The Golden Ratio Theater

A recent college graduate dreams of operating a local theater that has a special and secret importance to planet Earth…and beyond.

Music: “The Superiority (loop)” by Andrew Sitkov

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Video Description: “The Golden Ratio Theater” Trailer. Duration, 38 seconds. “The Superiority (loop)” by Andrew Sitkov. Digital drawing. View of four rows of seats in a theater with some aliens and some humans seated. At bottom, top portion of the front two seats with people sitting in them. Only the hair of the person at left is visible, in a top bun. At right, only the top of the head with one eye and one ear is visible. The person is looking back and to their right. In the middle two seats of the second row, two people sit. A human at left, with a straw in her mouth from a large drink cup. A humanoid alien at right, holding a handful of popcorn up to his face from a large bucket of popcorn in his right arm. Both are looking down at the handful of popcorn. In the third row at far left is an alien with the face of a triceratops-like dinosaur, who is looking up, and who has one hand gripping the top of the seat in front of them. An empty seat separates them from a human at right, holding a hand to their face and looking up. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Science Fiction,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “A recent college graduate dreams of operating a local theater that has a special and secret importance to planet Earth…and beyond.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Lines from the story appear in sequence: “‘Jules, you’re fired,’ he said. ‘What!’ He held up his hand. ‘It’s for your own good. Those…men, for lack of a better word, are not aliens really. They’re, they’re called ‘intimidators.’  Look, they won’t hurt you, okay? Or your family. As long as you forget about the theater.’” Site URL appears at bottom right throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the image darkens, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now”

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 Draw. I’d been thinking about writing a story centered on a movie theater.  So for this prompt, I have to draw the image first (or at least the sketch), then write the story based on that image.  So I drew the audience in a theater.  And some of the audience members are definitely not human.  They’re aliens.  How and why are aliens in a human movie theater?  Or…are humans in an alien movie theater?  Hmm…

[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, 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: 8/3/22,” and a label at right, “Story: 8/14/22.” 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 DRAW. As the wheel stops spinning, a cartoon of a movie theater front appears at bottom, the marquee bearing the words “Cinema” and “Movie.” Then a cartoon monster slides beside the theater from the left. The monster looks like a mop of hair with a single huge eye and a single horn. The monster waves.]

Genre: Science Fiction


Portal Button. Elongated rectangle with rings of colored light emanating from the center. Text appears over the rings, reading "Storyfeather Year 9" and below it in larger font, "Wheel of Fiction."

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