“This is great, man; I’m so proud of you,” I gave Doug a congratulatory thump on his back; he had been working on this gallery show for six months now. He always had a passion for the arts and had been planning an event like this since he was in high school.
The Unyielding Truth
In the heart of Metropolisville, a city renowned for its towering skyscrapers and bustling streets, there existed a peculiar government office known as the Department of Veracity. Despite its grandiose name, the department was infamous for harboring a culture of corruption that ran deeper than the ink in its bureaucrats' pens.
- Top Story - November 2023
My Coworker, Death
Death and I work very closely, but never together I see death in passing about once a week, but we've never actually met. For most people death is an obscure thought, something that rarely crosses the mind. For others, it is the prominent shadow that runs past our peripherals. Tonight, death worked over time. He was not a blur that ran past as I was turning away, but was a prominent shadow in the room I stood in and the floor beneath me. I didn't see him at first, he's easy to miss if you want to. My focus was on the muddy veins of my patient's right arm, attempting to finagle one last good one to draw from. It was never my forte, but when I did get it, I enjoyed watching the smooth red liquid collect into the tubes; the simple movement of it was relaxing to me in a sense. It was a reward, an earning for my blind pokes that eventually caught what I was looking for.
Joran van der Sloot
Nearly two decades after Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba, the man suspected of killing her has confessed to the gruesome murder of the Alabama girl, court documents reveal.
WIP - "Zysch"
Can the patients and staff of a Psychiatric Hospital for killers survive the Zombie Apocalypse? Here's chapter one, for critique. Feel free to comment on the good, bad, ugly?
- Top Story - September 2023
Strategies to Make Your "Vocal Writing Awards" Submissions EVEN BETTER
You’ve poured yourself into creating an amazing story. You've read it through several times. Yet perhaps you hesitate before pressing “submit,” wondering: What could I do to make it even better?
Feral: An Awakening
Content Warning: Child peril. I wrote this story last year for the Paolini Fantasy Challenge. Very few read it, but one who did (Roy Stevens) suggested expanding it into a novel.
Excuse Me! That is NOT Yours! Put it Down!
Yesterday a friend and fellow Vocal creator saw that a deeply personal story of theirs, one that was a recent Top Story and one filled with their most vulnerable thoughts, was plagiarized and reposted on Vocal. Although they had already reported it, I went and did so, too, in solidarity.
How to Critique a Blog Post
A blog critique is a written evaluation of a blog post. It can be used to improve the writing, content, or design of the blog post. When critiquing a blog post, it is important to be constructive and specific. The goal is to help the author improve their blog post, not to tear it down.
A Few More
A fist full of words Just a few critiques more That’s what was in store When the word slinger Pulled the computer from the drawer
Unforgiving- Alien Weaponry
I hate to admit that the first time I heard Unforgiving was in concert. The first time was surreal, as I stood next to my brother, who I nearly lost the previous year. Little did I know a year later, this would be my comfort song when my grandmother passed.
Man In The Box
Man In The Box has always been my favorite Alice In Chains song. Perhaps because I’ve often felt that I’ve been trying to escape the box that people are always trying to paint me into. Most definitely it has something to do with Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell’s vocal styling.