Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 188

15 Minute Tweet TalesI’ve been working hard on a secret project, or actually it will really be projects, that I’m super exited about. I just finished the first one, and hopefully there will be many more to come. I think I’ll make the official announcement later this week, but for now it's another short and sweet 15 Minute Tweet Tales post.
 
8/26 - He's inspired to paint en plein air, but since he uses his naked wife as his canvas, his masterpiece goes to jail for indecent exposure.
 
8/27 - His dorm's covered with film noir posters, so she hopes she's found THE ONE who gets her darkness. They belong to his roommate. Who's gay.
 
8/28 - A rabbit screams. She finds Grand Guignol display of her dog's hunting prowess. It'll be a while before she feels comfortable cuddling him.
 
8/29 - Shelf holding viruses being experimented on in vitro crashes to the ground. Six months later, the few remaining humans huddle in bunkers.
 
8/30 - Psychic: You'll see a cardinal before death. Every flash of red in sky becomes memento mori. A chandelier falling in church kills her.
 
8/31 - People say their boss is crazy, but hers is truly non compos mentis. He's nice, so she tries to cover, but he keeps forgetting his pants.
 
9/1 - He didn't have the charisma to be a true paterfamilias to his clan, so he spiked the drinks with drops of his blood to bind them to him.
 
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Good Times with Old Friends

When I say old friends, I don’t mean we’re elderly because obviously we’re still super hot young women. Yet despite the fact that we’re most definitely still spring chickens, we’ve somehow been friends for over twenty years. And this past weekend we got together for a reunion weekend. 
 
I’m talking about my three best friends from college: my roommate Nina, my sorority sister Dana, and Dana’s roommate Nikki who also happened to be sorority sisters with Nina. Yeah, it’s bit confusing, but further proof that we were destined to become The Four Duke Girls. 
 
We became The Four Duke Girls our junior year when we traveled to Australia for a semester abroad at the University of New South Wales. The four of us shared an awesome apartment one street back from Coogee Beach and took super easy classes like “Reading the Romance Novel” and “The History of Modern Olympics.” We traveled all over Australia and New Zealand together, met people from all over the world, and basically had a blast. 
 
Four Duke Girls at Sydney Opera House
 
This year was the 20th anniversary of our trip Down Under (holy crap! I can’t believe it’s been that long), so we got together at my family’s lake house to celebrate. Although we’d seen each other in various combinations over the years, it had been ten years since we’d all four been together. But you’d never know it from the weekend. Even though there were a lot of stories to share to get caught up on each other’s lives, it felt like old times. In fact, we said it felt kind of weird because of just how not weird it felt to all be together again.
 
We had scrapbooks and videos of our time in Oz, which often triggered memories that sent us into hysterical laughter. One day we were so busy talking that we kind of forgot to change out of our pajamas until 2:30. It was a super lazy weekend and so much fun. 
 
I’d planned to get a picture of the four of us, but we were so busy chatting that we never got around to it. But, honestly, we all pretty much look the same. I’m the only one who seems to have acquired grey hair and extra weight. 
 
Four Duke Girls with Kangaroo
 
I love these ladies, and this type of connecting with old friends is good for the soul. It reminds you of who you used to be, how far you’ve come, and what ‘childhood’ dreams are still within reach. I highly recommend it – pick up the phone and give those friends from your past a call!

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 187

15 Minute Tweet TalesI’ve got some longer posts coming up over the next week or so, so I’m keeping this one short and sweet and getting straight to my 15 Minute Tweet Tales
 
8/19 - Mom declares the twins pari passu; but since one has her husband's blue eyes and the other her lover's green eyes, that's not really true.
 
8/20 - "Raus!" she shouts so loud it scares the cat from the room, but it's directed at the chin hair that keeps slipping from her tweezers.
 
8/21 - Beauty is sine qua non to be chosen by prince, so she's proud to be selected. Locked in dungeon, she finally wonders, “Chosen for what?”
 
8/22 - He says he volunteers for tour after tour due to amor patriae, but she hears him talk in his sleep and knows it's the thrill of the kill.
 
8/23 - Every theory he had was contra mundum, so he was scorned by the scientific community. As the world burns, they wish they'd listened.
 
8/24 – The salesclerk convinced me the tight, leather dress is hot. She's right - after dancing five minutes, I feel like meat cooked sous vide.
 
8/25 - Slips on silk robe, pours champagne, lounges in sun. Dolce far niente is life for her. Front door opens. Panic. Lady of house home early.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 186

15 Minute Tweet TalesThe past week has been interesting on Facebook as many of my friends post pictures of their kids on the first day of school. First of all, SO MANY ADORABLE KIDS!!! Second, it makes me feel old to see my high school friends posting pictures of their kids … in high school!! Where the heck as the time gone?!? Good luck to all the kiddos as they embark on a new school year!
 
And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:
 
8/12 - The King is an idiot, but his mother is an éminence grise who keeps the people from revolting. He only lasts two months after her death.
 
