A dragon’s wing and “O” stories voting

The Alphabet Challenge “O” Stories voting has stopped. I don’t mean it’s ended . . . I mean that no one is voting.

After the record voting turnout we had for the last round, this is a lesson in two things:

1) Don’t ever express optimism about the future because The Universe takes note and reacts accordingly. I made the mistake in speculating we were getting a following and we’re now getting punished for it. 

2) “O” Stories don’t have anywhere near the appeal of “The Story of O”.

One can only hope it’s a temporary setback or this will be the lowest votes round in the history of this challenge.

But, I mean, one round has to be the lowest vote round, so there’s no reason for this not to be it; might as well get it out of the way early. Still, it begs the question: where did all the voters go? I hope they have not succumbed to the physical and mental stress of what we’re going through. Meaning, I hope they are but slumbering or busy enjoying life, in which case, more power to them.  

Still, if you’ve not already done so — consider reading the stories and then voting for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge O-Stories” are HERE.<<link

OK, I mentioned that recently I had a mini photography session. The acorns were one subject, and the other was what I can only assume is the remains of a dragon’s wing . . .

OK, it’s not . . . but it could be if we lived in one of the realities where dragons are as commonplace as fleas. More power to you if you can recognize the plant this came from, but until I do a post about it, a dragon wing it is.

Of course, if it were a dragon wing, it might look a bit more like this . . .

. . . nice, but you know I wouldn’t stop there, right? I would likely drift into something like this . . .

. . . and then go a little beyond . . .

. . . and then, maybe, drift into monochrome . . .

. . . but then go nuts again . . .

OK, maybe tone it back down just a bit . . .

Hmm . . . that looks a bit too much like a side of beef . . . let me get a bit abstract . . .

No . . . it’s not even recognizable as a dragon wing, regardless of how interesting it looks. 

Really, the version I liked best, as I played with it, is this one . . .

. . . yes, were I a dragon, and had wings, I’d want them to look like that. Without the frame, of course. Many might not realize it, but frames are not aerodynamically stable. 

That’s right . . . they tend to hang . . .

The Smugmug Gallery of reminders photos is HERE<<<Link. You can see the full-size photos and you can see more of the details there than here.

For them who have already read and voted, a different kind of treat . . .

. . . I was chatting with my sister and the subject of Project 313 came up. For new subscribers to the blog (them who aren’t trying to sell me something and might actually be reading the posts) HERE<<link is a link to a post explaining Project 313.

OK, so, I could suggest people go through all 313 posts and marvel at what I choose to waste my time on . . . but, while that would surely boost my views numbers, I suspect it’s more effort than most people are willing to put in.

Fear not, mes chers lecteurs, for I have summarized the entire effort in two posts. The first summarizes the first half of the challenge (HERE<<link), and the second summarizes the second half of the challenge (HERE<<link).

AND . . . if you only want to explore the photos (and not the cartoons and doodles), there is a Flickr gallery of the photos HERE<<link.

One thing that perhaps is impressive (although for me it was more of a bother) is that three-quarters of the way into the project is when we decided to move back to the mainland from Hawaiʻi. That means I had to schedule more than two months’ worth of posts ahead of time since we would be traveling and homeless and without reliable access to the Internet.

. . . the things I do for this blog . . . well, OK, for me.

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