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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 237 AND 238

Well, for the first time in the four and a half years I’ve been doing 15 Minute Tweet Tales, I missed posting a blog about it last week. There were a lot of things contributing to this guilt-inducing lapse, but the biggest was that I was out of town. But I was out of town for a super cool reason. 
 
Last Saturday (8/6), Greenville, SC, hosted its first ReadUp Festival, a fabulous event dedicated to YA/MG books and authors. Since my sister lives in Greenville, I had a place to stay, so I decided to drive up there to attend the festival and then spend a few days hanging out with her. So fun!
Book Dress
In my book-ish dress, ready for a book-ish day!
 
The festival was amazing! If I hadn’t known, I never would have guessed it was the first year. They had an incredible lineup of authors, with headliners like Jay Asher, Maggie Stiefvater, and Stephanie Perkins. There were lively panels on a variety of interesting topics, and everything seemed to run so, so smoothly. They even had free ice cream in all kinds of flavors when the day got especially hot and sticky!
 
Since it was the first year, the crowd was smaller than something like YALLFest (which I love!), but that actually made it feel more intimate. YALLFest is now like a rock concert in a sold out mega-stadium, whereas ReadUp felt more like a band playing at a coffee house. And guess how super-introverted me prefers to listen to live music? The vibe at the panels felt like you were hanging out with the authors, which I think was a cool experience for everyone in the audience. 
Maggie Stiefvater and Jocelyn Rish
Just "hanging out" with Maggie Stiefvater
 
The smaller feel also let me catch up with authors I’ve met over the years without feeling like too much of a stalker. Because of events through SCBWI-Carolinas, I’ve gotten to know Megan Miranda, Beth Revis, and Carrie Ryan, and I’m sure it makes me sound like a dork, but I totally feel like part of the cool-people writing club getting hugs from those immensely talented ladies. I also got to see and/or chat with a bunch of the awesome authors I interviewed at YALLFest for MTV, like Susane Colasanti, Brendan Reichs, Ryan Graudin, and Renee Ahdieh.
ReadUp Festival panel
ReadUp Festival panel
My two favorite panels at the ReadUp Festival
 
But as cool as all of that was, by far the coolest part of the day was meeting Facebook friend Emily Colin in person. We “met” a few months ago when Emily wrote a blog post about Rebecca Petruck forcing her critique group (i.e. ME!) to eat bugs, and like all people I meet via Rebecca, Emily is awesome. While we were chatting, we first discovered we both went to Duke. Then we discovered we graduated the same year. THEN we figured out we lived in the same freshman dorm. AND we had the same major!!! The similarities we kept uncovering almost became creepy. But with so many ways we should have run into each other, neither of us remembers ever seeing the other. It's almost like we went out of our way to never meet at Duke to then meet each other mumble-ty something years later at a YA book festival. Go Blue Devils!
Emily Colin and Jocelyn Rish
Emily and Jocelyn: Duke twins who never actually met
 
Kudos to everyone involved with bringing the ReadUp Festival to life! As a reader and a writer, I had a fantastic day immersing myself in the world of YA and MG books and chatting with old and new friends. 
 
And now it’s time for 15 Minute Tweet Tales. Since I was such a slacker last week, I’ll do two for this week to make up for it. 
 
Last week:
 
lethologica - the inability to remember a word or put your finger on the right word.
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales
8/9 - It started as forgetting a name now and then, but once lethologica dominated most conversations, her son sadly took her to the doctor. 
 
This week:
 
guttitim – drop by drop.
 
8/16 - The coffee falls guttitim,
but it's not enough to save him.
He demands his eggs sunny-side up;
she smashes his head w/ her empty cup.
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?