Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 251

15 Minute Tweet TalesUh oh, it’s been another long chunk of time since my last blog post. It’s been a pretty crazy month and a half, but I’m going to catch up.
 
I mentioned in my previous post that I made it to the final round of a grant, and the final application was a DOOZIE! So many questions and a ginormous budget spreadsheet that had to be estimated and filled out. It took forever to do, and I have all my fingers crossed that I win. 
 
Also, after I got my feedback on my first chapter of my middle grade novel for #PitchMadness, I knew I needed to revise the whole thing. And since I got three agent requests (whoo hoo!), I had to do it QUICKLY. As soon as I got it done, I started querying other agents, which involves much research and can be an emotionally draining slog. I have all my toes crossed that this is the novel that lands me an agent.
 
And there were some other things going on too – social media stuff I’d promised to do for Reading Partners and keeping on top of Adventures in YA Publishing interviews, so I basically turned into a whirling dervish living on coffee and chocolate. And I kept extra crazy hours, staying up for 36-hour stretches, crashing for a few hours, and then getting up to do it all over again. 
 
It was one of those weird times where I was super tired but creatively on fire. It’s pretty cool when that happens. Although, yes, I know it’s terrible on a physical level. 
 
Fortunately, things have finally calmed down. I even slept for 17 hours straight one night/day. It was awesome. 
 
And now I’ll catch up on 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
epithalamium - a poem or song to celebrate a wedding.
 
3/15 - He stands to read his epithalamium to the happy couple. Starts to cry instead. He's loved her since they were kids and can't let her go. 
 
ferrule - ring of metal around a slender shaft to strengthen it or prevent splitting, like the band holding a pencil eraser.
 
3/21 - When he gets locked in the school overnight, he tries to MacGyver a lock pick out of pencil ferrules. He's still there in the morning. 
 
f-hole - either of two f-shaped holes in the body of a violin, cello, or similar stringed instrument.
 
3/28 - When she packs up her father's violin, a roach crawls out of an f-hole. Perfect symbolism for the evil heart that produced haunting music.
 
fillip - a snap or light blow made by pressing a fingertip against the thumb and suddenly releasing it, aka snapping.
 
4/4 - His method of leadership was to fillip his fingers at people. His fed-up employees picked out music that matched the beat to mock him. 
 
gambrinous - drunk; full of beer. 
 
4/11 - She knew she could only confront him if she was gambrinous, but once the liquid courage took effect, she no longer remembered his crime.
 
griffonage - careless handwriting;  a crude or illegible scrawl. 
 
4/18 - Marrying a doctor was a mistake. He got home, found a Dear John letter, and burned her clothes. The griffonage was actually a To Do list. 
 
jiffy - 1/100th of a second; a very short time; moment. 
 
4/25 - When he told her he'd be there in a jiffy, his boss sighed. Imprecise language annoyed her. She had no idea The Flash worked for her. 
 
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?

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