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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 262

It’s been a whirlwind week! 
On Wednesday, I was the director of CAMP. Say what? It’s fall, kids are in school not at camp! Well, I’m talking about Kathleen Fox’s fabulous Creative Arts of Mount Pleasant, which offers all kinds of classes for kids and adults. Kathleen needed the day off, so she asked me to take over and be CAMP director for the day. It was so much fun! I ran a writing critique circle for adults who write for adults and then another one for adults who write for kids. In between those, I was the “supervisor” for the Doodling group, which is a bunch of teens who come in and experiment with the art supplies Kathleen makes available. Since I have zero artistic ability, I was basically there to make sure they didn’t burn down the building. Everyone I met was lovely, and I’m so proud of Kathleen for this amazing place she’s created. If you live in the Charleston area, you should check out her upcoming classes
On Thursday, I drove to my brother’s so we could have lunch at the State fair.
Brian and Jocelyn at the fair
They do this cool weekday lunch deal where starting at noon you can pay the entry fee, but if you leave before 2, you get your money back. So basically you only have to pay the ridiculously high price for fair food. I tried a buffalo gyro, which is a regular gyro but the meat is mixed with buffalo sauce before being placed on the pita. I wouldn’t have thought of mixing those two flavors, but it was really tasty. Then we gorged on battered, fried sweets by splitting a “sampler” platter - Oreo, red velvet Oreo, cookie dough, cake pop, Reece’s peanut butter cup, and cinnamon butter. So yummy. So bad for you. 
We also checked out the animals, so here’s me with a cow. 
Jocelyn with Cow
On Friday, I headed further north to crash with my sister for a few days. We watched a bunch of movies, she introduced me to the addiction that is Live PD, and then she tried to murder me via sugar. Instead of regular ol’ fried Oreos, she covered the Oreos in baking chocolate then dipped them in funfetti cake batter and then fried them. Whoa! Delish, but I could feel my arteries clogging as I ate them. Not sure how I ended up eating fried Oreos twice in one week, but no complaints here! 
Jo frying Oreos
Frying Oreos
Saturday was the main reason I headed up to Greenville - the Readup Festival, which is like a more intimate YALLFest. There were lots of amazing authors, and the crowds were still small enough that you almost felt like you were hanging out with them. Libba Bray was the opening keynote, and Kwame Alexander was the closing keynote, and they both inspired me in different ways. And of course I had to get my pic taken with a Newbery winner while he signed my book. 
Jocelyn Rish and Kwame Alexander
I also want to share another cover reveal. My friend and critique partner Rebecca Petruck has a new book coming out May 8, 2018, called BOY BITES BUG. Yesterday was World Edible Insect Day, which made it the perfect day to release the cover. It’s been so fun watching this story evolve through various drafts, and the cover for it is so perfect. 
Will didn’t plan to eat a stinkbug. But when his friend Darryl called new kid Eloy Herrera a racial slur, Will did it as a diversion. Now Will is Bug Boy, and everyone is cracking up inventing insect meals for him, like French flies and maggot-aroni and fleas.
Turns out eating bugs for food is a real thing, called entomophagy. Deciding that means he can use a class project to feed everyone grasshoppers, Will bargains for Eloy’s help in exchange for helping him with wrestling, but their growing friendship only ticks off Darryl more.
Will may have bitten off more than he can chew as crickets, earthworm jerky—even a scorpion—end up on his plate, but insects are the least of his problems. When things with Darryl and Eloy heat up, Will wrestles with questions of loyalty, honor—and that maybe not all friendships are worth fighting for.
Boy Bites Bug cover
Isn’t the cover beautiful and eye-catching? I’m thrilled for Rebecca, even if she did make me eat bugs as part of her research. Click here to pre-order
And now it’s time for today’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales
rowel - a small, revolving wheel with sharp projecting points, forming the end of a spur.
10/24 - He dug his rowels into her side. Again. The mare veered sharply left. Toward the cliff. She braked right at the edge. He kept flying.
Play along and write tweet tales for the above word. 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 tale or #15tt word?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 261

