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?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 155

15 Minute Tweet TalesIt’s been cold, dreary, and rainy here for the past several days. Although I guess I shouldn’t complain since at least I’m not buried in snow. Although we did get a few flakes the other night. My facebook timeline went crazy with posts about it, but by the time I ran outside to see, it was all over. *sad face* Hope the weather in your area isn’t too horrible!
 
And now for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
1/7 - When she walks into her neighbors' house, the gemütlichkeit comforts her. But the way they keep exchanging glances suggests it's a trap.
 
1/8 - First love breaks her heart
wallows in pain by writing
depressing haiku
 
1/9 - She gets revenge on the mean girls who humiliated her, id est, she visualizes ways to mortify them that she's too chicken to implement.
 
1/10 - There are cuter dogs, but she adopts the one with je ne sais quoi. He's either a cuddly angel or a house-destroying devil. Turns out? Both.
 
1/11 - She thought it bad luck when car wouldn't start then couldn't get a cab. Turns out it was kismet, since bus driver was her long-lost father.
 
1/12 - She thought laissez faire parenting would make her kids mature and independent. The judge disagreed after they burned down a warehouse.
 
1/13 - After months of little sleep, he typed The End on his magnum opus. Then his computer crashed, and he realized he'd never backed it up.
 
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 154

15 Minute Tweet TalesHappy New Year, everyone! I hope your 2015 is off to an amazing start! Although I have to admit, I’m still in a bit of denial that another year has zipped by at such an alarming speed. 
 
Now that it’s a new year, I needed a new source of words for the 15 Minute Tweet Tales. In 2012, I used an old Merriam-Webster’s word-a-day calendar. Then in 2013 I pulled the words from the book Rare Words and Ways to Master Their Meanings: 500 Arcane but Useful Words for Language Lovers. For 2014, I once again used an old Merriam-Webster’s word-a-day calendar, but I found there were a fair number of repeated words from the previous two years. I guess there are only so many words that are considered unusual enough for vocabulary building.
 
So for 2015, I’ve decided to try something a little different. I found the book 500 Foreign Words & Phrases You Should Know to Sound Smart: Terms to Demonstrate Your Savoir Faire, Chutzpah, and Bravado. Whew, I didn’t think it was possible, but this book’s title is even longer than the one from 2103! Anyway, I put it on my Christmas list, and my siblings were kind enough to get it for me.
 
The words and phrases are divided into alphabetical chapters. So on January 1st, I picked a word from the A chapter, on January 2nd I picked from B, and that’s how I’ll proceed, cycling through the letters of the alphabet.
 
Some of the phrases are really long, so I’m mostly picking the shorter ones. I can’t imagine anyone wants write a tweet tale using the phrase aquila non capit muscas (an eagle doesn’t catch flies – i.e. an important person shouldn’t concern himself with unimportant questions), since it eats up so many characters before the tale even gets started.
 
The book’s words and phrases are heavy on the Latin and French, so I’m trying to keep things interesting by picking from a variety of origins: Spanish, Farsi, German, etc. So even though I’ll be circling through alphabetically, I’ll be jumping around within the chapters to get an interesting assortment of relatively short words/phrases for the tweet tales.
 
The first week seemed to go well, but let me know if these foreign words and phrases aren’t conducive to writing tweet tales because I want this to be fun, with learning as an added bonus. :-)
 
Also in the new year, I’m getting back to retweeting the tales of people who play along. Months ago, my twitter apps started having problems. The one that showed me all the #15tt tweets for the day would only let me do one retweet per session. And the one that would let me retweet as much as I wanted would only show me one or two #15tt tweets each day. It was a confusing mess, so I stopped retweeting. I guess eventually those bugs got fixed (since they both appear to be working now), but I got out of the retweeting habit. But I think it’s important to share the tweet tales we all work to create, so I’m picking up the habit again. So if you stopped writing tweet tales because I stopped retweeting, now’s the time to rejoin the fold. Come write tweet tales – you know you want to!!
 
Okay, that’s more than enough ‘new year, new announcements’ blather from me. Here are my tales from the past week: 
 
12/31 - She spends hours preparing perfect NYE party for family and friends, but she's so knackered she snores softly in chair during countdown.
 
1/1 - He searched ab aeterno: from amoebas, dinosaurs, monkeys to now, his soul sought hers. He finally holds her in his arms and dies happy.
 
1/2 - The hostess sneers at my outfit. I slip her a large baksheesh and she leads me to a table. Granted it's by the bathroom, but now I'm cool.
 
1/3 - She hands the kids crayons and gives them carte blanche to decorate their house. Her sister shouldn't have tricked her into babysitting.
 
1/4 - After Kim sprouted boobs over the summer, she stopped talking to old, déclassé friends. Although they have her back when the rumors start.
 
1/5 - When she gets drunk, she shows a great élan for karaoke. The other regulars have started bribing the bartender to water down her drinks.
 
1/6 – New students are shocked the gawky nerd is actually the big man on campus. Then they learn he can make a facsimile of any signature.
 
