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NaNoWriMo 2014 Prompts for Week 3

Okay, I’m going to make this short and sweet since I’m still terribly behind. Maybe I’ll do a big NaNoWriMo post in December, after I’ve gotten some sleep.

Here’s the list of sprints I did for week 3 on @NaNoWordSprints:

November 15, 5:00pm-6:00pm (UTC -8)
Whisky Cocktails

  • Rusty nail (10 min)
  • Blue blazer (10 min)
  • Four horsemen (15 min)

November 15, 8:00pm-10:00pm (UTC -8)
Sushi and the City: A Choose Your Own Prompt Sprint Session

  • Run, roll, rush (10 min)
  • Hitch a ride with a taxi, stand your ground and fight, keep rolling (30 min)
  • The one with the chicken suits, the one selling chicken hats, the chicken print PJs store (10 min)
  • a place posted on a flyer, something you overheard from a stranger, what your new friend suggests (5 min)
  • Risk, Monopoly, Yahtzee (30 min)

November 16, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
D Words 3x

  • Delitescent, dulcify, deipnosophist (10 min)
  • Deke, dyad, droke (10 min)
  • Dilatory, diffident, deleterious (10 min)
  • Disconcert, diaphanous, dubiety (30 min)
  • Deliquesce, diktat, descant (10 min)
  • Doff, dudgeon, diadem (15 min)

November 17, 8:00pm-1:00am (UTC -8)
Meanings of Popular Names/Nancy Drew Titles/Mushrooms Mashup

  • Wisdom, the secret of the old clock, death cap (10 min)
  • Whole or universal, the hidden staircase, the prince (20 min)
  • Olive, the clue in teh diary, crocodile (30 min)
  • Oath, the whispering statue, cloud ear (10 min)
  • To breathe, the haunted bridge, puffball (30 min)
  • Mine, beloved, the quest of the missing map, trumpet (10 min)
  • Rival, the secret in the old attic, sweetbread (10 min)
  • Joy, the witch tree symbol, hen of the woods (15 min)
  • Strength in battle, the invisible intruder, bracelet (30 min)
  • Abundance, the crooked banister, snowbank (10 min)
  • Rest, comfort, the sky phantom, parasol (15 min)
  • Will, desire, the strange message in the parchment, velvet foot (10 min)
  • Heel, the thirteenth pearl, golden needle (30 min)

November 18, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC -8)
San Diego Zoo 2015 Calendar

  • Giant panda (10 min)
  • Burrowing owl (30 min)
  • Sumatran tiger (10 min)
  • Tasmanian devil (20 min)
  • Sloth bear (5 min)
  • African elephant (10 min)
  • Red-ruffed lemur (30 min)
  • Koala (10 min)
  • Wombat (not really in calendar) (10 min)

November 19, 9:00pm-1:00am (UTC -8)
Consecutive E Words in the Dictionary

  • Enfold, enforce, enfranchise (10 min)
  • Electric chair, electric eel, electric eye (30 min)
  • Edgy, edible, edict (15 min)
  • Echelon, echinoderm, echo (5 min)
  • Epic, epicene, epicenter (30 min)
  • Extraordinary, extrapolate, extrasensory (10 min)
  • Evergreen, everlasting, evermore (15 min)
  • Ether, ethereal, ethic (5 min)
  • Espouse, espresso, esprit (30 min)
  • Employment, emporium, empower (30 min)

November 20, 10:30am-12:00pm (UTC -8)
Ghost Hunting

  • Survey the property (10 min)
  • Hotspot (30 min)
  • Moving objects (10 min)
  • Mysterious lights (15 min)

November 20, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Dueling with the Inner Editor

  • Satisfaction (10 min)
  • Combat (30 min)
  • Code of honor (15 min)
  • Risking one’s life (20 min)
  • An unavoidable meeting (15 min)

November 21, 9:00pm-10:00pm (UTC -8)
Wombat in an Alternate Universe: A Million Monkeys and Hamlet

  • To thine own self be true (10 min)
  • Madness in great ones must not unwatched go (20 min)
  • One may smile, and smile, and be a villain (10 min)

NaNoWriMo 2014 Prompts for Week 2

Oh man. I’m totally behind and totally sleep deprived, but the sprinting must go on.

