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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 251

15 Minute Tweet TalesUh oh, it’s been another long chunk of time since my last blog post. It’s been a pretty crazy month and a half, but I’m going to catch up.
 
I mentioned in my previous post that I made it to the final round of a grant, and the final application was a DOOZIE! So many questions and a ginormous budget spreadsheet that had to be estimated and filled out. It took forever to do, and I have all my fingers crossed that I win. 
 
Also, after I got my feedback on my first chapter of my middle grade novel for #PitchMadness, I knew I needed to revise the whole thing. And since I got three agent requests (whoo hoo!), I had to do it QUICKLY. As soon as I got it done, I started querying other agents, which involves much research and can be an emotionally draining slog. I have all my toes crossed that this is the novel that lands me an agent.
 
And there were some other things going on too – social media stuff I’d promised to do for Reading Partners and keeping on top of Adventures in YA Publishing interviews, so I basically turned into a whirling dervish living on coffee and chocolate. And I kept extra crazy hours, staying up for 36-hour stretches, crashing for a few hours, and then getting up to do it all over again. 
 
It was one of those weird times where I was super tired but creatively on fire. It’s pretty cool when that happens. Although, yes, I know it’s terrible on a physical level. 
 
Fortunately, things have finally calmed down. I even slept for 17 hours straight one night/day. It was awesome. 
 
And now I’ll catch up on 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
epithalamium - a poem or song to celebrate a wedding.
 
3/15 - He stands to read his epithalamium to the happy couple. Starts to cry instead. He's loved her since they were kids and can't let her go. 
 
ferrule - ring of metal around a slender shaft to strengthen it or prevent splitting, like the band holding a pencil eraser.
 
3/21 - When he gets locked in the school overnight, he tries to MacGyver a lock pick out of pencil ferrules. He's still there in the morning. 
 
f-hole - either of two f-shaped holes in the body of a violin, cello, or similar stringed instrument.
 
3/28 - When she packs up her father's violin, a roach crawls out of an f-hole. Perfect symbolism for the evil heart that produced haunting music.
 
fillip - a snap or light blow made by pressing a fingertip against the thumb and suddenly releasing it, aka snapping.
 
4/4 - His method of leadership was to fillip his fingers at people. His fed-up employees picked out music that matched the beat to mock him. 
 
gambrinous - drunk; full of beer. 
 
4/11 - She knew she could only confront him if she was gambrinous, but once the liquid courage took effect, she no longer remembered his crime.
 
griffonage - careless handwriting;  a crude or illegible scrawl. 
 
4/18 - Marrying a doctor was a mistake. He got home, found a Dear John letter, and burned her clothes. The griffonage was actually a To Do list. 
 
jiffy - 1/100th of a second; a very short time; moment. 
 
4/25 - When he told her he'd be there in a jiffy, his boss sighed. Imprecise language annoyed her. She had no idea The Flash worked for 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 250

For most of the past three weeks I have been out of town, with intermittent internet access for a chunk of that time, so I’ve skipped a few posts. That means today’s post is going to be a whopper since of course I have to chat about all the cool things that happened since the last post.
 
During the first five days of the hiatus, I attended the Beaufort International Film Festival with my brother. Our short film Saying Goodbye was part of the festival five years ago, and our short High Heels & Hoodoo was a selection four years ago, and we just adore this festival. The entire town of Beaufort embraces the festival and makes the filmmakers feel like treasured guests.
 
It felt like the entire population of Beaufort attended the opening ceremony. Local restaurants had food samples, and I embarrassed myself by getting three cups of the she-crab soup (so yummy!). In fact, that was a theme for my entire Beaufort trip – eating waaaaay too much super delicious food. We chatted with people we’d met at previous festivals, met new folks, and got our picture taken against the fancy BIFF backdrop.
Brian and Jocelyn at BIFF opening ceremony
 
The films started screening on Thursday, and the first one we watched was an excellent student film called Rocket. I’m expecting big things from the director, who just happens to be a women. In fact, women kicked butt at this festival. I was thrilled to discover many of my favorites were written and/or directed by women when the credits rolled.
 
