Resurrecting Safe Bet Amy's Challenge

A few months ago Safe Bet’s Amy proposed a writing contest during which each participant would write a piece in each of the categories in the Tags drop down box.  We would do that within a defined period.  As I recall we couldn’t find an impartial judge with a thick skin.

A couple of days ago Jonathan Wolfman scolded us for looking more like Facebook than Our Salon.  At least that’s how I read his piece. 

The following commentary has been very interesting to follow. 

I agree that we seem to be floundering about in a sea of either congratulatory back slapping for those in our camp, however that is defined, or attacking the other side personally; employing the informal fallacy of argument termed the ad hominem attack.

Here is my proposal; damn the torpedoes, start the process and forget the judging.  When it is all over we can have some conversation about the process and which articles we thought were particularly thought provoking, well written or both.

As Amy pointed out; this will get us out of our comfort zone. 

I’m suggesting that we do this between now and the 15th of May. 

I’m going to do this and start each post title with Amy’s Challenge: Category (yada yada yada) and my title.

If this time period is too long, too short, or inconvenient (like you haven’t done your taxes yet) let us know in the comments.

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Comment by Steel Breeze on April 13, 2018 at 5:38am

i avoid as much as possible;race,religion,politics,etc.....i know next to nothing about;art,music,poetry,etc......there is no category on re-building engines.....but good luck anyway,i look forward to the reads....

Comment by koshersalaami on April 13, 2018 at 5:51am

Oh, I get it. This is your entry into Open Call.

Comment by Ron Powell on April 13, 2018 at 6:02am

There is absolutely no way a fair and impartial writing competition could happen here....

At best, it would be little more than a tribal popularity contest...

I have no tribe here and I'm certainly not popular...

I'm out....

Comment by greenheron on April 13, 2018 at 6:06am

You are one of my favorite posters here, will start my comment by saying that.

I don’t have much time to write anymore, and miss it a little, am engaged in other sixty-something endeavors. However I like to come back and see what’s up here when I have a day off. Lately it hasn’t been fun, for many reasons, most laid out on Jonathan Wolfman’s post, which says it is closed to comments, yet somehow there are comments–I could never figure that out. Anyhoo.

I would be interested in reading others who do have time do this challenge. Political posts I’d probably skip. Like Anna, I most enjoy conversational daily life experience posts, the kind Ron calls gush and blush, except these don’t make me blush. Human stories and experiences and nature make me think, inspire me, entertain me. Art posts surprisingly not so much. I have to talk about art for my day job and my own work is a constant live stream in my head, so it’s refreshing to think about and import other things.

But gah, not Trump things! He already hogs way too much bandwidth. He LOVES hogging our bandwidth. Talking about him makes him happy happy happy. Eff that. He’s getting as little of my precious life energy as I can possibly retain. I’m reading a terrific book right now by Carolyn Heilbrun called the ‘Last Gift of Time; Life Beyond Sixty’. Her feeling is that your sixties are your last big life project, so make it an opus. Giving even miniscule specks of my attention to Trump negates that effort. This isn’t to say I won’t be back on the streets if he fires Mueller (sign up at–I was and have been multiple times already. It’s the day to day Trump emissions that I put on ignore. FWIW, I feel so much better. Even typing this paragraph was too much!

Comment by greenheron on April 13, 2018 at 6:08am

Ron, if you believe that it will be a popularity contest, then that's what it will be, for you. 

When I'm here, I will definitely read any and all posts you make that aren't tagged 'politics'!  :)

Comment by Rodney Roe on April 13, 2018 at 6:56am

Ron, greenheron, duly noted.

kosh, I guess it is.  I've never done one, not here or on Open.  Amy hasn't responded yet.  She's got her own going now.

Steel Breeze; talk to Lorianne.  I'm sure you would win an engine rebuilding post, hands down.  For most of us it would be "After you get all of that nasty grease off, you take that big metal thingy and polish it, and hope you can get it back where it belongs..."

Comment by alsoknownas on April 13, 2018 at 7:38am

If I get around to writing anything, I won't be able to title them as you suggest.

Never mind.

I'll read.

Comment by Ron Powell on April 13, 2018 at 7:42am


Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on April 13, 2018 at 7:54am

I did not understand Amy's challenge as a competition w awards...just as a challenge to us as a writing community. 

Comment by Steel Breeze on April 13, 2018 at 8:15am

mebbe we should change "friends" to "barely tolerated virtual acquaintances"".....watcha think?


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