What do you think of this foreign words and phrases plan? 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 153

15 Minute Tweet TalesGah, I seriously can’t believe the year is almost over, which means only two days left to accomplish everything I wanted to do in 2014. So with less than 48 hours to go, I have to get an agent and a book deal, loose 20 pounds, find my true love, organize all my closets, and sort 25 years worth of photos into meaningful and accessible albums. Piece of cake!
 
I hope y’all have been having a wonderful holiday season! And have fantastic (but safe) New Year’s Eve celebrations!
 
And now for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
12/24 - She drinks glass after glass of glogg to bolster her courage to talk to Jim. By the time she does, her words are so slurred he just laughs.
 
12/25 - She'd been naughty, so she sent Santa some interesting pictures to coax him into moving her to nice list. Best haul of presents ever!
 
12/26 - The dessert tray debilitates her willpower, but she's already undone her top pants button and her date will surely notice if undoes another.
 
12/27 - The mise-en-scène in the cafe seems like her normal lunch break; then waiters and patrons break into "Marry You" as he drops to one knee.
 
12/28 - She separates the donnybrook and is shocked to see it's her best students. Then secretly pleased to learn fight's about new physics theory.
 
12/29 - She positions mirrors to scrutinize back of her head. Hopes it's an extra-sun-kissed lock. No, a group of gray strands. Time is attacking.
 
12/30 - Principal promulgates that girls can't wear sleeveless shirts, so teacher gives students scissors to shed sleeves to protest sexist rule.
 
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 152

15 Minute Tweet TalesSince everyone is probably busy taking care of last minute holiday details, I’ll keep this one short-n-sweet and get right to my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
12/17 - Being bully magnets only commonality. Form commensal group for safety. Weeks of silent eating until one bravely asks, "What are your names?"
 
12/18 - The ostentatious art crammed in his house makes her want to grab and run, but she knows the girlfriend con will result in a bigger haul.
 
12/19 - Algid air creeps under the door even though it's a beautiful summer day. He's come for her at last. She's both excited and terrified.
 
12/20 - With each drink, her comments about work became more impolitic. Didn't realize guy at bar was new CEO. A box sat on her desk Monday morning.
 
12/21 - At her boss's behest, she takes a dozen roses to his wife. When a strange, naked man opens the door, she backs away with an awkward smile.
 
12/22 - As the mob searched the village, the farrier hid her under hay in a stall. He didn't care if she was a witch; she'd always been kind.
 
12/23 - After that foggy night, all of the other reindeer became Rudolph's toadies. But he was playing games, since he'd never give up lead spot.
 
I hope everyone enjoys the various holidays this week!
 
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 151

15 Minute Tweet TalesHope everyone is doing well as you gear up for the holidays! I’m definitely in catch-up mode, so just a quick post for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales today:
 
12/10 - A whiff of citrus and she bursts into tears on 20th anniversary of Mom's death. Her pomander had made her a lovely walking orange grove.
 
12/11 - His brother and friends treat him like crap, so he smiles as they disport themselves in hot tub. He's been using it as a toilet for weeks.
 
12/12 - Interspersed through Jeopardy episodes, Alex instructed him to do bad things. When he couldn't resist, he used the gun on self instead.
 
12/13 - In most families, her brother's mimesis would lead to a fight, but in hers it's a celebration. The only words he's able to say are hers.
 
12/14 - He attends company's Holiday party to schmooze, but after too many eggnogs, ends up dancing in only a Santa hat. Promotion seems doubtful.
 
12/15 - Boy lists reasons his teacher's the best person ever. Mom finally snaps, "Are you writing her hagiography? "He adds 'not jealous' to list.
 
12/16 - He hopes to at least make friends with the nerds at new school, but they called him quadrate head: basically block head like all the rest.
 
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 150 + Book Launch

My tweet tales post is going to slip in just under the wire of actually being posted on Tuesday, but I have a fun excuse for its lateness. My sister lives several hours away in Greenville, and the tradition is that I go up and spend a week with her in December, and we stuff ourselves silly at area restaurants and watch the latest Hunger Games movie. So I arrived yesterday to commence with the eating, and we’re going to do the Mocking Jay thing on Thursday.
 
But tonight we had a enjoyable adventure – we went to a book launch in Asheville. Although I was a twitter acquaintance of Jaye Robin Brown, I didn’t actually meet her until the SCBWI-Carolinas conference in September, and she was a lot of fun. So when I found out her book launch for No Place to Fall was happening at the same time I’d be in Greenville, I convinced my sister to road trip up to Asheville.
 
The book launch had a very cool vibe. First Jaye talked about writing the book. Then because her main character is a singer, Jaye would read a passage from the book and a talented young musician would sing a corresponding song. It was an entertaining way to really bring the book to life. And the bonus? There were cupcakes! 
 
There were also other writer friends there to chat with, so that was another highlight: Lauren Johnson Patton and Megan Shepherd, both talented ladies I met at Chautauqua, and Robin Constantine, another new friend from the SCBWI conference. I love how my circle of Carolina writer friends keeps expanding.
 
