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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 28 + #writemotivation

15 Minute Tweet TalesNow that I’ve fully recovered from The Crud, I was finally able to make some real progress this week.  I even had an INSANE night Saturday because I got on a roll and decided not to sleep and just rewrote for fifteen straight hours.  I took snack and stretch breaks, but it was pretty crazy intense.  I didn’t make up for the time I lost being sick, but I’m really happy with the quality of what I’ve done, even if the quantity is not where I’d planned.  Here’s hoping all the #writemotivation folks are super productive this last week of July!

As for the 15 Minute Tweet Tales, I thought I’d try something new this week.  In the comments for previous #15tt posts, a few people have mentioned looking up the words, and since I don’t want it to be a hassle for people to understand the tweet tales, I’m going to link the words to their definitions.  Let me know if you prefer having the definitions just a click away.  
 
7/18 - Her adamant belief in signs saved her from making decisions: that fatidic fascination even made her think her dog's farts had meaning.
 
7/19 - A traffic jam, a flat tire, pulled over for speeding: yet the bride maintained the Panglossian belief she'd make it to her wedding.
 
7/20 - Lea used bacon as a cumshaw to get the dog on the couch with his head on her knee. Those brief moments made her feel someone loved her.
 
7/21 - He cheats on her. She cheats on him. They break up and then reconcile. A cycle of lust and distrust that oddly makes them both happy.
 
7/22 – They believed the brave new world of genetic manipulation would cure society’s ills, but it put them on the fast-track to extinction.
 
7/23 - Behind in the polls, he impugns the trait giving his opponent the edge: he claims she stuffs her bra. He will be 6th grade president!
 
7/24 - The detective was revered for his legerity, but this suspect was so hot, the blood rushed from his brain and he missed a crucial clue.
 
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 27 + #writemotivation

15 Minute Tweet TalesAs far as my #writemotivation goals for this week: second verse, same as the first.  Summer colds really do suck.  Between the Nyquil comas and the wad of Kleenex constantly clutched in my hands, the rewriting progress this week has been pretty dismal.  But I feel almost normal now, so I’m ready to use the last two weeks of July to make up the ground I lost.

Now for the 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:

7/11 - No one was surprised when the town quidnunc was found in a shallow grave, but they worried about who now had her laptop with all their secrets.
 
7/12 - Too ashamed to admit to her best friend's face that she'd slept with her husband, she dropped hints to adumbrate he was a lying cheat.
 
7/13 - The spume on the brownie batter made her worry she'd added 2 much ex-lax, but the jerk stealing her lunch needed 2 be taught a lesson.
 
7/14 - Her husband cheats on her. Again. She cries on his brother's shoulder. Consolation unexpectedly turns into an Elysian night. Upgrade.
 
7/15 - The cat was livid when I gave him a bath. After 2 weeks of hair balls on my pillow, I washed him again to show I wasn't intimidated.
 
7/16 - She wore risible clothes not because she lacked fashion sense but because making people laugh helped fill the huge hole in her heart.
 
7/17 – Kim couldn’t believe people called those motley blotches of paint ART; but wanting to impress her date, she agreed it was brilliant.
 
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 26 + #writemotivation

15 Minute Tweet TalesJust a quick #writemotivation update for the week before my roundup of tweet tales.  I got off to a slow start because of Fourth of July celebrations drawn out over several days due to its awkward placement in the middle of the week. And then over the weekend I seemed to have acquired The Crud.  At least I feel like crud.  Lots of coughing and staring glassily into space breathing through my mouth.  And whining.  Lots and lots of whining.  I did manage to rewrite eleven pages, which is well short of my three pages per day goal, but I’m thinking I’ll attack this NaNo style and make up for the shortfalls at the end of the month.  Hope everyone else is making excellent progress on their goals!

And now for the 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
7/4 - He felt streaking through town was a symbolic way to celebrate independence, but apparently public nudity was not an inalienable right.
 
7/5 - All the girls crushed on Ty's puckish personality; then the vampire craze swept school, and he was ignored in favor of brooding boys.
 
7/6 - A lifelong cineast, she finally filmed her own, but hid it due to fear. When she died, her son released it & was proclaimed a genius.
 
7/7 - To secure his grandma's hereditament, he visited every Sunday, yet his cousin snatched it by visiting 1x a month & bringing chocolate.
 
