Alphabet Challenge “H” Stories voting results

The polls for the”H” Stories are now closed. Soon, the “I” Stories will go live.

You can check the results of the voting HERE (H Stories). But, as I know no one cares, I’ll force the results onto you now.

Here’s a photo before I continue . . .

It’s a flower treated to Topaz Impression 2.0 and framed using Topaz Studio 1.0.

So, what does the voting mean for the writers? Well, outside of a few bragging rights, not much. But, let’s proceed with the reveals, the answer to “Who wrote which stories?” question.

“H” Stories writers and scoring:

Hedgehog Hustle: That would be Gary. He gets 3 points for the first-place finish.

Homophyly: That would be me. I get 2 points for the second-place finish.

The Home: That would be Perry. He gets 1 point for the third-place finish.

With 20 votes cast, I consider this a good voting round.

Gary obviously knocked one out of the park (no pun intended) with a story that resonated with a lot of people.

The race is getting tighter and I don’t know if this means we are all similarly gifted writers or that we are similarly crappy writers.

The few comments we get often lean both ways, so without more people commenting, we will remain in the dark, unsure if we should chuck our current careers and concentrate on writing . . . or hold on tight to a job that has a regular paycheck.

For me, it’s easy . . . I’m retired, so I’ll keep that job.

By the way, I need to explain my title . . . Homophyly was picked so I could use the word “macroverbumsciolist” in the text (a challenge cast by Perry and accepted by me).

So, what are the standings?

It may look like a two-writers race, but don’t count Perry out; he’s a competitive cuss and at some point, he’ll write to score as opposed to writing for pleasure. Or, maybe not.

Speaking of writing, I’ve yet to write my “G” “H” “I” story, so I’ll crank something out in the next few hours. If I get no interruptions, the “G” “H” “I” stories will be up and running later tonight.

Yes, that’s become the norm, and each round I’m waiting later and later to get started. I aim to one day start writing my story after I post it.

Anyway, the earliest the “I” stories are likely to go live is sometimes tomorrow. Sorry about that . . . again.

Take care of yourselves first, and if these offerings don’t sit well on your plate, that’s fine. Regardless of your participation, thank you for stopping by.

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9 Responses to Alphabet Challenge “H” Stories voting results

  1. AnnMarie says:

    Well done, guys! And you’re off to the “I” writing finish line!

    Oh, and . . . great photos you’ve got here! Love that texture, especially that something special that makes your second photo quite wonderful! Now that I looked at it again, it reminds me of hard candy! Yummy!


    • disperser says:

      Well, not off yet . . . had to take care of some stuff, but hopefully soon.

      I like all the photos but the tree is the one that I’m partial to. It’s a tree at the rest area on Saddle Road, Big Island. I like the effect.

      If you go to Google Maps or Google Earth, you can see it:

      Click on street view from the parking lot and look in the direction indicated and you can see it.


    • AnnMarie says:

      I do recall photos of that tree since it has a unique and quite lovely shape. And using those filters and processes can give it so many wonderful variations on the theme of tree!


  2. What’s your hurry? Most of us aren’t going anywhere. Methinks that if you spent more time on your stories the result would be even better stories.


    • disperser says:

      Why, that’s just crazy talk!

      OK, here’s what’s happening:
      1) there are many things occupying my time these days (sitting outside with my camera and drinking coffee, painting, a few chores, eating . . . you know the drill).

      2) I figure I need to let the brothers catch up otherwise there’s no challenge. This would go a lot faster if Perry got on the ball, but it is what it is.

      3) Unfortunately, the other problem is that these days I’m saddled with either big ideas (like my H story) or tiny ones (no more than flash fiction). Hence, days go by with nothing I can grab a hold of.

      4) eventually, like now, I take a large idea and shoe-horn it into 2K-3K words or so.

      5) That said, I really do work best under pressure. Especially since I’m not particularly talented and I get a benefit from rushing. Namely, when I rush, I write simple stuff with less chance of becoming a convoluted mess (although I fail, and fail often, according to many).

      5) Like, what I’m writing now . . . it will probably be twenty pounds of stuff jammed into a ten-pound bag, but down the line, I might flesh it out into an epic tale.

      6) As far as inspiration goes, I go in stages, and, unfortunately, I’m in a drought. I could claim COVID-19 worries, or the fact this is feeling like a job and I’m supposed to be retired, or I’m getting old and my brain is shy a few working cylinders. Whatever the reason, last-minute-panic-writing at least gets something down on paper.

      7) yes, that means readers might have to read substandard stuff, but here’s where I’m counting on both blind luck (striking a nerve with some) and for the other two writers to pick up the slack when I don’t. As I recall, you really enjoyed the baseball story. The others were . . . what was it? Oh, yeah; crappy and boring, respectively. But, aren’t you glad you read that one good story? And, sometimes they are all pretty good. And yes, occasionally, they will be all crappy (I don’t think that’s happened yet).

      8) the twins are fierce competitors; I’m counting on them to push each other to great heights and maybe drag me along for the ride.

      Well, will you look at that . . . that’s almost enough for a short story.

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  3. Beautiful photos! And I enjoy the artistry of each one! Love the frames, too!

    Congrats to all 3 writers!

    Looking forward to the I stories!


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