I’m sure everyone is curious about Steampunk Toilets, but this post is all about writing, and I begin with a reminder to vote on our newly-minted Round 11 of the Random Title Writing Challenge. For them not familiar with the challenge, THIS POST has a brief explanation, links to the stories currently being voted on, and a poll for you to vote on, should you be so inclined.

Right! On with writing stuff . . . and be aware that while I sprinkle a few toilet in the post, there’s mostly writing.

I don’t look at my stats much because — as mentioned before — they can be skewed by many things. Views can be skewed by having a gallery in the post, and visitor numbers can be skewed by back-and-forth comments between two people. Meaning, two people conversing over the course of a day would show up as multiple visitors (as far as I know, the system doesn’t check for unique visitors on any given day — or ever).

There are widgets that will give you better stats. I have one on my sidebar, but, as I said, it don’t matter none since the only person with any possible interest in the number of visitors during the recent past is me, and I’m not invested as much as some.

But, I am casually interested in another metric . . .

It would be nice filling-in that world map. Having said that, I got to thinking about how many countries I’m missing.

I recently had a few conversations about editing. I’ve written about it before, and not much has changed. What did I write before? Well, for them bored and/or curious, HERE I wrote a little about editing as part of my application for the Viable Paradise workshop. There’s also a bit on editing in THIS post about self-publishing. And there’s stuff about the same tools I’ll be mentioning below in THIS post.

The tools I’m referencing are Grammarly and ProWritingAid. The pricing plans for those apps are HERE and HERE, respectively. Before I proceed, let me categorically state I have no monetary interest or relationship with either of those companies. I’m just a user of their products.

The Title Writing Prompt Challenge needs a title, and this is a quick reminder about voting for one of the ten offered. You can vote at THIS post, and as another quick reminder, the voting closes at Noon on Thursday (about a day and a half from whan this goes live).

OK . . . now, then, about writing.

I recently left a comment on a post of a blog I follow. It was — you guessed it — about writing. The process of formulating and composing my thought for the comment (which I do on the fly) had me think about my writing, something I’ve not really done much lately . . . thinking, not writing; I write practically every day, even if only to leave a comment here and there. So, what about my writing?

Well, let me tell you . . . but first . . . a photo. But, not just a photo; a photo about a ginger.

The cat at PlantScape, a garden and flower store.

A few people have asked what we — Perry, Gary, and me — will be doing at the end of the Seven Deadly Sins Writing Challenge. After some discussion, we’ve come up with an idea.

Is it a good idea?

We don’t know, but we like the concept, so we’re going ahead with it. And yes, we realize the SDS challenge hasn’t ended. By the way, you can still vote for the SDS stories HERE after you read them (if you haven’t read them, the links are in the post as the poll).

Anyway, our idea is a Title Writing Prompt Challenge, summarized thus:

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).