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NaNoWordSprints Prompts from July 2019

Here are the prompts I tweeted out on NaNoWordSprints during this year’s second session of Camp NaNoWriMo!

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July 1, 2019, 8:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Bear Idioms

10 min bear hug
20 min bear the burden
30 min bear trap
10 min
bear a resemblance to
20 min bear a grudge

 

July 3, 2019, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from July 2011

10 min undercurrents
20 min mayhem
30 min bloodline
10 min curses
20 min notorious
30 min escape
10 min creep
20 min ripple
30 min redemption
10 min homecoming
20 min switchback
30 min dominance
15 min survivors
20 min incognito

 

July 4, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Fairy Tale Tropes

10 min bad boss
20 min
be careful what you wish for
30 min impossible task
10 min
deal with the devil
20 min forbidden fruit
30 min last request
10 min
malicious slander
20 min
secret test of character
30 min
self-fulfilling prophecy
5 min
threshold guardians

 

July 4, 2019, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from December 2016

10 min hugs and kisses
20 min
chain of memories
30 min make it hurt
10 min rules of contact
20 min hit the spot
30 min on the line
10 min absolute trust
20 min bad blood
30 min
from here to there
10 min pros and cons
20 min don’t tell anyone
30 min wrath
10 min radiant
20 min beyond the truth
10 min treasure hunt

 

July 5, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Book Titles from March 2013

10 min
what the family needed
20 min
back where she belongs
30 min love calling
10 min
crave the darkness
20 min breaking point
30 min reckless
10 min
strand of deception
20 min
the heart of a hero
30 min swept away
10 min
an act of persuasion

 

July 5, 2019, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from March 2008

10 min after hours
20 min
deadly departures
30 min trickster
10 min
reasonable doubt
20 min family matters
30 min tangled webs
10 min sacrifice
20 min just desserts
30 min the invisible
10 min moving day
20 min turn up the heat
30 min terra incognita
10 min better than gold
20 min
sunshine and shadows
10 min
imaginary enemy

 

July 6, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Unusual Words Part 1

10 min
solivagant (adj.) wandering alone
20 min
cingulomania (n.) a strong desire to hold a person in your arms
30 min
eldritch (adj.) eerie, weird, spooky
10 min
intransigent (adj.) refusing to agree or compromise, inflexible
20 min
boketto (n.) the act of gazing vacantly into the distance without thinking
30 min
werifesteria (v.) to wander longingly in the forest in search of mystery
10 min
tacenda (n.) things better left unsaid
20 min
dormiveglia (n.) the space that stretches between sleeping and waking
30 min
absquatulate (v.) to leave without saying goodbye
5 min
lucustrine (adj.) of or relating to a lake

 

July 6, 2019, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Unusual Words Part 2

10 min
moonbroch (n.) a halo around the moon which presages an approaching storm
20 min
nescience (n.) lack of knowledge, ignorance
30 min
opprobrious (adj.) outrageously disgraceful or shameful
10 min
ferhoodle (v.) to confuse or mix up
20 min
drapetomania (n.) an overwhelming urge to run away
30 min
wifty (adj.) eccentric or eccentrically silly, dizzy
10 min
brickbat (n.) an unkind or unfavorable remark, caustic criticism
20 min
yugen (n.) an awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and mysterious for words
30 min
calumny (n.) an untrue statement that is made to damage someone’s reputation
10 min
akrasia (n.) lack of self-control
20 min
moonglade (n.) the track of moonlight on water
30 min
crapehanger (n.) a person who sees the gloomy side of things
10 min
metanoia (n.) the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life
20 min
jeremiad (n.) a long mournful complaint
10 min
sisu (n.) extraordinary determination in the face of adversity

 

July 7, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Howl’s Moving Castle

10 min
intimidating architecture
20 min transformation
30 min a fiery friend
10 min afraid of heights
20 min an unlikely trio
30 min a harrowing ride
10 min
drama queen among the clutter
20 min
preparing for a feast
30 min contemplation
5 min catastrophe

 

July 7, 2019, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Spirited Away

10 min surprise
20 min
untenable request
30 min
a powerful partner
10 min
an annoyed boss
20 min a bit of magic
30 min
traveling with mysterious passengers
10 min gluttony
20 min fun tricks
30 min
with a goal in mind
10 min multi-tasking
20 min in the distance
30 min
not like anyone else
10 min deserted
20 min
unmindful parents
10 min in a tight space

 

July 8, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Unusual Words Part 3

10 min
nugatory (adj.) having no consequence or force
20 min
lambent (adj.) softly light or radiant
30 min
sweven (n.) a vision seen in in sleep, a dream
10 min
daedal (adj.) skillful, artistic, or intricate
20 min
oenomel (n.) something combining strength with sweetness
30 min
ceraunophile (n.) someone who loves thunder and lightning
10 min
peiskos (n.) the feeling you get when you sit in front of a fireplace and enjoy its warmth
20 min
imprecate (v.) to invoke evil on
30 min
charmolyphi (n.) joy-making sorrow, a mixed feeling of happiness while feeling sad
5 min
eccedentesiast (n.) someone who only pretends to smile

 

July 8, 2019, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Unusual Words Part 4

10 min
anagnorisis (n.) the critical moment of recognition or discovery
20 min
oneirataxia (n.) the inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality
30 min
cantankerous (adj.) difficult or irritating to deal with
10 min
noctiflorous (adj.) flowering at night
20 min
flavescent (adj.) turning yellow, yellowish
30 min
pluvial (adj.) of or pertaining to rain, rainy
10 min
monochopsis (n.) the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place
20 min
tohubohu (n.) chaos, disorder, confusion
30 min
penetralia (n.) the most private or secret things
10 min
espial (n.) the act of spying
20 min hirple (v.) to limp
30 min
shivaree (n.) a mock serenade with kettles, pans, horns, and other noisemakers given to a newly married couple
10 min
coddiwomple (v.) to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination
20 min
nepenthe (n.) something that can make you forget grief or suffering
10 min
inosculate (v.) join by intertwinning or fitting closely together

 

July 9, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
A Idioms

10 min
accident waiting to happen
20 min acquired taste
30 min
any nook or cranny
10 min
all things considered
20 min all bets are off
30 min
as luck will have it
10 min ask for the moon
20 min
at one’s fingertips
30 min
around the corner
5 min
as far as anyone knows

 

July 9, 2019, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
B Idioms

10 min bad egg
20 min balancing act
30 min barrel of laughs
10 min be my guest
20 min beauty queen
30 min
been there, done that
10 min
behind closed doors
20 min
bells and whistles
30 min beyond the pale
10 min
big fish in a small pond
20 min blood and guts
30 min
blow one’s chance
10 min borrowed time
20 min black mark
10 min
burn one’s bridges

 

July 10, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Unusual Words Part 5

10 min
schwellenangst (n.) fear of crossing a threshold to embark on something new
20 min
kawaakari (n.) the glow of the river at dusk
30 min
appetence (n.) an eager desire, an instinctive inclination, an attraction or natural bond
10 min
morii (n.) the desire to capture a fleeting experience
20 min
sonder (n.) the realization that each random passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own
30 min
cockaigne (n.) an imaginary place of extreme luxury and ease
10 min
numinous (adj.) feeling fearful and awed by what is before you
20 min
selcouth (adj.) something unfamiliar, unusual, or wondrous
30 min
trouvaille (n.) a lucky find
5 min
meraki (n.) putting a part of yourself into what you’re doing

