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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 38 + #writemotivation

#writemotivationThe September #writemotivation goal check month has zipped by faster than I ever imagined.  So how did I do on my goals? Well, it wasn’t a complete disaster this time:  

1. Revise at least three pages a day in my WIP.
OK, so this one was a complete disaster. Another month with no progress on my WIP.  I’d be depressed if it weren’t so funny. I really want to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, but I feel like I shouldn’t unless I finish these revisions, so I’m really going to push myself to finish this month. Yeah, I know I say that every month, but one of these months I have to be right, right? Isn’t that the law of averages or something?
 
2. Post two blog posts a week.
DONE! I feel really good about this one. I was a total slacker for most of the summer with only posting once a week (my 15 Minute Tweet Tale roundup on Tuesdays), so I’m going to try to keep up with posting twice a week.
 
3. Spruce up at least one of my short stories and submit it for publication.
DONE! I’m really happy with the changes I made to the story, although I now have to wait six months before I hear back. *bites fingernails to nubs*  But this was a great exercise, and I hope to keep up the momentum by dusting off more of my short stories and getting them into circulation.
 
4. Finish reviewing critique partner’s novel.
DONE! Novel reviewed and notes organized into coherent feedback and sent off to critique partner.
 
So even though I didn’t make any progress on the BIGGIE goal, I was more productive than I have been in a while. Plus I accomplished a lot with both of my short films, and I’ve been working on putting together an optimal writing space to hopefully fan the flames of productivity.  I hope all the other #writemotivation folks made solid progress on your goals!
 
And now here are the 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:
 
9/26 - "Son, if you show a modicum of courage, the bullies will leave you alone," Tom said mockingly to his dad through his split lip.
 
9/27 - Her grandson says it's the new fourth estate, so she tries that tweeter thing. The streaming nonsense makes her wish Death would hurry.
 
9/28 - The king gave a rousing speech, but the salient point was most of them would fall. The pawns refused to take their place on the board.
 
9/29 - I started to sit. Noticed my brother's espiègle grin. Changed seats. Grandma triggered the whoopee cushion. Mercy! Ambulance required.
 

15 Minute Tweet Tales

9/30 - Her symptoms ran the gamut from aches to zero energy. She said she was dying. Her doctor said she was a hypochondriac. She was right.
 
10/1 - She thinks the reticulate pattern in her hose makes a bold fashion statement. Too bold, since her blind date mistakes her for a pro.
 
10/2 - Sue, the 3x spelling champ, heads to the mic with aplomb. The judge says CHARLATAN. Thinking they uncovered her scheme, she confesses.
 
How did you do with your #writemotivation goals? 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?
 
#writemotivation photo credit to Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 37

15 Minute Tweet TalesI’ve been frustrated by all the nastiness on social media lately because of the upcoming election. Healthy debate is important and makes our country stronger, but what I’ve been seeing is not that. I’m independent, and it’s distressing seeing friends I adore on both sides of the spectrum frothing at the mouth. I’ve even thought about staying away from facebook and twitter until after the election, so that I don’t have to watch people I admire call other people I admire idiots (and much worse) just because they have different beliefs.  

So I cringed on Saturday when the word-a-day calendar offered up a word perfect for stirring up political strife. Luckily, the #15tt crew is awesome, and we’re just here to write fun tweet tales no matter our personal beliefs, so there was nothing to worry about. Then on Sunday I couldn’t believe it when the calendar presented a religious word. Yikes, back-to-back hot button topics! But all went well with that one too. So with those potential landmines avoided, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week: 

9/19 – Wanting to be the REAL Sherlock, Bob honed his observation skills not realizing he also needed to be a polymath to decipher the clues.
 
9/20 - She watches the clandestine briefcase swap in the carrefour and snickers. Amateur agents make her job easy. Knife drawn, she pounces.
 
9/21 - I try to smile when my orgulous Dad gives me a "new" coat. He works so hard & must never find out my classmates call me Dumpster Dana.
 
9/22 - The Dems pulled off the ultimate roorback by stealing one of the spare Mitt-bots from storage & programming it to say terrible things.
 
