Semi-quick update and monochrome seagull

For them not interested in reading, you can see the photos in THIS SmugMug Gallery.  

For a SmugMug slideshow click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the upper-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow will run a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

You can also click on the individual photos and a larger (but not full-size) version will open in a new tab or window. The galleries also have the option to show the larger version.

If you want the full experience, keep reading.

So, twice now I mentioned seagull and I start out with ducks. Well, I liked how they swam away from me even though I was inside a car and about sixty yards away. But most of all, I like the wake patterns they formed. It reminded me of a flotilla of warship . . . well, feathery warships. Them beaks are deadly, don’t you know. 

Some readers may be anxiously (ha!) awaiting the next installment of The AlphabetChallenge “U” Story.

Well, last week was a holiday week and even though many heeded the distancing and other guidelines, most still tried to celebrate, even if at a reduced level. For instance, I forced myself to eat more than usual and gain three pounds.

Plus, the writers struggled a bit, unhappy with their efforts for this round.

Before anyone thinks “Ha! . . . and they call themselves writers!”, readers should keep in mind three people have been churning out three-to-six-thousand-words stories (and occasionally eight-thousand words) roughly every two weeks.

 But, the big question is . . . where’s the gull? Well, it’s the same gull as before, only now in monochrome.

Anyway, so far, twenty stories each — sixty total — and let me tell you it’s not as easy as it sounds. If I say so myself, many of them are worth reading and are quite good. Sure, they can’t all be gems, but, hey, they’re free.

Writing to a schedule is good practice, and it hints at what it’s like to write professionally; meaning, writing on a schedule so that one can earn money to pay for cookies and other snacks.

And, heck, this isn’t even a grueling schedule. I mean, yes, two of the writers have day jobs, but most writers don’t make that much money to begin with (thanks, Amazon), and all but a few hold down a regular job so that they’ll have a regular paycheck and — most important — insurance. Oh, yeah . . . and cookies and snacks.

Anyway, the stories should be up in a day or two.

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