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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?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 39

15 Minute Tweet TalesI’ve been having technical difficulties with the admin side of my website, so I’m late posting and will keep this one short and sweet.  Here are the 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:

10/3 - Her sedulous research paid off: when she "ran into" the director at the bar, she'd become his ideal woman. A starring role at last!
 
10/4 - Plaintiff sued fast-food joint for making him fat. Judge rewarded him with death penalty for stupidity. Judge's alarm buzzed. Snooze.
 
10/5 - As the women struts by, he appreciates her embonpoint. She hears him hum "Baby Got Back," turns to see his lusty grin, & smiles back.
 
10/6 - As I hachure my map for the tourists who'd asked for directions, they sigh & leave. Their loss - hope they don't trip on that pothole.
 
10/7 - He always thought she had sexy thighs, so after she tried to leave him, he froze her crural meat as a treat for when he felt lonely.
 
10/8 - Ashamed of what she's seen, eyes wide, she faces the welkin, certain God will save her sight from the sun if he forgives her spying.
 
10/9 - At the prime fishing spot, the palaver turned to frustrating girlfriends. The gardener & CEO never realized they were sharing a woman.
 
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 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.
 

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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.
 
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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?