📢 Raise Your Voice Thread: 9/28/2023

Champion your favorite creators.

By Raise Your Voice by VocalPublished 2 months ago 1 min read

Our “Raise Your Voice Threads” are hosted every other Thursday at 12PM ET to offer creators more avenues to uncover exceptional stories on Vocal. As we are continuously searching for fresh creators and inspiring stories, this thread provides an opportunity to exchange and discuss the stories that have moved and motivated us on Vocal.

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JD Pernoste and Anneliese Dahl craft brilliant stories and poems together. "Changed by a Poem" captures the essence of a cathartic moment we are lucky to feel often at Vocal. We'll let the poem speak for itself.

Now it's your turn. Share your favorite stories in the comments below.

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  • Mamunal2 months ago

    This article really helpful for me.

  • Meagan Dion2 months ago

    Hello! I'm Meagan Dion, I write poems, short stories- pretty much whatever challenge vocal throws my way. I have to be honest, it's probably been like a year at this point since I've read it, but this one story still lives rent free in my head. It's Ally North's runaway train challenge entry. https://vocal.media/fiction/things-that-fall-between. Check her out! https://vocal.media/authors/ally-north

  • OjasGamerBoy2 months ago

    Please support me by reading my stories and blogs! https://vocal.media/authors/ojas-gamer-boy

  • Brin J.2 months ago

    A lovely way to have us engage and talk about pieces we've read from other writers that have stuck with us. I'm Brin, a poet and storyteller, but I also give reviews, share exciting news, and try to give helpful tips. There are two Vocal creators I'd like to shout out, both who'd written poems that stuck with me. One minute romance by Branton F. https://vocal.media/poets/one-minute-romance and Darling, I will never forget by Paul Stewart https://vocal.media/poets/darling-i-will-never-forget Branton's One minute romance hit a spot within me that I resonated with- not love at first sight but rather a one minute romance played out in my head before continuing with life. Paul Stewart's poem was from his heart. You can see it reflected in the way he strings his words together, as if weaving a tapestry- a masterpiece. They were evocative and inspired me to write the poem: Today, I Learned I'm Selfish. Chivalry isn't dead. Just give these gentlemen's pieces a read, you won't regret it.

  • Doc Sherwood2 months ago

    I'm rather late this week, but I hope there's still time for me to call your attention to Rene Volpi's excellent alternate ending to George Orwell's 1984, which you can read at the link below. I'd recommend Rene's reimagining to anyone who, like me, has always felt that for all the undoubted greatness and significance of Orwell's masterpiece, the climax is not its strongest point - specifically, that long-awaited payoff to "I understand HOW, I do not understand WHY." Let's face it, after all the build-up, the last thing we want to read is: "Procreation will be an annual formality like the renewing of a ration card!" So, those of you who are never anything but convulsed by O'Brien revealing his dastardly plan, take a look - I suspect you'll prefer Rene's version! https://vocal.media/bookclub/george-orwell-s-1984#comment-3b09800e-2ce3-44b9-8ba2-d2f746aa9ef3

  • E.A. Wilcox2 months ago

    I always pop this in my calendar and miss out completely on the live commenting going on...hopefully, I'm not too late...? Well, this is my first time participating in the Raise Your Voice thread so ..Hi! I'm E.A. Wilcox and I write poetry and fiction mostly. My most favourite genre is horror and folklore within the fiction realm. Poetry wise I have mostly done performance and slam poetry and have stuck with that a bit. I really want to improve my skills and craft, so I do try to stretch out on what I am capable of, uncomfortable with, and so on. Flash fiction and microfiction terrify me (haha word restrictions...eeek!) so I have been doing a bit of a series with those! I know this was a TS already, but it actually made me homesick (I miss state fairs so much!) https://vocal.media/poets/state-fair

  • Grz Colm2 months ago

    I know they already have a couple of mentions, but I’m mad about Pernoste and Anneliese’s “Castle Treasure” poem about the emotional feelings of returning home, yet things are not the same, but your memories are held tight. ☺️ https://vocal.media/poets/castle-treasure

  • Novel Allen's "The Book Tree" is delightful! https://vocal.media/poets/the-book-tree 💙

  • Lamar Wiggins' new fantasy is amazing. https://vocal.media/fiction/the-apprentice-z1ox0efs 💙

  • Lacy Loar-Gruenler penned a beautiful love poem. https://vocal.media/poets/a-poem-to-my-fourth-husband 💙

  • How exciting to get a shout out!!! Thank you so much! 💙Anneliese

  • Bozhan Bozhkov2 months ago

    Ralph Emerson penned a highly intriguing article chronicling his three-year journey with Vocal Media. Within it, he provides invaluable comments and suggestions. https://vocal.media/writers/in-the-pursuit-of-success In my own writings, I've shared observations from my shorter tenure on Vocal, offering some suggestions as well. https://vocal.media/journal/vocal-some-observations-and-suggestions However, Ralph's extensive experience carries substantial weight and depth of insight.

