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Welcome to Year 10 of Storyfeather

Every year’s short stories (mostly) follow a theme. For Year Ten, every month’s stories share a genre or theme, some anchor point that the reader can rely on. But within that, there are strange concoctions brewing. The genre’s merge, archetypes collide, mythologies mash…welcome to the Year of Fusion.

January Base Element:
🦀🐌 BEAST-UARY! 🐲🐙

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Three brave rats embark on a voyage across a vast lake that is rumored to be haunted by a monstrous cat.

Fusion recipe:
Base element for January: Beasts! Beasts of myth, legend, nightmare, and dream. Fusion
Element: Geometry

The inspiration for this story is the digital drawing I did of the “Underwater Panther,” also known as Mishipeshu, among other names, a creature in the folklore of the indigenous people of the Great Lakes region.  The creature is said to look like a cross between a cougar and a dragon, with a prehensile tail made of copper, a sharp sawtooth back, and horns or antlers. (For my story, I did away with the horns.) It’s also said the creature can cause storms, waves, and whirlpools.
(Source: Great Lakes Guide)

As for geometry, it’s what the intrepid heroes of the story use to map and follow a route across the lake to an island full of precious treasure. (Hmm, lot of bodies of water in this month’s stories.)

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Video Description: “The Lake of the Nightmare Cat” Trailer. Duration, 51 seconds. “Deep” by Nicholas Jeudy. Digital drawing. A cat seen from right side at an angle, sitting upon a rock in the midst of waters. The cat appears like a cougar, but with green thorny ridges along the back and tail. The tail is long, and loops of it emerge from and descend into the water. The cat’s glowing green eyes look forward. Clouds hang in the overcast sky above. Watermark of the word “Storyfeather” along the upper right forelimb. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Mythic Fable,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “Three brave rats embark on a voyage across a vast lake that is rumored to be haunted by a monstrous cat.” Lines from the story appear in sequence at bottom, the last two lines appearing at center: “But at the very bottom of the lake, where even sunlight cannot pierce, the waters are blacker than my fur, and quieter than the falling of a feather to the ground.  But these waters churn, my friends.  They churn with the unquiet souls of all those poor beasts who drowned in the lake, and even some who died upon the shore or in the surrounding wood.  They are trapped in eternal torment.” Site URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now.”


Ten terrified youths are abducted by a bird with ten terrible heads, who plans for them a doom worse than death.

Fusion recipe: Base element for January: Beasts! Beasts of myth, legend, nightmare, and dream. Fusion
Element: The law (specifically, the laws of marriage)

One of the prompts for the art challenge that I’m currently doing (in January 2023) was “nine-headed bird.”  This refers to the nine-headed bird (or phoenix) from Chinese myth and folklore.  I took many elements from the folklore story I came across: the abducted youths, the cliff-side cavern, the existence of a tenth head originally, and other things that would be spoilers for the story.
(Sources: China Beasts and Legends and World of Tales)

It’s fun taking an existing story from myth, folklore, or fairy tales, and putting my own spin on the story. Might be an exercise worth trying, if you’ve ever wanted to have a go at fiction-writing and didn’t know where to start.

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Video Description: “The Ten Terrible Heads of Shi Xin Niao” Trailer. Duration, 45 seconds. “Dungeon of Shadows (seamless)” by Nicholas Jeudy. Digital drawing. A creature that looks like a bird with nine visible heads. The body is seen from the right side, wing feathers extended out, long tail feathers flowing back, and legs loosely folded. The colors and patterns of the bird appear like that of a golden pheasant. The color of the beaks differ between some of the heads. The heads are arrayed in different positions, some in profile, some looking and facing forward. The bird is surrounded by a crackling glowing energy. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Mythology,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “Ten terrified youths are abducted by a bird with ten terrible heads, who plans for them a doom worse than death.” Title card and tagline fade. Lines from the story appear in sequence in different positions and different colors: “In time, the transformation of their body spread to their heads. Separate they remained, but their heads grew feathers and beaks, and their bones and muscles cracked and tore, until all that remained of their prior selves were their human minds and their human voices, though even those were fading. Already, seven had lost their human voices. And four had lost their human minds.” Site URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now.”


A strange calf with a strange power is born to an ordinary cow, and is cared for by a keeper who envisions an ordinary use for that power.

Fusion recipe: Base element for January: Beasts! Beasts of myth, legend, nightmare, and dream. Fusion
Element: Cleaning Service.

This story is inspired by a prompt for the Creatuanary art challenge: Water bull.  This creature is from Scottish Gaelic myth and folklore, the “tarbh uisge.”  It hangs out in lochs at night, is friendly (especially when compared to water horses), and is amphibious and can shape-shift.  So…
(Sources: Mysterious Britain and Ireland and The Birds of Rhiannon)

What if a special little calf was born to a farmer one day, and the calf looked so strange that the farmer wanted to sell it, but his wife entreated him to keep it.  She wanted her own trade and thought that maybe this calf had come to her to teach her what that trade might be. The farmer agreed.  And soon, the calf manifested an interesting ability that gave his keeper an idea for a new business.

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Video Description: “Glormadarck” Trailer. Duration, 39 seconds. “Mystical Town” by Chris Logsdon. Digital drawing. A bull facing forward and seen from an angle on the left side. The bull has a black pelt, red eyes, glowing blue horns, and a slightly parted mouth. Shaggy hair falls down the bull’s ears and forehead. The bull stands on fog-covered grassy ground. Behind is the surface of a body of water. Above is a night sky glowing with moonlight from upper right. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fairy Tale,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “A strange calf with a strange power is born to an ordinary cow, and is cared for by a keeper who envisions an ordinary use for that power.” Title card and tagline fade. Lines from the story appear in sequence in different positions and different colors: “‘Perhaps you were made for some other purpose.’ The calf cried out then, for he had not understood what his keeper had meant for him to do.  But in that moment, his confusion cleared. He summoned a stream, and it was the beginning of the humble yet enchanted service of the great Glormadarck.” Animation: Fog at bottom starts upon first line and fades at end. Site URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now.”


