Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 119

15 Minute Tweet TalesSince there are sometimes repeats from previous years in the list of ‘rare’ words I use for #15tt, I always search my previous tweet tales to make sure I don’t use a word again (because where’s the challenge in that?). This week turned out to be very interesting. Not only were there two repeat words – abstruse was supposed to be May 1 and bon vivant was supposed to be May 4 – but there were also two words I’d used previously in tweet tales even though they were not the assigned #15tt word: spiel and notorious. I went ahead and used them as #15tt words this week, since they weren't official #15tt words before, but I thought it was interesting that there were so many ‘repeats’ this week.
 
Since the last 15 Minute Tweet Tales post was a Sunday because of the A to Z Challenge, there are a few extra tales this week:
 
4/28 - As the moon obliterates the sun, the people scream. Thinking quickly, the shaman waves his arms. "Behold my power! Now bring me gold!"
 
4/29 - She's notorious for multiple visits to The Maury Povich Show: all those DNA tests yet Maury still hasn't told anyone he's the father.
 
4/30 - The salesman gave his spiel about the environmental benefits of the cleanser, but she was sold when he said it removed all traces of blood.
 
5/1 - No one at work takes her seriously because of her millefleur dresses. Exactly her plan as she passes their secrets to the competition.
 
5/2 - As they creep through air ducts, Jim farts. Not loud enough to alert security, but Bob cachinnates. He still laughs as they're arrested.
 
5/3 - She heard growling on the front porch so used a chair to peer out the lunette. Yellow eyes stared back, too high up to be a normal animal.
 
5/4 - He was a nonpareil doctor, so we were shocked when his wife died from something so easy to fix. Then the cops started asking questions.
 
5/5 - His love for his fiancée was putative reason he stepped in front of the mugger, but he was willing to take a bullet for her dad's money.
 
5/6 - Everything he sees when he walks into the senate validates his decision to let the meteor destroy this planet - no intelligent life to save.
 
Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

Zombie Checklist

For the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I’m having Fun with Fonts. Each day I’ll feature a few I like based on either the look of the font or its name. I’ll also pick a font to inspire one of my tweet tales

It’s here! It’s finally here! The last day of the A to Z challenge! Since I didn’t plan ahead (as usual!), I’ve been scrambling each day to write my posts, and now I’m ready to collapse into a heap and ignore my blog for at least a week.
 
For the past two years, Freya has displayed the letter Z, but my sister recently got a new dog, and I was finally able to get a picture of her this weekend with the letter whiteboard. So I’m honored to introduce my blog readers to the adorable Kali. She’s a bundle of energy, but a total sweetie who is getting along very well with all the other Rish canines. 
Kali with the letter Z
 
I’m disappointed to report that like with X and Y, it was pretty slim pickings on the font front for Z. I was hoping to go out with a bang and blow everyone away with an amazing font on the last day, but it looks like I’ll be crossing the finish line with more of a font-whimper.
 
The first one is Zacken, which I thought looked a bit like embroidery. I poked around the interwebs for a meaning for zacken. Google translate said it’s German for pink or serrate, and Bing translate said it’s German for jag. So I guess pink is like pinking shears rather than the color, which means the name zacken references the jagged edges of the letter blocks. 
Zacken
 
Meanwhile, the letter blocks for Zallman are all about curved lines. I like the simple floral pattern – it makes it fancy without being overwhelmingly busy. The weird thing is, when you click on the link to see all the available letters, it says, “Sorry, no ‘X’” and the same for ‘Y’. I can maybe see skipping making an ‘X’ since it is used so rarely, but the letter ‘Y’ gets used relatively often. Seems like lazy font design to me.
Zallman
 
Speaking of lazy font design, I had to include this one since it looks like someone just scrawled out some letters, scribbled some sloppy zigzags around it, and voilà – a new font called Zigzag Displays.
Zigzag Displays
 
Zebraesq is all in the name because it does indeed look zebraesque – not full zebra, just partially resembling a zebra. 
Zebraesq
 
The tweet tale inspiration for today is Zombie Checklist. It’s another one that I picked for the name rather than the font itself, but it does look like letters dashed off with a marker during the chaos of a zombie apocalypse.
Zombie Checklist
Since crawling out of his grave, George has found it tough to remember things, so he consults his To Do list:
1. Brains
2. Brains
3. Brains
 
And with that, I am DONE with the A to Z challenge – whoo hoo! Thank you so much to those of you who have been stopping by to see the fun fonts. I’ve enjoyed getting to know all of you better over the past month! 
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Zany is Kali with her letter Z?

