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Temporarily Tweet Tales Sunday Week 15

15 Minute Tweet TalesHere we are at another week of temporarily displaced 15 Minute Tweet Tales to accommodate the schedule for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  Enjoy the mini stories: 

4/16 – The cat limned his plan to take over the world. The dog liked it, but noted without opposable thumbs they couldn’t even open the door.
 
4/17 – A guilty smile ghosts his lips as a sulfurous odor permeates the room, but she’s relieved he feels comfortable enough to let loose. 
 
4/18 – The mosquito bombinating in his ear wakes him; then he realizes it’s a plane flying far 2 low, but not soon enough 2 escape the house.
 
4/19 – Suzy stole her neighbor’s kittel to be a ghost for Halloween. He accused her mom of raising an anti-semite, but she was just a thief. 
 
4/20 – Mrs. Mouse’s domiciliary desires drew her to an abandoned car. 2 bad 4 the thief who later stole it, her kids found brake lines tasty.
 
4/21 – The gap at the air ducts’ juncture helped speed along his inheritance: the insertion of a beehive and an unfortunately “lost” EpiPen.
 
4/22 – She thought her UGGs were the epitome of fashion; her friends snickered behind her back - a cruel joke on someone just out of a coma.
 
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?

Temporarily Tweet Tales Sunday Week 14

15 Minute Tweet TalesIt’s another week of temporarily posting my 15 Minute Tweet Tales on Sunday rather than the usual Tuesday because of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  And for anyone who read my pathetic attempt at an M post yesterday, I wanted to let you know my movie screening went really well!  We got a great reaction from the crowd – we’ll have a post about it over at the movie blog early in the week.

And now the tweet tales:
 
4/9 – To expedite a proposal from her boyfriend, she poked a hole in the condom. He’d always hated kids and left when she started to show.
 
4/10 – Mankind was awed by the bolides streaking across the night sky. The Martian teens giggled as they took turns lighting up their farts.
 
4/11 – Her apodictic nature drove him crazy & he rejoiced in proving her wrong, so they remained married even though she predicted divorce.
 
4/12 – Cupcake places blossomed around town, so she baked umami flavors to stand out. But only dogs denied chocolate enjoyed the meaty taste.
 
4/13 – It was Jason’s tendentious belief that machetes made the ideal weapon, but Freddy argued his metal nails helped him slay with style.
 
4/14 – His claims that he loved her were moot when the bruises on her body showed he had at least enough control to hide where he hit her.
 
4/15 – The dispatcher said, “Be on the qui vive for a hippo w/ a French accent.” He thought she’d gone mad ‘til 1 trotted by wearing a beret.
 
I decided to honor Friday the 13th with a nod to some horror film icons, and even though the word-a-day calendar didn’t help me out with a spooky word, it was fun trying to make 'tendentious' fit in with the theme.
 
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?
 

Temporarily Tweet Tales Sunday Week 13

15 Minute Tweet TalesWith the Blogging from A to Z challenge happening all month, I wasn’t sure what to do about posting my weekly 15 Minute Tweet Tales roundup.  My agenda designated Tuesday for writing tips, so the tweet tales didn’t fit that theme, nor did they fit in with the daily letters.  I could have just added them to the end of my tip post, but that would have made it even longer.  And I thought about doing two posts on Tuesday, but that seemed excessive.  Since the A to Z challenge gives the bloggers Sunday off for good behavior, I’ve decided to use Sundays for the tweet tales this month.  Because I didn’t post on Tuesday, there are more tweets than usual this time:

3/28 – Who’d have guessed rescuing animals would be her hamartia? But the injured wolf didn’t appreciate being reprimanded with a newspaper.
 
3/29 – They got a kick out of his waggish pranks until the night 1 went horribly wrong. 2 lives destroyed–1 in jail, the other in the ground.
 
3/30 – The poetaster considered himself a lyrical genius with gems like: Roses, how they smell so sweet/But not as great as this candy treat.
 
3/31 – Her expression remained sanguine as a sanguine flood swept the kitchen floor. She’d never be suspected of brutally murdering her dad.
 
4/1 – Frank is determined to pull off the ultimate April Fools’ prank so his friends will forever use antonomasia by calling him The Joker.
 
4/2 – Mocked by the judges for his looks despite his stellar voice, the disaffected contestant took an actual dump on stage. Reality indeed.
 
4/3 – Astrid always knew she’d be a star. But it was her fall off stage, not her stellar voice, which turned her into a YouTube sensation.
 
4/4 – As she searched the dumpster for food, she remembered her pridian life before the crash when she was blind to people living this way.
 
4/5 – I hoick the dog’s leash to keep him from licking his owner’s blood. I lead away my new pet, knowing I’ll finally win at Westminster.
 
