Hey All and welcome to my library!!
I have been on Vocal for almost a full 3 years now and have published a little around 100 stories/ pieces of work on here.
A growing trend right now is to publish a list of our favourite works. This can be for many reasons such as gaining more exposure for certain stories, upping reading engagement or any number of reasons. But my reason for doing so is to help resurrect some of my older pieces of work that have ended up in the Vocal Graveyard, as I call it.
The Vocal Graveyard is that special place all our favourite stories go after their time in the limelight is over. Well, I would like to bring a few of mine back to life by way of highlighting them here, in hopes that I can give them a little more love before they fade into the abyss that is the Vocal Graveyard.
So without further ado, I will present my library of stories I wanted to highlight from 2021- 2023. Below will contain a link to each title and a summary of each story.
My Five Favourites Prior to 2023
This is a sixteen-minute read about a young woman who has woken up a train and cannot remember where it is headed. She will interact with other passengers in an attempt to discover what she can about the train and pending journey. She will eventually have to come to terms with her final destination as she has no control over where the train is headed or what its next stop will be.
This is a twenty-four-minute read about a young woman who finds herself on a train in a life or death fight where she will have every fibre of being is about to be put to the biggest test imaginable. Will she succeed or fail and find herself losing more than just her life?
Please note that this story has a gore/ violence warning.
This is a twenty-one-minute read about a young man who was chosen to be sacrificed to the forest dragons but instead embarks upon another destiny altogether.
This is a four-minute read about a young fish in an aquarium full of questions that only a father can answer.
This is a twelve-minute read that takes place in modern-day times about a man who is put to the test by an unknown agency. He will have to pass a series of tests in a timely manner or suffer the consequences. Will he be able to pass the tests or end up like those who have failed?
My Favourites From 2023.
These Titles didn't get Top Story.
This is an eight-minute story about a cute little octopus who makes an unlikely friend.
This is an eleven-minute story about a mermaid who befriends a group of wild horses on the Canadian East Coast line.
This is a thirteen-minute story about what a young girl sees in the mirror before her. There is a shift in reality and suddenly we begin to question what is real and what is fiction.
This is a ten-minute story told from a first-person viewpoint where they find themselves in the land of the loving but no longer are. They are left with nothing but a book to help them learn what this next phase of their journey is all about.
This is an eight-minute read about a couple stuck in a waiting room to hear results from their doctor about their future.
This story does contain a disclaimer about the mentioning of sensitive subjects such as infertility and spousal neglect.
This is a four-minute read about a foolish adventurer who encounters a phoenix and lives to regret it.
This is a four-minute tale about the final goodbyes between a long since young couple.
This is a three-minute read that isn’t about what it sounds like. (Pun intended). This humorous tale is about a couple that doesn't need words as they make up after a fight, in the comfort of their home
This five minute read is a twist on the Whodunit challenge, where the suspects aren't exactly who you think and neither is the culprit.
These titles were not chosen as a Top Story.
This is a four-minute letter to my grandmother, the woman who inspired my pen name.
This is a four-minute tale about the feline companion I wasn’t looking for but found anyway.
This is a four-minute story about why I don’t like fish or the waters they swim.
This is a three-minute story about how I lost my dog.
Does not contain any warning labels, but if death is triggering I do not recommend thsi read.
This is a one-minute read that was meant for my 50th post ever (I think it’s 51st). In this short prose, I explain that my pen name is Donna Fox and show my real initials.
This is a three-minute explanation of how I came to be an avid reader and the journey leading up to it. As well as the story that influenced me to become a writer.
This two-minute tale may sound fictional but I assure you it is very real.
This story also contains warnings of violence, coarse language, necrophilia and references to torture.
Micro Fiction From 2023
A one hundred-word story about the keeper of snails.
A one hundred word tale told from the perspective of a very old house.
A two-hundred fifty-word story about the beginning of an office feud.
A letter from a young girl about that season between summer and winter, when fall doesn’t arrive properly.
A story about an argument I had with myself over my responses to people’s comments.
A continuation of the office feud that was started in Leedle-Laudle.
A humour story that takes place during a church service.
Poetry From 2023
Non Top Story Poems.
A series of poems as a way of grieving my then-recently deceased dog, Bella.
A poem that plays on the senses, involving my favourite herb from the garden.
