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April 2016: All of My NaNoWordSprints Prompts

Okay, so I don’t really have any excuse for not posting these prompts earlier. I’ve been very busy with work and it’s not going to get any better schedule-wise in July. Despite all my grumbling, research is going in a good direction but it also means less time for me to devote to this. But all I can say is I’ll try.

Anyways, here they are, all the prompts that I tweeted out on the @NaNoWordSprints account on Twitter during Camp NaNoWriMo in April. As for Camp NaNoWriMo in July, yes, I’m leading sprints again–for most of the month, anyway. The last week will be extremely iffy since I will be away for a work-related (science!) conference.

March 31, 2016,  11:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Horace Kephart

  • Trail mix (10 min)
  • Tenderfoot (20 min)
  • Fire in the rain (10 min)

April 1, 2016, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Nature, March 31, 2016 issue headlines

  • Play nicely (10 min)
  • Honey trap (20 min)
  • Fanning the flames (30 min)
  • Making risk takers settle (10 min)
  • Warm weather sets rocks loose (20 min)
  • Cultural conundrum (10 min)
  • Siren call (20 min)
  • Power of the pen (10 min)
  • Forgetting inhibits new memories (30 min)
  • When jobs go wrong (20 min)

April 2, 2016, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
The Fifth Element

  • Add something hot (10 min)
  • Describe your character’s dreams, desires, most intimate of intimates (20 min)
  • Most beautiful concert hall in the universe (30 min)
  • Character’s roots and childhood (15 min)
  • Fight scene (15 min)

April 3, 2016, 8:00am-10:00am (UTC-8)
Beat the Sprint Leader

  • Beat around the bush (10 min)
  • Barking up the wrong tree (20 min)
  • Ball is in your court (30 min)
  • Best of both worlds (15 min)
  • Bite the bullet (15 min)

April 4, 2016, 12:15pm-2:30pm (UTC-8)
Food Idioms

  • Easy as pie (10 min)
  • Go bananas (20 min)
  • Apple of my eye (30 min)
  • Spill the beans (10 min)
  • Have your cake and eat it too (20 min)
  • The way the cookie crumbles (15 min)

April 4, 2016, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Cat Pics

  • Horrified (10 min)
  • A bad idea (20 min)
  • An unconventional hat (30 min)
  • Put in a box (10 min)
  • Incognito (20 min)

April 5, 2016, 7:30pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Idioms from other countries, Part 1

  • You have tomatoes on your eyes (10 min)
  • There’s no cow on the ice (20 min)
  • Take ears to the field, take eyes to the farm (30 min)
  • To blow little ducks (10 min)
  • To swallow grass snakes (15 min)
  • The thief has a burning hat (30 min)

April 6, 2016, 7:20pm-8:30pm (UTC-8)
Ghost Sprinting

  • Chains (5 min)
  • A mysterious disappearance (25 min)
  • Flickering lights (20 min)

April 7, 2016, 4:30pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
C Idioms

  • Chain of command (10 min)
  • Close call (20 min)
  • Cold feet (30 min)
  • Can’t see the forest for the trees (10 min)
  • Change your mind (20 min)
  • Cruising for a bruising (30 min)
  • Cry me a river (10 min)
  • Chasing rainbows (20 min)
  • Clear the air (10 min)
  • Chickens come home to roost (30 min)
  • Call off the dogs (15 min)
  • Cart before the horse (10 min)
  • Climb the walls (30 min)
  • Common thread (10 min)
  • Come undone (15 min)
  • Cost a pretty penny (15 min)
  • Caught in the act (15 min)

April 8, 2016, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Idioms from other countries, Part 2

  • To arrive like an elephant at a bowling game (10 min)
  • Mouse in the chest (20 min)
  • At half voice (30 min)
  • To hit like pliers on a pig (10 min)
  • Piece of one’s liver (20 min)
  • Decorating an earthen pot (30 min)
  • In a tooth socket (10 min)
  • Tail made of straw (10 min)

April 9, 2016, 10:30pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Traveling to the LA Times Book Festival

  • Mishap (10 min)
  • Balcony seats (20 min)
  • Misdirection (30 min)
  • Unusual weather (10 min)
  • Stationary (20 min)
  • Music (30 min)

April 10, 2016, 9:30pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Drama Tropes

  • A tragedy of impulsiveness (10 min)
  • Best for last (20 min)
  • Bond breaker (30 min)
  • Cycle of revenge (10 min)
  • Daylight horror (20 min)
  • Feuding families (30 min)
  • Ignored epiphany (20 min)

April 11, 2016, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Tea Sprints

  • Milk, lemon, or nothing at all (10 min)
  • Loose or bagged (20 min)
  • Bronze, clay, porcelain, and silver (30 min)
  • Infusion (10 min)
  • Bitter medicine (20 min)

April 12, 2016, 9:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Libraries

  • Burned down (10 min)
  • Sphinxes and snakes (20 min)
  • The three crowns (30 min)
  • Medicine (10 min)
  • Wisdom (20 min)
  • Garden (30 min)
  • Palimpsest (20 min)

April 13, 2016, 9:00am-10:00am (UTC-8)
Waking Up

  • Clock (10 min)
  • Pillows (20 min)
  • Cold reality (10 min)

April 13, 2016, 12:15pm-2:00pm (UTC-8)
Food

  • Curdle (15 min)
  • Brewed or blended (30 min)
  • Cultivated (15 min)
  • Extrusion (25 min)

April 13, 2016, 8:30pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
Batman Quotes (1989 film)

  • Hair color so natural, only your undertaker knows for sure (10 min)
  • I want you to tell all your friends about me (20 min)
  • You ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight? (30 min)
  • You set me up over a woman. A WOMAN! You must be insane. (10 min)
  • I’ve been dead once already. It’s very liberating. (20 min)
  • We run this city to the ground (25 min)

April 14, 2016, 9:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Deadly Mushrooms

  • Destroying angel (10 min)
  • Ivory funnel/sweating mushroom (20 min)
  • Deadly parasol (30 min)
  • Autumn skullcap (10 min)
  • Chestnut dapperling (20 min)
  • Poison pie (30 min)
  • Jack o’lantern (20 min)

April 15, 2016, 10:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
K-pop Boy Bands

  • Monster (10 min)
  • Devil (20 min)
  • Growl (30 min)
  • Danger (10 min)
  • Why so serious (20 min)
  • Error (30 min)
  • Overcome (10 min)
  • Just right (10 min)
  • Trespass (15 min)
  • A funny but sad day (15 min)
  • Drawing the line (15 min)

April 16, 2016, 2:45pm-7:00pm (UTC-8)
Idioms from other countries, Part 3

  • A lung and liver on the nose (10 min)
  • Now and then (20 min)
  • Greediness is a deep tragedy (30 min)
  • Over my dead body (10 min)
  • Does not move even the stick of one’s ear (20 min)
  • The sea likes to increase (10 min)
  • Onion-skinned (30 min)
  • All thumbs (15 min)
  • Have you been smoking your socks? (15 min)
  • Love outside face (15 min)
  • The door handle has been pressed (20 min)

April 16, 2016, 10:30pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Madam Sprints with the Tarot

  • The fool (10 min)
  • The empress (20 min)
  • The tower (30 min)
  • Justice (10 min)
  • The hanged man (20 min)
  • The moon (25 min)

April 17, 2016, 8:00am-10:00am (UTC-8)
Cat Idioms

  • Let the cat out of the bag (10 min)
  • Look what the cat dragged in (20 min)
  • Fighting like cats and dogs (30 min)
  • Faster than a cat lapping chain lightning (10 min)
  • Conceited as a barber’s cat (20 min)

April 17, 2016, 7:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
License Plate Sprints

  • Rescue me (10 min)
  • Flicker (20 min)
  • I am late (30 min)
  • Ripple (10 min)
  • Cheese (20 min)
  • Idiot (30 min)
  • Sharks (5 min)
  • Aces up (10 min)

April 18, 2016, 11:00am-2:00pm (UTC-8)
English Idioms

  • Add insult to injury (15 min)
  • All bark and no bite (15 min)
  • Around the corner (30 min)
  • Easy pickings (10 min)
  • Element of surprise (10 min)
  • Empty promise (30 min)
  • False alarm (15 min)
  • Fan the flames (15 min)