 

July 10, 2019, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Unusual Words Part 6

10 min
fernweh (n.) wanderlust, an ache for distant places or a strong desire to travel
20 min
kopfkino (n.) the act of playing out an entire scenario in your mind
30 min
sturmfrei (n.) the freedom of being alone
10 min
livsnjutare (n.) a person who loves life deeply and lives it to the extreme
20 min
resfeber (n.) the tangled feelings of fear and excitement before a journey begins
30 min
komorebi (n.) the sunlight that filters through the trees
10 min
natsukashii (adj.) a happy recollection of an event or memory in the past
20 min
commuovere (v.) to stir, to touch, to move to tears
30 min
hiraeth (n.) homesickness for a place which you can’t return to or never was
10 min
coruscate (v.) to flash or sparkle
20 min
adronitis (n.) frustration with how long it takes to get to know someone
30 min
smicker (v.) to look amorously after somebody
10 min
chrysalism (n.) the amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm
20 min
fanaa (n.) destruction of the self, destroyed in love
10 min
camhanaich (n.) early morning twilight

 

July 12, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Book Titles from August 2011

10 min feels like home
20 min
heart of the hunter
30 min
dream something big
10 min
ghost of a chance
20 min a trick of light
30 min
changing the game
10 min
claim of innocence
20min ripe for scandal
30 min out of control
5 min finding patterns

 

July 12, 2019, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from October 2011

10 min hide from evil
20 min cold glory
30 min bound by blood
10 min legacy
20 min flipped out

 

July 13, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Book Titles from May 2010

10 min compromised
20 min meltdown
30 min stroke of genius
10 min running scared
20 min the lies we told
30 min
bargain with the devil
10 min stolen
20 min
dead in the water
30 min life in defiance
5 min
wonders never cease

 

July 13, 2019, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from June 2019

10 min
more than anything
20 min storm and fury
30 min
wherever she goes
10 min hidden twin
20 min something fishy
30 min out of place
10 min
a patchwork of clues
20 min
my enemy’s enemy
30 min a good team
10 min bad things
20 min
should have known better
30 min
how to say goodbye
10 min
in at the deep end
20 min beyond the limit
10 min digging deep

 

July 14, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Linguistic Alliterative Siamese Twins

10 min meek and mild
20 min
sticks and stones
30 min hearth and home
10 min spick and span
20 min
command and control
30 min
forgive and forget
10 min
rules and regulations
20 min
cliques and clans
30 min
trials and tribulations
5 min
watching and waiting

 

July 14, 2019, 6:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Linguistic Opposites Siamese Twins

10 min give and take
20 min land and sea
30 min
coming and going
10 min deep and wide
20 min fire and ice
30 min love and war
10 min now and then
20 min high and low
30 min lost and found
10 min sweet and sour
20 min friend or foe
30 min life or death
10 min floor to ceiling
20 min naughty or nice
10 min pros and cons

 

July 15, 2019, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Metaphors

15 min butterfly effect
15 min
chicken or the egg
15 min
the elephant in the room
15 min broken heart
15 min cold feet
15 min melting pot
15 min silver bullet
15 min point of no return
15 min slippery slope
15 min bad apples
15 min cabin fever
15 min late bloomer
15 min
survival of the fittest
15 min tunnel vision
15 min no-win situation
15 min moral compass
15 min left high and dry
15 min chain reaction

 

July 16, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Book Titles from January 2016

15 min
compromised identity
15 min twisted
15 min trapped
15 min destroyer
15 min renegade
15 min
convergence point
15 min hunted
15 min exposed
15 min
the secret admirer
15 min outside the lines
15 min dark victory
15 min
resorting to the truth

 

July 17, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Book Titles from January 2014

10 min
the unwelcomed child
20 min
dangerous diseases
30 min the lone warrior
10 min siren song
20 min after the storm
30 min undercover
10 min
through the window
20 min
no place like home
30 min true lies
5 min
more than good enough

 

July 17, 2019, 8:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Book Titles from April 2008

10 min delusion
20 min hidden motive
30 min
secrets in the shadows
10 min no stopping now
20 min summer snow

 

July 19, 2019, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Legal Doublets

10 min
keep and perform
20 min
power and authority
30 min sale or transfer
10 min
sole and exclusive
20 min
terms and conditions
30 min fit and proper
10 min let or hindrance
20 min
furnish and supply
30 min
armed and dangerous
10 min
care and attention

 

July 21, 2019, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Trinomials

10 min
gold, silver, and bronze
20 min
left, right, and center
30 min
the good, the bad, and the ugly
10 min
hook, line, and sinker
20 min
I came, I saw, I conquered
30 min
here, there, and everywhere
10 min
eat, drink, and be merry
20 min
tall, dark, and handsome
30 min
win, lose, or draw
10 min
short, sweet, and to the point
20 min
healthy, wealthy, and wise
30 min
lie, cheat, or steal
10 min
judge, jury, or executioner
20 min
shake, rattle, and roll
10 min
animal, vegetable, or mineral

 

July 22, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Book Titles from March 2012

10 min illuminate
20 min
some things are never forgiven
30 min now or never
10 min
finding our way home
20 min
caught in the spotlight
30 min
a knife in the heart
10 min
one way or another
20 min fair game
30 min intruder
5 min mercy

 

July 22, 2019, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Lost Words

10 min
acrasial (adj.) ill-regulated, ill-tempered
20 min
diffibulate (v.) to unbutton, to unbuckle
30 min
gelicide (n.) a frost
10 min
jussulent (adj.) full of broth or soup
20 min
morsicant (adj.) producing the sensation of repeated biting or prickling
30 min
bajulate (v.) to bear a heavy burden
10 min
essomenic (adj.) showing as they will be in the future
20 min
hirquitalliency (n.) strength of voice
30 min
keleusmatically (adv.) imperatively, in an imperative mood
10 min
nubivagant (adj.) moving throughout or among clouds
20 min
crocitation (n.) croaking, cawing
30 min
famigerate (v.) to carry news from abroad
10 min
icasm (n.) a figurative expression
20 min
latibule (n.) hiding place
10 min
obrumpent (adj.) breaking, bursting

 

July 23, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Doublets

10 min
goodness and light
20 min eyes and ears
30 min
smoke and mirrors
10 min loud and clear
20 min fast and furious
30 min
bound and determined
10 min nook and cranny
20 min
thunder and lightning
30 min flesh and bone
5 min
rough and tumble

 

July 23, 2019, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from October 2016

10 min kept secrets
20 min all your wishes
30 min a terrible beauty
10 min
since you’ve been gone
20 min the truest heart
30 min nemesis
10 min without mercy
20 min cracking up
30 min mortal sins
10 min refuge

 

July 24, 2019, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Unusual Colors

