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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 350 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. 

You can click on the buttons to read the stories, or go to the main page (button at bottom).


A god is cast out of the heavens for the crime of sharing power with mortals.

I’ve written a few stories centered on the subject of hair, or the lack thereof, and powers contained within hair. “The Witch Rampion,” which is loosely inspired by the story of Rapunzel was the first of these. Then there’s the “Festival of the Triumphant Locks” and “Contest Chevelure” in which contests and celebrations are held around hair. I also chose a genre to write in, mythology. So in this new story, I started by wondering how the witch Rampion might have gotten her powers. Perhaps she is descended from a god whose hair contained great power…

[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 31 seconds. No music. No sound effects. Digital image of a person seen from the back walking away. The person is barefoot and wearing a flowing skirt or dress. Wavy and curling strands of hair in different muted colors flow outward and back from the head, entirely obscuring the top half of the body. One strand on either side is connecting to the tops of trees and appears to be absorbing the trees. A strand on the left is connected to a purple flower with five petals, a rampion bellflower. Hazy foliage frames the bottom half. The words “Short Story” and “Genre: Mythology” are displayed in front of the image. The words fade and are replaced by quotes from the story, appearing then fading phrase by phrase, at the top, then middle, then the bottom. “They took half her powers, half her wisdom, half her stature.” The story’s tagline appears at the bottom, first line of this post. The story title appears at the end. Website URL is displayed at the very bottom throughout.]


She did nothing to earn her beauty.  It was given to her.  And as with many such gifts, beauty was both a boon and a burden…

In Year One mostly, I wrote a number of alternate fairy tales based on “Sleeping Beauty,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Jack and the Beanstalk,” to name a few. In this story, I revisit another fairy tale and explore another “what if.” What if Beauty sought out the Beast on purpose? But why? And what happens when she finds him?

[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 31 seconds. No music. No sound effects. Digital image of a collage with four panels in two rows. Top left panel, a person’s sneering mouth with the canine teeth extended slightly. Top right panel, close-up of a person’s left eye wide open as if in surprise. Bottom left panel, a repeat of the top right panel image, except now the eye is a different color, red and gold, and the skin around it has sprouted small hairs. Bottom right panel, a growling mouth with long canines and a hairy face. The words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fairy Tale” are displayed in front of the image. The words fade and are replaced by quotes from the story, at the top of this post, line by line. The story title appears at the end. Website URL is displayed at the very bottom throughout.]


A woman observes an unnatural change in her sister linked to a chunk of amber that her sister stumbles upon and begins to study.

This story revisits the Year One story entitled “Nocturnal,” in which a couple of agents who typically investigate unusual cases centered around science, must partner with the division of their agency that investigates the supernatural and paranormal.  I aimed to the write the “origin story” of that division that investigates the paranormal, and found my aim shifting to focus on one strange incident that might eventually inspire the creation of that division.

[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 21 seconds. No music. No sound effects. A young woman wearing late nineteenth-century dress sits just left of center before an alcove with three windows bearing ornate snowflake patterns on the top pane. She is looking down at a book in which she is writing. A candle burns at the bottom left. The flame is animated and flickers throughout. A ghostly hand presses against the bottom right pane. The words “Short Story” and “Genre: Mystery” are displayed in front of the image. The words fade and are replaced by the story’s title. The title vanishes. A story quote appears at the bottom. “If natural things like insects could be preserved…Then perhaps things unnatural could be preserved as well.” The story’s tagline appears and fades: “A woman observes an unnatural change in her sister linked to a chunk of amber that her sister stumbles upon and begins to study.” Website URL is displayed at the very bottom throughout.]


A young woman has trained and studied so that she could wield the mysterious powers she has inherited.  But they don’t manifest in quite the way she expected…

This story revisits the Year Four story entitled “Amphora Incarnate,” in which a young woman who has accepted the responsibility of being a physical vessel for unknowable powers and knowledge, begins to hear the voices of those powers on the eve of passing them on.  I just did the podcast episode for that story, and it inspired me to write about a different young woman, who is also a “living amphora,” and who’s has been training all her life to release and wield the powers she contains rather than passing them on.

