The Watchers of the Whale

The mayor of a modest harbor town struggles to deal with the appearance of a whale in the sky above the ocean.

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Video description

Trailer for “The Watchers of the Whale.” 31 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Fantasy” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “The mayor of a modest harbor town struggles to deal with the appearance of a whale in the sky above the ocean.” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing. A right whale seen in left profile, floating in midair in a cloudy sky with sunset colors. Watermark of the word “Storyfeather” along the bottom of the whale’s head. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “Mayor Joyance glanced out of the restaurant’s window toward the harbor. ‘Maybe we just need to learn from it.’ ‘Learn what?’ He shrugged. ‘Different lessons for different souls. For me, the lesson is that we don’t have everything figured out the way we think we do. But we don’t have to be afraid of not knowing.’” Story title appears at top. Website URL at bottom center throughout and fades as text box appears at center displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at”

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Episode Released: 19 January 2023

“There’s a whale, just…floating in the middle of the sky. That doesn’t impress you?”

“I never said I wasn’t impressed.”

“I mean that doesn’t move you to—I don’t know—ponder about the big stuff in life?”

The mayor crossed his arms. “Big stuff?”

She shook her head, then turned back to look at him. Her brows were slightly creased now, and her gaze fixed on him. “If the official explanation isn’t real, do you think there’s a logical explanation for this?”

“I think there’s an explanation,” Mayor Joyance said. “Whether or not it’s logical remains to be seen.”

What’s the Word (that inspired the story)?
Joyance: (Archaic) joyous feeling; gladness. (source:

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Story: “The Watchers of the Whale” Copyright © 2019 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel

Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

Music by ANDREA BARONI (Cyberleaf)*
“Ground Control”
“Night Time”
“Evolving Cities”
“Fugue For One Synthetic Heart”
“Slightly Across”
“Cozy Afternoons”
“Fast Lanes Light Rain”
“March of the Waking Lights”
“You Were Always In The Right Place”

“I Never Gave Up – INTRO”
“I Never Gave Up – (B) MELODY LOOP”
“I Never Gave Up – (A) MELODY LOOP”
“U Never Had To Exist – INTRO”
“Cry No More – (B) MELODY LOOP”

*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.

Music by Andrea Baroni and Tao and Sound is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

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(Stories centered on an intriguing word and its meaning)

Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, an embossed circle with the Storyfeather feather logo, a feather quill shaped like the letter "f" with a drop of ink hovering below its tip. The circle is bordered with dots and dashes and casts a shadow. To the right of the image, the word "Definitions." At top right, the word "Year." Below "Year," the numeral "6."

Genre: Fantasy
Tags: Float, Hover, Jordan Joyance, Mayor, Right Whale, Sky, Talia

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