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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?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 174

15 Minute Tweet TalesI hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! My youngest cousin got married on Saturday (so now I feel OLD!), and there was a gorgeous outdoor reception in his parents’ yard. But they live out in the country, so when I say yard, I’m talking about a huge area with various outdoor games (including a person-sized game of Jenga) and tables and chairs set up to look like something out of a magazine spread. It was picture perfect, and the bride and groom seemed blissfully happy. I’m thrilled for them as they start their new lives together. 
 
And now for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales.
 
5/20 - You cheated with her. You begged forgiveness and said it would never happen again. It happened again. Ipso facto her death is your fault.
 
5/21 - Her cheeks flame at her lapsus linguae. He fights back a besotted grin. She might be dating Tim, but she's clearly thinking about him.
 
5/22 - She's terrified of public speaking but new job requires a lot of it. She chants mantra 'please don't barf.' It usually works. Usually.
 
5/23 - Diva screeches, "I'm tired of saying this! Nota bene, I only eat green M&Ms!" Assistant sighs and picks out the greens. Then licks each one.
 
5/24 - Accidentally hit Reply All on an email detailing her opinion of Jan in accounting, so now Tina is persona non grata in the break room.
 
5/25 - Classmates call her piggie because of her retroussé nose. Trying to keep teasing from getting worse, she diets herself into sickness.
 
5/26 - The invitation was for Sara's Surprise Soirée. Jan found the alliteration so pretentious, she 'accidentally' mentioned the party to Sara.
 
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 173

I had a fun weekend hanging out with my sister. On Saturday we enjoyed Black-Eyed Susans (the official drink of the Preakness), while watching the gorgeous horsies race on TV. I was so nervous something bad would happen with all the rain and slop, but thankfully they all made it safely across the finish line. 
Drinking Black-Eyed Susans
 
Then on Sunday we went to see Pitch Perfect 2. I loved the first one. I loved it so much I wrote two blog posts about writing pitches using quotes from the movie:
 
 
But as much as I loved it, I rolled my eyes when I heard there was going to be a sequel, figuring there was no way lightning would strike twice. But it was actually a lot of fun. It didn't quite have the magic of the first one, but there were plenty of laughs, lots of head-bobbing and toe-tapping, and I grinned like a maniac through the entire final competition. I'm already looking forward to getting the DVD, so I can watch the performances again and again. 
 
Hope y'all had a fun-filled weekend, too! And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
5/13 - With each bon mot he spouts at the party, his wife rolls her eyes. He'd spent hours researching and revising to appear spontaneously clever.
 
5/14 - They both cry as she pulls the trigger, but with no zombie cure available, a coup de grâce is the only way to save her husband's soul.
 
5/15 - His cries sound painful as they surge de profundis, but Mom's not ordering him pie. Patrons shoot them dirty looks; she gets him a piece.
 
5/16 - "I say this ex animo: you are horrible, and I hope you burn in hell." Sue blinked. She'd only told Ivy she liked her hair better long.
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales5/17 - Mom always nagged him to festina lente. Now he'd gotten three speeding tickets, arrived late anyway, and would have to admit she was right.
 
5/18 - The genius loci of the house caused most owners to move within weeks,but he found it peaceful. He was even smiling when they found his body.
 
5/19 - She prepares a romantic dinner; he shows up with friends. She finds some Cheetos to serve as hors d'oeuvres then dumps him after dessert.
 
What fun things did you get up to this weekend? 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 172

I hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend! The Rish clan met up at my brother’s house for a yummy steak lunch. Which is funny, since two of my tweet tales this week mention steak – steak on the brain, I guess. Or actually steak in the stomach. Yum!
 
My mom seemed to like all her presents, but my favorite was a knitted bunny hat. She has always LOVED rabbits (at one point the Rish menagerie contained nine lop rabbits – so adorable!), so when I saw that a twitter friend knits bunny hats, I knew we had to get it for her, even if it never really gets cold enough in Charleston to need one. Here she is in her hat:
Bunny Hat
If you are interested in cute, quirky hats, check out Fun Knitted Hats. The quality is excellent, and the owner is so sweet and will work with you to get the best color combination. 
 
And now for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
5/6 - She kissed the par avion stamp to speed delivery to her husband at war. Three months later, the letter returned unopened, a brutal reminder.
 
5/7 - "Quo vadis?" he asked. This pompous man's need to control my every second added weight to his question. I didn't know, but away from him.
 
5/8 - He hands me one of his recherché chocolates like he's sharing secret of life. I chew with a grateful smile but actually prefer Hershey's.
 
5/9 - Boys flock to her 'I'm so helpless' shtick. Pretending to be incompetent makes her feel gross, but it's worth it to be popular. Right?


15 Minute Tweet Tales

5/10 - "Waddle your butt over here tout de suite!" The portly poodle's body language screams, "I was framed," but his breath smells like steak. 
 


5/11 - Cat vowed revenge on the one who'd made her life miserable. No, not Dog. The one who'd brought Dog into the house, videlicet the Human.
 
