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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?
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 60

15 Minute Tweet TalesI had a first this week here at the 15 Minute Tweet Tales headquarters: a repeat word. On Feb 27th, the next word in line in the Rare Words book was anabasis, but it had already been the #15tt word on Nov 18th. What to do? If it hadn't been so recent, I might have just used it again, but I had a hard enough time writing my tale with it the first time around. As part of the definition of anabasis in the book, it mentioned that catabasis was its opposite, so I decided to make that the #15tt word instead.

Then on March 3rd, the word was contronym, which is a word with multiple definitions that are the opposite of each other. As a writer and lover of words, I can't believe I've never heard this term before, but it is now my new favorite thing. In fact, I think the concept will be making a reappearance on my blog very soon.  
 
The Rare Words book gave bolt as an example contronym, but I couldn't think of any others to use in my tweet tale, so I consulted my good friend google. In the list I found, the very first word was anabasis. How weird is that?!? And then on March 4th the word was quiddity, and its definition mentions it's also a contronym. I'd never heard of a contronym before and then get two in one week? I tell you, for a word nerd, it's been a very exciting week on the #15tt front. Oh dear, I need to get a more exciting life, don't I?
 
Anyway, here are my tweet tales for the week:
 
2/27 - Jan is finally winning the war: the catabasis of the cancer cells a sure sign of victory. No quarter offered, only deadly chemo justice.
 
2/28 - The rubric in her biology textbook read, "Do NOT Trust Him!" But when she asked, no one else saw the red ink. Why? And who was 'Him'?
 
3/1 - Histrionics are the anlage of Tom's family: his son doesn't cry when he falls, confirming Tom's suspicion about his wife and best friend.
 
3/2 - A perpetual failure, Tim endues himself in military fatigues and walks in and out of the airport soaking in the gratitude of travelers.
 
3/3 - Tiger was excited to hear he was being fixed, thinking his stolen claws were being replaced. Poor kitty didn't know about contronyms.
 
3/4 - Juan was renowned for capturing the quiddity of his subject's soul on canvas. After viewing his portrait, the king had Juan beheaded.
 
3/5 - Everyone agreed the pendragon was the fairest leader they'd ever had. If only they knew he made every decision by flipping a coin.
 
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 59

15 Minute Tweet TalesAs evidence of how rare the words are this week, six of the seven are being flagged as  misspelled by my spellcheck. So even the computer's dictionary is confuzzled by them. Makes writing the 15 Minute Tweet Tales a challenging adventure, right? Here are my efforts for the week:

2/20 - After seeing the severe breaks to the distal ends of both femurs, the coroner called the supernatural police and lied to the human cops.
 
2/21 - He claims his love is eternal. She says her name tattooed on his butt isn't apodictic proof, especially with the lipstick on his collar.
 
2/22 - He was honored to be an oecist to the green and blue planet. Though the two-legged game was feistier than they had been told. And chewier.
 
2/23 - Jan's docity makes her an ideal candidate, but the lessons must be vague so she doesn't deduce what he's teaching until it's too late.
 
2/24 - While researching plutology, Sue discovered a plot to control the US economy - not by one of the superpowers, but unassuming Wyoming.
 
2/25 - Justin thought it was hilarious to give his brother a boomerang without warning him of its remeant properties. The jury did not agree.
 
2/26 - Jack and Bobby's dimication over Roxie's hand shamed their family. She didn't care who won - either way she'd become American royalty.
 
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 58

15 Minute Tweet TalesUnlike last year when I did a whole week of romantic flavored tweet tales leading up to the day of hearts, flowers, and chocolate, this year I saved all the love for the big day itself. I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day, and here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:

2/13 - A life spent terrified of her own shadow. Freed by the accident that damaged her amygdala. Dead within a week. The fear kept her safe.
 
2/14 - He gazes at her rugate face, remembering her smooth, beautiful skin. She doesn't remember his name, but he loves her more than ever.
 
2/15 - Ready to smack the kids for squabbling about getting an aliquot of cake, she tossed aside the ruler and ate the whole thing herself.
 
2/16 - The designer's line is billed as zoetic since it mimics animal forms, but with all the real leather and fur used, death walks the runway.
 
2/17 -  The bilbo in town square was a relic from the witch trials, so Frank thought it was an appropriate place to dump his awful wife's body.
 
2/18 - Tom's friends meet his new girlfriend and think she's a congener of his cruel ex. They paper, rock, scissors to decide who tells him.
 
2/19 - Ben clutches his zarf, desperate for coffee. He didn't sleep a wink knowing he has to fire his mistress today. Fury will be unleashed.
 
