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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 69

15 Minute Tweet TalesLast week I seemed to have doomed space journeys on my mind, and this week it's apparently terrible kings. We also had another repeat of a 15 Minute Tweet Tales word: Antaean was supposed to be the #15tt word on 5/8, but we'd already used it back in October, so I moved on to the next one. Enjoy the tales!

5/8 - At the shelter, the couple is charmed by Rex's mansuetude; but it's a clever doggie trick, since he destroys their house within hours.

5/9 - Thunder on a cloudless day was the first monition something bad was coming, but Tina held her ground until she saw his yellow eyes.

5/10 - Consuetude demanded she bow when the king passed, but she refused. Punishment was swift, but her martyrdom inspired the revolution.

5/11 - A dancing homunculus appears in her dreams. Freud would say she yearns for her own child. Actually, she nodded off watching Ally McBeal.

5/12 - He asks her out, but she tells him she must lucubrate; when he starts sniggering, she's relieved she trusted her instinct to lie.

5/13 - Everyone fears the king's piceous temper. Chef decides the 3-year-old prince will be a better ruler and serves the king a special dish.

5/14 - Em labors to make her protagonist feel real until she can no longer secern fiction from reality. Her true love lives within her novel.

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 68

15 Minute Tweet TalesNot only did I get used to posting my 15 Minute Tweet Tales on Sunday during the A to Z challenge, but I've also been on a blog break since the challenge ended, so I almost forgot to post my tweet tales today. There are a few more than usual since I'm making the switch from Sunday back to the regularly scheduled Tuesday. Enjoy!

4/29 - "He gave me those same earrings. Said they're gold, but they're clinquant." The words from the woman at her door shatter Meg's world.

4/30 - Edith shrieks when she checks her prize-winning roses and finds sheep eating them. There's no way they made it past the haha. Sabotage!

5/1 - With the launch only minutes away, the Captain had an Apollonian air. It was an act for the crew; he knew they wouldn't make it back.

5/2 - The paludal ground stole her shoe, so she had to dig it out. It would lead the cops to her if they found the body she'd just dumped.

5/3 - The eager faces of the parviscient recruits batter his soul. Bound for the craters of Mars, he's not training them to fight but to die.

5/4 - Lost in desert. Mouth parched. Skin fried. Mirage manifests. Undulant sand dunes turn blue and sound of ocean lulls him to final sleep.

5/5 - With a few tricks Sue convinced her kids she was prescient. Now they're too scared to even think of being naughty. Being a mom is fun!

5/6 - The queen whispers in the king's ear about his louche advisors. Meanwhile, she's screwing half of them and stealing from the treasury.

5/7 - Phil wanted to think deep thoughts, so he built a phrontistery in his garden, but in truth he had all his best ideas in the bathroom.

I didn't do it on purpose, but I guess I had doomed space trips on the brain this past week, since 5/1 and 5/3 seem like they could be part of the same larger story.

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?

Temporarily Tweet Tales Sunday Week 67

15 Minute Tweet TalesFeeling super wiped out from the A to Z Challenge and super glad there are only two more days to go. Whoo hoo! So for one last time, here at my 15 Minute Tweet Tales temporarily transferred to Sunday.

4/22 - Bob believes a spider crawled inside his ear. Worried it'll lay eggs in his brain, he shoves an icepick in the meatus. Problem solved.

4/23 - A joke turns into a food fight turns into punches. Now the whilom friends stare daggers at each other outside the principal's office.

4/24 - It's revealed RHS student council is a kleptocracy and colleges scramble to admit them figuring they'll end up with Congressmen alumni.

4/25 - For two weeks blepharal twitching has impeded sleep. The encroaching madness makes her wonder how much it'd hurt to rip off her eyelids.

4/26 - He unearths a trunk he can pignorate to pay for a hearty meal, but when he lifts the lid, the creature inside has other dinner plans.

4/27 - When her husband accuses her of telling a boldfaced lie, Bev unleashes her sumpsimus side, shrieking,"It's bald, just like your head."

4/28 - The intern's excited about his first day working on The Hill. By quitting time, the entropy he's witnessed makes him fear for the nation.

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?

Temporarily Tweet Tales Sunday Week 66

15 Minute Tweet TalesWeek three of the A to Z challenge has drawn to a close, and I'm starting to feel kind of like a zombie. So I guess it's no surprise that two of my 15 Minute Tweet Tales had a zombie theme. Enjoy!

4/15 - While cooking dinner for her, her fiancé cuts himself and a luteous substance oozes out. Her heart drops as she realizes he's one of them.
 
