#15tt – Fifthteen Minute Tweet Tales

Micropoetry | Haiku | Gogyohka | Tanka | Senryu | Twaiku | 1-6 lines | 3-10 words

15 Minute Tweet Tales or #15tt, is a twitter hashtag game run by Jocelyn Rish. Each day a new word will be the prompt for a tale told in less than 140 characters.  Authors will have just 15 minutes to compose a very short story.

Jocelyn explains the reason for this…

“Since I tend to obsess over and tweak my stories to death, I’m giving myself a time limit for each one.  Once I tear off the calendar page to reveal the new word, I’ll only have fifteen minutes to craft my masterpiece, and then I’ll tweet the story, no matter how much it makes me cringe.

This daily exercise will be helpful in many ways.  The most important being that by challenging myself to do this every day, I’ll exercise my writing muscles even if I don’t have time to work on my longer pieces. Also, the theory is the new words will actually stick in my forgetful brain once I’ve created a story using them (and an arsenal of big words is always better, right?).

I hope other people will participate. Maybe you can’t commit to a tweet tale every day, but if you have a few minutes to kill, join the fun and stretch yourself creatively.  I’ll use the hashtag #15tt (for fifteen minute tweet tales) when tweeting the word of the day and my resulting tale.  And even though it uses up five of the precious 140 characters, I hope others also use the #15tt hashtag if they play along, so we can easily find and read their tweet tales.”

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Here are the latest 15tt micro stories live from twitter. Twitter hastag: #15tt (some tweets below may not be poems)

#15tt word of the day is - gabelle - a salt tax - a salt tax levied in France until 1790

@iwasaplatypus It brings a whole new meaning to the phrase as thick as two short planks when it comes to pulling a face-cord. #15tt

#15tt word of the day is - face-cord - unit of wood measurement equal to a stack four by eight feet in volume

"Ebberman Ebberman!" White Zombie lyrics about Gorton's fishermen? #PreeetySure #15tt

@iwasaplatypus His body was found under the bridge, unclothed and unembarrassed. The press exclaimed over his beautiful corpse. His wife sighed loudly, just like Ebberman to be found fishing for compliments even in death. #15tt

#15tt word of the day is - ebberman -one who fishes under bridges

@iwasaplatypus After the funeral her fingers traced his dactylioglyph on her wedding ring. Over and over she traced his name remembering the time he had taken over their rings. All that love in golden glory, he had poured his soul into their lives. She would never forget. #15tt

@iwasaplatypus She zoomed in to take the selfie. Caboched was flattering, hiding the three extra chins and the crepe myrtle neck. Snap. #15tt

#15tt word of the day is - dactylioglyph - engraver of rings or of gems - the name of the engraver inscribed on a gemstone or finger ring

#15tt word of the day is - caboched = heraldic animal shown in full face with no neck or body visible

@iwasaplatypus After six months of lockdown she squoze her new bacciform shape into bathers and ran joyously into the ocean. Free at last! #15tt

#15tt word of the day is - bacciform - shaped like a berry

"The abaft -alizer will give you sixpack" "sixpack abs?!" "No just a sixpack but behind your boat, in the water" #15tt

#15tt word of the day is - abaft - toward or at the stern of a ship; further aft

@iwasaplatypus Miss Muffet sat on her zabuton eating sushi when a spider sat down beside her wondering out loud where her tuffet had gone. Sayonara spider, she said, squashing it flat. #15tt

#15tt word of the day is - zabuton - flat Japanese cushion for kneeling or sitting