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Month: April, 2020

NaNoWordSprints Prompts from April 2020 (Part 1)

Here are the prompts I tweeted out on NaNoWordSprints during April 1-15 for Camp NaNoWriMo!

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April 1, 2020, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Postcards, Part 1

10 min #933 – Devana, Slavic goddess of the spring Russia
20 min #1026 – The fool Switzerland
30 min #770 – Bookshop Guernsey
10 min #636 – Two cats The Netherlands
20 min #912 – We are good friends Taiwan
30 min #976 – White and red Estonia
10 min #1009 – Castle Japan
20 min #585 – Weaving and crafts Malaysia
30 min #1071 – Bridge France
5 min #153 – All in a row Belgium


April 2, 2020, 12:00pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
Cultural Associations with Color, Part 1

10 min red
warmth, life, blood, love, destruction
20 min yellow sun, wisdom
30 min green
vegetation, growth, jealousy
10 min blue
infinity, deep water, peace, purity
20 min white
innocence, divine, harmony
15 min black
resurrection, fear of the unknown
30 min purple wealth, nobility
10 min pink
romance, sweetness
20 min orange
energy, vitality, caution, courage
15 min brown
comfort, stability, practicality


April 2, 2020, 8:00pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases, Part 1

10 min taking up space
20 min
makes no difference
30 min
very strong opinions
10 min
reputation established
10 min
mind-blowing revelations
15 min
emotional transformation
30 min
treasure in the trash
5 min
center of a dispute


April 3, 2020, 12:00pm-2:00pm (UTC-8)
Shakespearean Phrases, Part 1

10 min
“As good luck would have it” — (The Merry Wives of Windsor)
20 min
“Brave new world” — (The Tempest)
30 min
“Break the ice” — (The Taming of the Shrew)
10 min
“Conscience does make cowards of us all” — (Hamlet)
20 min
“Crack of doom” — (Macbeth)


April 3, 2020, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Cultural Associations with Color, Part 2

10 min gray
balance, neutral, maturity
20 min gold
success, status, generous
30 min beige
dependable, boring, conservative
10 min silver
glamorous, high tech, graceful
20 min turquoise
spiritual, healing, sophisticated
30 min sky blue
freedom, self expression
30 min light green
calm, soothing, refreshing
10 min burgundy
rich, refined, expensive


April 4, 2020, 7:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Unusual Words

10 min argute shrewd
20 min gasconade
extravagant boasting
30 min previse
to predict an event
10 min scofflaw
someone who flouts the law
20 min dwaal
a dreamy, dazed, or absent-minded state
30 min logomachy
an argument about words
15 min thrutch
a narrow gorge or ravine


April 5, 2020, 7:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Idioms, Part 1

10 min against all odds
20 min
at cross-purposes
30 min
between a rock and a hard place
10 min borrowed time
20 min break the mold
30 min
change someone’s mind
10 min
come to someone’s rescue
15 min dark horse
30 min
deer in the headlights
5 min
elephant in the room
15 min fight fire with fire
30 min fool’s bargain


April 6, 2020, 12:00pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
Idioms, Part 2

10 min
get this show on the road
20 min
go down in flames
30 min
handwriting on the wall
10 min head over heels
20 min
hit the ground running
30 min in the limelight
10 min
jump on the bandwagon
15 min know no bounds
30 min
like a duck to water
5 min
more than one bargained for


April 6, 2020, 8:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Idioms, Part 3

10 min now or never
20 min on the cusp
30 min peel the onion
10 min play by ear
20 min push one’s luck


April 7, 2020, 12:00pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
Idioms, Part 4

10 min return the favor
20 min
scratch the surface
30 min short temper
10 min
slip through the cracks
20 min special delivery
30 min take it or leave it
10 min up to eleven
15 min
vertically challenged
30 min
where there’s smoke, there’s fire
5min x marks the spot


April 8, 2020, 12:00pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
Interesting Words, Part 1

10 min
kalopsia – the delusion of things being more beautiful than they really are
20 min
toska – a dull ache of the soul, a sick pining, a spiritual anguish
30 min
abience – the strong urge to avoid something or someone
10 min
lissom – thin, graceful
20 min
sibylline – mysterious, cryptic
30 min
esperance – hope
10 min
sirimiri – a light rain, a fine drizzle
15 min
zemblanity – the inevitable discovery of what we would rather not know
30 min
rantipole – to be wild and reckless
5 min
psithurism – the sound of wind in the trees or rustling leaves


April 8, 2020, 8:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Interesting Words, Part 2

10 min
exulansis – the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because others are unable to relate to it
20 min
morii – the desire to capture a fleeting experience
30 min
sonder – the realization that each random passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own
10 min
absquatulate – to leave abruptly without saying goodbye
20 min
cockaigne – an imaginary place of extreme luxury and ease


April 9, 2020, 12:00pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
Interesting Words, Part 3

