Playlists, memoirs, and other wacky pieces.
Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Warm and Gooey
The smelly bathroom of Vinny’s wasn’t an ideal spot for an evening drug deal, but it was all Nicole had. She looked at her reflection while waiting for Randy the host to barge in. The first half of her double shift had turned her ponytailed hair into an oily slop atop her head, complete with a stretched-out scrunchie and dark brown tendrils falling into her eyes and mouth. She had been too busy serving rowdy toddlers and schmoozing tips out of dirty old men to fix her appearance.
Can't Have a Movie Without Popcorn!
If you ask my family what's a go-to gift to get me for my birthday or the food I'd most likely choose to eat if I were stranded on a desert island, they would tell you popcorn. Jiffy Pop, Jolly Time, kettle corn or covered in chocolate...I'll eat it all. One time, I even tried some blueberry flavored popcorn from Maine and it was delicious. My consumption of the food is so regular, my father is worried I might get cancer because of the fumes from heated microwave popcorn bags. If I were Georgie from Stephen King's IT and Pennywise the Dancing Clown tempted me with popcorn, there's no way I'd make it out of that sewer alive.
Cleaning My Room
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Nothing compares to the sensation of Opening boxes of buried treasure, Sifting through forgotten childhood knick-knacks carved of plastic
Ocean Gate is a coastal town in central New Jersey wedged between the Toms River and the rustic pine barrens. It is known for its long neighborhood boardwalk that twists around shallow beaches, fishing piers, and shell-colored houses. When you look out at the water, you can watch double-decker yachts and catamarans pass each other by. The famous Thomas A. Mathis bridge leading to Seaside Heights looms in the distance. Because of its unprecedented beauty, Ocean Gate is where every county local goes to unwind.
5 Features That Would Make Vocal Even Better
I've been writing on Vocal for over a year now, and I can say with confidence this site is one of my f a v o r i t e s in the world. The layout is easy to navigate, there's many new talented creators to check out, no disruptive ads anywhere, and you receive compensation for your hard work through reads, tips, and challenge wins! It's so addictive, and has kept me busy throughout this crazy pandemic.
Author's Note: Thought I'd make this poem more on the artsy-fartsy side since it is inspired by the details in Amber's artwork, specifically the flower the woman in the piece reaches for. Although the only downside to using images to create your poem instead of actual words is that Vocal will reject your poem because it doesn't meet the word count. That's why I've got this handy-dandy author's note! :) Fun fact: a man near Central Park once improvised a poem for me on his typewriter. I still have it hanging on my cork board. That's another simple pleasure I've experienced. I'm recommending SKYLERIZED's poem, "Sage" for this challenge. It totally belongs in a poetry book/collection. And it's also about plants. Toodaloo. -Katy
Why Everyone Should Read "A Piece of Cake" by Cupcake Brown
TRIGGER WARNING: the following review discusses some graphic and severe elements of Cupcake Brown's memoir, "A Piece of Cake." While some details may be disturbing, it is important to talk about them, as they pertain to systemic injustice we the people are trying to overcome. Thank you.
3 New and Underrated GIRL POWER Shows!
I spent May and July watching over a dozen new comedy shows. While I recently wrote a piece about which shows I found the funniest, there were many programs I wholeheartedly enjoyed and wished I could recommend. Unfortunately, not all of them fit the criteria for the article. Maybe the episodes were too long in length or there was a performance in another show that was funnier. Maybe they were dramedies rather than comedies. That doesn't mean the shows I rejected were bad. In fact, there were three shows in particular I couldn't get out of my head, even though I couldn't include them in my original ICYMI piece.