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Stories I Loved: “A Day in the Life” Challenge Winners and Runners-Up
We recently wrapped up our A Day in the Life Challenge here on Vocal. The prompt was simple: Finish this sentence: 'I love my job because...'
September 13, 2001
This story is from my blog: streetstoriesems.com On September 13, 2001, I was sitting around my union's office with several coworkers from different Brooklyn stations, awaiting transportation to Ground Zero. We were collectively living in a strange kind of haze after the biggest terrorist attack on our nation, and our city. We had been told to report to our union office if we wanted to assist in the rescue and recovery mission but no one there that day knew what to do with us at the moment. There was a row of telephones on a long table and one of them began to ring. I was the closest so I picked it up.
Lost in the Rhythm of Machines
The drone of mechanical tapping fills the back work room. Needle number nine of the Tajima embroidery machine embroiders the neck of a goose caricature on the front of a hat in 853 light brown, going at fifty stitches per minute. In between color changes the local radio talk show filters in from the stereo propped up on a shelf. The hosts end their morning segment before I press the green go button after the machine moves to needle four and begins tapping out the name of the shop the hats are for in a light silver (150).
Vocal Creators Chronicle
Hello all, and welcome to the inaugural edition of The Vocal Creators Chronicle. About the Founders Your editors, Les, James & Caroline, are firm believers in the idea that if you only look at your own work, you are missing the forest for the sake of the trees. Thousands of stories get published on Vocal each day by incredibly talented writers spanning a kaleidoscope of topics and genres. The heads of The Chronicle were inspired to create a free, online magazine out of our desire to open the eyes, minds, and hearts of the world to the brilliant creations we read daily on Vocal—whether it be through browsing or subscribing. We recognized the value good-quality reading material brings into our lives, and we value the creativity of what you, our fellow creators, have written.
I Started My Own Aircraft Dealership - LookUp Aviation
With this dealership, there are some problems in the civil aviation market that my partners and I want to address. From more modern technology to build-it-yourself kits, there is so much available these days. We’re aiming to normalize this side of the market and make it all available in a one-stop shop.
Three Degrees of Separation
Happy isn’t the word I would use to describe my childhood. I’ll spare you the details besides the fact that it included kidnapping and abuse; this isn’t because I don’t think that my trauma narrative isn’t important, but because I want to highlight the important lessons that I’ve learned while trying to figure out who I am as a person, a scholar, and an employee. All you need to know is that I have had PTSD, depression, and anxiety since I was very young.
Here's How Hating My Job Is Bettering The World
This probably wasn't the type of feel-good article you were expecting to read. I'm sorry. If you wanted to read about somebody working in an animal rescue centre and how rehoming those furry critters makes them feel eternal gratitude for the love and care which exists in the world, this article really isn't for you.
The Adrenaline Addict
All manner of bodily fluid has found its way onto the thin barrier my paramedic uniform provides me. Rather than ‘just’ urine or ‘just’ vomit, it’s often a cocktail of biological liquids that attempts to test the absorbability of my poly-cotton blend work attire. The mix sometimes includes blood that is my own.
The Importance of Being Unimportant
I don’t make a big impact on the world. If my job had a spirit animal, it would be an ant. We’re often overlooked, moving one piece of dirt at a time. And all too frequently we end up underneath another creature’s boot. I’m a dishwasher.
A (Brief) History of Content Moderation
In 2008, a dispute over YouTube videos criticizing the Turkish president kicked off a chain of events that included a then-shocking instance of I.P. blocking on a national scale. For a brief period, Google restricted the entirety of Turkey from streaming a parody broadcast announcing "Today’s news: Kamal Ataturk is gay!"
I left my small world and all of its comforts the summer I turned eighteen. My parents would tell it differently, but I had a burning lust for life, and I could no longer stay within a cardboard box setting fire to it over and over. I planned meticulously for months, and when the day came, I hopped on a plane, landing in New York City. It was everything except traditional and absolutely nothing like The Carrie Diaries, but it was mine, and I felt free. The jump came with what seemed an endless fountain of struggles, but I could finally breathe.
Why You Should Do National Novel Writing Month
“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” ― W. Somerset Maugham We all have busy lives, but making time for your craft is vital to your future as a creative writer. National Novel Writing Month is one of those events that pushes you to make that time and write that first draft of the novel idea you've been sitting on.