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NaNoWordSprints Prompts for November 2017

Well, I’m late, but here they are. Prompts that I posted on the Twitter account @NaNoWordSprints last year during November:

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November 2, 2017, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Idioms Part 1

15 min
Loose lips sink ships
10 min Heebie-jeebies
30 min
Popularity contest
10 min
Throw under the bus
20 min
You kids get off my lawn!
30 min
I know it when I see it
15 min
My way or the highway
20 min Peanut gallery
10 min
The squeaky wheel gets the grease
20 min Playing by ear

 

November 5, 2017, 1:20pm-2:00pm (UTC-8)
The Strange

30 min
Squid, something weird

 

November 6, 2017, 7:30pm-9:00pm (UTC-8)
Horror Tropes

10 min
The worst possible thing happens to your character
15 min
Regretting your last meal
30 min
Hiding in the dark

 

November 7, 2017, 7:30pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
Postcards

10 min a serene forest
15 min too exhausted
30 min
something very fishy
10 min
an unfortunate discovery
20 min monster fight
10 min
the snow is melting into music
30 min crossing bridges
15 min playing around
20 min don’t look down

 

November 12, 2017, 10:30pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Tarot

10 min The magician bridging the gap
20 min The empress
receptive to change
30 min The chariot
willingness to take the reins
10 min The sun expansion
15 min Temperance
attainment of a goal
30 min The devil
discretion should be used in personal matters

 

November 13, 2017, 7:00pm-9:00pm (UTC-8)
Getting Past A Jam

10 min
going around an obstacle
20 min
be patient and wait it out
30 min barging through
10 min in a rage
15 min getting caught

 

November 14, 2017, 7:30am-10:00am (UTC-8)
Idioms Part 2

30 min
actions speak louder than words
30 min
add insult to injury
30 min
back to the drawing board
20 min
drastic times call for drastic measures

 

November 14, 2017, 8:00pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
Cat Pics

10 min on a mission
20 min
unending complaints
30 min
an embarassing situation
10 min surprise attack
15 min
defending your turf
30 min soon
20 min a bundled deal

 

November 16, 2017, 4:30am-9:00am (UTC-8)
Idioms Part 3

30 min
accident waiting to happen
30 min
all things considered
30 min against the world
30 min
ahead of the curve
30 min
any nook or cranny
30 min
as luck would have it
30 min
avoid like the plague
15 min
asking for a friend

 

November 16, 2017, 8:00pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
Idioms Part 4

10 min
rediscovering the familiar
20 min out to lunch
30 min hidden layers
10 min restoration
20 min cats
30 min chocolate
10 min burst into flames

 

November 17, 2017, 6:00am-9:00am (UTC-8)
Train Idioms

10 min back on track
20 min
lose my train of thought
30 min a runaway train
10 min
riding the gravy-train
20 min
getting off the rails
30 min a full head of steam
20 min end of the line

 

November 17, 2017, 9:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
The Journey

10 min
unexpected delay
15 min
wandering in the dark
10 min
finding the destination

 

November 19, 2017, 6:30pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
NOWD Sprints

10 min silly hats
20 min candy buffet
30 min fancy clothes
10 min noir
20 min drinks
30 min ringing the bell
10 min paper crown

 

November 21, 2017, 7:30pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Lab Sprints

30 min running late
10 min devising a plan
20 min
taking care of business
30 min strange results
10 min
dangerous instruments
15 min
a method in the madness

 

November 23, 2017, 5:30am-9:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from December 2008

10 min suspicion
20 min
an unexpected guest
30 min extreme caution
10 min the ties that bind
20 min
dancing with the devil
30 min moving targets
10 min cruel intent
20 min revelation
10 min show no fear

 

November 23, 2017, 12:00pm-3:00pm (UTC-8)
The Sprint Account Sprints Part 1

10 min all bets are off
15 min
blow up in one’s face
20 min cold shoulder
30 min draw the line
20 min
elephant in the room
15 min false alarm
10 min
give someone the creeps
15 min hot mess

 

November 23, 2017, 3:00pm-6:00pm (UTC-8)
K-Pop

10 min
The Rose – Sorry
20 min
Super Junior – Black Suit
30 min
Red Velvet – Peek-A-Boo
10 min
9Muses – Remember
20 min Day6 – All Alone
30min
Highlight – Can Be Better
15 min Monsta X – Dramarama