Year Supply Of Fairy Cakes

Bailey with the letter YFor the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I’m having Fun with Fonts. Each day I’ll feature a few I like based on either the look of the font or its name. I’ll also pick a font to inspire one of my tweet tales

After there were a surprising number of X fonts, I wasn’t expecting to have trouble with Y, but there actually weren’t that many to choose from – a few more than X, but not many more. And most of them looked very similar to fonts I’d already featured, so it was tough to find unique ones to share. Although I’ve featured several with curlicues already, I really liked the curls and swirls in You Are Precious. I can see it being used in a story about fairies or princesses for young kids. 
You Are Precious
 
On the opposite end of the swirly spectrum is Y-Grid with its very precise framework. 
Y-Grid
 
You Rook Marbelous made me giggle because of the name. And then the design really does look like marble. If you are too young to get the reference to the Billy Crystal character, here’s a clip to help:

You Rook Marbelous
 
I’m not really sure what the name You Are The One has to do with the letters being partially formed by up and down arrows, but it looked different from others I’d shared, so it made the list. 
You Are The One
 
Today’s tweet tale inspiration is Year Supply Of Fairy Cakes. I totally picked this one for the name because the font is extremely generic. When I picked it, I did think fairy cakes were some special baked goods used to lure fairies out of the forest, but a quick chat with my friend Mr. Google informed me fairy cakes are actually smaller versions of cupcakes very popular in the UK. That was kind of a letdown, but I used the disappointment to inspire my tale.
Year Supply of Fairy Cakes
After winning fairy cake contest,Suzy sat in woods with jar ready to catch new friends. Her mom didn’t have the heart to tell her the truth.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Yippy is Bailey with her letter Y?

Xerox Malfunction

Chloe with the letter XFor the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I’m having Fun with Fonts. Each day I’ll feature a few I like based on either the look of the font or its name. I’ll also pick a font to inspire one of my tweet tales

It has arrived – the worst day of the A to Z challenge – X day. *cue screaming and pulling of hair* On the good news front, the font website had more X fonts that I was expecting, almost 60 of them. But the bad news is most of them were pretty blah. But I did find a few I thought were fun to share. First up is Xtrusion. There have been many 3D fonts along the way, but most of them have been angular and blocky. I like how this one is all curves and rounded edges.
Xtrusion
 
And then we have the complete opposite with Xacto Blade, all straight lines and odd angles to form letters as if cut with the short blade.
Xacto Blade
 
It’s probably too warm to be thinking about Christmas, but I still thought Xmas Lights was cool.
Xmas Lights
 
I can’t imagine actually using X-Cryption for anything, but I just love it because it’s another example of how our brains are able to interpret words made out of almost anything approximating our usual letters. 
X-Cryption
 
Xerox Malfunction reminds me a bit of Cheap Ink Killed My Printer, it's just a different type of word-producing error. It’s also my tweet tale inspiration for today.
Xerox Malfunction
“I want to do it while being xeroxed,” hot boss slurs in his ear at company party. But machine won’t turn on, so she staggers off in a huff.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How eXited is Chloe with her letter X?  (Actually I’m not sure what kind of eXpression that is on her face!)

Temporarily Tweet Tales Sunday Week 118

15 Minute Tweet TalesIt’s the day off from the A to Z challenge, so here’s a quick post of my 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
4/21 - Her foster family did not warn her of her origin, a decision they regret when her half-joking malediction turns their son into a toad.
 
4/22 - The adult dog pees on the floor and smirks at the puppy. The pup knows she'll get blamed again. She must find a way to vindicate herself.
 
4/23 - They held hands and giggled as they walked along the alameda, but their ardent whispers held secrets that would bring down a government.
 
4/24 - I want to vomit as Mom kowtows to the neighbors, but she must keep them happy. If they find out what's inside our house, people will die.
 
4/25 - He saw mom and fiancée exchange sly smiles when he returned with hair cut short. Realized they'd been in cahoots to cause gum accident.
 
4/26 - His unabashed love of unicorns earns many beatings from school bully. Small suspect pool when bully found impaled with unicorn figurine.
 
4/27 - He wished on a shooting star, but when he woke up, he started screaming. He wanted to fly like Superman, not grow a freaky patagium.
 
Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

Wolf In The City

Molly with the letter WFor the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I’m having Fun with Fonts. Each day I’ll feature a few I like based on either the look of the font or its name. I’ll also pick a font to inspire one of my tweet tales

The first font is Wiggles, which is one of those things that is simultaneously cute and creepy. As I recoil from the screen thinking, “Gross! Worms!” I’m also like, “Aww, look at those cuddly faces.” I’m always impressed by artists who can make me feel such contrasting emotions with one drawing. The really weird thing is that there are actually TWO cute yet creepy worm fonts. I’m not sure what that’s all about. I’m only featuring Wiggles, but you can also check out Worm Beeline
Wiggles
 
I liked Wedgie because it’s made out of, ya know, wedges. Although it would have been hilarious if it had been made out of tightie whitie underwear. 
Wedgie
 
Water Park is fun with the letters looking like blobs of water, although it actually looks more like blobs of oil to me.
Water Aprk
 
I can picture Wildwood on the cover/poster for a fairy tale or a story about the fae set in a magical forest. It's very cool.
Wildwood
 
Teen Wolf posterThe name Wolf In The City inspired my tweet tale, but the font itself surprised me. I was expecting something rough or primitive, but instead it’s fairly feminine. Then I found the movie poster for the original Teen Wolf, and I see the font very similar. I don’t know if that’s the actual inspiration, but I thought I’d share. 
Wolf In The City
The asphalt bit his feet, the smog choked
his lungs, but after spotting Red in his woods, he’d go anywhere to find her. She was his destiny.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Wonderful is Molly with her letter W?

Voodoo Dolls

Lily with the letter VFor the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I’m having Fun with Fonts. Each day I’ll feature a few I like based on either the look of the font or its name. I’ll also pick a font to inspire one of my tweet tales

Although I’ve already featured a blood-dripping-down-the-wall font, I knew as soon as I saw it that I had to include Vampyrish ABC. Not because of the design (although the bat is a nice touch, it’s still a pretty average horror font) but because of the name. Now I know it’s supposed to be pronounced vam-pire-ish, but to my eyes it's totally Vampy Rish. Y'all, it’s a font named after me because I’m a vampy Rish! Okay, I’m actually pretty much the opposite of vampy, but it’s still fun. And Vampy Rish is now the new name of my alter ego who is brave, bold, and doesn’t care what other people think.
Vampyrish ABC
 
I think it’s nifty that even though the letters are on their side with Vertigo it’s still extremely easy to read. The brain rocks.
Vertigo
 
Now Vaticanian Initials is harder to read, but I really like the fancy look of the letters. Clink on the name link to see the details in the larger version. 
Vaticanian Initials
 
While scrolling through the fonts, I’ve seen several in the style of graffiti tags, but most of them were difficult to decipher. VTKS Street Vision has the look of a tag while maintaining readability.
VTKS Street Vision
 
One of my favorite short films is Sebastian’s Voodoo (I even wrote about it for an A to Z post my first year), so of course the font inspiration for today’s tweet tale is Voodoo Dolls
Voodoo Dolls
Rob collapses on stage as he accepts the award.Sue tucks the doll away w/ a smile.He’d taken credit for her project;he got what he deserved.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Vivacious is Lily with her letter V?

Under The Bed

Freya with the letter UFor the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I’m having Fun with Fonts. Each day I’ll feature a few I like based on either the look of the font or its name. I’ll also pick a font to inspire one of my tweet tales

We had slim pickings for the letter U, but I managed to find five I thought were interesting to share. The first up is Unger Fraktur Zierbuchstaben. Yeah, that’s a mouthful. And looking at it, the font itself is even busier than the name. It’s one of those that has fancified itself so much that it’s almost unreadable. I did some quick googling of the name and learned that Fraktur is a calligraphic version of the alphabet where the lines are broken up (and Fraktur derives from the Latin of fractus meaning broken). And then google translate told me Zierbuchstaben means swashes. I’m not really sure how all that applies to the font, but I thought I’d share anyway. And you might want to click the name link to see the details of the larger version. 
Unger Fraktur Zierbuchstaben
 
I liked how Urban Jungle has the silhouette of a city at the bottom of the letters and kind of a grungy look for the top. 
Urban Jungle
 
Next up is Unicorn Regular. Not much to comment on except there was no way I was passing up a font called UNICORN!
Unicorn Regular
 
There have been several different patriotic fonts, with various configurations of stars and stripes, but United gives the best feel of the US flag. 
United
 
And for my tweet tale inspiration, I’ve picked Under The Bed. I’ve long been a believer that if you have enough blankets piled on top of you, then no midnight monster can get you. However, that doesn’t stop my imagination from going crazy at every sound. So this font pretty much looks like how my brain feels when I hear a rustle or creak in the night.
Under The Bed
“It’s just my imagination,”Timmy chants again & again,blankets clutched to his chin. But when the dog leaps up whimpering,he knows it’s not.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Upside-down is Freya with her letter U?

