This is the Twelfth round of the Title Writing Prompt Challenge. For them unfamiliar with the challenge, a quick summary: three writers offer the fruit of their labor and inspiration based on a given title.

The Round 12 Title — Something Wicked… — was chosen by Perry. I’ll choose the title for the next round.

Assuming everyone has read the three stories titled Something Wicked…, this is where you get to vote for your favorite. If you’ve not read the stories, links are provided below.

As a reminder, the writing challenge has no restrictions, and the stories span various genres. Most of the stories fall in the G and PG rating range, with a few pushing into the soft R-rating. Those ratings are guidelines, but they are subjective. If you find a story disturbing because of the topics, language, and/or plot points, stop reading and move on to the next one. The same goes if you are not interested in finishing a story. It may seem like obvious advice, but these days many people go out of their way to experience outrage (and then complain about it).

This is the Twelfth round of the Title Writing Prompt Challenge. For them unfamiliar with the challenge, a quick summary: three writers offer the fruit of their labor and inspiration based on a given title.

The Round 12 Title — Something Wicked… — was chosen by Perry. I’ll choose the title for the next round.

The writing challenge has no restrictions and the stories span a wide gamut of genres. The majority of the stories fall in the G and PG rating range with a few perhaps pushing into the soft R-rating. Those ratings are guidelines but they are subjective. If you find a story disturbing because of the topics, language, and/or plot points, stop reading and move on to the next one. The same goes if you are not interested in finishing a story. It may seem like obvious advice, but these days many people go out of their way to experience outrage (and then complain about it).

This, then, is Gary’s submission.

Here’s the blurb for Gary’s story:
An old soldier turned teacher loses his twin brother. In an effort to rid his guilt and find a new way, he packs his ruck and takes a long journey back to a time when they were happy. It becomes a Shakespearean saga of pain and redemption where real winners have to earn their prize.

This is the Twelfth round of the Title Writing Prompt Challenge. For them unfamiliar with the challenge, a quick summary: three writers offer the fruit of their labor and inspiration based on a given title.

The Round 12 Title — Something Wicked… — was chosen by Perry. I’ll choose the title for the next round.

The writing challenge has no restrictions and the stories span a wide gamut of genres. The majority of the stories fall in the G and PG rating range with a few perhaps pushing into the soft R-rating. Those ratings are guidelines but they are subjective. If you find a story disturbing because of the topics, language, and/or plot points, stop reading and move on to the next one. The same goes if you are not interested in finishing a story. It may seem like obvious advice, but these days many people go out of their way to experience outrage (and then complain about it).

This, then, is Perry’s submission.

Here’s the blurb for this story:
Nim is a Pacific Island girl in the 1940s. She finds a leaflet on the shoreline. One symbol resembles a Giant Bird . . . a bird that she believes stole her father; a bird she believes will return her father, if she delivers the perfect prayer. There’s only one man that can decipher the writing: an old Priest exiled to a neighboring island. This is the tale of her odyssey.

This is the Twelfth round of the Title Writing Prompt Challenge. For them unfamiliar with the challenge, a quick summary: three writers offer the fruit of their labor and inspiration based on a given title.

The Round 12 Title — Something Wicked… — was chosen by Perry. I’ll choose the title for the next round.

The writing challenge has no restrictions and the stories span a wide gamut of genres. The majority of the stories fall in the G and PG rating range with a few perhaps pushing into the soft R-rating. Those ratings are guidelines but they are subjective. If you find a story disturbing because of the topics, language, and/or plot points, stop reading and move on to the next one. The same goes if you are not interested in finishing a story. It may seem like obvious advice, but these days many people go out of their way to experience outrage (and then complain about it).

For them invested in the novel I had started, sorry for the delay. Blame the AIs, but I will pick it up again soon(ish).

Here’s the blurb for this story:
Adam is the world’s first sentient AI. Boom or bust for mankind?