April 18, 2016, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
G Idioms

  • Gather dust (10 min)
  • Get the vapors (20 min)
  • Give someone a piece of one’s mind (30 min)
  • Grasp at straws (10 min)
  • Guilty pleasure (20 min)

April 19, 2016, 10:00am-1:00pm (UTC-8)
H Idioms

  • Hang by a thread (10 min)
  • Hard nut to crack (20 min)
  • Haul someone over the coals (30 min)
  • Have one’s cake and eat it too (10 min)
  • Heart and soul (20 min)
  • Herding cats (30 min)
  • Hot potato (15 min)

April 19, 2016, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
S Idioms

  • Sail down the river (10 min)
  • School of hard knocks (20 min)
  • Scraping the bottom of the barrel (30 min)
  • Shoot oneself in the foot (10 min)
  • Sweet dreams (20 min)

April 20, 2016, 5:15pm-7:15pm (UTC-8)
P Idioms, Part 1

  • Pain in the neck (10 min)
  • Paint oneself into a corner (20 min)
  • Pale in comparison (30 min)
  • Part company (10 min)
  • Point of no return (30 min)

April 20, 2016, 9:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
P Idioms, Part 2

  • Point blank (15 min)
  • Pot calling the kettle black (15 min)
  • Press the panic button (30 min)
  • Protest too much (10 min)
  • Pull a fast one (20 min)
  • Push the envelope (10 min)
  • Pick up the pieces (10 min)
  • Play both sides against the middle (30 min)

April 21, 2016, 9:30am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
W Idioms

  • Wake up and smell the coffee (10 min)
  • Wait on hand and foot (15 min)
  • Walk the line (30 min)
  • Watered down (10 min)
  • Wave the white flag (15 min)
  • When the dust settles (5 min)
  • Work wonders (30 min)

April 21, 2016, 9:15pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
K-pop Girl Groups

  • Come back home (10 min)
  • Liar liar (20 min)
  • Taller than you (30 min)
  • Four walls (10 min)
  • Catch me if you can (20 min)
  • One of these nights (30 min)
  • Anxious (10 min)
  • Sixth sense (10 min)

April 22, 2016, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
K Idioms

  • Keep a low profile (10 min)
  • Keep someone in the dark (20 min)
  • Kick the bucket (30 min)
  • Knight in shining armor (10 min)
  • Know every trick in the book (20 min)

April 23, 2016, 8:30pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
T Idioms

  • Take a chance (10 min)
  • Talk of the devil (20 min)
  • Teach someone a lesson (30 min)
  • Tempest in a teapot (10 min)
  • Test the waters (20 min)
  • There’s only one (30 min)
  • Thin-skinned (10 min)
  • Things that go bump in the night (20 min)
  • Tough cookie (10 min)

April 24, 2016, 8:00am-11:00am (UTC-8)
R Idioms

  • Rack and ruin (10 min)
  • Rain or shine (20 min)
  • Raise eyebrows (30 min)
  • Rally around (10 min)
  • Reach for the sky (20 min)
  • Read someone the riot act (30 min)
  • Reap what one sows (20 min)

April 24, 2016, 2:00pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
Meow Sprints

  • Cataclysm (10 min)
  • Catacombs (20 min)
  • Catapult (30 min)
  • Category (10 min)
  • Catwalk (20 min)

April 25, 2016, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
U Idioms

  • Under a spell (10 min)
  • Until the cows come home (20 min)
  • Underwater basket weaving (30 min)
  • Unknown quantity (10 min)
  • Up the ante (20 min)
  • Up to no good (30 min)
  • Uphill battle (20 min)

April 26, 2016, 9:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
V Idioms

  • Vale of tears (10 min)
  • Valley of death (20 min)
  • Vent one’s gall (30 min)
  • Victory at sea (10 min)
  • Voice in the wilderness (20 min)
  • Vouch for (30 min)
  • Verbal assault (20 min)

April 26, 2016, 9:15pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
I Idioms

  • If looks could kill (10 min)
  • In a heartbeat (20 min)
  • Into thin air (30 min)
  • In no uncertain terms (10 min)
  • Inner circle (20 min)
  • It takes two to tango (30 min)
  • It can’t be helped (10 min)
  • Ice-calm (20 min)
  • In the nick of time (30 min)

April 27, 2016, 12:15pm-2:15pm (UTC-8)
More Food Idioms

  • Grist for the mill (20 min)
  • In a stew about (30 min)
  • Out of the frying pan and into the fire (20 min)
  • Bitter pill to swallow (30 min)

April 27, 2016, 7:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
J Idioms

  • Jump at the chance (10 min)
  • Just deserts (30 min)
  • Just another pretty face (20 min)
  • Join forces (15 min)
  • Jack of all trades, master of none (15 min)
  • Jump to conclusions (20 min)
  • Judge, jury, and executioner (30 min)

April 28, 2016, 9:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Proverbial Phrases, Part 1

  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush (10 min)
  • A change is as good as a rest (20 min)
  • A friend in need is a friend indeed (30 min)
  • A golden key can open any door (10 min)
  • A good man is hard to find (20 min)
  • All is fair in love and war (30 min)
  • Another day, another dollar (10 min)
  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure (10 min)

April 28, 2016, 6:15pm-8:15pm (UTC-8)
Proverbial Phrases, Part 2

  • Bad news travels fast (30 min)
  • Beauty is only skin deep (10 min)
  • Beggars should not be choosers (20 min)
  • Behind every great man, there is a great woman (30 min)
  • Better the Devil you know than the Devil you do not (10 min)

April 28, 2016, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Proverbial Phrases, Part 3

  • Clothes make the man (10 min)
  • Cold hands, warm heart (30 min)
  • Cowards may die many times before their death (15 min)
  • Cut your coat according to your cloth (15 min)
  • Do not bite the hand that feeds you (20 min)
  • Every cloud has a silver lining (30 min)
  • Everything comes to those who wait (20 min)

April 29, 2016, 10:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
German Proverbs

  • Great minds agree (10 min)
  • Fight fire with fire (20 min)
  • He that lives on hope shall die fasting (30 min)
  • Many a true words are spoken in jest (10 min)
  • The more one pets the cat, the higher it holds its tail (20 min)
  • Sweep your own doorstep clean (30 min)
  • Better bow than break (15 min)
  • One cannot change nature (15 min)
  • A fool does not need any bells (10 min)
  • Hasty judgements begets remorse (25 min)

April 30, 2016, 7:00pm-3:00am (UTC-8)
Collocations

  • Do someone a favor (10 min)
  • Make a mistake (15 min)
  • Have sympathy (15 min)
  • Do the cooking (20 min)
  • Make trouble (30 min)
  • Take a chance (10 min)
  • Break a habit (20 min)
  • Catch a thief (15 min)
  • Make a mess (30 min)
  • Take someone’s place (20 min)
  • Catch someone’s attention (15 min)
  • Keep control (10 min)
  • Break the rules (20 min)
  • Save space (30 min)
  • Get frightened (20 min)
  • Go astray (20 min)
  • Come to a compromise (30 min)
  • From dawn till dusk (20 min)
  • Draw a conclusion (30 min)

World Building Fail

I’m not a fan of Harry Potter but I couldn’t help but notice the recent controversy over it. In a nutshell, I’ve seen two responses to it: 1) Rowling is writing fiction and she can write whatever she wants so PC people should just shut up or 2) huge disappointment that she has appropriated other people’s culture and she should have done research and consulted people from that culture to get things right. N. K. Jemisin’s thoughts on the whole thing  probably most closely mirror my own.

Writers, as artists, are free to do their art as they wish. But if they’re presenting their art for public consumption, they have to be prepared for the fact that there’s going to be a lot of different reactions–both good and bad–to their art. As consumers of art, we have to be prepared for the fact that the artist will not kowtow to all of our criticisms. Art is subjective. It’s qualitatively different than selling widgets.