4/6 – Mary knew how people would die, but only 30 seconds before it happened, making her clairvoyant abilities more a tragedy than a gift.
 
4/7 – The alien watched reality TV to form a pidgin before 1st contact, but the humans didn’t respond well to “I’m not here to make friends.”
 
4/8 - Tim threw his bowl at the wall & the oatmeal began to flocculate on the floor. The dog thought it was great. The dad missed the mom. 
 
In reading back over the tweet tales, I discovered two things. One, I used the word ‘stellar’ on 4/2, which was the day before ‘stellar’ actually ended up being the word of the day.  Weird!! *cue Twilight Zone music*  Two, on 4/5 it appears that while trying to shrink and juggle words to get it under 140 characters, I accidentally left out a word when I tweeted it.  I’ve fixed it for the blog post.
 
If you celebrate Easter, I hope you’re having a very happy one.  This is a picture of my brother, sister, and me last night.  Yes, we are dying eggs.  Yes, we are in our pajamas.  Yes, we are all in our thirties.  And, yes, we will be hiding them today!!
 
Rish kids dying eggs
 
And if Easter isn’t your thing, I hope you’re having a relaxing/productive Sunday (whichever you prefer).  
 
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?
 
And don't forget, I'm having a contest here.  Guess the most dog breeds correctly and win a prize.

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 12

15 Minute Tweet TalesIf you follow the #15tt hashtag on Twitter, you will have noticed I’m not the only one using it now.  Two new Twitter peeps have joined me in this daily writing challenge.  A few Twitter friends have participated in the past when a particular word caught their eye, but Steve (@shyrewode) and Alex (@tomo4242) appear to be making it a habit.  I’m thrilled to have other writers playing along, and their clever tweet tales are fun to read.
 
Here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for this past week:
 
3/21 - Mom got that basilisk look on her face, so we scattered to our rooms and prayed Dad got home before she found the belt we’d hidden.
 
3/22 - My dad says I should join the Army to prove my mettle. I think banging his mistress for the past six months substantiates my manhood.
 
3/23 - Her overweening confidence in her looks made guys bypass her for her plainer friends. She ended up a bitter, but beautiful, old maid.
 
3/24 - Mary offered a litany of reasons they were doomed. Jim agreed with every word, but then again when had love ever made a lick of sense? #15tt
 
3/25 – The homely contestant won The Bachelorette’s “heart” in a Garrison finish since the other two men were more interested in each other. #15tt
 
3/26 – He thought he was having a clandestine affair w/ a hot babe. In fact his wife hired the escort so she could watch trashy TV in peace. #15tt
 
3/27 – No one ever paid him any attention, so Stan hired a kid from the high school band to play a tucket as he walked into work on Monday. #15tt
 
Garrison finish was another one of those tough ones because it ate up so many characters, but it’s a fun term I’m happy to add to my 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 11

15 Minute Tweet TaleThis was a pretty average week in tweet tale land - no outrageously long and/or tough words to complicate things.  Even though I never made it an official challenge, I always planned to use the word ‘green’ in my tweet tale on St. Patrick’s Day.  Luckily the word-a-day for the 17th was skirl (having to do with bagpipe music), so that helped add flavor to the St Paddy’s Day tweet.  Enjoy that Irish-tinged 15 Minute Tweet Tale along with the others from this past week:

3/14 – Tired of her snubs, he draws upon his arcana to create a spell to make her fall in love with him… or possibly turn her into a frog. 
 
3/15 – As the students pecked at their phones instead of chatting, their teacher thought this latest youthquake the most destructive yet.
 
3/16 – To enervate the leading candidate, a dead hooker was placed in his trunk. In these dark times, it just made the people love him more. 
 
3/17 – As the bagpipers skirled, no one in the green crowd heard his wife scream. He smiled at the leprechaun, contemplating his next wish. 
 
3/18 – Who’d drawn on the wall with permanent markers? It was a cognizable offense with Mom in the role of judge, jury, and spank-ecutioner. 
 
3/19 – I eat @ that flyblown diner every day due to the hot waitress. Now my skin’s turned green-hope it’s finally super powers, not disease. 
 
3/20 – They wore crowns woven from withies to symbolize their everlasting love; then jumped from the cliff to prove their love was eternal. 
 
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.

Tweet Tales Tue- uh Wednesday Week 10

15 Minute Tweet TalesAs you can tell by the title of today’s post, I messed up yesterday.  I completely forgot to post the Tweet Tales Tuesday roundup.  Whoops!  I’m going to go ahead and blame it on the time change.  Losing that hour made my time sensors go all wonky, and therefore I had no idea what day of the week it was.  Yeah, that’s what happened.

