Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 205

I hope everyone had an amazing holiday week! My Christmas was pretty awesome. The entire family gathered at my parents’ for five days, and we ate a lot of delicious food (A LOT), watched some movies, played with doggies, had fun with Christmas presents, and did some drinking, too. 
 
I found a cool kit to make funky cosmos, so we experimented with that on two different days. It was fun, but I’m not sure how successful the results were – they didn’t look much like the pictures in the instruction book, but they were quite tasty!
Holiday Drinks
 
To add to the holiday excitement, my sister got a new dog the week before named Bear. He's a 2-year-old Black Lab/Australian Shepherd mix that belonged to a friend of hers who could no longer keep him. He’s such a sweet goofball. This was his first meeting with Freya and Chloe. They weren’t entirely sure they loved him. Or in Freya’s case maybe she loved him too much because she was like his white shadow the whole time, which caused some tension. With four big dogs in the house it was a little chaotic, especially since we had to stay on guard to break up any doggie scuffles, but they are all such love muffins that it’s worth a little bit of stress. 
Bear
 
Then my birthday was on the 27th. I’m at the point where I kind of dread birthdays a little, but my family made it fun. We had dinner at my favorite Thai place (so, so yummy!!), and my brother made me an Oreo crust, chocolate, caramel pie that is so rich that it took me three sittings to eat ONE piece. But it’s so delicious!!
Birthday cake
You can see that Freya was licking her lips hoping to get a piece, but chocolate is bad for doggies. And can y'all guess what I wished for? The same thing I've been wishing for the last few years - let's hope 2016 is the year it finally comes true!
 
And then for even more holiday excitement, my brother ALSO got a new dog yesterday. She's four months old and is supposedly a mix of husky, lab, and bloodhound. He's naming her Remy after Rémy Martin Cognac because his previous dog was Bailey since she was the color of Baileys Irish Cream. I hear she’s a lovebug, and I can’t wait to meet her on New Year’s Day!!
Remy
 
Okay, that’s enough about my holiday week - here are my latest round of 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
12/23 - Tina laughs at Sturm und Drang during book club when she admits cookies aren't gluten-free. They've been eating them for years issue-free.
 
12/24 - A broken leg, car, and marriage made this a terrible year, but winning the lottery on December 31st turned it into an annus mirabilis.
 
12/25 - When brother opens present, she throws a fit because it's not comme il faut. The youngest always goes first!! Mom mutters,"Merry Christmas."
 
12/26 - Tim felt being president of the HOA made him ex officio the arbiter of taste. Sue disagreed and pulverized his garden gnomes with a hammer.
 

15 Minute Tweet Tales

12/27 - When Mother sweeps into a room, Darth Vader's leitmotif plays in my head. Today's black dress completes the look. Can she read my mind?
 
12/28 - Each day she leaves his grave and whispers, "Au revoir," adamant they'll soon reunite. But at night she holds the gun and loses her nerve.
 
12/29 - Ivy stares at her sparse curriculum vitae. She really wants this job. She starts typing. Creative writing was always her strongest skill.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 204

15 Minute Tweet TalesChristmas is only a few days away, but it sure doesn’t feel like it, even factoring in the usual warmth of SC. We did have two days this past week where it dipped down into actual winter-type weather, but the thermostat shot back up again. There’s no chance at all for a white Christmas this year, since we’re supposed to have high temps of 80 on both Christmas Eve and Christmas. That’s just crazy! Anyway, I hope y’all have a wonderful holiday week, no matter which of the winter solstice holidays you celebrate!
 
And now for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
12/16 - He decided to finally get in shape, but instead of joining gym, he began hiking the Appalachian Trail. It quickly became a via dolorosa.
 
12/17 - My family sits me down to say I'm a bad writer and need a real job. Feels like an auto-da-fé. When I win Newbery, I put them in first row.
 
12/18 - I always take my neighbor's tales about his days as a secret agent cum grano salis ... until the day men in black suits whisk him away.
 