But that said, art can be considered “bad” if it fails at its originally intended purpose.  And in this case, I get the impression that Rowling has failed at world building for some of her readers. The thing is, her “History of Magic in North America” is all about world building. And if effective world building isn’t present in that piece of fiction, then what is the point of it? In the Harry Potter universe, the premise is basically the answer to the question of “What would our world be like if there was magic in it?” By appropriating Native American culture and basically lumping all Native American cultures into some monolithic stereotype, Rowling has failed to answer that question. This isn’t an isolated incident, either. I’ve seen fans grumble about her shallow treatment of African, Asian, and South American magic. Some posit that this shallowness is a signature of her work, that even from her original seven books, she poorly accounts for the diversity in the UK and Europe.

I have only read book one and the posts on the Pottermore website so I cannot comment on the diversity of the characters or their potential portrayal as stereotypical cardboard cutouts. But from what I have read, I don’t particularly find the world building all that compelling. World building, as they say, is supposed to be like an iceberg. You show 10%, but you should also leave the impression that the 90% beneath the surface actually exists in a gigantic pile of notes somewhere. Rowling’s world building seems less an iceberg and more like an ice cream float that’s been sitting out in the sun too long. It’s as if Rowling threw in a bunch of tropes after watching a few movies and reading Wikipedia.

Of course, one could argue that there are plenty of other authors who have terrible world building yet no one’s picking on them with this much fervor. But what makes Rowling’s case different is that there are so many people around the world invested in her fictional world. If you’re going to give the impression that you’re trying to be inclusive to all of your readers, you can’t just turn around and do the opposite. And if you’re claiming artistic license, well, you have to be prepared for the fallout.

To be honest, I think Rowling set herself up for failure by attempting to describe magic in all the world’s cultures. Even if she is a diligent researcher, there would be no way for her to be familiar with everything. Writers who are better world builders know trying to tackle just one culture (even your own) is a difficult task. Heck, I’ve lived in North America my whole life and moved around a lot, but I would never presume to know every single culture and subculture that exists here. So if you want to do world building well, concentrate on that one thing first. Otherwise, go find help.

Beauty and the Beast Has Jumped the Shark

I recently read this post about gender swapping the beauty and the beast trope and I was immediately struck by something about all the examples the author of the post gives. All of the women are “beasts” because they had something traumatic happen in their pasts. Traumatic as in actual violence and abuse. It’s as if the only way that they could be an acceptable beastly female character was to have experienced an intimate tragedy that was out of their control. In the original Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, the prince gets turned into a beast because he consciously said “no” to someone. Becoming the beast was the punishment, not the result of another punishment that already happened.

My question is: Why must these female characters have those tragic backstories in order for them to be “beasts”? Can’t they just naturally have disagreeable personalities? We know that in real life that there are men and women who are cranky simply because they just are. Can’t we have those types of female characters in our fiction as well? Or is this going to be branded as unrealistic and illogical in fiction?

I don’t think it should be inevitable that fiction follow some kind of archetypal and moralistic underpinning where every character behaves in certain ways because of Reasons. Characters can be anything and they shouldn’t be pushed into certain types simply because the author thinks the readers would find only certain things acceptable. A successful author should be able to write about any kind of character in a compelling enough way so that people will keep on reading regardless of whether they agree with those characters’ actions or not.

On Twitter, I also speculated that why those beastly female characters with tragic backstories are so popular is because they are a natural outgrowth of a very old notion or stereotype that women can only exist in two states: saint or sinner, virgin or harlot, goody-goody or bitchy. And if a woman doesn’t quite exactly fit in either of those two categories, there has to be Big Reasons. Apparently no female character can exist in the gray area simply because they just do. Instead, only male characters are allowed to be the flawed everyman without any explanation. This is why I gravitate towards “anti-heroines” rather than characters traumatized because the author needed them to be so. Anti-heroines far more resemble believably flawed people than characters constructed out of Reasons.

Anyways, this has really made me think about why the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale isn’t exactly one of my favorites even though it’s very popular with other people. This fairy tale espouses a lot of idealism–that with enough love and going beyond skin deep, you will win. I can see why it can be appealing to a lot of people. Personally, I find it very passive and not very practical. If you want to win at anything, you need to get off your butt and actually DO something. In most cases, just loving something won’t magically make everything okay. It’s probably also why I prefer some of the more obscure fairy tales like The Master Maid or Prince Lindworm where the heroines are clever and proactive. There’s hard work involved in getting to that happy ending, and they’re not just playing nice to get it either.

Views from The Getty

The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA

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Gearing Up

Yeah, it’s another long time no see. At this point, this blog is probably going to be an occasional thing unless I get my butt in gear and start posting regularly. If you haven’t already guessed, most of my daily stuff is mostly on Twitter anyway.

This year’s first session of Camp NaNoWriMo is coming up fast–it’s next month–and I’ve been waffling about what to do. At first, I thought about starting a new project, but I’ve been also feeling bad about some of my previous projects which I’ve started but not finished. So I’m going to do something different this time and actually continue an existing project. Right now, the best candidate is the project I started during last year’s July Camp NaNo since it’s the freshest in my mind. April is probably my best chance at trying to finish that story. I can’t depend on the July session since I am already anticipating that work stuff will be especially crazy then and will be eating up my free time (and sleep time).

Recently, I’ve also been contemplating on my lack of motivation to write. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I’m still writing whenever I have free time. I have tons of cool ideas I want to get onto the page. But I’m also feeling a crippling sense of…inadequacy. I mean, maybe I think my ideas are cool, but in the grand scheme of things most people (and more importantly, agents and editors) will think they’re stupid and my writing subpar, at best. Part of it, too, is the realization that I’m at a point where most people my age have already accomplished so much and in comparison, I don’t really have much to show. I’m probably destined to remain in the dustbin of mediocrity for the rest of my time here. It could be worse, but it is also a bit frustrating to put in all the work and have nothing pan out.

The Holiday Ghost Story Challenge

After reading this article on the tradition of telling ghost stories during Christmas, I was inspired to come up with a writing challenge for December. Sure, I’m still trying to finish this year’s NaNoWriMo novel, but I also wanted a break to do something fun. So why not try my hand at writing a ghost story?

The challenge is this: write a holiday ghost story/winter-themed creepy story (all up to your own interpretation) and post it somewhere (like a blog or website) by December 24. If you think you’d like to try your hand at this, let me know (either in the comments or by email) where you’ve posted your story by December 24, 11:59 PM Pacific Time and I’ll post a link to it on December 25.

And if you don’t want to post your story anywhere for whatever reason, that’s cool, too. It’s a writing challenge, not a posting challenge. The whole aim of this is to have fun and not to stress yourself out.

Of course I’m planning on doing the challenge myself since I came up with it. I’ll post my short story here on this blog, warts and all (well, with at least one run-through with spellcheck) for your reading pleasure or ridicule on Christmas Eve.

November 2015: All of My NaNoWordSprints Prompts

 

Yeah, November was crazy. There was a lot of things I did, but most of the documentation on this blog fell to the wayside in favor of getting other things done. I managed to finish another year with a 50k NaNoWriMo win. This year went better since I had a plan this time (unlike last year which was pantsed). There were a lot of cool things I did such as The Great Train Escape and the Night of Writing Dangerously which I might end up writing about later. And then there were the not so great things that happened during November which was documented copiously on my personal feed on Twitter but I won’t bother rehashing here.

