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Creator Spotlight: Call Me Les
Lesley Leatherdale, or "Call Me Les" as she's known on Vocal, is a model creator—plain and simple. Gravitating around her larger-than-life presence on Vocal exists a collection of creator resources and auxiliary communities; each serving to promote the same creator-first environment we strive to foster.
Davros to Make Epic 'Doctor Who' Return in Blockbuster Series 13 and Easter Special Revealed
Doctor Who has been all about change from the day it began in 1963, and since then we’ve welcomed plenty of new Doctors, new TARDIS’, new Master’s and new enemies. Once again, it’s time for change as Jodie Whittaker is stepping down as the Thirteenth Doctor after a trio of specials in 2022. Current showrunner, Chris Chibnall, will also be leaving the show, making room for a new Doctor and headwriter.
It's Not What I Lack
Why am I not her? Is it because her skin is lighter And more appealing? Her eyes brighter, and filled With something mine don’t have?
The Kidnapping of Amber Hagerman
On Saturday, January 13, 1996, nine-year-old Amber Hagerman and her five-year-old brother Ricky went with their mother Donna Whitson to Arlington, Texas, to see their grandparents. At around 3 pm, the two kids, who had bicycles at the house, asked if they could ride in their neighborhood. It was 70 degrees, and the kids wanted to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Energy Bites - a No-Bake Snack
It’s been a long and tiring day My stamina has drained away. I’m feeling run down, I’ve lost my pep. My feet are dragging with every step.
Creating In Sketchbooks
“Draw. Draw. Draw. Draw. Draw. Get sketchbooks and draw. Draw everything. Draw every day of your life. Draw what you see. Draw from life. Draw from your mind’s eye. You’ll be surprised as to what you can create.”
An Afternoon to Remember for a Very Long Time
If you are on Grindr, it is everywhere. What I mean is everyone is doing it, the thirst trap. My "process" on Grindr starts with location. It must answer a quick question, and that is,
Things I Learned about being 27
Marriage, kids, career, and life in general: it's okay to not master the universe. I think the hardest thing about being 27 is not punching people in the face when they remind me how close to 30 I am. And how far from marriage I appear to be.
Rebooting He-Man and the Masters of the Universe with showrunner Rob David
Since its creation in 1982, the Masters of the Universe franchise has transcended generations and ignited passion amongst fans around the world. Now, nearly 40 years later, Mattel’s relaunch of Masters of the Universe brings back the thrilling, heroic adventures of the Guardians of Grayskull with new content, toys, and consumer products to delight long-standing fans and introduce an entirely new generation to Eternia.
My writing is my home
My writing is my home. Sometimes it's warm and cozy like a lover's bed. Another time, a dizzy rabbit hole. I write about feelings,
A Tale of Two Bodies
It’s always the same experience. Rightly so, it’s ritual – it’s intentioned to be that way. Always the same silence that toes the line of uncomfortable and meditative. My hands are folded in front of me like in prayer and my mind is similarly inwardly focused. Coaches hang around, silent, sometimes occasionally muttering words of advice and reminders of the absolute necessities for enduring the challenges to come. The man in front of me is the only one whose words I regularly understand. He’s in a similar state to my own – rousing himself from his stupor only to impart words of wisdom and return to his task.
When I first read Harry Potter as a pre-teen, I didn't think much of Percy Weasley. That's not to say I thought badly of him; he was there, and occasionally had speaking lines, or appeared to be the butt of a prank or to try and rein the twins in, but overall, Percy was easy to overlook.
My Awkward Relationship With Barbie, Pink, And Being Genderless
Ever since I was a little girl, I was told that Barbie was the enemy. Barbie, to people I was around, was everything I should not be. Pink. Housewife. Stupid. And though they never said it out loud, there was a certain stigma that came with the flashy all-American femininity that Barbie signified.
We're All Human Beings
All other sitcoms can gladly sit down, as Community takes the cake and eats it too. That is, as long as it's consistent with Jehovah’s Witness’ moral standings and is not in celebration of a holiday.
Whatever She Wants: A love letter to Phoebe Bridgers and Punisher
2019, sometime in summer, 5:15am, I woke up on a friend’s couch to the sun shining in my face and the sound of a woman playing an acoustic guitar. "Jesus Christ, I'm so blue all the time. And that's just how I feel, always have and I always will." The lyrics were striking but intriguing nonetheless, I realized I had fallen asleep listening to some album that had clearly long passed, and I was now listening to whatever Spotify had decided I needed to hear that night. I don’t know how much I believe in things like destiny and fate, but I do feel very lucky that my body had chosen to wake me up to that song specifically. I added it to my library and quickly fell back asleep, and for the next year or so I found myself returning to that song more and more. It’s excruciatingly sad, with the main focus of the song literally being a child’s funeral, but it’s a pain that I seemed to tempt myself with more often than was good for me. Even still, I didn’t visit the rest of Phoebe Bridger’s discography until months later. I’m not sure why considering how fond I was of Funeral, but it wasn’t until after her next release that I became the “Pharb” I am today.
In the Darkness of Night
My father fought in World War II. He was seriously injured during a major battle in the South Pacific. A grenade landed in his foxhole killing his best friend and filling him with shrapnel. He very rarely spoke of his wartime experience, but in the evenings, when we would be sitting quietly you could feel the burden was still with him. During the night he would often have the same nightmare, you could hear him fighting that battle, always waking up with the grenade landing in the foxhole. Growing up I heard that nightmare hundreds of times.
The best ideas so often come from the most random of places. In 2005 I was a succesful engineer, in charge of a team developing systems for a new helicopter. It was challenging work, but I faced a number of frustrations which frequently stopped it from being fun, and eventually decided it was time for my 20 year career to come to an end.
Why You Should Visit Grad Schools Before Applying
Grad school is an investment. Even if you land a great scholarship, you’re still investing your time. Yet for most of us, it’s an investment of both time and money.
Simba The Sun
Once upon a time there lived a fascinating girl. She is present, kind, and adventurous. She grew up in a very small town,
Harry Potter And The Trophy Of Fantasy Fandom
Okay, listen. I tried to think of a different series for this challenge, I really did. I’ve read plenty of amazing fantasy, so the choices were endless. HoWeVeR, when it comes to not only my favorite fantasy story but my favorite fantasy world, the one that has subjectively impacted and touched me the most, as well as the one I feel is objectively the most influential… well, I had to go with a more popular answer: Harry Potter.