12/19 - Auditioning for years, she finally got a part in the play. Small but hers. When the dramatis personae was printed, it left off her name.
 
12/20 - My sister-in-law mentions en passant she saw her brother chatting with his ex. I know she's trying to provoke me and pretend not to hear.
 
12/21 - Bought the paper online and, mutatis mutandis, submitted it. Since the origin wasn't mentioned, I didn't know it was TA's old essay. Oops!
 
12/22 - He insists on dividing food pro rata to body weight. The others want it equal. When he refuses, his muscular body solves food shortage
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 203

15 Minute Tweet TalesI hope everyone’s holiday prep is going well. I managed a first this year – I ordered everything online. Even my sticking stuffers and Christmas cards, which I usually venture out to buy. But this year, I’m feeling more anti-crowd than usual, so I let my fingers do the shopping. It was awesome, although I’m not sure the UPS man would agree.
 
And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:
 
12/9 - It's quite the coup de theatre when Ebenezer drops dead in Act 1. Narrative twist? Actor drama? Tiny Tim screams, "He's not breathing."
 
12/10 - Eyes barely open, she stumbles into the bathroom and ends up with a wet butt. He left the seat up yet again. It becomes the dies irae.
 
12/11 - Warm relief floods her body as the priest murmurs, "Ego te absolvo." Of course, she hadn't confessed her impure thoughts were about him.
 
12/12 - The waitress asks, "What do you want?" Ivy says, "Je ne sais pas," and starts crying. Her ex ran her life for so long, she has no idea.
 
12/13 - Sweat dripped from the professor's filthy hair and food smeared his shirt. "Magister dixit" was not likely to cut it for his students.
 
12/14 - She watches the news hoping the whole Trump campaign is merely panem et circenses, but in her heart she fears de-evolution has begun.
 
12/15 - Tired of having ears tugged by Baby, Dog moves across the room. Baby learns solvitur ambulando after several attempts at first steps.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 202

15 Minute Tweet TalesKeeping it short and sweet this week! Enjoy my latest round of 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
12/2 - When he belts out the chorus, all four red chairs turn, wanting the Meistersinger on their team. Sadly, his face will make it tough to win.
 
12/3 - "Your body be ne plus ultra!" He thinks Latin sounds classy. "Did you just call me fat?" she shrieks. He should have stuck with "bangin.'"
 
12/4 – He tells media he's taking the case pro bono publico to protect rights. In fact, he knows it'll finally make him more famous than ex-wife.
 
12/5 - During the quellenforschung of "Pride & Prejudice," details are so familiar she begins to think she's the reincarnation of Jane Austen.
 
12/6 - Her custody case is still sub judice, but she can tell ex-husband's money & lies are swaying the judge, so she runs with son to protect him.
 
12/7 - While studying the aliens' language, she discovers it's the Ursprache of most human languages. They're not invading, they're reclaiming.   
 
12/8 - She wanders the halls for hours searching for a solution but only finds regulation-spouting apparatchiks. It feels like a horror movie.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 201

The year continues to fly by and somehow it’s now the first day of December. But it’s a happy day because it’s the birthday of my dogs Freya and Chloe. Well, it’s their “birthday” based on the vet’s best guess of their ages when they were rescued from the shelter. 
 
And because they are perfectly spoiled pups, of course they got birthday presents. They each got a flat plush toy stuffed with sixteen squeakers each (one is an alligator, the other a squirrel), and they are supposed to be tougher than normal squeaky toys. Yeah … less than an hour later, three squeakers had already bit the dust and there’s green fur everywhere. They also each got a Nylabone – one is bacon flavored and the other is chicken. Freya’s favorite flavor is whichever one Chloe is chewing. 
Freya and Chloe's 11th birthday
 
They both seemed thrilled with their presents, and I can’t believe my babies are now eleven years old. Time is definitely flying by too fast.
 