Thursday evening was the screenplay readings, which was exciting for me because I was a screenplay judge this year. Yep, I judged screenplays!! It required a lot of reading, but it was a huge honor to help select the screenplays that shined. A group of actors read five pages from the top seven finalists, and it was fun to see them in action.
Screenplay readings at BIFF
 
There were a lot more films (and food!) on Friday, and then on Saturday I attended a bunch of workshops while Brian watched more movies. I learned tons of cool stuff and met several folks working on projects I can’t wait to learn more about.
 
Sunday evening was the award ceremony, which was another memorable moment for the Rish sibs because Brian and I got to present the award for best short film. I’ve always thought it would fun to do the “and the winner is…” thing, and I GOT TO DO IT!! Brian and I came up with what we hoped was an entertaining schtick to do during our presentation. Here’s the video of our big moment if you’re interested.

2017 Beaufort International Film Festival - Best Short from Beaufort Film Society on Vimeo.

It was yet another amazing BIFF, and huge thanks to Ron, Rebecca, and all the volunteers who made this such a fantastic event. Here are pics of some of the fun folks we hang out with every year at BIFF: the amazing festival directors Ron and Rebecca Tucker; fab fimmakes Uyen Le and VW Scheich; talented actor Gary Weeks and his lovely mother Sara; Brad Jayne, who not only helped us with both our films, but was given the Behind the Scenes Award at BIFF because he rocks.
 
After BIFF was over, Brian left me in Beaufort for my critique group’s (the Sisukas) writing retreat. One of the women has a family house on the water in Beaufort, and it’s an amazing place to get together to write, critique, rest, laugh, and eat.
Beaufort house
Sisukas
 
We brainstormed a bunch of projects, wrote a lot of words, and, oh yeah, ate a lot of food. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I think I gained at least five pounds the past few weeks.
 
After five more days in Beaufort, it was finally time to return home. But I had barely unpacked before it was time to take off again. Turns out I made the final round for a grant I applied for. And so did my brother! Dun dun duhn! We’ll be competing against each other! But in the meantime, there was a workshop in Columbia about how to apply for the final round of the grant. There is a huge, massively scary budget spreadsheet involved and lots of questions that require tons of research, so this workshop was to help the finalists get started on the right foot. Things seem less scary now, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. Wish me luck!
 
Continuing the good news trend, I found out on Sunday that I got picked for a #PitchMadness team – Team Gumdrop Mountain. The odds were pretty insane, so I’m thrilled to be part of it. Now I’ll be working with the fabulous team hosts Heather Cashman and Nikki Roberti to polish my pitch and first chapter so it can be presented to agents next week. Eeeek!! Wish me more luck!
 
Whew, okay, I think that about covers the last three whirlwind weeks, so now it’s time to catch up on some 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
contrail - visible trail of streaks of condensed water vapor or ice crystals forming in the wake of an aircraft.
 
2/21 - She leans back on her elbows, watching the contrails drift in the wind, but jumps up when she realizes they're reforming into her name.
 
diastema - a gap or space between two teeth.
 
2/28 - He thought her diastema made her adorkable. Until they had dinner. He lost all desire to kiss he with spinach nesting between her teeth.
 
drupelet - one of the small drupe-like subdivisions which compose the outer layer of certain fruits such as raspberries or blackberries AKA the bumps on rasperies. 
 
3/7 - She picks a raspberry, then notices the drupelets are iridescent colors: pinks, reds, blues, purples. The taste of magic awaits her lips.
 
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 249

Since I posted a few weeks ago about all the books my awesome friends donated to Reading Partners, two friends have sent me even more books, pushing the grand total from 95 to 136!! It makes me happy cry. And happy dance. And happy squeal. It just basically makes me happy. Thank you, Anne and Sandra, for your generosity!
Books
More Books
And if you want to donate, click here for the Amazon Wish List.
 
 And now for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
columella - fleshy external end of the nasal septum; bottom part of nose that separates the nostrils.
 
2/14 - She gets a columella piercing to impress bad boy at school, but the fact that she knows actual name of it means he'll never be interested.
 
