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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?
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 241

Oops! Because of the Labor Day weekend, I totally forgot today was Tuesday, so I’m super late with my 15 Minute Tweet Tales post. To make up for it, I’m including a bunch of pictures of the dogs from the family gathering at the lake this weekend.
 
This isn't a great pic, but it makes me laugh because it looks like Remy is getting sick. Turns out she loves the boat. 
Remy getting "sick"
 
But she hates the car (and often does get sick), so when my brother puts on her harness to leave, she looks miserable. Don't worry, that's lake water on the couch, not something gross.
Scared Remy
 
To get to the lake, my sister's dogs traveled in a taco. Kali was not amused. 
Bear and Kali taco
 
Kali was also not amused when I asked her for a kiss.
Give me a kiss
 
But then she changed her mind.
OK, I'll kiss you
 
Remy and Kali are happy to finally be swimming.
Happy pups
 
And Bear is happy to be jumping.
Bear jumping
 
I'm worn out, so I'm catching a ride.
Catching a ride
 
Time to dry off.
Drying Remy
 
Chloe, Remy, and Freya are super sleepy, and I love the doggie cuddles.
Pooped Pups
 
 
15 Minute Tweet TalesAnd now for the #15tt part of this post:
 
philocaly - love of beauty.
 
9/7 - Because of his philocaly, he tries to become a fashion photog but gets so nervous around the models he drops his camera. Repeatedly.
 
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?
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 240

15 Minute Tweet TalesRunning late today, so I’m keeping it short and sweet with this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales post.
 
nubivagant - wandering in the clouds; moving through the air. 
 
8/24 - Hiking, I tumble off a cliff. Sprawled at bottom, unable to move. No help coming. Watch nubivagant birds, ready for my soul to join them.
 
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?
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 239

15 Minute Tweet Tales

Y’all, I’m having Olympics withdrawal. Even though I might possibly be the most un-athletic person on the planet, I’m a total sucker for the Olympics. But in the lead up to Rio, I was pretty blah. Partly because of all the anticipated problems, and partly because I had a lot of writing stuff keeping me crazy busy. But on the night of the opening ceremony, as soon as NBC started playing Leo Arnaud "Bugler's Dream" I was ALL IN! For the next two weeks, my evenings were spent glued to the TV, watching the athletes do impossible things. 
 
So now that it’s over, I’m feeling a bit bereft. And as usual after an Olympics, I pondered finally getting in shape. And then I laughed so hard I sprained something. See! I’m REALLY out of shape. But thank you to all the athletes for inspiring me for the past two weeks. My passion is not sport, but their passion makes me want to be better at what I do, so it’s time to get back to writing, and first up on deck is this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales
 
froward - willfully contrary; not easily managed. 
 
8/23 - She gets so frustrated with her froward dog, but when he jumps the fence to save her from a coyote, she's glad he ignores boundaries.
 
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?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 237 AND 238

Well, for the first time in the four and a half years I’ve been doing 15 Minute Tweet Tales, I missed posting a blog about it last week. There were a lot of things contributing to this guilt-inducing lapse, but the biggest was that I was out of town. But I was out of town for a super cool reason. 
 
Last Saturday (8/6), Greenville, SC, hosted its first ReadUp Festival, a fabulous event dedicated to YA/MG books and authors. Since my sister lives in Greenville, I had a place to stay, so I decided to drive up there to attend the festival and then spend a few days hanging out with her. So fun!
Book Dress
In my book-ish dress, ready for a book-ish day!
 
The festival was amazing! If I hadn’t known, I never would have guessed it was the first year. They had an incredible lineup of authors, with headliners like Jay Asher, Maggie Stiefvater, and Stephanie Perkins. There were lively panels on a variety of interesting topics, and everything seemed to run so, so smoothly. They even had free ice cream in all kinds of flavors when the day got especially hot and sticky!
 
Since it was the first year, the crowd was smaller than something like YALLFest (which I love!), but that actually made it feel more intimate. YALLFest is now like a rock concert in a sold out mega-stadium, whereas ReadUp felt more like a band playing at a coffee house. And guess how super-introverted me prefers to listen to live music? The vibe at the panels felt like you were hanging out with the authors, which I think was a cool experience for everyone in the audience. 
Maggie Stiefvater and Jocelyn Rish
Just "hanging out" with Maggie Stiefvater
 
The smaller feel also let me catch up with authors I’ve met over the years without feeling like too much of a stalker. Because of events through SCBWI-Carolinas, I’ve gotten to know Megan Miranda, Beth Revis, and Carrie Ryan, and I’m sure it makes me sound like a dork, but I totally feel like part of the cool-people writing club getting hugs from those immensely talented ladies. I also got to see and/or chat with a bunch of the awesome authors I interviewed at YALLFest for MTV, like Susane Colasanti, Brendan Reichs, Ryan Graudin, and Renee Ahdieh.
ReadUp Festival panel
ReadUp Festival panel
My two favorite panels at the ReadUp Festival
 
But as cool as all of that was, by far the coolest part of the day was meeting Facebook friend Emily Colin in person. We “met” a few months ago when Emily wrote a blog post about Rebecca Petruck forcing her critique group (i.e. ME!) to eat bugs, and like all people I meet via Rebecca, Emily is awesome. While we were chatting, we first discovered we both went to Duke. Then we discovered we graduated the same year. THEN we figured out we lived in the same freshman dorm. AND we had the same major!!! The similarities we kept uncovering almost became creepy. But with so many ways we should have run into each other, neither of us remembers ever seeing the other. It's almost like we went out of our way to never meet at Duke to then meet each other mumble-ty something years later at a YA book festival. Go Blue Devils!
Emily Colin and Jocelyn Rish
Emily and Jocelyn: Duke twins who never actually met
 
Kudos to everyone involved with bringing the ReadUp Festival to life! As a reader and a writer, I had a fantastic day immersing myself in the world of YA and MG books and chatting with old and new friends. 
 
