Announcement: Storyfeather Merch is Here

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The Storyfeather merchandise store on TeePublic has just been launched!

You can click the button below to visit and browse the store.

Portal Button. Elongated rectangle with curved corners. Image of the Storyfeather merchandise storefront banner from TeePublic. Over the image, the words: TEEPUBLIC STORE (T-shirts, cases, mugs, stickers, and more…)

When new designs are released on TeePublic, they’re on sale for the first 72 hours.  So even after today’s holiday sale ends, the newly launched items in my store will still be sold at a discounted price for the next couple of days.  I’ve taken some screenshots of the products currently available. Please check them out in the slide show below.


  • Screenshot of main Storyfeather Teepublic store page showing banner and most recently uploaded three designs.
  • Screenshot of "Four Hands and Four Elements" T-shirt page from Storyfeather Teepublic store.
  • Screenshot of "Wolf Head" T-shirt page section showing other "Wolf Head" products from Storyfeather Teepublic store.
  • Screenshot of "WInter Warrior in Snow" notebook page from Storyfeather Teepublic store.
  • Screenshot of "Angry Gingerbread Man" cloth mask page from Storyfeather Teepublic store.
  • Screenshot of "Red Riding Hood and Wolf in Fog" tote bag page from Storyfeather Teepublic store.
  • Screenshot of "Red Riding and Wolf in Snow" design showing multiple available products in Storyfeather Teepublic store.

Just a note: Not all of the designs are available on t-shirts or other apparel (I disabled that for any design that doesn’t look good on a t-shirt as it is.) However, the site seems to default to listing products as “t-shirt.”

If you have any questions, concerns, design requests, or other feedback, please let me know, and I’ll do my best to address them.

Nila

29 November 2021

Coming Soon Storyfeather Merch

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  • Screenshot of the empty storefront of the Storyfeather merchandise store on TeePublic, displaying a banner with a collage of images. At the bottom left corner of the banner is an image of storeowner Nila’s face through an artsy filter. Next to that image are the words “Storyfeather” and “Earth,” indicating the store name and location. Below the bio image is a brief store bio. Below the main portion of the banner are various links and a search bar and sort buttons. The store contents currently read “There are no designs to display.” The screenshot is set within a frame with a title at top reading “Under construction.”
  • Screenshot of storefront displaying a few designs that are in progress. A watermark of the word "storyfeather" lays over the images.The top left corner reads “Inactive Designs” indicating these designs have been loaded, but not yet released. The four designs on the top row are titled “Dreamy Ladybug on Curly Fern,” “Four Hands and Four Elements,” “Mirror Portals,” and “Wolf Head.” The two designs at bottom are titled “Red Riding Hood and Wolf.” The titles are meant to be descriptive and therefore may or may not reference the associated short story.

The Storyfeather merchandise store on TeePublic is coming soon.  Here is an image of the storefront (slide 1) and a few designs that I will launch with (slide 2).

My aim is to launch on 11/15/21 mid-November 2021.  I am optimizing, and in some cases revising, the designs (images) that I’ll be putting on merchandise.  

Once I launch, I will release new designs on a regular basis, likely 1-2 per month. 

When new designs are released on TeePublic, they’re on sale for the first 72 hours.  So I’ll post an announcement when these first designs are ready for purchase.  The announcement will have a link to the store. I’ll also put a link in the site’s main menu. 

If you have any questions, concerns, design requests, or other feedback, please let me know, and I’ll do my best to address them.

Nila

[Post updated on 11/9/21. Launch date will be somewhat delayed, but will still be in November 2021. Apologies for any confusion. The next announcement I post will be after the store is launched.]



P. S.
Back in 2015, I launched an online store on Zazzle.  It still exists.  People can still purchase things from there (wolf design temporary tattoos seem to be popular). But it’s basically defunct, so I removed the link.  I plan on revisiting the Zazzle store in the new year. I’d like to revitalize it if it makes sense to do so, because they have a different set of merchandise. But for now, the focus will be on the new store.

Storyfeather Year 8

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Year Eight is finished! As always, thank you to everyone who read even a single story. Thank to you everyone who liked or commented. Thank you for your time and interest, and for being a part of Storyfeather, especially Year Eight.

This was the Year of Revisitation, in which I went back to a story I’d already written and wrote a new standalone story based on a character, object, continuation of events, or some other (sometimes flimsy) link to the earlier story.

A lot happens in the eighth year stories.  While investigating a murder, a single-celled detective is led into a world full of bacterial filaments, proto-multicellular colonies, and a new concept called “love.” The most popular wrestling show in five galaxies is somehow in danger of being shut down, but then the wrestlers—including the show’s first human—jump into action to save it. In the 400th story, six kids explore the possibility that dogs have been trying to warn humanity about a terrible enemy in their midst…the vacuum machines. And a kitchen mishap leads to the accidental invention of the most powerful ice cream in the world.

I did something new and made a year-end trailer for The Year of Revisitation. It’s posted here, and it’ll be on the Trailers page for a few weeks.

Music: “Space Discoveries” by Andrew Sitkov

I’ve written over 400 stories now, and produced over 200 podcast episodes. And yes, I do feel mighty. I do wonder if I’m repeating myself sometimes (I probably am, but maybe it’s okay if it turns out to be fun). It was more challenging than I expected to revisit older stories. Part of the challenge was that when I first started writing, I often added too many elements to a story. I still sometimes do that, but I believe I’ve gotten better at recognizing and streamlining. There were times when I wanted to revisit a previous story, or some element from the story, but in a longer work. Perhaps, in the future…

This year, I launched a few new features in the hopes of making it easier and more fun to navigate through all those hundreds of stories, and find the ones you’re most likely to enjoy.

