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A Thousand Stories On Vocal

By Mike Singleton - MikeydredPublished about a month ago 3 min read


This is my thousandth story on Vocal. I certainly didn't expect this and wasn't sure whether this would be a poem or something more involved. On thinking, the poem limit on Vocal is just a hundred words and at this point, I have already written fifty words and I have not yet begun to say what I want to say.

I am writing this as my story count sits at 996 plus one awaiting the subject's agreement so if I write another three then the thousand story landmark will happen a long time before the New Year, and for me, that is some achievement.

Quality Or Quantity

You know the quantity is there, but the fact that Vocal have never rated my fiction as a Top Story, and only two of my poems sometimes make me doubt myself, but then when I see the positive feedback I get from my audience plus my actual belief in my own talent, then I realise that Vocal is just the place where I store my work, nothing else. They seldom reply to my emails and never converse with me, so I know to them I am as ephemeral as a ghost and no amount of anything will change that.

Each month Vocal pays me (after I pester them) more than my subscription so it is a platform that costs me nothing to stay on. I do have a lot to be grateful to Vocal about.

Vocal are the reason that I actually published my first book, an anthology of Vocal stories, which you can read about below.

What Next?

I enjoy writing and enjoy being an administrator of Vocal+Assist and do wish I had some way to properly talk to people in Vocal when there are issues or to make improvement suggestions but that will probably never happen. I have tried in the past but emails were just left unanswered and eventually you give up.

I will keep writing and may even try to write a book but my limit seems to be a three or four episode series because my audience has demanded more from one of my stories.

Every story I write has been a short, in my opinion, stand alone piece, hoping it will stimulate my audience to come up with their own conclusions, but they ask me "What Happens Next?" so I always try to give them what they want.

The Countdown

I never saw the possibility of making a thousand stories before New Year and was resigned to maybe hitting it by the end of January. I could have used the Vocal Haiku Challenges, but the flood of other people's entries really overwhelmed me but I still ended up with two in the first challenge and five in the second one, which I feel was too many, but a Haiku is only seventeen syllables so it makes it very easy to create a Vocal story very quickly. I first included Haiku in this Vocal story last year.

So I am familiar with the format and it is a great challenge to put a lot into such a minimalist format.

This week I was up to 984 stories so needed maybe two a day to hit the deadline before New Year's Eve.

At this moment I just need another three stories and I have five days to complete them so it is hardly a countdown anymore is it?

Conclusion - A Short Poem On The Situation

This Is The Countdown To A Thousand Stories

Vocal Has Helped Me Hit This Great Target

I Feel Like Mozart Watching Polidori

I Will Go Further, And I'll Have No Regrets

I think Lindsey Buckingham's "Countdown" is perfect music for this article

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  • Tom Hammond19 days ago

    This is amazing..!!

  • Sam Grackleabout a month ago

    Did you get a bonus for writing 1000 stories?

  • Jason Basarabaabout a month ago

    I reread this, and am glad I did. I really like the piece you chose to write for your 1000 story. Your work and music choices always make me excited to see what you have in store for us. Well done

  • Lisa A Lachapelleabout a month ago

    That is a great achievement!!

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  • Mark Grahamabout a month ago

    Well congratulations on the 1000th. I am approaching only 500 stories. Keep up the good work.

  • TheSpinstressabout a month ago

    Wow, well done on this amazing milestone!

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Super!!! Congratulations on Top Story💕💖😊

  • Kali Mailhotabout a month ago

    Wow glad somebody is sticking it to the man! On another note, please read my latest poem

  • Victor Onokopasahabout a month ago

    Clearly organized and interesting read.

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  • Colleen Millsteedabout a month ago

    Congratulations Mike on both Top Story and your milestone.

  • Emily Marie Concannonabout a month ago

    I am so proud of you, great job! And don't doubt yourself... I've never gotten a top story, but I don't think it means my stories aren't good. I always appreciate your feedback and can tell you your work is stellar and entertaining :) :)

  • Brin J.about a month ago

    YAY! What a success, I'm so proud of you <3.

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a month ago

    Congratulations on the top story!!

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a month ago

    Amazing work brother!! Hearted and keep up the outstanding job

  • Carol Townendabout a month ago

    Well done Mikeydred, this is brilliant news, and keep the stories coming because I do read them and I like reading them!

  • Ashley McGeeabout a month ago

    Get it, Mike! Congratz on 1000 stories!

  • Dana Stewartabout a month ago

    Congratulations on this milestone! You've put in a lot of work but your stories are always entertaining and or informative. Keep it up! You deserve the spotlight of Top Story!

  • Gina B.about a month ago

    Congrats on 1,000! Your perseverance is very admirable.

  • C. H. Richardabout a month ago

    That is pretty cool! I do wish Vocal would listen to some of the suggestions to make things better. Congratulations on 1000 stories 👏 So awesome!

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Wooohooooo congratulations on hitting 1000! I've alwayd enjoyed your poems and stories. You're such a talented writer so always keep writing!

  • Heather Hublerabout a month ago

    Congratulations!!!!! I am so happy for you and proud of you for meeting this goal before the end of the year like you wanted to. I enjoy reading all of your different works, fiction, poetry, music reviews and more!

  • Alfiyaabout a month ago

    Congrats Mike! There is a well of infinite stories and thoughts that has poured from you :) sharing your creativity with anyone who is meant to read or listen is the only thing we could ask for. Blessings!

  • Misty Raeabout a month ago

    Wow! 1000! You put the "pro" in prolific! I'm at 143, I think. You seriously need to stop beating yourself about the fiction thing. This last story (the one for the window challenge) was the first top story I ever got for fiction. EVER! Yours is coming. Your fiction has grown by leaps and bounds since I first started reading your work. Congratulations on the huge milestone!

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