An uncertified magician, who’s not allowed to cast enchantments in the city proper, finds odd jobs to do in the outer city.
Music: “Casual Theme #6 (Triumph)” by Andrew Sitkov
Video Description: “Outer City Magician” Trailer. Duration, 45 seconds. “Casual Theme #6 (Triumph)” by Andrew Sitkov. Digital drawing. At center, a person seen from waist up, wearing a coat with a wide collar, a vest and shiny necklace, holding bent arms out to the side, palms up, and looking up with a crooked smile. A tall pointed hat sits on the right palm, which is surrounded by a glow. Three bees are hovering above the person’s head. A wispy glowing line surrounded by tiny glowing balls seeps from the tip of the hat and curves around the bees. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fantasy,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “An uncertified magician, who’s not allowed to cast enchantments in the city proper, finds odd jobs to do in the outer city.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Lines from the story appear in sequence: “I got into this business at the wrong time. Now that huge factories could crank out standardized magic components that anyone could use, without even a basic understanding of the primary forces and how to shape them, not too many people were interested in “hand-crafted artisan” magic. That’s what the kids called it now. In my grandpa’s day, it was just called…magic.” Animations present: Puffs of smoke appear from the tip of the hat. The last word appears at top and dissipates. Site URL appears at bottom left throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the image blurs and darkens, 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 Revisitation. I had a note about liking the phrase “outer city magicians” from a previous story. That’s it. That’s all I was going on. Just revisiting that phrase and writing a story about it that has nothing to do with the one that the phrase came from. And I knew magician would mean a person who is skilled in handling magical forces, rather than your sleight-of-hand and illusions” type of magician. A day in the life of a magician just trying to make a living in a time when magic has become standardized, regulated, and turned into product.
Video Description: Duration, 8 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 a label on left, “Spin date: 9/8/22,” and a label at right, “Story: 9/19/22.” 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 REVISITATION. As the wheel stops spinning, a cartoon pointed hat spins into view at the center. It is sparkling, and two cartoon bees drop out of the bottom and hover at the bottom.
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