8/13 - He grins, says, "Fiat lux!" and flips the switch. A sizzling sound. Power goes off in entire subdivision. His neighbors dread December.
 
8/14 - We input the latest outbreaks for analysis of our containment efforts. The screen goes black, then displays: GRAVIORA MANENT. Uh oh.
 
8/15 - He asks lawyer, "What about habeas corpus?" "They literally have a body covered with your bloody fingerprints. No judge will go for it."
 
8/16 - When he arrives at brunch, everyone glares at him. Memory hazy, he suspects in vino veritas got the best of him at the rehearsal dinner.
 
8/17 - Despite beauty treatments, poise classes, and even plastic surgery, she's a Disney princess manqué, roaming the park in her Goofy costume.
 
8/18 - As oldest of nine siblings, she became nil admirari to deal with the chaos, but sadly that meant even the good things were less exciting.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 185

15 Minute Tweet TalesKeeping it short and sweet today, so here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:
 
8/5 - When he found her pied-à-terre, he assumed she was cheating and left. She was actually setting up a private space for the fool to write.
 
8/6 - The smile crept across her face with the same menace the flames snaked across the floor toward her husband. "Requiescat in pace, jerk!"
 
8/7 - A thrill runs through him reading her note asking to meet sub rosa. Turns out she wants to know if his best friend has a date to prom.
 
8/8 - The teacher was au fait of her students' plan to cheat, so she confiscated their shoes. Luckily, Sue wrote the answers on her bare feet.
 
8/9 - "Basta, Timmy! You know it's not pronounced grassy-ass. Keep it up, and I'll turn your ass into grass." Sucks when your mom's the teacher.
 
8/10 - Her cri de coeur as he walked away haunted him for years, but he was never meant to be a dad, and it was better she learned that early.
 
8/11 - Jon tossed nuts into his mouth,and she thought, 'Deo volente, he'll choke on one today.' But God didn't oblige, and Jon beat her before bed.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 184

15 Minute Tweet TalesHere we are in the first week of August. I’m still not exactly sure how that happened. When I was young, I hated when the calendar flipped over to August because it meant the start of school was just a few weeks away. So even now I still have the feeling that the start of August means the end of something fun, which is pretty silly since it really just means more hot, muggy weather. 
 
And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
7/29 - In 3rd grade he pulled her ponytail, a casus belli in a conflict that raged thru high school until the passion fully bloomed to love.
 
7/30 - "This is dreck!" King declares. Chef hides a smile, not minding the insult this time, since he spiced the stew from King's own chamber pot.
 
7/31 - "Because I love him, he makes me happy, et cetera." "Et cetera shouldn't be part of the reason you marry a man whose last 3 wives died."
 
8/1 - As he realized his son died because he forgot him in the hot car, the pain felt like hara-kiri. He took a quicker way out and used a gun.
 
8/2 - "You are, inter alia, a lying, manipulative jerk! I can't say the other things, since I don't want to use cuss words to describe my son."
 
8/3 - Her modus operandi was to bail when things got serious. It kept her heart safe though a bit lonely. Everything changed when she met him.
 
8/4 - The detective was brilliant but ineffective. His solves were such non sequiturs that juries couldn't follow the evidence to guilty verdicts.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 183

15 Minute Tweet TalesBlerg. I’ve been a colossal failure at Camp NaNo this month. I could never settle on a project. I jumped from one thing to another, but nothing felt like it was the one calling to me. The only positive is I did some solid brainstorming on a variety of ideas that have been rattling around in my head even if no real writing got done. I hope y’all managed to get more words on paper than I did!
 
And now for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
7/22 - I laughed at my nanna's meshugga insistence that her neighbor was an alien. I wasn't laughing the day I saw him swallow a cat whole.
 
7/23 - "She knew exactly what she was doing, nicht wahr, Mrs. Jones?" Her tears instantly cease, and she grins at the destruction she wrought.
 
7/24 - Sharing the mayor's face was Ty's passe-partout to the city's pleasures, but when the mob comes to kill his twin, they don't let Ty explain.
 
7/25 - "Your new hairstyle is sui generis." It's the only thing she could think to tell her friend, who'd spent a fortune on that abomination.
 
7/26 - Constant horror on the news warped her Weltanschauung, so she feared going outside. A twin-engine crashing into her house killed her.
 
7/27 - A voice inside the armoire calls my name. I yank open the door but find only sweaters. Too bad, I'd hoped for a portal to another world.
 
7/28 - "If you think you'll be better off without me, then leave. Bonne chance!" Her words echoed like a curse through his miserable life.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 182

Are y’all watching Hannibal on NBC? It’s an incredible show. I understand why it’s not for everyone because the subject matter is pretty rough, but the execution is brilliant. It’s an example of a show where every department is at the top of their game creating something than transcends the normal TV watching experience. 
 
