Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 165

15 Minute Tweet TalesNow that Spring has officially sprung, it’s time for the onslaught of yellow pollen. Even though I knew it was an exercise in futility, I rinsed off my car over the weekend, and just two hours later, it was covered in a florescent yellow film. It’s actually kind of creepy how fast it blankets things. Makes me think of the movie The Happening. Hopefully the plants aren’t getting any nasty ideas. 
 
And now for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:
 
3/18 - The cat struts through the house and swats the puppy on her nose. But puppy knows cat will soon regret his hubris. She's still growing.
 
3/19 - In usual seat at Oscars, she sniffles through in memoriam segment. Then sees her own face. Asks what's going on, but everyone ignores her.
 
3/20 - Her joie de vivre drives him crazy. Even when not around, her optimism scrapes his brain. He knows he'll only be happy when she's not.
 
3/21 - Date's kamikaze driving makes her yelp all the way home. She stomps inside and sinks into chair. Smiles as adrenaline sings though her.
 
3/22 - When she sees hot guy who's locum tenens while her doctor's sick, she says she has a cough, too embarrassed to tell him about hemorrhoids.
 
3/23 - Even as another wave of mal de mer hits her, she knows he's the one, since he keeps holding back her hair while stifling sympathy gags.
 
3/24 - Jema Rose is the nom de plume for his romance novels. One morning he finds a beauty at his computer writing. She smiles."Hi, I'm Jema."
 
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 164

I hope you’re wearing green today. If not, I’m virtually pinching you right now! I’m decked out in my St. Patrick's Day finery – solid green shirt, shamrock earrings, and socks with leprechauns and rainbows. But instead of a picture of boring ol’ me, I’m going to post one my sister sent me of her adorable pups in their shamrock socks. Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!
Shamrock Pups
And now for my latest 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
3/11 - The a cappella voices resonating in the hallway make him weep – not only at their beauty but at his certainty angels have come for him.
 
3/12 - He spends years training her into a bel esprit so she can mingle with his enemies and get revenge. But she falls in love with their son.
 
3/13 - His carpe diem attitude draws people to him, though they soon drift away exhausted. But he can't slow down or he'll think about her death.  
 
3/14 - After captain dies of dehydration, cruise director becomes de facto leader. First mate grumbles, but even he admits she finds resources.
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales3/15 - Any meal spent en famille was a constant barrage of jokes and laughter, covering the sad secrets no one wanted their loved ones to know.
 
3/16 - Profile says she's a feinschmecker. He's instantly smitten. He doesn't know much about food but loves women with robust vocabularies.
 
3/17 - Long-time grande dame of local theater takes a bow. Many forgotten lines indicate it's her last play. Applause is thunderous but sad.
 
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 163

15 Minute Tweet TalesY’all, the sun is shining and it’s warm outside! I’m sure before long I’ll be whining about how it’s too hot just like I was whining about it being too cold, but for now, I’m posting my 15 Minute Tweet Tales super fast, so I can run outside to soak up some vitamin D.
 
3/4 - Tired of handling scandals every year, the CEO orders non-alcoholic beer for company's Oktoberfest. Half act like drunken fools anyway.
 
3/5 - Heard heiress was buried with her greatest treasure, so we dug her up. Upset to find papier-mâché heart 6yo son made weeks before he died.
 
3/6 - She's a raconteur who uses words to draw people to her like magic. A magic that makes her loneliness disappear. For a moment anyway.
 
3/7 - She resents that he never stresses about the things that worry her, but when the world actually falls apart, his sang-froid saves them.
 
3/8 - He never knew how thankful he should be for car accident that gave him tabula rasa. Sanity restored, erasing memories no one should have.
 
3/9 - When he parrots her concerns verbatim but dismisses them before proceeding, she prepares a song and dance to go with her "I told you so!"
 
3/10 - Tells his dad he's taking a wanderjahr; sounds better than he's following ex around Europe hoping she'll find his persistence charming.
 
