Raymond G. Taylor
Author based in Kent, England. A writer of fictional short stories in a wide range of genres, he has been a non-fiction writer since the 1980s. Non-fiction subjects include art, history, technology, business, law, and the human condition.
- Top Story - November 2023
Who feels the rhythm of life?Top Story - November 2023
My relationship with poetry has always been problematic. Teachers first told me that a poem was a story that rhymed. They later told me that poetry didn't need to rhyme but then they failed to fill in the obvious knowledge gap.
- Top Story - November 2023
The very very best writing Top Story - November 2023
With many thanks to fellow Vocal creators and Vocal + Assist. I asked on the facebook group what was everyone's favorite story or character and these are the ones they came up with. I did promise a little something for the very best of the very very best, so please take a look at the stories suggested and let us all know what you think, by commenting on this post. Also on the stories, of course. I don't mind if you copy and paste from one to the other. If you want to join in, just go to Vocal + Assist. Ask to join the group if you are not already a member and look for the thread. Post your story there and I will add it below when I get a chance. For now, enjoy all this great writing in the stories linked here.
Witchy winners all
Without further ado, I am delighted to announce the award winners in the write-a-witch challenge. Each of the following six finalists has won a cash prize and an accolade for their brilliant efforts at creating an original new witch character and writing a story or poem around them. That's all there was to it.
Would you pay $139 million for this painting by Picasso?
Not sure I would buy it at the price, but then again I don't have 139,000,000 in folding to spare. To me, Picasso is one of the artists who define the 20th century. He was 18 years old when the century began (strictly speaking 19) and he lived through a fair chunk of it, not least two world wars.
Art for our sake: eight
Ever wondered what art is all about, what art is for, who is it for? For that matter, what is art? All of this week's reviews touch on this issue. When I tell people that I volunteer at an art museum, it's not unusual for the conversation to include them saying that they know nothing about art. Let me turn that argument on its head. I attended a series of presentations recently about African heritage art and one of the presenters in particular made a point that we are all art experts. We all know something about art because we have all created art at some point, we have all seen and appreciated paintings, sculptures, buildings, statues and other forms of art. More importantly, we all have opinions about art. This edition of Art for our sake, explores this theme.
To Vocal or not to Vocal
Recently, I was asked whether it is worth joining Vocal Media's community of creators. It's a question I asked myself just over a year ago, eventually answering in the affirmative. Having recently passed various minor milestones as a Vocal+ creator, I thought I would give my views here.
Boom ta ra! the winners of the Write-a-witch challenge are...
Congratulations to all who entered the unofficial Vocal Write-a-witch awards. There were some truly magical entries and everyone's a winner as far as I am concerned. But of course in any such challenge, choices have to be made. I have selected the six winners, those that I think best match the given criteria. I now need your help in ranking the stories. Please read the linked stories and comment in this thread, on which one you think should be the overall winner. Of course feel free to comment on the stories themselves, but I will only be taking into account those comments that appear below.