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My 2023 Library

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By Donna Fox (HKB)Published 3 months ago Updated 2 months ago 11 min read
Top Story - November 2023
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My 2023 Library
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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

The Final Destination

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.

The Cost of Survival

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.

Dragons of Legend

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.

No Trout about it

This is a four-minute read about a young fish in an aquarium full of questions that only a father can answer.

The Culling

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.

Octo-nut

This is an eight-minute story about a cute little octopus who makes an unlikely friend.

The Legend of Sable Islands Bare Back Beauty

This is an eleven-minute story about a mermaid who befriends a group of wild horses on the Canadian East Coast line.

Molly

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.

The Book for the Recently Deceased

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.

It’s Time

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.

A Misadventure

This is a four-minute read about a foolish adventurer who encounters a phoenix and lives to regret it.

Unsaid Goodbye

This is a four-minute tale about the final goodbyes between a long since young couple.

Sounds Like Love

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

That's Fishy...

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.

Nonfictions

These titles were not chosen as a Top Story.

Feathers

This is a four-minute letter to my grandmother, the woman who inspired my pen name.

I was Chosen

This is a four-minute tale about the feline companion I wasn’t looking for but found anyway.

What Feeds Fear

This is a four-minute story about why I don’t like fish or the waters they swim.

Saying Goodbye

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.

What’s in a name?

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.

Growing into a Reader

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.

My Dragon Slayer

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

The Snail Herder

A one hundred-word story about the keeper of snails.

Home-less

A one hundred word tale told from the perspective of a very old house.

Leedle-Laudle

A two-hundred fifty-word story about the beginning of an office feud.

Finter

A letter from a young girl about that season between summer and winter, when fall doesn’t arrive properly.

Writopilot

A story about an argument I had with myself over my responses to people’s comments.

Sneezart

A continuation of the office feud that was started in Leedle-Laudle.

Cofart

A humour story that takes place during a church service.

Poetry From 2023

Non Top Story Poems.

Grief - Limbo - The Passage of Time - A Distant Dream - It’s Been a While

A series of poems as a way of grieving my then-recently deceased dog, Bella.

Chives

A poem that plays on the senses, involving my favourite herb from the garden.

Real Love

A few lines about what I think true love is.

An Ode to my Breakfast

A vivid description of what I had for breakfast that day. 😉

Short Series'

These series are told in four or fewer parts.

The Witch of Strasbourg - A Trade - A Devil in the Making - To Hell and Back

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.

Hell Hath No Fury - Raise a Little Hell

A two-part series about a knight who kills a dragon and then the witch that brings him back to life.

Micro World (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)

A four-part series set in the not-too-distant future, involving disease-fighting microchips that cause interesting malfunctions.

Reaping What Love Sowed (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)

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.

Long Series'

A Tale of Thieves (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven)

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: 

Upcoming Series

These are stories I plan to contue from a story I have alreasdy publsihed here on Vocal.

Begin Again - Chapter 1

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.

The Call of the Clouds

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.

The Hunter

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.

Top Stories

The Call of the Clouds

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.

The Graveyard Book

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.

The Shelling Ceremony

A four-minute horror/ comedy about how mermaids get their shell bras.

Spammers Beware

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.

Love and Rage

A poem about the similarities of love and rage.

A Devil in the Making

The third instalment in my Sabrina the Witch series, for more details please see above in the Short Series Section.

Starcrossed Lovers

A poem about the love affair between the sun and the moon.

Raise a Little Hell

Part two to Hell hath no Fury, for more details please see above in the Short Series Section.

Jogger’s Trail the Story

The first official chapter of this series, for more details please see above in the Long Series Section.

Jogger’s Trail the Story (Part 7)

Part seven of this series, for more details please see above in the Long Series Section.

Micro World (Part 1)

The prologue of the series, for more details please see above in the Short Series Section.

Reaping What Love Sowed (Part 1)

This is the first chapter in this series, for more details please see above in the Short Series Section.

Happy 100 Posts (Stroies, Poems, Lives Lived?)

This is a 5 minute nonfiction read with some interesting facts about myself, in celebration of my 100th post on Vocal.

It Ends Here

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.

A Tale of Thieves (Part 5)

Part five of this series, for more details please see above in the Short Series Section.

My 2023 Library

A table of contents that outlines and categorizes a bunch of my favourite pieces of work.

The Vocal Graveyard

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.