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 162

15 Minute Tweet TalesThe past few weeks I’ve been working on a non-fiction piece for the SCBWI-Carolinas annual writing contest. I usually stay away from non-fiction because I’m pretty terrible at it. I shift into this weird, stuffy, ancient professor way of writing. Yeah, that’s totally what kids want to read. But I decided I wanted to try something completely out of the box (for me) for this contest. 
 
I picked a subject I thought had kid appeal, and I tried really hard to make the tone of the writing fun. When I got the comments back from my critique group, they said it was ‘well written and informative.’ Uh oh. I know that was code for ‘really, really boring.’ 
 
So I banged my head on my desk for a while. People usually say my fiction writing makes them laugh (in a good way… I think), so why can’t I access that funny bone when writing non-fiction? I’m not really sure, but I took another swing at the piece, pretty much rewriting everything. This time I tried to keep it chatty rather than lecture-y, and it felt much better while writing it. And the reaction from my readers was much better this time, too. I have no idea what the judge will think, but writing it was a fun challenge, and I’m glad I tried it.
 
And now on to my 15 Minute Tweet Tales, which with all the murder and cheating, I promise are very much fiction! 
 
2/25 - The hoi polloi press closer and he cringes. He should appreciate their support but is disgusted by people dumb enough to like his movies.
 
2/26 - Every creak adds to her idée fixe that husband is haunting her. But instead of confessing to cops his body is buried in cellar, she moves.
 
2/27 - Her café became trendy among the jeunesse dorée. Extra money’s nice, but she fears ending up in jail for poisoning one of the spoiled brats.
 
2/28 - Each night she watches reality TV to fit in at work kaffeeklatsch. She longs to turn it off, but making friends is part of being a spy.
 
3/1 - "This place is louche." "That's the point of a strip club." "But having PTA meeting here is weird." "Wait until principal starts to strip."
 
3/2 - "He kept saying he'd fix that loose step mañana," she sobs, as the coroner kneels beside her husband's body at the bottom of the stairs.
 
3/3 - He thought she was helping him because of noblesse oblige, but talking with him at the shelter every Saturday, she'd fallen in love.
 
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 161

15 Minute Tweet TalesI feel like I could basically recycle last week’s post for this one. Again the South Carolina upstate is getting nice, fluffy snow, while down here on the coast we're only getting rain. This time some of it is actually freezing rain, so it seems like the weather is just taunting me now. It’s like it knows how much I want to build a snowman *cue Frozen song* and just laughs evilly before saying, “No winter frolicking for you!”
 
But I know this is a silly complaint when so many people are buried in several feet of the white stuff. I hope everyone is staying warm and staying safe!
 
And now for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
2/18 - Husband cooked spaghetti for anniversary. She bit into it with a crunch. Hoped he'd taken al dente too far. Nope, a hungry roach fell in.
 
2/19 - Sub walks in and kids start a blitzkrieg of spitballs, fart noises, etc. She flees crying two hours later. Not a record, but respectable.
 
2/20 - The principal cursed the chutzpah of students chasing away subs. Now he'd have to teach them. How he longed for the days of the paddle.
 
2/21 - He walks inside, and the déjà vu stops her breath. She doesn't know him, but she knows their love spans centuries. Now to convince him.
 
2/22 - "Saw a woman with a fish tale ergo mermaids be real," slurs sailor. Captain laughs. "Your belly's full of beer ergo you hallucinated."
 
2/23 - It's easy to smile at cheating husband when his painful death is a fait accompli. She'd poisoned his soup. Now waiting for screams to start.
 
2/24 - She's weirdly flattered when his eyes linger on her chest. Sadly he's a gonif only interested in large diamond nestled in her cleavage.
 
