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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?”

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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

 

Hide and Seek Part 2 – Prompt – August 10th, 2015


 

Finish the story begins with:  “Where did they go?”

These is actually part 2 of Hide and Seek. You can read part 1 here.

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“Where did they go?

Jenny looked to John Barker, the cowboy. This was all his fault. He distracted her and the boys disappeared again.

“Look Jenny, they can’t have gone far. Wait here and I will ride over to the ruins just in case they got curious and went in and got lost.” John got to the old ruins on the other side of the property. He dismounted and disappeared inside one of the openings.

She watched John lead the boys out of the ruin and put them both on his horse and led them back. “They were lost in there! I doubt they will do that again.”

“Don’t you ever do that again! No more hide and seek.”

“We’re sorry!”

“John, I have to get these two home and cleaned up before their parents arrive home or I just might be a nanny without a job.”

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

#WEEKENDCOFFEESHARE : Memoir Writing, increased pain


#WEEKENDCOFFEESHARE : Memoir Writing, Pain

Directions from ECLECTICALLI

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from Friday February 8th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday February 11th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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If we were to have a coffee chat this weekend or maybe ice tea as the temps have risen to the near 70’s or higher at times of the day, almost every day now. It rarely drops except overnight sometimes. I am still complaining about the heat in my 6th floor apartment. I still have the air on to try and bring it down some. The fans are going too! I doubt we will have too many cold days from now on. I pay electric so running ac from April to October or November is running up my bill. I actually had to pay my first electric bill since I moved in a year ago. It was $1.95 LOL! I qualify for help from the state for my electric bill and I don’t pay for heating although it is hardly on so the bill wouldn’t be much if I did pay for it, but I’m glad I don’t anyhow. What helped last year was the cooling grant I qualified for because of my asthma. I need the air to keep my asthma under control and help with the wheezing during very humid days. I don’t know if that is available every year or not. Halfway through the year we did get a supplemental one which was what helped keep our bills low along with the monthly discount from the state.

I have been reading a lot of books and web sites on writing memoir. I even laid it out in Word and started filling in the chapters. Trying to find the section of my life to write about was a little harder. Memoirs are just small sections where an autobiography is your whole life starting with “I was born on…” I decided on my marriage, running just prior to and my husband joining the military and those military years, then through getting out and on until the divorce. Still trying to decide if a paragraph at the end on what led me to be who I am. I believe childhood is part of what makes us who we are as adults.

Tomorrow is brunch with the BFF. Wait all week for this.

My pain is just so bad right now. And to top it off the pain doctor cut my pain pills from 4 a day to 3 a day. Still trying to find out why she cut them. Having to wait those 2 extra hours allows the pain to really get a hold of me before I can take the next pain pill.

Have a great week everyone!

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

SoCS for Saturday April 20, 2019


The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS April 20/19

Here’s your prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “rib.” Use it as a word, or find a word with “rib”in it. As always, use any way you’d like. Enjoy!

Here’s the rules from Linda Hill:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

SoCS badge by Pamela, at https://achronicalofhope.com/

Ribs are so messy and for that reason I rarely partake in them. I hate messy food. 

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 © Dale Rogerson

Tossing Out the Trash

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

Louis was walking down the street, wrapping his arms around himself to help keep out the cold. Night time comes early during this season. He starts to hurry towards home as his stomach rumbles for food and his nightly drink.

A plastic bag lands on his head and bounces off into a snow drift on the side of the road. Louis is angry and without thinking heads to the bag to determine what hit him. Tearing open the bag, Louis stares at the bloody contents. The bag contained a bloody arm, probably a small woman or child. His appetite vanished.

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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

100 Word Challenge – inspiration is you can’t use the letter D


100 Word Challenge : This week’s Challenge is brought to you by the letter – D. As in, while you write your 100 Words, you can’t use the letter D.

I am starting to write a memoir. Probably last week I was starting to research memoir books, plus write a few chapters basing it on my life. I have written other smaller bits, just placing them as non-fiction on my blog all along. Now I will not be placing the chapters on the blog since they are going in a book. A piece of non-fiction here or there is okay, just no complete chapters.

I have been working on remembering little bits of my life slowly, but surely. There’s a lot that is coming to my memory in bigger bits.

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

AS FAR AS I KNOW THERE ARE NO D’S

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

Twittering Tales #132 by Kat – 4/16/19


 

Inspired by Kat at Twittering Tales

Photo by Luis Quintero on Unsplash.com+

I was in a bad part of town, I pulled out my phone to call for help. I dropped the phone and it broke. Useless!

Looking around I spotted an old pay phone. I searched frantically for a coin to use, wondering if the phone was still working. Dropped in a coin. I heard a dial tone.

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Rules from Kat:

Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale. If you would prefer to post your tale in the comments (some people have very specific blog themes but still want to participate), I am happy to post a link to your site when I post your tale in the Round Up.

A final note: if you need help tracking the number of characters in your story, there is a nifty online tool that will count for you at charactercountonline.com.

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to include your tale.

Finally, have fun!

And REMEMBER…you have 280 characters (spaces and punctuation included), to tell your tale…and a week to do it. I can’t wait to see what you create this week.

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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