Light and Shade Challenge, Our Write Side – February 14, 2017

I wrote this last week for another prompt and I think it also fits “Wicked Meandering” and so I am combining them with a few changes.

Our Write Side’s Master Class

Light and Shade Challenge

Light and Shade Challenge

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Wicked Meandering

by Teresa Smeigh February 2017

Large meadows, a stand of trees and mountains in the distance. This is the village Gracie and Joanie decided to visit first. They planned to hike the area, meandering wherever they wanted to go.

The villagers weren’t happy. They tried to talk them out of it, but the girls were determined to hike the area and explore.

The Villagers insisted they stay on the main road only. They tried to stop them one more time and then they shut up. The girls made it clear they were going. They left the situation with a sort of ANXIOUS PEACE.

They started early the next morning. Carefully cleaning up their camp site before they left.

The flowers in the meadow were exquisite. It seemed like all the colors in the rainbow.

They walked for a while before they spotted a building off in the distance. They had already forgotten the rules the villagers set. They walked a little further looking for a path over there. They were going even if they had to walk through the flowers.

Eventually they came across a small break in the meadow. It seemed to head towards the building. So off they started.

As they came close they noticed this must be the back of the building as there was only one window with bars on it. Continuing their sightseeing they came closer to the building. They slowed down and snapped a few pictures of the back and then headed around the building to the front.

As they came around the corner they were met with a guy aiming a gun at them. They stopped immediately and looked at each other. They glanced at the front and there was a door and another window with bars on it.

Gracie started to ask if they could look inside and he told her to be quiet and listen. Tresspassers were unwelcome and would be dealt with accordingly.

Both girls looked at the gun uneasily. They wondered what he meant.

“You have breached the end of the world,” he said. “Your choices are to be shot after my friends hunt you down and bring you back or you can step inside the building and take your chances with what was inside.”

They looked at each other, tired and dirty. Maybe they could wash up in there. Maybe there was a friendly woman inside. They chose the building.

Stepping over the threshold, there was a sudden flash and bang and the girls were gone.

Agar, the village head, said, “They didn’t listen and wondered off. Why don’t they listen? Why must they all WICKEDLY MEANDER when warned?”

The booms continued as the girls moved from dimension to dimension. Gone forever.

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Light and Shade Challenge

Hello and welcome all to the latest weekly writing challenge. There is a picture, a quotation and a 500 word limit. The Challenge is to take whatever is sparked by the picture and/or the quotation, however tenuous or remote the connection, and see how much fun you can have in 500 words (just between us we never count them as long as we’re enjoying things and you are too, but don’t tell anyone). The deadline is midnight next Tuesday (GMT) Here is the picture prompt. Please credit if you show it on your blog.

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The Master Class has returned! Every week, I will introduce you to three prompts. Choose one, write about it, link up, and move to the head of the class. It’s that simple.

The rules:

  1. Read the prompts.
  2. Write a story answering the prompt. This can mean you use the prompt as your title, somewhere in your story, or as the idea.
  3. Please share the prompt you chose.
  4. Share the url to your story in the comments OR, if you don’t have your own blog, share your story in the comments. Either way, it will be promoted.
  5. Please keep your stories pg-13 or under since this is a public page. Add trigger warnings where necessary. Keep vulgarity to a minimum.
  6. Think outside the box. These prompts are meant to challenge you.
  7. Have FUN!

Your prompts for this week:

  1. Wicked Meandering
  2. Professional Dummy
  3. Anxious Peace

 

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

 

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Still Withdrawing

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Still Withdrawing

Thank you for stopping by for coffee or tea. I have spent the last 2 weeks withdrawing from Cymbalta. Still don’t feel too well and have 2 more to withdraw from. I don’t know how long this whole event is going to take.

I haven’t done much because in addition to the withdrawal the teeth and gums started to hurt something serious. I just spent $400 on dental work and one more cleaning to go. No dental insurance for last 7 years.

Have a great week and God bless everyone.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Meet and Greet with Dream Big

It’s the Meet and Greet weekend everyone!! Strap on your party shoes and join the fun! Ok so here are the rules: Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post. Reblog this post. It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone! Edit your reblog post and […]

via Meet and Greet: 2/4/17 — Dream Big, Dream Often

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Pain of weaning off Psych drugs

#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Pain of weaning off Psych drugs

First my confession. I don’t drink coffee and I personally don’t have any in the house.

If we were having coffee it would be at a coffee shop. I would tell you how painful weaning off psych and anxiety drugs are. Still on the first one. I have 1-2 more depending if we wean me off Klonopin for anxiety. I am weaning off my bipolar drugs right now.

I spent most of this week in bed. Serious withdrawal effects.

