Author Archives: Tessa

About Tessa

My name is Tessa Dean and I am an author and blogger. My writing styles vary and I love writing using prompts. I am also writing my first book, a Memoir entitled "Government Property - A Memoir of a Military Wife".  This is being published on the blog rather than the traditional way. I am putting up chapters as I go along. I keep my blog filled with useful content, stories, and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. I have also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. I also wrote a series of articles on Bipolar Disorder for IBPF (International Bipolar Foundation). I am in my 60’s and disabled which allows me plenty of time to write to my heart’s content. I live in southern New Jersey and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. My oldest grandchild is a Sargent in the United States Marine Corps.

June 17, yesterday, I had a steroid injection.


I have a new pain doctor and he is still doing procedures whereas my old doctor stopped doing them. Now I see this new doctor and he doesn’t waste time. I had an injection in the left side of my back yesterday and on July 9th I will have the right side done. Too soon to see how it will work. Right now I am in less pain, but the first 3 days can vary back and forth and it takes 3 weeks to get the final results on whether it has helped or not.

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

Covid-19 Strikes Home


Until 2 hours ago I was able to say that I did not personally know anyone with the virus. Then my sister called to say that our dad (in long term care/nursing facility) has now tested positive for the virus. He is asymptomatic and feeling fine. This brings the total of residents with it to 146 and 12 positive employees. 66 of the positive residents are now recovered. They are required by the state to test weekly.

I don’t know much about the asymptomatic cases, but I hope that means he will not get sick himself, he is just a carrier. So far he is fine and a large majority of their cases have been asymptomatic. This makes me wonder just how many people out there are running around spreading the virus because they don’t know they have it. For all I know I may be asymptomatic myself. How many of these loud-mouth know-it-alls who want to reopen the country and stop wearing masks are out there helping the virus to spread? You don’t have to have actual symptoms to be a carrier.

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

Language Impairment in Fibromyalgia and CFS


Language Impairment in Fibromyalgia and CFS

This particular part of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is often quite embarrassing. I worked in a call center and I would suddenly stop as my mind went blank and the simplest words would not come. Now I am making youtube videos and I run into the same problem. I either leave it there if it is a simple and quick fix or I just have to start recording all over again.

The words I forget can be as simple as the word cat. They are not usually long words which you might expect to be a problem. No something as simple as cat can trip me up.

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

I had my 9 year anniversary today with WordPress


9 Year Anniversary Achievement

9 year anniversary on WordPress. I was off by one year. I thought I had hit 10 years. Oh well 9 years is still a great number for blogging.

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

Well I kind of hit the wall when it comes to posting everything to 3 blogs – all creative writing is now on www.tessadeanauthor.com


I am finding it just too much to post everything on 3 blogs. So all my creative writing is now going on www.tessadeanauthor.com.

This blog will be dealing with my life and feelings, articles that might help, my work on positive thinking, etc.

My old writing blog www.finallyawriter.com will just be a place for my old stuff unless I eventually start moving it over to the newest writing blog. I am updating that blog looking for book ideas and trashing the stuff I don’t love and fixing the broken links as a lot of those prompt sites I wrote for have stopped posting their blogs for various reasons and in some cases due to the death (RIP) of the blog owners.

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

Thankful Thursdays – Please Join Me – 6/11/2020 – #1


I am going to restart a post I used to participate in on another blog. It is no longer available so here is my version of it. This is number one and if anyone wants to join me and post what they are thankful for, please either create a post on your blog and put the link in the comments or just post in the comments.  You can use my logo in your post. If I get some interest in this post I will see about getting a new logo for it. Or if someone is able to create a similar logotype picture to use in the post that will be good also? I know several people created pictures for use on Linda G Hills “Stream of Consciousness” Saturdays. I am open to all suggestions. This is the extent of my talents in design, unfortunately. Now to the post at hand.

I am thankful for:

–A roof over my head (Praise God that I found out about public housing and managed to get my name on the list. County-wide program in my state, but would think most states/countries probably have similar programs. It is a long waiting list unless you are a senior or disabled and that was around 2 years. I am in a senior hi-rise and unfortunately, people do die all the time so there is a lot of turnaround).

–Food in my belly.

–Family, Friends, and Neighbors who care what happens to me.

–None of my family is sick with the coronavirus including my 88-year-old dad in a nursing home full of sick patients with the virus. He’s been tested 3 times now.

–I actually received my stimulus check unlike millions of others who didn’t, including my son.

–Social Security and Medicare is still intact.

–I have applied for charity care for my hospital bill from the end of January that was 10 days long. According to the woman I talked to, I should qualify, otherwise, it will take them a long time of payments for that to get paid.

–Medicaid which pays for an aide to help me bathe and dress, clean my apartment, do my laundry, and cooks breakfast and lunch. She also makes and changes my bed and does the laundry. Plus she takes my trash and recyclables down.

–Medicaid pays for my LifeStation Medical Alert Button monthly. It provides my incontinence supplies and provides me with one free meal every day.

–And my new rollator (walker with wheels and seat)

–I found a new pain doctor, referred by someone he was able to make walk again. There’s hope for me.

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

 

To My Readers – Please read as I have a question


I have been trying to figure out how to word this so it makes sense and not confuse the hell out of everyone.

It has to do with the reader. I know all of my blogs, all 3, come through on one spot in the reader. They are not separated by the blog they were coming from. If I answer a comment or follow a blog that has followed using one of my blogs, does it go back to the blog used or does it just use what is the number one blog to reply or follow?

I tried to make my www.tessacandoit.com blog the number one blog and delete the www.finallyawriter.com, but it wouldn’t allow me to do it because www.finallyawriter.com is the blog I started with and therefore cannot be deleted without deleting every other blog I have.

I was wondering if I have to try and figure out how to make my new blog, www.tessadeanauthor.com, number one so the answers and follows come from there. If the reader knows what blog to use to answer or follow from then I don’t have to worry about that. Does that make sense? I know I just confused myself. LOL!

I do know that updating three blogs with all my writing is getting old fast. Some of you simply follow me from whatever prompt I enter and don’t follow my blog itself. And I just noticed that someone I have been following forever had the follow me as not followed and I was sure I followed her. I know once in my reader if I hit follow it doesn’t let me know what blog it is that is following them.

Maybe this question is unanswerable.

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

Please those of you following one of my blogs for the writing please follow www.tessadeanauthor.com


Please those of you following one of my blogs for the writing please follow www.tessadeanauthor.com as I will be stopping posting my stories, etc. on this blog very soon and just have the one writing blog.

Same with my older blog www.finallyawriter. com, as that one I won’t be updating either. I will be only posting my writing on www.tessadeanauthor.com and hope that all of you still reading my writing will follow my new writing blog. Thank You!

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

#Black Lives Matter


I just posted an emotionally challenged video on my youtube channel about how Black LIves Matter. I will post the video here rather than writing it all out on here.

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

I Still Want Your Stories!


Here’s a short story contest you might wish to enter.

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Last week, I announced the launch of a new short story competition to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the release of my first book of short stories, The Siege. There’s still time to enter. Here are the details for you:

One of the stories in The Siege opens as follows:

I didn’t know what had happened. Not at first. And then I knew.

I’d like your story to open in the same way. What happens after those first three lines is up to you. Perhaps your character has found himself in another world, or maybe they’ve just heard the news that a relative has died. See where your imagination takes you.

The maximum word count for your story is 500 words. The closing date is Friday 19th June. E-mail your entries to estherchilton@gmail.com

I’ll choose the winning entry after the closing date and publish the story on my blog…

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