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 248

15 Minute Tweet TalesWere you happy or sad about the outcome of the Super Bowl this weekend? As usual, I was only watching for the commercials. Although by the end I was screaming for the Falcons to hold their lead, so I guess I wanted to see the Patriots lose more than I realized. It did make for an exciting game there at the end though!
 
And now for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales word:
 
brassard - a decorative cloth band, often braided or tasseled, worn around theupper arm, as by military personnel to signify a particular group,regiment, etc.
 
2/7 - From the brassard clutched in her fingers, he knows murderer is in his regiment. Then learns his is missing. Who'd gain by framing him?
 
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?

SOME KIND OF MAGIC release + Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 247

I was in Pitch Wars 2014 with Mary Ann Marlowe, and let me tell you, she's hilarious. I haven't had the pleasure of reading her debut novel SOME KIND OF MAGIC yet, but I've heard from others in our group that have, and apparently it is hot, hot, HOT! So I can't wait to get my grabby hands on my very own copy. 

SOME KIND OF MAGIC releases today, so check out the teaser excerpt, and be sure to enter the giveaway below.

Some Kind of Magic by Mary Ann Marlowe | JenHalliganPR.com

Publisher: Kensington Publication Date: January 31, 2017

"An amazing first novel." —Sydney Landon, New York Times bestselling author In this sparkling debut novel, Mary Ann Marlowe introduces a hapless scientist who's swept off her feet by a rock star—but is it love or just a chemical reaction?... Biochemist Eden Sinclair has no idea that the scent she spritzed on herself before leaving the lab is designed to enhance pheromones. Or that the cute, grungy-looking guy she meets at a gig that evening is Adam Copeland. As in the Adam Copeland, international rock god and object of lust for a million women. Make that a million and one. By the time she learns the truth, she's already spent the (amazing, incredible) night in his bed. Suddenly Eden, who's more accustomed to being set up on disastrous dates by her mom, is going out with a gorgeous celebrity who loves how down-to-earth and honest she is. But for once, Eden isn't being honest. She can't bear to reveal that this overpowering attraction could be nothing more than seduction by science. And theonly way to know how Adam truly feels is to ditch the perfume—and risk being ditched in turn. Smart, witty, and sexy, Some Kind of Magic is an irresistibly engaging look at modern relationships why we fall, how we connect, and the courage it takes to trust in something as mysterious and unpredictable as love.

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Excerpt from SOME KIND OF MAGIC

I scanned the rest of the room. I wasn't surprised to see he had a turntable. Micah had been buying vinyl for years. An entertainment unit held a wide-screen TV and a stack of DVDs. I walked over to check out his movie collection. A Netflix envelope sat on top, and I read the address. The name rang a bell.

“Adam Copeland?”

Then I remembered. Stacy and Kelly had crushed on a rock singer with the same name for a few weeks last summer, another impossibly hot guy with red hair. No, wait, that was a different band. I could never keep their celebrity crushes straight.

My eyes went wide. What if this was that same guy? They would die. He was a musician, after all. A wave of nausea crested as I took in my surroundings. The guy certainly had money.

Adam glanced up from a stack of records and caught me staring at him. “What?”

“Your name is Adam Copeland?” My mind raced. The apartment was his parents’, so the money was probably his parents’, too. If he was a rock star, wouldn’t he have some lavish penthouse overlooking Central Park?

He went back to flipping through albums, nonplussed. “Oh, yeah.”

I narrowed my eyes. If I asked him straight up, he’d think I was crazy, so I casually sauntered over to the side of his bed and leaned back, facing him. I picked at the hem of my shirt, and then, as though I was teasing, I tested the waters. “So, does everyone ask you if you’re any relation to that guy from that band?”

“Huh?” He pulled out a Van Morrison album and then dropped it back down, still on the search for whatever he was looking for.

Then it hit me. “Oh, God. I’m sorry. It must be an incredibly common name.”

He froze in place like a deer caught in the headlights, like he had no idea what I was talking about.

This was embarrassing. Awkwardly, I fumbled for an explanation, rambling. “You know that band? They have a song that gets played about a million times an hour.” On the spot, I couldn’t even remember the band’s name. I scraped my brain, tapping my fingers on the bed post. It came to me out of nowhere. “Walking Disaster!”

