Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 143

I’ve been a big fan of the Adventures in YA Publishing website for several years. It has inspiring and informative posts about all aspects of writing and is a great resource for learning more about the latest and greatest YA novels. A while back, I was fortunate to strike up an online friendship with Martina Boone, the lovely writer who runs the AYAP website. I was even luckier when I got to have lunch with her after last year’s YALLFest. She’s just as sweet and inspiring in person as she is online.
 
So imagine my surprise and excitement when I got an email from Martina the other day asking if I was interested in joining Adventures in YA Publishing. What!? There was an opening for the interview coordinator, and she wanted to know if I was up for the challenge. I was initially nervous because I can barely keep up with my own blog, but this was a chance to be a part of a website I’ve long admired. So I said yes, and I’m thrilled to now be a part of the AYAP team!
 
And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
10/15 - She envisaged life as a writer: hobnobbing with fascinating people sipping wine. Reality? Hunched over keyboard swilling coffee in her PJs.
 
10/16 - After the toilet paper debacle of '09 caused him to clean his bum in a way that still haunts him,he keeps a surfeit of rolls in the cabinet.
 
10/17 - Their mutual hatred of people undergirds their relationship. They don't particularly like each other either, but it beats being lonely.
 
10/18 - Tired of being lied to and cheated on, she dates a rectitudinous man. But to him, honesty is saying EVERY thing he thinks, so she dumps him.
 

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10/19 - She wants her in-laws to like her, so she hews her beliefs until there's nothing left of her. Now they like her, but he misses who she was.
 
10/20 - When the first spaceship landed, people were relieved by the bonhomie of the aliens. But some thought it was a ruse. We should've listened.
 
10/21 - "Missy, you'll abide by my rules-" Instead of protesting her grounding, she whips out phone and shows Dad pic she took of him with neighbor.
 
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?

Cover Reveal + Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 142

Before I get to the tweet tales, let’s do a cover reveal! Medeia Sharif is one of the most prolific writers I know. She released a book earlier this summer, and now she has another one coming out in December. I’m honored to be participating in the reveal of this haunting cover:
 

VITAMINS AND DEATH by Medeia Sharif

YA Contemporary, Prizm Books
Release Date December 10, 2014
 
Deidra Battle wants nothing more than to be invisible. After her mother, a public school teacher, engages in an embarrassing teacher-student affair at Lincoln High, they relocate to a different neighborhood and school. Being her mother’s briefcase, Deidra joins her mother at her new workplace, Hodge High.
 
Since her mother has reverted to her maiden name and changed her appearance, Deidra thinks no one will figure out they’re the Battles from recent news and that they’re safe. Neither of them is. Hodge brings a fresh set of bullies who discover details about the scandal that changed her life.
 
Feeling trapped at home with an emotionally abusive, pill-addicted mother and at school with hostile classmates who attempt to assault and blackmail her, Deidra yearns for freedom, even if she has to act out of character and hurt others in the process. Freedom comes at a price.
 
Find Medeia
 
 
 
Whew, that definitely sounds like some heavy stuff poor Deidra must deal with – I can’t wait to read what happens!
 
And now for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
10/8 - Magician's illustrious career ends with slip of assistant's knife. Sleight of hand is tough when down 3 fingers. Now assistant is the star.
 
10/9 - She chokes down dog food, imagining it's viands from before the bombs. After 4 months of surviving, it's not even worst thing she's eaten.
 
10/10 - Ty's tomfoolery in class gets him in trouble, but it always makes Jen smile. From the shouting he hears next door, he knows she needs it.
 
10/11 - His rejection is a shard of glass to her heart. Wanting him to feel the same pain, she breaks a window and shoves a piece through his chest.

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10/12 - He often practices his gormless expression. People are more likely to talk around a slow janitor, so he's made millions selling secrets.
 
10/13 - Her doctor said she's sterile. Now all she does is watch episodes of the fecund Duggar family, crying and screaming about the injustice.
 
