Reminder to pick your favorite Alphabet Challenge “A” Stories

A quick reminder to vote for one of the stories in the “A” Alphabet Challenge Submissions. You can vote HERE and for them who have yet to read them, there are links to each of the stories in that post.

I realize it’s a huge time commitment (around 30 minutes reading time if you have to mouth the words or narrate them to your pets, less if you read them quietly), but you have a whole month to read them before the voting closes. Not that I suggest procrastinating. The opposite, in fact. Get to it now! Chop, chop. And tell all your friends.

Remember: if you don’t like any of the stories, direct all the people you don’t like to them so they too can suffer through their awfulness.

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That’s from two years and two weeks ago. Pretty boring, no? We were probably on our way to Tex for a malasada fix when I pulled off the Belt Road just outside of Waimea and snapped that photo. Man, time sure flies.

In contrast, on a gray 2019 October day, I got me this beauty.

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OK, that’s not quite fair. There are lots of colors here in the Fall . . .

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Strangely enough, I see more birds and wildlife here than I did in Hawaiʻi.

Not Hawaiʻi (click for larger view)

I suppose (and have been told) there are lots of animals just below the surface of that big expanse of water surrounding the islands. I never ventured down there to check.

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Here’s something we don’t really get in Hawaiʻi . . .

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I mean, yes, they have seasons there . . . there’s Hotter, Wetter, Buggier, and my favorite, the Nuclear Attack Warning season.

I kid, of course; we enjoyed our time in Hawaiʻi. Heck, we enjoyed everywhere we’ve lived.

Remember to vote and to direct friends, enemies, and people you have no opinion about toward the trio of stories.

Here’s the gallery of the above . . .

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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10 Responses to Reminder to pick your favorite Alphabet Challenge “A” Stories

  1. AnnMarie says:

    I like your photo offerings here very much . . . some made it to my lock-screen folder and a few to my To-Paint folder (especially the B&W tree . . . awesome value study!). Your Mauna Kea photo is painting-perfect! Thank you!


  2. Well, I have a story about my experience with the Alphabet Challenge “A” Stories. I read all three on one evening, which probably was a mistake because the first story blew me away and neither of the other two had a chance. I was around 12 years old when I first read The Gift of the Magi and have probably re-read it at least 12 times since but the last time was probably 25 or 30 years ago. I was so fascinated by this well-written re-telling of O. Henry’s masterpiece that I went back that night and re-read the original for the 13th time! I am curious about one thing, though: O. Henry was an American who was living in New York when he wrote his story. Why did whoever wrote the re-telling switch the locale to London?


    • disperser says:

      Official response from the anonymous writer of the story:

      Dearest Careful Reader,

      First, thank you for reading, enjoying, and expressing your kindness about “Avery.” Who would have guessed, however, that I would stumble upon a “Gift of the Magi-ologist.” I would love to regale you with my need to re-set the scene to accommodate the zeitgeist of the period or some such blather, but I won’t.

      The truth of the matter is, I am merely a casual admirer of O. Henry and his short stories. I listened to an audiobook recently featuring “Gift” and the narrator had a British accent. When I looked up some background for “Avery” I noticed the couple lived in a flat. Digging no deeper, I believed the setting was England, circa the early 1900s. The rest was Imagineering.

      I hope the fact that my story stemmed from incompetence doesn’t cause you to change your vote. I enjoyed writing it and sharing it with such an astute reader.

      Thanks, and remember that forgiveness is divine.
      (name withheld)

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Enjoyed all three stories. Voted for one. :-)
    Sky, deer, leaf, water, tree, rainbow…all beautiful! SIGH-worthy!
    HUGS!!! Happy New Week! :-)


    • disperser says:

      Thanks, Carolyn.

      You don’t have to tell me which story you voted for, but could you tell me when you voted?

      The counter hasn’t changed for a few days and I’m asking a few people who said they voted about when they voted. I’m concerned the poll is not registering votes. Thanks.

      Liked by 1 person

      • I voted on Sunday and I voted properly and now that you mentioned it….I just now looked again and the number of votes has not changed from since before I voted.


      • disperser says:

        That’s what I’m trying to track down. I checked with two other people and their votes were Friday or earlier.

        I think the system is working as it should but hearing about your vote got me to wondering if there was a problem. That’s why I posted details of the instructions; I wanted to make sure it wasn’t a user-error thing.


  4. Louise says:

    Love the rainbow picture. It’s such a perfect shot. All elements were aligned just right. Just beautiful!!


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