 

November 23, 2017, 8:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Idioms Part 5

10 min in a bind
20 min jump the shark
30 min kick the bucket
10 min long game
20 min
made of sterner stuff

 

November 24, 2017, 9:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Weird and Wonderful Words Part 1

10 min
habile, hodiernal, hunt-and-peck, humdudgeon
20 min
menacious, minibeast, merrythought, mistigris
30 min
cudbear (a purple powder dye), cupreous (like copper), coriaceous (like leather), and conniption (a fit of rage or hysterics)
10 min
ecdysiast (a striptease performer), ensorcell (to enchant someone), eviternity (eternal existence), and exequies (funeral rites)
20 min
solander (a protective box made in the form of a book), soul case (the human body), serac (a ridge of ice on a glacier), scofflaw (someone who flouts the law)
30 min
winebibber (a heavy drinker), wish book (a mail order catalog), wabbit (exhausted), and wayzgoose (a summer party held by a printing house)
20 min
absquatulate (to leave somewhere abruptly), anfractuous (winding or circuitous), apple-knocker (an ignorant person), and argute (shrewd)

 

November 24, 2017, 5:00pm-7:00pm (UTC-8)
The Sprint Account Sprints Part 2

10 min next level
20 min odds and ends
30 min pitched battle
10 min
quick on the uptake
15 min
rise from the ashes

 

November 24, 2017, 7:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Weird and Wonderful Words Part 2

30 min
badmash (hooligan), barn burner (a very exciting dramatic event), blatherskite (someone who talks a lot but doesn’t make sense), and bindlestiff (a tramp)
30 min
fugacious (transient or fleeting), fuscous (dark in color), fankle (to tangle), and frondeur (a political rebel)
30 min
kenspeckle (easily recognizable), keek (to peep surreptitiously), kantikoy (to dance as an act of worship), and kyphorrhinos (humped nose).
30 min
natation (swimming), noctambulist (a sleepwalker), nacarat (a bright orange color), and nesh (weak, delicate, or feeble).
30 min
peely-wally (looking pale and unwell), piacular (making or requiring atonement), pinguid (resembling fat), and pother (a commotion or fuss)
30 min just in time
30 min
orrery, orectic, otalgia, obnubilate
30 min
tellurian, thalassic, thirstland, thurible
30 min
gaberlunzie, galligaskins, gaikit, gobemouche
20 min
luculent, logomachy, labarum, languescent

 

November 25, 2017, 8:15pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Sprinting from a Parallel Universe

10 min battle
20 min lost and found
30 min alternate plans
15 min
something on the horizon

 

November 26, 2017, 12:00pm-3:00pm (UTC-8)
Weird and Wonderful Words Part 3

10 min
agon (conflict), alpenglow (rosy color seen at sunrise and sunset near mountains), aboulia (without will power), algedonic (pertaining to both pleasure and pain)
20 min
peregrinate (to travel with a goal in mind), palanquin (a covered litter carried by four or more bearers), puissant (powerful), poobah (someone holding multiple positions of power at the same time)
30 min
brume (mist or fog), brobdingnagian (enormous), bellicose (war-like), bloviate (to speak in a boastful manner)
10 min
swan song (final performance), sanguine (cheerful), salient (prominent), simper (to smile in a frivolous, self-conscious manner)
20 min
caprice (impulsive action), catafalque (platform used to display a coffin), coruscate (to give off light), chortle (to laugh cheerfully)
30 min
quaff (to drink), quaquaversal (going off in all directions at once), quab (to throb), quackle (to suffocate)
20 min
fissiparous (fragmenting), fascicle (a bundle), funambulate (tightrope walking), febrile (feverish)

 

November 26, 2017, 6:00pm-7:00pm (UTC-8)
Weird and Wonderful Words Part 4

10 min
houndstooth, handlanger, hegemony (domination, influence), habiliment (attire)
15 min
gloaming (twilight), gesticulate (to make gestures), garrulous (excessively talkative), grandiloquent (overly wordy)
15 min
squeezebox (accordion), saccadic (jerky, twitching), seron (crate), stillicide (eavesdrop)

 

November 27, 2017, 7:00pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
Weird and Wonderful Words Part 5