4/16 - The hegira of woodland creatures means Snow White's singing in the forrest. Charming told her she has a beautiful voice. She does not. #15tt
 
4/17 - All the girls mocked her sthenic legs, but when the outbreak started, the twigs they tottered on were unable to outrun the living dead.
 
4/18 - With slick power point presentations, I cozen corrupt companies out of millions and give 50% to charity. I'm a modern day Robin Hood.
 
4/19 - She has a pistic belief in her daddy. Surrounded by zombies, she knows he won't let them kill her. He won't. His last bullet's for her.
 
4/20 - Tom watched the squirrels perform their gamic dance back and forth across tree limbs with no fear. He sighed. He needed a girlfriend.
 
4/21 - Running is only a cunctation of the ceremony. They catch Kim and make her Jim's 8th wife. No previous has made it to a 1st anniversary.
 
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?

Temporarily Tweet Tales Sunday Week 65 + Liebster

Since Sunday is the day off from the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I’m using it for two other pieces of business.

Liebster by Ruby WilburFirst off, the talented Ruby Wilbur passed the Liebster Award to me - thank you, Ruby! If you haven’t been by her blog as part of the A to Z Challenge, hop on over there ASAP. She’s creating beautiful artwork to represent various fairy tales. And just look at how she jazzed up the Liebster Award badge! 
 
Since I’ve received a previous version of the Liebster, and I always break the rules with these things anyway, I’m going to answer five of Ruby’s questionsand then refer you to the bottom of this post for some random facts about me. I’m also not going to pass it on because most blogs I frequent already have it, and I’m entirely too lazy to track down blogs that don’t have it yet.
 
What household chore do you loathe?
Vacuuming – it’s murder on my back.
 
What was your strangest job?
In college, my work-study job was at the Institute of Parapsychology. I helped with experiments that tested how subjects’ remote viewing abilities correlated with their personality types. That place was wacky and I loved it! 
 
What goal would you most like to achieve?
To have one of my novels become a bestseller and then get to write the screenplay for the movie, which goes on to break box-office records. Nothing too farfetched.
 
What skill or talent would you like to have?
I would love to be able to draw. I’m so in awe of visual artists (like Ruby!). Plus I have so many stories I’d love to animate, but I don’t have the skills or the money to hire someone to do it. 
 
If you’ve had pets, which one was the most unusual?
I’ve had many pets and types of pets over the years. I’m not sure that any particular one was especially unusual, but I think the sheer volume and variety would qualify: dogs, cats, gerbils, mice, lops, iguanas, box turtles, water turtles, ducks, fish, hermit crabs, a parrot, a snapping turtle, a rabbit, and a snake. 
 
And now for the second order of business, my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales4/8 - Yes, you can buy wands and potions that kill, but truly powerful assassins have endogenous magic. You're about to learn that the hard way.
 
4/9 - The thecate sword sings to be free, but no man can pull it from the stone. When a young girl does, Arthur snatches it from her and runs.
 
4/10 - Jon tells his son about working as a kid to help his parents financially. His wife whispers, "They were rich." He winks. "Ben trovato."
 
4/11 - Hands clasped, tears streaming down her face, she impetrates any deity to save her son. Only one answers and his price is too high to pay.
 
4/12 - Sweet Suzy wants to share her gobstopper with her sisters, but futile attempts to spall it make her Hulk out and hurl it through a wall.
 
4/13 - "That dress makes her eyes pop." "Not to mention makes her butt huge." "No need to pull out the paralipsis just cause you're jealous."
 
4/14 - Jane did an onomastic search for the perfect name for her baby. Rainbowriffic Sparkles Smith wished his mom had checked the gender first.
 
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?
 
Liebster image courtesy of Ruby Wilbur.

Temporarily Tweet Tales Sunday Week 64

15 Minute Tweet TalesEven though we get Sundays off for good behavior during the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I’m taking the same approach as last year with my 15 Minute Tweet Tales. Instead of posting them on the regular Tuesdays and cluttering up those posts, I’m going to temporarily post them on Sunday. Since I didn’t post this past Tuesday, there are more than usual.

And in a happy coincidence, I’m even able to keep my contronym theme going with this post because The Rare Words Book saw fit to provide a contronym on 4/6. Casuistry means:
 
The application of ethical rules to particular cases
 
~ or ~
 
The false application of ethical principals
 
And now here are my tweet tales:
 
3/27 - Bob ignores Tim's aposterioristic advice to not marry Amy; he might've listened if Tim confessed the affair, saving Bob heartbreak later.
 