  • Trailers page: The trailers for the most recent stories and podcast episodes, and links to older trailers.
  • Portals page: Buttons with images and taglines for recent stories. The buttons (portals) lead to the introductory pages for each story, which contain the trailer and more information. My hope is that I can add to these introductory pages in the future (more trailers, behind-the-scenes info, etc.).
  • You can also listen to the three most recent podcast episodes from either the Trailers or the Portals pages.
  • Hub pages for the current story year and podcast season, to make it easier to scroll through and read the titles and taglines of the stories, and either go directly to the story, or go visit the introductory page.

    In case you didn’t know about all these pages, or just haven’t checked them out, the buttons are at the bottom of this post. I also ran a couple of showcase campaigns to highlight stories that shared a theme. I plan to continue this effort with more navigation tools in the next year. So if anyone has any suggestions or other feedback, please feel free to reach out.

Expanding beyond this site, I also launched a new online course to help anyone who wants to write short fiction, and I’ll soon be launching a new online store with merchandise that features artwork from the Storyfeather stories.

All of these new things are exciting (sometimes grueling) but the stories are still the core of this endeavor.

Storytelling is still my true love, still my destiny, still my path.  Stories have been my hope and my haven all my life. First, the stories of others, and then my own stories as well. This year, stories and storytelling have also been my anchor.

Year Nine is coming.  The Wheel of Fiction. The theme is a continuation of Year Eight’s theme, but with a twist (pun intended). Season Five of the podcast is coming soon. The journey continues! I hope you’ll come along.

I have stories to tell you.
Nila


Portal Button. Elongated rectangle with rings of colored light emanating from the center. Text appears over the rings, reading "Storyfeather Year 8" and below it in larger font, "Revisitation."
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle with rings of colored light emanating from the center. Text appears over the rings, reading "Storyfeather Year 4" and below it in larger font, "Creatures."

[Summarized Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 96 seconds. Music: “Space Discoveries” by Andrew Sitkov. Title card with the Storyfeather main logo and “Year 8” and the story title are displayed in front of the image from the story “The Union of the Spyglass.”  The logo and title card fade. A watermark of the word “Storyfeather” appears at bottom right. Images from various other Year 8 stories appear and disappear in a series of wipes and animations. The following words appear and disappear, “Galactic! Microscopic. Hand pies! Aliens! Quests. Mischief. The 400th story” The video slows down as the image from the four hundredth story appears, “Attack of the Vacuum Machine Army.”  More images and words appear and disappear, “Dreams. Visions. Other Realms. Horror. Magic. Myth.” The video slows again as the final image appears. The watermark fades as the logo reappears at center, and above it, the words “The Year of Revisitation.”]

Summer 2021 Coming Soon

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ONLINE COURSE!

MERCH!


More details coming next week about the course, and more details over the coming weeks about a new online store.


[Video Description: It’s me, Nila, facing front, seen from chest up, in front of a plain washboard door. I speak to camera and say, “Hi, it’s Nila. I’m just dropping in to make a quick announcement about two exciting new initiatives that I’ll be launching for Storyfeather over the summer. One of them is an online course. And the other one is an online store. The course is coming first, so I’ll be back next week with more details about that. And in the meantime, I hope that everybody has a safe and fun holiday. And I will see you soon.” The word “Initiatives!” flies in from my right as I say it. The words “Online Course” and “Online Store” float up and away as I announce them.]

Just a note for anyone who may have noticed, I did have an online store previously through Zazzle. It’s technically still open, but I stopped working on it back in 2015. I’ve removed the link for now, and I’ll address it further when I return with more details about the new store.

Portals and Trailers Are Here

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Hello,

First, thank you for your interest in Storyfeather!

I’m interrupting the regularly scheduled storytelling to present a couple new Pages I’ve just added, to help navigate through the (perhaps daunting) waves of stories crashing all around us.

The Portals page and the Trailers page will present more information about the stories, both new and old.

You can find the links at the top of this post, and on the main menu (to the left on desktop view and at the top of the page on mobile view).

PORTALS

You’ll find buttons that link to the latest podcast episode and the latest short story. Coming soon, you’ll also find links to some combination of the following:

  • Older short stories and podcast episodes showcasing a specific theme (a holiday, a season, a profession, most popular, least popular, my faves, etc.)
  • Random Button results—I’ll click the Random button, see where it leads me, and talk about that story or page
  • About and other

I’ll be adding an update to my About page soon, and have a few plans for…other stuff (she said, cryptically).

TRAILERS
You’ll find trailers of the most recent short stories and podcast episodes. The trailers for the short stories will reveal the genre and tagline. In future, I may add quotes from the story. The trailers for the podcast episodes will include an audio excerpt from the episode set against the episode art. And many of the trailers will include animations, transitions, or other minor visual effects.

Why am I making two different pages, instead of putting all of this onto one page?

The Portals page will serve as a landing page for people who find me from other places on the internet where I’ll be posting my trailers.

For some strange reason, I’ve only been posting trailers on Instagram, instead of posting them here first. Well, partly it’s because I didn’t know how or where to put the trailers on my site until now. I’m also trying out embedding a podcast player at the bottom of both Pages, which will allow visitors to listen to the three most recent episodes directly from the Page.

So, I invite you to take a look at the Portals and Trailers pages. And please let me know what you think.

You can comment below, DM me on IG at @storyfeather or reach out to me through email at nila@storyfeather.com.

Thanks!
Nila