Daily Archives: May 13, 2019

The Weekly Smile 05/13/2019 #weeklysmile – My book is being published on my blog, rather than standard publishing.


The Weekly Smile 05/13/2019 #weeklysmile – My book is being published on my blog, rather than standard publishing.

I have decided to publish my book, a memoir, on my blog instead of the standard way and that is mainly due to family issues and that makes me smile. If it was fiction it would be a different story in more ways than one. I have one chapter that has been gone over by a published author and others in my writing group. That is chapter one. I have also posted chapter two which can change as it is reviewed/edited/proofread by my writing group that only meets once a month and the author doesn’t always come and she, I trust the most out of all of them. Also, all chapters are subject to change as memories come up during my writing. Some may become their own chapters and some just added to ones already written. This is all new to me anyhow. I never seriously wrote a book before.

The title is “The Marine Corps Doesn’t Issue Wives – A Memoir”

Copyright © 2019 Teresa Dean Smeigh.

It is from just before my wedding to my divorce 23 years later and the first four years of my marriage my ex-husband was a Marine. Here is a link directly to Chapter 1 – “The Wife Not Issued – (Here Comes the Bride)”.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Trent’s Rules

What made you smile?

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Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small.  Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile!  Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than those once in a lifetime huge ones 🙂

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).   Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile.  (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).

Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.

You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.

Now go out there and find something to smile about! 🙂

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“There are days I go in search of the kind, compassionate, loving and beautiful. Despite what we sometimes see on the news, FB and elsewhere, there is much more beauty in the world than ugliness, much more kindness than hate or cruelty. Perhaps we should all have a goal to make at least one person smile every day.”

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Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #253 Slip&Tip


RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #253 Slip&Tip

 

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

the glass tipped over

causing the waitress to slip

there were lots of laughs

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Share Your World 5-13-19


Share Your World 5-13-19

Rules from the originating poster Melanie Cee:

I will post four or five different questions each week for you to answer.  There are two ways which you can participate.

  1. Create an SYW  post.  Then post the link to your blog in my comment box or leave your answers in the comments box of my blog.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your post, title your blog post “Share Your World”  and link it to this post.
  3. Remember to Follow My Blog to get your weekly reminders.
  4.  Ping-backs may not work. Add your post URL to the messages below on Cee’s page. .

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QUESTIONS:

  1. What social stigma does society need to get over already? Well, there are several actually that I can think of. A big one is the mental health stigma. I do my best to get people to understand that there is nothing wrong with being mentally ill. It is just like any other illness. Then, of course, there is the gay, bi-sexual, transgender, etc. Those people have just as much right to live as they see fit. 
  2. What was the last photo you took? I tried to take a full-length selfie of myself. Before that, I took a picture of my son and I at Christmas with my little Christmas tree which used to be my dad’s and I redecorated it. 
  3. When was the last time you snooped and found something or found out something you wish you hadn’t? Believe it or not, I am not a snooper. I just am not built that way. I sure don’t remember ever doing it anyway.
  4. What’s the most comfortable bed or chair you’ve ever slept in?  I can’t ever remember being comfortable sleeping. Bed or chair, it is super uncomfortable and especially now that I am older and have all this chronic pain.

Can being grateful change Your World? I do believe so. Being ungrateful is not a good thing. 

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Sunday Photo Fiction – May 5, 2019


Sunday Photo Fiction – May 12, 2019

Photo Credit: Fandango

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Deserted?

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

Ellie didn’t see anybody else around the area. She couldn’t believe how deserted it was. Just on the other side of the trees was a carnival and the midway music was playing so where were the people?

The teenagers, especially, would sneak over on this side and make out with each other.

Other than the music, there were no sounds. Usually, there was laughing, screaming, and people enjoying a carnival.

Ellie wondered if she should head over to the carnival and check things out, but she was scared. Something wasn’t right. She wished that Bill was with her. Come to think of it, where was he? He was supposed to meet her about now, here in the park by the gazebo.

Suddenly the midway music stopped completely. There was dead silence. Somehow that was even scarier to Ellie. She looked around frantically for Bill or anyone, human of course.

Ellie watched in horror as hundreds of tiny little figures came running from the carnival and into the park. “Ellie, watch out,” Bill shouted.

She turned around behind her and she watched Bill grab the mini arrow in his heart and sink to the ground. Hundreds of arrows stung her.

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Rules from the host of Sunday Photo Fiction:

Welcome to 2019 and Sunday Photo Fiction! Each week I will post a new photograph, taken either by myself or donated by a member of the community. The challenge is to write a story using 200 words or less based, on the prompt. When you are done, post your story and the photo prompt on your blog. Make sure you give proper credit when using the photo.  Use the “Click Here to Enter”  icon to add your story to the SPF collection. While you are there, take time to read and comment on some of the other stories. I know you will not be disappointed.

#Haikai Challenge #85 (5/12/19): rainy season (tsuyu) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga


#Haikai Challenge #85 (5/12/19): rainy season (tsuyu) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

Rules:

This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that states or alludes to blossom haze

As always:

Here’s how the challenge works:

1. write the haikai poem of your choice.
2. post the link of your post to Mister Linky.
3. pingback by posting the link to the challenge on your site.
4. read and comment on other contributors’ posts.

Image on Pixabay

New Green Growth

by Teresa Smeigh May 2019

the rainy season

who knows how long it will last

it brings new green growth

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Three Things Challenge: PL88


Three Things Challenge: PL88

Rules from Paula:

Welcome to the Three Things Challenge. Every day at 10PM (PST) I will post three seemingly unconnected things that will, hopefully, ignite your muse. You don’t have to use all three things if you don’t want to. There are no restrictions on length, style, genre, or anything. Simply read the prompt, see where your muse takes you, and bring us along for the ride. Use 3TC as a tag if you’d like and link back to this prompt, or post your link in the comments below so others can find you.

Happy Writing! 😀

Today’s prompt: lipstick, piano, butterfly

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Beautiful Butterfly!

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

Virginia was sitting on the piano stool staring at a beautiful butterfly. The colors are bright, and she wonders which one might match her lipstick.

The butterfly was still there when she got back with her box of lipsticks. She pulls them out one by one and holds them in the general area and tries not to scare it off.

Just then her one-year-old son Jeremy fell into the piano knocking the lid closed, and the butterfly flew away.

“No,” Virginia wails, and yells at Jeremy who was wailing on his own.

John scoops up his son murmuring to him and, slowly his wailing calms down as he clings to his dad.

“Virginia! What is the matter with you? There was no need to put up such a fuss when all he did was fall and scare off a butterfly of all things. You know he is still unsteady on his feet.”

Virginia was sobbing as she picked up her lipsticks and put them back in her box.

“Virginia, I swear you act like a one-year-old yourself at times. Grow up! I am sick and tired of dealing with you and your tantrums and childish behavior. I expect this from Jeremy, but not from you.”

Virginia runs from the room crying and stomps up the stairs. From the top, she throws the box of lipsticks down. “I hate you!” she screams.

John just ignores her. He takes his son out to the kitchen, and they look for something for dinner. He’s had enough of Virginia and her temper tantrums, which were getting worse as time goes on.

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Precarious Perch


Precarious Perch —- By Tessa

Precarious Perch,

Gripping for my sanity,

Must not let it go.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com