  • Real Poetic2 months ago

    Hi, I’m Real Poetic. The challenge winners for the next great American novel were supposed to be announced yesterday. Do you all plan on doing this still?

  • Vocal Raise Your Voice Creators: Thank you! This is an excellent reminder of how we as creators can spotlight each other. Additionally, I commend your feature of Pernoste and Dahl. I admire them. Here is a link to their story "Dance with Giants." Pernoste and Dahl: Congratulations on the well-deserved shout-out! 🗣️👏🗣️

  • JBaz2 months ago

    There were so many wonderful stories from a readers challenge that came out, this one from Judey Kalchik was awesome, byoght forth everyday struggles and exhaustion of life. https://vocal.media/fiction/staring-out-of-the-bus-windows-at-night

  • Carly Bush2 months ago

    Hey all! I'm here to shout out Kelsey Syble's incredible poem "This Haunting." I'm slowly working my way through her catalogue of stories and poetry and I'm highly impressed. She has championed my work as well. I'm loving this opportunity to find new authors to support, and hope you all will take a moment to read my fiction! I also occasionally write poetry, especially if it's for a challenge I find interesting, but I take the greatest pride in my short stories. I've been a lifelong writer and Vocal has encouraged me to keep sharing, since it's such a supportive community. Hope everyone's having a great Thursday! Carly

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    Yo yo, Paul the accidental poet, word maligner, phrase abuser, fiction, horror, satire and all sorts writer. Here are a couple of things I've really enjoyed recently. Matthew Fromm getting a lot of recommendations and here's another - just a spectacular new haiku from the man - https://vocal.media/poets/transmuting-the-din Sonia Heidi Unruh is a phenomenal writer and her most recent piece is further evidence of this - check it out - https://vocal.media/poets/passive Brin J. is another stunning writer who, in my opinion, never publishes anything lower than pure brillance. This poem is just so stirring - https://vocal.media/poets/spoils-of-war-q14r07m2 I am quite a new follower of Tressa Rose...but this poem she posted yesterday is beautiful - https://vocal.media/poets/take-in-the-sun There you go. Some stuff to check out.

  • Stephanie Hoogstad2 months ago

    Even though it’s an older story of his (about 25 days), I’d also like to recommend “The Mortal Masquerade” by Ian Read. With Halloween about a month away, it’s a nice quick read to give you the chills, and it’s a great homage to the original “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe: https://vocal.media/fiction/the-mortal-masquerade-a-microfiction.

  • Judey Kalchik 2 months ago

    Collaboration is alive and well. Besides the first two chapters of a new story (Matthew shared below in the first post today) Cendrine is working on a series for writers. Here’s the post with the info https://vocal.media/writers/writing-and-self-empowerment-a-collaborative-new-series-of-essays-with-vocal-creator-mackenzie-davis

  • Mackenzie Davis2 months ago

    I’ve been loving read articles about writing, the craft, the process. This one from Mesh is truly amazing, quite different than what you might expect from such a piece. https://vocal.media/writers/acquiescing-to-colour-an-anthem Plus, Mesh is incredibly talented, a true poet and creative. Read his most recent poem “Reasons for waking up” to see what i mean. https://vocal.media/poets/reasons-for-waking-up

  • Stephanie Hoogstad2 months ago

    I’m Stephanie Hoogstad. I write a bit of everything—fiction, poetry, nonfiction articles (mostly about writing). I wanted to share this piece by Teresa Renton. After her Top Story on how to craft flash fiction, it feels like the perfect story to read because it is a magnificent flash fiction story with a lot of heart to it (that also happened to get published in a magazine before making its way to Vocal): https://vocal.media/fiction/the-thing-is-yy8u01vr#comment-851c48c5-85c7-496b-bb7e-10a21a05cd44.

  • Mackenzie Davis2 months ago

    Teresa Renton has been consistently impressing me with her clever and immaculate writing. Though I first got into her stuff thru poetry, of late, her flash fiction has been utterly mesmerizing. Here is one I recommend highly: https://vocal.media/fiction/deckchairs-for-sale Please go consume the rest of her profile! She is stunningly talented.

  • Abdou jagne2 months ago

    Please read my post please https://vocal.media/history/history-of-prophet-muhammad-shw-l If you’re a musli read this god bless you 🙏

  • Alex H Mittelman 2 months ago

    I’m sharing a funny story by Dharrsheena Raja Segarran because I absolutely love her sense of humor! It’s like mine! If you haven’t read it yet, read it now! https://vocal.media/fiction/the-horrifying-moniker

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