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today’s gallery continues with more photos from our visit to San Leon, TX. It wasn’t a pleasure visit (See Related Post), and when things got to me, I would step out on the deck, turn off my mind, and watch — and photograph — the sights and listen to the sounds of the Galveston Bay. I’ve covered the main attraction, the pelicans, the rest of the birds, and now the rest of the sights, referencing the appropriately titled San Leon — The Rest of the Story post.

The original post for these photos is HERE. In this post, I’m sharing the photos and videos from three galleries: THIS Gallery and THIS Gallery, and THIS Gallery.

Any videos in the Galleries that had been shared in the post were converted to YouTube since they take up a lot of storage, and WordPress is too cheap to provide a sensible upgrade to the storage limits they impose. If I link the YouTube videos below, know that you can also watch them in the Gallery (it’s the same videos).

So, there are many birds in this post (see the video), but they’re incidental to showing the boats.

As shot

I know they are around and occasionally see them flying, but I rarely capture photos of them.

I am referring to hawks. However, two days ago, as we took a quick drive through the refuge, there it was, sitting on the pole.

Unfortunately, the powerlines were in the way . . . but, fortunately, I have Luminar Neo . . .

Dream AI by WOMBO

Most of my days are pretty good.

Not fantastic, mind you . . . no one showers me with accolades, money, and songs, but also no one is calling me names, spitting on me, or kicking me.

I get up, have a coffee, feed the birds, do a few things, go to the gym, come back and have a snack, do a few more things, eat dinner, watch a few shows with Melisa, do a few more things, then head to bed.

All in all, a pretty good life. Occasionally, something brings a bit of a downer, and this was such a day. Don’t worry; nothing personally terrible, but still a downer.

Style 8 — 2D Illustration Christmas

The votes are in, and of the 32 styles explored using a Christmas prompt, the above image was the winner . . . sor-of.

Only 8 people voted, and since there was a tie, I cast the tie-braking vote. While I liked the Paper Quilling creation, I felt the above better symbolized the theme of Christmas as it’s understood in modern society.

I again present links to the styles below, as well as the poll results showing a tie.

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today’s gallery continues with more photos from our visit to San Leon, TX. It wasn’t a pleasure visit (See Related Post), and when things got to me, I would step out on the deck, turn off my mind, and watch — and photograph — the sights and listen to the sounds of the Galveston Bay. I’ve covered the main attraction, the pelicans, and this post is appropriately titled San Leon — The Other Birds.

The original post for these photos is HERE. In this post, I’m sharing the 50 photos and one video from two galleries: THIS Gallery and THIS Gallery.

The video in the gallery appears in the original post as a YouTube video, and really, it’s more of a slideshow of different images. I’ll insert below, but you can also go to the original post or see the version in the Gallery (it’s the same video).

To the best of my knowledge, I try and identify most of the birds. If you find them in error, let me know.

New month, new year, new calendar . . . oh, and Happy New Year!

Note: you should see six calendars in this post . . . if you don’t, just reload the page as sometimes they’re slow to load.

Since I have mucho many AI offerings, I will be using them for the calendars. . . or I will until I get tired of AI-created stuff. Here is the first of the January offerings:

As before, I don’t expect anyone — in this digital assistant age — to actually use a paper calendar, but a few readers said they’ve used them, so I’ll continue to offer them.

As mentioned in THIS post, in late November, on my way to the mailbox, I noticed a fairly extensive cobweb on the now-empty Garage flowerboxes.

Before proceeding, I need to mention the voting for the current round of the Title Challenge will close tomorrow (December 31st) at Noon (CST – Chicago time). If you want to read and vote for your favorite, you don’t have much time left, but you can find the poll HERE and links to the stories.

Anyway, I was unwinding and thought some of the photos would look good in monochrome . . . and that’s what’s presented below with minimal words. I only link a few of the 20 photos. The rest can be seen in the SmugMug Gallery or via the slideshow, both of which are linked below.