10/14 - The red garnitures look like blood splashed around the waiting room,making him extra nervous since the dentist is about to murder his mouth.
 
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?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 141

15 Minute Tweet TalesI’ve been so busy outside enjoying the beautiful fall weather that I almost forgot to post my 15 Minute Tweet Tales today, but here they are: 
 
10/1 - Left inside too long, dog has an accident. Owner excoriates her with his belt. Once he sleeps, she has another accident - on his face.
 
10/2 - She wears wedding band to forfend skeevy guys hitting on her. Then meets prince charming. He spots ring and refuses to listen to her excuse.
 
10/3 - When her dad rants about her poor life choices, she knows she only has to placate him a few minutes before he forgets who she is again.
 
10/4 - The meeting to discuss saving the river and surrounding wildlife took a seriocomic turn when the chairman giggled every time he said beaver.
 
10/5 – Son screams as Mom throws away his rocks and sticks. They might seem like trumpery but actually ward off the boogeyman. A shadow looms.
 
10/6 - She hadn't seen the t-shirt in years, but when she finds the memento in a drawer she bursts into tears. He'd worn it the night he died.
 
10/7 - Furtive phone calls. Evasive answers. He conjectures she's having affair; brings home hooker to retaliate. Friends jump out, yell SURPRISE!
 
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?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 140

15 Minute Tweet TalesWe have blue skies here for the first time in what feels like ages, so since I didn’t need an ark to run errands, I was out and about today. And since it’s now officially fall and the pumpkin spice lattes have landed, I treated myself to one of those spicy-sweet cups of awesomeness. I know it makes me one of those girls people on facebook and twitter enjoy making fun of, but I just love me some pumpkin-spice coffee. Yum!!
 
So while I’m slurping down my coffee, you can read my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:
 
9/24 - His house is decorated with kitsch. She subtly tries to find out if it's ironic because otherwise she can't date someone w/ such bad taste.
 
9/25 - Arthritis gnarls his hands, but he pushes through the pain to perform acts of prestidigitation to make granddaughter squeal with delight.
 
9/26 - Reviews call his film a pastiche of ideas stolen from better movies. His next project? An in-depth documentary about murdered movie critics.
 
9/27 - He offers a ring & asseverates he'll love her forever. Then his eyes drift to a busty waitress. But the diamond's so big she still says YES.
 
9/28 - They land on the planet meant to be their salvation but find a dearth of water. Bad intel from satellites means the death of the human race.
 
9/29 - Eva makes her minions paint SLUT on Kim's locker. Kim must stop flirting with Eva's boyfriend, but Eva doesn't want paint on her hands.
 
9/30 - Conversations bombinate around her but don't disturb her. It's silence that makes her look up. Cafe empty. Coffees still steam on tables.
 
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?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 139

15 Minute Tweet TalesThis past weekend was the SCBWI-Carolinas conference, and it was AMAZING! I’m going to try to get myself organized enough to post about it later in the week, but in the meantime, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales from the past week:
 
9/17 - He decides to ski the couloir instead of official trail. Then breaks leg. True horror starts when ski patrol guy isn't what he claims.
 
9/18 - Their volatile love triangle ended sadly for Tim when Ivy and Liz grew tired of his waffling and realized they liked each other better.
 
9/19 - Granny complained of yet another stomachache and grabbed her tincture, but we knew she was actually a teetotaler who enjoyed a nice buzz.
 
9/20 - He's so handsome but looks like the type who'd rebuff her attempts at flirting, so she grabs her duct tape and syringe and waits for him.
 
9/21 - He read about a guy's cyst actually being a spider nidus. Stops sleeping. Starts seeing spiders everywhere. Now screams in a padded cell.
 
9/22 - Enraged linguistic professor gives polyglot rant. His confused students must cooperate to understand source of his ire. Lesson learned.
 
9/23 - Forsooth, it is scandalous to bare one's ankles, but Mary is desperate to attract a husband, so she sews her hems two inches higher.
 
