Daily Archives: June 13, 2019

Thursday photo prompt: Small #writephoto


Thursday photo prompt: Small #writephoto

Sue’s Rules, while on vacation:

Reminder… week 2

Welcome to this week’s writephoto prompt. As I am traveling, I have posted four photographs to cover TWO weeks of prompts. The two prompt words are ‘small’ and ‘choices’.

Take your pick.

Each week, choose one of the images below as inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, by noon(GMT)  Wednesday 19th June and link back to this post with a pingback to be included in the round-up.  There is no word limit and no style requirements, except to keep it fairly family friendly.

**Please note that many people on WordPress are having problems with pingbacks not getting through, so please also leave a comment on this post, linking back to your response to the prompt so that I know you have posted. **

All posts that were not featured in the partial round-up published this morning will be listed in the round-up on Thursday, June 20th, linking back to the original posts of contributors. Please note that as I will be traveling, the round-up post will go out later than usual that day.

In the meantime, I will reblog as many of the responses here on the Daily Echo as time and internet access allows and (more or less) in the order in which they come in, but please be aware that comments may be delayed or minimal on days when I am traveling.

Please link your post to this by creating a pingback. If you are unsure of how to create a pingback, Hugh has an excellent tutorial here.

Pingbacks need to be manually approved, and many people are having problems with them not getting through at all, so either check back to make sure that the pingback has appeared or simply copy and paste your link into the comments section of this post.

Feel free to use #writephoto logo or include the prompt photo in your post if you wish or you can replace it with one of your own to illustrate your work. Don’t forget to use the #writephoto hashtag in your title so your posts can be found.

 

 

Hard Choices #2

This is a continuation of last weeks story “Hard Choices.” 

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

Rob looked at the time. It was later than he had thought it was. Even though the time with Linda hadn’t taken as long as usual, he had been late for one thing. Getting the ring took more time than he expected. But then she had turned him down flat when he proposed. He wasn’t in any hurry to head to the meeting place with his wife, Sandy.

He was still dumbfounded. He was positive that Linda wanted him to ask her to marry him. She had made enough hints that he thought he had read her right. When she said no to marrying him he was both relieved and upset. He was also glad that he didn’t tell his wife that he wanted a divorce yet. He could still go back to her and try to forget Linda.

He had continually told her that he wasn’t leaving his wife for her and she said she understood and didn’t expect him to leave his wife for her anyhow, but he was not convinced she meant it. As their time together grew more intimate and they talked a lot about feelings. he grew to think she was in love with him anyhow.

He didn’t know what to do about this situation. He was in fact, in love with her. He never told her that. As the summer wore down and he knew these meetings would not happen like they were now as the weather was getting cooler and soon would be too cold for meeting outdoors. She had roommates and couldn’t take him to her apartment so they were basically stuck to meeting in the car and that would take some of the romance out of their meetings.

He figured he had better get to the meeting with Sandy at their place. She would be worried by now. He was surprised she hadn’t called. She was always calling and checking up on him and he wondered if she knew something. He drove to the spot on the ocean where they always met. It was where they had met each other.

He parked the car and got out. As he looked down towards the beach he saw a small figure lay some items on the sand and position them and then head out to the water. Sandy’s car was in the parking lot so she was here, He worried about what she was doing. It was too cold for swimming and she couldn’t swim anyhow.

He ran as fast as he could down the rocky path yelling her name. She didn’t stop or turn around. He knew it was her.

She was far enough out and was floundering in the surf. The waves were going over her head. She struggled for a while and then stopped fighting.

Rob reached the water and dove in. He grabbed her body and pulled her head out of the water, but she was limp. He pulled her out of the water and laid her on the sand, calling her name and trying to revive her. She wasn’t responding. He went for his phone, but the soaking it got had stopped it from working. He saw the pile of her stuff and her phone was laying on top of her jacket along with an envelope and the receipt for the diamond engagement ring he had just bought for Linda. Oh God, he had wondered where that had gone.

Dialing 9-1-1, he rapidly told the operator he needed an ambulance as his wife had been in the water and wasn’t breathing.

