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Month: August, 2017

NaNoWordSprints Prompts for July 2017 – Week 3

I got delayed a bit because I was having internet connectivity issues, but here’s week 3 from the sprints account in July…

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July 15, 2017, 2:00pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 7

10 min
some of the meanest tricks
20 min
entertaining debate
30 min
huge implications
10 min
protect and preserve
20 min recent troubles



July 15, 2017, 5:00pm-7:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 8

10 min
they’ve had some delays
20 min free to wander
30 min
unfathomably complex
10 min a swirling vortex
20 min forced to endure

 

July 15, 2017, 8:15pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Titles from Books Published on October 2015

10 min forgotten voices
20 min damage control
30 min walk through fire
20 min out to lunch

 

July 15, 2017, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Titles from Books Published on January 2017

10 min dead run
20 min the rule maker
30 min game of lies
10 min a rustle of silk
20 min
driven to distraction

 

July 16, 2017, 2:00pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
Titles from Books Published on April 2013

10 min
a nearly perfect copy
20 min hair raising
30 min
no strings attached
10 min sinner’s heart
20 min
no stranger to scandal

 

July 16, 2017, 7:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 9

10 min
holding back tears
20 min repair procedure
30 min
misconceptions and lies
10 min
thoroughly debunked
20 min safe crossing
30 min
astounding and awkward
15 min
inevitable consequence
10 min
magical and wonderous place
20 min
feeling the pressure
30 min
whatever the truth
15 min
lack of movement
20 min
the unfortunate result

 

July 17, 2017, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 10

30 min
broken on purpose
30 min getting it wrong
30 min
sense of adventure
30 min
appear abandoned
30 min
no rhyme or reason
30 min peculiar method
30 min confront the fact

 

July 17, 2017, 8:30pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Postcards

10 min
making a grand entrance
20 min surprise hug
30 min deadly capture
10 min
where dreams come true
20 min
under construction
30 min sleepy friends
10 min bizarre visions
20 min funny expression
30 min
deserved accolades
10 min haunted
20 min investigations

 

July 18, 2017, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 11

10 min
outside acceptable
20 min
errant stab in the dark
30 min
sooner than expected
10 min the ugly truth
20 min
told not to flirt with one another
10 min
considerable injury
20 min
power and versatility
15 min
hearts remain pure

 

July 19, 2017, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 12

30 min alive and well
30 min running late
30 min stopped working
30 min
abandoned and derelict
30 min the big fireworks
30 min
without hesitation or shame
30 min deep in the dark

 

July 19, 2017, 11:30pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Meow Sprints

10 min
all cats are gray in the dark
20 min
busier than a one-eyed cat watching two mouse holes
30 min
cat got your tongue
15 min
the cat’s out of the bag

 

July 20, 2017, 7:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 13

10 min
don’t mess around
20 min played host
30 min a common item
10 min making a point
20 min
saves another life
30 min
looking extraordinarily bad
10 min double take
10 min
something emerges
20 min
available for the first time
30 min
come to a resolution
10 min
the guy most people think that did it
20 min
exactly what it sounds like
30 min
reserves of composure, ingenuity and stoicism
10 min into the wild
25 min earliest fear

 

July 21, 2017, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 14

30 min
fly in any direction
30 min
love wiill tear us apart
30 min silver lining
30 min very sharp
30 min eminently worthy
30 min
precarious survival
30 min
bizarre and insightful

 

July 21, 2017, 6:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 15

10 min money to burn
20 min
learn the hard way
30 min
exclusivity and indifference
10 min
completely beside the point
20 min bold move
30 min
fall and redemption
10 min very poor choice
20 min
a strange hissing noise
30 min
bound to happen sooner or later
10 min
it’s gonna cost us
20 min worth recalling
30 min
his cover is blown
10 min
greatly influenced
20 min
strange bedfellows
30 min
double standards
30 min
at least it can be a little naughty
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NaNoWordSprints Prompts for July 2017 – Week 2

Here’s week 2 from the sprints account in July…

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July 8, 2017, 11:00am-2:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 3

