afraid to look.

“Empty, ma’am!”

**********56 words**********

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

Vault

Challenge

The challenge is simple: each week you will be given an exact number of words you can use to write a poem or piece of prose.  You can use any format or style you like; go wherever your inspiration takes you.  The only rules are these:

  • your poem / prose must contain this week’s word (see note below).  The word does not have to count towards the exact word count total – it can be in the title, or the first letters of the lines of a poem can spell it out – you can be as creative as you want as long as it’s there somewhere.
  • the length of your poem / prose must match the number of words stated in this week’s challenge.  No more.  No less.
  • A note on the word: you can use any variation of the word (for example: call, calls, calling, called etc).  If you find you are struggling to use this week’s word you may substitute it for a synonym – just include a note to explain the swap.  Remember, this is supposed to be fun! 

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, Prompt, Writing

The Weekly Smile for the 19th of October, 2020

The Weekly Smile for the 19th of October, 2020

This weeks smile is that I got my appetite back and although I did gain a few pounds, I had lost over 15 lbs in just over 2 weeks, so gaining a few back is not a big deal.

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

#1linerWeds, Non-Fiction, Prompt, Writing

One-Liner Wednesday – The Thing Nobody Talks About

One-Liner Wednesday – The Thing Nobody Talks About

Badge by Laura @ riddlefromthemiddle.com

I am so glad to be out of the hospital and in my own bed although I am spending more than 18 hours at a time in it.

(I have sleep apnea and have had it for 15-20 years and if I don’t get it under control it just might kill me, no kidding. The doctor was dead serious, no pun intended.)

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, Non-Fiction, Prompt, Writing

The Weekly Smile for the 12th of October, 2020

The Weekly Smile for the 12th of October, 2020

My smile for this week is finally getting out of the hospital after 6 weeks. (I actually got out on October 1, but I was feeling really bad and didn’t do much except sleep which is weird since all I did in the hospital was sleep as well.). People would stand there calling my name and I would sleep right through it and then one brilliant nurse got this idea that maybe she could check my blood sugar without waking me up. I doubt she will try that one again. I came up punching. I am so done with hospitals right now. I thought 10 days was bad, but 6 weeks takes the cake. At least I got out before my birthday.

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, Haiku, Poetry, Prompt, Writing

#Haikai Challenge #159/#160 (10/10/20): Fall Foliage/Goose (Kari) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

#Haikai Challenge #159/#160 (10/10/20): Fall Foliage/Goose (Kari) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

Fall, Autumn, Red, Season, Woods, Nature
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fall foliage, geese migrating

by Tessa Dean

the end of summer

fall foliage, geese migrate

leaves cover the ground

Tessa

Haiku, Poetry, Prompt, Writing

#Haikai Challenge #152 (8/16/20): katydid (kirigirisu) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

#Haikai Challenge #152 (8/16/20): katydid (kirigirisu) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to the katydid (kirigirisu).

Image on Pixabay

Katydids

by Tessa Dean August 2020

katydids are like

crickets, long-horned grasshoppers

their song can annoy

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