So even though it was a bit of a hike up into the NC mountains, it was totally worth it. And I’m glad my sister was willing to be my chauffer and photographer!
Jaye Robin Brown and Jocelyn Rish Jaye Robin Brown signing book for Jocelyn Rish
 
Now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales from the past week:
 
12/3 - He follows etiquette rules to avoid suspicion, but his punctilious manner makes them think he's weird. Though they'd never guess alien.
 
12/4 - Walking on stage of reality show, he trips. Audience goes wild. Was going to sign opera, but realizes pratfall routine will be more popular.
 
12/5 - She overhears kids connive to fake broccoli allergy. When Tim gasps for air, she laughs. Too late she realizes he's choking on a floret.
 
12/6 - Classmates envy her nobby outfits. When asked where she buys them, she smiles and says it's a secret. They'd never believe mice made them.
 

15 Minute Tweet Tales

12/7 - A rutilant light causes her to look out window. She appreciates beauty of explosion blossoming seconds before blast destroys her building.
 
12/8 - Hypermnesia seems cool until you drive loved ones away by not forgetting any bad & then desperately miss them from not forgetting any good.
 
12/9 - The tutelary owner of the shelter smiled and waved when each animal was adopted. Then she went to her office and wept from missing them.
 
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 149

So if you’ve ever read my little bio over there on the right, you know I’m one of ‘those people’ who celebrates the family dogs’ birthdays. And yesterday was a big day for Freya and Chloe – they turned 10! Since they are rescues, we don’t know their actual birthdays; December 1st was just the arbitrary date picked based on the vet’s best estimate of their ages when they were pups. 
 
It’s hard to believe they’re already 10. Because they’re both already white, their faces haven’t shown the years creeping up on them like it did with the Golden Retrievers we had growing up. Although Chloe’s brown eye spot has become more of a brown semi-circle in recent years. But they have been showing signs of slowing down, and it makes me sad. But never mind that, I must focus on the good days. Like birthdays!
 
I made them ‘cakes’ with a treat ‘candle’, but I didn’t put party hats on them this year, since the last time I tried, I got stabbed in the face. They were so excited about their cakes that they would not sit still for a picture. So these aren’t great, but I’m sharing anyway.
Chloe's 10th birthdayFreya's 10th birthday
Freya and Chloe 10th birthday
 
And the whole dog birthday silliness is not just a Jocelyn thing, it’s a Rish thing. My sister’s oldest dog Molly had her birthday yesterday, too. She’s 14!! But she’s doing awesome for her age. My sister kind of puts me to shame though, since she had actual pupcakes for Molly to share with Kali. Here are some fun pics from their celebration.
Molly's birthday with KaliMolly's 14th birthday
 
And now that you know my family is thoroughly dog crazy, I’ll share my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
11/26 - Most people dread our monthly status sederunts, but it's the only time I see him. Sometimes I invent issues to make them last longer.
 
11/27 - She hopes gourmet food will have benefic impact on family's Turkey Day fighting. Spends days cooking. Food ends up on floor & walls anyway.
 
11/28 - He sends exhortation tweets about fighting the man, but his classmates like the Principal's new rule requiring students to wear deodorant.
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales11/29 - Looks at all the hair removing paraphernalia in bathroom. Laments all the time & pain spent scraping, pulling, yanking hairs from her body.
 
11/30 - Due to cathexis on mole on his leg, he spends hours examining it but too scared to go to doctor. It's not cancer but steals his life anyway.
 
12/1 - His nap was longer than planned, so he awoke feeling logy. It took him a minute to notice the knife he clutched. With blood on the blade.
 
12/2 - She hoped campestral picnic would end in their first intimate moment. Helping extract ticks from warm, dark places? Not what she'd planned. #15tt
 
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 148

15 Minute Tweet TalesI’m chugging toward the end of revisions on my novel, so just a quick post of my 15 Minute Tweet Tales today. Hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving!!
 
11/19 - Captain lambastes sailors for being lazy, so they toss him overboard to nap. They don't see coming storm, so it becomes perpetual sleep.
 
11/20 - When asked to divulge secret of youth, she quips: I follow Countess Báthory's bloody example. They laugh. Because they think she's joking.
 
11/21 - No matter how many prestigious awards she won, it would never be enough for her parents because she had lived when her brother died.
 
11/22 - Bombarded by news the world's going to hell, she cloisters herself in house. Takes her two weeks to realize apocalypse actually occurred.
 
11/23 - I try to convince Arif to give me the codes, but a yahoo at the bar keeps shouting racist insults. That idiot might doom our country.
 
11/24 - Our mom's tears don't deter my obdurate brother as he murders his way to power. I need to relieve her shame, so I cut his brake lines.
 
11/25 - Vivacious kittens in pet store window make him smile for first time in weeks. Takes them home and flushes overdose of pills he'd gathered.
 
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?