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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?

Merry Christmas + Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 50

Even though today is Christmas, it’s still a Tuesday, so it’s time to post the 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week: 

12/19 – His uncanny skill with languages earned him a spot on the 1st manned trip to Mars, but screams were the only discourse Martians needed.
 
12/20 – Her views on breastfeeding are disputatious, but her son deserves a healthy start – even tho he can now reach her boobs without a chair.
 
12/21 – Bob chases his spam with cheap beer and wife sneers: “Why can’t you be a bon vivant?” “Who has time for wine when I’m drowning in whine?”
 
12/22 – Her mom’s apathy toward Christmas made Sue overcompensate with her kids. She worked extra to pay for electricity, but it was worth it.
 
12/23 – Ty’s evergreen faith in Santa after his friends stopped believing was cute at first, but now the mall Santa snickers at the 25 year old.
 
12/24 – He thought an extravagant Christmas would be a propitious welcome for his new wife’s kids. They resented him trying to buy their love.
 
12/25 – Rip open their presents with gust. Barbie for her; basketball for him. Realizing Santa had too much eggnog, they switch with a laugh.
 
#15 Minute Tweet Tales Christmas
I’m sure people are too busy spending time with family and friends, eating delicious food, and opening presents to bother reading blog posts today, but just in case you stop by, I want to wish you and yours a very merry and happy holiday season!!
 
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 49

15 Minute Tweet TalesSince I’m keeping busy with holiday preparations, today is another quick and dirty addition to the 15 Minute Tweet Tales for this past week. Hope everyone is getting the halls decked and presents purchased with a minimum of fuss!

12/12 - Excited at 1st, now Emma is bored by Tim's quotidian declarations of love. Besides, Chad is cute and his mom always packs extra cookies.
 
12/13 - The taciturn director made the actors rely on the furrow of his brow to know if they were on the right track or not. Lazy or brilliant?
 
12/14 - Frank rehearsed his breakup speech, but the words are stymied when she uncrosses her legs, revealing a startling absence of panties.
 
12/15 - She overheard their plans to prank Jan and wanted to warn her, but her pusillanimous side made her keep quiet lest she be the next target.
 
12/16 - She was so starved for love, she glommed onto any man who smiled at her, tho those smiles always seemed to mask unpleasant thoughts.
 
12/17 - When she failed, she tearfully begged for a do-over, but 30 years of working at the DMV had left him without even a soupçon of mercy.
 
12/18 - He revels in carpe diem, which seems selfish to everyone else. Too late he learns life's pleasures are tough to enjoy when all alone.
 
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 48

15 Minute Tweet TalesFor the past few weeks, my 15 Minute Tweet Tales posts have been jam-packed with extras, but today it’s ‘just the tweets, ma’am.’ 

12/5 - Primogeniture meant her brother would rule despite his low IQ. She was the clever 1. Clever enough to make his death look accidental.
 
12/6 - Tom didn't need to be a shamus to figure out his wife was cheating on him,but it sure was helpful in framing her lover for her murder.
 
12/7 - Cindy ran to her dad giddy about the ribbons she'd won, but since none were 1st place blue, he treated them as de minimis decorations.
 
12/8 - Kim watched the zombie's lackadaisical progress up to her, then lodged her ax in his head. Tearfully, she whispered, "Goodbye, Daddy."
 
12/9 - The squirrel's cupidity causes the homeowner to remove the bird feeder. The birds retaliate by snatching all the fur from his tail.
 
12/10 - Every morning she listens to his prolix complaints about her shortcomings & imagines the day she stabs him to death. Is today the day?
 
12/11 - "You screwed my brother." "I'd never--” I hold up the diamond girandoles I'd had made for her. "Found these in his bed." She laughs.
 
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?
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 47 + A Busy Week

Whew, this week has been crazy! This Boob Tube Junkie was so busy I didn’t watch TV for seven whole days. I know! Surely that means there are now some demons downstairs doing triple axels in sparkly costumes. So what kept me from my beloved boob tube?