9/23 - We'd still be living in prelapsarian splendor if Adam hadn't told Eve her fig leaf made her look fat. Apples are perfect diet food.
 
9/24 - He ordered Zombie Zine expecting fun fiction, but shockingly found moisturizing & perfume tips to help the undead disguise themselves.
 
9/25 - Their stepmother abrogated all references to their mom. She wasn't fairytale evil, she just wanted her new family to love her best.
 
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 36

15 Minute Tweet TalesSince yesterday’s post was so jam packed, I’ll keep today’s short and sweet with “Just the tweets, ma’am.”  Here are the 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week: 

9/12 - He wiped out his savings trying to reify his love for her. He wept when she moved on to another sucker willing to buy her affection.
 
9/13 - She wrestles through the skimble-skamble novel her son spent 4 yrs writing.
Hope shines from his eyes. "Well?"
"I loved it," she lies.
 
9/14 - He only feels alive during Thursday karaoke, so when that tramp usurps the mic with gyrating renditions of Madonna? Accidents happen.
 
9/15 - She smiled as he gave his boilerplate excuse for being late. She didn't care - it gave her more time to "get to know" their neighbor.
 
9/16 – Cy acts contrite as his mom warns him of the danger of drugs, but the fact that he swiped his weed from her room vitiates her lecture.
 
9/17 – The minuscule text at the bottom of the contract sealed her doom. The devil knew her secrets, including the fact she was farsighted.
 
9/18 – Her shame turns to rage when she sees the red majuscules painted on her car. He rapes her, then labels her a slut? He’ll wish he hadn’t.
 
Also, there’s a free copy of my movie Saying Goodbye up for grabs, so visit Nerdy Chicks Rule to enter the drawing.
 
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 35 + #writemotivation

#writemotivationAs I suspected, I didn’t make much progress on my #writemotivation goals last week because of my trip to DC. I did manage two blog posts, which was a nice improvement; but no progress on the WIP, which is a bummer. The good news is I had a fabulous time on the trip with my siblings, the DC Shorts Film Festival was a wonderful experience, and we had a great reception to our film at its screening (I’ll be posting pictures and more details about that at the High Heels & Hoodoo blog later this week).

Since I wasn’t sure what my internet access was going to be while I was gone, I scheduled all the 15 Minute Tweet Tales words and my tales for last week in advance. I was a little nervous about it, but the scheduler worked, and the rest of the #15tt crew carried on without me, creating some fantastic tales. Even though mine were technically all written in one night, here they are for the week:

9/5 - How was she going to explain the grass stains from the links to her mom? As his lips touched hers under the stars, she didn't care.
 
9/6 - Annie was bursting with patriotic pride when she joined the CIA, but the drudgery of questionable assignments has case-hardened her.
 
9/7 - A mermaid explores the flotsam of a naval battle. A sailor calls for help. Instantly smitten, she drags him down in a watery embrace.

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9/8 - When she asks what he wants to eat, he always says: I don't care. She soon realizes it's tantamount to saying: I don't care about you.

9/9 - Frank was obtuse about most things, but he knew when a woman liked him; so he'd keep her chained in the basement 'til she admitted it.
 
9/10 - Bob the bluebird did not let his severe alopecia stop him from happily singing, though the other birds tittered at his naked wings.
 
9/11 - Kim's crush got on the elevator, 5 seconds later it got stuck. She sang a mental paean to the goddess of love for her perfect timing. 
 
How did you do with your #writemotivation goals this week? 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? 
 
Photo credit to Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 34

15 Minute Tweet TalesWow, two posts in one week – it’s been a while since that’s happened, so hooray for #writemotivation! If I weren’t so busy getting ready for my trip to DC, I might really try to shake things up by going for three posts. Maybe next week. And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:

8/29 – Kim’s fulsome praise of my fashion sense before the board meeting should’ve alerted me to the toilet paper bumming a ride on my shoe.
 
8/30 – He bled every word, but critics labeled his novel a potboiler; he leapt off a cliff knowing a dramatic death elevates an artist’s work.
 
8/31 - He thought his air of ennui made him seem sophisticated; everyone else thought he was an ungrateful jerk who needed a dose of reality.
 