Freya's 11th Birthday
Chloe's 11th birthday
And now for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales
 
11/25 - The girls meet at Tina's, the point d'appui after their water balloon assault on the boys. They anticipate reprisals with giggly nerves.
 
11/26 - When Uncle Bob finished his pumpkin pie, he farted. His son yelled, "Sauve qui peut!' and ran from dining room. We should've listened.
 
11/27 - She flips thru stained index cards scrawled with grandmother's faded writing until she finds the au gratin recipe. She needs Nana's comfort.
 
11/28 - Our experiments show, ceteris paribus, the mutagen only affects the X chromosome, so if it escapes, women will be twice as strong as men.
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales11/29 - "Thank you." She sinks into bus seat he gives up. "De rien," he says, not knowing it's the first kindness the abused woman has had in years.
 
11/30 - He tearily traces the words, "Ex libris Hanna." The book is all his mom owned when she fled war as a child. He places it in her casket.
 
12/1 - Elle thought ius primae noctis was a formality since Lord Fink is old, but his healer makes a blue potion that ruins her wedding night.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 200

15 Minute Tweet TalesI still need to do blog updates for some of the exciting things that happened in the last few weeks, but I’ve been super busy working on YALLFest articles and a few other articles for MTV. It’s great because I get paid per article, but I’m about ready for Thanksgiving break. I hope everyone has a wonderful turkey day!
 
And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
11/18 - Her hospital follows the "See one, Do one, Teach one" model. Since her surgeon was mid docendo discitur, she woke up with uneven boobs.
 
11/19 - "Honey, come down. I don't care if the eaves get fresh paint." He murmurs, "Excelsior," as he goes up another rung.And another.Then falling.
 
11/20 - He'd heard it said fortes fortuna adiuvat, but while hiding from bullies in a dumpster, he found a winning lottery ticket for 10 million.
 
11/21 - In addition to hours of physical training, she engages in kriegspiel each day. When she becomes queen, she'll be prepared to destroy him.
 
11/22 - She's spent last 7 years slaving over her novel, ignoring friends & family, but due to her search for mot juste, she's only written 1 line.
 
11/23 - Detective gasps when the DA declares nolle prosequi, since she knows the evidence they have. Notices his sweating and suspects blackmail.
 
11/24 - When Granny finished her "O tempora! O mores!" spiel, my nutso sister argued things were much better now with the Kardashians as life gurus.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 199

15 Minute Tweet TalesIt’s been a crazy week, y’all, and it's all because of YALLFest. I got to cover it for MTV, which means I was able to interview many of the YA authors, including R.L. Stine!! He was awesome! But I still have tons of articles to write, so I’ll have to wait until later to share some of my stories. Stay tuned! In the meantime, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:
 
11/11 - "She's a horrible human being, exempli gratia she brought me brownies." "But that nice." "They were made with ex-lax." I smother a laugh.
 
11/12 - Hands cupping her stomach, she sings to the baby she'll never meet. Since claws and fangs develop in utero, mothers never survive the birth.
 
11/13 - He believes labor omnia vincit, which is why he's cool with his mom cleaning his basement "apartment" while he earns WoW experience points.
 
11/14 - With no trouble at the lab, the security check-in had become pro forma, so he easily gets in. Although he didn't mean to trigger the plague.
 
11/15 - Every day for five years he nodded at a soignée woman on a bench wearing silk gloves. They never spoke, but he missed her when she was gone.
 
11/16 - "You must verify it. Ad oculos!" the PI yells at his intern after he notifies clients their husbands are cheating because he has a feeling.
 
11/17 - The guy she's flirting with says, "Let's go to chez nous." He probably thinks it sounds sexier that way, but he loses his chance at le sex.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 198

15 Minute Tweet TalesI spent most of last week at an AMAZING writing retreat. I’m planning to post about it in a few days, so stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:
 
11/4 - Her cat's tail twitches & she shouts, "En garde! "But boyfriend's not fast enough & gets scratched. She sighs. She's gonna need a new guy. 
 
