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! 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 119

15 Minute Tweet TalesSince there are sometimes repeats from previous years in the list of ‘rare’ words I use for #15tt, I always search my previous tweet tales to make sure I don’t use a word again (because where’s the challenge in that?). This week turned out to be very interesting. Not only were there two repeat words – abstruse was supposed to be May 1 and bon vivant was supposed to be May 4 – but there were also two words I’d used previously in tweet tales even though they were not the assigned #15tt word: spiel and notorious. I went ahead and used them as #15tt words this week, since they weren't official #15tt words before, but I thought it was interesting that there were so many ‘repeats’ this week.
 
Since the last 15 Minute Tweet Tales post was a Sunday because of the A to Z Challenge, there are a few extra tales this week:
 
4/28 - As the moon obliterates the sun, the people scream. Thinking quickly, the shaman waves his arms. "Behold my power! Now bring me gold!"
 
4/29 - She's notorious for multiple visits to The Maury Povich Show: all those DNA tests yet Maury still hasn't told anyone he's the father.
 
4/30 - The salesman gave his spiel about the environmental benefits of the cleanser, but she was sold when he said it removed all traces of blood.
 
5/1 - No one at work takes her seriously because of her millefleur dresses. Exactly her plan as she passes their secrets to the competition.
 
5/2 - As they creep through air ducts, Jim farts. Not loud enough to alert security, but Bob cachinnates. He still laughs as they're arrested.
 
5/3 - She heard growling on the front porch so used a chair to peer out the lunette. Yellow eyes stared back, too high up to be a normal animal.
 
5/4 - He was a nonpareil doctor, so we were shocked when his wife died from something so easy to fix. Then the cops started asking questions.
 
5/5 - His love for his fiancée was putative reason he stepped in front of the mugger, but he was willing to take a bullet for her dad's money.
 
5/6 - Everything he sees when he walks into the senate validates his decision to let the meteor destroy this planet - no intelligent life to save.
 
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?

Zombie Checklist

For the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I’m having Fun with Fonts. Each day I’ll feature a few I like based on either the look of the font or its name. I’ll also pick a font to inspire one of my tweet tales

It’s here! It’s finally here! The last day of the A to Z challenge! Since I didn’t plan ahead (as usual!), I’ve been scrambling each day to write my posts, and now I’m ready to collapse into a heap and ignore my blog for at least a week.
 
For the past two years, Freya has displayed the letter Z, but my sister recently got a new dog, and I was finally able to get a picture of her this weekend with the letter whiteboard. So I’m honored to introduce my blog readers to the adorable Kali. She’s a bundle of energy, but a total sweetie who is getting along very well with all the other Rish canines. 
Kali with the letter Z
 
I’m disappointed to report that like with X and Y, it was pretty slim pickings on the font front for Z. I was hoping to go out with a bang and blow everyone away with an amazing font on the last day, but it looks like I’ll be crossing the finish line with more of a font-whimper.
 
The first one is Zacken, which I thought looked a bit like embroidery. I poked around the interwebs for a meaning for zacken. Google translate said it’s German for pink or serrate, and Bing translate said it’s German for jag. So I guess pink is like pinking shears rather than the color, which means the name zacken references the jagged edges of the letter blocks. 
Zacken
 
Meanwhile, the letter blocks for Zallman are all about curved lines. I like the simple floral pattern – it makes it fancy without being overwhelmingly busy. The weird thing is, when you click on the link to see all the available letters, it says, “Sorry, no ‘X’” and the same for ‘Y’. I can maybe see skipping making an ‘X’ since it is used so rarely, but the letter ‘Y’ gets used relatively often. Seems like lazy font design to me.
Zallman
 
Speaking of lazy font design, I had to include this one since it looks like someone just scrawled out some letters, scribbled some sloppy zigzags around it, and voilà – a new font called Zigzag Displays.
Zigzag Displays
 
Zebraesq is all in the name because it does indeed look zebraesque – not full zebra, just partially resembling a zebra. 
Zebraesq
 
The tweet tale inspiration for today is Zombie Checklist. It’s another one that I picked for the name rather than the font itself, but it does look like letters dashed off with a marker during the chaos of a zombie apocalypse.
Zombie Checklist
Since crawling out of his grave, George has found it tough to remember things, so he consults his To Do list:
1. Brains
2. Brains
3. Brains
 
And with that, I am DONE with the A to Z challenge – whoo hoo! Thank you so much to those of you who have been stopping by to see the fun fonts. I’ve enjoyed getting to know all of you better over the past month! 
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Zany is Kali with her letter Z?