Have a great week and God bless everyone.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Light and Shade Challenge – Jan 25, 2017 – Dinner

Light and Shade Challenge

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

*********Rules Below*********

Dinner

by Teresa Smeigh January 2017

The kitchen smelled odd and the guests were starting to fidget. They admired the lovely table setting in the dining room. It was laid out with beautiful china and a lovely bowl of salad for the first course.

Rhonda was still preparing the rest of the meal in the kitchen and didn’t have time to mingle. People wondered where Ken, her husband, was. Surely, he was attending.

In the meantime, the smell was growing fouler and people were moving further away from the kitchen. Finally, Rhonda called them all to dinner. The guests moved slowly to the table and took their assigned seats.

Rhonda said grace, but no mention of Ken. Finally, one of the guests couldn’t stand it and asked where Ken was as there was no place setting for him and then what was that smell. They all started talking at once. Rhonda yelled for quiet.

Since no one was eating, Rhonda said she would bring out the main course. Everyone was quiet and wondering what Rhonda had cooked up for them. Finally, they were all sitting with their hands clasped in front of them and looking expectantly at Rhonda.

She got up and went into the kitchen, she told those that offered their help that she didn’t need it.

There were a few bangs along the way and then they heard Rhonda coming back to the dining room.

There were screams and some of the ladies fainted. Finally, everyone just looked in horror. The platter held the cooked head of Ken, her husband.

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Hello and welcome all to the latest weekly writing challenge. There is a picture, a quotation and a 500 word limit. The Challenge is to take whatever is sparked by the picture and/or the quotation, however tenuous or remote the connection, and see how much fun you can have in 500 words (just between us we never count them as long as we’re enjoying things and you are too, but don’t tell anyone). The deadline is midnight next Tuesday (GMT) Here is the picture prompt. Please credit if you show it on your blog.

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Three Word Wednesday 516 – Shadorma

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by Teresa Smeigh December 2016

He was parched!

The rotund man dragged

His sore feet

House to house.

How scandalous people thought!

He’d only asked for water.

  Three Word Wednesday.: 3WW Week No. 515

Parched, adjective: (bone) dry, dried up/out, arid, desiccated, dehydrated, baked, burned, scorched; withered, shriveled, thirsty, longing for a drink, dry, dehydrated.

Rotund, adjective: plump, chubby, fat, stout, portly, dumpy, round, chunky, overweight, heavy, paunchy, ample; flabby, fleshy, bulky, heavyset, corpulent, obese; informal tubby, roly-poly, pudgy, porky, blubbery, zaftig, corn-fed, round, bulbous, spherical, spheric.

Scandalous, adjective: disgraceful, shocking, outrageous, monstrous, criminal, wicked, sinful, shameful, atrocious, appalling, dreadful, deplorable, reprehensible, inexcusable, intolerable, insupportable, unforgivable, unconscionable, unpardonable; rare egregious, discreditable, disreputable, dishonorable, improper, unseemly, sordid, scurrilous, malicious, slanderous, libelous, defamatory; rare calumnious, calumniatory, aspersive.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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My newest post is on IBPF.com on Bipolar and getting a diagnosis

My newest post on IBPF is out now. Check it out please.

Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

My newest post on International Bipolar Foundation has posted:

http://www.ibpf.org/blog/are-you-ready-diagnosis

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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To my writing friends, a question?

Have you ever started a story with an ending that you had, but no beginning and built from there? Is it a possibility? I had a nightmare (nothing new there). The ending really got me and I started losing the dream as I struggled out of bed to get pen and paper to write it down. I filled in a little to help remember. I am just not sure how to write backwards?

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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One-Liner Wednesday & #JusJoJan 18/17 Prompt – For Fun

 One-Liner Wednesday & #JusJoJan 18/17 Prompt – For Fun

Speaking of funny clothes (Linda G) remember the older gym suits in the 70’s?

(I don’t know your age so you may not know what I am talking about.)

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(i) Make it one sentence.

(ii) Make it either funny or inspirational.

(iii) Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

(iv) Have fun!

 

1-liner Wednesday

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Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

 

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Weekly Smile Week 55 – flip that frown upside down

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Weekly Smile Week 55 – frowns

I know we are supposed to be talking about smiles. I had a good smile and laugh at therapy. She said she was glad to see me laugh. However in the long run I am depressed and even though I was just feeling well, it just as fast flipped to depression. BUT I did laugh and smile today.

 

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Weekly Writing Challenge #72

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(5) Words: | FLASH | USE | TRIGGER | VIEW | BACK |

Trigger – by Teresa Smeigh January 2017

Turn your back!

It obstructs your view.

Trigger flash,

And a bang.

