Monthly award for writing excellence.
| The cover photo gracing this page is of the helm controls of the historic ferry Berkley, taken by my good friend Richard Schulte, and published on his photo blog, https://coolsandiegosights.com/ ~ Richard has over 15,000 photographs on his blog at this writing, and has graciously announced that anyone who wishes may use them for covers, illustrations, and so forth for no more cost than giving him credit as I have done here. If you've ever priced cover art, you'll have a good idea of what he's offering!
The Talk of the Flight Deck ribbon is a minor token of recognition made monthly to the item reviewed during the previous month that made the greatest impact due to the overall quality of the item's concept, writing skill, and execution. After a year's hiatus, I have returned to writing and the world's greatest writing site, and Talk of the Flight Deck has returned with me, effective March 2019. Though I don't write much (any) steampunk anymore, the award was themed to that genre, and I have decided to keep it so for both nostalgia and continuity. My thanks go to everyone who was considered for writing these wonderful stories; they gave me many hours of enjoyment. All were worthy efforts deserving of recognition. These were the ones that pegged my fun meter:
*Invalid Items are removed after sixty days; at that point, I assume that their removal is no longer temporary, such as for editing purposes, etc.