Anyways, I’ve decided to do one giant post with all the prompts I used for @NaNoWordSprints this November. And here they are:

November 5, 5:00am-7:00am (UTC -8)
Zombie Sprints

  • Brains (10 min)
  • Reanimated (20 min)
  • Technically living (30 min)
  • Infection (10 min)
  • Incongruously dressed (20 min)

November 5, 9:00am-10:00am (UTC -8)
Ghost Sprinting

  • Fluttering (10 min)
  • Clanking (15 min)
  • Floating (15 min)

November 5, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Lab Sprints

  • Mixture (10 min)
  • Burning things down (30 min)
  • Not following directions (20 min)
  • Unexpected results (10 min)
  • Running out of time (20 min)

November 8, 8:00am-9:30am (UTC -8)
Vampire Cafe Sprints

  • Hiding (10 min)
  • Pointy things (20 min)
  • Dramatic entrance (15 min)
  • Allergic to sunlight (20 min)

November 8, 10:00pm-3:00am (UTC -8)
Picture Prompts

  • Going nuts/squirrel (10 min)
  • Strange rock formations (20 min)
  • Spiny (30 min)
  • Fortress (10 min)
  • A garden visitor (20 min)
  • Idyllic/explosions (30 min)
  • Library (10 min)
  • Fungus (20 min)
  • Parachute (30 min)
  • Wasteland (10 min)
  • Talkative/parrot (20 min)
  • A path towards the unknown (20 min)

November 9, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Doublets

  • Far and wide (10 min)
  • Flesh and blood (20 min)
  • Fast and loose (30 min)
  • Fine and dandy (10 min)
  • Fire and brimstone (20 min)

November 10, 11:30am-12:30pm (UTC -8)
Transgenic Plot Bunnies

  • Sudden outburst (10 min)
  • Minion, cute, diabolical (20 min)
  • Kiss, time rip (10 min)

November 10, 10:00pm-12:30am (UTC -8)
Plot Bunny Convention

  • Epic high note (10 min)
  • Clumsy feet (20 min)
  • Absolute destruction (30 min)
  • Sparkly things (10 min)
  • Midnight assignations (20 min)
  • Fortune smiles, imposter (20 min)

November 11, 1:00pm-2:00pm (UTC -8)
Meow Sprints

  • Running around (10 min)
  • Knocking things over (10 min)
  • Tearing up the house (20 min)

November 11, 10:15pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Party Sprints

  • Gift (10 min)
  • Cake (20 min)
  • Going completely overboard (30 min)
  • Surprise (20 min)

November 12, 10:00pm-2:00am (UTC -8)
Idioms

  • To steal someone’s thunder (10 min)
  • Through thick and thin (20 min)
  • Whole nine yards (30 min)
  • Under the weather (10 min)
  • Spill the beans (20 min)
  • Add insult to injury (30 min)
  • At the drop of a hat (10 min)
  • Back to the drawing board (20 min)
  • Drastic times call for drastic measures (30 min)
  • Hear it on the grapevine (10 min)

November 13, 6:15am-8:30am (UTC -8)
The Great Train Escape, Part 1

  • Speeding along (10 min)
  • Coastal scrub (20 min)
  • Golden hills (30 min)
  • Palm trees (10 min)
  • Clustered houses (30 min)
  • Road signs (20 min)

November 13, 11:00am-12:00pm (UTC -8)
The Great Train Escape, Part 2

  • Tunnels (15 min)
  • Accidental announcement (10 min)
  • Reservations (15 min)

November 13, 8:00pm-8:30pm (UTC -8)
The Great Train Escape, Part 3

  • In the dark (25 min)

November 15, 6:00pm-10:00pm (UTC -8)
Night of Writing Dangerously

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November 16, 1:00pm-3:00pm (UTC -8)
Airport Sprints at SFO

  • Overpriced food (10 min)
  • Long lines (10 min)
  • Gates (30 min)
  • Travelers (10 min)
  • Lost things (30 min)

November 16, 6:30pm-9:00pm (UTC -8)
Pizza Party

  • Platform (10 min)
  • Pizza-faced (20 min)
  • Licorice pizza (30 min)
  • Road pizza (10 min)
  • Party (15 min)
  • The pizza effect (30 min)

November 17, 9:30am-10:00am (UTC -8)
Wombat and the SprintMaster5000

  • No touching allowed (20 min)

November 17, 12:10pm-1:00pm (UTC -8)
Wombat and the Plot is Right

  • A new car (15 min)
  • Mixer (20 min)

November 17, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Rain

  • As right as rain (10 min)
  • Come rain or shine (20 min)
  • Rain check (30 min)
  • It never rains but it pours (10 min)
  • Come in out of the rain (20 min)

November 18, 9:15am-10:00am (UTC -8)
Ghost Sprints Again

  • Slamming doors (10 min)
  • Wind chimes that don’t work (20 min)

November 18, 1:00pm-3:00pm (UTC -8)
Nature, November 12, 2015 Issue

  • A breath of fresh air (10 min)
  • A path through the thicket (10 min)
  • Up close and personalized (30 min)
  • Irked by naivety (10 min)
  • Deadly combination (30 min)

November 18, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Science, November 13, 2015 Issue

  • Breaking the waves (10 min)
  • Moveable feast (10 min)
  • Fire down below (30 min)
  • Not guilty as charged (10 min)
  • Leaping into the unknown (10 min)
  • Mind meets machine (15 min)

November 19, 9:15am-10:00am (UTC -8)
Numbers Station

  • As the crow flies (10 min)
  • Black as a raven (20 min)

November 19, 9:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Cat Idioms

  • Scaredy cat (10 min)
  • Cats on a hot tin roof (20 min)
  • Be the cat’s whiskers (10 min)
  • Bell the cat (30 min)
  • Let the cat out of the bag (20 min)
  • A cat among the pigeons (5 min)
  • The cat’s pajamas (10 min)
  • Cat and mouse game (30 min)

November 20, 10:00am-3:00pm (UTC -8)
Villain Tropes

  • 0% approval rating (10 min)
  • Adorable minions (10 min)
  • Aliens and monsters (30 min)
  • Amoral attorney (15 min)
  • Angry guard dog (20 min)
  • Corruption (30 min)
  • Creepy child (10 min)
  • Culture police (10 min)
  • Creepy doll (30 min)
  • Criminals (10 min)
  • Deadly doctor (10 min)
  • Diplomatic impunity (20 min)
  • Dirty coward (20 min)

November 20, 10:00pm-12:00pm (UTC -8)
Sherlock Sprints from Series 3

  • Convoluted theory (10 min)
  • Jump out of a cake (20 min)
  • Finding a goldfish (30 min)
  • High functioning sociopath (10 min)
  • Speechless (20 min)
  • Eggy chair (30 min)
  • Dancing (10 min)
  • Something in the punch (10 min)

November 21, 7:00am-11:00am (UTC -8)
Books Published in 2000

  • The tipping point (15 min)
  • Storm front (10 min)
  • Plain truth (30 min)
  • Tell no one (10 min)
  • Running blind (15 min)
  • Deadly decisions (30 min)
  • From the corner of his eye (15 min)
  • Dark victory (10 min)
  • Without reservations (30 min)
  • The wish list (10 min)

November 21, 9:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Rhyming Doubles

  • High and dry (10 min)
  • Five and dime (10 min)
  • Near and dear (20 min)
  • Nitty gritty (20 min)
  • Stash and dash (30 min)
  • Wear and tear (30 min)
  • Rough and tough (20 min)

November 22, 9:00am-11:00am (UTC -8)
Things Vampires Ordinarily Wouldn’t Do

  • Hang gliding (10 min)
  • Braving the crowds at a sock sale (20 min)
  • Attending a contentious panel on Batman vs. Superman (30 min)
  • Parallel parking (10 min)
  • Taking care of a pet iguana (20 min)

November 22, 2:30pm-4:30pm (UTC -8)
IKEA

  • No parking (10 min)
  • Meatballs (20 min)
  • Designed furniture (30 min)
  • Strange names (10 min)
  • One way (20 min)

November 22, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Wombat and the Fortune Cookies

  • Today it’s up to you to create the peacefulness you long for (10 min)
  • A friend asks only for your time not your money (20 min)
  • If you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it (30 min)
  • A smile is your passport into the hearts of others (10 min)
  • Your high-minded principles spell success (20 min)

November 23, 3:30pm-5:00pm (UTC -8)
Fortune Cookies from an Alternate Universe

  • Hard work pays off in the future, laziness pays off now (10 min)
  • Change can hurt, but it leads a path to something better (20 min)
  • Enjoy the good luck a companion brings you (30 min)
  • People are naturally attracted to you (5 min)

November 23, 9:00pm-11:30pm (UTC -8)
Picard Sprints (Star Trek: Next Generation Episode Titles)

  • The last outpost (10 min)
  • Coming of age (20 min)
  • Heart of glory (30 min)
  • Lonely among us (10 min)
  • Where no one has gone before (20 min)

