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Month: September, 2019

NaNoWordSprints Prompts from April 2019

Yes, I’m late as usual. But here are the prompts I tweeted out on NaNoWordSprints during this year’s first session of Camp NaNoWriMo!

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March 31, 2019, 9:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
TV Tropes

10 min a new start
15 min
dramatic shattering
20 min broken pedestal
30 min chain of harm
10 min grow a spine
50 min feuding families
20 min
isn’t too proud to beg
30 min
ambiguous situation


April 3, 2019, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Fairy Tale Tropes

10 min
costing an arm and a leg
20 min the bad boss
30 min
bears are bad news
10 min bride and switch
20 min
don’t go into the woods
30 min impossible task
10 min rags to royalty
20 min dances and balls
30 min
deal with the devil
5 min
youngest child wins


April 4, 2019, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Postcard Prompts

10 min
going on an adventure
20 min
aiming for a destination
30 min contemplation
10 min startled
20 min feeling blue


April 5, 2019, 9:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Dramatic Tropes

10 min
we used to be friends
20 min
where did we go wrong
30 min
your secret’s safe with me
10 min
these hands have killed
20 min sugary malice
30 min moral dilemma
10 min
destroy the evidence
20 min
chaos while they’re not looking
30 min
remembered too late
10 min
tarnishing their own beauty
20 min
it never gets any easier
30 min
emerging from the shadows


April 6, 2019, 3:30pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
LOC Serendipity

10 min secrets exposed
20 min
who shall wear the crown?
30 min the whole truth
10 min towards the goal
20 min reputations
30 min morbid principles
10 min reveries
20 min
faith and patience
30 min
between two lives
10 min
the great companions
20 min
essentials in education
30 min souvenir
10 min
the hope of imortality
20 min turnover
30 min
curiosities of the sky
5 min reconstruction


April 7, 2019, 7:30pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from April 2009

10 min dining with devils
20 min
the treasure keeper
30 min flipping out
10 min monster trouble
20 min night navigation
30 min notoriously neat
10 min straight lies
20 min
this is not a game
10 min unforgettable
30 min
bittersweet memories
20 min exposure


April 10, 2019, 6:15pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Idioms Part 1

10 min Do me a favor
20 min
Draw a line in the sand
30 min
Rub salt in the wound
10 min
Save something for a rainy day
20 min Sell one’s soul
30 min
Lose one’s temper
10 min
Make a break for it
15 min
Two birds with one stone
30 min Uphill battle


April 11, 2019, 6:45pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Idioms Part 2

10 min
all in a day’s work
20 min
absence makes the heart grow fonder
30 min alive and kicking
10 min brazen out
20 min
burn the midnight oil
30 min
blow out of proportions
10 min carved in stone
20 min comedy of errors


April 12, 2019, 12:00am-3:00am (UTC-8)

10 min
leave well enough alone
20 min
a chain is only as strong as its weakest link
30 min
any press is good press
10 min
twenty-twenty hindsight
20 min
better late than never
30 min
there are bad apples in every orchard
10 min
clothes make the man
5 min
appearances are deceptive


April 12, 2019, 10:00pm-3:00am (UTC-8)
Word Pairs Part 1

10 min flesh and bone
20 min quick and dirty
30 min
armed and dangerous
10 min
search and rescue
20 min front and center
30 min
rough and tumble
10 min bait and switch
20 min
hearts and minds
30 min
cloak and dagger
10 min
stand and deliver
15 min nook and cranny
30 min day and night


April 13, 2019, 9:30am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Word Pairs Part 2

10 min
goodness and light
20 min hot and cold
30 min sweet and sour
10 min wax and wane
15 min love and war
30 min lost and found


