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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 224

HUSH posterHave y’all seen Hush yet? I’d been hearing good things about it, and then I saw this tweet from Stephen King: “How good is HUSH? Up there with HALLOWEEN and--even more--WAIT UNTIL DARK. White knuckle time. On Netflix.” Whoa! That’s a major endorsement. 
 
Here’s the Netflix description: Deaf since her teens, Maddie Young has chosen a life of isolation in a remote woodland home. But when a masked stranger appears at her window one night, Maddie's peaceful existence turns into a terrifying cat-and-mouse game with a crazed killer.
 
I finally watched it last night. Awesome stuff, man! It’s a home invasion movie, and it gets pretty gruesome, so beware if that kind of stuff freaks you out, but I loved it. It was super tense, and although there was some ‘characters act stupid to move the plot forward’ stuff, it was pretty minimal. The script was tight, the acting was great, and you’ll never be able look at Jim from The Newsroom the same way again. Thanks for the rec, Mr. King!
 
After it was over, I looked Hush up on IMDB and discovered it was written and directed by Mike Flanagan, the same guy who made Oculus, another of my recent favorites. I’m definitely looking forward to watching more of this guy’s work!
 

15 Minute Tweet TalesAnd now it’s time for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales word:

incalescent - growing hotter or more ardent
 
5/10 - As her fingers fly across the keyboard, she becomes more incalescent. She's fallen in love with her protagonist and so will her readers.
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 223

15 Minute Tweet TalesAck! I totally forgot today was Tuesday, so I almost missed posting my 15 Minute Tweet Tales word, but here it is and only a smidge past midnight:
 
fress - eat a lot and without restraint
 
This is actually the perfect word for this past week of staying with my sister. We’re trying all kinds of new restaurants, plus some old favorites, and we’re stuffing ourselves silly. Or I guess I should say, fressing ourselves silly!
 
5/3 - After he got fired, he began to fress. The more he ate, the less money he had, the more he ate. It evens out when he's hired to play Santa.
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 222

15 Minute Tweet TalesToday is my lil’ sister’s birthday, so we’ve all gathered at her house in Greenville to celebrate her big day. Of course we all brought our dogs, so that means there are five pooches over fifty pounds bounding around the house. That’s a whole heck of a lot of canine wrestling and roughhousing! Then once they’re all tuckered out, the floors turn into a doggie obstacle course with tails and legs everywhere. They’re a mess but awfully cute.

And now for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales word:

sciamachy - an act or instance of fighting a shadow or an imaginary enemy.

4/26 - Her dog always attacked the walls, so she thought he had a bad case of sciamachy. The cops found her killer living in the crawl space.

Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 221

Reading Partners

Tomorrow is the last day of Reading Partners, and I’m pretty bummed about it. I have the sweetest student this year, an absolute doll with a huge, infectious smile. And she LOVES science, especially learning about the weather. She completely lights up when we read non-fiction books, which is the opposite of my previous two students, who were fiction gals like me. I’m going to miss her, although I still get to see her one more time because Reading Partners is having an end-of-year celebration at the end of May. I’ve already ordered several books to give her, and I’m sure my Amazon addiction will add more to the stack in the next month.  
 
Last week was National Volunteer week, so Reading Partners wanted to know about funny or inspiring stories we have from our sessions with our students. Here’s the one I shared from my first year of tutoring:
 
I was kind of terrified when I started tutoring with Reading Partners four years ago. I didn’t have any experience teaching or any kids of my own, so even with the training, I felt like a complete imposter walking into the classroom.
 
In my first session, I helped my student fill out a survey to gauge how much she enjoyed reading. For statements like “I enjoy reading during free time in class”, “I usually read at home” and “I like getting books for presents” the student picks a Garfield face ranging from a very wide smile to an extreme frown to express how they feel about it. My student’s page was full of frowny Garfield faces, and my stomach clenched even tighter. She was two grade levels behind and hated reading, and I was a clueless newbie – I’d never be able to make a difference in her life.
 
But the Reading Partners program is easy to follow, even for clueless newbies, and my student was super sweet and eager to learn, so we had fun working our way through lessons together. We read about Goldilocks and Gruffalos and tricky spiders. She conquered cause and effect, author’s message, and intimidating vocabulary words.
 
Fast forward seven months later, and my student wanted me to go with her to the school library to help pick out a book. On our way there, she started skipping and singing, “I love to read!” I managed to hold myself together until the end of the lesson, but once I got to my car, I started to cry. 
 
While reading scores and other statistics are important, I didn’t need any of those to know I’d definitely made a difference. 
 
I’m sure I annoy my friends on Facebook and Twitter with my constant promotion of Reading Partners, but it’s such a wonderful organization, and they get great results. If you’re interested in volunteering, check them out, or if you don’t have time, throw a few bucks their way. It’s so worth it!
 
