A dog and a boy wander through a carnival. One of them is terrifying. One of them is sweet. Guess.
Music: “Mystical Town” by Chris Lodgsdon
[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 45 seconds. Music: “Mystical Town” by Chris Logsdon. Digital drawing. Two figures at center. Left, a toddler boy wearing overalls with a patch at the chest bearing an image of the hand-horns sign. The boy’s right hand is outstretched and is conjuring a cloud of cotton candy. His other arm is bent at his side. Right, an animal that appears to be half-dog and half-fish. The dog-like body is sitting up. The fish-like head is turned to the side with mouth open, displaying piranha teeth and a pointy outstretched tongue. The creature’s eyes are red. It has a long tail bearing fins, ending in a caudal fin. The creature wears a studded collar with a tag that reads “Angel.” Behind them is the hazy shape of a Ferris wheel with glowing lights. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” lies over the image. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fantasy” and the story title are displayed in front of the image. The title card and story title fade. Lines from the story appear over the image: “…he’s actually quite friendly. Oh, he doesn’t bark. He never has to. Sam is…a little different. There’s a pit bull in the ball pit! I was afraid it would be easy to find you. Just follow the trail of havoc.” The title reappears at top just as the last line appears. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom right throughout.]
Welcome to Year 9 of Storyfeather
Every year’s short stories (mostly) follow a theme. This year, I will turn the Wheel of Fiction to help me decide what to write. There are thirteen spokes on this wheel. Eight are occupied by the eight themes from the previous years of stories. One is a prompt to turn the wheel again. One is a wildcard (hmm…curious). And three are covered only in question marks. I suppose I’ll find out what’s beneath those questions as we go along.
Welcome to the WHEEL OF FICTION
The Wheel of Fiction landed on CHALLENGE. This is interesting, because I wanted to do an art challenge I came across on IG called Creatuanary (Creatures in January), but didn’t think I could fit it into the schedule between all the things I need to do and should be doing. Want to do always seems to be the first thing put on the back burner. Because what choice do we have? But maybe sometimes the things we want to do actually are the things we need to do. You know? You know.
So, I spun the wheel, hoping it would land on Creatures. That way I could start the challenge and make it work for Storyfeather. The wheel has landed on Challenge a few times now. Wonder if that’s a sign. Probably not. Unless I want it to be.
So the drawing prompt for day 1 of that challenge in 2022…Piranha-dog.
[Video Description: Duration, 7 seconds. Choice wheel made on the Spin the Wheel application. Thirteen spokes or slices in various colors, labeled as follows, clockwise from the top: Objects of Power (the “of Power” is not visible), Prompts, Definitions, Turn Again, Elements, Creatures, S.T.E.A.M., Wildcard, Revisitation, (alternating question marks and apostrophes), Challenge, (alternating questions marks and asterisks), (question marks). The title at top reads “The Wheel of Fiction” and below that the words “Spin the wheel.” Below that is the date of the spin, 1/1/2022. At top left corner is a flag icon labeled with the letter “F.” This represents a function of the application which interferes with true randomness by reducing the probability of receiving the same choice twice in a row. The wheel turns and lands on CHALLENGE. An explosion of ribbons bursts from bottom of the screen and falls in front of the wheel.]
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