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Weekly Writing Prompt #111


Weekly Writing Challenge
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction
October 16th 2017 | #111

DOOR Template Instructions=====================

(5) Words: | RIGHT | ARROW | HEAR | CHILD | GOOD |

*A brilliant idea has been brought to my attention regarding the (5) word prompt. Please feel free to substitute any of the words with a synonym.

I prefer to write these as a Shadorma – (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)

By Tessa Smeigh October 2017

The good child

Does not upset me!

He hears you,

Knows what’s right.

He is perfectly behaved.

Knows what he must do.

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).

 

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The Lottery Ticket – Part 2 (written 8/12/2012


This piece follows “The Lottery Ticket”.

The Lottery Ticket – Part 2

The ticket flutters in the wind, Tim’s mouth is opening and closing, but he’s unable to form a single, coherent word. One-way flight to the moon?Is this for real? What a strange lottery!

The news announcer expectantly glances around the crowd waiting for someone to yell that he or she has won. Except for the crowd muttering to itself, silence reigns.

Tim finally breaks his reverie and yells, “I won!” The crowd swarms around him, pressing in.

“Out of my way, out of my way,” the announcer says as he tries to get to Tim. Slowly the crowd parts and he eventually makes it to Tim’s side. Someone tries to yank the ticket out of Tim’s hand. The cops begin moving the crowd back, using force where necessary.

Tim swallows nervously and eyes the crowd.. This whole experience is surreal. Is he dreaming?

“Ladies and gentlemen may I have your attention please?” The crowd begins to quiet down and look expectantly towards the announcer.

“Sir, what is your name?”

“Tim Ryan. Is this a joke?”

“No, sir, it is not a joke. Lunar Landings is offering this once-in-a-lifetime prize to help populate their new development on the moon. The prize includes the one-way shuttle flight to the moon, a job at Lunar Landings, plus your own house. The only requirement is that you must stay with the company for at least 10 years and if you decide to return to earth you will have to pay the cost of the return ticket.

Tim grins. A job, a house and his ex-wife and her mother far, far away. What could be better?

“When do I leave?”

~~~~~~~~~

 

The Lottery Ticket – Part 1 (written 6/7/2012)


The prompt: You have 500 words to write a piece, fiction or non-fiction, which includes the phrase to the moon.”

Now showing my age, I have to admit the first thing that popped into my head was “The Honeymooners” with Jackie Gleason, where Ralph Kramden says to his wife Alice, “You are going straight to the moon, Alice.” However I couldn’t work that into anything helpful.

While I was trying to figure out what to write I pulled a bunch of books out of the shelves and read the first lines. One of them struck a chord and something flowed from it. I didn’t use that person’s line, but it was enough to send my creative juices flowing.

500 words seemed like a lot when I started and then once I got to writing I found that it wasn’t enough so I spent last night during my sleepless hours tweaking it down to about 496 words according to the word counter. This is my finished version.

The Lottery Ticket

By Teresa Smeigh

The wind whistled loudly down the alley and Tim Ryan tried unsuccessfully to turn up his collar to protect his neck and ears. He should have dressed warmer. He didn’t even have gloves or a hat. He couldn’t leave to go get them either because the line behind him was growing rapidly.

He had been daydreaming ever since they announced on the morning news that they were holding a special lottery at midnight. A lottery where you didn’t have to purchase a ticket. Only so many tickets would be handed out, but they wouldn’t announce how many they were going to hand out. You had to be there to win. They weren’t even going to announce the prize ahead of time, but they promised that it was a once-in-a-lifetime prize.

Tim Ryan was down on his luck. His ex-wife was demanding her alimony and he didn’t have it. She was threatening to report him and get him thrown in jail for not paying his support. He had lost his job a few weeks ago and hadn’t been able to find a new one yet, but being in jail wasn’t going to help. Surely she had to see that? He knew this lottery just had to be the answer to all of his problems. He would do anything to get her off his back.

So here he was, standing in a freezing alley with hundreds of others. He had hurried to the drawing spot as soon as he had heard the announcement. He just knew that the place would be packed. He noticed that the line was getting even longer behind him.

Tim was jumping around trying to keep warm. He certainly hoped that the prize was worth all of this. He was cold and tired. He had to stay alert to make sure no one jumped the line. This prize just had to be his.

The clock tower struck midnight and the crowd quieted down expectantly. The announcer stood on the back of a flat bed truck and spoke into his microphone telling everyone to stay in a straight line and begin moving towards him and take an envelope, but they were not to open it yet. The line would continue to move until all envelopes had been handed out.

Tim followed the line in front of him. Finally he was close enough to see that they still had a pile of envelopes. He was going to get one. He was told to move over with the others. Once the last envelope was given out, the announcer wished them luck and told them that the winner would know what their prize was when they opened the envelope, there were 99 blank tickets and one prize, but not to open it until he said “go!”

Once the announcer yelled “go” the crowd ripped open their envelopes. Tim ripped his open and his mouth fell open. Printed on his ticket was “ONE-WAY FLIGHT TO THE MOON.”

Weekly Writing Prompt #110


Weekly Writing Challenge
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction
October 9th 2017 | #110

DOOR Template Instructions=====================

(5) Words: | RENT | WHY | ALERT | TRAGEDY | UPSET |

*A brilliant idea has been brought to my attention regarding the (5) word prompt. Please feel free to substitute any of the words with a synonym.

I prefer to write these as a Shadorma – (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)

Tragedy Follows By Tessa Smeigh October 2017

Rent this house,

Do not upset me!

Why you ask?

We need one.

Tragedy does follow me.

I must stay alert.

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).

 

16th Birthday – prompt by Light and Shade Challenge – June 4, 2017


Image from WikiCommons, taken by dave7 and used under the Creative Commons Agreement

16th Birthday by Teresa Smeigh – June 4, 2017

All Johnny’s friends were getting new cars for their 16th birthdays. Johnny wasn’t sure what he was getting for his. His parents had been quiet.

Just as Johnny got tired of hearing all his friends bragging, his parents mentioned he was getting a car too.

Johnny started dreaming about a bright yellow mustang. He had mentioned it to his parents many times. He couldn’t wait to see it sitting in the driveway.

He started to count down the days to his 16th birthday. The morning had arrived and he sat at the window keeping a watch on the driveway. No yellow mustangs or other new cars went past and backed into his driveway.

Around noon a beat up red sedan pulled into the driveway. His dad and mom got out and wished him happy birthday.

Johnny just stared…

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This story is for the Light and Shade Challenge.

 

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).

Weekly Writing Prompt #109


Weekly Writing Challenge
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction
October 2nd 2017 | #109

DOOR Template Instructions=====================

(5) Words: | STRETCH | TREAT | WIN | SHORE | SCENE |

*A brilliant idea has been brought to my attention regarding the (5) word prompt. Please feel free to substitute any of the words with a synonym.

I prefer to write these as a Shadorma – (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)

Ocean By Tessa Smeigh October 2017

Stretch out long

Get close to the shore.

What a treat!

Did I win?

Taking in the scenery.

Breath taking, lovely.

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).

 

Weekly Writing Prompt #108


Weekly Writing Challenge
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction
September 25th 2017 | #108

DOOR Template Instructions=====================

(5) Words: | ROLE | SHAPE | QUIET | SPIRIT | YOUTH |

*A brilliant idea has been brought to my attention regarding the (5) word prompt. Please feel free to substitute any of the words with a synonym.

I prefer to write these as a Shadorma – (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)

Spirit By Tessa Smeigh September 2017

In my role

I prefer quiet

Youth have  much

Much spirit

We shape our worlds to fit in

To be like others

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).