Adam rolled his eyes. “Riiiight.” He settled on an album and slid the vinyl record from the sleeve.

I hoped I hadn’t offended him somehow. Maybe it was an irritating comparison. If someone famous had my name, I’d find it annoying.

What was I thinking? As if some famous musician would just hang out at a club and buy me beers. And flirt. He’d definitely been flirting with me. Guys within my limited reach rarely bought me beers and flirted. How much chance would I have with a freaking rock star? I laughed at myself for losing my head temporarily.

Unfazed, Adam dropped an album onto the turntable. I smiled as a dead sexy Arctic Monkeys song started. “I love this song!”

He sidled up next to me and bumped me with his shoulder. “So you like that band, Walking Disaster?”

Was this a litmus-test question? Like asking someone if they like Nickelback? What if he had a checklist, too? What if he only liked girls who listened to the “right” music and immediately disdained girls who listened to whatever he found uncool? And why did I suddenly care what kind of girls he might like?

I shrugged, reaching for a safe nonchalant answer. “I don’t normally listen to them unless they come on the radio. I don’t intentionally listen to much current rock music, except for Micah’s. But my coworkers gush about that band. They tried to drag me out to see them just recently.”

“But you didn’t want to go?”

“No, I would’ve gone. But it was at the Meadowlands, and it was a weeknight. I had to get up early the next day.”

“To make perfume, right?” He leaned closer and breathed in. “What’s the name of this one?”

“Oh, I don’t know.”

“Mmm. You should call it ‘Irresistible.’ It smells nice.” He lifted my hand and laid a kiss against my wrist. My brain told me I should leave. I barely knew him.

But I didn’t want to leave. Adam’s lips felt so good against my skin. His dark eyes sought mine, looking for permission, maybe. The naked desire etched on his face sent a tingle through me. I wanted to feel his lips on mine, but he held back, so I bent toward him. He kissed me soft, and I tasted the hint of Jamaican spiced rum.

He broke away and drew back, so close but too far away. His eyes pierced mine, and his breathing hitched, but he hesitated. I felt tethered there, unable to move back, wanting to move forward. I reached up to touch the stubble on his cheek, then that cord on his neck I’d wanted to touch earlier. Without another thought, I twisted my fingers in his hair and pulled him back to me.

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Some Kind of Magic is Mary Ann Marlowe's first novel. When not writing, she works by day as a computer programmer/DBA. She spent ten years as a university-level French professor, and her resume includes stints as an au pair in Calais, a hotel intern in Paris, a German tutor, a college radio disc jockey, and a webmaster for several online musician fandoms, plus she has a second-degree black belt. She has lived in twelve states and three countries and loves to travel. She now lives in central Virginia where she is hard at work on her second novel. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.maryannmarlowe.com, Facebook, and Twitter.

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15 Minute Tweet TalesAnd now it's time for this week's 15 Minute Tweet Tales word, which is very appropriate given Mary Ann's book.

redamancy - the act of loving in return.

1/31 - Anger spiked when she saw choas in the kitchen, but when husband handed her a sloppy thinking-of-you cake, redamancy overwhelmed 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?

 

Reading Partners Books + Tweet Tales Week 246

If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably heard me mention Reading Partners a couple (of hundred) times because I think it’s such a great organization (learn more about it here). They pair volunteers with students who are reading significantly below grade level for two hours a week to follow a super easy curriculum. This is my fifth year tutoring, and not only is it a lot of fun, it achieves real results. 
 
In fact, I’ve been on cloud nine this week because my fifth grade student had her midyear testing on Monday, and she went up over a grade and a half! That’s a huge improvement in just three and a half months. She’s almost at grade level now, and I’m so, so, so proud of her!
 
As Christmas approached this year, several things came together to spark an idea.
 
1. Sometimes when I mention Reading Partners on Facebook, friends who live in areas without RP comment that they wish they had one so they could volunteer too.
 
2. One of the cool things RP does is called Take Reading Home. When the kids start, they are given a book to keep, and once they read it and bring back a completed worksheet about the book, they get to take home another book. This helps them build a home library, which improves their reading skills.  
 