Here’s the list of sprints I did for week 2 on @NaNoWordSprints:

November 8, 12:00pm-2:30pm (UTC -8)
Double Entendres

  • Passing wind strands ferry passengers (10 min)
  • Dealers will hear car talk at noon (20 min)
  • Enraged cow injures farmer with ax (30 min)
  • Man struck by lightning faces battery charge (10 min)
  • Red tape holds up new bridges (15 min)
  • Kids make nutritious snacks (30 min)

November 8, 11:00pm-1:00am (UTC -8)
Oxymorons

  • Sacred sins (30 min)
  • Cruel kindness (10 min)
  • Tense calm (30 min)
  • Bland spice (10 min)
  • Mean smile (10 min)

November 9, 8:30am-10:00am (UTC -8)
Room in the House/Guinea Pig Breeds/Unusual Hobbies Mashup

  • Living room, crested, pooktre art (10 min)
  • Dining room, ridgeback, growing your own furniture (30 min)
  • Cellar, coronet, carving egg shells (10 min)
  • Bedroom, Sheba Mini Yak, beetle fighting (10 min)

November 9, 7:00pm-10:00pm (UTC -8)
NaNoWriMo Sprints Generator: Bad Unicorns

  • Grace unhinged (10 min)
  • Untamable by almost no one (30 min)
  • Ferocious (15 min)
  • Innocence targeted (30 min)
  • Sharp and pointy (10 min)
  • Mistaken identity (5 min)
  • Pride and wrath (30 min)

November 10, 12:20pm-1:20pm (UTC -8)
Ghostly Attributes

  • Fetch (10 min)
  • Vengeance (10 min)
  • Harbinger (30 min)

November 10, 7:30pm-10:00pm (UTC -8)
Candy

  • Almond joy (10 min)
  • Whoppers (30 min)
  • Life savers (10 min)
  • Dragon’s beard (15 min)
  • Snickers (30 min)
  • Brittle (5 min)
  • Jolly rancher (10 min)

November 11, 1:00pm-2:00pm (UTC -8)
Things To Do During Your Lunch Break

  • Go to the dentist (10 min)
  • Illicit tryst (30 min)
  • Shopping (10 min)

November 11, 7:30pm-10:00pm (UTC -8)
Unbirthday

  • Ribbon (10 min)
  • Wrapping (10 min)
  • Cards (5 min)
  • Surprise (30 min)
  • Chocolate (20 min)
  • Cravat (15 min)
  • Mad, tea, party (20 min)

November 12, 11:00am-12:00pm (UTC -8)
Wombat in an Alternate Universe: The Great Wombat

  • Sudden appearance (10 min)
  • Alertness (20 min)
  • Kumquat (10 min)

November 12, 10:00pm-2:00am (UTC -8)
Books from the 1980s by Nora Roberts

  • The Right Path (10 min)
  • The Art of Deception (30 min)
  • Sweet Revenge (15 min)
  • Risky Business (30 min)
  • Playing the Odds (10 min)
  • Rules of the Game (15 min)
  • Rebellion (30 min)
  • Mind Over Matter (15 min)
  • Lessons Learned (30 min)

November 13, 12:40pm-2:00pm (UTC -8)
C Words 3x

  • Countervail, claque, cavalcade (10 min)
  • Celerity, comport, collude (20 min)
  • Clemency, condign, cosset (30 min)

November 13, 7:00pm-9:00pm (UTC -8)
Signage At the Living Room Coffeehouse

  • Studious (10 min)
  • Remember, as far as anyone knows, we are a nice normal family (30 min)
  • Keep calm and carry on (30 min)
  • He stole her heart so she stole his last name (30 min)

November 13, 11:00pm-2:00am (UTC -8)
Minority Cat Breeds, Famous Pirate Ships of the Elizabethan Age, and Famous Romance Novels Mashup

  • Bramble, The Rising Sun, Pride and Prejudice (10 min)
  • Highlander, Delivery, Mr. Impossible (10 min)
  • Jungle Curl, The Ranger, Lord of Scoundrels (30 min)
  • Skookum, Golden Hind, Welcome to Temptation (30 min)
  • Desert Lynx, The Revenge, Paradise (10 min)
  • Lambkin, Pearl, Slightly Dangerous (10 min)
  • Napoleon Cat, Victory, Devil in Winter (30 min)