The Graveyard Challenge

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.

The Graveyard Challenge Complete List of Submissions

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!

Winners of the Graveyard Challenge

See above for more information.

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Because They Believe

A three minute read about why Santa's reindeer can fly and what lesson it can teach the next generation.

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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

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  • Angie the Archivist 📚🪶3 months ago

    Great Top Story… fabulous achievement to have published over 100 stories in that time… will read more of them in the holidays soon.✅

  • Phil Flannery3 months ago

    I'm not a great reader, but when I find something that grabs me, I'm all in. This was a gargantuan effort and you pulled it off so well. You have so much content across so many communities. Well done. I checked out a few of the links and was happy to notice I'd read a few of them, but not enough perhaps. As for my library of work, I think I'm hovering around 50 stories, which means it would be an easier job for me I guess. I started rereading some of mine the other day. I like how they take you back to when they were created and how they came to be. Anyway, great work. If I haven't said already, have a great Christmas.

  • Grz Colm3 months ago

    I think I’ve only read a few of these! For shame! Many to get to. You have so much! 😊 Congrats on your top story too Donna! 🎉

  • Anna Turnitsa 3 months ago

    What a neat idea!! I also have been with Vocal for about three years and have 106 pieces. I mainly write for the challenges, although there was a period when I went poetry berserk.

  • KJ Aartila3 months ago

    This must have taken quite a bit of time! Good idea, though - and congrats on Top Story!

  • Miss Shamim Akhtar3 months ago

    Wonderful thoughts

  • Abdul3 months ago

    very good

  • Paul Stewart3 months ago

    Well now, Ms Fox, this is fantastic. See what I did there? You didn't? Clean your glasses and read it again, woman! Anyway, congrats on all the hard work you put into your work...such a bad writer am I using work twice in the one sentence. Then again to explain that point. I have a lot of reading to do...but some of these I remember so vividly...Congrats congrats congrats! :) Vocal is a better place with the HBK here!

  • An excellent way of documenting your work, I have done a few of these with mine. and you got five dollars from Vocal for yours, excellent work

  • Naveed 3 months ago

    Donna .Excellent effort! Keep up the superb work—congrats!s

  • JBaz3 months ago

    Congratulations Yay

  • PK Colleran3 months ago

    You are prolific! I enjoyed your article. Nice to look back on things we've written. Congratulations on a fun and encouraging Top Story. 💙

  • Scott Christenson3 months ago

    You've written so much this year! Nice idea putting a list together of your best stories.

  • Lamar Wiggins3 months ago

    Wow! You put a lot of hard work into this...I'm sure your fingers hurt, and eyes need a rest lol. Seriously though. This is something to be proud of... I think I'm most interested in Micro world to start... Congrats!!! Editorial note: There are a few typos in the "Upcoming series" Section. I rarely point out stuff like that but know how I feel when I find my own. "How come no one told me." 😅

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Interesting read. I really gotta check out that last link, My 2023 Library. Bet there's some good stuff in there 😉

  • Real Poetic3 months ago

    Back to say Congrats! 🩵

  • Dana Crandell3 months ago

    I'm so glad you did this. I suppose I should, too, but I'm going to be busy catching up on your stories! Congratulations on Top Story!

  • JBaz3 months ago

    This is a great idea, and what a way for us to start picking some of your favourites. I am looking forward to diving in.

  • Novel Allen3 months ago

    Great idea. have to take it in stages, some i have read, will go over the list. Brilliant move, I will catch up soon.

  • Alexander McEvoy3 months ago

    Oh would you look at that 👀 A short list/TBR of one of my favourite creators in this here Vocal Town? Don’t mind if I do! I really enjoyed the blurbs provided for each story!

  • Naveed 3 months ago

    Keep up the fantastic work,

  • Although I can proudly say that I've read every single one on this list, I cannot say that I remember every detail about it 😅 The story that I was drawn to the most for a reread was Molly. There were several others too much I told myself not to bite more than I can chew, lol. So I'll be getting to Molly in a bit and when I have more time, I'll get to the others. So glad you put this together! Also, I love the term Vocal Graveyard because that's exactly what it is. Lol

  • Kendall Defoe 3 months ago

    I am very tempted to do this myself. And I see I have a lot more to read... 📚

  • Donna Renee3 months ago

    I love it!! And I love that you included some read times so people know what they’re getting into and can choose what they have time for at the moment. great idea!!

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