For one, my short film Saying Goodbye screened in the Unofficial Google+ Film Festival this past weekend. It’s a very cool way for people to enjoy some of the film festival experience from home and for us to share our film with an international audience. Frustratingly, I had technical difficulties and couldn’t join in on the live Q&A (you should have seen me shrieking at my computer), but luckily my brother was able to represent us. Hopefully we can be part of the lineup next year with High Heels & Hoodoo!
 
The other big event was the Twitter Fiction Festival, and I participated in two different ways. The company Page 27 makes a storytelling game app, and for the festival they invited fifteen writers to participate in a collaborative storytelling event called Once Upon a Line. We’d get a text when it was our turn and have an hour to write the next part in 1-2 tweets. It was an interesting experiment as we tried to find the balance between improvisation and creating a well-plotted story, as well as the balance between a cohesive storytelling style versus each writer showing off their best flowery prose. As a genre reader/writer, the result wasn’t really my kind of story (not enough murder and mayhem!), but it was great fun to play along and see what our collective creative brains produced, plus I met some new talented writers. You can read the whole story here, and if you want to see what my contributions were, you can click the tweets by day tab and look for my smiling face. Huge thanks to Page 27 for asking me to participate!
 
The other way I participated was by animating one of the #15tt tweet tales from each day of the festival (except for one day because of more technical difficulties – I think I need a new computer!). The little movies are silly (especially with the horrible voice “acting”), but I had a TON of fun making them. However, each one took waaaay longer than I was anticipating (hence no TV and really no sleep either), so I was pretty drained by the end. But it was so enjoyable that I plan to keep doing them occasionally, especially if I can spread the time out rather than trying to get it all done in one night.  
 
Here’s the first one – I was very nervous about animating someone else’s story for the first time, but thankfully I got a thumbs up from the author.
 
I think this second one turned out to be my favorite. Growing up with a brother, I have felt like this on more than one occasion.

When I read this one, I got excited since I knew the animation software had Santa and elves. Turns out it only has female elves and only in these skimpy outfits. The feminist side of me was a tad offended, but *shrug* it’s all in good fun.
 
One of the long-time #15tt regulars really wanted one of his tweet tales animated, and since I’d told him the software was very limited as to what I could animate, he craftily wrote this tweet as a sequel (prequel?) to the tweet from the day before to ensure he’d meet all the prop/setting/costume/action limitations of the software.

 
Stay tuned for future #15tt animations, and play along some days – your tweet tale just might be the next to get the animation experience!
 
On top of all that, I had company in town, and there were lots of events happening on the blog. I ended up posting every weekday for the first time since the A to Z challenge. Don’t forget – I’m giving away a signed copy of Kami Kinard’s The Boy Project. It’s super easy to enter in several ways, so get your entry in before 11:59 Wednesday night!!
 
And if you’ve stuck with me through all that, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:
 
11/28 – Tom beams at his neophyte’s success. She might be small, but her passion gives her strength. He buries the pieces of the missing man.
 
11/29 - Her tempestuous wails send him scurrying. The shoes were too tasty to resist. He peeks at her with extra sad eyes. She sighs, then smiles.
 
11/30 - With one hopeful breath, I send dandelion fluff floating across the sky. My wish? That my womb will soon pullulate like that wildflower.
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales12/1 - A blizzard of words overwhelms her as he tries to convince her tp stay. It just reminds her why she's leaving: he talks too damned much.
 
12/2 – My dog wouldn't acquiesce to my commands, so I took him to the vet. She told me he was a cat. I think I might need glasses.
 
12/3 - "Do you want to go up to the roof to see my dovecote?" I hate birds but say "yes" hoping the city view will inspire our first kiss.
 
12/4 - I know our marriage is over when he starts wearing flamboyant ties to work - a flourish of fun from a man who no longer smiles at me.
 
And now I’m off for some much needed rest that will include catching up on some of my favorite TV shows!
 
Did you participate in the Twitter Fiction Festival in any way? Have you ever done any collaborative storytelling? Should I win an Academy Award for my awesome voiceover work? (I think my Santa was particularly inspired.) Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?