10 min glaring omission
20 min
he did not believe he could lose
30 min
trying to put it all together
10 min
imperfect and incomplete
20 min
open to interpretation
30 min
lurks in the shadows
20 min bad romance

 

July 8, 2017, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Two Syllable Rhymes Part 1

10 min
wonder, blunder, plunder, thunder
20 min
follow, wallow, hollow, swallow
30 min
enchant, decant, transplant, eggplant
10 min
hamlet, magnet, casket, ratchet
15 min
snappy, happy, sappy, nappy

 

July 9, 2017, 1:30pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 4

10 min causing a stir
20 min
suddenly made known
30 min
a matter of life and death
10 min
informative letters
15 min
a fascinating archive
30 min
you’re doing it wrong

 

July 9, 2017, 7:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 5

10 min culinary delights
20 min
out-ranking the homegrown talent
30 min so annoying
10 min
professional curmudgeon
20 min
explain how it works
30 min restored to life
10 min the missing link
20 min
enjoy the process of getting there
30 min
disheartening pessimism
10 min
a significant section
20 min
ferocity is essential
30 min still a gamble

 

July 10, 2017, 7:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 6

10 min
remembering the beginning
20 min
free running shenanigans
30 min
save you in return
10 min changing context
20 min
bourgeois respectability
30 min
everything he knows
10 min
one of the most important figures
20 min high quality
30 min at the very edge
10 min
boundaries have changed
15 min
honoring and rewarding
30 min
another reason to be careful

 

July 11, 2017, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Titles from Books Published on October 2008

10 min night secrets
20 min beautiful liars
30 min veiled truth
10 min
too close to home
20 min the chosen sin
30 min
a spoonful of poison
10 min little divas
20 min forbidden fruit
15 min
the love of danger
20 min
terms of surrender

 

July 12, 2017, 10:45pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Two Syllable Rhymes Part 2

10 min
adore, galore, ignore, restore
20 min
skylight, birthright, shipwright, airtight
30 min
contort, support, retort, distort
10 min
rooftop, backdrop, workshop, eavesdrop
20 min
bombshell, doorbell, resell, death knell
15 min
shoulder, boulder, smolder, older

 

July 13, 2017, 7:00pm-9:00pm (UTC-8)
Titles from Books Published on October 2009 Part 1

10 min
his secret agenda
20 min
bound to shadows
30 min
voices in the dark
10 min
breaking the rules
20 min perfect mistake

 

July 13, 2017, 11:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Titles from Books Published on October 2009 Part 2

10 min best enemies
20 min
up close and personal
30 min
the long wait for tomorrow
10 min persuit of honor
20 min
a change had to come

 

July 14, 2017, 8:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Titles from Books Published on December 2015

10 min
enemy in the dark
20 min
desperate measures
30 min friends to die for
10 min target engaged
20 min brute force
30 min
one tempting proposal
10 min an evil mind
20 min the final move
30 min
trusting a stranger
10 min thrill of the chase
20 min
too close to home
30 min
the cost of the forbidden

NaNoWordSprints Prompts for July 2017 – Week 1

Yep, I’m late again. It always seems like it takes me a while to get these together. But finally here they are: the @NaNoWordSprints prompts that I tweeted out during July.  These are in a slightly different format than before, but hopefully it’s self-explanatory. Have fun if you decide to use them on your own!

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June 30, 2017, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Beginning Tropes

15 min action prologue
20 min big first choice
10 min chilly reception
30 min
dramatic chase opening
20 min dream intro
10 min
doomed hometown
15 min
it was a dark and stormy night
20 min
once upon a time
30 min
the magic comes back
10 min
starts with their funeral
5 min when it all began
20 min a hero is born
30 min inciting incident
10 min
pride before a fall
10 min open door
30 min a twist of fate

 

July 1, 2017, 9:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Postcards sent on April 2017

10 min a gathering
20 min device
30 min map
10 min
cat in the window
20 min
mysterious manuscript
30 min sea captain
20 min arrows

 

July 1, 2017, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Idioms from around the world

