This is the Ninth 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 9 Title — Behind the Green Door — was chosen by Perry. I’ll choose the title for the next round.

Assuming everyone has read the three stories titled Behind the Green Door, 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 Ninth 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 9 Title — Behind the Green Door — was chosen by Perry. I’ll choose the title for the next round.

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, then, is Perry’s submission.

And, here’s the blurb for this story:
Rocco D’Angelo wanted to be his generation’s next Philip Marlow – the preeminent Private Investigator. But he screwed up and got a girl killed. Now, in the latter years of his abject career, he gets one final opportunity to redeem himself. However, the mission is virtually impossible. It’s his task to rescue a baby . . . a baby that died 30 years prior, unbaptized. It’s Rocco’s job to save her from Infant Purgatory!

This is the Ninth 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 9 Title — Behind the Green Door — was chosen by Perry. I’ll choose the title for the next round.

The writing challenge has no restrictions and the stories spans various 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).

And, here’s the blurb for this story:
It’s Halloween. I couldn’t resist waking a few classic monsters from their coffins or crypts. James, a backyard bard, tells a campfire horror story that gets just a little too real for his audience of neighborhood children. In the end, we’ll find out who the real monsters are (insert evil laughter here…).

This is the Ninth round of the Title Writing Prompt Challenge. For them not familiar with the challenge, a quick summary: three writers offer the fruit of their labor and inspiration based on a given title.

The Round 9 Title — Behind the Green Door — 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 my submission written with a day to spare, for a change.

And, here’s the blurb for this story:
Your life continues Behind the Green Door . . . or, does it?

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.

Once again, as a superfluous reminder, we — Melisa and me — used to live in Colorado, and I took a few photos while we lived there.

Today, I offer photos from 2008. Specifically, the Fall of 2008, when we set out on a Colorado (read: aspens) color tour. A long-weekend tour, since we were, at the time, both working.

The post for these photos is HERE. Notice the post is titled “Looking Back“. That’s because I’d previously shared the photos via e-mail (in the days before the blog), and I wasn’t completely happy with my processing (Google Gallery). So, in 2018, I reprocessed them . . . and I think I could do even better now. But, for now, I’m sharing the 138 photos on THIS Gallery as they are.

Here’s the thing about leaving Colorado . . . there are many things we don’t miss, but the scenery isn’t one of them.

So, Halloween is coming up, and I usually offer up either a photo or a graphic (Previous Years — not a perfect list, but close enough). Typically, but not always, I try new stuff, so playing with the AI Generators makes a lot of sense. Or maybe, some sense . . . or, it’s just a whim of mine.

Anyway, this is the prompt I gave it:

A graveyard at night with a castle in the background, a dead tree to the side with one perched owl, bats flying against the full moon, witches flying on broomsticks.

I pulled a number of these and ran variations . . . for a total of 52 images. Don’t worry, I won’t be posting all the images here, but you can see them in the SmugMug Gallery. Also, there’s a link to a slideshow of all the images at the end of the post.

But, I’ll post a few to give a feel for what the AI can do . . .

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.

As mentioned Sunday, we — Melisa and me — used to live in Colorado, and I took a few photos while we lived there.

Today, I offer two short galleries of photos from Colorado. The first is documented in THIS post, and it’s from July 2005. It coincided with the first visitors we had after moving there. As is our wont, we went on a drive.

Here’s the thing . . . it may not seem like it, but 2005 was a long time ago when it comes to my photography. I snapped 32 photos, of which 27 are included in the SmugMug Gallery (HERE).