10 min
coddiwomple – to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination
20 min
numinous – feeling both fearful and awed by what is before you
30 min
selcouth – something unfamiliar, unusual or wonderous
10 min
trouvaille – a lucky find
20 min
novaturient – a desire for powerful change in one’s life or situation
30 min
meraki – putting a part of yourself into what you’re doing
10 min
fernweh – wanderlust, an ache for distant places or a strong desire to travel
15 min
kopfkino – the act of playing out an entire scenario in your mind
30 min
schwellenangst – fear of crossing a threshold to embark on something new
5 min
komorebi – the sunlight that filters through the trees


April 10, 2020, 12:00pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
Postcards, Part 2

10 min #44 – In the middle of town Poland
20 min #69 – Following the herd Russia
30 min #174 – Celebrations The Netherlands
10 min #197 – Listening Begium
20 min #210 – Mysterious signs Luxemburg
30 min #236 – Lucky charms Turkey
10 min #269 – Shopping Thailand
15 min #292 – Traditional dress, costume, or uniform India
30 min #349 – Being cute Belarus
5 min #398 – Exploring the ruins Czech Republic


April 10, 2020, 6:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Idioms, Part 5

10 min
add fuel to the fire
15 min
apple of someone’s eye
20 min
asking for a friend
30 min bag of tricks
15 min barrel of laughs
5 min
best of both worlds
10 min beyond the pale
15 min bounce back
20 min bubble over
30 min bundle of nerves
5 min
calm before the storm


April 11, 2020, 4:00pm-8:00pm (UTC-8)
Idioms, Part 6

10 min
deliver the goods
20 min dodge a bullet
30 min drop a hint
10 min
easier said than done
20 min
everything but the kitchen sink
10 min fall into a trap
20 min fit for a king
30 min
friends in high places
10 min game face
20 min
get one’s claws out


April 12, 2020, 7:15pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Idioms, Part 7

10 min
give someone the cold shoulder
20 min
go over someone’s head
30 min grand scheme
10 min guilty pleasure
10 min
hang in the balance
30 min
have second thoughts
10 min
hear through the grapevine
15 min hold a grudge
30 min house of cards
5 min
in the blink of an eye
15 min join forces
30 min kernal of truth


April 13, 2020, 12:30pm-2:00pm (UTC-8)
Shakespearean Phrases, Part 2

10 min
“Eaten me out of house and home” — (Henry IV Part II)
10 min
“Foregone conclusion” — (Othello)
10 min
“Good riddance” — (Troilus and Cressida)
10 min
“Love is blind” — (The Merchant of Venice)
10 min
“Play fast and loose” — (King John)
10 min
“Wild-goose chase” — (Romeo and Juliet)


April 13, 2020, 6:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Postcards, Part 3

10 min
going in one direction
15 min
finding transportation
15 min something blue
30 min victory
20 min the scenic route
10 min
not the greatest idea
10 min
getting distracted
30 min ruin
20 min neighbors
20 min hidden depths


April 14, 2020, 12:00pm-2:00pm (UTC-8)
Animal Symbolism, Part 1

10 min bear
solitude and hibernation
20 min bird
freedom and flight
30 min cat
curiosity and unpredictability
10 min crow signs and omens
20 min dog
loyalty and devotion
30 min dolphin
playfulness and innocence
10 min dove peace and trust
10 min fox
cunning and quick-witted
30 min lion
courage and bravery
10 min owl
insight and wisdom


April 15, 2020, 12:00pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
Animal Symbolism, Part 2

10 min whale
listen to your inner voice
20 min vulture death and rebirth
30 min toad
transformation and change
10 min swan
grace and elegance
20 min squirrel
prepare for the future
30 min spider
weaving one’s fate
10 min seagull
seeing things from a different perspective
15 min seal vivid dreams
30 min raven
magic is in the air
5 min rabbit make a leap


April 15, 2020, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Animal Symbolism, Part 3

10 min praying mantis
listen to your instincts
20 min peacock pride and glory
30 min mockingbird
sing your own tune
10 min lady bug
good luck and prosperity
20 min hummingbird
adaptable and resilient
30 min horse
charisma and intelligence
10 min hare
quick and confident
15 min goose good fortune
30 min elephant
persistence and determination
5 min eagle
take advantage of opportunities

Postcard #427 – Faroe Islands

I sent this postcard to myself while I was on vacation in the Faroe Islands. I remember having a heck of a time trying to find where I could drop off the mail.

Anyways, it seems somewhat bittersweet revisiting this postcard right now when the entire world is pretty much on lockdown and no one can travel anywhere. One day, I’ll visit another faraway place and enjoy what the world has to offer.



Postcard #425 – Interior with a Screen

I have not heard of this artist (Edouard Vuillard) before and I’m not really into this style of painting. And no wonder. When I looked him up, I discovered that he was a French painter in the late 19th century and early 20th century. And he was part of an art movement called Les Nabis which is like a cross between impressionism and abstract art. I like impressionism. And I can appreciate abstract art if done well. But the mix between the two–or the transition, rather–is just a hodgepodge of stuff that seems way too random to me.

Even so, I do appreciate that the sender chose this even though it’s not my cup of tea. I learned about something that I was not aware of before.

(Note: there is no stamp on this because the sender sent this in an envelope made out of a sheet of printer paper.)