November 24, 9:00pm-11:00pm (UTC -8)
Doge

  • Wide awake (10 min)
  • Flower child (20 min)
  • Fighting (30 min)
  • Trick or treat (10 min)
  • Shady deals (20 min)

November 26, 9:30am-1:30pm (UTC -8)
Hiding and Secrets

  • Go into hiding (10 min)
  • Like a thief in the night (20 min)
  • Hide a multitude of sins (30 min)
  • Off the record (10 min)
  • Play hide and seek (20 min)
  • Spill the beans (30 min)
  • Hide your head in the sand (15 min)
  • Dark horse (20 min)
  • Cover your tracks (30 min)

November 26, 10:00pm-2:00am (UTC -8)
Images from Google Street View

  • Eating a banana (10 min)
  • Pigeons in the park (20 min)
  • A marriage proposal (30 min)
  • Stuck in a gate (10 min)
  • On fire (20 min)
  • Invasion (30 min)
  • Bear chasing (10 min)
  • A strange thing in the middle of the woods (20 min)
  • Scuba (5 min)
  • Fight (30 min)

November 27, 6:00pm-8:30pm (UTC -8)
The Evil Kitchenware Catalog Edition

  • An angled potato ricer (10 min)
  • Snowmen marshmallows handcrafted in Belgium (20 min)
  • A ceramic rolling pin (30 min)
  • EvilSmart waffle maker (10 min)
  • Gourmet whipper (15 min)
  • The night apron (30 min)

November 28, 10:30pm-2:00am (UTC -8)
Tarot/Romance Tropes

  • Amnesia (10 min)
  • Disguise (20 min)
  • Opposites attract (30 min)
  • Revenge (5 min)
  • Mistaken identity (15 min)
  • Blackmail (30 min)
  • Kidnapped (10 min)
  • On the rocks (10 min)
  • Redemption (30 min)

November 29, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

  • Mostly harmless (10 min)
  • A long dark teatime of the soul (30 min)
  • Something that makes a lot of people angry and is widely regarded as a bad move (15 min)
  • Someone learns a big secret (20 min)
  • Restoring normality (15 min)

July 2015 Camp NaNoWriMo Prompts for Week 4

Wow, I really dropped the ball on that one, folks. And for that, I apologize. All I can say is that work has been pretty busy as of late and it’s kind of difficult finding free time to do anything let alone sleep.

Here are the prompts that I used for @NaNoWordSprints for the last week of the July 2015 Camp NaNoWriMo session:

July 22, 9:00am-11:00am (UTC -8)
Jurassic Park Quotes Part 1

  • The kind of control you’re attempting simply is…it’s not possible. (10 min)
  • I’m simply saying that life, uh…finds a way. (20 min)
  • Boy, do I hate being right all the time. (30 min)
  • Must go faster… (10 min)
  • They should all be destroyed. (30 min)

July 22, 12:30pm-4:15pm (UTC -8)
Jurassic Park Quotes Part 2

  • Spared no expense. (20 min)
  • I bring scientists, you bring a rockstar. (20 min)
  • Our lives are in your hands, and you have Butterfingers?! (20 min)
  • Dinosaurs eat man…woman inherits the earth. (20 min)
  • In forty-eight hours, I’ll be accepting your apologies. (20 min)
  • They’re lethal at eight months. And I do mean lethal. (20 min)
  • They were all melting. (20 min)
  • You never had control! That’s the illusion! (20 min)
  • How can we stand in the light of discovery and not act? (20 min)

July 22, 9:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Tarot Part 5

  • If you take love for granted, you start losing it (10 min)
  • Sadness, grief, disappointment and regret (15 min)
  • Memories and good times (20 min)
  • A difficult choice must be made (30 min)
  • Emotional stagnation (5 min)
  • Whatever your heart’s desire (10 min)
  • Serenity and peace (15 min)
  • Dreamy and detached (20 min)
  • A bearer of news (15 min)

July 23, 10:30am-2:30pm (UTC -8)
Tarot Part 6

  • Reflecting the hidden depths (30 min)
  • Calm on the surface, yet passionate and volatile underneath (10 min)
  • Cuts both ways (20 min)
  • Neither has the clear advantage (15 min)
  • Rejection, sadness, loneliness (30 min)
  • Mental clarity (10 min)
  • Cheated out of victory by a wily and cunning opponent (20 min)
  • Go someplace new and start over (20 min)
  • Cunning and confidence (15 min)
  • Entrapment (15 min)

July 24, 9:00am-12:00pm (UTC -8)
Tarot Part 7

  • Greatest fears and terrors (10 min)
  • Annihilated (20 min)
  • Needs to be awakened (30 min)
  • A quick departure or an unexpected arrival (10 min)
  • Perception and insight (20 min)
  • Figurehead (30 min)
  • Cornerstone (10 min)
  • Life at the edge of chaos (10 min)

July 24, 1:00pm-4:00pm (UTC -8)
Aladdin Quotes

  • Don’t you scare me like that! (30 min)
  • Let’s not be too hasty! (30 min)
  • Trouble? No way. You’re only in trouble if you get caught. (30 min)
  • Hey, if I were as rich as you, I could afford some manners. (30 min)
  • The law is wrong! (30 min)

July 24, 9:30pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Sarah Brightman: Harem, Part 2

  • The war is over (10 min)
  • Misery (20 min)
  • Beautiful (30 min)
  • Nights (20 min)
  • Stranger in paradise (30 min)
  • Until the end of time (15 min)

July 25, 4:00pm-9:00pm (UTC -8)
Tarot Part 8

  • Hard work and service (10 min)
  • To favor tradition and be apprehensive of change (20 min)
  • A humbling blow to one’s self-esteem (30 min)
  • A feeling of generosity (10 min)
  • A feeling of dissatisfaction (20 min)
  • Attention to detail, persistence, concentration (30 min)
  • Assured security and comfort (10 min)
  • To the next generation (10 min)
  • Accept great responsibility (30 min)
  • Take charge of a situation (15 min)
  • Mothering and nurturing (15 min)
  • Everything he touches turns to gold (20 min)
  • Outpouring of energy (10 min)

July 25, 9:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Postmodern Jukebox

  • Criminal (30 min)
  • Bad romance (10 min)
  • Creep (20 min)
  • Style (15 min)
  • Poison (30 min)
  • The heart wants what it wants (10 min)
  • Habits (30 min)

July 26, 9:30am-12:00pm (UTC -8)
Leftover Prompts Part 3

  • Tuna fishing (10 min)
  • The swallow’s tail (20 min)
  • What should we do next? Something good, or something bad, or a bit of both? (30 min)
  • I have trouble understanding you people sometimes. Y’all talk so funny. (10 min)
  • A woman appreciates a man who can make her laugh. (20 min)
  • I can’t make anybody fall in love with anybody else. (30 min)

July 26, 12:00pm-5:00pm (UTC -8)
Tarot Part 9

  • A cohesive vision (10 min)
  • Success after initial hardship and difficulty (10 min)
  • You cannot rest on your laurels (30 min)
  • Hassles and minor obstacles (15 min)
  • Enjoy the spoils of victory (15 min)
  • Fear in your everyday life (30 min)
  • Swift and decisive action (20 min)
  • To go on despite impossible odds (5 min)
  • The weight of burdens upon one’s shoulders (30 min)
  • The catalyst that provokes changes (10 min)
  • No fear of anything (20 min)
  • Charming but elusive (30 min)
  • The ultimate leader (5 min)

July 26, 5:00pm-7:30pm (UTC -8)
Beauty and the Beast Quotes

  • If it’s not Baroque, don’t fix it. (10 min)
  • How can you read this? There’s no pictures! (10 min)
  • Take it with you so you’ll always have a way to look back…and remember me. (20 min)
  • I want adventure in the great wide somewhere! (30 min)
  • Try the gray stuff, it’s delicious! (15 min)
  • She warned him not to be deceived by appearances. (10 min)
  • A dangerous pastime. (15 min)

July 26, 7:30pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
I Ching Part 1