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 160

15 Minute Tweet TalesFor those of you dealing with the worst of the winter weather, I hope you’re doing okay. No precipitation down this way, but it is unusually cold. I have to admit, I was hoping for an inch or two, since if it has to be this cold, I’d at least like to frolic in a bit of snow. But not too much. We southerners lose our minds when it snows since we never get to practice driving in it! But for now, it looks like it will be another snowless winter for me.
 
And now for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
2/11 - She was lonely when she met him. He treated her like a queen. Pleasing him became her raison d'être. Smothered, he left. She faded away.
 
2/12 - She schleps lumpy duffel down to lobby via elevator but needs a bellhop to wrestle it into her car. She hopes he's not the curious type.
 
2/13 - The waiter hated to interrupt couple's intense tête-à-tête. Then her saw her fear and his anger. So 'accidentally' spilled tea in his lap.
 
2/14 - The battle raged on until she finally deployed her ultima ratio: "I'm the mom and I say so!" Tim sulked but ate his vegetables. For now.
 
2/15 - Walking among the flowers is verboten to people of her birth, but she thinks dancing surrounded by living colors is worth dying young.
 
2/16 - "Wunderbar, I can't wait to see you, Mom!" She arrives in a week; he has 7 days to buy house, find wife and have kid he'd told her about.
 
2/17 - Mom stares at top of son's head, sad the smartphone's clicking keys and chiming notifications are the music capturing today's zeitgeist.
 
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 159

15 Minute Tweet TalesWell that’s weird. I just reread my tweet tales for the past week, and I have two that revolve around wedgies. I’m not sure why I have wedgies on the brain. Maybe this is a sign I should write a story for middle grade boys?? Who knows! Anyway, I hope you enjoy this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
2/4 - He got down on bended knee but was such a klutz he fell off pier. She jumped in to save him. Ring at bottom of the sea. She still said yes.
 
2/5 - Tim enjoyed being in The Sound of Music. Until he tried on his lederhosen. It basically gave the bully a handle to assist with wedgies.
 
2/6 - A guy bumps her, and she orders date to go mano a mano to defend her honor. The guy's muscles indicate the sex isn't hot enough for that. 
 
2/7 - If she'd known screen name was really a nom de guerre in war against stupidity, she'd have picked one more intimidating than ILoveCats31.
 
2/8 - He'd searched far and wide to fill his house with objets trouvés. But his kids lacked artistic vision and called Hoarders to help him.
 
2/9 - She laughs when told how much she'll make per annum then cries when told what she has to do. But tired of being hungry, she says yes.   
 
2/10 - Tim worked out quid pro quo with Butch: he gave him lunch money, Butch didn't give him a wedgie. Worth going hungry to safeguard crotch.
 
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 158

Did y’all watch the Super Bowl? I did, but only for the commercials, and I have to say, I was pretty disappointed this year. They mostly ranged from blah to depressing, but there were a few that made me chuckle. I think my favorite was the one with God’s phone battery dying. 
 

Of course many of the commercials had dogs (because they're adorable), but the really weird trend was that I saw at least three with dogs walking on their hind legs (including this one). The other two were done in this weird CGI way that I’m sure is going to pop up in my nightmares at some point. 
 
And now for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
1/28 - She searches closet for outfit that displays the most décolletage. The spell requires vampire blood, so she must be irresistible bait.
 
1/29 - The church doors open and guests stand en masse, but it's bride's father asking if anyone remembered to pick her up from beauty parlor.
 
1/30 - Who committed bigger faux pas: Kate for using wrong fork or Sue for snidely pointing it out? Sue is unpleasantly surprised by answer.
 
1/31 - He says gesundheit 15 seconds before I sneeze. Twin ESP is cool, but it's going to make it harder to trick him out of our inheritance.
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales2/1 - The designer rules haute couture, so laughs all the way to the bank while creating increasingly absurd designs to sell to vapid rich folks.
 
2/2 - They decide his guilt in absentia,but when his parents go upstairs to deliver punishment, he presents artwork proving sister drew on walls.
 