10 min cinerious ashen; ash-gray
20 min sarcoline flesh-colored
30 min virescent
becoming green or greenish; of a greenish color
10 min flammeous flame-colored
20 min icterine
yellowish or marked with yellow
30 min amaranthine
immortal; undying; deep purple-red color
10 min modena crimson
20 min pavonated peacock-blue
30 min sable
black; dark; of a black color in heraldry
10 min eburnean
of or like ivory; ivory-colored
20 min aurulent gold-colored
30 min isabelline greyish yellow
10 min leucochroic
white or pale-colored
20 min spadiceous chestnut-colored
10 min watchet pale blue

 

July 25, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Bizarre English Idioms

10 min Bob’s your uncle
20 min
a different kettle of fish
30 min donkey’s years
10 min
all mouth and no trousers
20 min
pardon my French
30 min
cat got your tongue
10 min chew the fat
20 min
under the weather
30 min
to go pear-shaped
5 min a piece of cake

 

July 26, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Book Titles from September 2015

10 min nomad
20 min disposable asset
30 min dreamland
10 min primal force
20 min only a kiss
30 min dishing the dirt
10 min played for a fool
20 min a beam of light
30 min beginners
5 min
one of these nights

 

July 26, 2019, 8:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Proverbial Phrases Part 1

10 min
A bad excuse is better than none.
20 min
A rising tide lifts all boats.
30 min
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
10 min Finders keepers.
20 min
False friends are worse than open enemies.

 

July 27, 2019, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Proverbial Phrases Part 2

10 min
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
20 min
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
30 min
Third time is a charm.
10 min
Two heads are better than one.
20 min
If you play with fire, you will get burned.
30 min
If you’ve got it, flaunt it.
10 min
Let sleeping dogs lie.
20 min
Let the cat out of the bag.
30 min
Good things come to those who wait.
10 min
Nothing ventured, nothing gained

 

July 28, 2019, 12:00am-2:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from October 2011

20 min
the struggle within
30 min so over it
10 min deadly desires
20 min chosen by fate
10 min rising storm

 

July 28, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Random Phrases Part 1

10 min
the most embarassing protest
20 min they will fall
30 min
come back to haunt you
10 min
strength, speed, and agility
20 min
inspirational examples
30 min
not a thing of the past
10 min
repeated attempts
20 min
jumping on the opportunity
30 min
there and back again
5 min
excitement and wonder

 

July 28, 2019, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Random Phrases Part 2

10 min
fly in any direction
20 min knows the score
30 min
born in the shadow
10 min
hard-earned wisdom
20 min
confusing and relentless
30 min fashion and flair
10 min
driven by the frustration
20 min
entering a new phase
30 min
the sideways gaze
10 min
a reassuring message
20 min
fantastically detailed
30 min
signs of cooperation
10 min
one of the biggest disasters
20 min
further exploration
10 min
doing more with less

 

July 29, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
K Idioms

10 min
keep a cool head
20 min kindred soul
30 min killer instinct
10 min
keep on one’s toes
20 min kiss of death
30 min
knock someone’s socks off
10 min
know every trick in the book
20 min kick the habit
30 min
keep a low profile
5 min king’s ransom

 

July 29, 2019, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
S Idioms

10 min salt in the wound
20 min
sell down the river
30 min saved by the bell
10 min
send someone packing
20 min scared to death
30 min set the bar
10 min
scratch the surface
20 min see eye to eye
30 min
sing the praises of
10 min
shoot first and ask questions later
20 min sitting duck
30 min shot in the dark
10 min
skeleton in the closet
20 min
show one’s cards
10 min
slip of the tongue

 

July 30, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
D Idioms

10 min
darken someone’s door
20 min
do exactly what it says on the tin
30 min
diamond in the rough
10 min
die a thousand deaths
20 min done deal
30 min dig up dirt
10 min
double-edged sword
20 min
drive someone up the wall
30 min drop a hint
5 min draw the line

 

July 30, 2019, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
N Idioms

10 min
name and shame
20 min necessary evil
30 min no fun at parties
10 min
not in the slightest
20 min
not long for this world
30 min
nature of the beast
10 min no harm, no foul
20 min
needle in a haystack
30 min
new kid on the block
10 min
nine times out of ten
20 min
nose to the grindstone
30 min
not by any means
10 min nuts and bolts
20 min
nowhere to be found
10 min no hard feelings

 

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)
Aphorisms

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

NaNoWordSprints Prompts for November 2018

Finally! These are at least sort of on time. At least I’m not waiting a full year to post them. Anyways, have fun with these writing prompts!

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November 1, 2018, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Madam Sprints Sprints

10 min screaming
15 min entering store
30 min taking a seat
10 min it’s all ruined
20 min magic mirror

 

November 6, 2018, 7:30pm-12:20am (UTC-8)
Food Facts

10 min
fish sauce – something disappearing because something new replaced it
20 min
melons – perplexing the experts
30 min
resurrection cheese – ruins
10 min
grapefruit – forbidden (citrus x paradisi) (Jamaican sweet orange and Indonesian pomelo)
20 min
börek – rivals (rival monarchs)
30 min
shipworm, shivers of pleasure
10 min isinglass – book
20 min lettuce – soporific
30 min
spices – difficult to define
10 min
jellyfish, tender, crunchy and elastic
20 min wigs – symbolic
15 min pizza – layers
10 min
waffles – becoming a leader (Germany becoming a leader in development of waffle recipes in the 18th century)

 

November 8, 2018, 10:00pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
Unusual Modes of Transportation

10 min hot air balloon
20 min penny farthing
10 min space hopper

 

November 9, 2018, 9:00pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
June 2012 Book Titles

10 min gone missing
20 min love in disguise
30 min
breaking the rules
10 min damage control
20 min temptation

 

November 11, 2018, 7:00pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
Names and Meanings

10 min
Isra (Arabic/nocturnal journey), Miyako (Japanese/beautiful night child), Otieno (East African/born at night)
20 min
Behrooz (Persian/good day), Dagmar (Old Norse/day maid), Daisy (Old English/day eye)
30 min
Meltem (Turksih/sea wind), Tuulikki (Finnish/little wind), Amihan (Tagalog/winter storm)
10 min
Emeka (Western Africa/great deeds), Grant (French/great, large), Morrigan (Irish/great queen)
20 min
Leto (Greek/hidden, forgotten), Darnell (Old English/hidden nook), Amon (Egyptian/the hidden one)
30 min
Chloris (Greek/pale green), Qing (Chinese/blue, green, young), Irving (Scottish/green water)
10 min
Somsak (Thai/worthy power, honor), Mandla (Southern African/strength, power), Ulric (Old English/wolf power)
15 min
Ahtahkakoop (Native American/star blanket), Jiemba (Indigenous Australian/laughing star), Maristela (Spanish/star of the sea)
30 min
Brynmor (Welsh/great hill), Ruba(Arabic/hill), Hamilton (Old English/crooked hill)
10 min
Kahina (Northern African/the fortuneteller), Tashi (Tibetan/good fortune), Audhild (Norwegian/fortune and battle)

 

November 13, 2018, 8:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
HAL Sprints

10 min fixing things
20 min double checking
30 min
struggling with command
10 min
getting to the source
20 min argument
30 min
shutting down the rogue
20 min into the unknown

 