5/12 - Had it rained,she wouldn't have landed in jail. But it was sunny, so she ate alfresco, saw husband kiss another & attacked with steak knife.
 
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 171

15 Minute Tweet TalesIf you read last week’s post, you know my epic talent for procrastination left me with a whole lotta words to write in the last few days of Camp NaNoWriMo (pretty much half the novel). But I have always worked best with crazy deadlines, and I managed to hit my 35K goal with an entire hour and 15 minutes to spare before the midnight deadline. Madness, people, madness! 
 
I still needed a bit more to actually finish the story (a middle grade supernatural adventure), so I wrote for a few more hours until I was DONE done. It felt awesome. It’s been a while (a long while) since I wrote a new novel, so it was good to know I still have it in me.
 
Right now the writing is completely awful. Like squirmily embarrassingly awful. But that’s okay, I needed to get the story down, and I actually like a lot of the plot stuff. So I’ll set it aside for a while to marinate, and then I’ll eventually come back to see what is salvageable.
 
And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
4/29 - After boss gives his imprimatur on press release, she switches it for his sexy emails with CEO's wife. He shouldn't have stolen her idea.
 
4/30 - "J'accuse! "Sue says. Sister & husband freeze. "You're planning a surprise party for me." They laugh & agree that's what the whispers mean.
 
5/1 - A kulturkampf develops over kids' futures. Dad wants them to enlist; Mom wants them to enter seminary. Both appalled when they form a band.
 
5/2 - "Liebchen, come to Mommy." She keeps arms wide & voice calm tho desperate to dash in & grab her. Sudden movements might trigger an attack.
 
5/3 - She approaches him at the bar in mala fides - she'll make him pay for dumping her friend. But he's so charming, she ends up a dumpee, too.
 
5/4 - Her eyes would glaze when her cubemate talked about poisonous plants, now she wishes she'd listened to the nudnik as hunger grips her.
 
5/5 - Phone conversations with her Mom were exhausting. It was the tidbits delivered obiter dictum that told the real story of Dad's progress.
 
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 170

15 Minute Tweet TalesYikes, I have to write almost 17,000 words in three days to make my Camp NaNoWriMo goal, so I’m posting my 15 Minute Tweet Tales and jumping right back in this mess of a novel: 
 
4/22 - Tom finds Jim's old-fashioned billet-doux to Sue and passes out copies at school to embarrass him, but the girls fall for Jim instead.
 
4/23 - "This painting looks like you, but was painted circa 1820," he says. "Must've been an ancestor," she says, sinking her teeth in his neck.
 
4/24 - Ten years spent ignoring family and friends to write her novel. She types 'The End' then reads it. Deletes entire thing and starts de novo.
 
4/25 - The women Rob is cheating on find each other through Facebook stalking, and the esprit de corps is instant between them. All 23 of them.
 
4/26 - A zombie uprising is a force majeure she didn't plan for, but the walking dead are no match for a bridezilla. Brains served at reception.
 
4/27 - A tiny, yellow flower pushed through a crack in his cell floor. He crushed it with his heel. In this gulag, hope will only get him killed.
 
4/28 - She wanders the hinterland, the solitude easing her pain. One evening she meets a man doing the same. When they embrace, pain disappears.
 
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 169

15 Minute Tweet TalesI’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo this month to jumpstart an idea for a middle grade series I’ve been pondering for a while. I’m struggling with the MG tone, but I think the idea (which I’m super excited about) is a better fit for MG than YA, so I’m attempting to muddle through. But despite the retreat last week, it should come as no surprise to those who know me that I am yet again ridiculously behind on my word count. But nothing gets me working faster than a looming deadline, so I think I’ll make it . . . despite being 16,000 words behind. Oops! Wish me luck!
 
And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
4/15 - The number of fleas per capita makes her twitch. She can actually see them jumping. But she wades in to save the poor, neglected dogs.
 
4/16 - Which réchauffé is worse: dinner her husband 'made' or his whining men shouldn't have to cook? She flips her plate in his lap to end both.
 
4/17 - Her husband was such a schlemiel, she cringed when the nurse handed him their baby, but he possessed a special grace with his daughter.
 
4/18 - Jan's speech was a tour de force and should've won her the presidency, but Marsha bribed classmates to get it on her college application.
 
4/19 - When spacecraft arrives, vox populi demand immediate action, but world leaders argue about strategy. Meanwhile, aliens conquer Earth.
 
4/20 - She reads the news each day and weltschmerz crushes her. She realizes she's much happier when she spends that time bopping to 80s music.
 
4/21 - Her fiancé's vows go on ad infinitum. She needs him to hurry and make it official before the poison kicks in or she won't get the money.
 