November 14, 10:00am-12:00pm (UTC -8)
Ghostly Idioms

  • Ghost of a chance (10 min)
  • Pale as a ghost (30 min)
  • Give up the ghost (30 min)
  • Ghost at the feast (10 min)
  • Ghostwriting (10 min)

November 14, 8:30pm-10:30pm (UTC -8)
Rum Cocktails

  • Dark and stormy (10 min)
  • Brass monkey (30 min)
  • Painkiller (10 min)
  • Fluffy critter (10 min)
  • Flaming volcano (30 min)

NaNoWriMo 2014 Prompts for Week 1

Yep, I’m doing @NaNoWordSprints again this year! As usual, I’m archiving all my prompts on this blog. Anything new this year? Well, some things were also hit or miss since I sometimes go totally out there for sprint themes. Apparently using the prompt “psycho” was very offensive to some people even though it was a prompt and I wasn’t accusing anyone of being a psycho (I also got the prompt from a list on TV Tropes so I didn’t make it up myself). The wombat sprints, however were very popular. I don’t identify myself at all when doing the wombat sprints, but I suspect I would gain a lot of Twitter followers if I did. Several people have declared me their favorite sprint leader during those sprints which is both flattering and a little humbling. I think there are some sprint leaders who do this far better than I do yet don’t get enough kudos…

Anyways, on to the week 1 prompts!

October 31, 5:00pm-8:00pm (UTC -8)
Things One Might Find In London

  • Chase scene with umbrellas (15 min)
  • Spooky building; bonus: tea drinking ghost (30 min)
  • Clock tower (15 min)
  • Metaphorical palace (30 min)
  • Fish and chips (10 min)
  • Bridge (20 min)
  • Cab (15 min)

October 31, 11:00pm-3:00am (UTC -8)
Halloween

  • Haunted house (20 min)
  • Graveyard (30 min)
  • Funny headgear (15 min)
  • Decorative food (15 min)
  • Unsettling noises (15 min)
  • Getting the chills (20 min)
  • Unusual activity (15 min)
  • Sudden noise (5 min)
  • Disturbance (30 min)
  • Costumes and disguises (10 min)
  • Unexpected guest (10 min)

November 1, 9:00pm-10:30pm (UTC -8)
Clue

  • Miss Scarlett in the Hall with the dagger (15 min)
  • Mrs. Peacock in the Kitchen with the lead pipe (10 min)
  • Colonel Mustard in the Conservatory with the candlestick (30 min)
  • Professor Plum in the Library with the rope (10 min)

November 2, 9:00am-11:00am (UTC -8)
Art At Lestat’s

  • Portraits (15 min)
  • Guitar (30 min)
  • Blue hair (10 min)
  • Abstraction (10 min)
  • Stripes (20 min)

November 2, 3:00pm-5:00pm (UTC -8)
What You Would Find At The San Diego Library

  • Shelves (15 min)
  • A quiet hush (30 min)
  • Catalogs and organization (10 min)
  • Lamps (5 min)
  • Obscure knowledge (30 min)

November 2, 9:30pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Homonyms 3x

  • Vale, vail, veil (10 min)
  • Rain, reign, rein (30 min)
  • Praise, prays, preys (15 min)
  • Heirs, airs, errs (10 min)
  • Pair, pare, pear (30 min)
  • Read, reed, rede (10 min)
  • Meat, meet, mete (10 min)

November 3, 11:30am-12:30pm (UTC -8)
Ghostly Verbs

  • Shaking or rattling (10 min)
  • Fluttering (20 min)
  • Crackling or skittering (15 min)

November 3, 9:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Things That Are Called Wombat But Aren’t Really Wombats

  • A small town (10 min)
  • A rock band (20 min)
  • Asteroid (30 min)
  • Broadcaster (10 min)
  • Waste of money, brains and time (20 min)
  • Mountain bikes and tea (30 min)
  • Motorcycle (5 min)
  • List (15 min)

November 4, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Ways To Cook Eggs