  • Force, creative, strong action, key (30 min)
  • Field, receptive, acquiescence, flow (10 min)
  • Sprouting, difficulty at the beginning, gathering support, hoarding (10 min)
  • Enveloping, youthful folly, young shoot, discovering (15 min)
  • Attending, waiting, moistened, arriving (30 min)
  • Arguing, conflict, lawsuit (20 min)
  • Leading, army, troops (20 min)
  • Grouping, holding together, alliance (15 min)
  • Small accumulation, taming power of the small, small harvest (30 min)
  • Treading, conduct, continuing (10 min)
  • Pervading, peace, greatness (15 min)

July 27, 7:30am-2:00pm (UTC -8)
I Ching Part 2

  • Obstruction, standstill, stagnation, selfish persons (30 min)
  • Concording people, fellowship, gathering (30 min)
  • Great possession (30 min)
  • Humbling, modesty (30 min)
  • Providing for, enthusiasm, excess (30 min)
  • Following (30 min)
  • Correcting, decay, branch (30 min)
  • Nearing, approach, forest (30 min)
  • Viewing, contemplation, looking up (30 min)
  • Gnawing bite (30 min)
  • Adorning, grace, luxuriance (30 min)

July 27, 6:30pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
I Ching Part 3

  • Stripping, splitting apart, flaying (30 min)
  • Returning, turning point (30 min)
  • Without embroiling, innocence, unexpected, pestilence (30 min)
  • Great accumulation, taming power of the great, storage, potential energy (30 min)
  • Swallowing, corners of the mouth, nourishment, jaws, comfort and security (30 min)
  • Exceed, surpass, critical mass (30 min)
  • Gorge, abyss, repeated entrapment (30 min)
  • Radiance, clinging fire, net (30 min)
  • Conjoining, influence, feelings (30 min)
  • Persevering, duration, constancy (30 min)
  • Retiring, retreat, yielding (30 min)
  • Invigorating, great maturity (30 min)

July 28, 7:45am-2:00pm (UTC -8)
I Ching Part 4

  • Prospering, progress (30 min)
  • Darkening of the light, brilliance injured, intelligence hidden (30 min)
  • Dwelling, family, clan (30 min)
  • Polarizing, opposition, perversion (30 min)
  • Limping, obstruction, afoot (30 min)
  • Taking apart, deliverance, untangled (15 min)
  • Diminishing, decrease (10 min)
  • Augmenting, increase (10 min)
  • Displacement, resoluteness, parting, breakthrough (30 min)
  • Coupling, meeting (20 min)
  • Clustering, gathering together, massing, finished (20 min)
  • Ascending, pushing upward (10 min)
  • Confining, oppression, exhaustion, entangled (30 min)

July 28, 4:00pm-5:30pm (UTC -8)
I Ching Part 5

  • Well (30 min)
  • Skin, revolution, molting, bridle (30 min)
  • Holding, cauldron (10 min)

July 28, 7:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
I Ching Part 6

  • Shake, arouse, shock, thunder (30 min)
  • Bound, keeping still, mountain (30 min)
  • Infiltrating, development, gradual progress, advancement (30 min)
  • Converting, marrying, returning (5 min)
  • Abounding, abundance, fullness (10 min)
  • Sojourning, wanderer, traveling (20 min)
  • Ground, gentle, penetrating, wind, calculations (30 min)
  • Open, joyous, lake, usurpation (10 min)
  • Dispersion, dissolution (20 min)
  • Articulating, limitation, moderation (30 min)
  • Returning, inner truth (10 min)
  • Preponderance of the small (10 min)
  • Fording, after completion (10 min)
  • Before completion (15 min)

July 29, 7:30am-11:00am (UTC -8)
Contrived Stupidity Tropes Part 1

  • Culture blind (30 min)
  • Achievements in ignorance (30 min)
  • Alcohol-induced idiocy (30 min)
  • Apathetic citizens (30 min)
  • Bond villain stupidity (30 min)
  • But thou must (25 min)

July 29, 12:15pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Contrived Stupidity Tropes Part 2

  • Stupidity Is the Only Option (30 min)
  • Callousness Towards Emergency (30 min)
  • Closed Circle (30 min)
  • Clutching Hand Trap (30 min)
  • Credit Card Plot (15 min)
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast (20 min)
  • Damsel Scrappy (20 min)
  • Deus Exit Machina (20 min)
  • Ditch the Bodyguards (30 min)
  • Dramatic Slip (30 min)
  • Dug In Deeper (30 min)
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy (30 min)
  • Failed a Spot Check (30 min)
  • Forgot About His Powers (30 min)
  • Forgot I Couldn’t Swim (30 min)
  • Forgot to Feed the Monster (30 min)
  • Gullible Lemmings (30 min)
  • Holding Both Sides of the Conversation (15 min)
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind (20 min)
  • Villain Exit Stage Left (20 min)
  • Just Between You and Me (20 min)
  • Revealing Cover-Up (20 min)
  • I’ll Never Tell You What I’m Telling You (15 min)

July 30, 7:30am-11:00am (UTC -8)
Contrived Stupidity Tropes Part 3

  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (30 min)
  • Left Your Lifesaver Behind (30 min)
  • Lethally Stupid (30 min)
  • Mad At A Dream (30 min)
  • Mercy Lead (30 min)
  • The Millstone (30 min)

July 30, 1:00pm-5:00pm (UTC -8)
Contrived Stupidity Tropes Part 4

  • Never Recycle Your Schemes (30 min)
  • No Means Yes (30 min)
  • No Peripheral Vision (20 min)
  • Not a Zombie (20 min)
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping (20 min)
  • Paper-Thin Disguise (30 min)
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté (30 min)
  • Plot-Sensitive Snooping Skills (15 min)

July 30, 6:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Contrived Stupidity Tropes Part 5

  • Poor Communication Kills (30 min)
  • Recognition Failure (15 min)
  • Remembered I Could Fly (20 min)
  • Running into the Window (10 min)
  • Selective Obliviousness (30 min)
  • Stranger Safety (10 min)
  • Stupid Sacrifice (20 min)
  • Why Don’t You Just Shoot Him? (30 min)
  • Stupid Surrender (10 min)
  • Too Dumb to Live (10 min)
  • Treacherous Spirit Chase (20 min)
  • Violation of Common Sense (30 min)
  • Chained to a Bed (10 min)
  • Have You Told Anyone Else? (10 min)
  • Once Is Not Enough (15 min)

July 31, 12:00am-2:30am (UTC -8)
A Idioms Part 1

  • a man’s home is his castle (15 min)
  • a penny for your thoughts/penny for one’s thoughts (15 min)
  • across the pond (15 min)
  • age before beauty (15 min)
  • air was blue (15 min)
  • all and sundry (15 min)
  • all eyes (15 min)
  • along for the ride (15 min)
  • along those lines (15 min)
  • an earful (15 min)

July 31, 8:30am-4:00pm (UTC -8)
A Idioms Part 2

  • all she wrote (20 min)
  • all shook up (30 min)
  • all show (20 min)
  • all sizzle and no steak (30 min)
  • all spruced up (20 min)
  • all teed up (30 min)
  • all the livelong day (20 min)
  • all the world’s a stage (30 min)
  • all things to all people (20 min)
  • all washed up (30 min)
  • all wet (20 min)
  • an old warhorse (30 min)
  • ante up (20 min)
  • any old thing (30 min)
  • anything goes (20 min)

July 31, 7:00pm-1:00am (UTC -8)
A Idioms Part 3

  • around the bend (30 min)
  • as a matter of fact (5 min)
  • as far as I know (30 min)
  • ask for the moon (20 min)
  • asleep at the switch (30 min)
  • as the man says (20 min)
  • at first glance (30 min)
  • at first blush (20 min)
  • an easy mark (30 min)
  • an even keel (20 min)
  • all get-out (30 min)
  • all goes well (20 min)

August 1, 1:00am-3:00am (UTC -8)
B Idioms

  • back down (20 min)
  • back on one’s feet (30 min)
  • back to the drawing board (20 min)
  • back oneself into a corner (30 min)

July 2015 Camp NaNoWriMo Prompts for Week 3

I am way behind, but here they are. @NaNoWordSprints prompts from week 3:

