Marooned on Mars

Molly with the letter MFor 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

Whew, we’ve made it to the halfway point of the A to Z challenge! So in honor of being smack dab in the middle, here’s a font that is a double of itself. As I’ve been perusing the fonts, I’ve seen a bunch that had shadows or reflections of the letters, but none of them that screamed at me to be picked like this one. Why? Because for some strange, unknowable reason, there is a cartoon chicken perched on each letter. I’d love to know the thought process behind Mirror Chicken, but for now I’m just enjoying its wackiness. (Click the link for the bigger version to see the chickens more easily.)

Mirror Chicken
 
I picked Maxxi Dots Shadows because I think it’s cool how the letters are formed and even look 3D just from clusters of dots. 
Maxxi Dots Shadows
 
Magic Scribble looks like the stuff I doodled in my notebooks during class or meetings, so I think it’s funny that there’s a font that looks like this type of bored scribbling. 
Magic Scribble
 
And speaking of messy fonts, I love that there’s one called My Mistake. It takes the Strikeout format people use to be clever in blog posts and articles to the extreme by scratching out the entire letter. 
My Mistake
 
For my tweet tale inspiration, I picked Marooned on Mars. Not only did I like the name, but the design of the font reminds me of the title screens and posters for those old sci-fi B movies. 
Marooned on Mars
They collect a last sample of red soil & prepare to blast off. The ignition sputters. All they can do is watch oxygen needle creep to zero.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Magnificent is Molly with her letter M?

Little Lord Font Leroy

Lilly with the letter LFor 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

I think the Letter Buildings font fascinates me more than any of the other fonts I’ve featured so far. When I first looked at it, I couldn’t figure out what it was – it just looked like a jumble of 3D shapes to me. Then my eyes did that little pop of adjustment and I could see the letters. It’s like those optical illusions of two faces or a vase and old lady or young woman, where you kind of have to flip a switch to see it one way or the other. Even now, knowing what I’m looking for, it still sometimes looks like random shapes when I look at it, and I have to rein in my eyes to see the letters. I think it's easier to 'see' the letters when it's smaller, so click here for the larger version to get a better feel of the illusion. I can’t imagine using it for anything, but it certainly is a neat and impressive design.

Letter Buildings

While I’ve featured other fonts shaped out of animals (like bunnies and cats), those looked very cartoony, whereas Letters Animales looks much more realistic. Well, as real as animals twisted into letters can look. 
Letters Animale
 
Even though the Lynx font has the spelling of the large, fuzzy feline or the text web browser, I still really like the look of the circle links forming letters. 
Lynx
 
And I thought Leather was creative since the letters look like they were cut from a leather jacket. 
Leather
 
I’m a sucker for a good pun, so Little Lord Font Leroy made me giggle. The design of the font is nice, but this pick was all about the clever name. I haven’t actually read Little Lord Fauntleroy, so my tweet tale is inspired by the Wikipedia plot summary.
Little Lord Font Leroy
Inspired by his grandson’s innocent belief in him, the embarrassed Earl charitably employs downtrodden fonts like Comic Sans and Papyrus.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Lovely is Lily with her letter L?

Temporarily Tweet Tales Sunday Week 116

15 Minute Tweet TalesWith all the craziness of the A to Z Challenge, just a quick post of my 15 Minute Tweet Tales today:
 
4/7 - Tom's loquacious Nana chases his girlfriends away with humiliating stories of his youth. A pillow and some pressure solve that problem.
 
4/8 - I'm going to be a star!! I'm a Broadway hyphenate, ya know. My parents are always telling me I'm amazing at acting, singing and dancing.
 
4/9 - Back screaming from working two jobs, the lenitive hugs of her kids remind her it's all worth it. Though she wouldn't say no to a vacation.
 
4/10 - Even when my sis showed me pictures, I didn't believe her picaresque tales of traveling with smitten men. Then Juan showed up at our door.
 
4/11 - She does her best to emote as she confronts him about his betrayal. Truthfully she doesn't care. She's been cheating on him for years.
 
4/12 - In her oversized sweats with boyish haircut, he knows his friends will mock her lack of muliebrity, but she's completely stolen his heart.
 
4/13 - My querulous neighbor makes me crazy: complains about mailbox color, grass length, etc. Wonder how he'll feel about me peeing on his lawn?
 
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?

Karmatic Arcade

Freya with the letter KFor 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 unusual pattern of the Kawung Textile font caught my eye, but I had no idea what the name meant or if it actually meant anything at all. So as I usually do in these situations, I asked my good friend Mr. Google. I learned “the Kawung is one of the oldest batik motifs, consisting of a four lobed stylised flower, based on the Areca Palm blossom.” And that it “has many symbolic meanings, its association to the palm blossom indicates purity and honesty, while the palm fruit refers to fertility and hope.” Very cool – and how great that a font actually taught me something! 

