The Alphabet Challenge: “R” Stories Voting

Assuming everyone has read the stories, this is the place where you can vote for your favorite of the “R” Stories.

For readers who stumbled here or who need a refresher, the stories can be found by clicking on their respective names.

Here are the links to the stories:

Rambler 6<<link

Risk<<link

Reflex<<link

All readers have to do is read each story and choose the one they liked best. Voting is open for two weeks from the date of publication.

For this round, the voting will close at Noon on October 20th.

As a reminder, to have your vote count, click on the circle next to the story you’re voting for, and then click on “Vote”. If you don’t click on “Vote”, your choice won’t be recorded.

If you would like to leave a comment for the writers — either here or with the individual stories posts — please do so. I will forward each comment/question to the appropriate writer and will post their reply.

The writers will appreciate hearing from you and will likely respond.

The next round of stories — the “S” Stories — should be up a day or two after the closing of this round, or around October 21st.

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The Alphabet Challenge: “R” Story No. 1 of 3 — Rambler 6

This is the 18th round of The Alphabet Challenge mentioned in THIS<<link post. As a refresher, the Broxson twins, Gary and Perry, and I will each write one story for each letter of the alphabet. Meaning, a story whose title begins with the given letter. For this round, it’s the letter “R“.

Readers have two weeks from the date of publication to vote for their favorite story in the current round. Points will be assigned to each writer based on total votes received.

In each round, the story with the most votes gets three points. Second place gets two points, third place gets one point. In the case of a tie, the points for the tied rankings are added and then split equally among the writers who tied. At the end of the year, we tally up and crown the winner with the most points.

Long or short, each story will appear on its own post and the trio will be followed by a fourth post where readers can vote.

The writing challenge has no restrictions and the stories 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.

Here we go. Presented anonymously, the first of three stories with titles beginning with the letter “R” as submitted by its author.

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The Alphabet Challenge: “R” Story No. 2 of 3 — Risk

This is the 18th round of The Alphabet Challenge mentioned in THIS<<link post. As a refresher, the Broxson twins, Gary and Perry, and I will each write one story for each letter of the alphabet. Meaning, a story whose title begins with the given letter. For this round, it’s the letter “R“.

Readers have two weeks from the date of publication to vote for their favorite story in the current round. Points will be assigned to each writer based on total votes received.

In each round, the story with the most votes gets three points. Second place gets two points, third place gets one point. In the case of a tie, the points for the tied rankings are added and then split equally among the writers who tied. At the end of the year, we tally up and crown the winner with the most points.

Long or short, each story will appear on its own post and the trio will be followed by a fourth post where readers can vote.

The writing challenge has no restrictions and the stories 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.

Here we go. Presented anonymously, the second of three stories with titles beginning with the letter “R” as submitted by its author.

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The Alphabet Challenge: “R” Story No. 3 of 3 — Reflex

This is the 18th round of The Alphabet Challenge mentioned in THIS<<link post. As a refresher, the Broxson twins, Gary and Perry, and I will each write one story for each letter of the alphabet. Meaning, a story whose title begins with the given letter. For this round, it’s the letter “R“.

Readers have two weeks from the date of publication to vote for their favorite story in the current round. Points will be assigned to each writer based on total votes received.

In each round, the story with the most votes gets three points. Second place gets two points, third place gets one point. In the case of a tie, the points for the tied rankings are added and then split equally among the writers who tied. At the end of the year, we tally up and crown the winner with the most points.

Long or short, each story will appear on its own post and the trio will be followed by a fourth post where readers can vote.

The writing challenge has no restrictions and the stories 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.

Here we go. Presented anonymously, the third of three stories with titles beginning with the letter “R” as submitted by its author.

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Alphabet Challenge “Q” Stories voting results

The polls for the”Q” Stories are now closed.

You can check the results of the voting HERE<<link. Since few people click on links, here are the results. Here’s a photo before I continue . . .

It’s a photo of a poisonous Jimson Weed fruit<<link processed with DxO Nik Collection Color Efex Pro 4.

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Getting down to the wire for “Q” stories voting

The Alphabet Challenge “Q” Stories voting round is entering the last 16 hours before it closes. The voting will close tomorrow at 12:00 (noon), CDT (Central Daylight Time).

Some readers have already voted while others are struggling to find their way . . .