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?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 138

15 Minute Tweet TalesThis weekend is the SCBWI-Carolinas conference in Charlotte, and I’m excited to head up the road on Thursday to energize my mind and spirit with writerly awesomeness. Since Charlotte is about three hours north of me, I checked the weather forecast, and it looks like it’s actually going to be chillier there than here. So now I’m a bit befuddled about what to wear. Do I officially break out the fall wardrobe? Oh, wait a minute, I live in Charleston – we don’t have fall wardrobes because we go from intense summer heat straight to slightly mild winter. We basically skip that whole fall business (but not the pumpkin spice lattes, thank goodness!), so I’ve been staring into my closet with a blank look. 
 
While I try to figure out what pieces of clothing I have that straddle seasons, you can check out my latest 15 Minute Tweet Tales
 
9/10 - Paralyzing stroke. 50 years of marriage, so she can still read the nuance of his face. He doesn't want to live like this; she helps him go.
 
9/11 - She stravaged from school with a grin. Tim kissed her! She didn't care that his friends laughed & paid him $20. She'd felt his Adonis lips.
 
9/12 - She runs in from the rain. Longs to shed her sodden clothes. But brother-in-law's eyes are too attentive, so a towel won't keep them apart.
 
9/13 - Her coworkers' disapprobation of her snack choices made her smile widely at the skinny wenches with brownie still stuck in her teeth.
 
9/14 - Her groans undulate with the rocking of the boat. Her date surprised her with a sailboat ride; she's surprising him with motion sickness.
 
9/15 - She quails at emailing 1st query letter. 4 years later, at movie premiere of her NYT bestseller, she admits to barfing after pressing Send.
 
9/16 - One minute she begs me to scratch her chin, the next she bites me. My cat's mercurial spirit makes me determined to win her adoration.
 
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?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 137

15 Minute Tweet TalesI noticed an odd trend in my 15 Minute Tweet Tales this week – four of them are written in first person. Although all my novels are written in first person, I usually write my tweet tales in third person. I’m not exactly sure why because it would actually save precious tweet characters to write them in first person. I guess some of it has to do with not being sure people reading them realize they are tweet tales rather than random comments about my day. And since so many of mine deal with death, torture, and/or love gone wrong, I don’t want people thinking they’re non-fiction resulting in me having an awkward conversation with the police. Anyway, I have no idea why I choose first person for so many this week, but I did think it was an interesting trend. 
 
There are also three tweet tales featuring dogs, but that’s not a new trend considering my adoration of sweet, adorable canines! In fact, here’s a picture my sister sent me just as I was typing this post of her two very happy fur-babies, Kali and Molly. 
Molly and Kali
 
9/3 - She spends every practice enskying her son's skills to other parents. During the first game, he kicks ball into opposing team's net. Twice.
 
9/4 - The dog's ecstatic when I walk inside. Since I only grabbed the paper, it wasn't long enough to miss me. Still makes me happy every time.
 
9/5 - She dominates the airwaves due to her inimitable ability to hold high notes, but her songs make my dog howl in pain. I have to agree.
 
9/6 - His license gainsays his assurance that he's over 21. He slips me a $20. I roll my eyes. He hands me four more. I let him in with a smile.
 
9/7 - He was drawn to her jocose personality. Exactly as she planned. But now that she knew him, she wasn't sure she could pull the trigger.
 
9/8 - Though it's social suicide, with a gallant flourish of his arm, he escorts his grandma into his prom. She'd been too poor to attend hers.
 
9/9 - The dog's lugubrious expression is a ploy to hustle more treats, but we can't help ourselves. We oblige until he's so fat he waddles.
 
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?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 136

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! My extended family gathered at the lake, including my cousin and her young kids, so we got to be silly as an excuse for playing with them, rather than the usual reason of we’re just big ol’ dorks. And my sister’s newish puppy has officially decided she’s a water dog – look at her fly!
Kali flying
 
And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week.
 