July 15, 8:00am-11:00am (UTC -8)
List Idioms

  • Waiting list (10 min)
  • Shopping list (30 min)
  • Sucker list (10 min)
  • Wish list (30 min)
  • Hit list (15 min)
  • Blacklist (30 min)
  • Laundry list (5 min)
  • Bucket list (10 min)

July 15, 12:30pm-3:30pm (UTC -8)
Fireworks Effects, Part 2

  • Horsetail (30 min)
  • Waterfall (30 min)
  • Time rain (30 min)
  • Multi-break shells (30 min)
  • Fish (15 min)
  • Salute (15 min)

July 15, 7:30pm-9:30pm (UTC -8)
Rune Meanings and Associations, Part 6

  • Eihwaz: yew tree (10 min)
  • Perdhro: uncertainty (30 min)
  • Gebo: gold, silver, red (30 min)
  • Wunjo: joy (10 min)
  • Hagalaz: constricting situation (15 min)

July 16, 9:00am-12:00pm (UTC -8)
Rune Meanings and Associations, Part 7

  • Naudhiz: black (10 min)
  • Isa: ice (20 min)
  • Jera: cycle (30 min)
  • Eihwaz: white, green (10 min)
  • Perdhro: dice cup (20 min)
  • Elhaz: great restraint, defense, protection (30 min)
  • Sowulo: sun (15 min)

July 16, 1:00pm-4:00pm (UTC -8)
Rune Meanings and Associations, Part 8

  • Teiwaz: green, red (30 min)
  • Berkana: new beginning (30 min)
  • Ehwaz: horse (30 min)
  • Mannaz: blue, purple (30 min)
  • Laguz: go with the flow (30 min)

July 16, 4:00pm-5:00pm (UTC -8)
Infomercial Sprints

  • Character discovers a secret that disrupts their lives (10 min)
  • New development (20 min)
  • Hurricane (10 min)

July 16, 5:00pm-6:00pm (UTC -8)
Meow Sprints, Part 3

  • Catastrophe (10 min)
  • Catamaran (10 min)
  • Catalysis (15 min)

July 16, 9:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Rune Meanings and Associations, Part 9

  • Inguz: fertility (5 min)
  • Othala: wealth that cannot be sold (30 min)
  • Wyrd: fate (20 min)
  • Elhaz: elk (10 min)
  • Teiwaz: success (10 min)
  • Berkana: birch tree (30 min)
  • Ehwaz: red, white (10 min)
  • Mannaz: gain the upper hand (20 min)

July 17, 9:15am-12:15pm (UTC -8)
Rune Meanings and Associations, Part 10

  • Laguz: water, lake (10 min)
  • Dagaz: stability between opposites (30 min)
  • Othala: home, ancestral land (10 min)
  • Elhaz: black, purple (30 min)
  • Sowulo: see things more clearly (10 min)
  • Teiwaz: creator (30 min)
  • Ehwaz: natural flow, good intentions (10 min)
  • Mannaz: being human (10 min)

July 17, 4:15pm-7:15pm (UTC -8)
Leftover Sprints, Part 2

  • Black, white, green (15 min)
  • Protect the home (15 min)
  • Day (15 min)
  • Copper, brown (15 min)
  • Mine (15 min)
  • Bengal fire (15 min)
  • Roman candle (15 min)
  • Cake (15 min)
  • Lark, daybreak (15 min)
  • Pelican, afterlife (15 min)
  • Owl, sorcery, evil (15 min)
  • Hummingbird (15 min)

July 17, 9:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Xena: Warrior Princess Quotes

  • “Feeling any better?”/”No, but I’ve gotten used to being miserable.” (10 min)
  • “Looking for the man of your dreams?”/”Yep. You’re not him.” (20 min)
  • “What’s wrong with you?”/”Nothing that a good workout won’t cure.” (30 min)
  • “It’s very strange. In every story you tell me, this thing I’m wearing gets smaller. Is it enchanted?” (10 min)
  • “You tricked us!”/”You pronounced him dead yourself. Nothing says he has to stay dead.” (20 min)
  • “You’re not going to kill me, are you?”/”Why ever not?”/”Because I love you. Yeah, I love you.” (30 min)
  • “I can’t believe you’re awake, much less listening to me.” (20 min)

July 18, 9:00am-12:00pm (UTC -8)
Salvador Dali, Part 2

  • Morphological echo (30 min)
  • Apparition of face and fruit dish on a beach (30 min)
  • Dream caused by the flight of a bee around a pomegranate a second before awakening (30 min)
  • The disintegration of the persistence of memory (30 min)
  • Still life moving fast (30 min)

July 18, 3:30pm-6:30pm (UTC -8)
More Soundtracks

  • North by northwest (10 min)
  • Vertigo (20 min)
  • A fistful of dollars (30 min)
  • A summer place (10 min)
  • Awaken (20 min)
  • Love remembered (30 min)
  • Touch of evil (10 min)
  • Master and commander (10 min)

July 19, 9:30am-12:00pm (UTC -8)
Quotes from Guardians of the Galaxy

  • “Okay, I’m gonna be totally honest with you…I forgot you were here.” (10 min)
  • “I am going to die, surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy.” (15 min)
  • “Ain’t no thing like me, except me!” (30 min)
  • “Nothing goes over my head! My reflexes are too fast, I would catch it.” (5 min)
  • “Your sources say that she meant to betray us the whole time!” (10 min)
  • “If I had a black light, this place would look like a Jackson Pollock painting.” (20 min)
  • “I didn’t ask to be torn apart and put back together over and over and turned into some little monster!” (10 min)
  • “I don’t even believe you have a plan.” (5 min)

July 19, 2:00pm-5:00pm (UTC -8)
Quotes from The Kingsmen

  • Manners maketh man. (10 min)
  • Don’t be ridiculous. It’s a hand grenade. (20 min)
  • You are about to embark on the most dangerous job interview in the world. (30 min)
  • Sounds like a lot of people are going to die. (10 min)
  • Felt sorry for the boy, did you? He will find this humiliating. (20 min)
  • If you get blood on the carpet, you have to take the carpet up! Can’t stand the sight of blood. (30 min)
  • If you’re prepared to adapt and learn, you can transform. (15 min)

July 19, 6:00pm-9:00pm (UTC -8)
Gone to the Dogs

  • Dessert (10 min)
  • Crash helmet (20 min)
  • Swimming (30 min)
  • Wanton destruction (10 min)
  • Fighting (20 min)
  • Temptation (30 min)
  • Stacked (20 min)

July 19, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Ice Cream Flavors

  • Cookies and cream (10 min)
  • Rocky road (20 min)
  • Blue moon (30 min)
  • Half baked (10 min)
  • Chocolate therapy (20 min)

July 20, 8:45am-12:15pm (UTC -8)
Tarot, Part 1

  • The Fool: the spark that sets everything else into motion (30 min)
  • The Magician: he knows how he must do it, and why he must do it (30 min)
  • The High Priestess: the effects of the mysterious in our every day world (30 min)
  • The Empress: all the pleasure of the senses (30 min)
  • The Emperor: the command of the spoken or written word (30 min)
  • The Heirophant: a person who holds forbidden or secret knowledge (30 min)

July 20, 5:00pm-8:00pm (UTC -8)
Tarot, Part 2

  • The Lovers: the necessity of proper choice (30 min)
  • The Chariot: emotional control (30 min)
  • Strength: fortitude of character (30 min)
  • The Hermit: isolation and withdrawal from the world (30 min)
  • The Wheel of Fortune: destiny seems to strike without warning (30 min)

July 20, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Tarot, Part 3

  • Justice: punishment for those who have wronged (10 min)
  • The Hanged Man: in his vulnerability he has found strength (20 min)
  • Death: a transition to the next level (30 min)
  • Temperance: moderation and balance (10 min)
  • The Devil: everything turns upside-down (10 min)
  • The Tower: do not place your faith in illusions of security (15 min)

July 21, 8:45am-1:00pm (UTC -8)
Chvrches Songs

  • The mother we share (30 min)
  • Recover (10 min)
  • Gun (30 min)
  • Lies (20 min)
  • We sink (10 min)
  • Under the tide (30 min)
  • Get away (20 min)
  • Tether (20 min)
  • Leave a trace (30 min)
  • Every open eye (5 min)

