Tag Archives: Stories and Poems

Thursday photo prompt: Murmur #writephoto


Thursday photo prompt: Murmur #writephoto

 

For visually challenged writers, the image shows dark clouds and bare trees against a fiery sunset, with a murmration of starlings creating a cloud of their own.

This is the continuation of John and Susan. I have decided to make this a book. Obviously, there will be a different start and even changes to the chapters and names. I will take this to a certain point to keep your attention while I can, but like the other week when I had to break into this story because the picture didn’t work, it may end at any time although I will try to give you a gist of the story. 

The Story Starts To Unfold

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

Joanne’s mind started to wander as she listened to the murmur of voices, especially Jack’s. She looked out at the most spectacular sunset. It was beautiful.

Joanne brought her mind back to the story. He was telling them how he met her. She had been on her knees in his mother’s room cleaning the floors. His mother insisted they be cleaned on Joanne’s knees. She squinted up at him while she continued to clean.

He sought her out when she wasn’t working, and his mother was nowhere around. They talked. She was from England, so she knew he was married already, so she was leery of running into his wife.

Conscious of their ages, he told the story for younger teens. They began seeing each other whenever they could, avoiding his mother and wife. For the most part, he was cheating on his wife. One day Joanne told him she was pregnant. They had a choice to make. Should he divorce his wife but not tell her why? He married Joanne, and they found out they were having twins. Now he either had to tell his wife, Princess Isabella the story or he and Joanne had to move away, but separate, each taking one of the twins with them. They married before the births of the twins.

Joanne had her heart set on moving to the United States of America. She took John and headed to America. Jack took Oliver and moved over to England and found a charming little town to live in. He met a woman, Priscilla, so he told Joanne that he wanted a divorce so he could marry Priscilla.

Joanne was heartbroken as she never got over Jack, but she signed the paperwork, and he got married before Oliver was three years old. Oliver didn’t remember Joanne. Priscilla was his mom even though she was his step-mom.

They never contacted each other again, and slowly Joanne got over Jack, or so she thought. Until today. She can’t believe she fainted when she saw her two sons together.

*******341 words*******

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

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.

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


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

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

Love My Kitchen

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

Stella was watching her favorite show about buying and flipping houses. She dreamed about being able to flip houses. Maybe she could if she could somehow afford her first house and flip it, she could set up a business doing it full time.

She continued watching the show and saw them hanging kitchen implements down off a rack on the ceiling. What a unique way to find homes for things as well as decorating. Maybe she would use that if she ever got a chance to flip a house. Of course, she could use it here at her current home.

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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

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.

Twittering Tales #154 by Kat – 9/17/19


 

Inspired by Kat at Twittering Tales – Follow these rules

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Photo by Tama66 at Pixabay.com

Who Can We Trust?

By Tessa Smeigh

“Ron I am scared.
“I am too, but we have no choice. Nator is after us for the chip and we have to think of the safety of our son.”
“I found several pieces of luggage.”
They contained a mound of costumes. “We can sneak out.”
“How do we know we aren’t watched here?
” We don’t.”

**********272 characters************

These tidbits have been continuing from week to week for about 4 months or more now…hard to write a continuing story when you only have 280 characters per piece and a picture to fit in but I am doing it!

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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

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.

Sunday Photo Fiction – September 15, 2019


Sunday Photo Fiction – September 15, 2019

Photo from Pixabay

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A quick introduction: I’m Donna McNicol and your new host here at Sunday Photo Fiction. You may notice a slightly different look AND a new link address. We have officially moved from a WordPress.com site to our own domain. So be sure to bookmark/subscribe/follow us at SundayPhotoFiction.com

A side note, I also host a flash fiction prompt every Friday on my blog. I hope you will join in the fun there as well. Thank you for joining in the fun!

Donna’s rules:

Welcome to 2019 and Sunday Photo Fiction! Each week a new photograph will be posted, either donated by a member of the community, or obtained from one of the FREE photo sites like Pixabay.com and Unsplash.com.