November 15, 2018, 10:30am-11:00am (UTC-8)
SFO Sprints

30 min flying

 

November 16, 2018, 6:30am-9:00am (UTC-8)
The Great Train Escape

10 min traveling
20 min eavesdropping
30 min double entendre
10 min groundbreaking
20 min innovation
30 min fantastic scenery

 

November 17, 2018, 6:00pm-9:00pm (UTC-8)
Night of Writing Dangerously Sprints (Prompts by NOWD Participants)

10 min
a sea monster that is more comedic than scary
20 min
every phone in the room begins to ring in a cacaphony of turkey gobbles
30 min (part 1)
your main character falls out of a window naked
30 min (part 2)
you’ve approached the elevator and the down button has been selected already, but no one is there
10 min
insert a message on a wall written in something unusual: blood, glowstick fluid, super-glued coins
20 min
your main character slow dances with their new pet cat
30 min (part 1)
a pigeon appears and lands on the love interest’s head
30 min (part 2)
that’s what she said
25 min (part 1)
a character just stepped into a bear trap
25 min (part 2)
a character breaks into a musical number

 

November 21, 2018, 12:00am-2:00am (UTC-8)
Postcard Sprints

10 min
opulent surroundings
20 min chaos
30 min familial ties
10 min
the power of science
20 min running away

 

November 21, 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm (UTC-8)
Phrases

10 min
eat, drink, and be merry
20 min
heard it through the grapevine
30 min
the elephant in the room
10 min
all that glitters is not gold
20 min
piece of the action

 

November 22, 2018, 8:00am-11:00am (UTC-8)
Lost Words Part 1

10 min
fallaciloquence (deceitful speech), foppotee (simpleton), fumificate (to make smoke), famigerate (to carry news from abroad)
20 min
labascate (to begin to fall or slide), lampistry (art of decorating lamps), lugent (weeping), latibule (hiding place)
30 min
acrasial (ill-tempered), alabandical (stupefied by drink), austerulous (slightly harsh), amarulence (bitterness, spite)
10 min
temerate (to break a promise), tremefy (to cause to tremble), tussicate (to cough), teterrimous (most foul)
20 min
mariturient (eager to marry), misqueme (to displease), murklins (in the dark), morsicant (producing the sensation of repeated biting or pricking)
30 min
cacozealous (imitating badly), celeripedian (swift-footed), citharize (to play the harp), crocitation (croaking)
5 min
welmish (of a pale or sickly color), wanchancy (unlucky), whipcat (tailor), wondermonger (one who promises miracles)
10 min
namelings (persons bearing the same name), nidifice (a nest), nerterology (study of the dead or the underworld), noscible (well-known)

 

November 22, 2018, 4:00pm-8:00pm (UTC-8)
Lost Words Part 2

10 min
damson (dark brownish purple), didapper (someone who disappears and bobs up again), diffluent (readily flowing away), dudgeon (resentment)
20 min
brio (enthusiastic vigour), bilious (ill-tempered), barracan (fine silk cloth), burrole (an eavesdropper)
30 min
rinkomania (obsession with skating), roulade (melodic embellishment sung to one syllable), rannygazoo (foolish nonsense), rigescent (becoming numb or stiff)
10 min
eclat (to make notorious), encraty (self-control), etiolate (to make pale by depriving of light), ebeneous (like or resembling ebony)
20 min
privatism (attitude of avoiding involvement in outside interests), psittacism (parrot-like repetition of speech), pabouche (a slipper), peise (weight, burden, load)
30 min
gewgaw (toy, trifling object, bauble), gulpin (credulous person), gyve (to fetter, to shackle), galanty (shadow play)
10 min
vafrous (cunning, sly), videlicet (to wit), vorpal (keen, deadly), veneniferous (carrying poison)
20 min
haematic (blood-colored), hednon (wedding present), homarine (pertaining to lobsters), hypogeal (underground)
30 min
kismet (fate, destiny), kyphorrhinos (humped nose), knarred (gnarled, knotty), kalon (beauty that is more than skin deep)
5 min
uberty (fruitfulness, abundant productiveness), umbracious (shady), upaithric (roofless, open to the sky), ustulation (buring, roasting)

 

November 23, 2018, 9:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
October and November 2011 Book Titles

10 min
sparks, saints astray, swift edge, some like it hot, stuck
20 min
revelations, race against time, rush, roam, the reckoning
30 min
last breath, love of the game, lesser evils, letting misery go, legend
10 min
blink of an eye, before the fall, bride of the night, breaking point, blank confession
20 min
heart of darkness, hunter of shadows, hit girls, his steadfast love, head over heels
30 min
cold glory, cloudburst, cemetery girl, crushed, covenant
10 min
firestorm, fake me a match, flipped out, flyaway, the final exam
20 min
darkness rising, destined, deadly desires, the disappearing dog, devoted
30 min
it happened on a train, the infernals, if I tell, in memories we fear, imposters
5 min
expectations of happiness, engaged with the boss, everybody sees the ants, enchanted by the blood, eyes to see

 

November 24, 2018, 8:00am-11:00am (UTC-8)
Tea Superstitions

10 min
Putting milk in your tea before sugar could condemn you to a life of solitude.
20 min
Leaving the top off the teapot could mean a stranger will bring bad news.
30 min
If you brew a pot of tea too strong you will make a new friend.
10 min
Bubbles that form in the middle of your cup indicate you will receive a lot of money.
20 min
Tea leaves scattered in front of the house will ward off evil spirits and protect the family that lives there.
30 min
It is very unlucky to stir the tea in the pot – if you do you will certainly quarrel with someone.
10 min
If the tea leaves form a cross in the cup, it means there’s trouble ahead
5 min
If tea accidentally spills out of the teapot while it is being carried, a secret shall be revealed.

 

November 24, 2018, 1:00pm-2:00pm (UTC-8)
Meow Sprints

10 min
getting tangled up in the thread of fate
20 min
scratching up a storm
10 min
a flying leap of faith

 

November 25, 2018, 7:15pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
Words That Shakespeare Created

10 min
embrace, engagement, enrapt, excitement, eyewink
20 min
amazement, anchovy, arch-villain, auspicious, addiction
30 min
radiance, rawboned, reinforcement, remorseless, restoration
10 min
majestic, malignancy, mimic, mockable, mortifying
20 min
hint, heartsore, howl, honey-tongued, hornbook
30 min
compact, clangor, coppernose, countless, circumstantial
10 min
outbreak, overblown, overgrowth, obscene, ode
10 min
inducement, informal, investment, invitation, import
30 min
fanged, fashionable, fathomless, freezing, footfall

 

November 27, 2018, 8:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Gemstone Superstitions

10 min
Carbuncle dispels evil thoughts.
20 min
Ruby gives peace of mind, courage, insight, and mental power.
30 min
Lapis luzuli strenghtens friendship.
10 min
Malachite protects against lightning.
20 min
Agate can turn an enemy’s sword against himself.

