The SDS Challenge — Sixth Lust Voting Reminder

Due to the low vote count — and because we’re nearing the end of the voting block, I figure I would step up the reminders. Yes, only six days left. Mind you, if you are one of the few, the proud, the ones who voted . . . well, perhaps you would like to read my take on the movie Watchmen<<link.

If you want to know more about the SDS challenge, THIS Post <<link explains it.

If you want to read the Seven Deadly Sins stories submitted for the Sin of Lust, and then vote, your gateway is THIS POST <<link. There, you’ll find links to each of the three stories and a poll for you to vote after you finish them (if you be so moved).

Meanwhile, I need to come up with a story for Gluttony . . .

“What the heck have you been doing for six weeks!?”

. . . er . . . has it been six weeks? My, how time flies.

OK, I’ll level with you guys. I’m supposed to write about Gluttony, but not finding it easy.

In the Summa Theologiae, medieval theologian Thomas Aquinas said of Gluttony: “Gluttony denotes, not any desire of eating and drinking, but an inordinate desire… leaving the order of reason, wherein the good of moral virtue consists.

He broke it down further . . .

Laute – eating food that is too luxurious, exotic, or costly
Studiose – eating food that is excessive in quality (too daintily or elaborately prepared)
Nimis – eating food that is excessive in quantity (too much)
Praepropere – eating hastily (too soon or at an inappropriate time)
Ardenter – eating greedily (too eagerly)

St. Aquinas concludes that “gluttony denotes inordinate concupiscence in eating“; the first three ways are related to the food itself, while the last two related to the manner of eating.

Air Force Armament museum,

If I tap Wikipedia for clarification, I get:

Gluttony (Latin: gula, derived from the Latin gluttire meaning “to gulp down or swallow“) means over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or wealth items, particularly as status symbols.

Basically, I’m tasked with taking all them various meanings and come up with a story where the central premise is . . . gluttony. The thing is, per any of those definitions, that’s just everyday life, here in the US. Where’s the conflict, the drama, the pathos? Just how much can I push those definitions to come up with a substantial story?

. . . our lower word count limit is 600 words. I can can certainly write 600 words about someone eating and enjoying it too much . . . but, is that a story?

It was one of my worries when we opted for the Seven Deadly Sins. For one, are they even sins? I mean, are we not supposed to enjoy our meals? How can one judge if one is enjoying eating too much? And, really, what’s the problem with enjoying the food we eat?

Air Force Armament museum,

. . . more planes processed in Topaz Impression 2 and Studio 2!

Anyway, I shouldn’t burden readers with my limited writing skills. Yes; I’m saying a real writer could take pretty much anything and wring a story out of it. Any idea, about anything, and out comes an engaging story. That’s what talented writers do

Well, that ain’t me Bob. I got to ‘like’ what I’m writing about, and gluttony isn’t a subject that has my fingers dancing with anticipation and asking me to let them loose on a keyboard.

. . . what my fingers are asking is “can we get a snack?”

But, let me change the subject.

. . . I’ve been going back and reading some of my old posts (it’s the primary reason I have this blog; to have something I enjoy reading).

And, yes, I’m enjoying coming across blog post I’d forgotten (with almost 3,000 posts, it’s easier than I might have imagined). What I’m not enjoying is realizing I don’t write fun posts as much as I used to. Posts infused with irreverence, humor, and just plain free-wheeling writing fun.

Air Force Armament museum,

Once more, these photos are from our 2014 visit to Navarre, Florida. These planes are from the Air Force Armament Museum outside displays (LINK).

Planes from the previous SDS reminder posts were all from the Armament Museum.

The original size versions of these photos are in THIS<<link SmugMug Gallery, but you can still click on these photos to get a slightly larger version to open in a new tab or window.

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And, when not goofing around, the writing was — and I admit some bias here — at a level I don’t achieve these days. Heck, even the Watchman review I linked in the opening paragraph dwells into philosophical subjects and a depth of discussion I don’t even try these days.

OK, OK; in part, it’s because I’m avoiding having those kinds of discussions on the blog. Why? Well, as I said, I’ve practically given up on humanity, so what’s the point?

“I thought you wrote these posts for yourself. Isn’t that what you just said a few seconds ago?”

Wait . . . you were paying attention?

. . . yes, I write for myself, and, outside the blog, I still engage in fairly deep thinking — and, again, I admit to a bias here when I say deep thinking. I make notes for myself, put down thoughts, revise thoughts about current issues, general issues, politics, religion, social stuff . . . you name it, I’m enjoying thinking about it, especially when I perceive new insights that had previously eluded me.

But, I’m making a conscious decision to keep those things away from the blog. Why? Well, one, it’s the whole giving up on humanity deal. Two, I used to have lengthy discussions about stuff, but everyone seems too busy for in-depth exchanges of opinions and ideas. Plus, a few of the people I used to discuss things with have since died.

Warning: the Block Editor is still a pain to work with and can cause stress levels to spikes. Use with caution. Avoid if possible.

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I’m also tired. Nothing ever seems to come from me engaging anyone about anything.

Still, there’s no excuse for me also giving up on writing humor and being zany and just plain having fun on these posts.

. . . other than, perhaps, as a witness to what’s going on in the world and around me, it’s difficult firing up those engines.

Wait . . . I don’t want to bring anyone down, so let me reassure everyone that it’s just my world; your world is just fine. Yes sir (or ma’am)! It’s all peachy keen and your life will be just fine.

. . . er . . . let me get off this thing before before I go all sarcastic and stuff. 

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Anyway, if at all interested in reading three tales about lust, you now know where to find them (and where to vote for the one you like best or hate least . . . you be got only six days left).

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