Love for the Deathless
When I first laid eyes on her we were but cavemen. Neanderthals ignorant to the dangers of the world, and to love. We were born in the early embers of an unforgiving Earth. Survival took precedence over any matters of the heart, and I had not yet learned to communicate the depth of my yearning. The ice age came and froze my affections before they ever truly blossomed. I kept it close, and quiet; the thought of her was enough to keep me warm. The world thawed and we were separated.
“When I think of home I can only think of Detroit. It's the place where I was born, where I was raised. It's a city that lives in infamy, yet is so well loved for what it brings to the world. Legends were born here, history was made here. Love it or hate is, Detroit is...”
- Third Place in Fan(dom) Favorite Challenge
Penguin Sledding and Other Cool Concepts
Will you go penguin sledding with me? A simple question from a silly child took us by the hand and led us into one of the greatest fantasy worlds ever crafted. Most fans of Avatar the Last Airbender would say their interest began with the now iconic introduction:
The Forsaken Land
“This land once belonged to them, those foul creatures birthed from Gaia. Humanity they were called. Vicious monsters full of greed, and violence. They wasted Gaia’s precious resources, and polluted her lands without remorse. This is why we were born, little ones. We were born from Gaia’s need to rid herself of those parasites. Perfect beings with divine purpose.” The voice of the speaker was deep and resolute. He spoke in such a way that those in attendance had no doubt in his words. His knowledge was absolute and true.
I Do Not Want To Be a Writer
I do not want to be a writer. Everyone on Vocal wants to be a writer to some degree. It is why we’re all here. We all share that unscratchable itch to put words to paper. We want our thoughts, our feelings, our ideas, conveyed to the world, and the only way we know how is through writing. We so desperately want to be understood, to entertain, to create. It is the eternal struggle that connects us all. We want to share our crafted worlds and experiences with someone, anyone who may resonate with it. I do not want to be a writer, however being a writer is not something you choose. It is something within you, or something that happens upon you. One day a compulsion arises in you to write, and you obey. There are many types of writers in this world: the novelist, the blogger, the poet, etc. I do not want to be a writer, but if I am resigned to my fate of being such, I want to be the Neil Gaiman of writers.
One More Game?
“You can’t make money playing video games!” Screams some old man in the distance. He is one of many who live with the outdated idea that playing video games is solely a meaningless pastime. In this day and age playing video games is actually a lucrative business model. There are currently a myriad of people who generate revenue through their love of gaming. Whether it is by live streaming or uploading gameplay, the act of playing games has been shown to be profitable. I intend to break into this market and be successful at it.
To The Gemini I Know
This one is for the Geminis I know. My friends who are born under the twin stars and between the sweltering summer months. Those who exist as two entities within one vessel. The ones belonging to the energetic air sign and ruled by Mercury. Just as the celestial bodies move in our brilliant sky, we move into the Gemini season. May the incoming months bring good fortune to those I know fortuitous enough to be born during this time.
So You Hate Anime?
Do you hate anime? If so then it is most likely due to a fundamental misunderstanding of what anime actually is. A hefty deal of people who dislike anime believe it to be this strange cult-like genre of “cartoons” that only the weird kid in their high school watched or something meant strictly for children because it is animation. Well, they’re wrong and you’re wrong too if you think anime isn’t for you. Anime in its simplest form is just another medium through which stories are told. Anime is not a monolith, however. Just as there are different genres of film and television there are different genres of anime. With that being the case there is bound to be an anime that you would enjoy based on the genres of television that you already adore. Here is a list, organized by genre, of anime that I have personally found enjoyable and I truly believe you’ll enjoy too.