Megan Baker (Leaving Vocal by the End of 2023)
A fun spin on her last name, Baker enjoyed creating "Baker's Dozen" lists for various topics! She also wrote candidly about her mental health & a LOT of fiction. Discontinues writing on Vocal in December 2023.
Mario the Jumping Spider
Several years ago, I wrote about a spider in our house, who my partner and I called Yo-yo (the spider spent a lot of time descending and ascending their web strand, hence the name). Read more about Yo-yo here.
Sharp Objects - A Jagged Book That Takes Me Back
I knew it before it was a show; as a book. A story as bittersweet as a razor's cut tucked between the pages. I too took knives to my skin; cut words like "Worthless" into my flesh... I felt kinship.
Repo! The Genetic Opera - Reminding Us All What Distopian Hell Our Future Could Turn Into
A dark and twisted future; vanity leads to debt-ridden body modifications. A morbid substance is illegally drawn from the corpses in the graveyards. The Repo Man forcibly removes organs owed...
Jurassic Park - Does the First Film Hold Up 30 Years Later?
It started on Isla Nublar in 1993! Ranger Baker, at the ready! I had the good fortune to work Jurassic World: the Exhibition (Denver, CO. in 2022). This was me in the Indominus Rex paddock! Oh, I miss that job... I never thought I'd work something remotely related to Jurassic Park! Read more about my experience working there here!
Vampire Diaries - The First Book I Just Couldn't Do...
How the series, Vampire Diaries became a show, I'll never understand; I couldn't bother to finish the first book - I didn't even care to! Truly, a waste of a reader's time!
Why the Sawfish Has a Saw
Few creatures are as alien to humans as those of the aquatic variety. They live in vastly different environments, after all. Humans breathe air; fish breathe water. Humans walk upright; fish swim horizontally.
Long ago, flamingos were a vibrant shade of white. They were gorgeous then - as they are now as well. They also weren't so social back then. In fact, we could go so far as to call them stuck-up. Prissy. Snooty. That kinda deal. They didn't wanna mix with "bad" company, and most other animals - and other flamingos - didn't wanna mix with them either!
Why the Winter Wind Howls
Young Stella huddled as close to the recliner and nearby fire as she dared, trembling beneath a thick quilt. The blustering winter wind worked its way through gaps in the old cabin, threatening to extinguish the few small candles lighting the rooms.