11/5 - Every Dec 31st, they sacrificed the oldest member of the village. It was harrowing, but the mos maiorum strengthened them for another year.
 
11/16 - The founding fathers were proud of their novus ordo seclorum, but if they foresaw today's candidates, would they let the British win? 
 
11/7 - His animated fingers dance over the keys in perpetuum mobile, hiding the heavy cost to his soul of sharing the music deep in his heart.
 
11/8 - On Dec 31st, she sighs with relief that her annus horribilis is finally over. But events on Jan 1st suggest this year will be even worse.
 
11/9 - He arrived at the crime scene ready to discover cui bono. When he saw the victim, he realized he did and that it was an epic frame job.
 
11/10 - I roll my car. It explodes after I crawl out, sending me flying. Then I tumble into a ravine. Now buzzards circle, but dum spiro spero.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 197

I hope everyone had a fun Halloween! My aunt threw a big Halloween party, so the whole family went to Greenville for the festivities. The Rish siblings dressed up as the primary colors, while our mom went as a classic witch and our dad, the retired Navy captain, went as Old Navy. What did y’all dress up as?
Primary Colors Rish SiblingsHalloween Rish Parents
 
And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
10/28 - The silence indicated they'd entered a time of pax, and she almost wept with joy. Then screams started again about who broke whose toys.
 
10/29 - She deemed the debate a farce so didn't prepare;she just used reductio ad absurdum tactic on all opponent's statements and looked brilliant.
 
10/30 - The babysitter lounges on the couch sans-souci, not knowing what the kids are planning upstairs, otherwise she'd be running and screaming.
 
10/31 - Her psych class was surprisingly helpful at the Halloween party, since it gave her aperçu into the issues behind the costume choices.
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales11/1 - She decided to write an epic bildungsroman for #NaNoWriMo, but her oomph fizzled before her hero reached 10th grade, shocking no one.
 
11/2 - Tina ignores Mom for days in a battle against curfew but comes in to try a cookie she just baked. Mom snatches it away. "C'est la guerre!" 
 
11/3 - As the zombie horde approaches, she prays for a deus ex machina, but when teeth pierce her flesh, she accepts life isn't like the movies.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 196

Siblings at the fairMy sister and I met at our brother’s house this weekend for a fun weekend of sibling bonding. The main draw was the SC State Fair. We went for lunch on Friday and stuffed our faces full of unhealthy food: donut burgers, fried mushrooms, Philly cheesesteaks, fried Oreos, fried Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, friend Milky Ways, and cotton candy. Yuuummmmm! 
 
We also watched a bunch of movies. My brother has one of those snazzy 3D TVs, so we watched Jurassic World in 3D. We also watched Mad Max: Fury Road and The Lazarus Effect, but those were in regular ol’ 2D. So, yeah, we were mostly lazy, but after all that food it was too hard to move!
 
And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:
 
10/21 - Mom tries to stay au courant on teen slang, but the fact that she calls it teen slang shows how embarrassing it is when friends are over.
 
10/22 - They think he fakes contemptus mundi to cover being broke. Actually, jerk dad left him millions, but he'd rather wear rags than spend it.
 
10/23 - Tells mom one thing, dad another. Her divide et impera strategy works great until divorced parents start discussing rather than shouting.
 
10/24 - A glob of soup plopped on her shirt and she giggled. "Errare humanum est." Her blind date cringed as that stain blended with the others.
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales10/25 - Ignotum per ignotius is the professor's tiny revenge on students who spend class playing on their phones rather than raptly listening.
 
10/26 - Reminding him to put down the toilet seat is mortuum flagellas, so she wraps the bowl in plastic wrap so he'll also get wet while peeing.
 
10/27 -- She stares in the mirror murmuring, "nosce te ipsum," over and over, but she's pretended for so many boyfriends, she no longer remembers.
 
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