Year Supply Of Fairy Cakes

Bailey with the letter YFor the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I’m having Fun with Fonts. Each day I’ll feature a few I like based on either the look of the font or its name. I’ll also pick a font to inspire one of my tweet tales

After there were a surprising number of X fonts, I wasn’t expecting to have trouble with Y, but there actually weren’t that many to choose from – a few more than X, but not many more. And most of them looked very similar to fonts I’d already featured, so it was tough to find unique ones to share. Although I’ve featured several with curlicues already, I really liked the curls and swirls in You Are Precious. I can see it being used in a story about fairies or princesses for young kids. 
You Are Precious
 
On the opposite end of the swirly spectrum is Y-Grid with its very precise framework. 
Y-Grid
 
You Rook Marbelous made me giggle because of the name. And then the design really does look like marble. If you are too young to get the reference to the Billy Crystal character, here’s a clip to help:

You Rook Marbelous
 
I’m not really sure what the name You Are The One has to do with the letters being partially formed by up and down arrows, but it looked different from others I’d shared, so it made the list. 
You Are The One
 
Today’s tweet tale inspiration is Year Supply Of Fairy Cakes. I totally picked this one for the name because the font is extremely generic. When I picked it, I did think fairy cakes were some special baked goods used to lure fairies out of the forest, but a quick chat with my friend Mr. Google informed me fairy cakes are actually smaller versions of cupcakes very popular in the UK. That was kind of a letdown, but I used the disappointment to inspire my tale.
Year Supply of Fairy Cakes
After winning fairy cake contest,Suzy sat in woods with jar ready to catch new friends. Her mom didn’t have the heart to tell her the truth.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Yippy is Bailey with her letter Y?

Xerox Malfunction

Chloe with the letter XFor the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I’m having Fun with Fonts. Each day I’ll feature a few I like based on either the look of the font or its name. I’ll also pick a font to inspire one of my tweet tales

It has arrived – the worst day of the A to Z challenge – X day. *cue screaming and pulling of hair* On the good news front, the font website had more X fonts that I was expecting, almost 60 of them. But the bad news is most of them were pretty blah. But I did find a few I thought were fun to share. First up is Xtrusion. There have been many 3D fonts along the way, but most of them have been angular and blocky. I like how this one is all curves and rounded edges.
Xtrusion
 
And then we have the complete opposite with Xacto Blade, all straight lines and odd angles to form letters as if cut with the short blade.
Xacto Blade
 
It’s probably too warm to be thinking about Christmas, but I still thought Xmas Lights was cool.
Xmas Lights
 
I can’t imagine actually using X-Cryption for anything, but I just love it because it’s another example of how our brains are able to interpret words made out of almost anything approximating our usual letters. 
X-Cryption
 
Xerox Malfunction reminds me a bit of Cheap Ink Killed My Printer, it's just a different type of word-producing error. It’s also my tweet tale inspiration for today.
Xerox Malfunction
“I want to do it while being xeroxed,” hot boss slurs in his ear at company party. But machine won’t turn on, so she staggers off in a huff.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How eXited is Chloe with her letter X?  (Actually I’m not sure what kind of eXpression that is on her face!)

Temporarily Tweet Tales Sunday Week 118

15 Minute Tweet TalesIt’s the day off from the A to Z challenge, so here’s a quick post of my 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
4/21 - Her foster family did not warn her of her origin, a decision they regret when her half-joking malediction turns their son into a toad.
 
4/22 - The adult dog pees on the floor and smirks at the puppy. The pup knows she'll get blamed again. She must find a way to vindicate herself.
 
4/23 - They held hands and giggled as they walked along the alameda, but their ardent whispers held secrets that would bring down a government.
 
4/24 - I want to vomit as Mom kowtows to the neighbors, but she must keep them happy. If they find out what's inside our house, people will die.
 
4/25 - He saw mom and fiancée exchange sly smiles when he returned with hair cut short. Realized they'd been in cahoots to cause gum accident.
 
4/26 - His unabashed love of unicorns earns many beatings from school bully. Small suspect pool when bully found impaled with unicorn figurine.
 
4/27 - He wished on a shooting star, but when he woke up, he started screaming. He wanted to fly like Superman, not grow a freaky patagium.
 
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?

Wolf In The City

Molly with the letter WFor the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I’m having Fun with Fonts. Each day I’ll feature a few I like based on either the look of the font or its name. I’ll also pick a font to inspire one of my tweet tales

The first font is Wiggles, which is one of those things that is simultaneously cute and creepy. As I recoil from the screen thinking, “Gross! Worms!” I’m also like, “Aww, look at those cuddly faces.” I’m always impressed by artists who can make me feel such contrasting emotions with one drawing. The really weird thing is that there are actually TWO cute yet creepy worm fonts. I’m not sure what that’s all about. I’m only featuring Wiggles, but you can also check out Worm Beeline
Wiggles
 
I liked Wedgie because it’s made out of, ya know, wedges. Although it would have been hilarious if it had been made out of tightie whitie underwear. 
Wedgie
 
Water Park is fun with the letters looking like blobs of water, although it actually looks more like blobs of oil to me.
Water Aprk
 
I can picture Wildwood on the cover/poster for a fairy tale or a story about the fae set in a magical forest. It's very cool.
Wildwood
 
Teen Wolf posterThe name Wolf In The City inspired my tweet tale, but the font itself surprised me. I was expecting something rough or primitive, but instead it’s fairly feminine. Then I found the movie poster for the original Teen Wolf, and I see the font very similar. I don’t know if that’s the actual inspiration, but I thought I’d share. 
Wolf In The City
The asphalt bit his feet, the smog choked
his lungs, but after spotting Red in his woods, he’d go anywhere to find her. She was his destiny.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Wonderful is Molly with her letter W?