It’s too bad the ratings are terrible. NBC finally canceled it after three seasons. And while they are airing the rest of the third season, they have banished it to Saturday nights. Even if I actually had an exciting social life, I’d stay in to watch it live. So when Sunday’s word ended up being Gesamtkunstwerk, I had to use Hannibal in my tweet because the show so perfectly embodies the spirit of the word. If you haven’t watched, the first two seasons are available on Amazon Prime, and highly recommend giving it a try (that is if you have a strong stomach).
 
And now for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
7/15 - Ugly dress. Horrid hair. Too fat. The club only admits the crème de la crème. Every night they turn her away. Every night she tries again.
 
7/16 - While she was touched by how many people wanted to help, most of the volunteers were de trop, getting in the way of the real work.
 
7/17 - He's now been a professor emeritus for longer than he was a professor, and the only one listening is his cats. And they only pretend.
 
7/18 - Deb was the fons et origo of the rumor that resulted in three dead bodies. She should have been horrified. She felt powerful instead.
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales7/19 - With breathtaking skill displayed in front of and behind the camera, #Hannibal is not just a TV show, it's a Gesamtkunstwerk. #truestory
 
7/20 - He whispers, "Hasta la vista." She opens her eyes and no one is there. She counts down the minutes until she can sleep and see him again.
 
7/21 - He's been in extremis several times - the inevitability of an adrenaline junkie - but this time death has come to collect final payment.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 181

Freya and Chloe

Yesterday was a bit nerve-wracking because both dogs had to undergo surgery. They had their regular checkup last week, and since they’re getting older, the visit was not as routine as it used to be. Turns out Freya’s mouth is a mess (yes, I’m a terrible mom, but the few times I tried to brush her teeth it was traumatizing for both of us), so she needed a major teeth/gum cleaning and the vet thought she might have to pull some teeth. Even scarier, Chloe had a lump on her leg that the vet was very concerned about. Thinking they might be slightly less scared if they were there together, we decided do both procedures the same morning.
 
Fortunately, everything went well. Freya did not have to have any teeth pulled, so I don’t have to change her name to Toofless. And the vet thinks she removed all of Chloe’s lump, although results from the lab are still pending. After she got home, Freya spent the rest of the day lying around moaning. It was pretty pathetic (and just a little funny). I told her, "Suck it up, buttercup! Your sister had a lot worse done, and she's not complaining." Chloe just sat around with a look on her face like the kid in the Youtube video after the dental procedure, "Is this real life?" My poor silly babies! The picture is from a much happier day.
 
And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales: 
 
7/8 - "Mazel tov." The words burn, forced from my aching heart. I thought he'd eventually realize I was the one, but now he's chained to her.
 
7/9 - She seduced the renowned chef to have nouvelle cuisine at every meal, so she's pissed when he only eats frozen pizzas when not at work.
 
7/10 - Despite her hardened heart, she falls for her john poco a poco. But "Pretty Woman" dreams are dashed when he moves on to younger girl.
 
7/11 - A bite of bagel puts schmeer on her cheek. She leaves it there. She needs to know if he's the type of guy who'll tell her these things.
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales7/12 - If she didn't want tout le monde to know about her third boob, she probably shouldn't have sent a guy she met online a revealing selfie.
 
7/13 - A plus sign appears on the stick, and she starts to cry as a wave of angst overwhelms her. Is the father her husband or his brother?
 
7/14 - Her heart flutters when a hot guy gives her his seat on the crowded bus. Turns out it's a beau geste, since he gets off at the next stop.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 180

15 Minute Tweet TalesI hope everyone had a fabulous 4th of July weekend! My family did our usual thing at the lake house: swimming with the pups, grilling, watermelon margaritas, homemade peach ice cream, and watching the fireworks show over the water. It was a lot of fun, but not at all conducive to writing, so as usual I am in a deep word hole this first week of NaNo. But I’m not worried, since I’m always more productive when the pressure is on!
 
And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
7/1 - "How about an apéritif?" She meets his eyes and gasps. She doesn't need her appetite whetted for the meal she wants to make of him.
 
7/2 - His girlfriend adores her cat, but it's his bête noire. He tries being nice to it, but it barfs in his shoes and trips him on the stairs.
 
7/3 - She must convince everyone that aliens have landed AND that she's compos mentis. She flushes her meds. It's up to her to save humanity.
 
7/4 - She has gum on her derrière, but he doesn't tell her – he doesn't want to seem like a creep. He hopes she doesn't end up too embarrassed.
 
7/5 - Beautiful woman at the bar surprised him by being en rapport with his likes. Also surprised him later when she charged for her services.
 
7/6 - He tries not to grimace as he unwraps his festschrift, but his colleagues are such poor academics, he'd hoped for a gold watch instead.
 
7/7 - As a camp counselor, she must act in loco parentis, which seems like a terrible idea for 16yo who can't even keep her hamster alive.
 
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