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Can I have some warm lemonade? That someone else made. A blanket pulled over my prone form, To keep me warm. Lunch of a cheese butty and Heinz tomato soup,
Comfort in Despair
The game of life is rigged Death always wins Crawling on our fins Now obsessed with our sins From the dawn of rain
Christopher Paolini Interview: Part 1 of 3
This is part 1 of a 3-part series in which Vocal interviewed world-famous fantasy author Christopher Paolini. In our interview with Christopher, we talked childhood, Montana, writing, and of course, fantasy and sci fi. It was a joy and education to speak with Christopher and we hope you enjoy his stories, thoughts and advice as much as we did.
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The Clean Plate Club
We’ve all seen it—those puppy dog eyes that seem to grow cartoonishly large right around dinner time. It was truly a battle to say “no” when our fur baby, Saucy, would stare longingly at our plates, completely ignoring the overflowing bowl of kibble that sat untouched beside her. What began with a few bites of chicken from our plate here or a carrot tossed to her there, quickly escalated into a nightly begging routine in which we wound up losing half of our meals to Saucy! This constant table-side begging became an issue we both wanted to solve for ourselves and our sweet girl. We wanted Saucy to eat food she loves, but it was difficult to get her to want what’s on her plate instead of what's on ours, especially when we know that the ingredients in her generic-brand food are oftentimes toxic and a bit sketchy.
Merfolk of Randos
The first thing that one will notice when they lay eyes on a Mer is the ornate mask that is afixed to their faces. No one is sure what lies beneath it but the mask itself is rather unusual. The mask is crafted from an assortment of shells in the image of a human face. This practice of wearing these masks goes as far back as anyone can remember. The Merfolk have an admiration for humans, seeing them as their protectors. Time and time again, men have proved themselves to be allies to the Merfolk, whether they live in their waters or the seas abroad, men tend to arrive at the perfect time to be their saviors. This has resulted in the custom of mask wearing in their likeness and returning the favor in being devoted allies to the nations of men they are in need of them.
how she started modeling for TARGET stores ✨
Watch the full video here: Q: How did you get started modeling? A: We actually had close friends who modeled for Target before us! Finley Smallwood and her sweet mama, Christina, introduced us to our agency after we met and stayed with them in NYC while Finley was shooting for her Target Holiday Ad!
How I navigated these stages of culture shock when I moved abroad
When you are traveling around, moving in a group of others doing the same thing, it is still a protected bubble. I was in the backpacker’s group, doing the regular route most people follow. It was easy to avoid culture shock.
A Horrid Heat
The constant heaving of the searing heat Leading to bleeding in the sweating streets No more drops of relenting rain No more hope for a slowing change
I'm Insecure About My Writing
I don't fear people as much as I fear being known. Being seen from all sides including my insides. Being utterly exposed. And viewed, in my unedited essence.
Jack’s grandmother warned him about Harvest Lane. Each October, when the moon loomed high and the candle burned low, she’d whisper of the monsters that lived there. Beasts that lurked behind mock-orange hedges and cobweb drapes, armed with candy-corns and snickerdoodles and all the tricks and treats a beast might use to lure a young one to their demise.
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