10 min
nabalitic (churlish), noddypeak (fool), nyctalopia (night blindness), nim (to steal)
20 min
abditive (remote, secret), aby (to make amends), ambages (delays), azoth (mercury)
30 min
oakus (wallet), ouzel (blackbird, dark-haired person), osmesis (the art of smelling), ombre (shadowy)
20 min
whinstone (hard rock), wrick (to twist), wankle (unstable), watchet (pale blue)
10 min
racemation (a cluster), ranarian (froggy), rubigo (mildew), risible (laughable)
20 min
ickle (little), intersidereal (between stars), ivresse (drunkeness), ingannation (deception)
30 min
mabble (to wrap up), melic (lyric), moton (armor for the armpit), mulct (to swindle)
15 min
biolith (rock formed by living creatures), bombilate (to hum), burrole (an eavesdropper), breme (fierce)
20 min
uraster (starfish), utile (profitable), ughten (morning twilight), umbe (around)

 

November 28, 2017, 8:00am-10:00am (UTC-8)
Idioms Part 6

30 min rack and ruin
20 min return to form
30 min root cause
20 min reduce to rubble

 

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NaNoWordSprints Prompts for July 2017 – Week 4

Well, here’s the last week of the Twitter prompts from July’s Camp NaNoWriMo session. Have fun using them in your stories!

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July 22, 2017, 9:15am-1:25pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 16

30 min
what will change everything
30 min fame and fortune
30 min
the mystery continues
30 min steal your soul
30 min
bucking the trend
30 min in for a treat
30 min
another one bites the dust

 

July 22, 2017, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
The Sprints Account Sprints Part 1

10 min becoming aware
20 min
something new and interesting
10 min
completely incomprehensible
30 min
accidental invention
10 min
learning something new
20 min know it all
10 min party
30 min delusional
20 min limitless

 

July 23, 2017, 6:30pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
The Sprints Account Sprints Part 2

10 min far behind
20 min wicked smart
10 min
secrecy and manipulation
30 min
the games people play
10 min sly, satisfied grin
20 min
getting bigger and bigger
10 min
infectious and charming
30 min devoid of mercy
15 min
adorable, inevitable, or intense

 

July 25, 2017, 10:15pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
The Sprint Monster

20 min
a monster is coming
15 min escape route
20 min chase scene
30 min plot holes

 

July 26, 2017, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 17

30 min one track mind
30 min
attracted a following
30 min dulled the edge
30 min
fallacy in this reasoning
30 min
a bit about bananas
30 min
a somewhat different technique
30 min pretty obscure

 

July 27, 2017, 7:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 18

10 min don’t be silly
20 min
connect somewhere
30 min
emotional distress
10 min floating around
20 min
otherwise working
30 min
commonly understood
10 min
no longer despair
10 min
see a resurgence
20 min scary stuff
30 min
before the fight was over
10 min
shocked by how things went
20 min new evidence
30 min
it may not be real
10 min
prepared for the fallout
20 min
unqualified reservations
30 min they want to flee

 

July 28, 2017, 7:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 19

10 min
constantly on the move
20 min
encouraging an overhaul
30 min
the original was released
10 min
more than a bit insane
20 min a direct link
30 min
knocking it out of commission
10 min
no one can hear you scream
10 min
back to square one
20 min
stronger together
30 min
decided to fight back
10 min voice in the fog
20 min slippery slope
15 min risking their lives
10 min
invent and explore
20 min
got back up again
30 min
a potentially dangerous situation
10 min in a single bound
30 min
behind the scenes

 

July 29, 2017, 10:00am-6:00pm (UTC-8)
Strange Idioms

10 min
Bob’s your uncle (used to conclude a set of instructions)
20 min
a different kettle of fish (a different thing altogether)
30 min
donkey’s years (a very long time)
10 min
all mouth and no trousers (boastful but can’t back himself up)
20 min
cat got your tongue (point out someone’s silence)
30 min
chew the fat (to gossip)
10 min
under the weather (to feel ill or tired)
20 min
to go pear-shaped (describe something gone wrong)
30 min
a piece of cake (it’s really easy)
10 min
damp squid (something that fails to meet expectations)
15 min
cold turkey (abruptly giving up a habit or addiction)
30 min
my neck of the woods (area where I live)
10 min
give someone the stick (criticize or mock someone)
20 min
thick as thieves (close friends)
30 min
throw a spanner in the works (do something to complicate a plan or prevent from succeeding)
10 min
wipe the floor with someone (defeat someone easily)
20 min
won’t touch it with a barge pole (something so unappealing you wouldn’t want to go anywhere near it)
30 min
pot calling the kettle black (point out hypocrisy)
15 min
when pigs fly (something that will never happen)

