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STORYFEATHER YEAR 8
The Year of Revisitation

In the short stories I’m writing this year, I’ll revisit one of the over 400 stories I’ve already written, and write a new standalone story connected to or inspired by the existing one through a character, a place, an object, a continuation of events (okay, sequel), and so on. 

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Three children are determined to find out if the tales they’ve heard are true…that there is a god living in the middle of the forest outside their village.

In this story, I’m revisiting the first story I ever posted on the site, “The Amber God.”  I spoil what happens in that first story in this new one, but it can’t be helped, I say.

[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 41 seconds. Music: “Exploration_Mystical Place (loop 1)” by Albert Fernandez. Digital drawing. Three faces depicting the same young adult person with slightly different hair and eye colors. The hair is mid-length and wavy. The face at center faces and looks forward with mouth slightly parted. Below and to the right the central face, the same face is turned slightly away from center, but with eyes turned toward center. Above and to the left of the central face, the same face is again turned slightly away, but with eyes turned toward center. The faces are surrounding by a misty glow. Behind the faces, vines or branches bearing leaves, faint lightning and rain, spread across the background. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Mythology” are displayed in front of the image. At bottom is the title. The title card and title fade. Lines from the story appear over the image: “A tale was told about that time, about a man living in the middle of the forest in a stone hut that smelled of amber.  And another man coming to challenge him.  A great storm fell upon the land, but the villagers say it was caused by a great battle in the skies between the two men, who were actually gods.  When it was over, the hut in the forest began to smell of sandalwood.” Animations of lightning strikes and sounds of thunder play when prompted by the text. The title reappears at bottom. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom center throughout.]


An excited apprentice attempts to make a planet for the first time, having watched the making of hundreds. But watching is not the same as doing.

Way back in Year One, I wrote a story about a device built by hopeful human hands (links below). In this new story, a vast cosmic being aims to build something grander and far more complex, a planet. And yet, this being is filled with some of the same qualities that humans have. Ambition. Aspiration. Self-doubt. Curiosity. And of course, hope.

Backstory Facts: The character Proto is named for the term “protostar.” The character Ring is named so because I have an affinity for ringed planets. (I love you, Earth.  But my favorite planet is Saturn.)

[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 41 seconds. Music: “Space Discoveries” by Andy Ray. Digital painting. At center, a planet with a dark smooth surface. A section has been cut out to show three layers beneath the planet’s surface. Two glowing rings surround the planet. Amorphous, plasma-like material swirls around the planet. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Science Fiction” are displayed in front of the image. At bottom is the title. The title card and title fade. Animations of nebulous gases appear around in the planet, in an orbit perpendicular to the rings. The planet’s core throws out sparks of light, which soon begin to glow. Lines from the story appear over the image: “Nebulous gases shimmered as they swirled past me. Particles crashed and fused. Vapors thickened into plasma and then into liquid. Specks became pebbles. Pebbles became rock. Rock collided with rock. The layers of the sphere began to close into one sphere, imbued with a strong enough measure of gravity to draw a fine cloak of dust around itself as it spun into place.” A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom center throughout.]


We think we know their story. The asteroid. The extinction. But one person believes that the dinosaurs may have left more than their bones behind.

This story was an exception to this year’s theme of revisiting previous stories.  I wasn’t thinking of a particular previously written story when the idea came to me, or while brainstorming. However, there is an existing story with a similar enough premise: a mystery surrounding a prehistoric era, and the possibility that something from that era could have survived to the modern age of humans.

[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 31 seconds. Music: “Immortals (seamless)” by Dark Fantasy Studio. Digital drawing. The fossil of a triceratops, seen head on from a three-quarters profile, facing left, is either etched in a sandy stone slab, or is standing in front of the slab. The slab is etched with scratches and fern leaf stems. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Science Fiction” are displayed in front of the image. Below it is the title. The title card and title fades and lines from the story appear over the image: “They saw it coming. And at first they were helpless. Despite how far they’d come in their hundred-million-plus years of existence, they were helpless to stop the asteroid that was headed right for them. So they didn’t stop it.” An animated asteroid appears and zooms away as the last lines appear and fade. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom center throughout.]


Six kids explore the possibility that dogs have been trying to warn humanity about a terrible enemy in their midst…vacuum machines.

MILESTONE ALERT! This is story number 400!

The kids who wrote an original play for a school production, now aim to make a movie with an original script over their summer vacation.  Somehow the theme is again about an alien invasion.

Non-spoiler fun facts from background info that didn’t make it into the story, or was cut from the story. Puddle’s full name is Puddle-jumper, because he liked to jump into puddles when he was a puppy.  Duke’s full title is Duke of Dormagen.  Rhine picked it after she looked up cities that the Rhine flowed through (the river after which she was named).  She liked the way the town’s name sounded like some kind of “kingdom from a fantasy epic.”

