The story is told of how nine little gods came to be honored at a feast where they dared not show their faces.
Music: “Level 1 (Loop)” by Chris Logsdon
[Video Description: “Nine Gods in Masquerade” Trailer. Duration, 34 seconds. Music, “Level 1 (Loop)” by Chris Logsdon. Digital drawing. An empty masquerade mask facing forward with several asymmetrical elements. At center bridge of nose, a seashell motif. At left of image the top corner of the mask appears to be burning in a sparkling flame, and part of the mask appears to be vaporizing. At bottom is a small chainmail section from which there hangs a row of teardrop pieces dangling from thin strings. Within each eye hole is a star-filled sky motif. The right eye hole is framed with a tiled or scaled border. The left eye is surrounded by a vine motif. At right of image a feather and wing motif drops from the bottom of the mask. Along the side and extending up in a branching tree. A few leaves sprout from a few branches. Two flowers are set beside the tree and above the left eye. A dragonfly-like insect is perched at the base of the tree with two insect wings extending out and two feathers emerging from the bottom. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Mythology,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “The story is told of how nine little gods came to be honored at a feast where they dared not show their faces.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Lines from the story appear in sequence: “The new mortal-made masks were so fantastical and magical that they could not easily be distinguished from the masks of the gods. A few called it blasphemy. (For we humans can be fools this way, don’t you agree? Seeking and seeking for wonder, and fearing it when we find it.)” Site URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the image blurs, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now storyfeather.com.”]
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 Music. After some review of my music library, I stopped at the “Highlights from the Phantom of the Opera” soundtrack. I’d once had an idea for an alternate story/ending transitioning into a sequel for Phantom, just as a spontaneous creative exercise. I didn’t feel like writing that. But, maybe…something. On closer review of the tracks, “Masquerade” stood out just because I don’t recall ever writing a story or even a scene about a masquerade before. And what if the masks went on for a parade? My story has no phantom, no ingénue, and no music. The track was just an inspiration for the story of a mighty and joyous tradition that has its roots in myth and magic, and spreads its canopy over the people of an entire island nation.
[Video Description: Duration, 9 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, Music, Challenge, Draw!!!, Traveler. The title at top reads “The Wheel of Fiction V4” and below that the words “Spin the wheel.” Below that is the date of the spin, 5/14/2022. 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 Turn Again, turns again and lands on MUSIC. As the wheel stops spinning, a masquerade mask with a mass of coiled curls above the eyes appears at the center of the wheel.]
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