7/8 – The proper position of the toilet seat had become such a nasty Dunkirk that he started using the guest bathroom to save the marriage.
 
7/9 – Incisive men turned her on; meanwhile, her husband was trying to decide if the hotel receipt he’d found meant she was cheating on him.
 
7/10 – Filial loyalty kept her from reporting her father’s midnight digging, but when her best friend disappeared, she had to take action.
 
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 25

15 Minute Tweet TalesAfter noticing July has somehow snuck up on me, I realized that means I have now written a 15 Minute Tweet Tale every day for half a year. In those first few days of this self-challenge, I didn’t think I’d actually make it this far despite my good intentions, so I’m pretty proud of myself for sticking with it.  Although I have to credit my fellow #15tt participants for keeping me on track because knowing they are also out there writing tales keeps me motivated to not skip a day even when I don’t feel like writing one.  So thank you to Steve Lakey, Alex Tomlin, Christina Holz, Evangeline Warren, and Ms. Arundel for playing along and providing such entertaining tweets tales!

And now here are my tweet tales for this past week:
 
6/27 - Each year on the day he died saving her son, she sent his family $. She didn't have much, but it was a devoir to help them stay afloat.

6/28 - The lines on the road became undulant snakes intent on eating him, so he pulled over to nap. The mutant reptiles enjoyed the easy meal.

6/29 - After Tim's bike stunt, his mom's relieved his body is sound even tho his thinking was not. She takes his camera & access to YouTube.

6/30 - Her voluble nature attracts lots of guys. Like her increased speed & strength, it's an ability brought about by the turn to trap prey.

7/1 - Her dating profile said she wanted an Apollonian man. She didn't mention she herself was more Medusa than Daphne in looks & character.

7/2 - He jinked across the gym, avoiding the sting of the red dodgeball; each miss upped his punishment when they cornered him after school.

7/3 - She listened with trepidation as he promised it wouldn't hurt. He lied. She even bled. But one lollipop later, she forgave the shot. 

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 24

15 Minute Tweet TalesThank you to everyone who helped test the spam software yesterday.  It asked a few more valid commenters to enter a CAPTCHA than I would have liked, but it’s doing such a great job filtering out the real spam that I’m going to keep it installed for a while and see how it goes.

And now for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
6/20 - The residents’ endemic pale green eyes can be traced back to an early settler who knew how to charm the ladies. Even the married ones.
 
6/21 - She pretended to like her gifts, but an unconscious moue revealed her true feelings. Who had told everyone she loved cow figurines?
 
6/22 - Her sexy brand of chicanery gained her access to exclusive clubs where she worked her wiles on many rich victi— uh, boyfriends.
 
6/23 - She stayed quiet as he visited various quacks. Many of the nostrums caused more pain than the cancer, but she hated to dash his hopes.
 
6/24 - The judge gave him a bright-line list of tasks 2 complete for probation. He thought she was joking, He didn't laugh much back in jail.
 
6/25 - She flinched when her husband walked in the room, then relaxed realizing he was a phantasm. She'd buried the jerk out back 2 days ago.
 
6/26 - Honored to be chosen as rapporteur for his group, Tom still remembered the guy who gathered info tended to end up in jail. Or dead.
 
I’ve always liked the word ‘moue,’ but it’s tough to use in casual conversation without people thinking you sound like a French cow.  And I always forget about the fantastic word ‘phantasm’ – that’s definitely one that needs to be brought back to the forefront.  
 
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 23 + Booker Award

The Booker AwardBefore I get to the regularly scheduled 15 Minute Tweet Tales roundup, I wanted to thank Medeia Sharif for passing The Booker Award to me.  The tagline for this award is: for those who refuse to live in the real world.  That fits me to a T – whether I’m writing, reading, or watching TV/movies, I spend much more of my time in fictional worlds than in the here and now.  Some people might think this is a problem, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The rules for this award are:
This award is for book bloggers only. To receive this award the blog must be at least 50 percent about books (reading or writing is okay).
Along with receiving this award, you must also share
your top five favorite books you have ever read. (More
than five is okay) You must give this award to 5-10
other lucky book blogs you adore.
 
