Fire in the Forge
There weren’t always dragons in the Valley. There’d been a time when the smokestacks were quiet at night. There’d been a time when people fled when they saw wings overhead, taking shelter under rocks. There’s a reason all our roofs are made of slate, all our walls clay.
The Price of Freedom
You think, “Survivor,” and you think: bravery. Grit. Resilience. Tenacity. Determination. You think of all those people in water so cold it stopped their hearts, the ones who clung to driftwood and life jackets, the precious few hauled from the jaws of death into lifeboats.
How to Succeed at Vocal Challenges
I promised myself I wouldn't write this article until I'd earned it. After placing in three Challenges, winning one, a Vocal Spotlight, and with half a dozen Top Stories under my belt, I think it's fair to say I've figured out a thing or two about how to catch Vocal's attention.
- Runner-Up in From Across the Room Challenge
A Gentle Beginner's Guide To Preserving Food
So, you’ve got pantry envy. Now what? If the last two years have made you feel vulnerable, you’re not alone. It’s been a really hard shift from an immediate need-it-want-it-gotta-have-it-buy-it-now mindset to one that forces us to think about things like long-term food storage, or whether we’ll be able to buy flour when we want it.
So, It's Your First Time In A Frozen Hellscape
I grew up and attended college in solid temperate zones with four distinct seasons — summer, fall, winter, and mud. I took it for granted that everyone had at least one wind-and-waterproof coat and snow pants. And then, during my unseasonably cold college orientation week, I met Sienna.
The Danger of Grinding Through Your Twenties
Jordan. Buddy. They really got you, didn't they? Look, the average 24-year-old has a lot of reason to be scared these days. Your entry into societal adulthood was marked by a series of public health, safety net, and infrastructure failures, a deadly pandemic, and the biggest round of inflation we've had in generations.