 

November 28, 2018, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Tom Gauld Cartoons

10 min
many versions of the same thing
20 min following trends
30 min
being pretentious
10 min
an unexpected loss
20 min
taking care of something
30 min the big reveal
10 min
an unexpected antagonist
5 min
an embarrassing incident

 

December 1, 2018, 12:00am-2:00am (UTC-8)
Idioms

20 min (part 1)
out of the frying pan and into the fire
20 min (part 2) broken heart
30 min (part 1)
keep the wolf from the door
30 min (part 2)
all that glitters is not gold
15 min (part 1) fall from grace
15 min (part 2) go with the flow
30 min (part 1)
in the nick of time
30 min (part 2)
famous last words

NaNoWordSprints Prompts for July 2018

It’s already past November and I’m incredibly late at getting these out, but better late than never, eh?

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July 1, 2018, 5:00pm-7:00pm (UTC-8)
Beginning Tropes

10 min big first choice
20 min
dramatic chase opening
30 min morning routine
10 min
wake up in a room
20 min
starts with a murder

 

July 3, 2018, 9:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Word Pairs

10 min
first and last, fish and chips, flesh and blood, forgive and forget
20 min
ladies and gentlemen, law and order, life or death, lock and key
30 min
birds and bees, black and white, body and soul, bread and butter
10 min
cloak and dagger, coat and tie, coffee and doughnuts, cream and sugar
20 min
prim and proper, profit and loss, pros and cons, pure and simple
30 min
signed and sealed, slip and slide, soap and water, sooner or later
10 min
tall and thin, thick and thin, terms and conditions, to and fro
10 min
rain or shine, ranting and raving, read and write, rhyme or reason
15 min
high and low, hot and bothered, huffing and puffing, husband and wife
30 min
drawn and quartered, day or night, do or die, dead or alive

 

July 5, 2018, 10:30pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Magic: the Gathering – Ice Age and Dissension

10 min
chill to the bone, commandeer, controvert, counterbalance, cover of winter
20 min
feast of flesh, field marshal, flash freeze, frozen solid, fury of the horde
30 min
scrying sheets, sheltering ancient, snow-covered forest, sound the call, stalking yeti
10 min
bond of agony, bound, brace for impact, brain pry, bronze bombshell
15 min
cackling flames, celestial ancient, condemn, crime and punishment, coiling oracle
30 min
supply and demand, seal of doom, spell snare, squealing devil, stalking vengence

 

July 6, 2018, 10:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Magic the Gathering – Ice Age Block, Dissension, Guildpact, Ravnica

10 min
research and development, rise and fall, rain of gore, ratcatcher, riot spikes
20 min
pain magnification, plumes of peace, pride of the clouds, proclamation of rebirth, proper burial
30 min
stealing stance, stoic ephemera, stomp and howl, street savvy, swift silence
10 min
walking archive, war’s toll, weight of spires, wit’s end, wrecking ball
20 min
castigate, caustic rain, conjurer’s ban, crash landing, cremate
30 min
savage twister, seize the soul, steam vents, stitch in time, stomping ground
10 min
bound and determined, belfry spirit, benediction of moons, bioplasm, blind hunter
20 min
resize, rabble-rouser, repeal, restless bones, rumbling slum
30 min
bathe in light, benevolent ancestor, birds of paradise, blockbuster, breath of fury
5 min
cry of contrition, caregiver, char, clinging darkness, concerted effort

 

July 7, 2018, 9:45am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Magic the Gathering – Ice Age Block, Dissension, Guildpact, Ravnica

10 min
dark depths, debtor’s knell, douse in gloom, droning bureaucrats, dark confidant
20 min
earthen goo, electrolyze, empty the catacombs, eye of the storm, ethereal usher
30 min
fertile imagination, flash foliage, feral animist, frazzle, fiery conclusion
10 min
grim harvest, govern the guildless, ghost warden, godless shrine, gather courage
20 min
hallowed fountain, hide and seek, hit and run, hatching plans, hour of reckoning
10 min
into the north, ignorant bliss, infernal tutor, incite hysteria, induce paranoia

 

July 7, 2018, 4:00pm-6:00pm (UTC-8)
Magic the Gathering – Ice Age Block, Dissension, Guildpact, Ravnica

10 min
lightning storm, luminesce, leap of flame, living inferno, last gasp
20 min
magmatic core, mystic melting, macabre waltz, mortify, moonlight bargain
30 min
odds and ends, overrule, overgrown tomb, overwhelm, oathsworn giant
10 min
perilous research, psychic possession, psychotic fury, pure and simple, peel from reality
20 min
predatory focus, primeval light, pyromatics, perilous forays, perplex

 

July 8, 2018, 10:30am-2:00pm (UTC-8)
Magic the Gathering – Ice Age Block, Dissension, Guildpact, Ravnica/Book Titles from January 2014

10 min
surging dementia, swift maneuver, sacred foundry, scatter the seeds, shadow of doubt
20 min
thermal flux, trial and error, taste for mayhem, thrive, telling time
30 min
thunderheads, train of thought, temple garden, three dreams, tunnel vision
10 min
wall of shards, writ of passage, withstand, wreck havoc, watery grave
20 min
arctic flats, agent of masks, angel of despair, anarchist, annex
30 min
killer instinct, keening banshee, kraken’s eye, king cheetah, kami of old stone
10 min
vanish into memory, valor made real, vindictive mob, voyager staff, venerable monk
20 min
siren song, sunshine shimmers, stake a claim, star road, shadows of death
10 min
bitter spirits, bird, butterfly palace, breach zone, bed time

 

July 8, 2018, 4:30pm-8:00pm (UTC-8)
Book Titles from January 2014

10 min
firelight friends, flying colors, forgiving the angel, flower power, fearless
20 min
crossfire, classroom capers, cursed in the act, crimson veil, cry of the children
30 min
working the farm, wicked after midnight, welcome to the neighborhood, winter sky, work done for hire
10 min
ripper, ravens and gorillas, radiance of tomorrow, red rising, rancher rescue
20 min
after the storm, alliance, autumn rose, audacious aviators, anything to have you
30 min
take to the sky, time of attack, tooth fairy, tugboat, trouble on her doorstep
10 min
dinosaurs, dancing days, dreaming out loud, dark wolf, death of a chocoholic
20 min
unexpected father, undercover captor, up from the grave, under the wide and starry sky, unhinged
10 min
lost lake, lizards, lethal lawman, love by the book, lord of the hunt

 

July 10, 2018, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from January and February 2014

10 min
monster mania, meeting her match, mitigating circumstances, moon rising, minders
20 min
hope flames, hold my hand, how to be a pirate, happily ever after, hanging devils
30 min
protectors, promise bound, portrait of a scandal, playing with fire, prisoners of war
10 min
iron night, independent study, if only for tonight, in the clutches of the penguin, introspection
20 min
going rogue, gift of truth, galactic battle, garden gate, ghostly liaison
30 min
nothing sweeter, no one else can have you, nightmares, northern girls, night lights
10 min
race against time, river road, revolution, romance for cynics, raven’s hollow
20 min
walking on air, white hot kiss, wings of death, white space, while beauty slept
30 min
triangles, two to tango, teen spirit, tremor, three souls
5 min
days of wine and roquefort, dog gone, do or die, death among the ruins, destination unknown

 

July 11, 2018, 8:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Book Titles from February 2014