Kawung Textile

Another font with an interesting pattern and an usual name was Karamuruh, but when I googled it, all I found were references to the font. So if someone knows an actual meaning for Karamuruh, please let me know in the comments.
Karamuruh
 
The Kids Kas was another one of those I picked just because it made me grin when I saw it.
Kids Kas
 
I thought the intricate intertwining of Knot made for a fascinating font.
Knot
 
Love the old school video game style of Karmatic Arcade, and it’s my inspiration for today’s tweet tale.
Karmatic Arcade
After 36 hrs straight,he’s about to beat the final boss. His sister unplugs the console. Karmic justice for tattling to Dad about her party.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Kissable is Freya with her letter K?

Jazzy Caveman

Lily with the letter JFor 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

I get a kick out of handwriting fonts because they seem to go against the very nature of fonts. Handwriting is supposed to be a personal and unique thing – with experts able to identify who wrote a sample and other specialists claiming they can describe someone’s personality through his/her handwriting because of the variations. But the purpose of a font is to make all the letters look the same, so it’s like the very opposite of handwriting. But there are still a ton of handwriting fonts out there, from the messy to the elegant. I especially like this Jane Austen one. I have no idea if it looks anything like her actual handwriting, but I can totally picture the original manuscript of Pride and Prejudice written in this. If I type my novels in this font, I wonder if I’ll have the same success?

Jane Austen
Although it’s a busy font, I like how well both the jungle and rock aspects are incorporated into the Jungle Rock font.
Jungle Rock
 
I picked Joao Improvisations because I hadn’t seen one like it yet, with the way the smaller versions of each letter are echoed behind the main letter.
Joao Improvisations
 
And we already know from previous picks how much I like swirls and curlicues, so that’s why I’m showcasing Jelly Swirls
Jelly Swirls
 
I love the name of the font I’m using for today’s tweet tale inspiration: Jazzy Caveman. Those are two words I’d never imagined I’d see together, and they conjure all kinds of giggle-inducing images. 
Jazzy Caveman
He foresees awards after finding a Neanderthal encased in ice. Too bad the body froze in that position–the jazz hands look silly in photos.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Jovial is Lily with her letter J?

Ink In The Meat

Molly with the letter IFor 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

Like many kids growing up in the 80s, my parents had one of those embossed label makers where you turned the dial to the desired letter and then squeezed to imprint it on the tape. I loved playing with that thing. I stuck labels on everything, especially things that didn’t need labels. And the best part was printing out naughty words and sticking them on deserving siblings. So it’s a nice blast from the past to see the Impact Label font, which replicates the output of this toy, uh, I mean important organizational tool.

Impact Label

I admit the I Love You, Monkey font isn’t particularly exciting, but I thought both the name and the hearts in every letter were very sweet.
I Love You Monkey
 
And then we have stars in every letter via Independence - a cute, patriotic font.
Independence
 
The next font is one of those where the name and the design work together so well. My first impression was that it was zebra stripes, but when I saw the name was Identify, I realized it was fingerprints. Too cool!
Identify
 
The font inspiring today’s tweet tale is Ink In The Meat – kind of a gross sounding name for such pretty lettering. When I asked my friend Mr. Google about it, he implied that the guy who created it designed it for tattoos, so the name makes more sense.
Ink In The Meat
As I slice off my 4th bite of the delicious coq au vin, I notice a rose tattoo on the skin. “Uh,Hannibal,why would a chicken have a tattoo?”
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Irresistible is Molly with her letter I?

Helium Heaven

Chloe with the letter HFor 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

Since I write horror stories and thrillers, it's not too shocking that my favorite holiday is Halloween. I love getting dressed up in fun costumes, like a fairy gothmother, a family of zombies, or Mrs. Peacock. Halloween and other scary stuff must inspire font designers as well, since the font site has a special section dedicated to Halloween fonts with almost 50 choices. Only a few of them actually start with the word Halloween (and therefore H), but it was still tough to pick just one representative. I decided to go with Halloween Spider because arachnids freak me out.

Halloween Spider
 
Although I'm not sure what the name Happy Roxy has to do with its look, I thought the design was really clever with all the letters formed from circles with sections carved out of them.
Happy Roxy
 
For this next one, the name says it all: Halfs are Enough Latin (although shouldn’t it be ‘halves’?). All of the lower case letters show only either the upper or lower half, yet it’s still easy to read. I think it’s amazing how our brains are able to fill in the gaps like that. 
Halfs are Enough Latin
 
It’s the same thing with Heartbroken. Although both halves are present, it seems like the jagged gap down the middle should make it difficult to read, but it really doesn’t because brains are awesome.
Heartbroken
 
I’m going with another silly one for today’s tweet tale inspiration. The balloons of Helium Heaven have such goofy expressions as they’re twisted into letters that it just makes me grin to look at it.
Helium Heaven
Suzy loves Mickey but parents can’t afford trip to Disney. So they dress up like the chars, suck some helium, and make her birthday special.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Handsome is Chloe with her letter H?

Groovy Ghosties

Bailey with the letter GFor 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

I know most of these fonts are more fun than practical, but I can’t think of any real world reason to use my first G font pick … except for the fact that it’s adorable. Grazing On Grass has letters that look like they are either hedge sculptures or grass mowed into letters. But that’s not enough to make it stand out – the font creator then adds cute animals nibbling on the vegetation. Tiny, charming cows and sheep surround the letters enjoying a nice meal. Completely impractical, yet 100% cute. (To make it fit, the letters ended up pretty small, so you might want to click the link to see it big enough to make out the animals.)

