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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?
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 53

15 Minute Tweet TalesWell, the Rare Words book was definitely serious about its words being rare. I don't think I've ever read or heard any of the #15tt words before this week. But I guess that's a good thing, right? Expanding my vocabulary. And now for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales using these unusual words:

1/9 - I thought I'd found Prince Charming, but his minatory reaction when I corrected his grammar showed his crown was made of fool's gold.

1/10 - When he earned his degree in eschatology, he specialized in the Mayan apocalypse. Now that it's 2013, no jobs = end of his world.

1/11 - Samples from Mars mission placed in axenic room. Next day yellow spores cling to walls. Scientists thrilled. Didn't watch enough SyFy.

1/12 - His only otiant moment each day was his 10am poop, so he went a little mad when Tom adopted the same schedule and chatted the whole time.

1/13 - Sam always enters a room as if a sennet is being played. Apparently, the illusion of importance trumps the reality of incompetence.

1/14 - Ty saw a light coruscating across the street at that weird girl's house. He used his Morse code app to translate: I think you're cute.

1/15 - His vegetarian date stared at the solanaceous stew. "I don't eat red food cause it looks like it's bleeding." Last meal he cooked 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 52

15 Minute Tweet TalesI can't believe we're already a week into 2013! I hope everyone's new year is off to a great start!

After a week of using words from the Rare Words book, I'm starting to think it's actually an erotic book disguising itself as an erudite one. With all the kissing (basial) and crotch polishing (ganosis), it has been a lewd (lenocinant) week over at the #15tt hashtag - some truly blush-worthy tweet tales over there.

Since I'm primarily a kidlit writer, I'm afraid mine don't measure up on the heat meter, but here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:

 

1/2 - Years flow by in prison as eidetic movies play before her eyes of carefree days with her husband. At least the ones before he cheated.

1/3 - The apprentice hated late night ganosis. He shook his tired arm then almost fell off his stool when the statue groaned, "Don't stop."

1/4 - He searches the house for a colletic to fix his grandma's lamp, otherwise someone's getting whipped and his sister is an excellent liar.

1/5 - Her neanic build earns money in LA 2 ways: stunt double for kids & helping cops identify which Hollywood hunks might have dirty computers.

1/6 - Power surges through Amy when she's greeted with lenocinant grins. It will feel even sweeter when she dominates their chess tournament.

1/7 - Wanting to impress her first date, Kim did basial exercises she found online. Wasted effort since she foolishly ate garlic with dinner.

1/8 - Fardea loved her unique name until she moved to her mom's native France, where she was crushed to discover it's a paronym of burden.

Not that I think anyone cares about my blog post titles, but since it caused me a good ten minutes of staring at the computer with my brow furrowed, I thought I'd share what I've decided to do. When I started last year, the number in the post title was supposed to correspond with the week of the year, but if I start over again in 2013 with "Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 1" then I'll have posts with the same title. Chaos, I tell you!

Solutions? I thought about adding a 2013 to each TTT title this year, but that looked awkward to me. Then I thought about spelling out the numbers this year, but then what will I do if I keep this up next year? So I've decided to keep the numbers going - instead of matching the year's week, the number will serve as a running tally. That way when I eventually run out of tweet tales/motivation, I'll know how long I kept this puppy rolling. Surely there's a Guinness World Record out there for consecutive tweet tales. No? Then I'll just have to start one!

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?

Happy New Year + Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 51

Just like there was no 15 Minute Tweet Tales vacation for Christmas, I’m a mean boss making myself work on New Year’s Day, too. So here they are, my last tweet tales of 2012:

12/26 – The bouquiniste reminded Sue of her grandfather, so she hated arresting him, but that “original” Poe he sold was printed last year.
 
12/27 - She's so beautiful, men swarm to her; but her conversation is so vapid, they soon flit away, buzzing for something more interesting.
 
12/28 - Another handful to inspissate his pie filling. Present it to Mom for birthday. She screeches at mud all over son and house. He cries.
 
12/29 - Subway clacks. Texts beep. Commuters bleat into phones. He shuts his eyes and imagines himself in a peaceful eclogue he read in college.
 
12/30 – With the last name Wang, Tiny develops pachydermatous skin from taunting. But joke’s on them - that’s not his only elephant-like part.
 
12/31 – Eva’s gelid reaction when he suggests staying home on New Year’s Eve is yet another hazard of dating his daughter’s college roommate.
 
Now you might be looking at the post title and saying, “Wait a minute, Jocelyn, aren’t there 52 weeks in a year? Your title says Week 51.” You’re right, and I congratulate you on your keen observation skills. I switched posting days in April due to the A-Z challenge, which threw off the week count, but I did actually write a 15 Minute Tweet Tale for every day in 2012 - whoo hoo!
 
I’m beyond proud of myself for accomplishing that goal. When I set it, I hoped I’d be able to meet it, but knowing my track record with goals and resolutions, I didn’t have much faith in myself. So it’s super satisfying to have made it to the end – and since it was a leap year, I actually had to write 366 tales. Craziness! 
 
When I look back at last year’s resolutions, if it hadn’t been for #15tt, my writing year would have been a bust. But because of the tweet tales, I did write something every day; and I also blogged once a week, since I always posted them on Tuesday. With this win under my belt, I’ll have to do a better job of meeting my big goals in 2013.
 
While writing everyday has been really good for me, the best part of 15 Minute Tweet Tales has been meeting other writers on Twitter. The #15tt hashtag has picked up a small, but mighty following over the year, and I look forward to reading everyone's tales each day. We’ve got poets, philosophers, pun-y folks, and writers covering every genre, so there’s always a fun variety of stories. I hope we gain even more players this year, so stop by when you have some free time and tweet us some tales.
 
Now that the old word-of-the-day calendar is nothing but an empty plastic shell, *sniff* what is the plan for 2013? Never fear, I have a new source of words. I found a book tucked away on one of my shelves that a family member gave me years ago called Rare Words and Ways to Master Their Meanings: 500 Arcane but Useful Words for Language Lovers, which is a ridiculous title to match some of the ridiculous words within it. I took a small peek inside and, y’all, it’s going to be a crazy ride this year – lots of yummy words that will challenge our storytelling skills. I’ll just start with the first one and each day tweet the next one in line, no matter how weird. And now I present my first tweet tale of 2013:
 
1/1 - With a heavy heart, I climb into my nana’s attic to clean it out but find it packed with incunabula. Granny’s made me a millionaire!
 
Happy New Year!
 
I hope your new year is off to a wonderful start! May your 2013 be happy, healthy, prosperous, and the year you see at least one of your long-term dreams come true!
 
Did you play #15tt in 2012? Do you plan to play in 2013? Will you miss the old WOTD words or are you excited about the new Rare Words book?
 
If you’re willing to share your tweet tales, 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?