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?

Radio Active Granny

Molly with the letter RFor 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 Renania Double Line reminds me of when I was young and clutched pens together to write because it looked cool. I often used more than two pens, although sticking with two was easier to read. And of course it was always pens with various brightly colored inks so it looked like I was writing via rainbow.
Renania Double Line
 
I have no idea what’s going on with Riot Act. I mean, I think I see teeth and eyeballs and intestines, wha? But it was so weird and icky I had to include it.
Riot Act
 
I am not a rave type of person in any way – in fact, loud music makes me want to curl into a catatonic ball – but I like the fun feel of Rave Queen
Rave Queen
 
Royal Initialen is another of those that’s a bit hard to read, but I liked how it looks like it’s been formed from metal.
Royal Initialen
 
For whatever random reason, the R section was loaded with fonts with fun names. There were so many that instantly sparked crazy images that could lead to interesting stories, like Redneck Zombie, Rat Infested Mailbox, Radical Llamas, and Rabbit On The Moon. But since I only include five each day (and besides most of their actual font designs were pretty boring), I picked the name that made me laugh the most as inspiration for today’s tweet tale: Radio Active Granny.
Radio Active Granny
Nana just ripped the door off the fridge getting her prune juice.Is her experimental arthritis treatment actually creating a geriatric army?
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Resplendent is Molly with her letter R?

Temporarily Tweet Tales Sunday Week 117

15 Minute Tweet TalesHere’s another quick 15 Minute Tweet Tales post on the day off from the A to Z Challenge:
 
4/14 – When the bully taunts Jim in the hallway, Suzy screams at him to stop. His little sister's derring-do shames him more than the bully.
 
4/15 - Finger in my coat pocket, I four-flush I have a gun and rob him. I immediately trash it; I didn't want the money, he was just being a jerk.
 
4/16 - His piquant personality takes him far on the reality cooking show, but it's replacing competitors' sugar with salt that secures his win.
 
4/17 - At work Bob came across as a nebbish, but when Jan got hassled in the parking lot, he stepped in, opening her eyes to his true nature.
 
4/18 - Rex pants happily as his girls bedizen him in their mom's old clothes, his silent lessons about love and patience enriching their lives.
 
4/19 - The meeting prattle hits stupidity threshold and she shouts, "You're all fired for being idiots!" Her boss calls security to escort her out.
 
4/20 - My normally gregarious child screamed when placed on the Easter Bunny's lap. Then I had to write a check for Bunny's dry-cleaning bill.
 
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?

Queenie Beebie

Lily with the letter QFor 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 participating in the A to Z challenge, I have been worried about today: Q day *dun dun duhn!* But actually there were more Q fonts to choose from than I expected. There wasn’t a creative smorgasbord available like for most of the other letters, but I was able to pull out a few interesting ones to share.
 
Although there isn’t actually anything very interesting about the design of the QA Reports font, but I picked it because that’s what I did every day for ten years before I quit to write full time. I was a quality assurance analyst at a software company, where I tested the programs and wrote out bug reports for the defects I found. I seriously have no idea what the design of this font has to do with a QA Report, but whatever. 
QA Reports
 
And where did I do all this QA reporting? Why in a cubicle of course, so the next font is Qbicle. The 3D-ish font is a little hard to read, but focus on the bottom left edges to see the letters. 
Qbible
 
Much easier to read is Quintessential, which I assume gets its name from being a quintessential easy-to-read calligraphy font. I actually took a calligraphy class when I was young (we even used parchment paper and pens you dipped in ink!), and even though my normal handwriting is terrible, my calligraphy is still passable after all these years. Although it’s nowhere near as nice as this.
Quintessential
 
Several years ago it seemed like QR codes were going to be all the rage, but they never really caught on and seemed to have quietly shuffled off the stage. But if you miss them, you can always use the Qrurl font.
Qrurl
 
Of all the Q fonts, the Queenie Beebie was my favorite, so of course it’s my tweet tale inspiration. I like how the letters give the impression of being bee-like rather than being shaped like actual insects. 
Queenie Beebie
Everyone buzzes around, eager to serve. She’d done bad to earn it,but she’d watched enough high school movies to know it’s good to be queen.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Quaint is Lily with her letter Q?