You feel the pain quickly now,

Use hands, hold injury.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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#JusJoJan Daily Prompt – Jan. 17th/17 – Complaint

#JusJoJan Daily Prompt – Jan. 17th/17

The Just Jot It January 17th prompt, brought to you by  Willow, blogging at Willowdot21 is: “Complaint.” Use it any way you’re inspired to. And make sure you stop by and say hi to Willow as well! Here’s her blog:  https://willowdot21.wordpress.com/

Complaining is the thing I practice a lot. I complain about the weather, healthy food, my bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. I think I was born complaining. I wouldn’t eat for my mom or sleep for her. I probably can’t go 5 minutes without complaining about something.

 

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Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

 

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Weekly Smile Week 54 – my mood is elevated though not sure for how long

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Weekly Smile Week 54 – my mood is elevated though not sure for how long

New medication finally working. I finally feel half human. I am not completely through my trials and as the past has shown it may  not last long, but I will take what I can get. I smiled when I knew my mood was shifting.

 

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Nature, Such a Lonely Sight

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Nature, Such a Lonely Sight

By Teresa Smeigh January 2017

Nature stark and lonely

Without it’s summer covering

Sometimes that covering

Shows white or shiny

So pretty covered in white

Slippery when it’s shiny

Waiting for summer heat

And green leaves and colors

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Haiku Horizons prompt “Look” number 152

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Haiku Horizons prompt “Look” number 152

“The Future” by Teresa Smeigh January 2017

Look at the future.

Think of the good things to come.

Don’t think of the past!

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Raging Fire

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Raging Fire by Teresa Smeigh January 2017

My heart desires love and you

But you could barely light the flame

Now and again a spark

Would shower us with heat

And grow into a raging fire

That suddenly blew out

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Dedicated to RF

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Feeling better now

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Feeling better now

Thank you for stopping by for coffee or tea and some good cheer from me for once in a blue moon. If you were here you would notice I was smiling voluntarily. I am always smiling, but it usually is a false smile. I learned that smiling goes a long way when I was a toddler. My mom would walk me down town and everyone would get the smile and I got a cookie, usually in each hand.

My ex-husband learned to send me into the auto shop. The guys always gave me discounts or the product right out, no charge. I have been told my smile is beautiful and I have a wonderful personality. I know how to flirt too LOL!

I am so glad the holidays are over. Now a lot of the stress is gone, plus I had another medicine change, which seems to be working at the moment.

Have a great week and God bless everyone.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS and #JusJoJan Jan. 14/17 (PEE)

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot It January is: A word that starts with “P.” Find a word that begins with the letter “p,” and make it the theme of your post. Bonus points for starting and ending your post with a “p” word. Enjoy!

Pee was all over the doctor. He said, “she peed on me.” The nurse replied, “the mother or the infant?” I was so embarrassed, but he said it was the baby. My baby, K1.

Just as they pulled her out, she let go with the pee. They ought to be glad it was a she or everyone would be dripping in pee.

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS and #JusJoJan Jan. 14/17

You’re reading this either because you are a follower of my blog or you’re a follower of Linda G Hill’s “Stream of Consciousness Saturday.” It doesn’t matter which, the point is you are following it. You  might even want to write your own post on this prompt which comes out as a reminder every Friday.

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Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

 

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Three Word Wednesday 513 – Shadorma

3wordwednesdayby Teresa Smeigh December 2016

Hateful boys!

Tearing gaping holes!

Town’s gardens

Ravished now

Destroyed by non-thinking kids.

Incorrigible.

3 Words

Gaping, adjective: cavernous, yawning, wide, broad; vast, huge, enormous, immense, extensive.

Hateful, adjective: detestable, horrible, horrid, unpleasant, awful, nasty, disagreeable, despicable, objectionable, insufferable, revolting, loathsome, abhorrent, abominable, execrable, odious, disgusting, distasteful, obnoxious, offensive, vile, heinous, ghastly, beastly.

Incorrigible, adjective: inveterate, habitual, confirmed, hardened, dyed-in-the-wool, incurable, chronic, irredeemable, hopeless, beyond hope; impenitent, unrepentant, unapologetic, unashamed; bad, naughty, terrible.

 

 

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Dec. 31/16

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “first/last.” Use one or both words, or find words that mean the same. Bonus points if you start your post with “first/beginning/start” etc. and end with “last/end” etc. Enjoy!

First names are getting really wild. This causes problems with knowing how to spell multiple names and remember who they belong too. I have to fight with my first name and my last name. My first name is Teresa. NO “H”, but 75% of the people put it there even if I point it out.

My last name is Smeigh (ex-husbands name), I kept it difficult as it is. I get called Smith, Smee, Smidge, Smay, etc. Maybe I should have taken my maiden name back as my last.

 

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Dec. 31/16

You’re reading this either because you are a follower of my blog or you’re a follower of Linda G Hill’s “Stream of Consciousness Saturday.” It doesn’t matter which, the point is you are following it. You  might even want to write your own post on this prompt which comes out as a reminder every Friday.

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Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

 

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