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My Interest is Piqued

A Vocal + assist Facebook feature

By Rick Henry Christopher Published about a month ago โ€ข 4 min read

"My Interest is Piqued" is a feature I started in 2023 on the Facebook group Vocal + Assist. I did it for a few months then lost interest. However, the feature was very popular and decided it was worth another go round.

In this new iteration of "My Interest is Piqued" I will be writing it in the style of a gossip column, so it will indeed include bits of humor here and there. I plan on having fun with this while I feature stories of some of Vocal Media's most brilliant writers.


Alexandria Stanwyck's inner child is screaming again and that is a good thing. She is back to writing and she's loving it. Of course we are the ones that benefit. In the past year she has published 112 marvelous stories, poems, and other writings for our reading pleasure.

One of her best is her recently published abecedarian poem "Goodbye":

For those of you that are interested here is the original post she posted on facebook sharing this poem: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vocalplusassist/posts/1358719034790602/


So what's River Joy been up to lately? Rumor has they've been making a splash on Discord and having a great time sharing stories. Stop on by and give them a wave!!!

On the writing end of things River recently shared an amazing intellectual abecedarian poem that really blew my mindโ€ฆ A, B, C, Dโ€ฆ


Everyone!!! Meet Marion Brossard!!! Who? Aaahhh, I see she goes by the name of Emmy B on Vocal.

She's recently made a comeback after beeing gone for about two years. In total she has 17 published works on vocal with ten of those being published in the past two months. This comeback has proved to be fruitful for Emmy 'er Marion as she recently scored her first Top Story with her story "Adeventures Beyond."

Original facebook link to Marion's post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vocalplusassist/posts/1357041301625042/


L.C. Schรคfer and I go way back... okay, maybe a few months back!!! But let me tell L.C. is one cray-zay cat. Her goal for 2024 is to publish a new story everyday of the year. Now, tell me that's not nuts!!!

But wait now folks!!! It looks like L.C. is accomplishing her goal. So far she has published something everyday this year... and even better her work is quality work... she's not just slopping anything out there to say she's doing it. She's putting some thought into it and presenting her readers with some great work!!!

The following story is her 25th in the series and was published on January 25, 2023.

Original Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vocalplusassist/posts/1359838044678701/


* Inspirational Story of the Day *

Daphne Sampson (aka DaphSam on Vocal) always had a dream of writing but never thought she'd be able to due to being Dyslexic. It was a struggle for her which she overcame the fears and learned to read and write.

Did she ever learn to write. Daphne is one of Vocal's most prolific writers right now having published 127 pieces in the past two months. That is an exciting accomplishment!!! Bravo Daphne!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคฉ

With a recent story Daphne tried her hand at horror, and let's just say she hit the ball out the park with this one!!!

Original Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vocalplusassist/posts/1352427275419778


I don't know why I think of that corny 70s song "Love Will Keep Us Together" when I see the names Mx Stevie Stephen Cole and Sandra Tena Cole.

Ugh... uh... I can't believe I put you through that song... but you must admit it is pretty catchy!!! And it's fitting for this super-couple. Sandra calls Stephen their huswife and Stephen goes by the title of Mx. Mx is a gender neutral title similar to titles such as Mr. or Mrs. We love you Stephen and Sandra!!!

Recently, on Facebook, Mx Stevie Stephen Cole shared this moving piece by Sandra Tena Cole:

Facebook Post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vocalplusassist/posts/1357510191578153/


Kelli Sheckler-Amsden is quite amazing she just keeps on goingโ€ฆ and goingโ€ฆ and going!!! But always with quality work!!! To date she has published 1,357 pieces to vocal and does an average of 3 to 4 pieces a day.

It's hard for me to pick a favorite from her because she has so many works out there but her recent poem "Unseen" is one of her best:

Original Facebook Post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vocalplusassist/posts/1359261518069687/


Maureen Yukiko Palmer is an avid reader and recently caught my interest with her review of her favorite books that she read in 2023. If I'm to be honest her review on the book "Toasty" really piqued my interest and now I must get a copy and read it...

Original Facebook Post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vocalplusassist/posts/1356060958389743/


I always get excited when I see a new post by Andra Forbes. She always publishes some of the most interesting informational nuggets of knowledge. It's amazing the range of topics Andra touches on. I never get bored of reading her well researched and aptly written works.

Her recent quiz was a fun exercise. I got all the answers wrong - but I still enjoyed it and learned a thing or two.

Original Facebook Post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vocalplusassist/posts/1356210585041447/


Grz Colm gives us an interesting mix of film and TV reviews and short stories but it is his philosophical free verse poems that get the people reading and commenting. Grz has a knack for writing moving pieces that touches his readers. At least once a week Grz Colm's clever and creative writing is a mandatory read for me!!!

Original Facebook Post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vocalplusassist/posts/1352671475395358/


Thank you my friends for reading!!!

With Love, RHC โค๏ธ


About the Creator

Rick Henry Christopher

Writing is a distraction to fulfill my need for intellectual stimulus, emotional release, and soothing the bruises of the day.

The shattered pieces of life will not discourage me.


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  • Maureen Y. Palmer27 days ago

    This is great! :) Thank you for including me. And yes you totally have to read Toasty! :D

  • The Invisible Writerabout a month ago

    Hey I really liked this Rick. A gossip column for Vocal brilliant

  • Rachel Deemingabout a month ago

    Great shout out to some great creators!

  • Lamar Wigginsabout a month ago

    My interest was also piqued! This was a testament to the diverse talent on Vocal.

  • L.C. Schรคferabout a month ago

    Thank you for the shout out Rick! Do I have you to thank for that one getting a T.S.? ๐Ÿ˜ I've just published today's, and I can assure you it's equally harrowing ๐Ÿ˜

  • Grz Colmabout a month ago

    Thanks so much for the fun shout out Rick. Much appreciated. โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ I follow some of these members but not yet all. I will need to check some more out! Thanks. Also I already read Maureen reviews, the interest in โ€œToastieโ€ appears to be infectious! ๐Ÿ˜„ Have a great day.

  • Shirley Belkabout a month ago

    Some of these beautiful peeps I already know and thank you for introducing me to others...I subscribed to a couple :)

  • Excellent selection, Rick, including several I had not previously read.

  • River Joyabout a month ago

    Thanks for the shoutout Rick! :)

  • Sandra Tena Coleabout a month ago

    Sp honoured to have been added to your first piqued interest piece! โฃ๏ธ I'm making my way through the other pieces, everyone is so talented! x

  • Daphsamabout a month ago

    I am truly honored and touched that you added me to this list of unbelievable writers. Thank you so much!

  • Toby Hewardabout a month ago

    Everyone loves a challenge.

  • Alexandria Stanwyckabout a month ago

    Wow, I am honored to be mentioned amongst so many great writers and poets! Thank you!

  • sleepy draftsabout a month ago

    This is so awesome and fun!!! Thanks for writing and sharing this!!

  • Gerard DiLeoabout a month ago

    Enjoyed "meeting" the crowd. Thanks for this.

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