Waiting for the ambulance, and the police he knew they would send along, he thought about how stupid he had been. He must have dropped the receipt when he had stopped at the house on his way to meet Linda.

Here he was thinking how great it was that he hadn’t asked Sandy for a divorce, but his luck was against him. He had dropped the receipt and he thought she was suspicious anyhow so that was the icing on the cake for her.

This was all his fault. She was dead. Not only had he lost Linda, but he lost his wife as well and if he was lucky they wouldn’t think he had done this.

He saw the envelope addressed to him. He tore it open as the ambulance sirens sounded in the distance.

It said:

Rob,

I have known about Linda for quite some time. She is my best friend’s sister and she talked about her and her relationship with a married man. Each time she talked it made it more clear who the man was. She didn’t know I was the wife though. When I saw the receipt for the ring, I couldn’t go on. I hope you two will be happy together.

I still loved you despite the hurt you caused me.

Sandy

“What happened here,” the policemen asked.

Rob recited the whole sordid story. They loaded Sandy into the ambulance after failing to revive her.

“Sir, you will have to come with us for further questioning in this suspicious death. I know it appears that she killed herself, but we have to be sure. We also need to contact this Linda.”

Rob wished he were dead as well.

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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

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple – Weekly Prompt – 100 words


Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple – Weekly Prompt – 100 words

PHOTO PROMPT © Valerie J. Barrett

Stop!

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

Standing in front of the museum’s new display, Josie looked at the old historical pieces of kitchenware, but she couldn’t imagine using them.

Her boys came with her as their dad was working. She forgot they were there as she was so engrossed in the display. They were rough housing as usual.

Suddenly there was a crash and the old guard yelled, “Stop, where you are!”

Josie came out of her fog to look for her boys. A guard said, “Your boys just broke that display window.”

“Oh no, you didn’t, did you?”

“You can settle it with the curator.”

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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

One-Liner Wednesday – (6/12/19) – 5 pages of book edited


One-Liner Wednesday – (6/12/19) – 5 pages of book edited

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Had a free line edit offered for 5 pages of my book and wish I could afford to have every page done. 

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Rules from Linda G Hill:

Unlike SoCS, this is not a prompt so there’s no need to stick to the same “theme.”

The rules that I’ve made for myself (but don’t always follow) for “One-Liner Wednesday” are:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

4. Add our lovely badge to your post for extra exposure!

5. Have fun!

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

100 Word Challenge – inspiration is the word Lizard


100 Word Challenge – inspiration is the word Lizard

I’m not particularly fond of lizards. Thankfully there are not a lot of them in New Jersey. I have occasionally found one around here, but thankfully not many. My son, now living in North Carolina, has sent me pictures of lizards. When he was a child, he did try to raise lizards, but they kept dying in the tank he had to keep them in.

Now when we visited Florida, the house we stayed in, had a huge screened in yard so they could keep their house open but didn’t have to worry about lizards and other creatures getting in.

*****100 words*****

Tara’s Rules

1) I provide a one-word prompt.
2) Write anything you want using that prompt, either as inspiration or as part of your 100 Words. (That means you don’t have to actually use the prompt word, it can be implied.)
3) Your story has to be EXACTLY 100 words (because someone will ask, hyphenated words count as a single word.) This is the one rule I will be a stickler about.
4) Submit your story here as a comment, as a Facebook status, or as a blog post. (Add the specific FB status or post’s URL to the Mr. Linky list just under the prompt.)
5) If you write a blog post, please link back to this post. It makes it easier for me and the other Wordsters to find you.
6) You have one week to write your story and link up (The link stays open, so you can really submit stories whenever… this is the one rule I don’t really enforce.)

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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

Tears – a poem


Tears by Teresa Smeigh October 2017

The tears are coursing down my cheek,

The pain is bad, I am not weak.

My foot is numb, my hands are too.

The pain is like the turn of the screw.

 

I cannot stand nor walk you see.

Somewhere else I’d rather be.

I can’t lie down, or sit upright,

What can I do, this isn’t right!

 

To my Lord I do pray

Give me strength that I may stay.

I shouldn’t have to live like this

No one should I loudly hiss.

 

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (moving posts to other blog and will be deleting this one).