Tango Macabre

Bailey with the letter TFor the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I’m having Fun with Fonts. Each day I’ll feature a few I like based on either the look of the font or its name. I’ll also pick a font to inspire one of my tweet tales

Oh man, how much did I used to love playing Tetris? I was completely mesmerized by those brightly colored falling pieces, and I loved the music. I’d play for hours and hours and hours. In fact, if I had applied all those hours to something productive, like writing the great American novel or curing cancer, I’d probably be famous by now. But I do justify all those hours playing by claiming it helped keep my spatial abilities and hand-eye coordination sharp. Anyway, obviously I loved the Tetricide font the second I saw it.
Tetricide
 
As I’ve scrolled through the fonts, there have been many versions of Runic ones. But most of them were so authentic (I guess?) that I couldn’t read them. I like The Roman Runes Alliance because it gives the feel of runes, while still being readable in English. I think it would be great for the appropriate book cover or movie poster.
The Roman Runes Alliance
 
I suppose Three Dee Two Beta is kind of a mix between Letter Builder and Qbicle in that it’s an optical illusion with a 3D sculpture-ish construction, but I found it fascinating enough to include despite its similarities to the other two I’d featured. Depending on how you focus your eyes, the letter on the left appears to be the closest or the letter on the right appears to be in front. It’s very cool - click the name link to see it bigger for a better effect.
Three Dee Two Beta
 
Not that I’ve had a reason to do this so far, but if I ever need to create a map or anything pirate related, I am so using the Treasure Map Deadhand font.
Treasure Map Deadhand
 
While I have already featured a font with Cartoon Bones, I was inspired to write today’s tweet tale from Tango Macabre. Letters formed from entire skeletons was too freaky to pass up.
Tango Macabre
Strange clicking draws me out of bed.Passionate music swells as I creep downstairs.My parents dance just like before they died…20 years ago.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Tuckered out is Bailey with her letter T? 

Santa's Big Secret

Chloe with the letter SFor the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I’m having Fun with Fonts. Each day I’ll feature a few I like based on either the look of the font or its name. I’ll also pick a font to inspire one of my tweet tales

It’s not surprising since S is such a common letter, but there were more S fonts to choose from than any letter so far. It was a little overwhelming scrolling through them. Unfortunately, with all those choices, there weren’t very many that caught my eye. Usually, it takes me forever to narrow them down to five, but this time I felt like I was struggling to find five that were fun to share. But I finally got there!
 
The Stencil Bricks font brings back memories of all kinds of school projects, but especially science fair projects. My science fair years were way back in the dark ages before everyone had fancy printers to spit out snazzy captions in seconds, so I had to use stencils and brightly colored markers to label my project boards. And since I was a procrastinator even way back then, I vividly remember several middle of the night panics as the stencil slipped smearing ink across my poster board and then crying as I tore through the closet hoping there was a blank piece somewhere. My poor, patient mom. 
Stencil Bricks
 
I think the Space Age font looks very space-y – definitely the name tells you exactly what you’re getting.
Space Age
 
Whereas the name Scary Monsters makes me laugh – they are anything but scary. They should have been filed under A for Adorable or G for Goofy. But it’s a fun font no matter what you call it.
Scary Monsters
 
I like how the Sweet Heart font is determined to make every letter formed from a heart, even those straight angle letters where it really doesn’t make any sense.
Sweet Heart
 
My tweet tale today is inspired by Santas Big Secret. With all those curlicues, I’d definitely believe it was written by elves.
Santas Big Secret
Deciding to tell Tim the truth about Santa, him mom asks,“Do you know Santa’s big secret?” “Yes,he likes kissing Ms. Lexi next door.” Uh oh.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Sweetly Sleepy is Chloe with her S?