The challenge is to write a story based upon the photo in 200 words or less. When you are done, post your story and the photo prompt on your blog.

Please be sure to post the photo with the photo credit as well as a link back to this post.

Once your story is posted, add your name and story link to the link party below. An alternative is to leave a comment and pingbacks are also accepted. Entries close at midnight CT Thursday night. Thanks for joining in the fun!

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Chairs in the Air

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

The crew had worked hard setting up for the pageant that night on the beach. They set up outside because the weather report was for a beautiful night.

The girls lined up in their gowns for the initial start of the pageant. Since it was a county pageant, they lined up in alphabetical order of the state’s counties.

The audience was starting to file in and seat themselves. The pageant officials had reserved seats for the families. The rest of the audience sat behind them in no particular order.

As the announcer starts the program, the breeze begins to pick up. The contestant’s hair and dresses are starting to blow around.

The sky darkens. The waves are picking up. There is barely time to get inside to safety. Everyone is crammed into the lobby of the hotel.

The guests and contestants watch the chairs on the beach begin to blow around. Trash and kids toys blow into the lobby window.

The skies darken more than usual and as quick as it started it was over. People start venturing out and stop.

Strung up through the stairs were a lot of the chairs caught on the rungs and on each other.

**********200 words**************

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

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.

#Haikai Challenge #104 (9/14/19): harvest moon (meigetsu) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga


#Haikai Challenge #104 (9/14/19): harvest moon (meigetsu) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

Rules:

This week, write the haikai poem of your choice that states or alludes to the Harvest Moon (meigetsu).

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.

Full Moon, Harvest Moon, Quartzsite, Arizona, Full

Image on Pixabay

Harvest Moon

by Teresa Smeigh 2019

harvest moon, bright skies

brightness aids the farmers’ plight

Friday the thirteenth

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

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.

Weekend Writing Prompt #123 – Delicate – by Sammi Cox


Weekend Writing Prompt #123 – Delicate – by Sammi Cox

Sammi Cox’s Rules:

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.  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.

*continuation from last weekend and a couple of months worth

 (Last Weekend I wrote) 

Everyone jumped, and Linda went back to crooning to something.

“You know Ron this wouldn’t have happened if you had taken me to the museum as you had promised,” Linda said.

“I thought you would like this better and we could have some time together alone,” Ron said.

“Alone?” She said. “We haven’t been alone since we got here and your wife and her retinue arrived right behind us.”

“Sorry Linda,” Connie said, “but I had unfinished business with my husband, so I followed you. You have to understand he is my husband and not yours, and now it is time for him to make a decision as to who he wants. I am not waiting any longer. You are still here in the picture. I am tired of it.”

“Linda, I am sorry, but I do owe it to Connie to try and work it out.”

********this week********

“Linda, I am being delicate here, but you just aren’t receiving the message,” Ron said.

“Oh, I receive it, you don’t follow through on your promises.”

“Listen, when we were discussing what we wanted, I was expecting my wife to leave me, but as it is she is willing to give me another chance and I am going to take it, and that means you and I are finished.”

“Well, she just might change her mind when she hears that I am pregnant.”

“Ron,” Connie says, “Is this true?”

“I don’t know with her, but she will have to prove it for me to believe it.”

***********106 words**************

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

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.

Reena’s Exploration Challenge – 104


Reena’s Exploration Challenge – 104

Reena’s Rules:

PROMPT

PROMPT  104- LONG AND SHORT OF IT

Here’s a rather long paragraph by Jiddu Krishnamurthy…See web page for the paragraph.

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I was 12 years old and excited. So excited I couldn’t sleep. Tomorrow I was going on an aeroplane. It was a small plane, and I sat next to the pilot. There were no more passengers. It couldn’t hold anymore. This was a lot of excitement for a 12-year-old boy.

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I chose the combo of 3, 6, 9 which was words sat, aeroplane and the.

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

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.