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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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 179

15 Minute Tweet TalesTomorrow is the start of July (wha?!?!), which means it’s the start of another Camp NaNo session. I’ve signed up again, since I’m always super productive during NaNo, but this time I’m revising a novel rather then writing a new draft. Camp NaNo allows for flexible goals both in terms of word count and what you work on, although I’m not exactly sure how to track revision progress since it involves adding, deleting, changing and lots of jumping around. But regardless of how I track it, I’m looking forward to digging into this novel and pounding it into a more presentable shape.
 
And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
6/24 - As soldiers unpack the matériel, they ignore the small, scurrying spiders. Although they aren't really spiders but bots sent to conquer.
 
6/25 - His wife crying by his bedside, he whispers, "Nil desperandum," with his last breath. She laughs. "You fool, these are tears of joy."
 
6/26 - "How do I get to the art museum, por favor?" That accent. That face! And he enjoyed art? She offered to direct him in person. He grinned.
 
6/27 - The Extractor charges extra yet still complains the entire time he saws about unwieldy rigor mortis having set in before I called him.
 
6/28 - As her crush heads toward them, she says sotto voce to her baby brother, "Don't embarrass me or I'll kill you." He grins. She's serious.
 
6/29 - "Your body is terra incognita & tonight I'm Christopher Columbus." Tim hopes sounding fancy will work but still gets a drink thrown in face.
 
6/30 - Several guys snicker as he waits for his wife holding her purse. "She conquered my heart, so vae victis," he says, hoisting it up his arm.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 178

As some of you may know, I’m from Charleston. Well, technically I’m from Summerville, which is 25 miles away, but when talking to anyone outside of South Carolina, it’s easier to say I’m from Charleston. So I felt like I should say something before launching into my usual tweet tales, but I don’t have the words. Instead, I’m going to post the pictures of the victims, since they are the ones we should be thinking and talking about rather than the coward who killed them.
 
Charleston victims
 
I’ll also mention how proud I am of my city for coming together. The pictures from the Unity Chain on Sunday evening still give me chills. 
Unity Chain - Charleston
Unity Chain - Charleston
Charleston Strong

 
And even though it feels silly to post them in light of everything else, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:
 
6/17 - She spent years working the con, determined to live the dolce vita, but then committed the ultimate sin: she fell in love with her mark.
 
6/18 - "Entre nous, I think Tom is cheating on Pam." "No way!" Ivy exclaims with feigned shock, having left Tom's hotel room a few hours ago.
 
6/19 - At the dentist, she thumbs through a tabloid faute de mieux and sees own face staring back at her. A long lost twin or something creepier?
 
6/20 - She named her blog Glasnost but friends didn't realize how honest she'd be. Some had secrets they'd kill for. So which one of them did?
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales6/21 - The thief's punch renders him hors de combat. His wife knocks the guy out with her purse. He'll never tease her about its heftiness again.
 
6/22 - For 12 years, whenever he passed old Ms. Lee's, she'd wave from her window. On the day she's not in situ, he calls 911 with a heavy heart.
 
6/23 - Wanting to confer during truce talks, they switch from the lingua franca to their village's dialect, not realizing the enemy learned it.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 177

15 Minute Tweet TalesWell, summer has finally struck with a vengeance! It’s currently 98 degrees and the heat index is 105. I knew all my complaining about the extra long and cold winter was going to come back and bite me in the butt. Going outside just feels nasty, so it looks like I will be even more of a homebody than usual.
 
And now for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
6/10 - When son came home from college she thought would plotz: first from joy at having him back, then from shock at seeing 5 rings in his face.
 
6/11 - She reads horrid brother's bestselling novel. Shrieks. It's actually a roman à clef of their childhood with him reframed as the hero.
 
6/12 - Angry, she packs a bag, then schleps it all over town not knowing where to go. Tired, she sits. Dad's been trailing her. Carries her home.
 
6/13 - "Nuh uh, you're stupid!" he says. "Touché," she replies, rolling her eyes, aware he doesn't know what it means or that it's sarcasm.
 
6/14 - "You're so contrary, if I said my grass is green, you'd say it is blue." "Au contraire, due to lack of rain, I'd say your grass is brown."
 
6/15 - At the start of the truce talk, he gave up his gun to prove his bona fides. He only escaped alive because he kept a pistol in his boot.
 
6/16 - The cognoscenti call his paintings raw and emotional. He laughs, tosses paint on a canvas, and has his toddler wriggle around on it.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 176

15 Minute Tweet TalesIt’s a rainy Tuesday here in the Lowcountry. But sadly it’s not the gentle kind that makes me want to curl up with a book. It’s doing that crazy fierce thundering that makes me cringe at each snap, rattle, and roll. And the lights keep blinking. Here’s hoping the electricity holds out and that the storm moves on soon. 
 
And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
6/3 - Their love is toxic, shredding each other's souls, but they can't part due to folie à deux that they've been lovers through many lives.
 
6/4 - When the gemeinschaft formed, it espouse peaceful ideals, but the day she escaped, the others swallowed pills to bring ultimate peace.
 
6/5 - "While it's horribile dictu, as your sister, I think I should tell you your husband's cheating on you." "With who?!" "Well...with me."
 
6/6 - He planned to tell cops how a giant circle got burned in his yard in toto, then saw alien worms under their skin, so claimed he didn't know.
 
6/7 - The jester thought it was hilarious to mock the king's stutter. After his lèse–majesté, he's now a mime act since he lacks a tongue.
 
6/8 - He knows he owes her a mea culpa, but to admit he's lost will forever tip the balance, so he keeps driving until they run out of gas.
 
6/9 - "Sue's dress is an abomination, n'est–ce pas?" Kim wants to be part of Ivy's inner circle but can't agree with teary Sue looking at her.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 175

15 Minute Tweet TalesI almost forgot to post my tweet tales today. I’m working on a screenplay for a contest deadline and lost track of time. So without further ado, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:
 
5/27 - She loved showing off the painting where the eyes followed you. She thought it a trompe l'oeil. One night she discovered the deadly truth.
 
5/28 - Dad's parenting skills vis–à–vis Mom's are sorely lacking, making weekends with him tons of fun. But Mom keeps her from self-destructing.
 
5/29 - He whips off his glasses, hoping it will reveal his powerful self, Superman style. But his alter ego is as weak as he is. Plus he can't see.
 
5/30 - She tells her mistress she's repairing her gown but wears it to a ball. Is one night among the beau monde enough magic for a lifetime?
 
5/31 - The dog hangs a cave canem sign to intimidate the neighborhood cats. But cats speak French not Latin, so they ignore it. Like cats do.
 
6/1 - Tim says his dog is a dummkopf because she won't do tricks, so he always gives her treats just for being cute. One of them is really smart.
 
6/2 - "Eureka, I finally found the spell for everlasting life!" She ran out to gather the ingredients. Never saw the truck barreling at 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?