The SDS Challenge — Results of “Sloth” Voting Round

The SDS “Sloth” voting round has come to an end.

Here’s the updated logo . . .

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 Slot
h and see the results of the vote, THIS POST <<link is what you want to visit.

But, I know few people will bother with the link, so let me give you the links to the stories and the results of the voting.

Here are the links to the Pride stories.

The Sloth Queen <<link
Writer: Perry Broxson
Word count: 13,190  words – approx. reading time: about 50 minutes based on 265 WPM

Ultimatum<<link
Writer: E. J. D’Alise
Word count: 1,865  words – approx. reading time: about 7 minutes based on 265 WPM

The Slow Start <<link
Writer: R. G. Broxson
Word count: 6,400  words – approx. reading time: about 25 minutes based on 265 WPM

And, here is the result of the voting:

Once again, Team Gary took an early lead, and never looked back.

Congratulations to Gary for the win and to Perry for his second-place finish. Argus stand dejected as my story came in with no more than my usual five votes . . . he’s looking into employment opportunities as I write this.

We did a bit better this round than the last, coming in at a respectable 28 votes, presumably because Perry managed to find his mailing list.

Tomorrow, the Title Submission window closes and a new poll will be offered to determine the first title for the Title Writing Prompt Challenge (the writers are chomping at the bit).

Once again, rather than photos, I’m linking videos. Videos that I like. Videos highlighting people’s creativity. Videos that only recently crossed my path.

So, I’d never heard of Omegle but the tagline for the videos got me interested. Namely, being able to play a song by just hearing it once.

So, Omegle . . . you can click on the link, but my guess is a site that sprang up during the lockdown (I didn’t bother looking it up, so it may be older). Basically, if you crave social interaction (including visual), it pairs you with random strangers from across the globe. If you include your interests, it will try to match you up with someone that shares them. All along, you are in control as to whether to accept the connection or not.

For obvious reasons, not something I would do, but I can see how it may attract — and be of value to — someone.

Which brings me to these videos. . . this guy (who plays the piano) offers to play songs on request. If he doesn’t know them, he listens to a portion of it, and then recreates it . . . pretty impressive (to me). Note: some of the music is from anime shows (and games), so they might not be familiar. Also, swearing.

There are other artists doing the same thing, some also using pianos, but also violins and guitars (and probably other instruments).

Sometimes, the artists leave in the clips of jerks one might encounter, but overall, the videos are still interesting if for nothing else than the variety of people one encounters.

The above are examples of the love/hate relationship I have with YouTube . . . you can find a lot of helpful stuff — seriously helpful and informative — and it can also make an hour disappear in a blink.

Anyway, stay tuned tomorrow for a poll where you can vote on your favorite titles (from the submissions we received). We, the writers, will then endeavor to entertain you with our interpretations of said title in the form of three short stories.

Since there are no photos, THIS<<link SmugMug Gallery just offers a stroll through the photos used in the previous SDS-related posts.

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