Vocal Media has come under fire again.

Recently, the writing platform announced a Summer Fiction Series: eight fiction writing challenges for a chance to win up to $5000.

It didn’t take long for controversy to rear its ugly head; after the results of The Old Barn Challenge were announced, it was revealed that the second-place winner had exceeded the word count limits by over 800 words!

A quick aside about the Vocal Media word count limits: generally, Vocal Media requires that submissions have a minimum of 600 words. …


In honour of my 100th post on sylviesoul.com, I decided to comprise a list of 100 writing tips you can use to improve your writing skills and become a better writer.

1. Be consistent

There’s that C — word again. There’s no two ways about it; if you want to improve, you have to create consistent output.

2. Join a writing critique group

Get your writing in front of different people. This is helpful for discovering blind spots in your writing such as plot holes and structural mistakes. And you learn to accept constructive criticism.

3. BACK UP YOUR WORK

It’s every writer’s nightmare to lose all of their writing in a hardware crash…


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I’ve been trying out the platform Vocal Media. It’s one of the more recent writing platforms to appear on the scene, similar to Medium and Newsbreak.

I decided to try Vocal Media since they were offering a free one-month trial, but I’ve been active for two months and paid for the Vocal+ membership.

I recently ended my Vocal+ membership; here are my thoughts on the platform as a whole.

What is Vocal Media?

Vocal Media is touted as a platform for users seeking an alternative to Medium or to their own self-hosted website (ie…


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It’s finally happened. The 2020 Olympics have finally arrived in Japan.

I watched the Opening Ceremony live on CBC on Friday.

Maybe it watching the lone athlete who missed the qualifiers running on the treadmill, maybe it was hearing Sonic the Hedgehog and Final Fantasy music played via symphony over the Parade of Nations, maybe it was the fact that it was my dream 5 years ago to travel to Japan for the Olympics, but watching the Opening Ceremony made me extremely emotional.

My fiancé woke up at 8AM to see me blubbering hysterically in front of the television. I’ve…


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Loki on Disney Plus is a bit of a mind trip of a series.

I recently finished watching season 1. While I still think Wandavision is the superior series, I can see the appeal; Loki has a real Dr. Who-meets-Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy vibe that’s sure to attract its fair share of fans.

The takeaway that I got upon watching Loki (aside from the introduction of Kang the Conqueror and one of the next big arcs of Phase 4) is the emphasis on destiny and purpose.

Throughout Loki, the titular character decries that he is “burdened with glorious purpose”…


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In my last post about Vocal Media, I discussed whether it was worthwhile to write for the platform, and how it compared with Medium and hosting your own website.

Recently, Vocal Media announced that it would finally be allowing for quick edits of submissions. In the past, if you needed to revise your writing, you would have to contact the team at Vocal Media directly, and they would have to manually change your published post back to a draft so that you could make the necessary amendments.

But Vocal Media decided to listen to users and on July 2021, the…


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I was thinking about children’s books the other day, and randomly, I thought about a book that had an indelible mark on my young psyche.

When I was a child, I had a lot of Sesame Street-themed books, a lot of them were from the Sesame Street Storybook Club: some that stick out in my mind are The House of Seven Colors, Don’t Forget the Oatmeal! and Special Delivery. (My next-door neighbor had Big Bird’s Busy Book and I was infinitely jealous).

Anyway, one book in particular crossed my memory, and rather than feel nostalgic, I was hit with an…


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I didn’t understand the land acknowledgments.

At a live show. At a school event. At Fan Expo.

When I first heard speakers take a moment to acknowledge the Indigenous groups who occupied Toronto, I thought it was an act of vanity.

It was usually White speakers that gave the land acknowledgment; I dismissed it as a performative exercise to absolve all White attendees of the latent guilt felt in driving Indigenous people from their homes.

Basically, I thought the land acknowledgment was pointless.

Recently, news emerged about the hundreds of unmarked graves found at residential schools throughout Canada.

In the…


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I never apologized so much than when my stepdaughter and I watched Sailor Moon Eternal.

There was something about watching the two-part retelling of the Dark Moon Circus arc that felt so monumentally…rushed. Undercooked. Underdeveloped.

Like…we waited 5 years for THIS? Seriously?

I think part of the reason I’m so hypercritical is because I was such a huge Sailor Moon fan growing up.

I still remember my sense of awe as an uninitiated 8-year-old, turning the channel to UPN in 1995 and getting a hit with a wave of magical girl power.

There was absolutely nothing like it on TV…


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I just finished an online class this week.

At the end of the document that housed our test, our instructor thanked us for taking his class and invited us to reach out on LinkedIn, which is exactly what I did.

There’s something to be said for a strong call to action; sometimes you can’t and won’t get what you want unless you ask.

Case in point: my newsletter.

While the site itself has seen modest growth over the years, my newsletter has languished pitifully.

I could blame it on people’s fear of cluttering their email inbox and their lack of…

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