Treasure hunters seeking a legendary jewel on a forbidding isle take along a girl who has visions and a man who escaped the isle and swore never to return.

Fusion recipe: Base element for January: Beasts! Beasts of myth, legend, nightmare, and dream. Fusion
Element: Visions.

I’m doing a creature-centered art challenge for January 2023, and the first prompt on the first day was Karkinos, a giant crab from Greek mythology who attacked Heracles while he was fighting the Hydra.  But the crab did not succeed in helping the Hydra. Heracles crushed the crab under his feet and killed it. The goddess Hera then turned the crab into a constellation.
(Sources: Theoi Project and Greek Legends and Myths)

In my story, the giant crab was the immortal son of a sea god, who somehow died, and whose remains then turned into a haunted isle covered in gray clouds. But the crab’s heart turned into a jewel so precious that it was worth it for some to go looking for this jewel, even at the cost of life and limb.

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“Isle of the Immortal Crab” Trailer. Duration, 43 seconds. “Dungeon of Shadows (seamless)” by Nicholas Jeudy. Digital painting. An island in the shape of a crab facing forward, legs dangling below the surface of tropical waters. The body appears to be made of rock. A canopy of trees appears on top of the crab’s head (or the island’s surface). At upper left are dark gray clouds. At right are white clouds and rays of light shining down into the water. On the crab’s underside is a sparkling red-orange glow. At right on the water’s surface is the silhouette of a boat. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Mythology,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “Treasure hunters seeking a legendary jewel on a forbidding isle take along a girl who has visions and a man who escaped the isle and swore never to return.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Lines from the story appear in sequence in different positions and different colors: “Legend says the crab did not like the sunlight.  So his mother made a shroud of clouds for him. You have seen disaster, haven’t you? Why do they not listen to you? Because I am a child. When people go to the island and crawl all over him, he doesn’t like it. I’m afraid, but I have to go. Do not follow a fool into folly. Protect her, and only her.” Site URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now.”



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PODCAST SEASON 5
The Year of S.T.E.A.M.

In this season of the podcast, I’m recording the short stories I wrote back in 2017-2018, where the theme was S.T.E.A.M. (That’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)

You can listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, and most places where podcasts are found.  Or listen directly from my Podcast page on storyfeather.com

You can listen to the latest three episodes directly from this page if you scroll to the bottom.


(You can also listen to the full episode at the bottom of this page.)
JACQUERY TATTERY MAKER OF SAILS

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Trailer for “Jacquery Tattery Maker of Sails.” 51 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Fantasy” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “Jaquery Tattery was born at sea, and he grew up in a town far from the sea, and all he wanted to do was return to the sea.” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing. Part of a sail whose braided border is being pierced by a needle. The sail sits on the lap of a person, at right of image, whose left hand grips a section of the braided border and whose right hand, equipped with a sailmaker’s sewing palm, directs the need through the braid of cloth. An image is stitched onto the sail and is partially visible, the body of a serpent entangled around a boat with one sail unfurled at bottom center and middle. At bottom right, the serpent’s head with mouth parted, looking at the ship. Watermark of the word “Storyfeather” on the sail along a coil of the serpent. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “Soon after the day that Jack made his birthday bargain with his mother, a woman entered their shop and made an unusual request. The woman, though quite young, claimed to be the captain of a humble vessel docked in an eastern port. ‘My name is Rill,’ the woman said, bowing deep to Jack and his mother. ‘For the past year, I have been asking ever innkeeper, captain, merchant, and mayor I meet a question. Who are the best tailors in the realm? I have heard many names spoken, but only one was spoken by all. Your name.’” 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 storyfeather.com.”


(You can also listen to the full episode at the bottom of this page.)
THE WATCHERS OF THE WHALE

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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 storyfeather.com.”


(You can also listen to the full episode at the bottom of this page.)
LORD ORGULOUS

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Trailer for “Lord Orgulous.” 52 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Fantasy” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “An air of mystery surrounds a young lord who came to rule a province from a distant land, until those closest to him gather clues about his past.” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing. Three people sitting at a table, described from left to right. In three-quarters profile, a bald man in a collared long sleeve shirt, holding a stein in both hands with his elbows on the table. A woman facing forward with her hair in a bun, wearing a double-breasted jacket, resting her left forearm on the table, and holding her right index finger to her mouth. She looks to the right at the third person, a woman with long curly hair, seen in left profile, smiling, and holding up her right hand with palm loosely facing upward. Watermark of the word “Storyfeather” just below arm of the middle person. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “Drucasda suddenly widened her eyes and looked at Whimsy. ‘You said his eyes were dazzling. Could they have been…glowing?’ ‘What are you thinking?’ Phileron asked. ‘Do you suppose our lordship might not be quite human?’ ‘Well of course he might not be,’ Whimsy said. ‘That rumor is an old one. Abandoned by most now. And everyone had guessed every kind of creature he might be—vampire, werewolf, ghoul, merman, demon—shall I go on?’” Animated flames appear around the border of the image, framing the image, fading when Whimsy begins to speak.  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 storyfeather.com.”


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LISTEN TO THE THREE MOST RECENT PODCAST EPISODES RIGHT HERE


Jacquery Tattery Maker of Sails Storyfeather

  1. Jacquery Tattery Maker of Sails
  2. The Watchers of the Whale
  3. Lord Orgulous