  • Fried (10 min)
  • Scrambled (10 min)
  • Coddled (30 min)
  • Poached (15 min)
  • Deviled (30 min)

November 5, 2:00pm-4:00pm (UTC -8)
Headlines of the Books and Arts Section of the Scientific Journal Nature

  • Behaving badly (10 min)
  • When the body betrays (10 min)
  • The first spark (30 min)
  • Under the skin (5 min)
  • Violin detective (10 min)

November 5, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
The Evil Overlord Sprints

  • Evil minions (15 min)
  • Diabolical mastermind (30 min)
  • Lean and mean (10 min)
  • Psycho supporter (10 min)
  • Tragic (30 min)

November 6, 7:10am-9:30am (UTC -8)
Words Without Consonants

  • Ai (a type of sloth) (10 min)
  • Aa (a type of lava) (30 min)
  • Iouea (the taxonomic genus for sponges) (15 min)
  • Euouae (a musical cadence from medieval music) (30 min)
  • Aye-aye (a type of lemur) (10 min)
  • Oioi (Hawaiian for “to squirm”) (5 min)
  • Eua (Swahili for “to purify”) (30 min)

November 6, 11:00am-12:00pm (UTC -8)
Ghost Sprints

  • Apparition (15 min)
  • Shadow (20 min)
  • Cold spot (10 min)

November 6, 3:00pm-4:00pm (UTC -8)
Wombat in an Alternate Universe: Idioms

  • Bite the dust (10 min)
  • Bent out of shape (10 min)
  • Take the biscuit (20 min)

November 6, 7:00pm-9:30pm (UTC -8)
Q

  • Quash (10 min)
  • Quibble (10 min)
  • Quickly (20 min)
  • Quoting (30 min)
  • Quiche (20 min)
  • Quintet (5 min)
  • Quarter (15 min)

November 7, 3:00pm-4:00pm (UTC -8)
Wombat in an Alternate Universe: Writer’s CPR

  • Lifesaving (5 min)
  • First aid (15 min)
  • Good Samaritan (20 min)

November 7, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Script Frenzy Plot Machine

  • After getting lost underground, a hairstylist with a missing finger discovers the meaning of life. (10 min)
  • While picking cherries, an angry squirrel must open for Bjork. (30 min)
  • On a space station filled with mimes, Zorro hijacks a bus with a stowaway on board. (5 min)
  • With only a week left to live, a life-long bachelor swims across the Pacific Ocean. (10 min)
  • Aided by a Swedish go-go dancer, a duck with a death-wish plots one final heist. (30 min)

The rest of my prompt archive can be found here.

NaNoWriMo Is Drawing Nigh

Well, this is just a brief post to let everyone know that I’m still here. I’ve been busy “preparing” for NaNoWriMo, as in organizing writing events around the city. I haven’t really had much time to think about what I’m going to write, although at the time of this writing, I only have four more hours until November hits. I guess I’m going to write by the seat of my pants this year. I’m probably going to crash and burn, but hey, that’ll make a nice (virtual) bonfire. I’m also writing live on Google Docs here and doing @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter. So basically this upcoming month will just be work, NaNoWriMo, and sleep (maybe). Yeah, it seems totally crazy to do all this in one go, but as this is now my fourteenth year doing this, I can’t really imagine myself not doing this annual creative insanity.

At the San Diego Zoo

The last time I went to a zoo was probably when I was between eleven and thirteen. It was the Nashville Zoo and I vaguely remember seeing the red pandas and some birds. This was also before the Nashville Zoo moved to its current location, so I have no idea how it looks now. And after that, going to a zoo had never been on the forefront of my mind for some reason.

I suppose one could argue that with my training as a microbiologist and molecular biologist, my view on biology had always been too small. With zoos, I would have to think bigger, way bigger. (Although my inner microbiologist was sometimes exasperated. On the bus tour, the guide mentioned that the koalas required bacteria to help them digest the poisonous eucalyptus leaves. And I thought, “You can’t leave it at that! What kind of bacteria is it?” The answer, after a brief search on Google Scholar, is that one of the bacterial species aiding in koala digestion is a special strain of Streptococcus bovis which the animal probably got after eating its mother’s feces*.)