Grazing On Grass

 

I picked the Gotcha font because I really like the 3-D look of it.

Gotcha

 

And then I picked Ginger Snaps because I like all the swirls and curlicues. Plus I love gingersnap cookies and think Ginger Snaps is an awesome werewolf movie.
Ginger Snaps
 
For Galaxy 1, I really like the way the look and the name of the font work together. The letters not only have a futuristic shape to them, but the random pattern of white dots really does make it look like gazing up into the stars.  
Galaxy 1
 
For my tweet tale inspiration, I’m picking Groovy Ghosties, mostly because it makes me giggle. It’s probably supposed to be a creepy font, but the expressions on their silly, little faces just makes me laugh.
Groovy Ghosties
Most people living in haunted houses deal with moans & the smell of dirt, but our ghost died in the 70s, so we get disco beats & patchouli.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Gorgeous is Bailey with her letter G?

Fair Faces

Freya with the letter FFor 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

When I was a wee lass, I had a Sesame Street sign language book that taught some of the basic signs, which I spent hours memorizing. As the years passed, I forgot most of what I learned, but I made sure to remember the alphabet because, even if I had to fingerspell everything, I wanted to be able to communicate if I met someone who was hard of hearing. I’ve only actually met two people so far, and since they both had hearing aids and read lips with impressive skill, I never had to break out my slow and awkward fingerspelling. Anyway, I thought it was cool that one of the F fonts is Finger Signing. In addition to showing the position of the fingers, it also has the letter in the corner, so you can easily learn the ASL alphabet from the font.

Finger Signing

The next one just makes me laugh – it’s letters formed out of band-aids and is called First Aid. That’s what most of my first aid looks like, too: slap a bunch of band-aids on the problem and hope for the best.

First Aid

This next one has the most boring name so far: Filled ABC. I mean, yes, it certainly describes the font, but it doesn’t capture the variety of patterns that give it visual interest. I think it would look way more awesome if it had colors, but even in black and white it reminds me of the bold patterns in Aboriginal art.
Filled ABC
 
In today’s hypersensitive culture, some might be offended by the name Fat Boy Smiles, but for me, all those happy faces do their job and make me grin. I don’t think it’s possible to be in a bad mood while typing with this font. 
Fat Boy Smiles
 
I was drawn to Fair Faces because the first novel I wrote was a YA Horror set at the fair (I called it A Fair to Remember – hee!). Although it’s been ‘drawered’ for years, I’ve recently pulled it out to see if I can salvage it. Maybe I’ll use this font for chapter headings to inspire me. But for now, I’ll use it to inspire my tweet tale, although it’s not so much a tale but a tweet synopsis of the novel.
Fair Faces
It’s supposed to be a night of fun at the fair, but for a teen hounded by fear, the line between shrieks of joy & cries of terror is blurry.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Fantastic is Freya with her letter F?

Temporarily Tweet Tales Sunday Week 115

15 Minute Tweet TalesLike I’ve done the past two years of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I’m temporarily moving my regularly scheduled 15 Minute Tweet Tales posts from Tuesday to Sunday. Since I didn’t do a tweet tales post earlier this week, there are more than usual. Enjoy!
 
3/26 - The food's awful, but she gets hebdomadal lunch: she never gave waiter the chance to call her Mom, but recognized her blue eyes in his face.
 
3/27 - When she caught husband cheating, her knee-jerk reaction was to grab her shotgun, but she came up with a better murder scheme to avoid jail.
 
3/28 - With a sneer, she flicks his epaulet representing courage in battle. She knows it was bought with the blood of his men rather than earned.
 
3/29 - Tim cries at zoomorphic costumes. "Told ya he's too young," hisses Dad. "Told ya you're an ass!" screams Mom, giving audience a second show.
 
3/30 - The atavism in Jon alarms his mom. Magic had been eliminated from their people, primarily by killing those who had it. She must hide him.
 
3/31 - He writes books mocking those who believe in aliens, so he's upset he'll have to resile. Least of his worries once the probing starts.
 
4/1 - After her devious explanation of why she missed curfew lasted 20 minutes, her dad couldn't figure out if she should be punished or not.
 
4/2 - "When I gaze in your eyes, I know you grok me. Our wedding will be beautiful. Now, do you promise not to scream when I take off the gag?"
 
4/3 - Cleaning Nana's attic he finds an incunabulum. Believing it dusty junk, he tosses it...along with the fortune he'd work so hard to inherit.
 
4/4 - Sue's ready for her efflorescence from geeky girl to hot woman, but no one wants to give her a makeover in a montage set to pop music.
 
4/5 - Although the cockalorum annoys us by lamenting about his Ferrari being in the shop, when the bus arrives, he lacks money for the fare.
 
4/6 - Her boss carps at her, not knowing her husband just died. Her boss also doesn't know he died because he constantly criticized her.
 
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?