9/1 – Like kudzu smothering the autochthonous flora, hiring dour Jim overwhelms the upbeat office turning it into a pessimistic wasteland.
 
9/2 – Her husband thinks she’s doing eleemosynary work: technically true since she bestows lush food, clothing, & “life lessons” on the lad.
 
9/3 – The city slicker thought it macho to rowel his mount into a gallop with his spurs. The horse thought it funny to screech to a halt.
 
9/4 – Nana’s reaching stick helps with the prehension of items from her chair, though she prefers using it to pinch the doctor’s posterior.
 
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 33

15 Minute Tweet TalesSomehow another week has managed to fly by…. I’ve even noticed that the light outside is starting to get that ‘look’ it gets when fall arrives – although we’re still a long way from having fall-like temperatures here in South Carolina.  But enough about the weather, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:  

8/22 - She dons glasses, hoping they'll transmogrify her into an asexual beast; but the boys' hands still grope, making her feel truly ugly.
 
8/23 - "The bucket shop guaranteed I'd double my money so I could buy my son's medicine," Jim cried as he pointed the gun at the pharmacist.
 
8/24 – He cheated untold innocents to acquire his misbegotten wealth. Now he gives to charity to ease his soul with a lie about his humanity.
 
8/25 – She got ready higgledy-piggledy, smearing on lipstick while searching for shoes. After 113 tries via eHarmony, 114 had to be the one.
 
8/26 – Salt & Pepper created a duopoly in the kitchen by locking up the cabinet. Rosemary feared they’d run out of thyme to spice things up.
 
8/27 – Bob felt completely sandbagged on their wedding night. Padded bra, corset, wig, an inch of makeup… who was this woman he’d married?
 
8/28 – The sun kisses the wahine’s skin with a burning passion Jon longs to emulate, but she walks away, hips swaying to the ocean’s song.
 
I have to say, we’ve had some really fun word-a-day words so far this year, but I think higgledy-piggledy might just be my favorite.  It’s so much fun to say and seems completely made up, yet it’s so perfect for its definition.
 
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 32 + Other Stuff

15 Minute Tweet TalesI hope everyone learned a ton at WriteOnCon and made new writer friends in the forums.  I absorbed so much information I feared my brain was going to melt out of my ears.  If you couldn’t attend “live,” everything will remain up on the site until the next conference, so be sure to check it out when you have a chance.  

In other news: while I’m going to do a longer post about it later, I did want to let everyone know there’s excitement happening at the website for my short film Saying Goodbye.  Click here to see the big announcement.

Meanwhile, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:
 
8/15 – A chittering obloquy rains from the trees as Ben puts the new anti-squirrel device on his bird feeder. They beat it within 10 minutes.
 
8/16 – Under the guise of visiting Nana, he searched her house until he found a Golconda - her jewelry. Turns out she’d hidden glass decoys.
 
8/17 - Using hypnotherapy, the alienist plants suggestions for patients to randomly bark to entertain him while they whine about their moms.
 
8/18 - Cheers erupt as the wood beneath the screaming woman deflagrates. If it doesn't rain tomorrow, another 'witch' will be burned.
 
8/19 – He felt Town Drunk was a misnomer: he viewed himself as the Town Wise Man, willing to share his sage advice in exchange for a drink.
 
8/20 – Playing the lickerish womanizer ate at Jim’s soul, but his mom would rather die than have anyone in the community suspect he was gay.
 
8/21 – He explained the garner of weapons in his basement was preparation for the zombie apocalypse. They laughed at him. They regretted it.
 
The word-a-day calendar only gave the definition for the noun version of garner, not the verb, so I linked to a different online dictionary to provide the noun definition.
 
Did you participate in WriteOnCon?  Play along with #15tt 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 31 + WriteOnCon

WriteOnConMy guess is that most people who visit my blog already know about WriteOnCon starting today, but just in case, consider yourself officially reminded about the awesome virtual writing conference that kicked off this morning at 6am. It lasts two days, is bursting with helpful information, and the best part is you can attend in your pajamas with your frizzy hair unbrushed (or maybe that’s just me).  Click here for the full schedule. 

