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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?
 

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?