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TRAILERS FOR RECENT SHORT STORIES
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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


An uncertified magician, who’s not allowed to cast enchantments in the city proper, finds odd jobs to do in the outer city.

The Wheel of Fiction landed on Revisitation. I had a note about liking the phrase “outer city magicians” from a previous story. That’s it. That’s all I was going on. Just revisiting that phrase and writing a story about it that has nothing to do with the one that the phrase came from. And I knew magician would mean a person who is skilled in handling magical forces, rather than your sleight-of-hand and illusions” type of magician. A day in the life of a magician just trying to make a living in a time when magic has become standardized, regulated, and turned into product.

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Video Description: “Outer City Magician” Trailer. Duration, 45 seconds. “Casual Theme #6 (Triumph)” by Andrew Sitkov. Digital drawing. At center, a person seen from waist up, wearing a coat with a wide collar, a vest and shiny necklace, holding bent arms out to the side, palms up, and looking up with a crooked smile. A tall pointed hat sits on the right palm, which is surrounded by a glow. Three bees are hovering above the person’s head. A wispy glowing line surrounded by tiny glowing balls seeps from the tip of the hat and curves around the bees. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fantasy,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “An uncertified magician, who’s not allowed to cast enchantments in the city proper, finds odd jobs to do in the outer city.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Lines from the story appear in sequence: “I got into this business at the wrong time. Now that huge factories could crank out standardized magic components that anyone could use, without even a basic understanding of the primary forces and how to shape them, not too many people were interested in “hand-crafted artisan” magic. That’s what the kids called it now. In my grandpa’s day, it was just called…magic.” Animations present: Puffs of smoke appear from the tip of the hat. The last word appears at top and dissipates. Site URL appears at bottom left throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the image blurs and darkens, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now storyfeather.com.”


A turtle of great renown receives a great gift, and with that gift, a terrible burden no other turtle has ever known.

The Wheel of Fiction landed on Elements.  I started with a “what if?” about the sense of touch. What if I write another myth or maybe a combo of myth and fable about a being—an animal who could feel extreme pain when they touched anything with one appendage, and extreme pleasure when they touched anything with the other?  No other being experienced anything in the sensation of touch, so much so that there was no designation for it, no word “touch.” So by the end of the story, this being attempts to get some relief from both sensations by spreading it out through the world. The story changed from this initial premise in significant ways as I wrote it, but the basic elements are there. (See what I did there?  Elements.)

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Video Description: “Gaharalil” Trailer. Duration, 45 seconds. “Dwarven Settlement” by Benjamin Carr. Digital drawing. A turtle seen in left profile facing left, resting on a patch of green earth at the edge of a body of a water. The forelimbs are visible. The turtle’s mouth is open wide. Bunches of purple flowers with five petals surround the turtle. The sky is bright and bare of clouds. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Mythology,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “A turtle of great renown receives a great gift, and with that gift, a terrible burden no other turtle has ever known.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Lines from the story appear in sequence: “When Gaharalil slipped into the water, he was seized by a sensation.  It rippled across the surface of his body, his skin.  The spark of sensation bolted through his skin to his muscles, his belly, his heart.  It flooded him with joy.  It raised him up like a cresting wave.  He floated in the sensation to the water’s surface and beyond, up into the heavens, where the stars dwelt and all was wonder.” Animations present: The text ripples in the sentence with the word “rippled.” Colorful lightning bolts appear behind the sentence with the word “bolted.” Waves rise up in the bottom left corner when the sentence with the word “wave” appears. Finally, a band of crumbling color appears and fades behind the last words. Site URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the image blurs and darkens, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now storyfeather.com.”


A crew assigned to repossess a precious and undefined item end up in the midst of a suspicious bar fight in a far-off sector of space.

The Wheel of Fiction landed on Wildcard. I went through my various card games and found one I haven’t yet played, “Gloom in Space.” When flipping through the cards, one of them caught my attention. It was titled, “Quarrel in the Cantina,” and the bottom read “Looks like you’re barred from the bar.” That seemed an intriguing start to a story. Why would my heroes be banned from a bar?  What were they doing there?  Are they criminals?  Did they start something?  Or did they just get caught in the cross-fire?  Did they end up in a desperate situation that required them to do something that would get them “barred from bar?”

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Video Description: “Showdown at the Cinna-Bar” Trailer. Duration, 42 seconds. “Cyberjazz Nights” by Tao and Sound. Digital drawing. Façade of a one-story building that is hovering in outer space. The main building has a single central door, covered by a domed awning, and flanked by two windows, above which is a large sign that reads “Cinna-bar.” Attached on the right are two smaller rooms or extensions. Attached to the left is an awning open to space. On the roof at right is a satellite dish or receiver, and at left are three columns. A walkway flanked with lights leads to the main entrance. The whole structure is stabilized by six visible thrusters. At upper right is a hovering sign that reads “Cinna-bar” with a lighted arrow beneath pointing to the building. Beams of translucent light in various colors shoot out of the windows at various angles. Clusters of stars are visible at bottom right and upper left corners. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Science Fiction,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “A crew assigned to repossess a precious and undefined item end up in the midst of a suspicious bar fight in a far-off sector of space.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Lines from the story appear in sequence: “Laser blasts everywhere. Screaming and yelling. Distracting me. I was lying behind the bar now.  Artificial gravity was glitching. Liquor was floating, dripping, and splashing everywhere. Glass was smashing and crashing. Yeah, the vastness of space is scary, but the vastness of death…is scarier.” Some of the text is animated, dropping down or flying forward out of view. Blobs of liquid drip up and down when the line about liquor appears. And a line drawing of glass shatters and fades when the line about glass appears. Site URL appears at bottom right throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the image blurs and darkens, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now storyfeather.com.”