Anyways, I would highly recommend coming to the San Diego Zoo if you have at least an entire day to spend there. Heck, I was there the entirety of its opening hours today and I still didn’t see everything. I guess it’s a good thing I got a membership so I could see the place whenever I want to for an entire year.

Besides the animals, which everyone already knows are awesome, the zoo is a great place to people watch and observe family and relationship dynamics. The month of October is also Free Kids Month which means kids get to go to the zoo for free in October. Of course, when I went there, the zoo was overrun with children, many of them seemingly even more wild than the wild animals and more devilish than the Tasmanian devils. (The animals seemed to have eaten their meals in the morning and then passed out or hid in their holes for the rest of the day.)

I’ve noticed, in general, that the younger kids tended to fall into two camps. One group still had energy in the afternoon to be excited about stuff. The other group got tired in the afternoon and either went to sleep (which was fortunate for their parents) or threw huge tantrums. Most zoos are large. The San Diego Zoo is especially large. There will be lots of walking unless you pay the $600 or so for the VIP treatment and get chauffeured around. I kind of wish that parents were more cognizant of whether their kids are the types who get tired fast and have the personality to scream in public without any qualms.

Anyways, my own annoyances are short-lived because I can always walk away from it. Parents, not so much. On the upside, the kids seem more enthusiastic. It’s the parents who keep tugging their fascinated offspring away from the exhibits claiming that there’s more to see up ahead. I guess they (the parents) feel that they should get their money’s worth by “seeing” as many things as possible.


*References:
Osawa, R. “Formation of a clear zone on tannin-treated brain heart infusion agar by a Streptococcus sp. isolated from feces of koalas.” Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 1990, 56: 829-831.

Osawa, R., Blanshard, W.H., Ocallaghan, P.G. “Microbiological Studies of the Intestinal Microflora of the Koala, Phascolarctos-Cinereus .2. Pap, a Special Maternal Feces Consumed by Juvenile Koalas.” Australian Journal of Zoology. 1993, 41: 611-620.

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San Diego in September (Mostly)

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Journal Keeping and Stunt Noveling

Wow, long time no post. I guess my excuse is that I’ve just moved to a new place and that I’ve been spending my time settling in and getting to know the area. However, I suspect by some point saying that I’m “new” will become silly. Exactly how long does it take to live in one place until people consider you truly a resident? The line is probably a very fuzzy one. In a large city, most people probably don’t really care because everyone’s coming and going. In a tiny rural town entrenched with families that go back for generations, I’m sure I’d always feel out of place no matter how long I lived there.

It’s been a while since I’ve regularly kept a handwritten journal. The last time I remember being fairly diligent about it was my first year in college. And then after that, I found blogs. I’ve started regularly writing in a journal again since I’ve moved to San Diego. But when I say “regularly”, I mostly mean weekends. (I feel like my lab notebook is already an adequate chronicle for what I do during the work week.) The journal isn’t really introspective, though. Instead, I’m noting down the places I go and the things I see. I guess it’s more like a bucket list in journal form, but it’s not really a bucket list. There isn’t really anything that I consider a must-see. I just want to remember where I went before so if some place is egregiously bad, I won’t accidentally go back again.

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NaNoWriMo is fast approaching again. And I don’t really have a set idea on what to write about. I’m thinking this year, unless a plot and/or character comes up between now and November that I simply cannot ignore, I’ll pants the novel. In other words, write with no planning. This could be awesome or terrible. Who knows? But I suppose that’s part of the excitement.

Meanwhile here are some random ideas that I’ve come up with in the past month:

  • A maple syrup crime story.
  • A steampunk version of Alice in Wonderland.
  • The amnesiac duke’s alien mistress (an alien abduction regency).
  • Something written entirely in second person.

I’m also considering live writing the novel. In other words, writing on a public viewable document like Google Docs where everyone can see me typing out the story in real time. I could even enable comments so people could lob virtual tomatoes at me in real time, too. I’m not breaking any new ground–several other people have done this before–but this would be something that would make NaNoWriMo extra challenging (and extra terrifying) after the many years I’ve participated in it.