 

July 29, 2017, 11:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Titles from Books Published on June 2012

10 min villains for hire
20 min at his command
30 min
unraveling the past
10 min
darkness devours
20 min chasing evil
30 min a tangled affair
20 min gone missing

 

July 30, 2017, 7:30am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 20

10 min
work well enough
30 min
piercing cry and panic
30 min
there’s nothing wrong
30 min not so kind
30 min
full of accusations
30 min
might not be the best place
30 min poking around
30 min
reinventing the wheel

 

July 30, 2017, 3:00pm-6:30pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 21

30 min
better than the real thing
30 min
astonished to discover
30 min heighten tension
30 min freak accident
30 min know for certain
30 min
what happens after fairy-tale endings

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

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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Postcard #144 – Growing Things

I really enjoy strange postcards. Tourist postcards can literally be a dime a dozen. This one definitely counts as odd. Because who would think that a picture of someone’s plant hobby would make a nice postcard? Besides, this raises some questions. Who’s growing this stuff? What’s being grown? Why are there paintings/drawings in the background? Why is this arranged this way in the first place?

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Notes from Los Angeles

After the whole move and everything, I totally forgot about my pitstops in Los Angeles. The photos below include works from LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), The Broad, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and Little Saigon in Westminster.

 

Moved to the Suburban Jungle

For those of you who have not been following my Twitter feed, I have recently moved from San Diego to the San Francisco Bay Area. I had been doing some intensive job searching the past six months or so–primarily because I knew that I really needed to get out of academia. I’m sure I could have done okay in it if I were in the right environment and working with the right people, but that’s really hard to find. Besides, I was really tired of the long hours, getting paid peanuts, and the unrealistic expectations which I’ve seen driven more than one person crazy.

To be honest, I was mostly tired of getting paid peanuts. I know my worth. And for the amount of skilled work I do–which is in the service of science and the betterment of human health–I knew I shouldn’t be paid less than some secretary who occasionally fiddled around with spreadsheets on a bad day. So I decided to go to the “dark side”, a.k.a. industry. I mean, sure, it’s not completely altruistic and as I’m finding out, there are other sorts of challenges I have to face. But at least now, I’m not employed by people who are deathly allergic to weekends and I’m getting paid enough to cover my rent and maybe have some savings left over.

Anyways, work at the new place is interesting so far. I probably will say very little about it (if any) seeing that I’m in R&D and have signed all these confidentiality forms. So I guess I’ll just leave it as an exercise to the reader to imagine what I’m doing.

Moving is always an interesting proposition. For most of my adult life, I have either lived out in the middle of nowhere or in cities. I swore that I would never go back to suburbia. Yet here I am, in suburbia. And yes, in some aspects, it’s as horrifying as one might imagine it to be. I lived in the suburbs while I was growing up, and I really did not like the upwardly mobile snootiness that went with it. Mostly because I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I still feel like I stick out like a sore thumb. Not because of how I look or dress–as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to camouflage myself better–but my way of looking at things. The advantage now, of course, is that I’m not as stuck in suburbia as I was when I was a kid without a driver’s license and no access to public transportation. I can easily go into the city without much trouble or even drive into the wilderness (with a little bit of planning) if I wanted to.

To be fair, though, not all suburbs are quite the same. Here, there’s an added layer of the tech world to contend with–the assumption that if you’re going to fit in, you’re going to have to show off your smarts, ambition, and newly acquired bling. You go to some place like Target in order to get toilet paper and laundry detergent and you find soccer moms on every aisle, chatting to people about their high-powered jobs at some startup while juggling their kids’ extracurriculars.

I mean, of course I want to do well career-wise. But I don’t particularly want my ambition to bleed into every other aspect of my life. I guess that’s where the philosophies of the average suburbanite and mine diverge. I don’t want my life choices to be driven by the need for status or succeeding in the yuppie rat race. I just want to avoid the bullshit and do whatever I find that’s both practical and fun.

(I’m also trying to aim for minimalism which is the complete opposite of the obsession with stuff people around here seem to have, but that’s a topic for another blog post…)