The SDS Challenge — Fourth ‘Greed’ Voting Reminder

It seems ‘Greed” is not popular (you could’ve fooled me). Still, in case people get ambitious with their reading, this is a reminder that only six days remain until the voting window closes.

If you are new to the SDS Challenge, a little background.

Three writers will each write one story a month going down the list of deadly sins. The stories can be anywhere from 666 words to 6,666 words in length, although those numbers are not set in stone. If ambitious, the writers will provide accompanying graphics. These stories will not be anonymous because some writers may want to use the same characters for each story and write a series — or book — encompassing all seven sins. Finally, interpretation of the titular sin is up to the writer. Meaning, each ‘sin’ can take multiple forms.

Disclaimer: The writing challenge has no restrictions and the stories will likely span a wide gamut of genres. The majority of the stories fall in the PG-rating range with a few perhaps pushing into the soft R-rating. Some readers might find a few of the stories disturbing because of the topics, language, and/or plot points, and if so, stop reading and move on.

If you want to read the Seven Deadly Sins submissions for the Sin of Greed, 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).

Given the voting remains stagnant despite the reminders, I’m guessing this challenge is not as popular as our ‘open’ fiction challenge. Or, people are just too busy not getting vaccinated and not wearing masks. OR — the more likely reason — we ain’t that good writers …or is it ‘well writers’? I mean, some say we’re not well, but they’re usually referring to our mental state.

Anyway, here are some photos for them who eschew words and are more attuned to visual stimuli.

First up, we have a Royal Albert tea set.

Of all the teapots and cups we’d accumulated before moving to Hawaiʻi, these were included in the few we kept when — in 2016 — we divested ourselves of most worldly possessions.

Having pared down to just what we could mail over there (and mail back when we returned to the mainland), we’re still fairly lean as far as possessions go.

I mean, make no mistake; we replaced essential things. For instance, one of the first things I did was to rebuild my collection of tools (albeit with cheaper versions), both for various handyman jobs and for maintaining the lawn and landscape.

I also had a decent collection of vintage photography equipment. Some working, and some just for display. These next two were functional, but I never tried doing anything with them.

Aside from the hassle of buying film and then having it developed, I was content with knowing this was a thing in the days before digital.

Most people who were born after 9/11 (yes, every teen alive today) probably can’t imagine having to walk around without a cool phone in their hand or precariously sticking out of their pocket, let alone having to deal with something like this when they wanted to capture their friends doing something stupid but that they thought was ‘cool’ … except they probably used some expression other than ‘cool’.

OK, granted, they had better video recorders in the 90s, but maybe it’s worth remembering the path to the now-ubiquitous camera and video recorders that can also be used as phones.

Anyway, here’s a gallery of the artsified versions of the above . . .

Here’s a quick gallery and we’ll call this done. As usual, you can find the full-size version on SmugMug HERE<<link. 

Again, if at all interested in reading three tales about greed, you now know where to find them (and where to vote for the one you like best or hate least) . . . you be got less than one week left.

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