3/28 - Amy giggles as her friends cantillate, "Light as a feather, stiff as a board." They step back; she floats in mid-air. Now Amy screams.
 
3/29 - Jon hunches over a microscope as the moans get closer. Kim yells, "Screw the etiology! The only thing that'll save us are head shots!"
 
3/30 - He traveled to the Hesperian reaches of the land and back but never found the man who killed his wife. Too bad he didn't own a mirror.
 
3/31 - To escape her life, Kim enters the woods with only a bottle of water. She emerges 3 days later forever changed by the numinous experience.
 
4/1 - They pretermitted the last gas station before the empty area of the mountains, resulting in a nightmare straight from a horror movie.
 
4/2 - Tina slaved over her Shakespeare paper, weaving in chiasmi to honor the Bard. Her prof honored himself by publishing it under his name.
 
4/3 - While watching his new Girls Gone Wild DVD, Jim spots his daughter. Appalled by her impudicity, he skips her part to enjoy the rest.
 
4/4 - Eunice's palmary roses were the envy of the county. The secret to her success? Cheating husbands make excellent fertilizer.
 
4/5 - Cops arrest Fred for lurking in neighbor's yard. He pleads guilty to scopophilia rather than admit double-checking body he buried there.
 
4/6 - It's ironic Prof. Smith teaches a course on casuistry considering the casuistry he uses to justify the secrets locked in his basement.
 
4/7 – Many years of practice had honed the syntomy of his break-up speeches, but Mona wasn’t one to be blown off and made him feel her pain.
 
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?
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 63

15 Minute Tweet TalesWhen I saw the #15tt word for today, my first impulse was to make it autobiographical. One of the definitions for catachresis is the incorrect use of a word or phrase, and I'm always worried I'm using the #15tt words incorrectly in my tweet tales. Sure a dictionary definition can tell us what the word means, but since they are words I rarely see or hear, I have no context of how to use them correctly. So while the tale might make sense from a meaning perspective, I might be completely embarrassing myself from a usage perspective. But the point of the challenge is to have fun and stimulate my creativity, so I do my best and hope I don't reveal myself to be a fool.

With that in mind, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
3/20 - She keeps a notebook by her bed to capture oneiric ideas for bestsellers. Each morning she's baffled by the foreign looking scribbles.
 
3/21 - The Daphnean teen presses against the wall desperately hoping nobody asks her to dance, but she's still disappointed when no one does.
 
3/22 - Chef Ramsay shouts, "It's *bleep*ing insulse!" At the contestants' blank look: "It's worse than dog's dinner; at least that has taste!"
 
3/23 - A pruritic sensation on her back distracted her during church. Poison ivy from romp in the woods with Father Tim or guilty conscience?
 
3/24 - Star marvels as her 15yo explains his noetic theories to a room of math geeks - how did a stripper and a pizza guy make such a smart kid?
 
3/25 - Her web of lies has become so complex even her telarian skills can't keep it from tangling. She wonders who'll try to kill her first.
 
3/26 - He memorized a word-of-the-day calendar to appear smarter than everyone else, but his catachresis revealed the underlying fool.
 
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?
 

The Big Reveal Bloghop

The Big Reveal Blog HopMina and David are hosting The Big Reveal blog hop today so that folks participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge can share their themes together. I was already planning a post about my theme and why I picked it, so finding this hop-within-a-hop was perfect timing.

Last year was my first A to Z, and like most things that challenge me, I had a love-hate relationship with it. It was amazing meeting so many new blogger friends, many of whom I still chat with regularly in the blogosphere, but writing new blog posts every day nearly put me down for the count. If I was going to participate again, I had to do things differently this time.
 
Well, Jocelyn, why don’t you write your posts in advance like the sane people do? *falls to the ground laughing hysterically* Yeah, that’s not gonna happen.
 
Besides the rampant and appalling procrastination, I think my biggest issue last year was I made things too complicated. My theme was actually six different themes, one for each day of the week. The variety was supposed to keep things fresh for both my readers and me, but it ended up keeping me from finding a blogging groove. I also put a lot of unrealistic pressure on myself that every post had to be hysterically funny and deeply insightful at the same time. Yeah, that’s not gonna happen either. 
 
So I needed a simple theme, but the clock was ticking and I couldn’t think of anything. Then a few weeks ago the 15 Minute Tweet Tales word of the day was contronym, which is a word with multiple definitions that are the opposite of each other. For example: dust can mean to remove fine particles (dust the furniture) or to add fine particles (dust the cookies with sugar). 
 
