The Why Winter Challenge

Four stories answer the question: ‘Why does there have to be winter?’

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Trailer for “The Why Winter Challenge.” 43 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Mythology” is displayed at center. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “Four stories answer the question: ‘Why does there have to be winter?’” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing. Collage of four vertical images, described from left to right. Part of a planet seen at bottom, and above it, a ship emitting sparks and smoke.  A forearm with horns emerging from several spots extends down and places a clawed hand on a surface of cracked ice. A cloaked figure with a featureless face seen in right profile and waist up, partially visible, holds up the left hand, palm curled up as if to catch a snowflake just above it. A figure with a featureless face seen from knees up, facing forward, holding a dagger at their side in the right hand, and holding up a scythe with their bent left arm. Behind this figure stands a magnified version of the same figure. Behind that stands a still more magnified version of the same figure.  Snowflakes of different sizes are scattered across all the collage. This landscape image is made square with a top and bottom border behind the image that depicts a stretched version of the image in shades of blue. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “They say a being from a far distant land came to our world, fell toward it actually, and crashed. Our world was different then. No life inhabited it, because it was a just an orb of spinning crystalline debris. In crashing, the being passed through this debris and was torn by it, split into parts, four parts, for the four ancient elements.   And it changed our world forever.” Story title appears at top as the image blurs and darkens from center outward. Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades as 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”

Player not working? Click this story title for a back-up way to listen: The Why Winter Challenge

Episode Released: 9 December 2022

“Why does there have to be winter?”

The asker was my little niece, all bundled up in black-and-silver fleece blankets. Her favorite colors. She didn’t ask the question just out of curiosity. She was frowning slightly. Winter had swallowed up her favorite season, autumn. (The season to which her only objection was, “why does there have to be so much orange?”).

I smiled. “Do you want the scientific explanation or the non-scientific explanation?”

What’s the Word (that inspired the story)?
Favonian: of or relating to the west wind (source

Storyfeather-themed merchandise
Warrior woman with an axe shaped like butterfly wings, a luminous woman gazing at the phases of the moon, a majestic sea serpent, and a parrot shaped like a pterosaur, just to name a few.

T-shirts, mugs, stickers, notebooks, baby onesies, and more featuring artwork from the stories.

Story: “The Why Winter Challenge” Copyright © 2018 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel

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

“Morning Frost”
“A Tale of Peace”

Music by ANDREW SITKOV (MuzStation Game Music)*
“Another World”
“Adventure Track #1 (looped)”
“Medieval Track #1 (looped)”
“Story at Night”
“Hidden Fear”
“Ice and Fire”
“Funny Horror”
“Stars Talk”

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

Music by Jonathan Shaw and Andrew Sitkov is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

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Find more stories by Nila at

(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: Mythology, Fantasy
Tags: Autumn, Challenge, Cousin, Monster, Niece, Ruler, Sibling, Spring, Story, Summer, Winter

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