15 Minute Tweet TalesLast week, I talked about the project for the grant my brother won, so this week it’s time to talk about mine! The grant I applied for is called the Artists Ventures Initiative, and its purpose is to help artists in South Carolina turn their art into a business. Over the years, I’ve absorbed a lot of knowledge about writing in a variety of formats, so I applied for the grant to start a business of online writing courses. I was thrilled when I won because the grant will be a huge help with initial startup costs and marketing to get the word out once the classes are available. 
I’ve already started putting together the first class, and it’s called Writing Like a Hollywood Movie Crew. If you read last week’s post, you might remember that was what I presented at the SCBWI-Carolinas conference. It was a distilled version of the eventual online class. At the conference, I talked about five positions on a Hollywood movie crew and how they can help your writing, whereas the online class will have twenty-one. People in the audience seemed enthusiastic, and several people contacted me later to say my examples really helped them, so I have high hopes for the full online course. 
It has taken longer than I expected to put the lessons together, partly because I’ve been learning about the video editing software as I go. My brother helped me film all the “on camera” sections, which were painful because I HATE being on camera. The lessons will be a mix of me on camera, PowerPoint slides, animation, and then my narration. Which is another stumbling block, since I also hate hearing my recorded voice. I’m in complete denial of how awful my voice is, so to be confronted with it again and again and again is … not fun. 
Plus, you know that saying, “Perfect is the enemy of good”? Yeah, I’ve always been a perfectionist, and I’m really struggling. As I record sections, if my voice bobbles at all, or I stumble over a word, I feel like I have to record everything all over again. I need to be able to let things go as “good enough” or I will never actually complete the lessons and release the course. But despite some of the parts I don’t like, I really enjoy the actual creating the lessons part. Sometimes I think I missed my calling as a teacher.
Of course the biggest challenge in creating this new company was coming up with a name. I didn’t want it to focus soley on writing because my brother was interested in creating some courses about social media and YouTube, plus I wanted it to be a place my artistic friends could also create courses if they wanted. Therefore the name needed to cover a bigger range than just writing. I also wanted to incorporate dogs somewhere in the name because I plan to use the Rish family dogs as part of the marketing. 
After much brainstorming and overuse of a thesaurus, I decided on Transmedia Mutts. Transmedia storytelling tells a narrative across multiple media platforms, so I thought it fit the fact that multiple ways of telling stories would be covered. And then of course Mutts for our pampered pooches. 
The next step was designing a logo, but since I have no artistic skills at all, I called in the big guns – Will Bryan, who designed the amazing posters for my short films Saying Goodbye and High Heels & Hoodoo. He came up with a logo that’s fun, eye-catching, and memorable. Thanks, Will!!!
Transmedia Mutts logo
The logo is now front and center in the Transmedia Mutts’s social media accounts. Check them out … in fact, give them a follow. Pretty please!!! They will be a source of writing tips, social media advice, and best of all – cute doggie pics! 
If you want a sneak peek at what the lessons will look like, I have an intro lesson up on the website. And right now, I also have the PowerPoint presentation from the SCBWI conference up there, too, so you can learn even more! Due to the hosting software, you will have to create an account to access it, but I think it’s totally worth it. ☺
And now for this week’s Fifteen Minute Tweet Tales:
rasceta - the creases on the inside of the wrist.
10/17 - He holds her hand, sliding his thumb back and forth over her rasceta. She swallows a moan, then tries to smile as he introduces his folks. 
Play along and write tweet tales for the above word. 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 tale or #15tt word?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 260