My top five favorite books are tough to narrow down.  Do I pick ones I loved as a child/teen?  More current favorites?  Ones I’ve read multiple times?  Quality over entertainment value?  Argh!!!  OK, here I go:
 
Watchers by Dean Koontz.  I loved so many of Koontz’s books as a teen (Strangers and Lightning were close runners up), but Watchers is my absolute favorite.  A super smart dog?  Of course I was going to love it!  Plus the terror, drama, humor, and romance all combine to make this an awesome read and one of the few books I’ve read multiple times.  Although it’s been a few years – it might be time to dust off my copy.
 
The Stand by Stephen King.  King is another author whose works I devoured as a teen.  Truthfully, I think I prefer his short story collections, and his On Writing is my most favoritest book on writing ever, but The Stand (very closely followed by It) is my favorite of his novels.
 
Chain Letter by Christopher Pike.  I used to describe Christopher Pike as the Stephen King for teens (even though all of us teens were also reading King).  Now I tell people I want to write YA thriller and horror novels like Christopher Pike.  Chain Letter was the first one of his I read, so it will always be my favorite.  
 
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.  I can’t pick a favorite of the series, and since they’re all basically one long story, I’m just going to say all of them.  Rowling’s ability to breathe life into even the smallest of bit characters and make them memorable is an inspiration.  
 
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  I actually saw the movie with Megan Follows first, and I loved it so much I proceeded to tear through all of the Anne books.  She was such a spunky heroine, and since I was a shy, quiet girl, I wanted to be outspoken like her.
 
Well, that’s five… sort of.  I could go down the page listing books I’ve loved, but I’d better stop here.  And since I always break the rules with these awards, I’m not going to pass it on.  Thank you again to Medeia for passing this award to me!  Medeia is a very disciplined writer, and I’m in complete awe of her ability to juggle multiple manuscripts at one time.  
 
And now for the tweet tales for the past week:
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales6/13 – Her cakes were a palmary example of the benefits of baking with love. Although no one knew she considered her saliva love extract.
 
6/14 - Her family members were arrested so often she chose a career in jurisprudence, which made her the most successful thief in the family.
 
6/15 – She said his practical jokes were juvenile, so he deep-sixed his prank-filled proposal plans. He wanted a woman who’d laugh with him.
 
6/16 – When she peeks in his bathroom cabinet, she finds the accoutrements of a surgeon. Chills run through her. Isn’t he an accountant?
 
6/17 – Bullied at school, he decided to learn wushu to defend himself. He felt tougher after one lesson, but he should have fled like usual.
 
6/18 – With her haptic sensitivity she can instantly judge letterhead quality. But in this digital age, a stationery QA career is paper-thin.
 
6/19 – They reward his steadfast loyalty by dropping him off at the pound when the baby comes. Heartbroken, he refuses to eat & is put down.
 
What are some of your favorite books?  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 22

15 Minute Twet TalesAfter knowing and even regularly using most of the word-a-day words last week, things were back to normal this week with only knowing a few of them.  Here are the 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week: 

6/6 – She thought his keen fashion sense made him an apposite fiancé for her designer daughter. Accurate gaydar was not a family trait.
 
6/7 – While his big, sad eyes made it a snap to cadge treats from his humans, he preferred the thrill of snatching food from the counter.
 
6/8 – He dealt with each insult, shove, punch with longanimity – each added a name to his list for when he finally brought his guns to school.
 
6/9 – He enjoyed his life as a flaneur, but started to feel like he needed a purpose. A week working a real job quickly changed his mind.
 
6/10 – When her dad said being dumped was small beer compared to the problems of the world, she suspected he’d never actually been in love.
 
6/11 – As her sister, Mary felt the onus was on her to tell Beth her husband was cheating. She left out the part about being the other woman.
 
6/12 – Swept away by desire, they knocked over a shelf of gimcracks. The decapitated clown figurines watched the lovers with creepy smiles.
 
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 21

15 Minute Tweet TalesBecause I’m an avid reader and a writer, I like to think I have a better than average vocabulary; however, five months of these word-a-day words has really opened my eyes to the vast number of terms out there I’d never heard of before.  That’s why this past week’s words were so surprising.  I was previously familiar with all of them except traduce, and other than callithump (such a fun word!), I actually use five of them semi-regularly in conversation.  I’d like to claim I’m getting smarter, but it’s more likely the word picker person was on vacation that week.