So although they are a day late, here are the 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:

3/7 – Emma earnestly disavowed eating the cookie with the crumbs still on her lips. Her dad started saving money for her law school tuition. 
 
3/8 – Young Neil promised the man in the moon he’d come visit some day. Years later he stepped across the mare that formed the man’s eye. 
 
3/9 – Her charming travel vignettes enchanted him. After they married, he stumbled across a travel blog and realized it was all stolen lies. 
 
3/10 – After she tied up her rapist she realized her conundrum: the knife would be more painful, but the gun less likely to get blood on her. 
 
3/11 – Frank’s an internet firebrand, playing devil’s advocate on forums no matter the topic. Meanwhile his mom still picks his daily outfit. 
 
3/12 – Their prenup was more like a tome than a document, but she found a loophole. Given what she discovered in his bed, he got off cheap. 
 
3/13 – She lionized every word out of her teacher’s mouth, making it easy for him to convince the 14 year old what they were doing was right. 
 
I actually knew most of the words this past week, so that nice surprise made it easier to craft the tales.  
 
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.
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 9

15 Minute Tweet TalesThis week started with a crisis in tweet tale land – no word of the day!  Since my word-a-day calendar is actually from last year, there was no February 29th to be found.  But since this is the one resolution I’ve managed to maintain, I didn’t want to skip a day even if I didn’t have an official word.  So in honor of leap day, I declared ‘leap’ to be the #15tt word of the day.  

As for the words that did come in the calendar for this week, how awesome is the word slumgullion?  So fun to say!  Unfortunately, since the definition is ‘a meaty stew,’ I don’t think there will be many opportunities to work it into casual conversation.  

And without further ado, here are the 15 Minute Tweet Tales for this week:

2/29 – I watch her leap around in a pink tutu: more comical than graceful, but my wife always wanted 2 B a ballerina & can now afford lessons.
 
3/1 – The acedia crept in turning everything grey - muting smell, muffling sound, dampening emotion - until her life faded away to nothing.
 
3/2 – The love he felt for her burst forth as an impromptu song. The barista had 911 on speed dial to report a restraining order violation.
 
3/3 – “Forget fava beans & chianti, I’ve found slumgullion to be the best way to prepare liver,” he told the regrettably pushy census taker.
 
3/4 –So disgusted by the polemic each side waged against the other, Tara decided to run. Others must have agreed, since she won with no $$.
 
3/5 – After months of bootless begging 4 a car, I squeal when Dad covers my eyes & guides me outside. He points to a bike. I kick his shin.
 
3/6 – I reiterate that my daughter’s not mature enough 4 a car, then point out a bike. My injured leg proves I was right about her maturity.
 
You probably noticed a similarity to the tweet tales from the 5th and the 6th…. When the word reiterate came up today, it really seemed to fit with the bootless begging from yesterday.  So I thought it would be fun to write a companion tweet tale from the dad’s point of view.  Did he really play a mean trick on his daughter by covering her eyes to make her think she was getting a car?  Or was it just a melodramatic teen trying to make her reasonable dad seem like the bad guy?  As with most conflicting accounts, the truth undoubtedly lies somewhere in the middle. 
 
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.
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 8 + PARTY!

Today’s regularly scheduled Tweet Tales Tuesday is interrupted by an important announcement:

OppressionToday is the official launch day for Jessica Therrien’s debut novel Oppression (Children of the Gods #1). Whoo hoo!  And I’m honored to be one of the blogs helping to host the party to celebrate this exciting day!
 
I met Jessica during the Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign last fall.  Not only does she have a well-written, entertaining blog, but she is very generous in her support of her fellow bloggers.  It’s been fun getting to know Jessica while reading her posts about her publishing journey, and I’m so thrilled for her that her book’s big day is finally here.
 
Since it IS Tweet Tales Tuesday, I thought I’d honor Jessica’s novel with three bonus tweet tales.  
 
For the first bonus tweet tale, I’m going to describe Oppression in a tweet.  I haven’t had a chance to read it yet (I’ve ordered my copy and am just waiting for the burly UPS man to deliver it to me), so the tweet description is based on the Amazon description:
 
Elyse discovers even among those descended from gods, she is special: destined to free her people. But she’s never been one to follow rules.
 
For the second bonus tweet tale, I’m incorporating the word Oppression like any of my usual word-a-day words.
 
They tried to bind her to the earth, but she broke through their oppression and flew toward the stars with wings crafted from dreams.  
 
And because in Oppression the protagonist Elyse discovers that her destiny is deeply intertwined with the fate of the future, I am writing the third bonus tweet tale with the theme of fate/destiny.
 
Her tire blew, so she missed her flight. No, it didn’t crash. She married the guy she sat beside on new flight. Their son’s named Firestone.
 