Oh dear. It’s now been TWO MONTHS since my last post. That’s … not great. But in my defense, it’s been a packed two months. I’ve been out of town for large chunks of it, and I’ve been working on two big projects.
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the happenings. 
The most exciting thing was the eclipse. I was lucky, since I live in Charleston, my brother in Columbia, and my sister in Greenville - all three in the path of totality - I figured I had a place to watch no matter what the weather. 
It was obvious from the first 10-day forecast that Charleston was going to be a no-go, so I knew I was going to have to travel. On the day before, Greenville was predicted to be clearer than Columbia, so my brother and I headed up there. My sister planned eclipse-themed food and drinks, and we had a blast. The weather was gorgeous, and the eclipse was truly a mind-blowing event. Mother Nature is freakin’ cool. It was so surreal that even now it kind of seems like something I watched on TV rather than something that really happened. 
Siblings watching the eclipse
Diamond ring right before eclipse totality
Eclipse totality
Diamond ring after eclipse totality
Then the next weekend, I was a presenter at the SCBWI Carolinas conference in Charlotte.  My presentation was called Write Like a Hollywood Movie Crew, and I spent tons of time working on my presentation because I felt like such an imposter. When the big morning arrived, I was super nervous, but I think it went well. At first there were projector issues, so I almost simultaneously had a heart attack, fainted, and barfed because my presentation was extremely reliant on visuals. But only a few minutes after my session was supposed to start, the IT guy got it working. People laughed when I hoped and were very engaged. And I got a lot of compliments afterwards, although that could have been because I bribed them with cups of popcorn at the start.
Jocelyn Presenting
I had a great time at the conference and met lots of fun writers and publishing folks. Plus I absorbed the surge in creative energy I always get at these events.
Then the next week was a retreat with my writing group, the Sisukas, in Beaufort. Unfortunately, that was also the week that Hurricane Irma was bearing down on South Carolina, so we were mostly stressed and nervous about potentially having to evacuate. After two nights, we decided to cut the trip short so everyone could get home to make hurricane plans. Fortunately, Irma shifted enough that I didn’t have to evacuate, but she sure made a mess. 
And then the week after that, I had another writing retreat with a different group of writers in Nebo, NC. I know, I’m a lucky gal! It was five days of writing while taking in the gorgeous view and enjoying the company of accomplished and hilarious women. 
Lake at Nebo
Writers at Nebo
In between all the travel, I’ve been hard at work on two big projects. Earlier this year, I mentioned I was working on grant applications. Well, I won my grant! Whoo hooo! And my brother won his grant! Double whoo hooo! And we’ve been focused on getting both projects up and running. I’ll talk about my grant project next week, but this week, I’m introducing his. 
His grant project is to create an anthology of short horror films via a contest. At the last minute, we decided to do a contest for a winning screenplay as well. So I’m pleased to present Grave Intentions!
Grave Intentions
We’re now accepting submissions here: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/GraveIntentionsAnthology
You can check out our website here: http://www.graveintentionsanthology.com/
We also don’t have many followers on our social media, so if you want to give us a pity follow we’d REALLY appreciate it!
If anyone you know makes or writes short films that would broadly fit into the horror genre, please (pretty please!!!) let them know about our contest. 
Whew! Okay, I think that’s the big things. If I were a good #15tt tweeter, I would make up for the last eight weeks of 15 Minute Tweet Tales that I missed, but I’m just going to pretend like that didn’t happen and only do one for this week. Sorry, not sorry!
purlicue - the space between one's forefinger and thumb when extended.
10/10 – He stares at the purlicue of his right hand. The cat’s neck will fit perfectly & the yowling will finally stop when his fingers clench.
Play along and write tweet tales for the above word. 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 tale or #15tt word?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 259 + Book Release