Here are the 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week using these more familiar words:    

5/30 – Every Friday afternoon the neighborhood kids formed a callithump to celebrate the weekend. Mildred’s calls to the police were ignored.
 
5/31 – New job at chocolate factory. Many pieces not up to scratch. Must be discarded… in her belly. Fired after a week. Gained 20 pounds.
 
6/1 – People thought she was snooty because of her impeccable manners, but she used them to hide the shame of growing up as trailer trash.
 
6/2 – Budget slashes turned her dream junket as a pampered debut novelist into nights in sketchy motels after choking down $ menu fast food.
 
6/3 – The animal-themed retirement party paid homage to his work as SPCA director – too bad the cops crashed to arrest him for embezzlement.
 
6/4 – Furious about a D in gym ruining her perfect GPA, Amy traduces Coach Jones by ripping her shirt and fleeing his office sobbing loudly.
 
6/5 – While plausible he didn’t know his older brother was in the woods when he released the arrow, the people never trusted their new king.
 
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 20

Powerful Woman Writer AwardBefore I get to the 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week, I wanted to thank Deirdra Eden for awarding me one of her fantastically pretty homemade awards - the Powerful Woman Writer Award.  It’s very much appreciated!  I just wish I could wave my hands and have my stories magically written!  

Now here are the tweet tales for the week:
 
5/23 – Her life was an argosy of broken promises and shattered dreams that could sail down ‘denial’ and sink in an ocean of despair.
 
5/24 – Broke, but desperate to look great for prom, she employed her sartorial skills. Unlike the movies, her dress was more Vile than Vogue.
 
5/25 – “I thought it was germane to our friendship to tell him I slept with his wife.” “Dude, no. Especially not during your wedding toast.”
 
5/26 – I whisper in her ear, “I’m going to osculate you now.” She puckers her lips, and I smile at how destiny brought together 2 word nerds.
 
5/27 – The vagaries of when she remembered to fix dinner through her alcoholic haze made Tim so adept at cooking he grew into a famous chef.
 

15 Minute Tweet Tales

5/28 – Mortimer was not a paradigm of knighthood, but he still took up one of the fallen swords and defended the king until his last breath.
 
5/29 – She adjured her son not to marry that woman after the PI dug up her past. He refused to listen. A year later he was alone & penniless.
 
The noteworthy word for this week is osculate – what a terrible word for kiss.  Nothing romantic about it at all.  I can’t see that one becoming a word I add to my everyday 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? 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 19 + #writemotivation

#writemotivationI didn’t post anything about my #writemotivation progress yesterday because there’s not much to report.  A big part of the reason is my iPad arrived in the mail last week.  I’ve never had a tablet before, so when I took that sucker out of the box, it practically made that celestial/angelic choir noise.  How the heck was I supposed work on my rewrite when I had such a shiny, new toy to play with?  But I think the novelty had just about worn off now, so I’m hoping to make some serious progress these last two weeks of May.

And now here are the 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week: 

5/16 – Tina decided to indagate which jerk was letting their dog poop on her lawn. It was a crappy way to get to know her new neighbors.
 
5/17 – The hidebound principal refused to listen to the students, so they dressed in drag to protest the firing of their transgender teacher.
 
5/18 – She mollycoddled her dog so much his feel hardly ever touched the floor; thus he got so fat his feet actually can’t touch the floor.
 
5/19 – Desiring his wealthy lifestyle, Tom attached himself like a remora to Dickie, forgetting the fish never drain their host to death.
 
5/20 – When his wife invited the new neighbor in for coffee, he realized he was whipsawed: he’d never told his boyfriend he was married.
 
5/21 – He insulted her. She flounced across the room to slap him. He caught her arm and kissed her. Kim turned off the rom-com in disgust.

15 Minute Tweet Tales

5/22 – After 10 yrs of marriage, he worried about his pick-up skills falling into desuetude. In truth, he’d never had any, just a fat wallet.
 
Two words I really loved this week:
1. Mollycoddled because it is so fun to say, and also because my sister’s dog is named Molly, and she is definitely the most coddled of all the Rish family dogs. 2. Flounce because it is such a Southern Belle word, and as a Southern gal, of course I was taught the proper way to flounce out of a room at a young age. 
 
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?  How did you progress with your #writemotivation goals?