Alphabet Challenge “S” Stories voting results

The polls for the”S” 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 . . .

That’s a scene from Ute Pass (Colorado) 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 the “Who wrote which stories?” question.

S” Stories writers and scoring:

Sam<<link: That would be Perry. He gets 3 points for the first-place finish.

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

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

With 36 votes cast, I consider this an excellent voting round.

As it often happens, the twins wrote something substantially similar that I was surprised the votes weren’t more evenly split between them. For them who haven’t read the stories, both Sam and Simon Says can be summarized as “douche-bags husbands get theirs” (as they all should).

Both offer a decent set-up and a twist ending, and I imagine Sam took the lead because there’s an (under)dog as a character. In fact, Sam mounted an impressive comeback from last place by taking nine of the thirteen votes cast in the last two days. Obviously, it struck a chord with readers who waited until the last moment to vote.

On a personal note, my story — Soldier —  fared pretty well for a story with more words than the other two stories combined. I hadn’t started out to write a novelette, but as the plot progressed, I felt I had to expand the scope. Even so, Soldier could have been much longer. Meaning, I sacrificed some of my original intent for the story — the main character’s evolution from wanting to return to ‘looking’ human to ‘being’ human — and concentrated more on the action.

This is a story I could have expanded to a novel. Interestingly, I got some flack because of the length, but that’s a little annoying because one of the criticisms I often get on my short stories is that they’re rushed.

Another point I want to make . . . November is Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and for the fourth year running, I’m not participating (too much other stuff going on) . . . but here’s something to ponder . . . I wrote Soldier over the course of one evening and one morning for an estimated total of between six or seven hours, with another hour or so of editing.

What about it?” you ask.

Well, it tells me what I already know . . . I could knock out a NaNoWriMo-length novel in about fifty hours. Meaning, if writing was my job, I could easily write a novel a month.

That said, I can’t make the claim those would be any good. After all, Soldier didn’t win this round.

So, what are the standings?

There are a total of 7 rounds remaining. The maximum number of points any one writer can earn from here on — presuming they win all remaining rounds — is 21.

Anyway, the earliest the “T” stories are likely to go live is sometimes tomorrow and as late as two days from now — unless something interferes.

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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