April 13, 2019, 7:00pm-3:00am (UTC-8)
Idioms Part 3

10 min
at the drop of a hat
20 min cold treatment
30 min even the score
10 min go overboard
20 min half-baked
30 min
jump at the chance
10 min long shot
5 min
needle in a haystack
30 min play along
10 min rip to shreds
20 min tough love
30 min watch one’s step
5 min
your guess is as good as mine
20 min
best of both worlds
30 min drift apart
10 min fighting chance
20 min hold a grudge
30 min in the crosshairs
10 min
keep a close watch
5 min memory lane
15 min
on pins and needles


April 14, 2019, 5:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Idioms Part 4

10 min
zig when one should zag
20 min
you’ll never guess
30 min
what are the odds
10 min vouch for
20 min
unknown quantity
30 min take the plunge
10 min
seeing is believing
5 min raise the stakes
30 min
quake in one’s boots
10 min
pale in comparison
20 min one of a kind
30 min no pain, no gain
10 min
make an appearance
15 min
light at the end of the tunnel
30 min kiss of death
10 min jack of all trades
20 min
in someone’s pocket
30 min
have blood on one’s hands
10 min
get down to business
20 min fever pitch
30 min
element of surprise
10 min
dig oneself in a hole
10 min
calm before the storm


April 15, 2019, 7:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Word Pairs: Animal Idioms

10 min duck and cover
20 min cat and mouse
30 min
dog and pony show
10 min fish and chips
20 min
snakes and ladders
30 min
the chicken or the egg
15 min
weasel out of something


April 17, 2019, 7:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
M Idioms

10 min
made of sterner stuff
20 min
matter of life and death
30 min meet and greet
10 min
middle of nowhere
20 min minor miracle
30 min mix it up
5 min moment of truth
10 min
more than meets the eye


April 18, 2019, 7:30pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
A Idioms

10 min
all it’s cracked up to be
20 min
all one’s eggs in one basket
30 min
all over the board
10 min
all things considered
15 min all eyes and ears
30 min all bets are off


April 19, 2019, 7:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
D Idioms

10 min
dig in one’s heels
20 min
darken someone’s door
30 min
dawn of a new day
10 min
do someone proud
20 min
devil is in the details
30 min
don’t let the door hit you on the way out
5 min draw the line
10 min
drop a bombshell

April 19, 2019, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
P Idioms

30 min party animal
10 min pack of lies
20min play dumb
15 min protest too much
20 min
power behind the throne


April 20, 2019, 12:00am-3:00am (UTC-8)
L Idioms Part 1

30 min
land on one’s feet
10 min let loose
20 min law of the jungle
30 min
lay the groundwork
10 min
leave someone out in the cold
15 min
like the cat that got the cream
30 min lost in translation


April 20, 2019, 9:30am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
C Idioms

10 min
call someone’s bluff
20 min
caught between the devil and the deep blue see
30 min carried away
10 min
character assassination
15 min charm offensive
30 min come full circle
15 min
chip on one’s shoulder
20 min close ranks
30 min
command performance
10 min crack down
20 min cut the cheese


April 20, 2019, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
G and H Idioms

10 min
game, set, match
20 min get carried away
30 min give chase
10 min glass half empty
20 min gloss over
30 min
glutton for punishment
10 min
go to great lengths
20 min
go over someone’s head
30 min
gone with the wind
5 min grand scheme
10 min halcyon days
20 min
hand it to someone
30 min hang together
10 min
have the time of one’s life
20 min hard feelings
30 min heart of stone
5 min
hot under the collar
15 min helping hand


April 21, 2019, 7:00pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
B Idioms

10 min back in the day
20 min barrel of laughs
30 min
batten down the hatches
10 min bad egg
20 min bear the brunt
30 min
bane of one’s existence
10 min beauty queen
20 min
behind closed doors
5 min
bark up the wrong tree
30 min
bite the hand that feeds you


April 21, 2019, 11:00pm-3:00am (UTC-8)
N Idioms

10 min
name of the game
20 min
none of your business
30 min narrow down
10 min
not all it’s cracked up to be
20 min nerves of steel
30 min nip in the bud
10 min nugget of truth
20 min
no strings attached
10 min null and void
30 min next level


