How To Become Your Own "Life Coach"
It seems like everyone has a life coach now. I personally know six. Some of them have their shit together, and some of them are good enough to make a living at it.
Santa Ditches Naughty and Nice List In Favour of More ‘Woke’ Approach
I was dreading this meeting. Being the personal assistant to the big guy was fine from January to November—December was hell.
Holly Leaf Cookies
Who doesn’t love a whole lot of green food coloring? This family classic is a fun take on the old rice crispy bar recipe. It may have come off of a corn flakes box back in the seventies. Heaven only knows what was in the food coloring back then...
Gaming In Adulthood
(Originally penned 11/9/2019 - updated 12/5/2021) I have been an avid gamer since I was nine years old. I might be enjoying games now more than ever before.
Albums Of The Year 2021
It's that time of year again. Spotify Wrapped has been released, and people are collating their top albums, EPs or singles of the year.
My Mother Has Taught Me To Live In Fear, But I Am Not Scared Anymore
My mother has taught me many things. One of them was to live in fear. For years agoraphobia has lingered somewhere in the background of my life, trying to keep me down as part of my general anxiety disorder. The cause of agoraphobia remains unclear but it is believed that a major role plays in environmental factors.
My 9/11 Socks
I'm one of those men who have a hundred pairs of socks in the sock drawer, some new, some old, most in various states of disrepair. Most men don't spend more than two seconds thinking about holes in their socks as they put them on… they call them their "Sunday Socks" and they move on because no one’s going to see them through their shoes. When I open my sock drawer, I wonder if the pair I take out is one of my 9/11 socks, and if it is possible that I still have any more of them.
The Radical Act of Self-Acceptance
I undressed for bed and looked at myself. Really looked. Why are hotel lights so unforgiving? I saw a bloated stomach from the evening meal, bulges under bra straps, thighs with slightly dimpled skin. And my pores … I hadn’t noticed how big they’d gotten, or how dull my hair looked in the light.
The Difference Between Blockchain and Distributed Ledger
Are blockchain and distributed ledger the same in terms of technological applications? The answer is No. We live in a digital era dominated by sound bites and jargon. Even complicated technology solutions are simplified to five words or fewer in this day and age. As a result, we're seeing more crafty businesses try to cash in on the so-called crypto craze. Some are even renaming themselves with the word "blockchain" in their name.
A Mountain of Words
It is not known exactly whence came the mountain of words the ambiguous darkness flooded the interior of the mountain and he surrounded him on the outside
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Creators We’re Loving
Meet the people in your communities creating extraordinary things.
Creator Spotlight: Lilia
Lilia is a multitalented creator of fiction and fantasy worlds. While she initially chose the "safe path," studying at Princeton University and taking a job in management consulting, she now finds herself trailblazing a new one—pursuing the art and stories that stem from her imagination.
Creator Spotlight: Justin Douglas Lee
Justin Douglas Lee is a writer and poet who covers everything from science fiction, to music reviews, dog content, and reflections on his experiences with homelessness and mental illness. While it was his fiction that drew us in initially, one look at Justin's poetry and non-fiction pieces kept us engaged and confirmed his talent as an all-around creator.
Creator Spotlight: Casey Promise Thompson
Casey Promise Thompson is a mixed media artist, writer, and poet based out of Nashville, Tennessee. A studied virtuoso in the visual arts, Casey came to Vocal in pursuit of a new form of artistry—one that's been reluctantly placed on the back burner since middle school. Writing has always offered Casey a different sense of expression, and now she finds herself engrained in the endlessly supportive Vocal community.
Creator Spotlight: Tom Bradbury (In Memoriam)
Tom Bradbury was everything we could have asked for in a Vocal creator. He was diligent and intentional with his craft—always putting every ounce of genuine effort into his stories. He was a knowledgeable and patient resource to others—always teaching and lending a helping hand to fellow creators. He was brilliantly himself—always an authentic glimmer in the greater spectrum of creators on Vocal.
Introducing the Vocal+ Fiction Awards
Since the launch of Challenges nearly two years ago, our mission has remained consistent: inspire great stories and put money directly into the hands of our most unique, innovative creators. Now, we're celebrating two huge milestones simultaneously. As of this week, over 100,000 stories have been entered into Challenges, and we have given away over $500,000 directly to our creators. That's one hundred thousand ways to inspire, and a half a million reasons to celebrate your creativity.
Creator Spotlight: Poems by Kiesha
Poems by Kiesha is a project by creator Kiesha Solanki, an independently published poet who, in the span of only four months, has made a name for herself as one of over 27,000 creators in Vocal's Poets community.