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?

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?