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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


The story is told of how nine little gods came to be honored at a feast where they dared not show their faces.

The Wheel of Fiction landed on Music.  After some review of my music library, I stopped at the “Highlights from the Phantom of the Opera” soundtrack.  I’d once had an idea for an alternate story/ending transitioning into a sequel for Phantom, just as a spontaneous creative exercise.  I didn’t feel like writing that.  But, maybe…something. On closer review of the tracks, “Masquerade” stood out just because I don’t recall ever writing a story or even a scene about a masquerade before.  And what if the masks went on for a parade?  My story has no phantom, no ingénue, and no music.  The track was just an inspiration for the story of a mighty and joyous tradition that has its roots in myth and magic, and spreads its canopy over the people of an entire island nation.


[Video Description: “Nine Gods in Masquerade” Trailer. Duration, 34 seconds. Music, “Level 1 (Loop)” by Chris Logsdon. Digital drawing. An empty masquerade mask facing forward with several asymmetrical elements. At center bridge of nose, a seashell motif. At left of image the top corner of the mask appears to be burning in a sparkling flame, and part of the mask appears to be vaporizing. At bottom is a small chainmail section from which there hangs a row of teardrop pieces dangling from thin strings. Within each eye hole is a star-filled sky motif. The right eye hole is framed with a tiled or scaled border. The left eye is surrounded by a vine motif. At right of image a feather and wing motif drops from the bottom of the mask. Along the side and extending up in a branching tree. A few leaves sprout from a few branches. Two flowers are set beside the tree and above the left eye. A dragonfly-like insect is perched at the base of the tree with two insect wings extending out and two feathers emerging from the bottom. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Mythology,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “The story is told of how nine little gods came to be honored at a feast where they dared not show their faces.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Lines from the story appear in sequence: “The new mortal-made masks were so fantastical and magical that they could not easily be distinguished from the masks of the gods. A few called it blasphemy. (For we humans can be fools this way, don’t you agree?  Seeking and seeking for wonder, and fearing it when we find it.)” Site URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the image blurs, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now storyfeather.com.”]


In a realm where the learned are held at the highest esteem, a fool is called upon to challenge a trickster.

The Wheel of Fiction landed on Challenge.  So I decided to write a story where the character faces a challenge.  And the trick would be that they were too foolish to face it, but face it they must, for it was a challenge at which only fools prevail.


[Video Description: “Only Fools Prevail” Trailer. Duration, 34 seconds. Music, “Mystical Town” by Chris Logsdon. Digital drawing. A composite image of two faces with a soft diagonal border between them, cutting from bottom left to top right. At top seen in left profile is a face looking down and having a pleasant almost smiling expression, short curly hair, and a high loose collar with edges curling down. At bottom is a face in three-quarters profile facing right, looking forward with a distant almost dreamy expression, short wavy hair, and a straight collar. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fairy Tale,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “In a realm where the learned are held at the highest esteem, a fool is called upon to challenge a trickster.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Lines from the story appear in sequence: “‘I visit you because I am curious.’ ‘I think it’s because you want to be the first trickster who understands a fool.’ The trickster laughed. ‘My dear Sovereign, no one amuses me as you do. But I must tell you. To a trickster, everyone is a fool.’” Site URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the image blurs, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now storyfeather.com.”]


Two people investigating the shadowy figures that haunt a mountain cross paths, just as one of them may have made a major discovery.

The Wheel of Fiction landed on Creatures. On searching “urban legend creatures,” I came across an article (okay, it was the top search item) of the scariest urban legends in each state in the U.S.  I’d only started reviewing the infographic when the entry on the Dark Watchers caught my attention. The warning not to acknowledge them in any way, along with no explanation as to why, gave my imagination some initial images. Two people driving in a car. One of them asking, out of context, what would happen if she were to look. The driver stopping the car and in both fear and anger warning the passenger that if she’s unable to follow the warnings then she’s putting both their lives in danger and he will turn the car around. I started my brainstorm by answering the question of how the shadowy figures came to be and what would happen if someone were to break the rules on encountering one of them.


[Video Description: “They Stand. They Watch. They Wait.” Trailer. Duration, 30 seconds. Music, “Fire Dungeon” by Benjamin Carr. Digital drawing. The silhouette of a person facing forward stands at center with arms to the side. The eyes glow with the color of the sunny halo behind the figure’s head and torso. The figure stands on ground that is cast in dark shadows. The ground fills the bottom fourth of the image. Scarce shrubbery is visible to the left of frame. A bush or small tree is visible at the right of frame. All in shadow. The sky fills the top three-quarters of the image and is streaked with sunset colors. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Urban Legend,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “Two people investigating the shadowy figures that haunt a mountain cross paths, just as one of them may have made a major discovery.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Lines from the story appear in sequence: “Don’t look at them directly. Don’t try to speak to them. And don’t approach them. As long as those rules were followed, they were not dangerous.” Site URL appears at bottom center offset right throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the image blurs, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now storyfeather.com.”]


A person struggling with heartbreak is drawn into the history of a garden filled with morbid beauty.

The Wheel of Fiction turned, and landed on…Turn Again. So I turned again and it landed on DRAW. I first searched “art styles” to see if I could start with a drawing of an art style I haven’t tried before, or at least get some inspirations. I took a very brief look at the basic descriptions and samples images for surrealism and impressionism.  And then looked at a couple of articles. In one article, the example images for Geometric and Nature styles piqued my interest. I started with Nature and searched for reference images. I searched a few terms.  Then searched “weird plants” and one of the first items that showed up was a monkey-faced orchid. That got me thinking about a garden full of plants with unexpected appearances: plants like resemble or seem to depict animals, plants that look frightening, plants that look haunting.


