. . . for the low voter turnout for the “D” stories offerings. Perhaps me asking you to vote for your favorite”D” story HERE is annoying and getting old.

Perhaps people feel pressured into voting (even though I specified no one need feel guilty if they don’t feel like reading/voting) and resentment is setting in.

Perhaps the thought of 22 more rounds of short stories sounds too much like a commitment (although no one should feel obligated to stick with us for the whole run).

Perhaps the “content warning” for the stories is turning people off (although it doesn’t apply to all the stories and the warning is probably unwarranted and I was only being extra cautious).

Or, perhaps people are too busy worrying about COVID-19 and are out shopping for toilet paper.

Whatever the reason, we’re less than half the number of votes we had at this juncture of the “C” stories voting period.

Not a big deal in the scheme of things, but one wonders. Still, there’s another week of voting, so perhaps a late surge will bring the tally up to respectable levels.

Anyway, remember this photo? I mean, you should because it’s been used in the last two posts.

. . . one giant ego boost for the writers asking you to vote for your favorite”D” story HERE. If you’ve yet to read them, links to the stories are included in that post.

Some people have apologized for not having time to read them. I want to stress no one should feel pressured to read these stories. If interested, if you have the time, and if you find them entertaining, welcome onboard. If any of them things are untrue, don’t force yourself.

For one thing, it’ll predispose you to hate the stories. For another, this challenge is meant to be a fun and friendly competition between one good writer and two brothers, and we’ll do this whether two or two-hundred people read the stories.

I jest about the good writer bit, but since it’s my blog — and they don’t read this blog — I can say anything I want here.

Anyway, remember this from yesterday?

. . . but you can help them by voting for your favorite”D” story HERE. If you’ve yet to read them, links to the stories are included in that post.

Some people have apologized for not having time to read them. I want to stress no one should feel pressured to read these stories. If interested, if you have the time, and if you find them entertaining, welcome onboard. If any of them things are untrue, don’t force yourself.

For one thing, it’ll predispose you to hate the stories. For another, this challenge is meant to be a fun and friendly competition between one good writer and two brothers, and we’ll do this whether two or two-hundred people read the stories.

I jest about the good writer bit, but since it’s my blog — and they don’t read this blog — I can say anything I want here.

Anyway, another photo from last week . . .

Processed in Lightroom and Nik Collection and Topaz Sharpen AI — click for a larger version.

. . . vote for your favorite”D” story HERE. I mean, sure; you need to read them first, but if you do, then voting is a no-brainer. After all, this isn’t anything like the presidential elections where you have to choose between “nope!” and “noper!” . . . or, maybe it is, but in this case, you have the choice of voting not to vote!

Anyway, another photo from last week . . .

Processed in Lightroom and Nik Collection and Topaz Sharpen AI — click for a larger version.

I’ve kept pretty busy . . . rather, being a homeowner has kept me pretty busy. Still, I had the opportunity (I took the opportunity) to snap a few photos . . . like, maybe 400 photos or so . . . and fifty or so videos. 

It will take me a while to find the time to process them all but I want to show a preview — give a taste, so to speak — of stuff to come. Don’t worry; only thirty photos or so. And a few videos. And some music I like.

There is no SmugMug Gallery for this preview but there will be when I do the individual posts. For now, you can click on the photos for a larger version. 

That, my dear readers, is a heron frogging in the small drainage ditch bordering the North side of our yard. I mean, I thought he (or she) was an idiot because I know there are no fish in that stream . . . but he (or she) had a taste for frog legs and knew where to find them. Unfortunately, my camera battery died a few seconds before he caught a frog and ate it.