The SDS Challenge — First Sloth Voting Reminder and Other Stuff

This is a quick reminder that the voting for the SDS Challenge Sloth Stories is underway.

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 Sloth, 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).

Normally, I’d be offering artsified versions of my photos, but, instead, I thought I would write about other stuff.

What other Stuff?

You know … stuff! By the way, if there are any photos making it into this post, you can find the full-size version on SmugMug HERE<<link. 

Let me begin by saying I’m always on the lookout for things I consider amusing. Like, for instance, the sign for Smalls Meat Market, a local grocery store here in Marion.

It’s difficult knowing just how much thought went into that motto. I suppose they could just be oblivious, but I rather hope not, otherwise I smiled for nothing.

Here’s another thing I found amusing … had me pause, actually, and try to parse out the implications.

I don’t mean to advertise for the product or the brand (I buy cheap disposable razors for occasional use, but mostly use an electric razor).

Nope! Instead, this sale add, appearing in a Sam’s Club circular had me stop cold and consider the copy (written stuff).

“… easy as washing your face” was the first thing that gave me pause. It’s a razor. It works by repeatedly and systematically running it over parts of your face, preferably while said face is covered with foam or something designed to ease the passage of the five blades. I don’t know anyone who washes their face by going over it one section at a time much like one might mow a yard, and I don’t think you can use a razor using the same motions one uses to wash one’s face.

But it was the next part that floored me. I had to read it a couple of times, and then ask Melisa how she would interpret the words …

“Exfoliating bar helps remove dirt and debris before the blades.”

I had to read it again . . .

“Exfoliating bar helps remove dirt and debris before the blades.”

I almost get the word “exfoliating” since, you know, you’re going to scrape your face with five very sharp blades. In that regard, I don’t think the “bar” was going to do anywhere near as much as the blades.

What got me was “remove dirt and debris before the blades … ! …

I’m trying to picture the situation . . . and can’t. I don’t know anyone who uses a razor and shaves with a dry face, but the bigger point is this … I don’t know anyone who would start shaving with debris on their face. But, even if they did — for example, someone who works as circus clown and has remnants from the pecan-pie-to-the-face skit stuck on their stubble — I’m trying to picture how the conversation might go . . .

“Honey, I’m home!”

“Great! I just made dinner. Do you want any?”

“No, thanks. I had some pecan pie at work.”

“I see that. Are you going to wash it off?”

“Nah! I got me a new Gillette razor with the exfoliating bar that will take care of it!”

Here’s the thing . . . some writer came up with that, and some editor approved it.

I know it’s not the same as fiction writers — or, I hope, any writer — but I couldn’t get my head around it. OR . . . maybe I could.

That’s bad enough, but I fear it was much worse . . .

In a complete 360° 180°, here’s a writing effort I actually found hi-larious! Well, it’s more than just writing, but still . . .

Speaking of writing, I came across a few pretty good cartoons about it . . .

That goes along with the notion that there’s nothing new in the world, only new ways of presenting it . . . I also like this dissection of a classic . . .

Some SMBC cartoons rely on specialized knowledge for humor . . .

And some SMBC rely on skewed perspectives to show us things . . .

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

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