[Video Description: “Garden of the Peculiar” Trailer. Duration, 45 seconds. Music, “Deep” by Nicholas Jeudy. Digital drawing. At center, offset slightly to the left, a flower with three petals shaped like teardrops, one petal at top, two petals below, each with long tips that extend out of frame. The coloring at the base of each petal when combined resembles the face of a monkey. Behind and to the right of this flower are bright and shadowy overlapping outlines and silhouettes of a stem with branches that terminate in skull shapes. Behind and below the flower is a smaller flower with a monkey face tilted to the right, its monochrome color fading into the background. Behind and to the left of the main flower, depicted in glowing monochrome is a flower that appears like a figure wearing a wide-brimmed hat and a flowing cloak. Behind this glowing figure to the left is another silhouette of the skull shapes. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fantasy,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “A person struggling with heartbreak is drawn into the history of a garden filled with morbid beauty.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Lines from the story appear in sequence: “Branches terminating in skulls. Transparent petals whose vessels glow white as bleached bone in the dark. Bright yellow leaves whose soft serrated edges exude a dark red liquid that drips and pools and stains the ground like the signs of a crime scene. Such sights could I have seen in the greenhouse of gruesome growths. The courtyard of the maverick alchemist. The…” Site URL appears at bottom center offset right throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, 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.)
PROSOPOKAF’S FUSION CREAM

[Video description: Trailer for “Prosopokaf’s Fusion Cream.” 41 seconds. Digital drawing.  At center a head with short wavy hair seen from neck up facing forward. The facial features are absent. At left and right are square panels displaying heads with facial features representing people of different ages and complexions. All are facing and looking forward. Clockwise from top left, a little girl with a fair warm complexion and straight hair with straight fringe of bangs, a man with a light cool brown complexion and short cropped hair, a young woman with a darker warm brown complexion and short slightly wavy hair and bangs swept to the side, and an older man with a warm light brown complexion, cropped hair and a walrus moustache. The image is bordered with an alternating pattern of squares from center outward. A watermark of the word “Storyfeather” lies over the image. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Science Fiction” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “A malfunctioning beauty product gives whole new meaning to the term “vanishing cream.” The title card and tagline fade.  Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “Audrey went to her bedroom. She rummaged through a few of her bags to find a compact. She managed to find one, opened it, and looked at herself. The compact mirror showed her the same sight that her bathroom mirror had. Audrey’s thoughts began to race. What have I done? Why did I put that stuff on my face? Is it—is it my eyes? Or is it my face? What have I done? Will it go away? Will it go away by morning? Will I have my face back by morning?” Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at the end as the image blurs and story title appears at top.  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.)
HIDEOUS HORACE AND BEAUTIFUL BORIS

[Video description: Trailer for “Hideous Horace and Beautiful Boris.” 32 seconds. Digital drawing.  At center, two boys, who appear to be twins, seen from chest up, facing forward. The boy at left holds up his right hand, pointing forward. He appears worried. The boy at right holds up his left hand, palm down. A glow appears beneath his palm. His expression is inquisitive. Creatures surround the boys. From right to left, a creature that looks like a pig with long ears, head facing forward at bottom right corner. A creature that looks like three tubes with fluke-like mouths open. A creature that looks like a raccoon with five eyes curving around its snout, its head visible between the boys. A creature that looks like a gumdrop with a face, mouth turned down, eyes wide. A creature with a bird head and two spiraling horns at bottom left corner. A watermark of the word “Storyfeather” lies over the image. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Horror Fantasy” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “When a terrible creature stalks a little boy’s nightmares all the way into adulthood, he uses his imagination to summon an unlikely ally.”  The title card and tagline fade.  Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “I leapt down an entire flight of stairs to the next landing, and just as I dashed a few more steps and leapt again, I heard something thump down behind me, to where I’d just been on the landing. I took another flight of stairs, and another, and I heard shuffling and scratching and thumping behind me. But I was too scared to turn around and look. And suddenly a voice within me—or maybe outside of me—said, ‘Stop! Hide. There.’” Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at the end as the image blurs and story title appears at top.  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.)
CLOAKED IN CLAY

[Video description: Trailer for “Cloaked in Clay.” 55 seconds. Digital drawing.  A clay sculpture of a griffin looming over a man lying on the ground. The griffin, a mythological creature with the body of a lion and head and wings of an eagle, is seen from left flank, facing to the left, looking down at the man. The tail is curled into an “s” shape. The left wing extends at top of image, behind the tail. The right wing is curved down toward the man. The left paw, whose bottom part looks like an eagle’s leg and claw, pins down the man at his waist and chest. The man raises an arm against the griffin. A watermark of the word “Storyfeather” appears over the image. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Mystery” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at center. Tagline reads, “A sculptor working through a creative block notices something strange about the sculptures molded from a particular brand of clay.”  The title card and tagline fade.  Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “Maybe I had unlocked something within me that was already there. Something I’d locked up because it was wild and dark, and inappropriate. I couldn’t decide if that would be more or less comforting than being haunted by a spirit in my clay. Maybe it was both. Lots of people were using the same clay. Was anyone else’s hand directed to make the shape of this man’s face? Was anyone else sculpting sculptures that seemed to tell the story of some horror that befell him? I was revealing something in the sculptures. But what was I revealing? My soul? Or his?” Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at the end as the image blurs and shifts hue, and story title appears at top.  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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Prosopokaf's Fusion Cream Storyfeather

  1. Prosopokaf's Fusion Cream
  2. Hideous Horace and Beautiful Boris
  3. Cloaked in Clay