2/3 - Her friends nicknamed her Eeyore, so when they learn she writes under a pen name, they're shocked her novels bubble with jeu d'esprit.
 
What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial? 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 157 + Book Release

I’ve joked before that Medeia Sharif is a novel writing robot, and I’m starting to suspect I’m on to something because I’m pleased to announce that she has just released another YA novel called 52 Likes. I think this makes four books released in a year. It boggles my mind – I truly wish I had her discipline. Congrats, Medeia, on another release!! Here’s the info:

52 LIKES, Evernight Teen, 2015
Purchase from Amazon, Evernight Teen (vendor links will be updated on the author's site)

After a brutal rape and near-murder, Valerie wants to get past feelings of victimhood from both the assault and her history of being bullied. She’s plagued by not knowing the identity of her rapist and by the nasty rumors in school about that night. Valerie follows clues from ghostly entities, past victims of the rapist-murderer, contacting her through a social media site—why do all of their eerie photos have 52 likes under them? Their messages are leading her to the mystery man, although he’ll put up a fight to remain hidden.

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Wow, that sounds dark and super creepy! Right up my alley, so I can’t wait to read it! Make sure to enter Medeia's giveaway of a $50 Amazon gift card and Kindle copy of 52 Likes:

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And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
1/21 - As students run down the hall regardless of threats of detention, she breaks out a paddle, which is ultra vires her hall monitor role.
 
1/22 - He gets verklempt at baby pic sent by grateful parents. Another patient he helped to conceive. Another kid who'll never know he's her dad.
 
1/23 - At wedding, groom gives toast celebrating bride's wanderlust, which brought her to his country. A year later, he curses it as she leaves.
 
1/24 - She sighs at zaftig women in paintings. Then stomach gurgles. Screw her diet! They were beautiful and so is she! Eats sweets at museum cafe.
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales1/25 - The agent loved the thrilling novel about fighting aliens. Until the addendum claiming military covered up real-life battle. Form rejection.
 
1/26 - She'd had beaucoup rich boyfriends who showered her with gifts, but none equaled the one she'd loved but left because he lacked ambition.
 
1/27 - A cocky movie star, trashy affairs, and a wife lost at sea make for a cause célèbre. His wife grins watching him convicted of her murder.
 
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 156

I’m super late with my 15 Minute Tweet Tales post today because I just got home from a lovely trip to Wilmington. My critique group, the Sisukas, got together for six days and five nights of wonderful conversations about books and writing (and TV shows and movies and dogs and hot guys and whatever else crossed our minds), delicious food, advice and feedback about our WIPs, and lots of quiet time for working. It was great to get away and recharge my creative batteries. I didn’t take many pictures, but here’s a silly selfie with Kathleen Fox and Rebecca Petruck and a partial shot of the cool place where we stayed. 
Wilmington Retreat with the Sisukas
Wilmington Condo
And here are my tweet tales:
 
1/14 - She invites him over to dinner. He turns on the charm. He's so getting lucky! Then she serves his nemesis: spaghetti. Damn slippery noodles!
 
1/15 - Her skill with a piping bag makes her cupcakes objets d'art. It brings in tons of business, but part of her soul dies with every bite.
 
1/16 - She's a gardener par excellence. People semi-joke her missing husband's body fertilizes the flowers. Not true. She'd fed it to the dogs.
 
1/17 - Whenever she asks when he'll be home, he says,"Que sera sera." Fed up, she packs bags, empties safe & leaves note: "This is what will be."
 

15 Minute Tweet Tales

1/18 - Jen and Vi battle to be school's Queen B, but when Ivy returns from Xmas break with a boob job, they reach a rapprochement to take her down.
 
1/19 - After Jen and Vi painted WHORE on her locker, schadenfreude flooded Ivy when the quarterback posted sex tapes he'd made with each of them.
 
1/20 - Wanting to be an easygoing wife, she agrees to a hot air balloon ride on their honeymoon. Then she cries until they reach terra firma.
 
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?