Alphabet Challenge “Q” Stories voting results

The polls for the”Q” 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 . . .

Photo of Jimson Weed fruit

It’s a photo of a poisonous Jimson Weed fruit<<link processed with DxO Nik Collection Color Efex Pro 4.

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 the “Who wrote which stories?” question.

Q” Stories writers and scoring:

Qualify<<link: That would be me. I get 3 points for the first-place finish.

Quid Pro Joe<<link: That would be Perry. He gets 2 points for the second-place finish.

Quincy<<link: That would be Gary. He gets 1 point for the third-place finish.

With 29 votes cast, I consider this a great voting round turnout.

So, my story came in first due to a late vote surge in the wee hours of the morning . . . votes that came from the other side of the world. I can’t deny I’m pleased to win, but . . . wait, first a photo.

Stylized Jimson Weed fruit photo
Topaz Studio 1.0, Impression plugin, and Digital Frame.

I’d have put money down that Quid Pro Joe would have taken the top spot. So much so, that I checked to see where the late votes that last night vaulted me into the lead came from (one or more of these places: Jakarta, Australia, Philipines, England, Virginia, California, and Arizona).

I can’t identify the exact location of the votes, but they came from a few of those places. Why did I check? Because it’s the third time a late flurry of votes got me into the lead and gave me the win.

It could be readers were moved by last night’s “time is running out” reminder, read the stories, and actually thought mine was the better story, but late votes going my way on multiple occasions seemed odd.

I mean, don’t get me wrong; as I said, I’m pleased . . . but I wanted to make sure someone wasn’t stacking the deck.

I also checked the readership for each story. This is far from exact because not all visits are counted as it depends on how a reader comes into a story. Meaning, views are not always registered if a reader is used to get to the stories. Anyway . . .

Qualify >> 40 views and 7 Likes.

Quid Pro Joe >> 39 views and 9 Likes.

Quincy >> 44 views and 8 Likes.

The voting post got the most views, (175 views) which makes sense as the post is the main conduit to the stories. Of course, some of those views are the writers checking on how the voting is going.

I’m probably overthinking all this, but I’m a big fan of understanding how the world works and of level playing fields.

Not that I’m universally loved (far, far, from it) but the fact I don’t know of anyone in those places who would vote for me because of a personal connection puts my mind at ease (somewhat).

So, thank you for another win.

Anyway, what are the standings?

There are a total of 9 rounds remaining. The maximum number of points any one writer can earn from here on — presuming they win all remaining rounds — is 27. The least amount of points is — duh! — 9.

The earliest the “R” stories are likely to go live is sometimes tomorrow and no later than Wednesday.

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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