Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 128

Freya on the 4th of JulyI hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! I did the expected 4th of July pig-out thing with hamburgers, potato salad, corn on the cob, and watermelon. I also tried to get the girls to show off their patriotism, but they were . . . not amused.
Chloe on the 4th of July
After lots of treats, I finally managed to get a picture of each. Don’t believe Chloe’s pathetic expression – there was no torture involved.
 
Actually, the torture started when the sun went down and the fireworks started. Chloe sleeps through anything, so she didn’t care, but poor Freya was freaked out. She’s usually not scared of this type of stuff, but I guess she’s getting more nervous about things as she gets older. She attempted to climb into my lap several times, but since she weighs 90 pounds, it was a challenge for both of us. Fortunately, her fears of an impending apocalypse were unfounded, and we survived for me to be able to share my 15 Minute Tweet Tales today: 
 
7/2 - The coworkers convoke a powwow about Pam's gross brownies. Out of pity Sue told Pam they were yummy, now they have to eat them everyday.
 
7/3 - Jess flinched as a volant form passed her window. Too big to be a bird. It shrieked and her blood froze. The noise was not of this earth.
 
7/4 - Under the shimmering 4th fireworks, Abby leans in for her first kiss, hoping it feels like the pyrotechnics described in romances novels.
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales
7/5 - Each year folks gather at ancient monuments for solstitial festivals, half expecting otherworldly visitors. But they arrived long ago.
 
7/6 - The man selling goobers at the games always gave me an extra scoop; I always showed him some extra leg. We called our first kid Peanut.
 
7/7 – The Professor's love of chocolate was bruited about, so failing Kim made him brownies. She didn't know about his nut allergy. Or did she?
 
7/8 - Dan's charge to preserve life is scuppered when a unicorn trips, poking a hole in the ark. Luckily, the Boss had enlisted Noah as a backup.
 
Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 127

15 Minute Tweet TalesNot only did I almost forget today was Tuesday and therefore time for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales postings, I’m also having a really tough time reconciling that today is July 1st. Really? How can that be possible? I swear we were decorating the Christmas tree just last week. Anyway, here are my tales for the past week, so you can read them rather than dwell on the fact that half a year has flown by in the blink of an eye. 
 
6/25 - We frolic in the wildflowers, but when the warning sirens sound, we scramble for the bunker, not knowing when we'll see the sun again.
 
6/26 - He felt the latest Xbox was desideratum. Mom felt the house needed painting and grass had to be cut all summer. They struck a bargain.
 
6/27 - After farding Hollywood stars every day she's learned two things: 1) They'd be unattractive without her. 2) Their souls are even uglier.
 
6/28 - She sobs at 100s of Amazon reviews drubbing her book. Discovers accounts are fakes made by ex. A writer's revenge is painfully creative.
 
6/29 - She thought the fish she bought was fungible with her son's dead pet. But Tim started crying when he saw Mr. Gold was now dark orange.
 
6/30 - Her coworker's grandiose wooing makes her wary. He seems sweet, but his overzealousness makes her fear ending up chained in a basement.
 
7/1 - Cop on bridge tries to talk her down. Then he whispers nocuous words. Pretends to be horrified when she jumps but relishes the power.
 
Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 126

15 Minute Tweet TalesI think today’s (6/24) #15tt word might be my favorite one yet: borborygmus. It’s a pretty funny-looking word to start with, so when I saw it, I hoped it would have an epic definition to match its epic appearance, and boy did it ever - intestinal rumbling caused by moving gas. I had no idea there was actually a word to describe that phenomenon. I mean, I know the various terms for when the gas finally escapes, but the fact that there’s a word for the actual rumbling makes my internal twelve-year-old howl with glee. The dictionary entry states borborygmus can be traced to a Greek verb believed to be coined to imitate the digestive noises made by a stomach. That's awesome. 
 
It’s hard to top that, but here are the rest of my 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
6/18 - DVD player died early in 12-hr drive to Granny's, so as divertissement, Mom taught kids car games from her childhood. Best trip ever!
 