Traffic and Other Circular Thoughts

I’ve spent a lot of time in the car in the place I lived before as well as the place I live now. The difference between the two is that I spent a lot of time driving in Montana because locations are so far apart. Here in San Diego, it’s not really about the distance. It’s about being stuck in traffic. But either way, most of the time I don’t really mind it. In Montana, you’re smack dab in the middle of fantastic natural settings. In the city, you’re simply smack dab in the middle of everything with tons of stuff to do.

I don’t really think of myself as rural- or urban-inclined. But I do know that I still hate suburbs. I grew up in suburbs where the scenery was middling and there was very little to do for fun. Oh, I’m sure other people had fun, but it was probably fun of the social kind. I was (and still am) a loner. I like fun stuff that I could do myself.

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As another Labor Day Weekend is looming ahead, that means it’s the 3-Day Novel Contest again. I’m doing it unofficially this year. Sure, submitting gives you accountability, but with the massive move this month, I basically had zero time to plan anything except to come up with a genre and a setting.

I’ve pretty much decided to do an urban fantasy this time around. It will be set in San Diego. The great thing about doing that is that I can draw on my own experiences from living here. But since I’m still new, I will probably get things wrong. I could easily fact check by driving out to the place and changing it upon revision. But the “fantasy” part of it will give me an excuse to be lazy in the first draft. So “X” is completely different than what I describe it to be? Don’t blame me. It’s just an alternate universe.

Moving In, Sorta

I don’t know why I’m up at this atrociously early hour in the morning typing this up. All I want to do is to sleep in. I really haven’t had much sleep for the past month as I was prepping, packing, and moving to San Diego. Well, actually I do. I’m waiting for the property manager to drop by so he can secure the water heater in case of earthquakes.

Moving, I suspect, can make or break a person. Sure, I’ve talked to my parents on the phone to get their advice on things, but this is the first time I’ve done this big of a move by myself. (I did most of the move from Idaho to Montana myself as well, but that was a relatively simple four hour drive away. And my dad did visit to help me find an apartment…) My cousin lives here, at least, but she’s a pretty busy person and the only thing I can count on her for is to be stuck by needles as she’s a voodoo priestess…er…I mean acupuncturist.

A word of advice on apartment hunting in San Diego (or probably any large growing city)–be prepared for fierce competition from other potential renters. I guess I’ve been spoiled by living in small towns the past decade where you could see an apartment and then at your leisure, go back a day or two later and ask more questions. Here, it pays to be a bit aggressive because apartments can go off the market in hours. But don’t look desperate and take the first thing that comes along. I managed to nab a pretty nice apartment for a reasonable price (for the city). The only downside is that I will have to commute. However, even with all the gas and driving, I’ll still save money because the rents for apartments closer to work are almost twice as much.

This was also the first time I bought a car myself as well without anyone else tagging along. I think it helps to have a mindset that is not impulsive and not be dead set on a particular car even though you’ve done your homework and already have one in mind. And as for aggressive sales people, say “I need to think about that” and “No” frequently. Keep your poker face. The thing is, America has a kazillion cars. Even on a very limited budget, you can afford to be picky. Unlike apartments, there’s always supply.

As for the DMV, everyone recommends making the online appointment. But that’s only good if you can go two weeks (or later!) after you make that appointment. If you need stuff done as soon as possible, take the whole morning (or better, the whole day) off and go to the DMV two to three hours before it opens and wait. (And if you’re really prepared, take a folding chair. And maybe something to read. Personally, I passed the time by cramming for the driver’s written test.) Make sure you also look up the opening hours and possible unexpected closures online so you don’t get caught off guard. And above all, be zen. The San Diego DMV is nothing like the DMV in rural Montana. In Montana, you can just saunter in a little after opening hours and there’ll probably be only three or four people ahead of you.

The traffic here, as far as I can tell, is never good. It’s just either stuck or not stuck. Once the movers get here with my stuff (and my dedicated mp3 player), I’m going to load in podcasts and audiobooks to make the drive more amusing. If anyone’s gotten this far into this post, let me know your suggestions for podcasts and audiobooks! I’m pretty omnivorous on podcasts, but the narrator for an audiobook has to be pretty good for it to work for me.