July 21, 4:00pm-5:00pm (UTC -8)
Meow Sprints, Part 4

  • Boxes (10 min)
  • Ceiling (10 min)
  • World domination (20 min)

July 21, 9:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Tarot, Part 4

  • The Star: a beacon of hope and inspiration (10 min)
  • The Moon: susceptible to illusions and deception (20 min)
  • The Sun: peace and good times after ordeals (10 min)
  • Judgement: cleansed and restored (30 min)
  • The World: one is many, many are one (15 min)
  • Ace of Cups: the first stirrings of passion, joy and insight (10 min)
  • Two of Cups: harmonious union (30 min)
  • Three of Cups: sad times become a little less sad (15 min)

July 2015 Camp NaNoWriMo Prompts for Week 2

Sorry I’m late with this. Without further ado, all the @NaNoWordSprints prompts from week 2:

July 8, 8:45am-1:00pm (UTC -8)
Based on the Egyptian Calendar, Part 2

  • Genius of wind (15 min)
  • Satisfied (30 min)
  • Nourishment and harvest (15 min)
  • Moon (30 min)
  • Valley festival (20 min)
  • Low water (10 min)
  • Birth of the sun (10 min)
  • Wandering (25 min)
  • Reformed (20 min)
  • Five extra days (30 min)

July 8, 4:00pm-6:00pm (UTC -8)
Birds as Symbolism

  • Dove: love, peace, messengers (10 min)
  • Nightingale: poetry, song (15 min)
  • Phoenix: regeneration, rebirth (30 min)
  • Falcon: manliness (10 min)
  • Crane: happiness, eternal youth (10 min)
  • Raven: ill omen, death (10 min)

July 8, 8:00pm-9:00pm (UTC -8)
Meow Sprints, Part 1

  • Tuna (10 min)
  • Yarn (10 min)
  • Sleeping (20 min)

July 9, 10:00am-2:00pm (UTC -8)
Based on Headlines from the June 19, 2015 Issue of Science

  • Pumped up to rumble (10 min)
  • Last dance (20 min)
  • Do it for love (30 min)
  • Tasty (10 min)
  • Invisible (20 min)
  • On the move (30 min)
  • Rain (10 min)
  • A buzz in the meadow (20 min)
  • When the hunter becomes the hunted (30 min)
  • Seal the envelope (10 min)

July 9, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Random Wikipedia Articles

  • Photo division (10 min)
  • The evergreens (20 min)
  • Fruit slice (30 min)
  • Miss Jealousy (10 min)
  • Pursuit of the deadly diamonds (20 min)
  • Polish dance club singles chart (30 min)
  • Banana boat (10 min)
  • Golden down (20 min)
  • Eyes of a woman (30 min)
  • UFO sightings in Sweden (10 min)

July 10, 12:15pm-4:15pm (UTC -8)
Based on Headlines from the July 10, 2015 Issue of Science

  • Targeting copper (10 min)
  • One man’s odyssey (20 min)
  • Deep sleep (30 min)
  • Rolling out the welcome mat (10 min)
  • Getting noticed is half the battle (20 min)
  • Meeting of the minds (30 min)
  • Beachcomber’s delight (10 min)
  • The safety dance (20 min)
  • A fancy new coat (30 min)
  • Bound and mobile (10 min)

July 10, 7:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Leftover Prompts, Part 1

  • The harder to get, the better to have (10 min)
  • Opportunity is not a lengthy visitor (30 min)
  • No knot unties itself (30 min)
  • Like shooting fish in a barrel (10 min)
  • Big fish in a small pond (15 min)
  • Cold fish (10 min)
  • Cabaret scene (10 min)
  • Power of positivity (20 min)
  • Three seasons (30 min)
  • Haircut (30 min)
  • Crossette (30 min)
  • Spider (15 min)

July 11, 10:00am-1:00pm (UTC -8)
Gemstone Metaphors and Associations, Part 1

  • Garnet, pomegranate (10 min)
  • Amythest, sobriety, temperance (30 min)
  • Pearls before swine (30 min)
  • Pearl of wisdom (30 min)
  • Bloodstone, centering, abundance (30 min)
  • Jasper, slow, constant, nurturer (20 min)

July 11, 2:00pm-5:00pm (UTC -8)
Gemstone Metaphors and Associations, Part 2

  • Aquamarine, sea, mirror, hidden meanings (10 min)
  • Diamond in the rough (30 min)
  • Sapphire, wisdom, royalty, divine favor, prophecy (30 min)
  • Emerald, renewal, growth (30 min)
  • Agate, protection, strength, harmony (30 min)
  • Cat’s eye (20 min)

July 11, 7:00pm-9:00pm (UTC -8)
Gemstone Metaphors and Associations, Part 3

  • Turquoise, nobility, immortality (10 min)
  • Moonstone, inward journey, soul left behind (10 min)
  • Onyx, release negativity, confidence (10 min)
  • Red as a ruby (10 min)
  • Carnelian, motivation, endurance, leadership, courage (10 min)
  • Topaz, success, good fortune (10 min)
  • Peridot, love charm (10 min)
  • Tourmaline, healing, vitality (10 min)
  • Opal, inspiration, spontaneity (10 min)
  • Coral, meditation, art objects (10 min)
  • Lapis lazuli, truthfulness, inner power, organization (10 min)
  • Malachite, transformation (10 min)

July 11, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Famous Movie Quotes

  • “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” (10 min)
  • “Get busy living, or get busy dying.” (10 min)
  • “Here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!” (30 min)
  • “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” (10 min)
  • “I see dead people.” (30 min)
  • “To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people!” (5 min)

July 12, 9:00am-12:00pm (UTC -8)
Rune Meanings and Associations, Part 1

  • Fehu: power and control (10 min)
  • Uruz: wild ox (20 min)
  • Thurisaz: white (30 min)
  • Ansuz: stability and order (10 min)
  • Raidho: wheel, cartwheel (20 min)
  • Kenaz: yellow (30 min)
  • Fehu: cattle (10 min)
  • Uruz: orange, dark green (10 min)

July 12, 2:00pm-5:00pm (UTC -8)
Rune Meanings and Associations, Part 2

  • Thurisaz: resist unwanted conflict (10 min)
  • Ansuz: mouth, divine breath (30 min)
  • Raidho: blue, black (30 min)
  • Kenaz: knowledge, understanding (30 min)
  • Fehu: green, brown (30 min)
  • Uruz: personal success and healing (10 min)

July 12, 6:00pm-9:00pm (UTC -8)
Rune Meanings and Associations, Part 3

  • Thurisaz: thorn, giant (10 min)
  • Ansuz: purple (20 min)
  • Raidho: in the right place at the right time (30 min)
  • Kenaz: torch (10 min)
  • Gebo: honor and connection (20 min)
  • Wunjo: pink, blue (30 min)
  • Hagalaz: hailstorm (20 min)

July 12, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -8)
Romantic Soundtracks

  • The wonder of life (10 min)
  • Proud and pretty (20 min)
  • The letterbox (30 min)
  • The theft (10 min)
  • The beginning of the partnership (10 min)
  • My father’s favorite (10 min)

July 13, 9:00pm-10:30pm (UTC -8)
Meow Sprints, Part 2

  • Invisible enemies (15 min)
  • Caterwauling (20 min)
  • Toying with something (15 min)
  • Chicken dinner (20 min)

July 14, 12:00pm-2:00pm (UTC -8)
Rune Meanings and Associations, Part 4

  • Naudhiz: need or want something (10 min)
  • Isa: brown, black (5 min)
  • Jera: harvest (5 min)
  • Eihwaz: magical protector or facilitator (30 min)
  • Perdhro: blue, red (20 min)
  • Gebo: gift (20 min)

July 14, 7:00pm-9:00pm (UTC -8)
Rune Meanings and Associations, Part 5

  • Wunjo: balance (10 min)
  • Hagalaz: blue, white (20 min)
  • Naudhiz: necessity (30 min)
  • Isa: halt in activity until change is made (10 min)
  • Jera: brown (20 min)

 

 

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