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 57

15 Minute Tweet TalesThe words from the Rare Words book have been so rare that it is a nice surprise when I actually know several of them like I did this week. Here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:

2/6 - The cultist breaks into a shelter for a black cat for his blood ceremony, but a pit bull escapes his cage and attacks. Theodicy indeed.
 
2/7 - Sue coaxes the kitten from the tree. "I'll give you a loving home," she coos, oblivious to the ochlesis of the cat horde in her house.
 
2/8 - He refuses to heed his wife's advice because of his sciolism about grilling. He ends up in the hospital with salmonella and no eyebrows.
 
2/9 - Her enate belly was due to a tumor, not pregnancy, but she threw herself a baby shower the day before surgery. Black humor kept her sane.
 
2/10 - After sampling women of all shapes and temperaments, his heuristic approach to dating led him to accept that he actually wanted a man.
 
2/11 - Angry, he pushes her. She grabs the tapestry to stop her fall and rips off the selvage. It starts to unravel, just like their marriage.
 
2/12 - "Wow, you body is sui generis." "You calling me fat?" Her drink dripping down his face shows it's not a place for flaunting vocabulary.
 
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 56

15 Minute Tweet TalesWith tantric as one of the words this week and another meaning spawning (anadromous), the pattern of suggestive words in the Rare Words book continues. Who knew there were so many obscure risqué words out there? 

And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week: 
 
1/30 - Like a xeric cactus that dies when overwatered, she couldn't cope with the love he showered on her and returned to the man who beat her.
 
1/31 - After sampling her tantric talents, he was in love. And she was able to sell his clean energy invention to the highest bidder: big oil.
 
2/1 - Her rich boyfriend didn't want kids, so securing a proposal took extreme effort. Now the revenant of her son keeps her awake at night.
 
2/2 - Anadromous Club had too clever a name, so sailors ended up trying to get lucky at dock bars rather than visiting the floating brothel.
 
2/3 - Once a week he stops at the airport to watch soldiers reunite with loved ones. A moment of macarism before going home to his dying wife.
 
2/4 - Granny's golden hutch is supposed to make her rich, but the appraiser says it's ormolu. He "forgets" to mention the secret compartment.
 
2/5 - Ullage in carafe of expensive wine. Waiter fired for sampling. His story about flock of thirsty martins, while true, too hard to swallow.
 
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 55

15 Minute Tweet TalesAfter knowing a bunch of the words last week, this week was back to mostly head scratchers. The fact that one means sausage-shaped (allantoid) and another means tongue-shaped (ligulate) seems a bit suggestive. Maybe my theory about this being an erotic book in disguise has some merit . . . or maybe I just have a dirty mind.

Here are the 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
1/23 - Usually a model student, Kim failed philosophy due to distraction: the hot professor gave peripatetic lectures wearing tight jeans.
 
1/24 - His need to be a surgeon was ruined by allantoid fingers; but murder didn't require dexterity and still gave him power over life and death.
 
1/25 - The kidnappers' downfall was forcing him to make the ransom call: his wife was a prosody expert who cracked his code to their lair.
 
1/26 - Julie grew up as a human semicolon, her sole purpose to be the syndetic link between her parents whose divorce could destroy a nation.
 
1/27 - He watched "Crocodile Dundee" on a loop until he perfected his postiche accent. Too bad he misheard: she only dates guys from Austria.
 
1/28 - "The meat is ligulate." "Yes, it belonged to my late husband who moaned about my cooking." He laughs. She doesn't. "Looks tasty, dear."
 
1/29 - He knocked over his milk. She used an irenic tone to calm him. Too late, his cries attracted stares, which recognized the missing boy.
 
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 54

15 Minute Tweet TalesAfter the first two weeks of not even recognizing most of the words from the Rare Words book, I was excited that I actually knew a bunch of them this week.  In fact, detritus is a long-time favorite - one of those that really gives the sense of its meaning as it leaves your mouth.  

And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
1/16 - His proem before he proposes is a long spiel about their love that makes her realize she can't spend her life listening to him ramble.
 
1/17 - Jon's Delphic answer about his wife's location made Pam wary. She finds the body in her trunk. Body hot potato is just getting started.
 
1/18 - He was so dejected after his subpar effort that she lied by saying he was the avatar of Adonis. Her future lovers cursed her kindness.
 
1/19 - The concinnity of his words is hypnotic. She doesn't even realize he's dumped her until he bolts, leaving her with the huge dinner bill.
 
1/20 - The family sniffled during Tim's panegyric for Bob, but his brother interrupted, "Damn, he was just a goldfish," and flushed the toilet.
 
1/21 - The teen ostrich laments her small wings till her mom says to be thankful for her gressorial legs, since guys love gals with great gams.
 
1/22 - Despite a meticulous clean-up job, her parents bust her for throwing a party: she put the bags of detritus in the curbside trash cans.
 
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?