10 min
southern heat, strays, scintillate, strange adventures, something real
20 min
broken homes, burn, before my eyes, bubble, boy on the edge
30 min
high seduction, hunter, hopeful, humbled, hearts rekindled
10 min
scarlet devices, second chances, secrets at court, sniper, stillwater
20 min
better off friends, birthday hiccups, bound to be dirty, burn bright, before the rose bloomed
30 min
fates, fallout, fools’ gold, falling light, forever
10 min
unforgotten, under your skin, untethered, underwater adventures, unexpected temptation
20 min
night’s promise, not time like the past, never too late, not without you, nest
30 min
conquest, cell, children of paradise, close pursuit, coincidence
5 min
weasels, when shadows fall, willow, wake, whispers of the heart

 

July 13, 2018, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from February 2014

10 min
letting go, love and chaos, life support, light it up, liberty
20 min
missing monkey, mending horses, melting the ice, moving target, maybe one day
30 min
retribution, reflected, road to reckoning, runner, rule breaker
10 min
dreams to sell, dark moon, deep winter, deliverance, days of the knights
20 min
pillar to the sky, pieces of me, pioneer girl, pulse point, perfect together
30 min
atonement, all that glows, armed and famous, alone with you, avenger’s heat
20 min
hard going, heartbeat, house of glass, half a chance, heavy hitters

 

July 14, 2018, 7:30pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Book Titles from February 2014

10 min
only the good die young, our first embrace, outback attack, off and flying, oopsie-daisy
20 min
extra innings, evening stars, exchange
30 min
valley of fire, vacation in the wild, vengeance, vampire most wanted, Vienna nocturne
10 min
just one more night, jaded, judgement call, joust of honor
15 min
gorilla, grandmaster, glass houses, golden state, grasshopper jungle
30 min
twisted hills, take a chance, that part was true, truly madly deeply, the truth lies

 

July 15, 2018, 7:30pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Superstitions

10 min the evil eye
20 min ace of spades
30 min black cat
10 min
shoes on the table
15 min
knocking on wood
30 min
the law of contagion

 

July 16, 2018, 7:30pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Idioms

10 min ladies who lunch
20 min
the dog ate my homework
30 min
loose lips sink ships
10 min peanut gallery
20 min
popularity contest
30 min
You kids get off my lawn!
20 min
throw under the bus
10 min
my way or the highway
30 min playing by ear
10 min
a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
20 min
a fish out of water

 

July 17, 2018, 7:30pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Book Titles from February 2014/Word of the Day – Merriam-Webster 2018

10 min
killer frost, kinder than solitude, kiss and tell
20min
mise-en-scene, mantic, meritorious, menagerie, muliebrity
30 min
boondoggle, balmy, bedizen, beaucoup, besot
10 min
abrogate, amortize, agonistic, aggress, arrogate
20 min
shenanigan, skirl, slumgullion, sacrosanct, sensibility
30 min
collaborate, cajole, chastise, cuckoo, career

 

July 18, 2018, 7:30pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Word of the Day – Merriam-Webster 2018

10 min
roseate, remuneration, raillery, riposte, reify
20 min
epithet, effigy, eventuate, embarrass, elucidate
30 min
lambaste, layman, loath, lexicographer, laudable
10 min
tantalize, tome, transpire, traduce, telegenic
15 min
fustigate, flocculate, flummox, founder, farce
30 min
notorious, nascent, newfangled, nondescript, never-never land

 

July 20, 2018, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Idioms

10 min
between the devil and the deep blue sea
20 min
exception that proves the rule
30 min kick the bucket
10 min red herring
20 min
smoke and mirrors

 

July 21, 2018, 7:30pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Word of the Day – Merriam-Webster 2018

10 min
proficient, pugnacious, palindrome, petard, parlous
20 min
defenestration, decimate, defer, delegate, divest
30 min
ingenue, indigence, ineluctable, invigilate, instauration
10 min
voracity, veld, vulnerable, vanward, validate
20 min
opportune, ostensible, otiose, onomatopoeia, officinal
30 min
homogeneous, headlong, hachure, hornswoggle, homiletic
10 min
garrulous, grudging, grandiose, gainsay, gravamen
20 min
whelm, winsome, woolgathering, wend, wifty
30 min
squirl, satisfice, scrouge, senectitude, stent
10 min
copper-bottomed, carcinogenic, cervantic, cremnophobia, collusion
20 min
nepotism, natant, nitty-gritty, nephalism, narcissism

 

July 22, 2018, 1:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
TV Tropes – Plots

10 min
15 minutes of fame
20 min all for nothing
30 min
broken masquerade
10 min
crossing the desert
20 min
destructive savior
30 min evil plan
20 min fight to survive
15 min great escape
20 min
he knows too much
30 min innocence lost
10 min
just fine without you
20 min
kids play matchmaker
30 min lonely at the top
20 min maintain the lie
10 min no sympathy
20 min on the money
30 min
protect this house
10 min quest for a wish
20 min ransacked room
30 min seal the breach
10 min talent contest
10 min unwanted gift
15 min
visions of another self
20 min
we need to get proof
30 min
let X be the unknown
10 min
your worst nightmare
20 min zany scheme

 

July 23, 2018, 7:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Unusual Words

10 min
vaaljapie (inferior wine), vacherin (sweet mixture of meringue and whipped cream), vacive (empty), vadelect (servant)
20 min
gabble (to chatter or talk inarticulately), gaita (Spanish bagpipes), galanty (shadow play), galeanthropy (belief that one is a cat)
30 min
dealbation (whitening), deasil (sunwise motion), decalvant (removing hair), decatise (to uncurl through the use of steam)
10 min
tectrix (small feather of a bird’s wing), telarian (creature that spins a web), telos (aim/purpose), temulence (intoxication)
20 min
windlass (indirect action), windrow (hay raked together into a line), wirble (to whirl), wist (to know)
30 min
bickern (anvil pointed at both ends), biggin (a building), bight (a wide bay), bismer (shame, disgrace, scorn)
10 min
modena (crimson), modish (fashionable), moilsome (laborious), mollescent (softening)
20 min
nobbut (except), nodated (knotted), noddypeak (fool, imbecile), nolition (adverse action of will, unwillingness)
30 min
puisne (inferior in rank), pulicide (flea-killer), pulvil (perfumed powder), punnet (small shallow fruit basket)
10 min
huckaback (absorbent cotton used for towels), hulchy (swollen), humgruffin (terrible person), hummock (pile or ridge of ice)
20 min
adhibit (to attach), adjutage (nozzle), adunc (hooked), adynamia (helplessness, lack of strength)
30 min
cabasset (light iron helmet), cachinnate (to laugh loudly and inappropriately), cacogen (antisocial person), cadge (to beg or sponge from another)

 

July 24, 2018, 8:00pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
Rhymes

10 min
binge, cringe, fringe, singe, twinge
20 min
agree, banshee, carefree, debris, goatee
30 min
crumb, dumb, numb, plumb, thumb
10 min
belong, daylong, furlong, headlong, prolong
20 min
acrobat, bureaucrat, copycat, diplomat, habitat
30 min
broomstick, chopstick, joystick, nightstick, slapstick
20 min
backlash, eyelash, mustache, slapdash, whiplash

 

July 25, 2018, 8:00pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
Random Tropes on TV Tropes

10 min
you can barely stand
20 min
portrait painting peephole
30 min silence is golden
10 min
a mind is a terrible thing to read
20 min
no animals were harmed
30 min anti-magic
20 min
not helping your case

 

July 26, 2018, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Random Tropes on TV Tropes

10 min
amazingly embarrassing parents
20 min
eliminated from the race
30 min intrepid reporter
10 min
testosterone brigade
20 min bridezilla
30min
music soothes the savage beast
20 min sticky situation

 

July 27, 2018, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Phrases

10 min
some things never change
20 min
annoying yet ultimately successful
30 min
an entirely different perspective
10 min
ready to say goodbye
20 min visible traces
30 min
when the sun sets we start to worry
20 min rebellion brewing

NaNoWordSprints Prompts for April 2018

Seriously, where has the time gone? I feel like I’m perpetually behind. I will say that the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo was a little unusual this year on my part because I went on vacation on the last week of April and then when I came back to work, I basically had a lot of catch up to do.