A few lines about what I think true love is.
A vivid description of what I had for breakfast that day. 😉
These series are told in four or fewer parts.
A series about my version of Sabrina the Witch and her dark adventures.
First the story of her independence, then how she helped create werewolves. Followed by the birth of her “child” and then her resurrection from hell.
Each story has its own set of disclaimers and should be read before embarking upon reading.
A two-part series about a knight who kills a dragon and then the witch that brings him back to life.
A four-part series set in the not-too-distant future, involving disease-fighting microchips that cause interesting malfunctions.
A four-part series about a reaper that grew to love a human child and chose to save her from death, until it cost him his own life.
A seven-part series about a young lady who is part of a group of thieves, but when the heist doesn’t go to plan chaos ensues and her world is turned upside down. Only time will tell what fate has in store for her.
Jogger’s Trail (Jogger’s Trail, Jogger’s Trail the Story Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, Part Eleven, Part Twelve, Part Thirteen)
Out for a hike in the Canadian wilderness, Tesha and her friends run into trouble. Tragedy strikes and she is the only survivor. Convinced this was no bear attack, Tesha waits for the creatures known as Relliks to track her down.
But what she doesn't know is that this is only the beginning. She will soon be enlisted to help them lift an ancient curse, whether she likes it or not.
Will she succeed or be but another victim to this family of Relliks?
This series started as a micro fiction, which I used as the epilogue before writing the story that eventually turned into a series. I have also published the complete works on Amazon. If that is something that interests you, here is the link to the page:
These are stories I plan to contue from a story I have alreasdy publsihed here on Vocal.
A beginning to a larger story, about a young woman who shares a destiny with this particular dragon.
As of yet I still haven’t started writing chapter two but have plans to in the near future.
A beginning to another larger story about how a young girl lost her family and what she will do to amend the loss.
I have a great outline for this one written but have too many projects on the go, so I need to finish a few things before I can start writing the first draft.
A story about a bounty hunter in a magical realm.
I have the plot all done up and am just waiting for room on my plate to get to writing.
This was my first ever Top Story. It's a six-minute story set in a small village that is plagued by the presence of benevolent clouds that take their children as sacrifices.
As I said previously, I do plan to continue this one but need to finish a few other projects first.
A six-minute read from the perspective of an author after they have died, they need to choose what is the last book they want to read for eternity.
A four-minute horror/ comedy about how mermaids get their shell bras.
A three-minute story about the encounter I had with a specific spammer, this was a tale I wrote when I let HKB take over. So as you may have guessed, a fair bit of nonsense does occur here.
A poem about the similarities of love and rage.
The third instalment in my Sabrina the Witch series, for more details please see above in the Short Series Section.
A poem about the love affair between the sun and the moon.
Part two to Hell hath no Fury, for more details please see above in the Short Series Section.
The first official chapter of this series, for more details please see above in the Long Series Section.
Part seven of this series, for more details please see above in the Long Series Section.
The prologue of the series, for more details please see above in the Short Series Section.
This is the first chapter in this series, for more details please see above in the Short Series Section.
This is a 5 minute nonfiction read with some interesting facts about myself, in celebration of my 100th post on Vocal.
A dark story about the sacrifices made in a dystopian world, where even a simple cough marks you as a dead man.
This dark story has a serious disclaimer due to disturbing imagery and scenes. There are scenes with murder, grief and Filicide (the act of killing one's own child). Please be aware of this before reading.
Part five of this series, for more details please see above in the Short Series Section.
A table of contents that outlines and categorizes a bunch of my favourite pieces of work.
This is a three minute read that outlines what I think happens to our forgotten and unloved stories. It ends with a story story of some of my favoutiet stories having a conversation with each other.
This challenge was inspired by the piece above and designed to help us share the love with other Creator's and pieces that deserved more recognition.
See The Graveyard Challenge (above) for more information. Also please see The Graveyard Challenge Finalists, to see who I chose for my top 5 in this challenge!
See above for more information.
A three minute read about why Santa's reindeer can fly and what lesson it can teach the next generation.
That is all for now, thank you so much for reading and helping me resurrect some of my favourite stories from the Vocal Graveyard. I will continue to update this list until the end of 2023 and then plan to start a new document for 2024, that will still contain a link to this post too.
Once again, thank you all for reading.
- Donna Fox, aka HKB