And now it’s time for 15 Minute Tweet Tales. Since I was such a slacker last week, I’ll do two for this week to make up for it. 
 
Last week:
 
lethologica - the inability to remember a word or put your finger on the right word.
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales
8/9 - It started as forgetting a name now and then, but once lethologica dominated most conversations, her son sadly took her to the doctor. 
 
This week:
 
guttitim – drop by drop.
 
8/16 - The coffee falls guttitim,
but it's not enough to save him.
He demands his eggs sunny-side up;
she smashes his head w/ her empty cup.
 
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?
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 233

Despite my 15 Minute Tweet Tales story below, I did actually have to go outside today. It felt like this:
I'm melting...
 
So I’m just going to post the word and tale and get myself some ice water. Stay cool, y’all!
 
15 Minute Tweet Talesestivate - to spend the summer at a specific place or in a certain activity; to spend a hot, dry season in an inactive, dormant state, as certain reptiles, snails, insects, and small mammals.
 
7/12 - With temps hanging out around 103, I'm just gonna estivate inside. I'm only cracking the door to shoo the pups out to potty. #truestory
 
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?
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 232

I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend! My family did our usual thing at the lake. There were hamburgers, hotdogs, corn on the cob, watermelon, plus tons of other food. The lake’s official fireworks show was on Saturday night, and we puttered out in the boat to watch the display from the water while patriotic music played. It was pretty fantastic. 
Fireworks
 
During the day, there was more playing with the dogs in the water. Since I know you can’t get enough pictures of them in their spiffy life jackets, here are some more adorable doggie pics:
 
Whoo hoo - let's go!
Three dogs jumping
 
I'm not sure what this expression is on Remy's face is, but it's cracking me up. 
Remy swimming
 
Go, Kali, go!!
Go Kali Go!
 
Bear says, "I can do that, too!"
Go Bear Go!
 
Now Bear is saying, "Oh no, what did I just do?!?"
Uh oh!
 
Remy waiting for the fireworks to start.
Remy waiting for fireworks
 
Freya has had more than enough pop pops and is now hiding in the bathtub - a place she HATES!
Scared Freya
 
15 Minute Tweet TalesAnd now for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales word:
 
balter - to dance artlessly, usually without practiced form or skill, but always with great, contented enjoyment.
 
7/5 - The men sent over shots, ready for their evening entertainment. It always took a few before she baltered on the bar in her short skirt.
 
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?
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 231

15 Minute Tweet TalesI wasn’t able to sleep last night. I had every remaining drop of energy sucked out of me by a roomful of unruly 6 -12 year olds. It’s dark, rainy, and thundering outside. I think I’ll just post my 15 Minute Tweet Tales word of the week and crawl into bed for a nap. *grumble, whine, moan, complain*
 
marcid - withered, wasted, decayed, rotten.
 
6/28 - Nurse Sue feels gratified as her patient grows stronger, never noticing herself grow marcid. Magic is foreign to this woman of science.
 
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?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 230

Not only was Sunday Father’s Day, it was also my mom’s birthday, so the whole family got together at the lake house to celebrate.
 
Rish family at the lake
 
It was also the first time both Remy (my brother’s dog) and Bear (my sister’s newest dog) visited the lake. My dogs Freya and Chloe stayed at my brother’s house because Bear doesn’t like them. He’s a meanie! But since he’s new-ish, we’re giving him space to get comfortable. 
 
Anyway, Joanna’s other dog Kali LOVES the lake and swimming, so she was more than happy to show the other kids how it’s done. There was a lot of dock diving, chasing tennis balls, and jockeying for position to be the first up the ramp. Because it gets a little rough and tumble between them out there, they wear life jackets, which also lets them swim longer because they don’t have to work as hard. Plus it makes them extra adorable!
 
Since I know you love adorable swimming (and boating!) dogs as much as I do, here’s a series of photos of the cutie patooties:

Flying Kali showing 'em how it's done.
Flying Kalie
 
Bear can fly, too!
Bear jumping
 
Remy using a bit more caution. 
Careful Remy
 
It's the dock dogs!
Dock dogs
 
Racing to the ramp!
Ramp racing
 
Trapped on a boat.
Dogs on a boat
 
The wind in our hair.
More dogs on a boat
 
Remy napping on me.
Remy napping on Jocelyn
 
 
15 Minute Tweet TalesAnd now that you’re on cuteness overload, here’s the 15 Minute Tweet Tales word for the week: 
 
gumusservi – moonlight shining on water (Turkish). 
 
6/21 - The path of the gumusservi led from his house to mine, but it was a trail we couldn't walk. Without a boat, we were separated forever.
 
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?
 
And here's a picture of gumusservi from this weekend:
gumusservi