6/19 - Mom brags about unsavory means she used to facilitate his college acceptance. Now he'll never know he would've gotten in on own merits.
 
6/20 - She found the slimsy dog and with food & love saved his life. A year later he returns the favor, attacking a man who breaks into her house.
 
6/21 - An amative urge convinced him to stand under her window blasting a boom box. Neighbors called the cops. Dad ran out brandishing a shotgun.
 
6/22 - Grandpa's confused look reveals his wetware is uselessly spinning. Wanting to remain in his will, she shows how to send email yet again.
 
6/23 - Her friends asked about spring break plans, but she made nebulous promises. She was waiting for her doctor to call with test results.
 
6/24 - On the third date he says, "I love-" but her borborygmus drowns out last word. She's too embarrassed to respond. He thinks she doesn't care.
 
Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 125

15 Minute Tweet TalesYikes, after reading back this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales all at once, they seem even darker than usual. Lots of people doing horrible things to each other, especially people they are supposed to love. Although I did go lighter with the last two with silly animals being silly.
 
6/11 - His benevolent demeanor is a practiced lie. You haven't found any of his victims yet, but you will soon. Why doesn't anyone believe me?
 
6/12 - Scar on her face commemorates the day she learned the difference between love and obsession, but also the day she realized her own strength.
 
6/13 - When word spreads at reunion that he's divorced, a phalanx of aunts descends. He claims he cheated, preferring their anger to their pity.
 
6/14 - The prostitute felt entitled to more, so she stole his wife’s jewelry, but he’s a horrible husband in every way, so it was all pinchbeck.
 
6/15 - Everyone knows she gets roles due to blow jobs; when co-star accuses her of it, her ‘aghast’ expression proves she’s a terrible actress.
 
6/16 - The other stray cats japed at his limp caused by a deformed leg, but after seeing people feeding him, they practiced their own hobbling.
 
6/17 - Rex follows the pungent odor to a decaying animal, then rolls in it, certain his person will be awfully pleased with his new cologne.
 
Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 124

15 Minute Tweet TalesI can’t believe another week has flown by. Hope y’all are doing well and getting lots of work done on whatever project has currently captured your mind and heart. Since I need to get back to my current project, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
6/4 - Neighbors know one of us Smith kids torments animals. Due to lookism they think it's Tom. My creepy-looking brother wouldn't hurt a fly.
 
6/5 - Her dog was acting addlepated: licking walls, barking at air. She worried he had doggie dementia. Then things on the shelves started moving.
 
6/6 - She's a perfume cognoscente, always picking perfect scents for friends, making them even more reluctant to tell her she stinks of B.O.
 
6/7 - He thinks his soul will be unfettered once he confesses his love, but her quickly concealed look of disgust encases his heart in lead.
 
6/8 - Disappointment suffuses through crowd as the horse guaranteed to win falls further behind. The man who fixed his food collects his winnings.
 
6/9 - His mom calls him incorrigible with such love in her voice he truly thinks it's a good thing. His first girlfriend cures him of that notion.
 
6/10 - Her fussy boss asked for a martini with extra verjuice. She thought it odd but complied. Accents can be tricky and now she needs a new job.
 
Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 123

15 Minute Tweet TalesI’m all wrapped up in trying to finish my short screenplay before a contest deadline, so I almost forgot today is Tuesday. So here they are - my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
5/28 – When she sees the tabloid cover with her kids at school, she sprints to nearest person with paparazzi accoutrements and smashes his camera.
 
5/29 - She probably thinks her vacuous head tilt is adorable, but it makes him want to smack her. His dad really dumped his mom for this bimbo?
 
5/30 - She says she eschews trendy clothes cause the companies destroy the environment;truthfully her mom works two jobs just to put food on table.
 
5/31 - His outbursts are furious but fugacious, so she convinces herself his temper isn't that bad. A trip to the ER helps her see the truth.
 
6/1 - "What a space cadet!" snarks cashier about lady who left her wallet, as he stands there with his zipper down and toilet paper on his shoe.
 