10 min
There is no cow on the ice
20 min Pay the duck
30 min Wear a cat
10 min
not my circus not my monkey
15 min
the demon of midday
30 min
to let a frog out of your mouth
10 min
into the mouth of the wolf
20 min to ride as a hare
30 min
flat out like a lizard drinking
5 min
to give someone pumpkins

 

July 2, 2017, 9:00am-10:00am (UTC-8)
Coffeeshop Prompts

10 min scone
15 min coffee
15 min trendy

 

July 2, 2017, 2:00pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
SFMOMA

10 min seascape
20 min wings
30 min
please do not touch
10 min couple
20 min
not supposed to be there

 

July 2, 2017, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Reaction Tropes

10 min blank stare
20 min security cling
30 min stunned silence
10 min
unstoppable rage
15 min
villainous breakdown
30 min implied answer
10 min collective groan
20 min
disappointed in you
15 min dramatic drop
20 min
mock surprise reaction

 

July 3, 2017, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Idioms

10 min
skin of your teeth
20 min
carry your heart on your sleeve
30 min kick the bucket
10 min bite the bullet
20 min
it’s raining cats and dogs
30 min
through the eye of a needle
10 min
skeleton in the cupboard
20 min eat humble pie
15 min
separate the wheat from the chaff
20 min
add insult to injury

 

July 4, 2017, 12:00pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
Food Idioms

10 min
don’t cry over spilled milk
20 min
not my cup of tea
30 min egg someone on
10 min piece of cake
20 min forbidden fruit
30 min rotten apple
10 min sugarcoat
20 min go bananas
15 min
too many cooks spoil the stew
20 min whole enchilada

 

July 4, 2017, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 1

10 min a fruitless hunt
20 min
this stuff is going to be everywhere
30 min
became an obsession
10 min
well versed in the dark arts
20 min
have nothing in common
30 min
chased by the enemy
10 min
change your mind
20 min
remain an enigma
15 min
whether you asked for it or not
20 min
sights and sounds

 

July 6, 2017, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Cat Pics

10 min
a terrible mistake
20 min miniature
30 min
an unwanted companion
10 min angst
20 min floating by

 

July 7, 2017, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 2

10 min
most embarassing protest
20 min pretty lights
30 min
a new balance of power
10 min
you don’t want to meet these guys in a dark alley
20 min masks of agony
30 min
a photographic mystery
10 min
secrets of a true master
20 min
in line with the heart
15 min
somebody’s watching you
20 min
goodness had nothing to do with it

Moo

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Other than a couple postcard posts, I admit I haven’t been as on the ball on the blog as I’d like to be. Sometimes you have grand plans to get things done, but then…distractions!

I’m not the sort of person to sit around and do nothing–especially when I’m in a new place that I want to explore the heck out of–but part of the blame can also be put at the paws of my newest roommate, Moo. She follows me around and talks more than I do. The gift of gab is strong with this one.

I got Moo over the Memorial Day Weekend at the local shelter which was overflowing with cats (it was kitten season). There were also lots of potential adopters there, too, but they were only interested in the kittens. I was the only one specifically wanting an adult cat. Moo seemed rather chill and for me, it was quick and painless to bring her home since I didn’t join in the fray to fight over the cute kittens.

The last time I had a pet, I was seven, and it was just a bunch of goldfish. But don’t worry, I’ve been thinking quite a while about getting a cat and I’m well aware of all the responsibility, time, and money it requires for being a pet owner. It’s a long term thing, and I know I’ll have to be there for Moo when she’s old and sick and not just when she’s younger and active.

Anyways, don’t worry about being spammed with a kazillion cat pics from yet another source on the internet. I’m not very good at taking pictures of moving targets and even I know blurry cat photos don’t make for good blog posts.

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Postcard #155 – Squamish

I haven’t been to Squamish before, but I’d imagine it would be an interesting place to visit, particularly during the summer. I might be back in Vancouver around Christmas time, so if I decided to go there then, it’ll depend on the weather and the conditions of the roads.

As for getting postcards from Canada via Postcrossing–it’s actually kind of rare. It’s the same with Mexico. I think it’s because there aren’t as many people participating in those two countries as it is in the US.

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