Despite my love of words, I’d never heard this term before, and it kind of blew my mind. I mean, how weird is English that we have words (turns out quite a lot of them) with meanings that are complete opposites AND we actually have a word to describe that illogical phenomenon? Fascinating! Well, at least it is to this word nerd. Speaking of word nerd, here’s my tweet tale using the word contronym: Tiger was excited to hear he was being fixed, thinking his stolen claws were being replaced. Poor kitty didn't know about contronyms.
 
As I hit up my old friend Google for more info about this new-to-me word, I found several lists with example contronyms. A whisper at the back of my brain pointed out that the words seemed to be covering a considerable span of the alphabet. I felt a thrill – could this be it? Had I finally found my theme? With more research, I found a contronym for every letter but two. Close enough! I’ll just have to be creative on those two days. 
 
I’m really excited about my contronym theme. I’ll get to explore more about this concept that has captivated me, and the posts should be relatively simple. Each day I’ll post a contronym and its contradicting definitions plus something fun to illustrate them – it might be pictures, maybe a tweet tale, perhaps a very short story, or any other ways I find to get creative. I hope you’ll drop by during A to Z to revel in word nerdiness with me.
 
But if that’s not enough to entice you back, then how about cute doggie pictures? Like last year, each day I’ll feature one of the Rish family dogs displaying the letter of the day. They’re too cute to miss! To give you a sneak peek, here’s the video I put together last year for the A to Z Video Challenge:
 
 
 
The Blogging from A to Z challenge is tough but rewarding, so if you’ve never participated before, you really should try it. Click here to sign up. Hope to see you around the alphabet in April!
 
Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge this year? If so, are you going with or without a theme? Care to share your theme? Have you already written your posts?

 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 62

15 Minute Tweet TalesSince I had such a long post yesterday, I'll keep it short and simple today. Here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:

3/13 - She rips out the amyctic tag in her dress. The bad news? Her dress unravels as she dances. The good news? The boys crown her prom queen.
 
3/14 - Bev left a dotation to care for her 17 cats. Her son took them to the pound & bought a Ferrari. He crashed when a cat crossed the road.
 
3/15 - His fustian fooled the folks in DC, but we grew up together in the holler; unless Cole wants to be revealed as Cletus, he'll pay up.
 
3/16 - Readers marvel at her poiesis of such outlandish murders in her books. She had ensured they were possible by testing them on critics.
 
3/17 - Blinded by his margaric smile, she didn't see the truth it betrayed: such a fake white was meant to disguise the black heart below.
 
3/18 - At lunch, Blake kisses Irene - transports her to empyrean. He turns to nearby buddies: "I did it. You each owe me 20 bucks." Crushed.
 
3/19 - Faulty alarm, broken heel, lost keys. Agathism makes her think lateness is for good reason. Still smiling when pushed in front of bus.
 
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 61

15 Minute Tweet TalesAfter having the first repeat #15tt word last week, we had another repeat this week. Chaos. Chaos, I tell you. On March 11th, the next word in line in the Rare Words book was haptic, but it had already made its grand appearance last year on June 18th. So I skipped it, and we ended up with the super weird word acaroid instead.

Another piece of twitter fiction news is that Mal Keeble, a regular at the #15tt hashtag, wrote a fun post about dictionaries (wait, what are those again?) and how 15 Minute Tweet Tales helped him realize his writing slump wasn't as bad as he thought it was.  I appreciated the shout out, but even better was finding out that my silly little challenge for myself is also helping other people with their writing.  Producing something every day, even just a tweet tale, keeps our creative muscles limber.
 
And without further ado, here are my offerings for the week:
 
3/6 - Stomach growling, she shuffled forward for a bite. The zombie was done in by her own gulosity, since the entrails were hiding a mine.
 
3/7 - She'd worried her online match would be a serial killer. Instead he tortured her with Hegelian dogma while she only wished for death.
 
3/8 - The kids torment Jim for his alterity. His mom says the adversity will make him a great man, but secretly fears a more tragic outcome.
 
3/9 - He buys her caparisons and takes her fancy places, but he's no Richard Gere and there'll be no happy ending after she drains his account.
 
3/10 - When the Wicked Witch steps off the plane, she starts to deliquesce and shrieks, "Why didn't someone tell me Florida was so humid?"
 
3/11 - Changed out of suit. Felt acaroid bump on his back. Ran through ship screaming about Martian parasites. Remembered mole he had there.
 
3/12 - They carve their initials in the fagaceous bark: a sign of their eternal love. Tree falls after 10 years; they've been divorced for 5.
 
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?