6/2 - Suzy spent days training Rex to leave the chickens alone, but at first sign of recidivism, Dad took him out back. Suzy cried at the gunshot.
 
6/3 - Kicking each other while trying to sleep in the back of the station wagon, it was hard to remember the halcyon days before Dad lost his job.
 
Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 122

15 Minute Tweet TalesI hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Mine was tons of fun. There was the meteor shower that was mostly a dud except for a few really spectacular streaks across the sky. There was swimming with the dogs. There was cruising around the lake. There was even harvesting honey and making lip balm out of beeswax. Pretty great weekend! If I have time, I might write a few longer posts about some of the events, but I’m working on short screenplay with a deadline just around the corner, so it’s iffy. Meanwhile, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales from the past week to keep you entertained: 
 
5/21 - He hands the boniface cash, and she nods toward man at the bar. He slips a knife between the senator's ribs and disappears before he falls.
 
5/22 - He's proficient at making fart sounds, entertaining classmates for years, but when it's time for prom, no one wants to go with farty mouth.
 
5/23 - Her sister loves the zoo, so her parents don't get why Sue cries, since they don't believe the souls of the menagerie beg her to free them.
 
5/24 - The damask she picks for the curtains is supposed to brighten the room, but the color reminds them of the tragedy that happened there.
 
5/25 – The troubadour wrote a song that made the depressed princess smile. But her dad was the butt of the joke, so the musician lost his head.
 
5/26 - A chill pervades her body, paralyzing her limbs, so when the shadow reaches for her from the darkness, all she can do is scream.
 
5/27 - During Parade of Nations, folks mocked jerkwater country that had never competed, but thanks to secret native fruit, they won all the golds.
 
Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 121

15 Minute Tweet TalesAnother short and sweet post this week – enjoy my 15 Minute Tweet Tales
 
5/14 - The creature skulks through the night searching for prey. Her victim's cries echo through the darkness. Everyone fears they might be next.
 
5/15 Best friends for years, but today she feels a frisson of desire when he looks at her. Should she risk it all to perhaps gain everything?
 
5/16 - The boys discussed their heist in argot, but find out their code's easy to break and to never cross a Girl Scout delivering her cookies.
 
5/17 - The principal said not to maffick during graduation, but the school had low verbal SAT scores, so the students acted a bit crazy anyway.
 
5/18 - Tears fall as she reads in the town’s weekly gazette that he’s engaged. She’d been so sure he would apologize. Pride is a lonely companion.
 
5/19 - His mother-in-law vouchsafes to visit their new house but sneers at everything. He just smiles since he hacked her savings to buy it.
 
5/20 - While awake, she remembers he's gone; while dreaming, she watches him die. So she lives for her hypnagogic state, when he whispers to her.
 
Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 120

15 Minute Tweet TalesSince I already did a post today featuring awesome friends and their awesome books, just a short post for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
5/7 - The mouse steals the chunk of cheese from the trap and gobbles it, but his satiety keeps him from sensing the cat sneaking up behind...
 
5/8 - The torrid atmosphere in the kitchen causes sweat to roll into her cleavage. She catches him watching. It doesn't help cool things down.
 
5/9 - The people were agog at the chance to get a glimpse of their emperor. Shock rippled through the crowd when they realized he was naked.
 
5/10 - She complains when her tranche of the ransom money is so small, but they argue it’s not hard sitting around pretending to be kidnapped.
 
5/11 - He climbed the fence and threw burgers to pacify the dogs, but was shocked by a voice squawking, “Intruder!” Sent to the pokey by a parrot.
 
5/12 - The recalcitrant apprentice always ignored the wizard's rules, so the wizard ignored his pleas for help when the dark spell backfired.
 
5/13 - She takes umbrage at being hidden in back row of chorus, not realizing if her dad wasn't the principal, she wouldn't be on stage at all.
 
Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

Friends with Books

Lots of my friends have had exciting book happenings the past two weeks, so I wanted to share all the good news.
 