A driver for a small interstellar cab company picks up a passenger, who keeps wanting to go to where she probably shouldn’t go.

The Wheel of Fiction landed on Music. And after pressing random on my music, I landed on “Planet Earth” by Duran Duran. And that made me think of having an 80’s themed look to the image for the story, the story of a cabbie who drives people around in space (maybe this was inspired by another Duran Duran song, “The Chauffeur.”  It was fun and nostalgic looking up 80’s fashion, especially the high-top sneakers.  Part of the reason the cabbie loves working for her company is that she doesn’t have to wear a boring uniform, or follow strict rules.  This is probably also the reason a reckless passenger with inadvisable destinations in mind might choose the cabbie with the yellow jacket, fingerless gloves, and neon orange cab.

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Video Description: “Strange Stellar Cab Ride” Trailer. Duration, 45 seconds. “Neon Trip (B) Melody Loop” by Tao and Sound. Digital drawing. A smiling young woman stands in front of a taxicab, slightly leaning against the hood, facing forward. Most of the front of the cab is visible, seen at an angle from the front corner of the driver side. The cab is bright orange. The words “Interstellar Taxi” are visible on the side. In place of a wheel is a thruster shaped like a dome with a flared bottom, and a glow of energy beneath. The woman has her right foot crossed over her left, her left arm across her waist, her right hand raised to her left shoulder, and her right elbow propped on her left hand. Her multicolored clothes of blue and pink match her hair, make-up, and shoes. Her yellow jacket matches her yellow scrunchie. She wears high-top sneakers, fingerless gloves, and layers of necklaces. A small blue lizard is perched on her right shoulder. A black lizard is just visible behind the blue. Above is an expanse of space with stars glowing in different colors. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Science Fiction,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “A driver for a small interstellar cab company picks up a passenger, who keeps wanting to go to where she probably shouldn’t go.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Lines from the story appear in sequence: “I had to talk her out of it. My passenger had asked me to take her to Wild Protomatter Park. Wild Protomatter Park? That place was originally marked a danger zone.  Instant death for the lucky ones.  Contamination and a slow painful death for the unlucky.  No one knew why, but that area of space would burst with geysers of exotic particles.” When music gets quicker, about halfway through, the image begins to shift and rotate through different hues until returning to the original colors. When the last phrase appears, glowing bits of lights burst from the center outward. Site URL appears at bottom left throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the glowing lights burst away, the image blurs, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now storyfeather.com.”


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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.)
ANOMALY VALLEY

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Video description: Trailer for “Anomaly Valley.” 53 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Science Mystery” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “An explorer gets lost in a spatiotemporal anomaly that was once the treasure vault of an alien pirate.” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing. Two figures. At left, a young man lies on the grassy ground on his stomach, his arms folded, his head resting on his left arm, seen from knees up, face turned forward, eyes closed. At right, another young man kneels before the other, looking down at him, his right leg folded up, hands resting lightly on the ground. He’s wearing a backpack. The grass is purple and the sky is green. At top left, hanging in the air, are bright orbs with hazy glows. Watermark of the word “storyfeather” lies over image. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “He fell through the sky. He fell to Earth. Into the South Pacific. He managed to swim to a shore, or perhaps was washed ashore. And there he was found by a people who gave him a treasure that he had not known in a long, long while and did not deserve. They gave him mercy. And that was why he gave them his story, even the ugliest parts of it. It was the only treasure he had left.” Story title appears at top as the image blurs. 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 PLOTZ HOLE

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Video description: Trailer for “The Plotz Hole.” 30 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Science Fiction” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “The passionate people involved with making movies at Plotz Hole Studios hail from all the many corners of the universe, and beyond.” The title card and tagline fade. A woman seen from the back, standing in a bar of light that extends from upper left corner to lower right corner of image. She’s wearing a knee-length skirt and boots and a fancy top. The woman raises her right hand out toward a framed bright glass surface. The surface displays the light gray silhouette of a man, one hand reaching down to a small dog. Upper right, in shadow, some artwork hung on the wall. Below it, partly visible, is some raised surface like a bench or table. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “…humans—a species floating adrift for the time being in the outer reaches of a most intriguing galaxy. Humans, ignorant for the time being of any other civilizations but their own. Humans, reaching out into space for a hand to clasp, and finding none…for the time being. Humans. She liked them.” Story title appears at top as the image blurs and darkens. 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 SINGING SAFECRACKER

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Video description: Trailer for “The Singing Safecracker.” 59 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Mystery” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “With his uniquely gifted voice, Nate tries to right a wrong by doing wrong.” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing.  At center, a man standing on a stage, seen from waist up, facing front and turned to the left (his right), dressed in a tuxedo, with a pompadour. He holds a microphone up to his face in his right hand.  His mouth is open. To the right, along the frame, are two palm trees. Behind the man is a backdrop with a peacock tail design, arrayed around the man.  Folds of curtains are seen along the top of frame. A watermark of the word “Storyfeather” appears over the image. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “But on the inside, those same bricks glittered as if they’d been dipped in stardust. So did most of the revelers and employees alike. Even when it was winter outside, it was paradise inside the club. A peacock’s paradise. Splashes of blue, purple, green, and gold painted the tables, the bar, the bottles of liquor, and the stage. Nate loved that unnecessarily extravagant stage. Decked out with tropical flowers (most made with ribbons and plastic, but some real), palm fronds, and paintings of warm sunsets and brightly colored birds, whose king, the peacock, watched over all with the hundred shimmering eyes on his gorgeous feathers.” Story title appears at top as the image blurs and darkens. 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


Rise of the Prokaryotes Storyfeather

  1. Rise of the Prokaryotes
  2. Anomaly Valley
  3. The Plotz Hole