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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?

Twitter Fiction Festival + Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 46

15 Minute Tweet TalesHave you heard about the Twitter Fiction Festival? From Wednesday, November 28th through Sunday, December 2nd, Twitter is hosting a celebration of storytelling at the hashtag #twitterfiction. They asked writers from around the world to submit proposals to be included in the festival, so I screwed up my courage and sent in an idea.

They were supposed to announce the selected authors last Monday, but I still haven’t heard anything. For a while I maintained hope because (as I learned from obsessively googling and checking Twitter) no one else had heard anything either – not a single peep of celebration from anyone. But since the festival starts tomorrow and you’d think people would have to know if they were officially participating, I sadly have to assume I’m not one of the chosen ones.
Edit: They posted the official selection list around 2:00pm, and as I suspected, my name is nowhere to be found. *sad face*
But never fear! I’ve decided since I’ve already prepped for it (and it’s really just a souped up version of my regular 15 Minute Tweet Tales), I’m going to participate anyway in an unofficial capacity. And to explain what I’ll be doing, I’m copying a chunk from my festival application:
What's your proposal? Describe the story you'd like to tell... how would you tell it... what are the Twitter accounts you'd use?
For the past year, I’ve been running a daily Twitter fiction challenge called 15 Minute Tweet Tales using the hashtag #15tt. I have a word-a-day calendar, and each day as I uncover the new erudite word, I give myself fifteen minutes to come up with a story using that word. It’s great exercise for my writing muscles and has the added bonus of boosting my vocabulary. The full explanation can be found here.
The best part is that other people in the Twitter-verse also play along, so each day there are many diverse stories inspired by the same word. Touching, funny, horrific, sad, lyrical – the variety of tales told each day guarantees there will be something for everyone to enjoy. 
My proposal for the Twitter Fiction Festival is to continue what I have been doing: provide a word each day for all participants to create their own masterpieces of Twitter fiction. I would use my Twitter account (@JocelynRish) to post the word and my own tweet tale, and then anyone else who wants to participate would tweet tales from their Twitter accounts with the hashtag #15tt.
I know there are others out there running similar fiction challenges, so I propose to take mine a step further. In the world of novels, many bestsellers end up being made into movies, so each day of the festival, I will turn one of the 15 Minute Tweet Tales into a short animated film. 
I will usually select the tweet tale with the most retweets as the one to animate, but since the animation software I use is relatively limited, I’ll have to use my own discretion as to what I can accomplish on screen. 
Just like Twitter condenses a story into 140 characters, Twitter will also be used to condense the lifecycle of a novel-to-screen adaption into 24 hours. The stories will be published, become bestsellers by the number of retweets, and be turned into movies to then be shared via Twitter the next day.
I hope the #15tt regulars will join in on the fun, and if you haven’t played along yet, now’s a great time to jump in since your tweet tale has a chance to be animated. Although I have to stress again how limited the animation software is (not to mention my skills using it), so each day I’ll be picking the one with the most retweets that I’m also able to animate.  Things to keep in mind to increase the chances of your #15tt getting animated: 
  1. The software cannot animate animals or children.
  2. The choices for props, settings, and costumes are very limited so keep it simple.
  3. Actions are easier to animate that thoughts or feelings.
  4. But it's not like intricate stuntman actions are available.
And here’s an example of what it will look like:
As you can see, it has amazing production values. And the voice-over actors are particularly Oscar worthy. :-)  It’s just a silly bit of fun, so I hope y’all will dust off your storytelling skills and play along!
Also make sure you check out the #twitterfiction hashtag during the five days of the Twitter Fiction Festival to see all the creative storytelling experiments taking place.
And at looong last, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:
11/21 - I should never have come to this hermitage by myself to write. Especially not a horror novel. I jump at every sound. Wait, what's tha—
11/22 - The newest senior class scapegrace is extremely good looking. Principal Jones licks her lips as she imagines ways to rehabilitate him.
11/23 - She dozed as the lawyer went over the jabberwocky in the prenup. Big mistake since her husband ran off with the maid 6 months later.
11/24 - Kim's in a preprandial frenzy finalizing the meal she made for her vile mother-in-law: the arsenic sauce only goes on one of the plates.
11/25 - After he proposes on the jumbotron, he mafficks around the stadium, not knowing she only said YES to not embarrass him on national TV.
11/26 - The professor's lectures are abstruse, but she's getting an A. She'd gone to his office to "beg" on her knees and saw Tom got there 1st.
11/27 - The scarecrow likes gossiping with the crows, but the farmer threatens to literally fire him if he doesn't fulfill his corvine duties.
Are you planning to check out the Twitter Fiction Festival? Do you think you’ll write any #15tt tweet tales during the festival? Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

