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Please note - trigger warning, descriptions of family violence. The mirror showed a reflection that wasn’t my own, and Pa was a mighty cross I’d taken a peek!Kelly SibleyPublished a day ago in Horror
Cold night air
“We have a huge accident blocking light traffic along on Falcon Levies Blvd, we’re gonna need two ambulances. I have multiple injuries sustained. One is non-responsive,” the officer radioed to the dispatcher.Melissa IngoldsbyPublished a day ago in Fiction
Introduction This story is for the Vocal "Broken Mirror" Challenge which you can read about below. The music is David Bowie's cover of "Around and Around" . By the end of this story, you will know why.Mike Singleton - MikeydredPublished 2 days ago in Horror
Reason for Jelly Bean Shortage
It is very surprising that there is a jelly bean shortage for the upcoming Easter holiday that is celebrated on April 9, 2023, where jelly beans are usually a staple for young children and adults.Margaret MinnicksPublished about 21 hours ago in Feast
When The Sun Melts behind the shorelines… I become alive… My Heart becomes Ample to take a diversified approach. Maybe for loveHandsomelouiiThePoet (Lonzo ward)Published a day ago in Poets
Stalking the Wild Tautogram
Vocal has outdone themselves with the latest wild Challenge! I had to hit the books (OK- I looked into the eye of the Google-machine) to understand the nature of this newest beast that is consuming the brains of those around me because I had never heard of this thing before.Judey KalchikPublished a day ago in FYI
Flat. You. Late.
Hold your nose if this guy walks past Praying your nostrils can handle a blast Treat your nose with ease He just cut the cheeseJoe PattersonPublished 4 days ago in Poets
New Feature? Content Warnings, please and thank you!
Dear Vocal and all my fellow Vocalites, I really want a clear and consistent way to provide and receive Content Warnings here.Donna ReneePublished 3 days ago in Journal
Morning Pages of a Prodigal Writer
It’s 5am on Wednesday, March 22, 2023. I am easing into being 32 years old. I do not usually journal here. My morning pages are kept elsewhere in a red book without lines. But a blank page is still a blank page and I have ink that needs to run.Loryne AndaweyPublished 2 days ago in Journal
The Plight of an Equinologist
The Plight of an Equinologist An equinologist is a person who studies horses. -- W0rd Sense Dictionary The wind streams my long hair behind me in the wind made by the horse galloping beneath me, no leather to restrict us. We are free.KJ AartilaPublished 3 days ago in Petlife
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Write Here, Write Now: Bull by Jacqueline Garrahan
There’s fear of the unknown - darkness, monsters, and the like - but sometimes the most terrifying are the things - and people - we think we know best. Jacqueline Garrahan’s “Bull” is a masterful look into the frigid, the cruel, and the disturbing, deep in the dead of a Maine night.Write Here, Write Now: A Vocal PodcastPublished 9 days ago in Resources
10 Ways Entering Vocal's Broken Mirror Challenge Can Make You a Better Writer
So, you're interested in writing a horror story for the Broken Mirror Challenge? Diving into the horror genre can do wonders for your writing skills. Not only will you learn to create a spine-chilling atmosphere and develop strong, relatable characters, but you'll also master the art of suspense and pacing. Horror writing encourages you to explore psychological themes, experiment with narrative techniques, and craft impactful endings. You'll become more resilient to feedback and improve your ability to engage readers emotionally. Ready to take your writing to the next level? Let's review the elements that define the terrifying world of horror fiction together.Vocal Curation TeamPublished 10 days ago in Resources
Write Here, Write Now: Going Fishing by Lucas Díaz-Medina
Settle into the southern humidity with Lucas Díaz-Medina’s “Going Fishing.” A journey of introspection and self discovery unfolds as two boys mosey down a bayou back road. Family history and mythmaking collide when a passerby gives the boys a lift.Write Here, Write Now: A Vocal PodcastPublished 16 days ago in Resources
If Walls Could Talk Challenge Winners
If walls could talk, what would they say? Of course, there's so much more to walls, these ubiquitous, often overlooked necessities. Walls give us comfort but they also pen us in. They stave off the elements but also block us from the world. At once necessary and obtrusive, walls are often the only witnesses to our most intimate moments, and at the same time, the very things that allow us to be intimate.Vocal Curation TeamPublished 22 days ago in Resources
Write Here, Write Now: Mistress of the House of Books by Matthew Daniels
Matthew Daniels puts a new spin on job interviews with “Mistress of the House of Books.” With a heavenly interviewee, the power dynamics are bound to be flipped. But there are some roles in this world that just can’t be reversed.Write Here, Write Now: A Vocal PodcastPublished 23 days ago in Resources
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