3. My siblings use Amazon wish lists to direct the rest of the family on proper gift items, so I’d been perusing them to decide what to get my sibs.
 
Anyway, I noticed it was getting to be pretty slim pickings in the Take Reading Home library - like the leftover books no one bought back in the 70s or something - and I figured my friends who wanted to volunteer might donate books instead, but how could I make it easy?
 
Boom!! That’s when it hit me! So I created an Amazon wish list with some of the books the students enjoy the most, and then I posted the link to Facebook and Twitter and hoped for the best. 
 
Two days later, three packages of books arrived at my house. I’m not gonna lie, I totally cried. And the packages kept coming over the next month! Since it was right before Christmas, there were often multiple deliveries per day. I’m sure the UPS drivers hated me, but it was so worth it. Opening all of those beautiful, beautiful boxes of books was like having Christmas for several weeks straight.
 
One of my friends even shared the link on her own FB page, and HER friends sent me books. Y’all, complete strangers sent me books to give to kids, which is too awesome! 
 
When I started this adventure, I figured I’d get about twenty books. And I would have been thrilled with that. Instead I got … are you ready for it … because it’s pretty amazing … a grand total of 95 books!! Yes, 95!!! 95 books that low-income kids get to take home and call their very own. Books that will help them become better readers and improve their lives in so many ways. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Sandra, Anne, Laura, Jenn, Rebecca, the Glazer family, Jill, Uyen & VW, the Brokes family, Joanna, Lisa, Nikki, Nadine, and an anonymous donor for helping me with this project. I am blown away by your generosity and so very grateful!
Reading Partners Names
My local chapter of Reading Partners is also very excited by this. They have asked me to put together an article explaining what I did including step-by-step instructions for creating a wish list so that the national office can share it with all their volunteers. Can you imagine how many kids will be helped if other volunteers have similar success? Although I know none of them will be as successful as me because I have the best friends. The very best. (said in my Donald Trump voice). 
 
I wanted a fun way to say thank you, so I decided to spell out THANK YOU! with all the books you donated. And there were so many books that there were some left over to kinda sorta make a smiley face!
Thank you
It looks a little lopsided because when it was done it was so big that even standing on the very top of the ladder I couldn't fit it into the camera frame. Instead I had to use the pano feature, which is tough to keep straight while standing on a wobbly ladder.
 
This is me testing things out and realizing there might possibly be a sizing challenge.
Taking picture
Here I am trying to take the picture with my arms stretched as high as they'll go and my dad trying to make sure I didn't fall off the ladder and die. You can see how successful I was at aiming when I couldn't see anything.
Top of ladder
Me trying to be cool as I say "Thank you!"
Thank  you!
Me trying waaaay too hard to be cool as I say "Thank you!"
Thank you!
And here are a few pics to give you an idea of what 95 books looks like. 
 
These are the books sorted into piles of similar books. The National Geographic for Kids was the most popular with Dr. Seuss and Amelia Bedelia as the runners up. 
Sorting books
Boxes of books waiting to be unpacked in the Reading Partners trailer. 
Boxes of books
Another view of boxes of books in the Reading Partners trailer.
Reading Partners trailer
But as much fun as those pictures are, this one is by far the best ...
Jocelyn and student
This is my second grade student, who was so excited about the new books that it was tough to get her to go back to class. And I hope the look on her face says "thank you!" better than my words ever could.
 
The kids always need new books, so if you still want to donate, I'm going to leave my wish list up all year - click here to see it.
 
15 Minute Tweet TalesI'm also going to squeeze in my 15 Minute Tweet Tales word here at the end.
 
buccula - a person's double chin; excess skin and fat under the chin; literally a "little cheek" beneath the chin. 
 
1/24 - The buccula that jiggles when he talks is not as disgusting as the words coming out of his mouth, but both make me want to punch him. 
 
Is Reading Partners in your area? Have you volunteered with a literacy group? Does my student's happy face make you smile? 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 245

15 Minute Tweet TalesI had my nose to the grindstone this week because I was working on three different grant applications for various projects. As per usual, I was working on them until the very last minute. I know it’s not the best way to function, but I work so much better under pressure, so there ya go. I’m excited about all three of the projects, so fingers crossed at least one of them gets funded! And now that all three of the applications are turned in, I have no more excuses for not starting my latest revision of my MG WIP. Oops, better get to work!
 