Happy Thanksgiving + Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 45

15 Minute Tweet Tales

I doubt many people are reading blog posts this week – too busy cooking, gathering family and friends together, and preparing for insane shopping adventures – but I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a spectacular Thanksgiving. The Rish family will be gathering at my parents’ house where my brother is going to cook his infamous (and super delicious) spiced turkey. I’m in charge of the dressing, which to everyone’s surprise I managed to pull off last year without burning down the kitchen. Fingers crossed for success two years in a row.  

The one thing we will definitely not be doing? Shopping! None of us are really shoppers at the best of times, and with crowds willing to trample each other over a few dollars off, we’re going to give any place with a cash register a wide berth. Instead we’ll probably sit around in the same room not talking while we play Words with Friends with each other on our phones. Maybe I should see if I can track down a Scrabble board so there is some actual interaction? But it’s so much easier when the game automatically tells you if the random string of letters you put together really forms a word. :-)
In the meantime, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week for you to enjoy as you stuff your turkey:
11/14 - The tomcat hectored the kitten, batting him around. But with one swipe, the kitten drew blood. He hadn't been declawed. Or deballed.
11/15 - The star-chamber rules for scaling the friend hierarchy to be Tia's BFF are so frustrating Pam decides it's more fun to be her enemy.
11/16 - He swore he was being facetious when he said rivals would pay a lot for their code. His boss swore she wasn't joking when she fired him.
11/17 - All the ladies were atwitter when a pukka royal visited their brothel. But the "lucky" girl he selected never came downstairs again.
11/18 - The king hurls foolish orders after the guards spot the enemy's anabasis. Fed up with his idiocy, they push him across the drawbridge.
11/19 - After her showdown with the principal, 11 girls dye their hair pink. She'd only wanted to express herself, not gain a bunch of epigones.
11/20 - Her mom's constant warnings to be chary of strangers made Pam freeze around men. She thought it'd be better to meet one online. Poor Pam.
I’m thankful for so much this year, including having this silly little blog that has helped me meet some truly incredible people. Thank you for reading. Happy Thanksgiving!!  
What are your Thanksgiving plans? Any special traditions? 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 44

15 Minute Tweet TalesI think my first tweet tale for this week was triggered by my frustration at already seeing Christmas stuff everywhere. I love Christmas, I really, really do, but I don’t need it in my face for over two months. I went clothes shopping (which I hate to do under the best of circumstances), and one store was blasting carols the entire time. I seriously felt like shrinking into a corner, hands clenched over my ears, rocking back and forth, and wailing, “Make it stop! Make it stop!” *ahem* Sooooo anyway, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week: 

11/7 - Her decorous holiday decorations made her the envy of the town, but this year her son snuck a mooning-Santa figurine into the manger.
11/8 - Years of bleaching left her with frazzled locks, triggering an animus of natural blondes. Sneaking up behind them, she'd cut off chunks.
11/9 - He confers with his consigliere, "Once for yes, twice for no." The poodle barks once; now he's the proud owner of swampland in Florida.
11/10 - He peruses the menu, then orders: early 20s, female, redhead. As she screams, he realizes although this is easier, the thrill is gone.
11/11 - The bees overthrew the queen, but the new system ended up a kakistocracy because all the competent workers were too busy to govern.
11/12 - The prom queen regrets her ignoble treatment of her classmates: pig's blood would've been preferable to the cow shit they dump on her.
11/13 - His trenchant wit made him a trendy guest till he flayed too many hosts with his sharp tongue; now his pithy barbs are wasted on the dog.
Are you already filled with Holiday spirit? Or are you sick of the Season before we’ve even reached December? 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 43

15 Minute Tweet TalesI hope everyone had an easy time voting today. I kept seeing on facebook and twitter about people waiting for hours, so I bundled up in my jacket and brought a book fully prepared to wait it out. Turns out I picked a great time to go because I walked right up, signed in, and was directed straight to a voting machine. No muss, no fuss. The volunteers who run my precinct always do a great job, and I thank them for their hard work.

