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.

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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.
 
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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.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 219

15 Minute Tweet TalesI’m late posting because it’s been a super busy day. It’s also been a good news/bad news type of day. First, the bad news: I entered the James Patterson Co-writing Competition a few weeks ago, and the list of ten semifinalists was announced today. Sadly, my name was nowhere to be found. I knew it was a long shot, but I'm still a bit bummed. But my excerpt was from an old NaNo novel, and getting it ready for the competition got me SUPER excited about the story again. I'm now revising it for this month's Camp NaNo and am really happy with what's happening. Silver linings FTW!
 
Now for the good news: I had an interview today to be a teaching artist for a kids program this summer, and I got hired! The program director was a little leery of my lack of experience with large groups of kids, but she said she liked my enthusiasm and was willing to take a chance on me. Yay! So twice a week I’ll teach a group of elementary school kids about creative writing. I’m excited (and nervous!) about it. Bonus? I’ll actually get paid! Whoo hoo!
 
And now for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales word:
 
allusion - the running of one ship upon another ship that is stationary; action of dashing against or striking upon.   
 
4/5 - The ferry prepares for an allision with the floating cruise ship, hoping to contain the outbreak. All for naught. These zombies swim.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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Cover Reveal for MY PERFECT MISTAKE

My Pitch Wars friend Kelly Siskind is on a roll! She released her first novel Chasing Crazy in early January, and she's already having the cover reveal for her next novel. Check out all the fun stuff for MY PERFECT MISTAKE: the sexy cover, description, and excerpt, plus there's a giveaway. Make sure to enter!

Congrats, Kelly!

And now here's the cover!

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About MY PERFECT MISTAKE
 
What happens in Aspen is definitely not staying in Aspen . . .
 
A girls' trip to Aspen was exactly what Shay needed to forget about her toxic ex-boyfriend. She's got her girls, pristine slopes for skiing, and hot guys everywhere. Of course, her epic self-rediscovery goes completely to hell when a wild (and deliciously hot) skier knocks Shay on her ass . . . and war is declared.
 
Kolton doesn't know what it is about Shay that makes him lose it. Not just his cool---although she does have an unholy gift for that---but his restraint. When anger gives way to explosive chemistry, they're both shaken with the intensity of it. But somewhere between lust and hate, Kolton and Shay realize they could have something real . . . if they don't kill each other first.
 

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Excerpt

He tosses me my anti-sexy helmet. “We should take another run before we head down.”
 
I catch it and shake my head, unsure I heard him right. “Sorry, we? Shouldn’t you be skiing with your buddies? It’s bad enough you hijacked my lunch and I have to sit at a table with you again tonight. Now you want to ski together? Thanks but no thanks.”
 
He lifts his arms over his head and stretches from side to side. A sliver of skin peeks out below his jacket. “The guys called it quits early. Worried you can’t keep up?”
 
As fucking if. The dude’s obviously egging me on, but he snaps my self-control. Everything between us is action, reaction. Spark and flame. What’s his deal, anyway? Why sit with me and ski with me when we’re worse than cats and dogs? If he thinks firing me up means he’s getting a replay of last night, he’s mistaken. Still, I need to beat his ass on the slopes. “Fine. I’ll take that run. It’s about time I put you in your place. But let’s be clear. We can have lunch and ski together, but there will be no sex.” A teen walking by stops midstride and doubles over in a fit of giggles.
 
“I didn’t catch that.” Kolton leans forward and cups a hand around his helmeted ear. “Do you mind speaking up?”
 
What a total douche.
 
“Everyone is wise until he speaks,” I mumble, recalling my granddad’s words.
 
Kolton straightens, a question passing across his face. “Are you Irish? My granddad used to say that all the time. Along with, ‘Shut your mouth and eat your dinner.’”
 
I laugh, abrupt and maniacal, the sharp sound catching me off guard. The energy shifts between us, like the first time I understood my Spanish teacher—the foreign becoming familiar. I frown, unsure I want Kolton to feel familiar. “Yeah, I am. The first curse I learned was feckin’ arse, and I’d kind of like to use it now.”
 
He smiles to himself, as though we’re friends who would sit and talk and laugh about our shared upbringing. Ruffled, I cram my helmet on, get geared up, and try to stomp out of the lodge all look out, buddy, but with the boots and Martian head, it’s a fail.
 
Skis on and goggles down, we race to the lift. He arrives first, making like he’s been waiting forever with a dramatic yawn. I roll my eyes and push past him. The lift line is empty, so it’s just him and me on the four-person chair.
 
“Mind not doing that?” he says partway up as I swing my skis.
 
The chair sways in response, and I rock my legs harder. “This?”
 
His olive skin grays. “Yeah. That.” He leans his elbows on the safety bar and closes his eyes.
 
If he pukes, I’ll likely toss my cookies, too. When my brother got food poisoning from China House’s all-you-can-eat buffet, it wasn’t pretty. I hadn’t eaten a thing there, but the second he threw up, I proceeded to reenact that pie eating scene from Stand by Me: projectile vomit, solid stream, fire hydrant force.
 
I still my skis and stop bouncing.
 
We pass one supporting tower, then another, before he opens his eyes.
 
“You regretting that lunch?” I ask, smirking.
 
He flexes his hands, and the poles dangling from his wrists knock around. “No. I’m regretting getting on this chair with you.”

Such a charmer.

 

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About Kelly Siskind

A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.

She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings—Gummy Bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

She is represented by Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy Literary Group.

2015 Golden Heart® Finalist

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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. 
 
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