First: Happy Book Birthday to my critique partner Rebecca Petruck! Her middle grade novel Steering Toward Normal officially releases today. I joined her critique group after the novel was sold, so I sadly can’t claim any credit for its awesomeness, but the book is so fun and charming. There are pranks and bad horror movies and model rockets and cow poop. You know you want to read about the cow poop! 
 
If you live near Wilmington, NC, Rebecca is having her launch party on Saturday, May 17th at Pomegranate Books at 3pm. She’s going to have two actual steers there to greet people – how cool is that?!?
Steering Toward Normal
Eighth grade is set to be a good year for Diggy Lawson: He’s chosen a great calf to compete at the Minnesota State Fair, he’ll see a lot of July, the girl he secretly likes at 4-H, and he and his dad Pop have big plans for April Fool’s Day. But everything changes when classmate Wayne Graf’s mother dies, which brings to light the secret that Pop is Wayne’s father, too. Suddenly, Diggy has a half brother, who moves in and messes up his life. Wayne threatens Diggy’s chances at the State Fair, horns in on his girl, and rattles his easy relationship with Pop. What started out great quickly turns into the worst year ever, filled with jealousy, fighting, and several incidents involving cow poop. But as the boys care for their steers, pull pranks, and watch too many B movies, they learn what it means to be brothers and change their concept of family as they slowly steer toward a new kind of normal.
 
 
Second: Kami Kinard released her second middle grade novel The Boy Problem two weeks ago. It’s a companion to her first novel The Boy Project, which I adored, so I can’t wait to read this one. 

The Boy Problem

Kami’s going to be at the SC Book Festival in Columbia, SC, on May 16-18, so stop by to see her if you are in the area. Megan Shepherd is going to be there, too!
 
Tabitha "Tabbi" Reddy believes in signs. Like fortune cookies. Magic 8-Balls. Shooting stars. And this year, she hopes, looking for the right signs will lead her to the right boy! Inspired by her BFF, Kara (star of THE BOY PROJECT), Tabbi starts her own "project" in the hopes of finding a cute crush. With the help of a math lesson on probability, Tabbi tries to predict who the right boy for her might be! Where is she most likely to meet him? What is he most likely to look like? Full of fun illustrations, hilarious equations, and lessons in cupcake-baking, life, love, and friendship, this book has a 100% probability of awesomeness. A perfect "next step" for fans of DORK DIARIES.
 
 
Third: Medeia Sharif released a new YA novel a few weeks ago called Snip, Snip Revenge. With the recent discussions about the lack of diversity in kidlit, it’s great to see this book hit the shelves, and I’m looking forward to reading it. Medeia is participating in a blog tour all week, so catch her at some of the stops
Snip, Snip Revenge
 
Beautiful, confident Tabby Karim has plans for the winter: nab a role in her school’s dramatic production, make the new boy Michael hers, and keep bigoted Heather—with her relentless Ay-rab comments—at bay. When a teacher’s lie and her father’s hastiness rob her of her beautiful hair, her dreams are dashed. The fastest barber in Miami Beach has made her look practically bald. 
 
With all her pretty hair gone, Tabby doesn’t believe she fits the feminine role she’s auditioning for. Michael is still interested in her, but he’s playing it cool. Heather has taken to bullying her online, which is easier to do with Tabby’s ugly haircut. Tabby spearheads Operation Revenge, which proves satisfying until all of her problems deepen. After messing up, she sets to make things right.
 
 
25 RosesFourth: It’s cover reveal time for Stephanie Faris’s new middle grade novel 25 Roses. I think it’s adorable! It won’t be released until 2015, but I’m already looking forward to it. 
 
Valentine's Day means one thing at Stanton Middle School: students will send each other chocolate roses. Each year, Mia Hartley watches while the same group of students gets roses and everyone else is left out. This year, she decides things will be different. As the student assigned to write names on the cards, Mia purchases 25 roses and writes her own cards, designating them to 25 people she's personally chosen. But she soon learns that playing matchmaker is much more complicated than she thought it would be.
 
 
Congrats, ladies, on all these wonderful book happenings!