Congrats again to Jessica on the launch of her debut novel!  Visit her website to find out more details about Oppression and all the places you can purchase your very own copy (plus she’s promised to post a video of her happy dance!).  Jessica’s site also has a list of the other blogs participating in Oppression’s virtual launch party, so give them a visit if you have a chance.
 
15 Minute Tweet TalesAnd now back to our regularly scheduled Tweet Tales Tuesday . . . Here are the 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the last week of February:
 
2/22 – She mostly exhibited a probity befitting a 1st grade teacher, but every Tues night she donned a red wig & danced at The Landing Strip.
 
2/23 – When he told his wife he wanted a divorce, she recited his faults chapter and verse; so he stayed since no one else would have him.
 
2/24 – When he met her at the bar he thought the metathesis in her speech was adorable. The next morning it made him want to punch her mouth.
 
2/25 – He glances up from the paper and sees her face as she stares at the house next door; he groks he’ll be hearing from her lawyer soon.
 
2/26 – As the captives defile past the king, he marks those likely to put on a good show. The lions haven’t had a decent challenge in ages.
 
2/27 – The trainer mocked sedentary people until he discovered World of Warcraft - then his muscles withered while his avatar flourished.
 
2/28 – She built a hypaethral room to honor nature with naked ceremonies. 23,000 YouTube subscribers honored her neighbor’s rooftop camera.
 
The word-a-day calendar offered up some doozies this week.  Chapter and verse?  It ate up so many precious characters.  Metathesis and hypaethral?  I mean, seriously . . . what the heck?!?  But I muddled through and even had some creative oomph left for the bonus tweet tales to celebrate Oppression.
 
Cut a rug at the virtual party for Oppression in the comments below or play along with Tweet Tales Tuesday and write some for the above words.  If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them to the comments because I’d love to read them.
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 7

It was tough to keep up the 15 Minute Tweet Tales this week since I was out of town for most of it at the Beaufort International Film Fest (update on that coming later in the week!).  But I remembered to take my word-a-day calendar with me and managed to squeeze in the time each day so I wouldn’t break my tweet tale streak.  Not my best work, but I’m proud I got them done:

2/15 – They voted viva voce, and Liz’s stomach sank at Tom’s ‘yea.’ Fearing him, everyone would follow his lead and agree to sacrifice Liz.
 
2/16 – The farmer dragooned his son into helping with the crops; despite the bruises, the boy still made new dresses for his sister’s dolls.
 
2/17 – The stars’ testimonials said the shampoo would make her the center of attention. Truth in advertising, since it turned her hair green.
 
2/18 – His plangent heartbeats called to her, but they were muffled by the icy silence he emitted to protect his pride, so she kept walking….
 
2/19 – The director wanted to wring tears from the audience, so he hoked up the melodrama. They did end up crying… from laughing so hard.
 
2/20 – As the bus rumbled by, she intensified her diligent scrubbing. She didn’t want her son to see the last few drops of Dad on the floor.
 
2/21 – The prostitute watched him deliver another speech full of rectitude and wondered which paper would pay the most for their sex tape.
 
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.
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 6 – Valentine’s Edition

Valentine's Day Tweet TalesHappy Valentine’s Day!  Since this past week led to the big day of flowers and chocolate, I decided to give myself an extra challenge by making each of the 15 Minutes Tweet Tales a romance.  The word-a-day calendar delivered some toughies, but I tried to keep the tales in the realm of romance rather than wandering down the dark and twisty road of murder and mayhem like I usually do.  Although I think this little exercise has proved I’m much better at writing murder and mayhem (and it managed to sneak in anyway on the 12th).  

Anyway, to get you in a romantic frame of mind, here are tweet tales for Valentine’s week:

2/8 – The pabulum that tumbled from her lips was mind-numbing, but the other things she could do with that mouth kept him head over heels.
 
2/9 – He jumps on stage brandishing a “Will you marry me?” sign. To the crowd’s delight, she cries yes just before the guards tackle him.
 
2/10 – She worries her love for him is immoderate, but then she sees the way he looks at her & knows he deserves every drop of her affection.
 
2/11 – She fell for the adorable turophile as he explained the difference between Gruyère and Gouda – even though she preferred Velveeta.
 
2/12 – With unexpected candor, he mumbles his heart is hers. Then he rips it from his chest & hands it to her. Zombie love can be so messy.
 
2/13 – After the abstemious way he ate dinner, she was shocked, yet satisfied, when her date later demonstrated more creative uses for food.
 
2/14 – Valentine’s Day, desperate for her attention: uploads spoony video declaring his love. She uploads video blowing him a kiss: Victory!
 
Whether you have a special someone or you’re single like me, I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
 
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.