We are new to Vocal Media, Pernoste and I, still learning our way around.
There is a surprising amount to learn as newbies, for example:
- who we like to read
- what we prefer to read (poetry, fiction, blogs, etc)
- most importantly, what we like to write
- and then throw in Challenges, and that really gets the creativity pumping.
Along with this, we hope to learn what people like to read from us... (though honestly it may have little effect on us, for we are too hard-headed to write other than how we want to) . . . but still, when people read what we write, it is wonderful to get feedback, good or bad, in order to refine our craft.
It is amazing, the amount of writing talent on Vocal Media, just amazing. But we've discovered that, perhaps because there is so much good writing, that there is a small window of time in which a story will be seen. The older a story is, the more likely it fades from view. And it's quick, disturbingly quick, this fading.
Beauties lie sleeping
Exquisite poems should not be ephemeral,
not read once and lost to the world,
not victims of time’s disregard.
How many poems, immortal butterflies,
sleeping in forgotten archives,
contain timeless wisdoms,
tell countless pains,
narrate passionate loves,
only needing fresh eyes.
I hope this isn't the way the world is going... us all developing the attention spans of hummingbirds, flitting to the next brightest flower (no offense to the little hummingbirds intended). Is this what social media has done to us?
Maybe you remember it, perhaps not, but does anyone read (now) Harmony Kent's "Lifeboat Seven"? https://vocal.media/fiction/lifeboat-seven. It won First Place in Ship of Dreams Challenge about a year ago. It's still a great story.
Of course it is easy to read the historical Top Stories and Challenge winners, as they are easy to find. Yet . . . they do not seem to be found or read much as far as we can tell (based on comments and likes). The life span of well-noticed stories may be a week or a month. But if your story is not noticed in that first week, it seems it never will be, and that is a shame.
Naturally we are all writers, and eager for feedback on our own works, looking for affirmation or guiding words to sustain us in our lust for telling stories or writing poems or talking about the things important to us. Nobody can write in a vacuum. But, we need to support each other as well, by reading and enjoying each other in this incredible forum.
It would be easy to blame the structure and rules of Vocal Media for this, however (to paraphrase Shakespeare) ....
"The fault, dear Vocalites, is not in our hosts, but in ourselves."
A possible solution, the one I am exploring, is to identify writers I like and try to take some little deep dives into their libraries to discover their gems, both past and present. Shakespeare's very first play appears to have been "The Taming of the Shrew" and one of his last, "The Tempest". What a shame if people had forgotten that earlier brilliant work.
So.... I've been browsing around through the archives of Vocal Media past, searching for some treasures, just a few because there are so many.
Here’s a very moving story from Donna Renee from 5 months ago, “One Last Time.” https://vocal.media/fiction/one-last-time-w7p1q0atj
… a lovely haiku from Naomi Gold from 2 months ago, “Divine Timing”. https://vocal.media/poets/divine-timing-7fqqh0w2p
… a story of passing seasons from 2 years ago by Lisa A Lachapelle “Golden Summer: https://vocal.media/fiction/golden-summer-cyzvr900ng
… “Unknown” from two years ago (by Randy Wayne Jellison-Knock) is a brilliant post-apocalyptic story with a dream-like quality. https://vocal.media/fiction/unknown-e4yx0f08u2
… a profound philosophical poem from a year ago by Grz Colm, “Sacred Space” https://vocal.media/poets/sacred-space-nkg3xc0vy4
… from a year ago by Mark Gagnon, a futuristic tale of love called “Revelation” https://vocal.media/futurism/revelation-0q2mcz0hza
.. . a short and chilling horror story, “Down Where It’s Wet”, by Em Starr, from 7 months ago. https://vocal.media/fiction/down-where-it-s-wetter-as3r7g0fir
... and there are so many more, many of which were never Top Stories (as I'm sure the Vocal Team isn't even able to read them all), and most were not Challenge winners, though beautiful and profound or disturbing or funny nonetheless.
Don't forget our older stories. They don't need to be ephemeral if we read them.
Excellent work. Looking forward to reading more!
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