8/27 - He repugned her suggestions to dress better. If she loved him, she'd accept him. If he loved her, he'd change clothes more than once a week.
 
8/28 - After days of wandering lost in the woods, she turned to bugs for aliment. Once rescued, she started a restaurant most people avoided.
 
8/29 - She leans in to kiss him & he knows he should pull back. Tim's her ex and his brother, so they need his benison. But he can't help himself.

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8/30 - Her TA's servile behavior boosts her ego and her trust, making it easy for him steal Professor's research to pay off huge student loans.
 
8/31 - She yells when her dog plunders the cat’s litter box. Rex’s malapert yip conveys that her disgust won’t deter his quest for crunchy treats.
 
9/1 - Idea for perfect ending to her book withers aborning due to self-doubt, which snatches another potential from NYT best-seller list.
 
9/2 - The path wends through thick woods until a house built of jewels, chocolate and other impossible things appears. She's arrived at the end.
 
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?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 135

Today is National Dog Day! And since my fur-babies are the cheese to my smile, the smile to my day, and the key to my heart, I thought I’d show off a picture of Freya and Chloe. Unfortunately, I do not have the talent nor the patience to capture them both showing off their cutest doggie expressions at the same time, but here are two of my pathetic attempts. 
Freya and Chloe
Freya getting Chloe to play
 
Give your dogs some extra lovin’ today to let them know how much you appreciate the joy they bring to your lives!
 
15 Minute Tweet TalesIt tweet tale news, we had a #15tt word try to show up for the third time today. Sedulous first showed up in Week 39 and then tried to make another appearance in Week 91 when there were already some weird word shenanigans happening. I think it’s funny that a word meaning persistent has shown up every year on the unusual words lists I use. I guess it means it’s one we should remember. And now for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
8/20 - She assures her son she was trying to help, not be a marplot on his wedding day. Lie. She'd hated his trashy fiancée from the day they met.
 
8/21 - She knows her teacher says dyslogistic things about her writing because he's jealous of her genius. 20 years of rejections prove him right.
 
8/22 - She thought it would be a simple choice, but the insanely ramose decision tree created by 'what ifs' paralyzed her into doing nothing.
 
8/23 - She watches in horrified fascination as dundrearies sprout from his face & his eyes turn red. She doesn't run until fangs appear. Too late.
 
8/24 - An incipient shadow near her bed catches her attention. Each night it grows more distinct until it takes her hand and leads her away.
 
8/25 - The way he belauded her dinner, she knew he actually hated it. She shoved the dishes to the floor and rewarded him with a special dessert.
 
8/26 - Her agonistic response to simple requests was frustrating. But she was only two and didn't want to eat veggies, so she was forgiven. Mostly.
 
Do you have a dog? What kind and what's his/her name? 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?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 134

15 Minute Tweet TalesJust got home from a road trip that included visits with both siblings, so my 15 Minute Tweet Tales post today is short and kind of late. Enjoy!
 
8/13 - Hearing about epic drug sharing party, they crash the shindig, only to find senior citizens swapping meds to dance with danger near the end.
 
8/14 - Her dad tended to bloviate, so she’d force a smile and tune him out. After he died, his words echoed, but it was too late to hear them.
 
8/15 - They land on a perfect island. Night brings bloody chaos. They build a palisade. Keeps out creatures but turns paradise into a prison.
 
8/16 - Spends hours creating maquette for new apartments. One night he sees figures living inside. Tiny voices ask him to join them. So he does.
 
8/17 - His loafer sank into a cow patty, and he knew he couldn’t live the georgic life she’d never leave: an impasse that broke both their hearts.
 
8/18 - Tingling in her fingers presages someone’s death, but with no hint of who, it’s more curse than gift. Feelings of uselessness drown her.
 
8/19 - They think the virus is only transmitted via bite but learn clothing’s a fomite when Carl turns zombie after snagging a hat from a corpse.
 
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?