But first, here’s this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales word:
 
aphthong - silent letters; letter(s) employed in spelling a word but not pronounced, like the 'k' in 'know' and the ‘p’ in ‘psychology.’ 
 
OK, before my tweet tale – how weird is this word?!? That’s a lot of consonants shoved together. I looked up how to pronounce it, and I’m still not sure I’d be able to drop it into conversation without embarrassing myself. And now for the tweet tale:
 
1/17 - She wonders why people giggle when she says she has pneumonia until sister snaps: the 'p' is an aphthong, you don't have poo-neumonia!
 
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 244

Last week when the meteorologists started talking about snow in South Carolina, my ears perked up. While I HATE the cold, I do love to play in the snow. But of course, as usual, the snow was only going to be in the Upstate, not here in the Lowcountry. So I was a sad panda. 
 
Then I found out my brother was going up to visit my sister to film some of their Ask Doctor Jo videos. Hmmm, I thought, my brother’s house is about halfway between me and potential snow country … and a plan was formed. I packed the warmest clothes I owned, jumped in the car, and drove to my brother’s where I hitched a ride as he drove us the rest of the way to my sister’s. 
 
We had a great weekend of sibling bonding – we ate yummy food, we watched silly movies (of course the dog-loving siblings watched The Secret Life of Pets), and we played in the snow. 
 
They were originally calling for 4-6 inches, but I think it was only about an inch, maybe two. And it wasn’t the sticky kind, so we couldn’t make even a baby snowman, but we still had fun romping in the snow with the dogs. 
Rish siblings in the snow
Joanna with dogs
Brian with the pups in the snow
Jocelyn in the snow
 
15 Minute Tweet TalesAnd now for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales word:
 
aglet - a metal or plastic tag or sheath at the end of a lace used for tying, like a shoelace.
 
1/10 - When she comes home, all his stuff is gone. Was he ever really there? An aglet from his sneaker is the only proof she didn't imagine him.
 
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 243 + Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Freya and I both hope your 2017 is off to a wonderful start!
Happy New Year Freya
I know, I know, it’s been too long since I posted. Over three months in fact. Yikes! And my tweet tales have mysteriously disappeared from Twitter. Oops! It’s funny, when I was doing a tweet tale every day, I never missed a day in four years, but when I shifted to once a week, I was often a day or two late until I just … stopped. I guess it’s easier to maintain a habit when it’s an everyday thing.
 
Anyway, I didn’t intend to stop blogging or posting tweet tales. But my September got crazy (all good things - a writing retreat, travelling to visit family, various projects) so I ended up missing a week. And then another week. And then I decided I needed an extra awesome post to make up for those missing posts but didn’t have time to do an extra awesome post. And then as the weeks passed, I thought I needed to do tweet tales for all the missing weeks in one post to break even but that seemed so daunting that I never sat down to do it. Next thing I knew, it was Thanksgiving and all the holiday chaos started. So at that point I decided to quit stressing about it and start with a clean slate in 2017. So here I am! 
 
I got a book from my parents for my birthday called THE WEIRD WORLD OF WORDS (by Mitchell Symons), so I’m pulling words from there for this year’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales. Let’s start off the New Year with:
 
15 Minute Tweet Talesadelaster - meaning ‘unknown star’ in Greek, this is the name given to newly discovered plants awaiting classification by botanists. 
 
1/3 - She clutches the adelaster she found to her chest, certain it'll bring her acclaim. Just funny-looking poison ivy, only brings a rash. 
 
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 242

15 Minute Tweet TalesLate again! I’m getting ready to go out of town for a writing retreat, so I forgot about my 15 Minutes Tweet Tales post. Oops! But if I haven’t gone to sleep yet, isn’t it still technically Tuesday? Anyway, here’s this week’s word:
 
sobremesa - time spent at the table after eating, talking and sharing stories.
 
9/13 - The meal was so incredible, the guests so delightful, that the sobremesa lasted for hours, creating two couples & a business partnership.
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?