The “F” stories fiction distancing

Well, I figured this would happen (and completely understand) . . . the total number of votes for the “F” stories offerings is tracking even lower than the usually low numbers.

This is a gentle reminder that — if bored out of your skull, healthy, and literate — you might consider reading them and then, perhaps, voting for your favorite HERE. That’s also where you can find links to the stories so that — you know — you don’t have to hunt for them.

I’ll also advise people to — regardless if you read the stories or not — take the occasional break from COVID-19 news. It’s easy to let it take over your life. I mean, it’s already taking over your physical life, but you should make the effort to safeguard your mental health and emotional well-being.

It’s perfectly understandable reading these stories isn’t your Plan A . . . or even B, C, or D, but do something — anything — to relax and focus on things you enjoy.

Below are a couple of photo manipulations for your enjoyment (or not).

So, that’s one of the two photos I shared yesterday but passed through AI Remix function of Topaz Studio 1.0.

Then, using Studio’s Digital Frame option, I came up with this . . .

I don’t know which is better . . . I like them both but for different reasons.

I also tried doing a similar thing with the other photo . . . 

Again, I don’t know if it’s good, bad, indifferent, or just plain weird.

I imagine that if I had a recognizable name, this could hang in an art gallery and people would be all “Ooohh!” and “AAhh!” over it . . . instead of the current reaction of “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is that!?!”

I tried the same approach with another photo (meaning, AI Remix, and Digital Frame) and I have a feeling people might like this one much more than the other two.

Anyway, stay safe, and if so inclined, read the stories and then please vote.

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