Gah! I'm doing a terrible job keeping up with my 15 Minute Tweet Tales this year. The last few weeks have been busy, so I'll use that as my excuse. I'm planning a post for next week to share what I've been working on, but for today I want to share someone else's good news. 
It's release day for Kellye Garrett's HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE!!
I'm so thrilled for her! I met Kellye during PitchWars ’14, and we bonded over being mystery writers. It's been so fun watching her book come to life, and today it's out in the world. Congrats, Kellye!!
Hollywood Homocide
Hollywood Homicide
Book 1 in the Detective By Day Series
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Dayna Anderson doesn’t set out to solve a murder. All the semi-famous, mega-broke black actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. After witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she figures pursuing the fifteen-grand reward isn’t the craziest thing a Hollywood actress has done for some cash.
But what starts as simply trying to remember a speeding car soon blossoms into a full-on investigation. As Dayna digs deeper into the victim’s life, she wants more than just reward money. She’s determined to find the poor woman’s killer too. When she connects the accident to a notorious Hollywood crime spree, Dayna chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots, celeb homes and movie premieres. She loves every second—until someone tries to kill her.
And there are no second takes in real life.
Kellye GarrettAbout Kellye Garrett
Kellye Garrett spent 8 years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for the CBS drama Cold Case. People were always surprised to learn what she did for a living—probably because she seemed way too happy to be brainstorming ways to murder people. A former magazine editor, Kellye holds a B.S. in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC’s famed film school. Having moved back to her native New Jersey, she spends her mornings commuting to Manhattan for her job at a leading media company—while still happily brainstorming ways to commit murder. Her first novel, Hollywood Homicide, will be released by Midnight Ink in August 2017. It’s the first book in the Detective by Day series.
Connect with Kellye
You can order it on Amazon.
And now it's time for 15 Minute Tweet Tales. Although it feels a bit like cheating, I'm going to skip the tweet tales I missed the last few weeks for the sake of getting this posted. So here's this week's word:
porceltor - a little hole in the sink used for draining the water before an overflow occurs.
8/8 - The sink overflows, splashing red water everywhere. Her husband's foul habits had clogged the porceltor. Even in death he vexes her. 
Play along and write tweet tales for the above word. 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 tale or #15tt word?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 258

15 Minute Tweet TalesOops, I kind of missed the 15 Minute Tweet Tales target yesterday. Nothing exciting going on, just a Netflix binge and time got away from me. Before I knew it, it was Wednesday and time to sleep. And then it was time to wake up to a #15tt word that is perfect for sleepy people:
pandiculation – a stretching and stiffening of the trunk and extremities, as when fatigued and drowsy or on waking, often accompanied by yawning.
7/11 - He watched her pandiculation each morning with an adoring smile. Then his mom confiscated his binoculars & told her mom to buy blinds. 
Play along and write tweet tales for the above word. 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 tale or #15tt word?

Happy July 4th + Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 257

Happy 4th of July! I hope you’ve had a fantastic day celebrating with family and friends. Freya also wanted to wish you a Happy Independence Day.
Patriotic Freya
Unfortunately, she is now feeling much less celebratory. She is not a fan of the sky boom booms. She didn’t use to mind them, but within the last two years, fireworks, thunder, and the lawn mower have become the enemy. I guess it’s a result of her hearing changing as she’s gotten older. 
The really weird thing is that she often hides in the bathtub. The reason it’s so weird is that she HATES getting baths. Like she hates them so much that she won’t step foot into any bathroom, even if treats are offered. So I don’t understand why she not only goes into the bathroom but the actual bathtub to hide. 
Freya in the bathtub1Freya in the bathtub2
After a while in the tub this evening, she decided that wasn’t safe enough and pushed her way under my desk. So she’s hanging out there now with her crazed fireworks face. Poor girl. I feel bad laughing, but she’s just so darn cute!
Freya under desk1Freya under desk2
Anyway, I somehow missed last week's tweet tales again, so we have two again for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales post:
15 Minute Tweet Talesoctothorpe - another term for the pound key or hashtag.
6/27 - "I keep seeing photographs on the world wide web labeled octothorpe blessed. What does that mean?" They try not to laugh at Grandpa.
ophryon - The official definition is the craniometric point in the midline of the forehead immediately above the orbits, but it boils down to the space between your eyebrows.
7/4 - A zit sprouts on her ophryon & gets bigger every day. Then a horn pokes through & she becomes the unicorn she was always meant to be.
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 256

