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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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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 195

15 Minute Tweet TalesOctober seems to be zooming by! Halloween is now just around the corner. Have you decided on a costume yet? I’m still mulling over options. In the meantime, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week: 
 
10/14 - When they divorced, he gave her half his company ex gratia, since he knew he never would have succeeded without her advice and support.
 
10/15 - She's always been obsessed with fin de siècle art. Eerie explanation when she discovers a 1898 self portrait that looks exactly like her?
 
10/16 - Her son talks his dad out of another punishment with an ignoratio elenchi, and she knows he's going to be a politician. She starts to cry.
 
10/17 - Susan adds condoms to the mise en scène intended to make Bill think she's cheating. Better he leave in anger now than get hurt later.
 
10/18 - Couldn't make decisions, so he always ordered the prix fixe meal, but didn't want to be a bother, so never asked about allergens. Idiot.
 
10/19 - The soi-disant healer "cures" with his hands. After conning money from my mom, I cure him of his lies with my hands...balled into fists.
 
10/20 - Tad walks into a frat party and shouts, "Veni, vidi, vici!" Hot girl snaps, "You need to conquer your body odor before you have a chance."
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 193

SUNSHINE!!!!! The sun finally broke through the clouds, and I even saw blue sky. My family members scattered around South Carolina have been incredibly lucky with no major damage to our property. It’s been scary, and the pictures from the news show just how fortunate we were. Please keep South Carolina in your thoughts. 
 
It seems kind of silly to post them with everything going on, but here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:
 
9/30 - Her bathroom was her sanctum sanctorum, so he'd been forbidden entry, but he had to sneak a peek. What he found inside still haunts him.
 
10/1 - The hurricane howls, and he boasts he can withstand the wind. But even in a stalwart vorlage, the wind knocks him on his butt. They cheer.
 
10/2 - She changed her shirt ad arbitrium throughout the day to confuse her coworkers, but they paid her so little attention, no one noticed.
 
10/3 - "Get me a beer." "Yes, bwana," she mumbles. "What's that?" "Nothing, dear! Happy to stop cleaning to fetch your drink while you watch TV."
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales10/4 - Ben's fiancée dumped him for a famous musician. When Ben ran into her a year later, that life had left her a caput mortuum of a person.
 
10/5 - It's de jure that women aren't allowed to drive, but her father disguises her as a boy and teaches her. He knows it might save her life.
 
10/6 - Jenna, Tori, et alii pulled the prank that resulted in Amy's death, but I know it was Jenna who pushed it too far to eliminate a rival.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 192

We’re now a full week into the new TV season, and I’m not much happier than I was last week. I did like Blindspot and Limitless more than I thought I would, but they still didn’t suck me in like some shows in the past (Sleepy Hollow and Lost are examples of pilots I loved from the very start). I thought Life in Pieces was horrific; I didn’t crack a single smile even though it was a ‘comedy’. There were a lot of great actors in it, and I was embarrassed for all of them. I also gave Minority Report a second chance, but I’m now officially out – while I still like the idea, the execution is boring, paint by numbers. More shows are starting this week, so hopefully something will really wow me. In the meantime, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
9/23 - Thunder cracks as he says his vows. His new mother-in-law whispers, "Absit omen," but the couple ends up divorced in less than a year.
 
9/24 - For hours,the dog chews a hole into dog food container. Just as he reaches the first piece of kibble, the garage door goes up. C'est la vie.
 
9/25 - A wish to always play stunning music. Fingers touch keys, a melodious treat. But compelled to play da capo until bone clicks against ivory.
 
9/26 - "Excusez-moi, you look like Juliette Binoche." She knows his accent is fake and isn't the only lie in that sentence, but she still blushes.

15 Minute Tweet Tales

9/27 - She stares at him, wishing for a montage of cute moments to get them to the comfortable part. Damn romantic comedies - dating is hard!
 
9/28 - She knew they didn't have enough evidence to convict her, but she pleaded nolo contendere because more digging might uncover worse crimes.   
 
9/29 - She didn't hate cauliflower per se, she just thought they looked like brains. When her boss served them, she ate them with her eyes closed.
 
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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 191

The new TV season started yesterday, which is always a bad time for my writing productivity. For years I’ve had this “rule” that I have to give every show a chance by watching at least one episode because you never know what might turn out better than a terrible sounding premise. 
 
Jane the Virgin is a great example of this from last year – I thought it sounded pretty bad, but it was one of my favorite shows from fall 2014. 
 
Whereas last night I watched Minority Report, which was the fall 2015 show I was most excited about, but I thought it was pretty much a dud. I might give it one more chance, since I still like the premise, but the execution left much to be desired. 
 
Sadly, after reading the descriptions of this year’s new fall shows, the thought of sampling all of them sounds pretty tedious. The lack of originality in the new offerings demonstrates why so many people are turning to Netflix. Actually, I’m not sure if I’ll bother watching them all, and if I do, it will be out of habit rather than interest. Blerg.
 
Hopefully my 15 Minute Tweet Tales are more entertaining than the new shows:
 
9/16 - They had an entente cordiale and were fine with each meeting their needs elsewhere, but when he turned to her sister, the battle began.
 
9/17 - She'd heard the Grand Canyon was mirabile visu but put off seeing it. Cancer diagnosis. A race to the end. Will she get there in time?
 
9/18 - Shouting drew my attention. The burly man's noli-me-tangere glare turned my heart to ice. Her "help me" look compelled me to interfere.
 
9/19 - She tells dad she can't wear prêt-à-porter outfit the 1st day of school. He doesn't understand. Literally. When did his kid get so fancy?
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales9/20 - Grin wide,girl skips with ice cream she saved to buy. It splats on sidewalk. Old woman passing says, "Sic vita est, dearie, get used to it."
 
9/21 - When his wife stepped out in sexy lingerie, he growled, "Vive la différence," ignoring that his man boobs were almost as big as hers.
 
9/22 - Cruel experiment to become someone's weltgeist, his the only face she sees since birth. Stash of books hidden in floorboards saves her.
 
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