The SDS Challenge — Second Pride Voting Reminder

This is a quick reminder that the voting for the SDS Challenge Pride Stories ends at Noon, January 6, 2022. We had a quick flurry of votes before it came to a screeching halt well short of our typical volume for this challenge . . . but, then, we still have seven days (six if you don’t count today) to pick up the slack.

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 (and Perry has blown them out of the water and into orbit). 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. Most 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 Pride, 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).

For this reminder, I’m using a couple of photos from the Note 20 Ultra. One is a new photo, and the other is a photo you’ve seen before. As usual, you can find the full-size version on SmugMug HERE<<link. 

That’s a green glass barrel mug that’s about 2.5 inches tall. This next gallery has stuff I did to the photo in post-processing. The first two photos were done on the phone itself using Paper Artist. The other two photos were processed on Guido Jr. using a combination of Topaz plugins and apps.

The next set of post-processed wonders come from this next original (slightly cropped) which you’ve already seen (“you” being regular readers of this blog). It’s the photos I snapped of my backyard using the ‘Night Mode’ option on my phone (shown in THIS post).

As shot, slightly cropped

I’m a bit in a hurry, so I’ll post the variations in two galleries and without explanation. The first gallery is — again — the photo processed using Paper Artist. Note that it’s of the uncropped photo.

The second gallery is of variations processed — again — on Guido Jr. using various Topaz plugins and apps.

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

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