[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 41 seconds. Music: “The Superiority (looped)” by Andy Ray. Digital drawing. Art deco inspired poster. At bottom center, a terrier with a determined expression, wearing a collar, standing and facing left, seen in three-quarters view. Flanking the dog are the ghostly images of two modern vacuum cleaners. Behind the dog is an art deco marquee pattern of a fan set in a holder. Above the dog’s head is the title of the story. Above the title, at top center, is a vintage vacuum machine with the hose missing, facing front. The words “Short Story” and “Genre: Science Fiction” are displayed in front of the image. The title card and title fades and lines from the story appear over the image: “They were right all along. ‘What do they know that we don’t know?’ ‘What are they trying to protect us from?’ This is my home too!  And it is in danger.  I wouldn’t lie.  Not about that. If the law won’t help us, we’ll have to turn to…the outlaw.” A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom right throughout.]


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PODCAST SEASON 4
The Year of Creatures

In this season of the podcast, I’m recording the short stories I wrote back in 2016-2017, where the theme was…uh…creatures!

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.


In the heart of our galaxy, there are mysteries no human has ever encountered before, except maybe we have in the oldest of our stories…our myths.

(You can also listen to the full episode at the bottom of this page. once the feed updates.)
Nerochroma

[Video description: 32 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. A nude female figure sits at center, three-quarters view. Her left leg is folded horizontally, and her right leg bent upward, held by hands, so that her chest and private parts are concealed. From her head, translucent strands of hair stream down like water and flow out and all around her like a cloud. Her head is bent down, her eyes closed. Watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image. Title card over the image displays “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Mythology” The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “She could be an idea awaiting some glorious birth in the mind of a poet or a painter. She could be a vision softly spilling into the dreams of a child. She could be the voice of my mother anchoring me as I hurtle through the cosmos seeking. We are her ultimate triumph. I am.” Text box appears over image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at storyfeather.com.” Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades as the text box appears.]


The dirigibles of the desert city transport goods, residents, and visitors; but only one class of airship can take its passengers to the city’s most treasured and mysterious locale.

(You can also listen to the full episode at the bottom of this page.)
The Stratus Class Dirigibles

[Video description: 40 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. Foreground, bottom two-thirds, is a view down into a city. The closest building, on the left, towers over others. The building is shaped like a symmetrical polygon topped with a spire. Three hooks extend from the spire in different directions. One is empty. Two are holding what appear to be dirigibles.  From another building extend platforms on which hot air balloons have landed. Beyond the city, in the distance there is a plains from which spires rise. The sky is bright, as if sunset approaches. Blobs near the horizon seem to represent more dirigibles. Watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image. Title card over the image displays “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Fantasy” The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “The cabin grew colder, then warmer and warmer as we rose higher and higher. I began to fret about radiation, even though I had studied the construction of the Stratus-class airships and knew we were all as well-protected as we would be in a modern space flier. I knew it wasn’t really the radiation that was making me nervous. It was anticipation again. Then the captain announced it. We were there.” Text box appears over image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at storyfeather.com.” Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades as the text box appears.]


A baker, a warrior, a merchant, and a mage all set out to find a legendary sword that may lead to a cure for a terrifying bleeding fever that has afflicted their land.

(You can also listen to the full episode at the bottom of this page.)
Sword of the Giant Wizard

[Video description: 41 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. A sword at center, pointed upward. Five bare arms extend to the sword, two from the left and three from the right. They grip the blade in an alternating pattern. The topmost arm bears a circular tattoo on the inside of the elbow. The next arm down bears scars from cuts and wears a leather cuff at the wrist. The next arm down bears two marks or scars on the inner wrist. The next arm down bears leather wrappings around the wrist, holding an implement against the outer wrist. The last arm bears bangles around the wrist and above the elbow. Blood trickles down the blade and over the hands. The sword has a simple hilt with an oval gem set in the guard. Watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image. Title card over the image displays “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Mythology” The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “He went into the northern forest and tested his powers, manifesting things that were unnatural, things that were as impatient and hungry as he was. The tree trunks began to sprout eyes, like the eyes of a cat. Flowers grew that would whisper wicked things during the night to any traveler who dared to camp. Worms that crawled under the earth would bore through the foot of any who walked the forest paths. Natural beings learned to avoid that forest.” Text box appears over image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at storyfeather.com.”]


Endora must prove worthy of marrying a fairy lord by completing a daunting quest with her burrower friend Lio.

(You can also listen to the full episode at the bottom of this page)
The Fairy Between Light and Dark

[Video description: 28 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. A young woman seen from shoulders up, her face in three-quarters view. She wears an ornate tiara on her forehead. Her hair is tied up in a voluminous bun. She wears a top with straps that tie around her neck and with vine-like embroidery along the top edge. Her eyes are turned down and to the right as if sad or forlorn. On her right shoulder perches a small rodent-like animal or creature with large bell-shaped ears. Watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image. Title card over the image displays “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Fairy Tale” The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “They came upon a small dragon, who was making a soup. She lived deeper in the cavern and was happy to invite two travelers inside for some soup and tales of the world below or above, depending on the way the travelers were traveling. Endora only said that she was traveling to the upper world for the first time, so she could see the unending sky.” Text box appears over image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at storyfeather.com.” Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades as the text box appears.]


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LISTEN TO THE THREE MOST RECENT PODCAST EPISODES RIGHT HERE


Nerochroma Storyfeather

  1. Nerochroma
  2. The Stratus Class Dirigibles
  3. Sword of the Giant Wizard