The Wandering Winsome

Wil Winsome is a magician-for-hire, whose newest case may involve excising a possessing spirit from a beloved and fragile grandmother.

This story is from Year 8, The Year of Revisitation
I revisit one of the stories I’ve already written, and write a new standalone story connected to or inspired by the existing one through a character, a place, an object, a continuation of events (okay, sequel), and so on.

This week’s story is connected to the Year One story entitled “The Dolls,” in which the character of Wil Winsome first appears, as a child. In that story, Wil and her siblings turn to their tutor to help them face their wicked stepmother.

In this new story, I wanted to focus on one of the kids from the first story, the middle child, Wil, and explore how the fantastic events of her childhood (and an enchanting detail of her lineage) affected her as she became an adult. She’s become a magician, for one thing. And she’s come to learn that many stepmothers are not at all evil. Sometimes a person appears evil because they are evil. Sometimes not. All is not always as it seems, particularly when the magical and the supernatural is concerned.

[Video description: No sound.  Duration is 11 seconds. Digital drawing of composite image.  On the right is a young woman seen from the back and the waist up, wearing a dark red coat.  Her hair is tied in a braid that wreaths her head.  Her right hand is holding up a button, which sparkles with some magic.  On the left, positioned behind the woman is a vaguely humanoid shadow holding up a hand with mangled fingers.  In the middle foreground, not to scale, is the translucent image of a hound standing and facing out.  The hound has three pairs of eyes and a curled segmented tail.  The words “New Short Story” is displayed, centered and in all caps. The text vanishes and the story’s title “The Wandering Winsome” fades in.  The title vanishes, and the website “” rises from the bottom of the screen to center.]

Genre: Fairy Tale, Horror


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."

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