Anyways, here are all the prompts from the word sprints I lead last month on @NaNoWordSprints:

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April 1, 2018, 10:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Food Idioms

10 min to go bananas
20 min to spill the beans
30 min to be in a pickle
10 min
two peas in a pod
20 min
the proof is in the pudding

 

April 4, 2018, 10:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Magic: The Gathering – The Initial Sets

10 min
bad moon, badlands, balance, bayou, blaze of glory
20 min
dark ritual, deathgrip, disenchant, disintegrate, demonic attorney
30 min
instill energy, invisibility, illusionary mask, icy manipulator, island
10 min
wanderlust, weakness, web, word of command, white knight
20 min
power surge, plateau, phantom monster, pirate ship, paralyze

 

April 8, 2018, 4:15pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Magic: The Gathering – Legends, Mirage, Tempest

10 min
horror of horrors, imprison, jovial evil, kismet, lifeblood
20 min
primordial ooze, quagmire, rabid wombat, seeker, transmutation
30 min
avoid fate, backfire, cocoon, darkness, eureka
10 min
killer bees, lost soul, master of the hunt, north star, puppet master
20 min
crevasse, divine offering, equinox, fallen angel, greed
30 min
invoke prejudice, juxtapose, knowledge vault, land’s edge, mountain stronghold
10 min
waiting in the weeds, wall of resistance, wellspring, worldly tutor, ward of lights
20 min
torrent of lava, tidal wave, tombstone stairwell, tranquil domain, thirst
30 min
blind fury, boomerang, binding agony, barreling attack, barbed foliage
10 min
flare, flash, forsaken wastes, favorable destiny, firebreathing
20 min
painful memories, power sink, purgatory, political trickery, pacifism
30 min
illicit auction, ivory charm, incinerate, infernal contract, illumination
10 min
abandon hope, anoint, avenging angel, advance scout, aftershock
20 min
diabolic edict, dismiss, dregs of sorrow, duplicity, disturbed burial

 

April 9, 2018, 8:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Magic: The Gathering – Tempest, Urza’s Saga

10 min
rampant growth, recycle, reflecting pool, ruby medallion, repentance
20 min
sacred guide, sadistic glee, shatter, spontaneous combustion, sudden impact
30 min
light of day, lobotomy, living death, legerdemain, lightning blast
10 min
fevered convulsions, firefly, frog tongue, fireslinger, forest
30 min
glorious anthem, greater good, greener pastures, gamble, grafted skullcap

 

April 11, 2018, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from December 2009

10 min
burning desire, bone chamber, bandit queen, beast with 1000 eyes, black ships
20 min
last chance to see, lost in paradise, little white lies, luck of the draw, lost dogs and lonely hearts
30 min
shades of midnight, sweet deception, scorched, somewhere towards the end, sparkling steps
10 min
invisible lines, if looks could chill, immortal, ice journeys, I so don’t do spooky
20 min
veil of shadows, virus attack, village of the ghost bears, vendetta
30 min
getting lucky, glitter, goodness and mercy, green-eyed monster
10 min
final exam, force of nature, flame seeker, fire and ice, full of money
20 min
double booked, dark hunter, dawn, dying scream, divine misdemeaners
30 min
murder has a sweet tooth, man in the moon, my own worst enemy, more than a woman, my soul to save
10 min
hard winter, hidden empire, heart of the witch, homefront, horsewhipped

 

April 12, 2018, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Magic: The Gathering – Urza’s Saga

10 min
parasitic bond, persecute, pit trap, polluted mire, pouncing jaguar
15 min
darkest hour, despondency, destructive urge, douse, duress
30 min
cackling fiend, confiscate, curfew, congregate, carpet of flowers
10 min
hidden spider, hollow dogs, humble, healing salve, hermetic study
20 min
torch song, telepathy, turnabout, time spiral, thundering giant

 

April 14, 2018, 2:00pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
Book Titles from December 2010

10 min
realm of kings, romancing the chef, ride the fire, rosebush, reckless in paradise
20 min
undertow, unified action, underground warrior
30 min
circle of lies, caveat emptor, catacombs, caught off guard, courting sparks
10 min
stranger, senseless, shattered light, something like hope, sugar and spice
20 min
winter wood, wild stallion, what the heart sees

 

April 14, 2018, 9:00pm-3:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from December 2010 and 2011

10 min
eternal prey, empire of silver, entice, explosive, enchanted no more
20 min
no place to run, night prey, naked cruelty
30 min
if walls could talk, indefensible, irresistible fortune, into the night, in too deep
10 min
dead or alive, danger in the desert, devil’s mark, dark waters, defiant
20 min
all the wrong moves, against the wind, ascension
30 min
big noise, bedeviled eggs, bloody valentine, boiling point, battle dress
10 min
goddess of legend, getting even, good behavior, ghost country
20 min
outrageously yours, one grave less, old border road, out for blood, off kilter
30 min
her healing ways, home invasion, hand of the hunter, high country horror, hot to touch
10 min
famous, flirting with destiny, fall for anything
20 min
the last word, the cartel, the red well, the wrong side of happiness, the dispatcher
30 min
sanctuary cove, still waters, spells and stitches, smitten, slash and burn
10 min
island of wings, in the flesh, infamous, it’s all Greek to me, illuminated
20 min
devil’s kiss, dead bolt, daybreak, death benefit, danger in the wind
10 min
triple shot, to get to the other side, threadbare, trouble at the wedding, true shot

 

April 15, 2018, 7:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Magic: The Gathering – Mercadian Masques & Nemesis

10 min
cackling witch, cave-in, ceremonial guard, charisma, close quarters
20 min
lure, lunge, liability, last breath, larceny
30 min
tremor, tranquility, tiger claws, thwart, thunderclap
10 min
ferocity, flaming sword, forced march, furious assault, false demise
20 min
vendetta, vernal equinox, vine trellis, volcanic wind, venomous dragonfly
30 min
barbed wire, bargaining table, black market, blood oath, bribery
20 min
daze, dark triumph, dominate, downhill charge, defiant vanguard

 