[Video description: No sound. Duration is 14 seconds. Digital drawing. A young woman with glasses and a bob stands with her back to the viewer and her hands in the pockets of her jacket.  Emblazoned on the jacket’s back is a symbol: an owl with wings outspread, as if swooping down to a landing, antlers extending along the inside of the owl’s wings, and two spears rising from behind the owl. On the woman’s right shoulder is perched a bird that looks like a small owl.  The words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fantasy” are displayed in the middle.  The words blur away as the story’s title appears.  The title blurs away, replaced by the tagline, at the top of this post, which appears one sentence at a time. The tagline fades away. An animated glint appears on the woman’s glasses.  Then a sparkling glow appears and pulses over the symbol on her jacket. The website name “storyfeather.com” appears at the bottom throughout.]


A researcher comes across a plain-looking magnifying glass, only to discover that the glass does not magnify, it makes magnificent.

This story revisits the Year Two story entitled “The Telescope of True Sight,” in which a young woman remembers her grandmother’s stories about an ancient telescope, given to her by a prince, that worked like a regular telescope for most, but showed wonders and marvels to those willing to see farther. How is it connected? By the concept of a tool that uses glass to extend human vision. I also make a brief reference to spectral cameras, cameras capable of capturing images of ghosts, which are from a story in Year Five called “Spectral Camera Model 57.”

[Video description: No sound. Duration is 13 seconds. Digital drawing. A hand at the bottom right corner holds what appears to be a magnifying glass over a patch of grass. Through the glass are seen bright multi-colored shapes that appear to be a cityscape seen from above.  The words “Short Story” are displayed in the middle.  Below them is written “Genre: Mystery.”  The words fade away as the story’s tagline, the first sentence of this post, appears at the top. Behind the words, a blur animation wipes down the screen.  When the image is clear again, the top right shows a folded over notebook. The tagline fades. The website name “storyfeather.com” appears at the bottom 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, 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.


One person may have stumbled upon the forgotten creation of an ancient people who erased their very existence from all records

(You can also listen to the full episode at the bottom of this page.)
The Riddle of Hyperion

[Video description: Duration is 32 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. In the midst of a forest clearing lies a giant humanoid robot or automaton, facedown, covered in vines, one hand plunging into the earth, the other covered with overgrowth. The small figure of a human being stands before the fallen figure. The human is as tall as one of the fallen figure’s fingers. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image’s center. The words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Mystery” are displayed in front of the image. The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades away. Subtitles appear in time with narration at the bottom of the screen: “‘Why can’t I find my way out of here? I’ve tried using my instruments. I’ve tried using the stars as guides. I’m sure I’ve gone back the way I came, but I keep finding myself circling back here. It’s as if the path has folded in on itself.’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Yes? Does that mean—do you know what’s going on with the path?’ ‘The path is there. The walker is not.’” At the video’s end, a text box appears over the image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at storyfeather.com.”]


They meant to “build a better x-ray machine,” but their stromascope can see beyond flesh and bone.

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

[Video description: Duration is 43 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. An image of what appears to be a standard x-ray of a human torso, showing ribcage, spine, hip bones, and so on. On closer examination, another skeleton is visible, a smaller one, wrapping around the base of the spine and visible again between the top few ribs. The words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Science Fiction” are displayed in front of the image. The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades away. Subtitles appear in time with narration at the top of the screen: “It wasn’t our intention to shift, or even unseat, anyone’s paradigm or worldview. And yet that is what we were about to do. We were about to present an undeniable fact that everyone in that room would be able to check up on. And in doing so, we were about to unleash one of the most exhilarating and frightening things that humanity has ever encountered…true change.” The website URL appears at the bottom and fades only at the very end. At the video’s end, a text box appears over the image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on.  Or listen on my Podcast page at storyfeather.com.”]


With arcane knowledge, a woman builds and tests a device that she hopes will heal her husband’s maimed legs.

(You can also listen to the full episode at the bottom of this page.)
The Mirror of Displacement

[Video description: Duration is 41 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. Several mirrors or windows are scattered and floating at various distances and at various angles and orientations. From the largest mirror, at center, a person hangs with one hand. Objects or antennae partially emerge from other mirrors. The words “Podcast Episode” and “Genres: Fantasy and Horror” are displayed in front of the image. The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades away. Extremely slow zoom to center of image as video progresses. Subtitles appear in time with narration at the bottom of the screen: “I am afraid. I am afraid that it will not work. I am afraid that it will. For if it does, what will I tell him? How will I ask him to pass through the mirror? Will he think me deceitful for having kept it from him? Will he think me monstrous for having built it?” The website URL appears at the bottom and fades only at the very end. At the video’s end, a text box appears over the image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, 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


The Riddle of Hyperion Storyfeather

  1. The Riddle of Hyperion
  2. Stromascope
  3. The Mirror of Displacement