Playlists, memoirs, and other wacky pieces.
- Second Place in 2020 Anthem Challenge
Jimi Hendrix & a New National Anthem
I write this article the day before my country's birthday. With everything happening within our fifty states, I find it difficult to plan for tomorrow. Thinking about sparklers, frankfurters, fireworks and cheer makes me feel like I'm ignoring many elephants in the room. The 4th is the best holiday to celebrate outside, yet this year we need to stay home. Additionally, anti-racist protests demonstrate that while the Declaration calls for "certain unalienable rights," not everyone in this country enjoys those rights equally. How can we celebrate freedom in America when not everyone is truly free? I don't know about you, but it feels hypocritical to me.
Why I Still Binge Spongebob Squarepants as a 22-Year-Old.
Gen Z - my generation - arguably has the best cartoons associated with our formative years. Avatar: The Last Airbender, Adventure Time, Phineas and Ferb, Teen Titans, and Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends are just some of the few gems which graced our television screens after we came home from school. But what was the holy grail of these fantastic cartoons? That nautical nonsense we couldn't get enough of? The television program even our parents knew the theme song to?
The Euphoria Special Episodes: Which One Was Better?
In 2020, I met up with Euphoria casting assistant, Alan Scott Neal, three times. The first time was in person around mid-March, at a little NYC space called The Acting and Voice Studios. Euphoria was all anyone could talk about. Casting calls were released for several new characters, and the show would start shooting by the end of the month. Alan concluded our class saying, "I'm flying to California for the first time tomorrow!" From pictures released a few days later, it was clear he had attended the Euphoria Season 2 table read. If not that, he had another Euphoria duty to attend to. He was a busy man.
Make Red Hats Wearable Again.
I love hats. Big hats. Tiny hats. Knit hats. Hats with a wide brim. Berets and bucket hats. My mother's always told me I look good in them, and her praise encouraged me to start a hat collection from a young age. Name a kind of hat, and I've got it in a bin inside my closet.
I Reached My SECOND $20 Vocal+ Payout!
Well folks, your girl did it again. On January 9th, I was able to reach my second Vocal+ payout of $20. ($21.13, to be exact.) Yes, I know some creators on this website have literally withdrawn hundreds of dollars from reads. But hey...baby steps. There was a time when I thought it impossible to withdraw the first $20. I had no idea I'd be doing it twice in my blogging career. I'M RICH!
How I’ve Earned Over $200 In Vocal Tips!
Tips are the best part of being a creator on Vocal. It can take a while for your story to earn profit through reads, so it's a luxury to receive money from your audience semi-instantly. And why else are tips so great? Because they're a sign of appreciation for your hard work! Someone liked your story enough to give you cash for your words, and that means a lot. Even if it's only a dollar, a Vocal tip is a little sign someone enjoyed your content.
5 Vocal Secrets Only Seasoned Creators Know!
I've been on Vocal for about a year and a half. Throughout several weeks of typing up articles, liking stories, tipping creators and getting to know Vocal writers on social media, I've learned so much about the platform. It's taught me how to be a better writer, how to grow an audience, and how to make money creating digital content. This year, it literally saved my life during a soul-sucking pandemic.
- Second Place in Holiday Card Outtakes Challenge
Holidazed and Confused
Earlier this month, my mom and I spent a day decorating our living room for Christmas. After putting on Carrie Underwood's holiday album, setting up the tree and hanging multicolored lights, my mother opened a box of knick knacks to pretty up the hanging shelves just above our sofa.