15 Minute Tweet TalesAnd now for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales word:
 
rantipole - wild, reckless, boisterous; a reckless person; to be wild, boisterous
 
4/19 - Sue was not rantipole person, but she played Truth or Dare to fit in with the popular crowd. She felt horrible calling her mom from jail.
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 220

15 Minute Tweet TalesI’m keeping my 15 Minute Tweet Tales post short and sweet this week, so here ya go!
 
pandiculation - a stretching and stiffening especially of the trunk and extremities (as when fatigued and drowsy or after waking from sleep)
 
4/12 - My cat's pandiculation is so extreme, he rolls off the bed. I know I shouldn't, but I laugh. Later, I discover a "present" on my pillow.
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 218

15 Minute Tweet TalesIt’s so gorgeous around here with the azaleas, dogwood, and wisteria all abloom. Although that also means there is a layer of yellow over everything. I got in my car to go to a meeting this afternoon and practically needed an ice scraper to clear off my windshield. But it’s worth it to see the beautiful pops of color everywhere. Hope your spring is off to a fantastic start! 
 
And now here’s this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales word:
 
mudita - sympathetic or vicarious joy; joy at the happiness of others (Sanskrit).
 
3/29 - When she has one of her days, she looks up videos of kids getting their first puppies, and the mudita helps her make it to the next day.
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 217

15 Minute Tweet TalesI mentioned last week that I was working on an entry for the James Patterson Co-writing Competition. Well, the deadline is today! *hyperventilates* A Tuesday on a 22nd seems like a random day for a deadline, but I think it’s because it’s JP’s birthday. Happy Birthday, James! Anyway, I’ve been grinding away at my entry all week, and I just submitted it a few minutes ago. 
 
I’m definitely nervous, but thanks to my awesome CPs and family members - who graciously read and offered amazing feedback on several revisions - I think my entry is as polished as I can make it. So fingers crossed!
 
Even better is that working on this submission has gotten me pumped about this story idea again. I wrote the VERY rough draft during NaNo back in 2008 (yikes!!), but I haven’t done anything with it since then. But I’m super excited about the new ideas I’ve had for the story, and I’m ready to get cracking on revising the rest of it (they only needed one chapter for the JP contest). I haven’t been this eager to write in quite a while, so I consider this a VERY good thing no matter the outcome of the contest.
 
And now for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales word: 
 
brontide - a sound like that of distant thunder, some of which may have seismic origins.
 
3/22 - Brontide rumbles to the west. Dad thinks earthquake. Mom says a storm is coming. She's right. Soldiers march in and take no prisoners.
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 216

15 Minute Tweet TalesThe weather here the past few days has been absolutely gorgeous! Perfect blue skies. Perfect white puffy clouds. Perfect temperature that is neither too cold nor too hot. And it’s even right before the mosquitoes and no-see-ums descend with their voracious appetites. But instead of being outside enjoying this perfection, I’ve been holed up in front of my computer working on an entry for the James Patterson writing competition. I only have a week left, so my procrastinator’s adrenaline has finally kicked in. So I best get on with the 15 Minute Tweet Tales part of the post, so I can get back to writing.
 
ailuromancy - divination using cats' movements or jumps to predict future events (Greek). 
 
3/15 - She used ailuromancy to make romantic decisions until she realized her cat was giving bad signals to keep her a single, crazy cat lady.
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 215

I spent five days this past week in the NC mountains on a writing retreat with my critique group the Sisukas: Kathleen Fox, Rebecca Petruck, and Kami Kinard. We had a great time, and got a lot accomplished. We critiqued two picture books and a YA novel, wrote a query, and brainstormed several new ideas. In addition to that, we ate a ton of yummy food, drank a lot of wine, and laughed up a storm. 
 
Sisukas at Mountain house
 
We took a break on Saturday to head into Blowing Rock to stretch our legs. We explored the area around the actual Blowing Rock, browsed in some cute shops, and had an incredible lunch of local food. We had an appetizer of eggplant frites that I’m still drooling over days later. 
 
Sisukas at Blowing Rock
 
It also snowed some of the time we were there. Enough to go out and make some smallish snowballs. If you’re a regular reader, you know how excited that made me
 
SNOW!
 
And now it’s time for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales word:
 
15 Minute Tweet Taleswaldeinsamkeit - the feeling of being alone in the woods (peaceful, relaxed, at one with the universe), (German).
 
3/8 - She envies people who find peace walking in the woods. After last week she needs waldeinsamkeit, but every leaf rustle sets her on edge.
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 214

I’m packing for a retreat with my critique group in the NC mountains, so no time to dawdle today. I can’t wait to see those ladies and drink wine and talk writing. There’s even supposed to be snow on Thursday, so I’m super duper excited!
 
So here’s this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales word:
 
sillage - the degree to which a perfume’s fragrance lingers in the air when worn; literally wake, trail (French). 
 
3/1 - The sillage of her perfume follows him like an inescapable chain, even though it's been ten months since he buried her in the back yard. 
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?