April 16, 2018, 8:00pm-10:30pm (UTC-8)
Magic: The Gathering – Invasion

10 min
absorb, aggressive urge, agonizing demise, ancient spring, archaeological dig
20 min
maniacal rage, manipulate fate, meteor storm, mourning, malice
30 min
obliterate, ordered migration, overload, overabundance, opt
10 min
probe, prohibit, psychic battle, pure reflection, pledge of loyalty
15 min
backlash, battery, bend or break, blinding light, breaking wave
30 min
fertile ground, fight or flight, frenzied tilling, fact or fiction, faerie squadron

 

April 17, 2018, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Magic: The Gathering – Odyssey, Onslaught, Legions, Scourge, Mirrodin Block

10 min
cabal inquisitor, call of the herd, careful study, cartographer, chance encounter
20 min
decaying soil, decimate, dedicated martyr, deep reconnaissance, devoted caretaker
30 min
earnest fellowship, elephant ambush, embolden, epicenter, escape artist
10 min
gallantry, ghastly demise, graceful antelope, gravedigger, ground seal
20 min
impulsive maneuvers, infected vermin, innocent blood, immobilizing ink, ivy elemental
30 min
need for speed, nimble mongoose, new frontiers, nut collector, nomad decoy
10 min
blackmail, blatant thievery, break open, beacon of destiny, brain freeze
20 min
death match, defensive maneuvers, demystify, dirge of dread, discombobulate
30 min
reckless one, reminisce, renewed faith, righteous cause, risky move
10 min
steely resolve, swat, scion of darkness, stoic champion, scornful egotist
20 min
covert operative, carbonize, carrion feeder, coast watcher, consumptive goo
30 min
fugitive wizard, faces of the past, fatal mutation, final punishment, frozen solid
10 min
ghastly remains, gilded light, goblin psychopath, grip of chaos, guilty conscience
20 min
hollow specter, hindering touch, hunting pack, head games, harsh mercy
15 min
electrostatic bolt, echoing truth, emissary of hope, early frost, endless whispers

 

April 18, 2018, 9:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from December 2011

10 min
every other day, endangered, earthbound, everything in between, enchanted again
20 min
awkward, agony, asunder, all fall down, assume nothing
30 min
brothers in arms, bestial, bedeviled, bleeding hearts, borrowing a bachelor
10 min
fractured, freezing, flyaway, fair game, family way
20 min
hidden summit, human for a day, hostage bride, hope blooms, how to worship a goddess
30 min
a giant crush, a haunted twist of fate, a play of heresy, a place called home, an unexpected gentleman
20 min
legacy, left hand magic, love in play, lake country, lesson
extra
winging it, winter town, wild thing, where she belongs, wicked circle

 

April 19, 2018, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from December 2011 and 2012

10 min
covert warriors, conqueror, claim the night, chocolate covered murder, cry of the ghost wolf
20 min
scales of retribution, straight to the heart, soft target, shattered dreams, seductive as flame
30 min
abominations, absolute value, acceleration, ace of spades, aftermath
10 min
before the fall, behind four walls, beholden, believe it or not, betrothed
20 min
circle of lies, clandestine, clash, clever crow, conflagration
extra
destined, dirge, divergent lives, doesn’t really matter, double exposure

 

April 20, 2018, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from December 2012 and 2013

10 min
edge of sanity, elemental music, elevation, emerald eyes, encounter
20 min
facing the dark, fair play, family ties, first journey, flawed
30 min
wild children, windswept, winged, wishes, water pressure
10 min
undercover rebel, unexposed film, unleashed, unmasked, unnatural acts
20 min
totally spaced out, tours, towers of dust, trace evidence, transfusion
30 min
support, surreal dreams, survival skills, swan song, symbiont
10 min
royal blue, rude awakening, rumors, runaway, ricochet
20 min
playing with fire, poison, poker face, possession, phantasmagoria
30 min
breathe, bet on love, black flag, balloon blow up, born in blood
10 min
out to lunch, once upon a lie, offering, obsessed by him, out of the shadows

 

April 22, 2018, 3:00pm-5:00pm (UTC-8)
Sprints from SFO

10 min traveling
15 min snacks
30 min announcements
10 min
duty free perfume and wine
20 min departures

 

April 23, 2018, 1:40pm-4:00pm (UTC+2)
Travels in Copenhagen

10 min
Finding the right path
15 min
Wandering around
15 min A helping hand

 

April 24, 2018, 9:00pm-11:00pm (UTC+1)
Travels in the Faroe Islands

10 min getting lost
20 min
an unexpected find
30 min
getting things to work
10 min
planning ahead of time
20 min
strange landscapes

 

April 26, 2018, 9:00am-10:00am (UTC+1)
Travels at Sea

10 min
in the open water
20 min
in the murky depths
15 min
land in the distance

 

April 27, 2018, 8:45pm-12:00am (UTC+1)
Magic: The Gathering – Mirrodin Block, Kamigawa Block

15 min
icy manipulator, incite war, irradiate, inflame, into thin air
10 min
alter of shadows, annul, ancient den, arrest, assert authority
30 min
power conduit, predator’s strike, promise of power, psychic overload, purge
15 min
march of the machines, mask of memory, mass hysteria, mind’s eye, mourner’s shield
20 min
tangleroot, temporal cascade, thirst for knowledge, thought prison, tooth and nail
30 min
befoul, blessed breath, blind anger, blood rites, brutal deceiver
20 min
call to glory, candles’ glow, commune with nature, consuming vortex, crushing pain
10 min
dampen thought, dance of shadows, devouring greed, distress, day of destiny

 

April 28, 2018, 8:00am-9:00am (UTC+1)
Breakfast

10 min
getting things started
15 min breaking the fast
20 min
finishing the drinks

 

April 28, 2018, 11:00pm-3:00am (UTC+2)
Magic: The Gathering – Kamigawa Block

10 min
eerie procession, ethereal haze, enshrined memories, eradicate, exile into darkness
20 min
field of reality, faithful squire, final judgement, first volley, freed from the real
30 min
gale force, ghostly prison, gifts ungiven, glimpse of nature, guardian of solitude
10 min
hideous laughter, hinder, hold the line, harbringer of spring, hero’s demise
20 min
indomitable will, in the web of war, ideas unbound, inner calm outer strength, into the fray
30 min
midnight covenant, mystic restraints, mending hands, mirror gallery, measure of wickedness
10 min
otherwordly journey, orb of dreams, one with nothing, oppressive will, overwhelming intellect
20 min
part the veil, peer through depths, pull under, phantom wings, psychic spear
30 min
reciprocate, rend flesh, reduce to dreams, rally the horde, reverence
5 min
serpent skin, sideswipe, sift through sands, squelch, strange inversion

 

April 29, 2018, 5:00am-7:00am (UTC+2)
Magic: The Gathering – Kamigawa Block, Aether Revolt

10 min
teller of tales, time of need, tranquil garden, that which was taken, threads of disloyalty
30 min
uncontrollable anger, unearthly blizzard, unnatural speed, unchecked growth, uproot
20 min
waking nightmare, wandering ones, wear away, ward of piety, wine of blood and iron
10 min
alley evasion, barricade breaker, call for unity, daring demolition, efficient construction
20 min
audacious infiltrator, bastion enforcer, cogwork assembler, dark intimations, enraged giant

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

 

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