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Month: November, 2014

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)
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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.