Oops, I missed a Tweet Tales post again last week. I was frantically writing my newest short screenplay to apply for the SC film grant again. But I got it finished and revised multiple times and then submitted on Sunday morning, a record 36 hours before it was due. It’s a ghost story set at the Dock Street Theatre – I think it would be so fun to film there, so fingers crossed that we win. 
As for other happenings, my mom’s birthday was yesterday, and since Sunday was Father’s Day, the whole family met at the lake this weekend to celebrate both occasions. And of course all five dogs were along for the ride. This is the first known photo of all five pooches at the lake at the same time.
Five dock dogs
And then later, we managed to get all five canines AND all five humans in a picture at one time. It was a Father’s Day miracle!
The entire Rish clan
My sister took a TON of pictures of the pups swimming, so if you enjoy adorable dogs in lifejackets paddling in the water or jumping from docks, then make sure you’re following me on Instagram or Twitter. I post dog pictures there every day with the hashtag #cutedog, and I’ll be posting lake pics all summer long. 
Bear, Kali, and Remy ready to leap into the water
And now for two weeks worth of 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
nemophilia - the love of spending time in forests; a fondness or liking for forests, woods, or woodland scenery.
15 Minute Tweet Tales6/13 - She's always had strong nemophilia, but with each news story, she spends more time among the trees. Until one day she never comes out. #15tt
obdormition - when an arm or leg goes to 'sleep' as a result of numbness caused by pressure on a nerve.
6/20 - Newly adopted dog has sad past. Scared of new "mom." Finally creeps over for cuddles. Mom not moving no matter how bad obdormition is. 
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 255

This week I’ve been writing a short screenplay to apply for the SC Film Indie Grant. This is the same grant program I won to make my short films Saying Goodbye and High Heels & Hoodoo. It’s such an amazing program, and I can’t believe how lucky we are to have it in our state. This year I’m working on a ghost story/thriller that takes place in a very Charleston location. Fingers crossed! It’s due on June 19th, which is still plenty of time for a deadline driven gal like me.
I’m also missing my nieces and nephew after dog-sitting them last week. My sibs sent me picks to show they miss me, too, so I thought I’d share.
Hi from Remy!
Bear and Kali snuggling
And now for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales offering. This week’s word is really gross, and I can’t believe there’s a word to describe it, but here ya go:

15 Minute Tweet Tales

mucophagy - the consumption of the nasal mucus obtained from nose-picking. 
6/6 - Mason kept bullying Flor, so she started an Instagram account of all the pics she'd secretly taken of him called Mason's Mucophagy.
Play along and write tweet tales for the above word. 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 tale or #15tt word?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 254

I've had a lot of stuff going on the past few weeks, so I got behind on tweet tales again. I've been working on several grants I'm applying for, I spent a week dog-sitting my nieces and nephew (who think beds are for dogs not humans), and I've been doing research for my next novel.

Pups in bed

But I want to get caught up again, so here are the latest round of 15 Minute Tweet Tales

lunt - smoke or steam, especially smoke from a tobacco pipe.
5/16 - She crouches on balcony over his favorite smoking spot. When she sees lunt, she shoves stone planter. The crash lets her know she's free. 
15 Minute Tweet Tales
lunula - small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon. 
5/23 - She notices the lunula on each finger is a different fluorescent color and calls doctor panicked. Roommate giggles as she hides markers. 
minimus - the fifth digit; the little finger or little toe. 
5/30 - Every profanity I'd ever heard spewed forth when I slammed my minimus on the chair. But since baby was sleeping, it was in a whisper.
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 253

On Saturday I went to a screenwriting workshop given by Peter Fox. It was pretty basic, but it’s always important to be reminded that when I’m writing a screenplay, I need to 'write in pictures' not words. Since I go back and forth between novels and screenplays, I sometimes slip into prose mode rather than the blueprint mode that’s needed for scripts. 
The cool part was that the workshop organizers invited me to have lunch with Peter and several other folks involved with making movies in South Carolina. I felt like one of the cool kids! And I got to eat with a Hollywood star! After his stint in Army Wives, Terry Serpico moved to Charleston, while continuing to act in movies and TV shows like Purge: Election Year, Michael Clayton, The Inspectors, and the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery. That’s him standing next to me – he was super nice! 
Terry Serpico
I’m now working on a short script to apply for the film grant again – maybe I should write a part just for Terry! 
And now for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales word:

15 Minute Tweet Tales

lemniscate - the infinity symbol; a variety of quartic functions producing similar figure-of-eight closed curves. 
5/9 - When I get off bus, I notice a lemniscate in driver's pupil. Then see it in my barista's eye. Then my cubemate's. Afraid to look in mirror.
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?