Now on to the 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:
10/31 – The chiropteran spots his prey & swoops to the ground, but before he can transform to his handsome form, she swats him with her purse.
11/1 - He remained a mugwump as the 2 girls argued w/ pride over who had the sluttier costume - he planned to bang them both before midnight.
11/2 - Her dilatory flirting with the guard was supposed to give her sister time to steal the painting. They didn't anticipate he'd be gay.
11/3 - The mean girls will torment him anyway, so he decides to earn their ire with panache - he dumps a bucket of roaches on them at lunch.
11/4 - When I found the adorable dog shivering in the rain, I named him Puddles. Turns out it was a prophetic appellation - my rugs are ruined.
11/5 - As my brother snivels to Mom about the toy I broke, I replace it with a replica. If she believes he always lies, I'll rule the house.
11/6 - Vera, Olga, Dani, Kate, Abby: VODKA was his mnemonic to keep track of his girlfriends, but things fell apart after he discovered Brandy.
Was your voting experience an exercise in patience or was it easy-peasy? 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 42

15 Minute Tweet TalesJust a quick post of this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales, since I’m working on another post I’m also adding today. I know, two posts in one day?!? I think I just saw a pig soar past my window and heard the devil complaining about the chill in the air. Here they are:

10/24 - Her protean disguises made her a superb spy. Only her lover knew her true face. His gambling debt grew. She ended up paying the price.
10/25 - "Pretty in Pink" is her favorite movie, so she shuns the dernier cri to make her own prom dress. She struts in, but no one even notices.
10/26 - It breaks her heart to abdicate her role as mother, but her boss is desperate for a child & has the means to make her son's life easy.
10/27 - He gets a Rottweiler to show he's badass. Turns out the effete dog is scared of everything - a true reflection of his owner's soul.
10/28 - The spell said to add 3 drops of her blood to the wine every hour for a nychthemeron. Sadly, hemophiliacs shouldn't make love potions.
10/29 - The flames just lick the stairs, but he makes the untenable decision to run. His baby's wails haunt him 'til the day he eats a bullet.
10/30 - Laughing, my new neighbor said he was a snowbird, but his twitchy eyes indicated he was fleeing something more chilling than winter.
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 41

15 Minute Tweet TalesI seem to be in a doggie state of mind lately. Last week I wrote a tweet tale starring a dog, and this week two of the tales featured canine companions. I’m such a sucker for those four-legged cuties. And now for the 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week: 

10/17 - He suffers the side effects of steroids not to win medals, but for the Antaean boost needed to protect his family from local thugs.
10/18 - Too scared to stop what's happening to the helpless drunk girl, the pledge edges out the door to dissociate himself from his brothers.
10/19 - She can't believe the fire-sale price on the antique ring. She understands when she gets home & it starts whispering to her. Too late. 
10/20 - The judge was a scrupulous advocate for the law, but when the law led to injustice, she haunted dark streets with her favorite gun.
10/21 - Parents forgot to leave pizza $. Babysitter panics. Then sorts through leftovers & creates a culinary bricolage. Kids feed it to dog.
10/22 - As u chasten the dog for chewing your shoes, she gives pitiful "I'm sorry" eyes (while plotting to revenge poop in the replacements).
10/23 - Though built of pillows, in our memories the fort was impregnable since it shielded us as Mom did what was necessary to pay the bills.
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 40

15 Minute Tweet TalesWow, another week has zipped by at a super zippy speed, and I seem to be falling back into my bad habit of only posting once a week.  Hopefully, I’ll break the cycle this week.  In the meantime, here are the 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:

10/10 – She used to be a quixotic girl who’d chain herself to a tree; now her soul cries as she convinces the judge to arrest the protestors.
10/11 – Suzy only wanted to see if the pretty green anti-freeze was miscible with Daddy’s drink, but she’s glad she can stop locking her door.
10/12 - "Do I look fat in this dress?" He eyes her slender frame with an eager grin, "Yes!" Fights always commove them to great make-up sex.
10/13 – Voters were intrigued by the ad for an app that would monitor candidates 24/7, but randy politicians turned that project to vaporware.
10/14 – The rain sweeps diluvial detritus into the slums, but Mya unearths treasure & her face shines like the sun through the parting clouds.
10/15 - The scientists locked inside the CDC despair as the zombie virus proves refractory. They throw open the doors and accept their fate.
10/16 - Dog's propinquity to overturned trashcan suggests guilt. His brown eyes claim innocence. Burger wrapper stuck to paw speaks truth.
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?