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.
Where have all the bikers gone?
Are there any bikers in this community? As someone who likes to tour around England, Wales, and Scotland on a motorcycle, I wonder where all the biker stories are in the Vocal Wander community. I haven't seen anything. Is there any community interest here in motorcycle touring?
What we fear most
What we fear most is a great title for a work that explores, not just a life in forensic psychiatric medicine, but the social environment that nurtures the conditions such medicine has been developed to treat. In his autobiography, Ben Cave explores and reflects on his own background and environment as much as he does that of his patients and the other people around him. Unlike most autobiographies, however, the book does not merely track the humdrum events of the subject’s lifetime. It takes a much more detailed and contextual look at the author’s life, reflecting on all he has learnt of his profession.
How the Earth came to be blue
At the beginning, in the time before men, the world was a vast wilderness of rock and sand: dull, flat, monotonous and uncaring. There were no trees, no flowers, no meadows, no rivers or valleys, no wind and no rain, no day, no night. Just vast empty plains and rocks sweltering under an endless Sun. The only creatures to walk the Earth were fauns. Playful, horned, hoofed, happy fauns. Watched over from the heavens above by Mother Sky and her two daughters Soul and Song.
Art for our sake: Three
We have just seen some fabulous stories honored in the Painted Prose Challenge and let's hope the momentum will continue. Congratulations to the deserving winners of the challenge and well done, again, to Vocal for launching the Art community. I really enjoyed writing and submitting my own art-inspired entries and have included some links at the end of this article if anyone would like to take a look.
- Top Story - July 2023
AI, psychopathy and successTop Story - July 2023
In the popular imagination a psychopath is a cruel and manipulative murderer, one who is cool, unfeeling and calculating in his desire to inflict suffering and pain. Characters like Hannibal the Cannibal spring to mind, or the real life American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Yet not all psychopaths are killers, nor indeed violent offenders of any kind. Which is just as well when it has been estimated that between 1% and 4.5% of the general population qualify as psychopathic (Bing AI search result).