And if that weren’t enough unbridled awesomeness for one blog post, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week: 
 
8/8 - After his wife Sue died, he hired a maid to do her uxorial chores. Sadly for her, her thorough cleaning skills uncovered Sue's body.
 
8/9 - Jimmy hit the ball, then became chapfallen as it sailed over the fence. He'd finally hit a home run just weeks after his dad died.
 
8/10 - It took an hour to clean the flour from the kitchen, but her son's rationale for baking cookies for her was so sweet she didn't mind.
 
8/11 – The food? Awful. The conversation? Awkward. But the nadir of the 1st date? When she puked on him. Upshot? Great story 4 wedding toast.
 

15 Minute Tweet Tales8/12 – Every item her late husband had ever touched held special meaning for Ester. Her schwarmerei landed her on an episode of Hoarders.

8/13 - The fugleman of the effort to stop the lunch bandit suggests adding ex-lax. I nod, knowing to avoid chocolate desserts my next theft.
 
8/14 – When Tina caught the punk who’d cut off her dog’s tail, his pleas for mercy triggered her clement nature – she only cut off 3 fingers.
 
 
Are you participating in WriteOnCon?  Play along with #15tt 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 30

15 Minute Tweet TalesA few more new people joined in on the 15 Minute Tweet Tales fun this past week, so there have been even more great stories to read. Search on the #15tt hashtag to see the variety of stories being created from the same word prompt – I’m always so impressed!  And now here are my tales for the week:

8/1 - Watching the medal ceremonies, the joyful countenance of the US women gymnasts and Phelp's quivering lip made me a bit weepy. #truestory

8/2 - The renowned thief took a hiatus to enjoy his spoils. Missing the adrenaline, he shoplifted a pack of gum: caught and jailed for good.
 
8/3 - He took out his dentures to chase his grandkids with an edentulous smile. Their squeals were the perfect mixture of laughter and fear.
 
8/4 - Gladys hated how old age had twisted her from utile to useless. The stash of pills in the drawer called to her. It was almost time.
 
8/5 - With a pristine planet discovered two galaxies over, the wasteland of Earth became the purlieu of those too poor to afford the jump.
 
8/6 - She became abject when she walked into an empty house. She desperately wanted a surprise party & 83 years seemed a long time to wait.
 
8/7 - Vi had a large ass thanks to the largesse of coworkers who loved to bake. Thinking it rude to refuse, she bought bigger pants instead.
 
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 29

15 Minute Tweet TalesI’m not exactly sure what happened to trigger it, but last week a bunch of new people started playing 15 Minute Tweet Tales over on Twitter using the hashtag #15tt.  Welcome to all the new players!  It’s been fun having the chance to see so many different takes on the word-a-day prompt.  We even have a few people writing micro-poetry, which is very impressive.  And if you’re on Twitter and not playing yet, what are you waiting for?  Jump in and tweet us a tale! And make sure to check out the #15tt hashtag each day for other tales because I only feel comfortable posting my own in the weekly roundup.  Speaking of… here they are:

7/25 - At her first singles’ night, Barb wonders if she was festinate in dumping Tim – extreme flatulence doesn’t seem so bad in comparison.
 
7/26 - Viv remembered when her mom’s hugs eased all bumps & scrapes, but she wished for a true nepenthe as she stood at her husband’s grave.
 
7/27 - She was adroit at manipulating people, and her morals were dark enough to exploit the skill, yet light enough to feel bad about it.
 
7/28 - They had a magical 1st date. Then he sent the text 'Thanx for a grate nite.' Orthography ran in Nan Webster's blood, so she dumped him.
 
7/29 - The rich scofflaw's lawyers always freed him, so the cop mislabeled him as a pedophile & tossed him in gen pop to teach him a lesson. 
 
7/30 - BIGFOOT SIGHTING FOOTLESS AS FOOTPRINT PROVEN FAKE! The Sasquatch smiled at the newspaper, satisfied his ruse had made it safe again.
 
7/31 - When preschool reported her son was a paladin revolting nap time, she felt he'd grow up to be President or a criminal. Turns out both.
 
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?