And as for work, well, my co-workers seem like nice people. But I think they’re nuts for thinking they can have any meaningful scientific meetings with the boss on Saturdays. I have no problem meeting up with the boss to discuss science. I also have no problem going into lab on weekends to do an important experiment. But meetings? Weekdays only, please.

July 2014 Camp NaNo Prompts for Week 4

Oh man, this was probably the craziest week for doing @NaNoWordSprints because I was also packing and apartment hunting. I didn’t manage to finish Camp NaNo this month, but that’s okay. Sometimes life just gets in the way. But even so, I believe I’ve done the most sprints out of all the other sprint leaders. I guess for me, it wasn’t that big of a deal because I already had the sprint sessions planned in advance and I could multitask. Sometimes I sprinted as “the ghost” just so that it didn’t look like I was monopolizing the account, but I also have to point out that whenever the ghost sprinted, it wasn’t always me.

Anyways, here’s the last week of prompts archived here for the rest of time:

July 22, 8:30am-10:30am (UTC -7)
Ghost Sprinting: Titles of Ghost Films

  • Beyond Tomorrow (30 min)
  • Field of Dreams (30 min)
  • The Sixth Sense (30 min)
  • Tormented (10 min)

July 22, 5:00pm-7:00pm (UTC -7)
Phrases Part 1

  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush (15 min)
  • Break the ice (15 min)
  • Close your eyes and think of England (15 min)
  • Dog is a man’s best friend (30 min)
  • Ends of the earth (20 min)

July 22, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -7)
Action Girl Tropes

  • Lady of war (5 min)
  • Never mess with grandma (30 min)
  • Useless boyfriend (15 min)
  • Silk hiding steel (15 min)
  • Ninja maid (30 min)

July 23, 11:00am-12:00pm (UTC -7)
Craigslist

  • A gigantic pyramid of tomato soup mugs from Lincoln, Nebraska (10 min)
  • An “exotic” Canadian knife sold in Thailand (20 min)
  • Bad smelling cologne to be used for revenge (10 min)

July 23, 10:00pm-12:15am (UTC -7)
Metaphors

  • Point of no return (30 min)
  • As quiet as a mouse (30 min)
  • He has the heart of a lion (30 min)
  • You reap what you sow (30 min)

July 24, 8:30am-10:30am (UTC -7)
Villain Tropes

  • Adorable evil minions (10 min)
  • Bad is good and good is bad (20 min)
  • From nobody to nightmare (30 min)
  • Maniac monkeys (15 min)

July 24, 1:00pm-3:00pm (UTC -7)
Phrases Part 2

  • Feeding frenzy (15 min)
  • Greased lightning (15 min)
  • Hoist with your own petard (15 min)
  • It came like a bolt from the blue (30 min)
  • Jump on the bandwagon (20 min)

July 24, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -7)
Quotes from Columbo

  • Just one more thing… (10 min)
  • She almost hit me with a frying pan. (20 min)
  • I can’t swim. I don’t even like a deep tub. (30 min)
  • The problem is, he’s blocking traffic. (5 min)
  • There are a couple of loose ends I’d like to tie up. (30 min)

July 25, 10:00am-12:00pm (UTC -7)
Wombat Disaster Sprints

  • Monumental damage (5 min)
  • Ripped from the headlines (30 min)
  • Harsher in hindsight (30 min)
  • Stuff blowing up (30 min)

July 25, 4:00pm-7:00pm (UTC -7)
Drama Tropes

  • Hanging by the fingers (10 min)
  • Dangerous terrain (20 min)
  • A mysterious parent (15 min)
  • We used to be friends (30 min)
  • Unable to cry (10 min)
  • Sugary malice (15 min)
  • Golden moment (10 min)
  • Things get real (30 min)

July 25, 9:00pm-10:00pm (UTC -7)
Hand Idioms

  • All hands on deck (10 min)
  • The devil makes work for idle hands (20 min)
  • To be in safe hands (15 min)

July 26, 9:30am-2:00pm (UTC -7)
Plot Twist Tropes

  • Actually a doombot (10 min)
  • The cake is a lie (10 min)
  • Didn’t see that one coming (20 min)
  • Backstab backfire (20 min)
  • Easily overheard conversation (20 min)
  • Game changer (20 min)
  • Left for dead (15 min)
  • Prophecy twist (30 min)
  • The dog bites back (20 min)
  • Unreliable narrator (20 min)
  • Untwist the plot (30 min)