April 22, 2019, 7:30pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
L Idioms Part 2

5 min last resort
15 min
let sleeping dogs lie
30 min
last nail in the coffin
5 min
leave no stone unturned
15 min live on the edge
30 min lucky break
10 min loom large


April 23, 2019, 7:30pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
E and F Idioms

10 min
ear to the ground
20 min feeding frenzy
30 min
easier said than done
10 min fight fire with fire
15 min
eat one’s heart out
30 min finders keepers


April 24, 2019, 8:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Western Astrological Signs – Weaknesses of Personality

10 min aquarius
temperamental, uncompromising, aloof
20 min pisces
fearful, overly trusting, escape from reality
30 min aries
impatient, impulsive, aggressive
10 min gemini
nervous, inconsistent, indecisive
20 min cancer
pessimistic, suspicious, manipulative


April 25, 2019, 7:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
G Idioms

10 min
get one’s feet wet
20 min gather dust
30 min game plan
10 min
ghost at the feast
20 min
gift that keeps on giving
30 min go out on a limb
20 min go up in flames


April 26, 2019, 7:00pm-3:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from April 2012

10 min the battle begins
20 min
when monsters escape
30 min
unfinished business
10 min
surprise packages
20 min
danger at every turn
30 min master of deceit
20 min sweet addiction
10 min
race against time
20 min
out of the shadows
30 min lies and omens
15 min forgotten history
20 min ties that bind
15 min shattered heroes
20 min renegade magic
30 min true sisters
10 min betrayal
20 min a rare find
30 min thunder and rain
20 min precious cargo


April 27, 2019, 3:30pm-5:45pm (UTC-8)
Madam Sprints Sprints (Repeated from April 2017)

10 min strength
15 min burden
30 min
secret plans, hidden dishonor, frustration and the possibility of failure
10 min a hard struggle


April 27, 2019, 8:00pm-3:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from April 2013

10 min talk of the town
20 min
while the others sleep
30 min dead and burried
10 min all or nothing
15 min stolen magic
30 min about face
10 min protector
20 min the smart one
30 min house of secrets
5 min death defying
20 min wanderer
30 min
armed and dangerous
10 min
where the heart lies
20 min light this candle
30 min little bit sinful
10 min
the wrong number
15 min dead silence
5 min decadence


April 28, 2019, 3:00pm-6:00pm (UTC-8)
Madam Sprints Part 2 (Repeated from April 2017)

10 min initiative
20 min surprise
30 min advantage
10 min
mysterious appearance
20 min attraction
30 min not normal


April 28, 2019, 7:00pm-3:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from April 2014

10 min forbidden
20 min out of options
30 min a beauty so rare
10 min
lives we leave behind
20 min treading water
30 min
there will come a time
10 min don’t look back
5 min the first kiss
30 min unfixable
10 min the target
20 min make you blush
30 min warriors
5 min cold calls
10 min
a shocking delight
20 min curiosity
30 min
the here and now
5 min
woman of courage
10 min balance point
15 min fully charged
20 min child’s play
30 min
things no one knows


April 29, 2019, 7:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Book Titles from April 2015

10 min unforgiven
20 min true north
30 min the trap
10 min a good catch
20 min detained
30 min full contact
5 min sticky situation
10 min on the run


April 30, 2019, 7:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Book Titles from April 2016

10 min flawed
20 min dig too deep
10 min the last mile
30 min double take
20 min dissension
10 min poisonous
5 min
where the evidence lies
30 min over the line

Postcard #320 – A Lousy Postcard

Sometimes a weird postcard can be an interesting postcard. It’s simple, but also amusing. For me it’s not really about the beautiful views or aesthetics. The choice of card can reveal something deeper about the sender. Obviously the sender of this particular card thought that I would appreciate the sense of humor and wouldn’t be like those other draconian postcard collectors who would have no compunction in throwing away something that didn’t fit their ideal.

Anyways, the sender also included some fantastic stamps on the envelope.