Pony Rides

Freya with the letter PFor 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 most kids who grew up in the 80’s, I loved Pac-man. I know kids growing up with today’s sophisticated games (where the characters almost look like they can step from the screen) would sneer at a yellow circle chomping on simple dots, but it was just as addicting as today’s games. After hours of playing, I would sometimes dream of colored ghosts chasing me to the whacka whacka sounds. And hearing the jaunty theme song brings back many childhood memories, which is why I think I like the Pacmania font so much.
Pacmania
 
Pustule is really gross, but I have to admire the designer for turning something so foul into a font. 
Pustule
 
Now for something cuter to cleanse you palette: Panda Spots. While the letters aren’t actually formed out of pandas like many of the other animal fonts, the pudgy shape of the letters reminds me of the adorable roly-poly bears, in addition to the black-and-white coloring.
Panda Spots
 
I like the look of Penelope because it’s an interesting mix of hard angles and swirls.
Penelope
 
I have several friends who are big fans of My Little Pony, so as soon as I saw Pony Rides, I knew it was going to be my tweet tale inspiration for today.
Pony Rides
Fleeing fighting parents,she jumps on horse,whispers in his ear,“Take me someplace magical.” “Hang on,”he neighs & leaps beyond the rainbow.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Playful does Freya look with her letter P?

One Legged Donkey

Bailey with the letter OFor 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

As I’ve been perusing the fonts, I’ve seen a lot that look like blood or some other nasty substance dripping down a wall. I guess there’s a big demand for bloody fonts because of Halloween and horror movie/novel franchises. As a horror kind of gal, I love them all, but what I really like about this one is the name. Instead of going with an on-the-nose name like Bloodthirsty, Zombie Slayer, or It’s Dripping, this one has the more intriguing moniker Oh No Not Again. Not what again? Are you being attacked by a creature you didn’t defeat the first time? Are you turning into a monster and slaughtering innocents? Or do you just have recurring nosebleeds? So many possibilities in this font and its name.
Oh No Not Again
 
In addition to loving horror, I also love the ocean. If I ever become a millionaire best selling novelist, I’m totally buying a house with an Ocean View.
Ocean View
 
Old Stamper looks exactly like what the name says. Now I want to use red ink and come up with all kinds of silly rejections to print across things. 
Old Stamper
 
I don’t know what it is about Occoluchi, but I just keep staring at it. It’s not particularly intricate or fancy, but I really like it. I googled Occoluchi to see if it had a special meaning, but the only hits that came up were for the font itself. So if you know what it means, please let me know in the comments.
Occoluchi
 
I also had to google the font that’s inspiring today’s tweet tale: One Legged Donkey. It’s such an absurd phrase that I was worried it might actually mean something that would turn my blog from PG to R rated. Mr. Google informed that it is a leg exercise and also a series of jokes:
 
What do you call a donkey with one leg?
A wonkey donkey
 
What do you call a donkey with one leg and one eye?
A winkey wonkey donkey
 
What do you call a donkey with one leg and one eye while breaking wind?
A stinkey winkey wonkey donkey 
 
So it appears to be safe, and while the font isn’t very exciting, I do love the silly name.
One Legged Donkey
On the canyon trail, my donkey refuses to move. I cajole, yell, threaten to make him a 1-legged freak. I go on my own & the trail crumbles.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Outstanding is Bailey with her letter O?

Never Trust A Hippy

Chloe with the letter NFor 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 past two weeks I’ve featured fonts formed out of lots of weird things, especially a surprising number of animals. Today’s first font is made out of something else I never would have considered shaping letters out of: Nails. But now that I think about it, it makes sense even in the real world. You could pour out a box of nails and form letters with them, and they bend easily enough to form the curved parts as well. So I guess creating a font out of them isn’t that weird after all. 

Nails
 
Speaking of fonts made out of weird things, Night Vigil is made out of buildings. I think it’s cool how the letters really do look like buildings while still being readable.
Night Vigil
 
Next up we have Ninjas because ninjas make everything better, right?
Ninjas
 
Neon Lights is another of those I think would look better in color, but even in black-and-white, I still think it does a nice job of conveying the 3D feel of neon signs.
Neon Lights
 
For my tweet tale inspiration I’m using Never Trust A Hippy. Apparently there is a history behind the phrase, but I like it because of the groovy pattern. 
Never Trust a Hippy
“Does this make me look fat?” “No way, the swirls make you look groovy.” Looking in the mirror, I think Dawn’s lying so she can steal Jerry.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Nifty is Chloe with her letter N?

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?