Alphabet Challenge “R” Stories voting results

The polls for the”R” Stories are now closed.

You can check the results of the voting HERE<<link. Since few people click on links, here are the results.

Here’s a photo before I continue . . .

Artified tree trunk and leavesIt’s a tree trunk and leaves treated to Topaz Impression 2.0 and framed using Topaz Studio 1.0.

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Final “R” stories voting reminder . . . and photos

Tomorrow, the Alphabet Challenge “R” Stories voting round closes at Noon, Central time (Chicago time). For them who have patiently waited until the last minute before voting, behold! . . . it is nearly here.

If you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, thank you in advance for casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge R-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 20th.

And now, onto a few photos for them who already voted (or have not voted and don’t plan to vote) . . .

A cone flower artified

That would be a cone flower adorned by a bug . . .

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Sixth “R” stories voting reminder . . . and photos

Two more days . . . that’s how much longer the Alphabet Challenge “R” Stories voting round is open.  

If you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, thank you in advance for casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge R-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 20th.

And now, onto a few photos . . .

I’m really sleepy, so just one more . . .

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Fifth “R” stories voting reminder . . . and photos

The Alphabet Challenge “R” Stories voting round is heading into the final four days of voting, still stalled. We’re hoping for a few more votes to come in, but (being busy myself) I understand why votes (and voters) may lag. 

Regardless, if you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, thank you in advance for casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge R-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 20th.

And now, onto an eclectic mix of photographs . . .

You’re looking at the balloons for a balloon drop event on the Coral Princess during our 2017 Alaska cruise. Said cruise is still being documented . . . maybe I should get back to doing that and put it to bed since there are photos from two other cruises that still need processing (Panama crossing, and New England & Canada cruises).

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Fourth “R” stories voting reminder . . . and photos

The Alphabet Challenge “R” Stories voting round is undergoing its usual midway stall in what has become a regular pattern . . . half the votes come at the beginning of the voting period, and the rest as we near the end of the voting period. 

Regardless of when, if you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, thank you in advance for casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge R-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 20th.

I’m still kind of busy, so this will be yet another short post.

Within, I hope to offer calming photos for people to contemplate.

small tiered waterfallThis serene scene is found along hwy. 24 heading up to Woodland Park from Colorado Springs.

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Third “R” stories voting reminder . . . and two photos

The Alphabet Challenge “R” Stories voting round is nearly at the halfway mark.

If you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, thank you in advance for casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge R-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 20th.

I’m kind of busy, so this will be an extra-short post.

Driftwood on a beachSince few agreed with my interpretation of the last piece of driftwood I shared, I leave it to anyone who might want to comment to suggest what this piece resembles.

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More of some thoughts on writing . . . again

Well, I think I need a picture so that at least some people will come to this post . . .

driftwood on the beach

I think it looks a bit like a woodified seal . . . but, back to writing.

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Second “R” stories voting reminder . . . and a few more photos

The Alphabet Challenge “R” Stories voting round continues on its two-week journey.

If you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, thank you in advance for casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge R-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 20th.

I’m still using the Classic Block (in the Block Editor environment) and I’m having no issues with it. Yes, there are a few things different, but if I can adapt to having Trump as President . . . let’s just say this is trivial in comparison.

So, a few photos . . .

A little bit of background as to why I snapped this photo (in addition to, you know, swans).

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Classic Editor Block Template Generic

A few days ago, I posted a long post about using the Classic Block Editor.<<link

While it’s good to learn by repetition, I advise people who want to minimize the hassle of editing in blocks to create a template. Meaning, a draft of a post that they can copy whenever they want a new post.

This post is about creating a Classic Editor Block Template you can copy whenever you want to do a new post.

This is all slides, no words. You can either look at them in the gallery below, or download the .PDF I created:

Create Classic Block Template <<link to PDF (6MB)

As before, it’s probably more detailed than most people need.

Here’s the gallery (and if you have questions, post them below and I’ll try to answer them if I can). Again, the aim here is to create a draft of a post you can copy whenever you want to author a new post:

If you want to share it, feel free to share a link back to this post.

I’m kind of busy with unexpected stuff, so I might not respond right away.

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“R” stories voting reminder . . . and a few photos

The Alphabet Challenge “R” Stories voting round is off to a slow start, and that’s understandable . . . to everyone but us writers.

OK, that’s a joke. I shouldn’t have to explain that, but these days it’s best to make things perfectly clear; I’m kidding.

I know our regular readers likely will get around to reading and voting, and we writers want you to know we are thankful for each and every one of you. Oh, yeah . . . also the irregular readers who stop by and contribute to the voting.

If you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, thank you in advance for casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge R-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 20th.

Believe it or not, I’m using the Classic Block editor as opposed to the Classic Editor to compose this post.

Wanna know why? Because in the course of writing the guide to the Classic Block, I got used to it and it’s not functionally different from the Classic Editor (except for how I insert photos).

Speaking of photos . . .

Seagull walking along the beachYes, that’s a seagull out for a stroll on a Michigan beach (that’s Lake Michigan in the background).

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Using the Classic Editor Block

Edited to Add: for those of you comfortable with minimal directions, the gallery at the bottom might be all that is needed and you can probably get through it in under five minutes.

This is a long post and composed entirely using the Classic Editor Block in the Block Editor environment.

Yes, the Classic Editor is still available, and yes, people prefer it (including me) . . . BUT . . . this is coming, so I figure I’d do a tutorial.

Using the Classic Editor block is a way to ease into using blocks and while I have a lot of slides, it’s not because it’s difficult. It’s actually super-easy, barely an inconvenience (but some inconvenience).

I think the problem is that people aren’t familiar with what are, frankly, some confusing aspects of working with block.

WARNING: this is a long post, but it’s mostly slides (and there’s a gallery of all the slides at the end).

NOTE: I’m using a PC. I don’t use my phone to compose stuff unless I want to punish myself. If you’re on a phone reading this, you won’t get anything from it because you won’t be able to read the text.

This should be the same for both free and paid blogs (not the .ORG blogs as I don’t have those so I don’t know).

So, here we go . . . begin by going to your dashboard . . . (mostly slides from here on) . . .

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The Alphabet Challenge: “R” Stories Voting

Assuming everyone has read the stories, this is the place where you can vote for your favorite of the “R” Stories.

For readers who stumbled here or who need a refresher, the stories can be found by clicking on their respective names.

Here are the links to the stories:

Rambler 6<<link

Risk<<link

Reflex<<link

All readers have to do is read each story and choose the one they liked best. Voting is open for two weeks from the date of publication.

For this round, the voting will close at Noon on October 20th.

As a reminder, to have your vote count, click on the circle next to the story you’re voting for, and then click on “Vote”. If you don’t click on “Vote”, your choice won’t be recorded.

If you would like to leave a comment for the writers — either here or with the individual stories posts — please do so. I will forward each comment/question to the appropriate writer and will post their reply.

The writers will appreciate hearing from you and will likely respond.

The next round of stories — the “S” Stories — should be up a day or two after the closing of this round, or around October 21st.

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