July 26, 4:30-7:30pm (UTC -7)
Food Triplets

  • Dill, ginger, saffron (10 min)
  • Cranberry, gooseberry, mulberry (20 min)
  • Kale, beet, avocado (15 min)
  • Baguette, hardtack, pancake (30 min)
  • Barley, wheat, rice (20 min)
  • Wafer, biscotti, animal crackers (5 min)
  • Bird’s nest soup, tomato bisque, clam chowder (10 min)
  • Milk, mint julep, orange juice (30 min)

July 26, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -7)
Levi’s

  • Original 501 (20 min)
  • Slim 511 (20 min)
  • Taper 508 (20 min)
  • Bootcut 527 (20 min)
  • Loose 569 (20 min)

July 27, 9:30am-1:30pm (UTC -7)
Ghost Sprinting: Haunted Places

  • House (10 min)
  • Cemetery (20 min)
  • Asylum (15 min)
  • Ossuary (30 min)
  • Catacombs (20 min)
  • Museum (10 min)
  • Castle (15 min)
  • Desert (20 min)
  • Prison (20 min)
  • Hotel (30 min)

July 27, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -7)
Unsolved Mysteries

  • A mysterious manuscript (5 min)
  • Encrypted sculpture (15 min)
  • Hidden treasure (30 min)
  • An ancient disc with mysterious symbols (15 min)
  • Monument inscription (30 min)

July 28, 2:00pm-5:00pm (UTC -7)
Same Letter Triplets Part 2

  • Palindrome, plethora, pugnacious (20 min)
  • Subterfuge, schadenfreude, sonorous (20 min)
  • Bucolic, bibelot, bailiwick (20 min)
  • Enervate, eschew, esurient (20 min)
  • Lexicon, lascivious, lugubrious (20 min)
  • Commensurate, conflagration, crabwise (20 min)
  • Frisson, faction, finical (20 min)

July 28, 10:00pm-12:15am (UTC -7)
High Brow Tastes From 1949

  • Town and country (30 min)
  • A decanter from a chemical glass company (30 min)
  • A glass of red wine (30 min)
  • Greens and olive oil (30 min)

July 29, 8:15am-11:00am (UTC -7)
The Airport

  • Bags (10 min)
  • Cranky babies (20 min)
  • Incomprehensible announcements (30 min)
  • Uncomfortable seats (10 min)
  • Gates (20 min)
  • Tickets (5 min)
  • Expensive food (30 min)

July 29, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -7)
Conflicts in Literature

  • Man versus nature (10 min)
  • Man versus society (20 min)
  • Man versus technology (15 min)
  • Man versus man (10 min)
  • Man versus self (20 min)
  • Man versus reality (15 min)

July 30, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -7)
Titles from “The Shadow” Book Series by Maxwell Grant

  • The Living Shadow (10 min)
  • Hands in the Dark (20 min)
  • The Silent Seven (15 min)
  • Kings of Crime (5 min)
  • The Wealth Seeker (30 min)

July 31, 7:45am-11:00am (UTC -7)
S Words

  • Scandal (10 min)
  • Sprinkling (20 min)
  • Sneaky (30 min)
  • Sinking (15 min)
  • Shovel (15 min)
  • Speculate (30 min)
  • Sallow (10 min)
  • Silver (25 min)

July 31, 2:30pm-5:00pm (UTC -7)
T Words

  • Tremendous (25 min)
  • Terrible (10 min)
  • Trebuchet (10 min)
  • Tangle (25 min)
  • Trouble (15 min)
  • Taste (20 min)
  • Tussle (10 min)

July 31, 8:30pm-10:00pm (UTC -7)
U Words

  • Uncomfortable (20 min)
  • Utility (10 min)
  • Unfathomable (10 min)
  • Urn (10 min)
  • Unholy (10 min)

July 31, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC -7)
Ending Tropes

  • All just a dream (25 min)
  • Bonus material (25 min)
  • Cataclysm (30 min)
  • Destroy the evidence (20 min)
  • Ray of hope (20 min)
  • Exit, pursued by a bear (30 min)
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