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 168

This was a weird week for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales. After I posted last week, I left for a writing retreat where there was no internet. So before I took off, I selected the #15tt words for the rest of the week and scheduled them to tweet each day; however, I didn’t actually write any advance tales because I ran out of time. So I ended up writing them all today, which was interesting. I got into a groove and definitely wrote them faster than usual, but I feel like they were pretty blah. Or maybe I just used up all my creative juices during the retreat.
 
Our Sisukas critique group met at my family’s lake house, and we had a delightful time. Here we are - Kami Kinard, Rebecca Petruck, me, and Kathleen Fox doing our best at snapping a selfie:
Sisukas at Lake
 
We spent time offering feedback on rough drafts, brainstorming new ideas, talking writing and publishing in general, eating, chatting, and occasionally actually writing. We also adopted one of the neighbor dogs for the day. Buster Brown was a big, goofy ball of love that kept us smiling.
Buster Brown
 
There was even a rainbow one afternoon, so that has to be good sign for our current projects, right?
Rainbow at Lake Retreat
 
And now here are my quickly cobbled-together tales:
 
4/8 – Everyone raves about his haute cuisine, but, suspicious, she digs through the trash and finds packaging for a microwave meal. Blackmail!
 
4/9 - Wanting to make sure everyone knows he's a busy man, the boss begins all pep talks in medias res. They just think he's a crappy boss.
 
4/10 - I smirk when she trips on stage. After the hell she inflicted on us during practices, it's karma that she's the one who ruins the show.
 
4/11 - The pain her ex caused is overwhelming, and she knows the only way to achieve lex talionis is to rip his heart out. With hedge clippers.
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales4/12 – With feathers in her hair and birds perched on her shoulders, people call her the raven maven - the crows speak their truth through her.
 
4/13 - The salesman grins when one of the nouveau riche walk in the dealership: just drop some names of old-money buyers and the sale is done.
 
4/14 - Her purse is an omnium-gatherum of items she thinks are essential. She never uses most, so their only function is weighing down shoulder.
 
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 166

15 Minute Tweet TalesI’m a little late getting today’s post up because I had lunch with a friend from high school. We couldn’t remember how long it’s been since we’ve seen each other, but we think it’s been about ten years. Jessica’s in town with her family, so we all had lunch together. It was fun meeting her three daughters – they are all mini Jessicas.
 
Jessica and I had a lot of the same classes, and since her last name was Reed and mine is Rish, I spent much of the four years of high school sitting behind her. And even though *mumble mumble* years have passed, it was like nothing had changed. We chattered away at about a hundred miles a minute, just like we used to do back then to earn dirty looks from our teachers. 
 
Such a fun day! But also one of those weird ones that makes you feel both young and old at the same time. 
 
And now it’s time for some 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
3/25 - Mom spills red wine on my new, white tablecloth, then starts digging through herpurse. "Oy vey, Mom, your Tide stain pen won't fix that!"
 
3/26 - When traveling he gorges on complimentary breakfast at hotel & then pockets per diem. Soon he'll be able to buy a new doll for his daughter.
 
3/27 - Her date stands and pulls out her chair. It's such a rara avis that she figures he's either 'the one' or, with her a luck, a serial killer.
 
3/28 - Her mom defected while pregnant to save them both. All she had to remember her dad was a bloodstained samizdat he'd died distributing.
 
3/29 - The silent phone mocks her, and she admits her son has forgotten weekly call again. She hugs his baby picture and whispers, "Tempus fugit."
 
3/30 - Mrs. Jones bans phones in her class. Timmy shows her picture he took of her with the married principal resulting in quick volte-face.
 
3/31 - With each year of working on novel, she gets further from wunderkind she'd planned to be. Now it must be perfect. Years continue to pass.
 
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 165

15 Minute Tweet TalesNow that Spring has officially sprung, it’s time for the onslaught of yellow pollen. Even though I knew it was an exercise in futility, I rinsed off my car over the weekend, and just two hours later, it was covered in a florescent yellow film. It’s actually kind of creepy how fast it blankets things. Makes me think of the movie The Happening. Hopefully the plants aren’t getting any nasty ideas. 
 
And now for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:
 
3/18 - The cat struts through the house and swats the puppy on her nose. But puppy knows cat will soon regret his hubris. She's still growing.
 
3/19 - In usual seat at Oscars, she sniffles through in memoriam segment. Then sees her own face. Asks what's going on, but everyone ignores her.
 
3/20 - Her joie de vivre drives him crazy. Even when not around, her optimism scrapes his brain. He knows he'll only be happy when she's not.
 
3/21 - Date's kamikaze driving makes her yelp all the way home. She stomps inside and sinks into chair. Smiles as adrenaline sings though her.
 
3/22 - When she sees hot guy who's locum tenens while her doctor's sick, she says she has a cough, too embarrassed to tell him about hemorrhoids.
 
3/23 - Even as another wave of mal de mer hits her, she knows he's the one, since he keeps holding back her hair while stifling sympathy gags.
 
3/24 - Jema Rose is the nom de plume for his romance novels. One morning he finds a beauty at his computer writing. She smiles."Hi, I'm Jema."
 
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?