Regardless of which reader and voter you are, thank you, and here’s a helping hand for them still planning to participate.

Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge Q-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link 

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Fall 2020 — leaves 0001

For them not interested in reading, you can see the photos in THIS<<link SmugMug Gallery.  

For a SmugMug slideshow, click HERE<<link. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the top-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: the symbol above the PLAY arrow will switch to a full-screen slideshow . . . which I advise for the best experience (press Esc to exit). You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

If you want the full experience, keep reading.

Fallen Autumn Leaves

As shot (Camera Flat setting) with a bit of noise reduction and sharpening (Topaz DeNoise AI)

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Last of the artified old photos and “Q” stories voting reminder

The Alphabet Challenge “Q” Stories voting round is entering the last 48 hours before it closes.

Some readers voted within a day of the stories going live, while others have a habit of getting in under the wire.

Regardless of which reader and voter you are, thank you in advance for eventually reading our stories and for eventually casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge Q-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 5th.

These posts will be very short because of stuff, but still at least two photos, and in these posts, they are photos from past posts, reworked using Topaz Impression 2.0 and Topaz Studio 1.0 . . .

A praying mantis photo from THIS<<link post. That’s one massively buggy post.

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The OneOwner Experiment . . . Again

In THIS<<link post I briefly explained why I don’t follow opinion blogs.

. . . but mentioned  I follow many some photo blogs. Two such blogs are lightscatter<<link and 2clicksaway<<link, both run by oneowner, a. k. a. Ken Bello<<link.

I follow them because they offer ideas for subjects and composition and because of the often interesting post-processing and treatments of the photos. One recent post<<link had me attempt to duplicate one of his compositions . . .

OK, so I wasn’t overly successful.

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And still more artified old photos and “Q” stories voting reminder

The Alphabet Challenge “Q” Stories voting round is . . . well, I don’t know what it’s doing. Let’s assume it’s doing well and I’m here to thank you. Thank you.

Readers might wonder why I’m posting posts ahead of time. Well, I’m not posting them ahead of time; I’m writing them ahead of time and scheduling them. Other readers don’t care about the how or why; they just want a reminder and some photos.

Regardless of which reader and voter you are, thank you in advance for eventually reading our stories and for eventually casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge Q-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 5th.

These posts will be very short because of stuff, but still at least two photos, and in these posts, they are photos from past posts, reworked using Topaz Impression 2.0 and Topaz Studio 1.0 . . .


Yes, another photo from THIS<<link post. One of my favorites from that post. Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – 09302020

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Quick reminder – 09292020

Just a quick reminder. I’m traveling and not paying much attention to the blog.

I catch a few comments and answer them, but I’ll probably miss a few. I’ll catch up with blogs I follow and comments I’ve missed . . . soon…ish.

Meanwhile, the world’s smallest pumpkin . . .

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Still artifying old photos and “Q” stories voting reminder

The Alphabet Challenge “Q” Stories voting round is doing something, I’m sure, and I might even know what it is when you read this, but I don’t know what the “Q” round is doing because I’m writing these posts ahead of time.

Some readers will be offended by my scheduling reminder posts. Other readers will think it’s a good idea.

Regardless of which reader and voter you are, thank you in advance for eventually reading our stories and for eventually casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge Q-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 5th.

These posts will be very short because of stuff, but still at least two photos, and in these posts, they are photos from past posts, reworked using Topaz Impression 2.0 and Topaz Studio 1.0 . . .

Both this and the next photo are from THIS<<link post.

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Wordless Monday – 09282020

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More artified old photos and “Q” stories voting reminder

The Alphabet Challenge “Q” Stories voting round is following the same pattern as that of many voting rounds . . . namely, it has stalled. OK, I don’t reaaly know because I’m writing this a few days ahead of publication. It could be hundres of people voted . . . but I doubt that. Odd are, we’re still stalled.

Some readers (them with a favorite story) are understandably worried. Other readers could care less (yes, that’s the correct to write that).

Regardless of which reader and voter you are, thank you in advance for eventually reading our stories and for eventually casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge Q-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 5th.

These posts will be very short because of stuff, but still at least two photos, and in these posts, they are photos from past posts, reworked using Topaz Impression 2.0 and Topaz Studio 1.0 . . .

A few might remember the original in THIS<<link post.

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