Common Courtesy While Living Together
Living with others can seem simple enough-you do your thing and they do their own thing. You believe everyone is on the same level. Each person equally contributing to the success and wellbeing of the household. Well, that’s all much better sounding than it can be at times because living with someone can cause tension if you’re used to being alone.
Reverse Culture Shock and Re-learning the Meaning of Home
Reverse Culture Shock I remember the first time I came home from long-term traveling and living abroad. Even after two years away, I wasn’t ready to go home. I remember feeling intense sadness on our way to Bangkok airport. It wasn’t easy to tear myself away from this beautiful, colourful and vibrant country.
Vocal Creators Chronicle
Hello all, and welcome to Volume 2 of The Vocal Creators Chronicle. Caroline, Les & James wanted to open up this issue with a big thank you! The praise we received from our inaugural edition of The Vocal Creators Chronicle had us over the moon; truly, we treasured your kind words. Whatever role you play, whether it be by contributing work, sharing other's stories, participating in the weekly Fab 5s on VSS, cheering us on, chatting with us at Vocal Social Society and, of course, by reading our words (and then sharing, hearting and liking them....) however you interact, know that your support is noticed and valued.
Five Ways Postcrossing Makes Me A Better Person
I'm a postcrosser and proud of it I joined postcrossing in 2012 where I am known as werewegian and since then I've sent over 13500 postcards to people all over the globe and received a similar number back. It's a great hobby that is ideal for a serial collector like me: postcards and stamps arrive almost every day. But I've found it's not just about collecting. There are subtle things about the postcrossing experience that help me grow to be a better person.
How To Find a Job You Love
Comedian Mitch Hedberg had a joke that went like this: “At a radio interview the DJ’s first question was ‘Who are you?’ I had to think. Is this guy really deep? Or did I drive to the wrong station?”
The Deviant Baker: Easy Peach Dessert Recipes That Will Leave You Feeling Peachy
If you like to improvise, experiment, or find it difficult to follow a recipe—the Deviant Baker is the place for you where deviating is creating.
Hey, NASCAR Fans! Stop Being So Negative
Oh man, NASCAR fans. Would you just chill out. I love you and all, but you just get worked up way too easily about things you really don't need to get all worked up about.
How The Pandemic Helped Me Finally Come Out
What better way is there to tell a coming-of-age story than with a ‘coming out’ story? Well, to set the scene, this all took place at a time in my life that was perhaps a little later than the average coming out story - I was 22 when it happened. I'd been putting it off for years, and while I'd had the courage to talk to some of my close friends about it, and what bisexuality actually meant, my family had no idea.
Hungarian Krémes — Hungarian Vanilla Napoleon
Another recipe of mine, well, actually it's my mother's recipe, but nonetheless, it's now joining the other numerous wonderful recipes linked in our Vocal Cooks Collaborative.
3 Reasons Why Freewriting Can Create The Momentum of Your Articles
I know the idea of free writing sounds pretty old school since typing digitally through an electronic device is a lot more simple and faster. You don’t even have to read anymore. Audiobooks are accessible with one click of a button. You can read an entire book with your ears. That’s quite the superpower. Many of us may not have the time to write anymore. There’s so much more we could be doing in this world. Vast amounts of opportunities that are much better and why free-write if we could hop straight to the point?
Coming of Age
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Creators We’re Loving
Meet the people in your communities creating extraordinary things.
Creator Spotlight: Call Me Les
Lesley Leatherdale, or "Call Me Les" as she's known on Vocal, is a model creator—plain and simple. Gravitating around her larger-than-life presence on Vocal exists a collection of creator resources and auxiliary communities; each serving to promote the same creator-first environment we strive to foster.
We've Updated Our Community Guidelines: Here's What You Need to Know
Vocal's Community Guidelines are the policies by which we protect the Vocal network from hate speech and misinformation, as well as set some standards for quality and professionalism of content.
Introducing Stories You Liked
We launched Likes on Vocal in November 2019 to allow your readers the ability to show their appreciation for your stories. Since then we’ve seen an incredible amount of community engagement through likes, which has helped creators understand what stories resonate with their audience while assisting Vocal’s Curation Team surface and champion remarkable stories.
Creator Spotlight: CJ Miller
CJ Miller is an immensely talented (yet equally, tragically modest) fiction writer based out of the lovely Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard. There, just off the eastern coast of the US, CJ prefers to stay off the digital grid, as well as the geographical one. We consider ourselves lucky we found her; and we suppose we only have the powerful characters she contrives to thank for that.
Creator Spotlight: Culture Slate
Culture Slate is a creative collective that produces written and audio/visual content around all things Star Wars, Marvel Cinematic Universe, and "the latest breaking pop culture and entertainment news from around the web." The collective consists of Chris Seekell (CEO), Clarice Quinn Taylor (CFO), Amber Hope (CCO), Benjamin Hart (CSMO), and their "crack team of writers" and other creative professionals. Hosting almost 1,300 stories on their author page, Culture Slate has proved to be one of the most prolific creators on Vocal—and they're just getting started.
How the Vocal Team Selects Challenge Winners
This bit of clarification has been a long time coming now. The Little Black Book Challenge closed around the middle of March of 2021, and it proved so much larger than we ever could have anticipated. I decided right then, as soon as it really hit us just how huge the impact of that Challenge had been, that it was time to offer more information and transparency about how Challenges actually operate. We knew that we had more new creators coming on board than we had ever seen at once, and we knew that with a prize that large, the stakes were a lot higher. It was time for an update.