YEAR EIGHT

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THE YEAR OF REVISITATION
NOVEMBER 2020 TO OCTOBER 2021

Every year’s short stories (mostly) follow a theme. This year, I revisit stories I’ve already written, and write a new standalone story connected to or inspired by those stories through a character, a place, an object, a concept, a continuation of events (okay, sequel), and so on. 

Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Centered in shape, the words "Enter a Portal."  Softened hazy border.

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Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Wandering Winsome." Below the title, the tagline. "Wil Winsome is a magician-for-hire, whose newest case may involved excising a possessing spirit from a beloved and fragile grandmother." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Book of the Fairy Azurine." Below the title, the tagline. "A young woman aims to save her fairy friend—who is hunted by a demon—by creating an inescapable trap." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Dark Organ Factory." Below the title, the tagline. "Two friends uncover the truth behind the mysterious industrial accident that shuttered an organ preservation factory and cast its owner into ruin." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Whereverwalker." Below the title, the tagline. "To rescue her child, Florisse places all her hopes upon a dangerous and alluring enchantment that may be broken." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Seven Rings of Necessity." Below the title, the tagline. "When two siblings play a board game where they must collect seven magic rings, they discover that the game pieces may possess real enchantment." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Gingerbread Guard." Below the title, the tagline. "A town targeted by a warlord is defended by an unexpected army of...well, I’m sure you can guess." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "A Crown of Moonbeams." Below the title, the tagline. "A little girl longs for the heroic queen of their realm to visit her dreams and help her face a nightmarish monster." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Oddnever." Below the title, the tagline. "A studious, non-mischievous fairy fulfills her forbidden dream of traveling to the human realm...straight into a convenience store." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Lemonuclear Conductor." Below the title, the tagline. "A merchant vessel enters a system with rigid laws about visitors, and almost succeeds in making a lucrative delivery, when it encounters a potentially deadly obstacle." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Pocket Pies From the Pocket Dimension." Below the title, the tagline. "A young journalist who thinks she's about to write a quick food truck review, observes something unusual about the truck, giant bugs that only she seems to see." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Salis and Dulcine." Below the title, the tagline. "Salis and Dulcine are not just twins, but the best of friends, despite their opposite natures; so when one of them falls into a deadly trap, the other will do anything to rescue their sibling." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, Two Tickets to Dream Sector Disigma." Below the title, the tagline. "Two siblings end up in a shared dream and explore it according to their priorities: eating food and making friends." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Last Voyage of the Echidna." Below the title, the tagline. "Following their queen and captain into exile, the crew of the Echidna build an experimental engine, to keep surviving and striving, and to one day establish a new colony." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Magnificenting Glass." Below the title, the tagline. "A researcher comes across a magnifying glass, but it doesn't magnify, it makes magnificent." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Pragmata Agnosta." Below the title, the tagline. "A young woman has trained and studied so that she could wield the mysterious powers she has inherited." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "A Specter in Amber." Below the title, the tagline. "A woman observes an unnatural change in her sister linked to a chunk of amber that her sister stumbles upon and begins to study." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Why Beauty Sought the Beast." Below the title, the tagline. "To be a beauty is both a burden and a boon." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Once-God Rampion." Below the title, the tagline. "A god loses half her powers and is cast out of the heavens for the crime of sharing those power with mortals." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Laser Beam Ice Cream." Below the title, the tagline. "A kitchen mishap leads to the accidental invention of the most powerful ice cream in the world. " Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "What Is Permanent Damage?" Below the title, the tagline. "A locked door, surrounded by scandal and rumor, stands in the middle of an office. No one ever goes in or comes out." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Unicellular Detective." Below the title, the tagline. "While investigating a murder, a single-celled detective encounters bacterial filaments, proto-multicellular colonies, and a new concept called 'love.'" Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Mushrooms of the Underworld." Below the title, the tagline. "The living do not belong in the underworld. But all the paths of escape are horrific, save for one…the mushroom." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Galactic Ring of Wrestling Ladies." Below the title, the tagline. "The most popular wrestling show in five galaxies is in danger of being shut down, unless the wrestlers jump into action to save it." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Doctor Spencer's Fallen Star." Below the title, the tagline. "An astrobiologist gathers and assembles clues from across time to help solve a cosmic mystery that threatens to doom Earth." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Union of the Spyglass." Below the title, the tagline. "A group of curious and ingenious humans build a spyglass to peer into the realm of the gods, to find out why the gods are not governing the world as they were expected to." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "My Every Existing Memory." Below the title, the tagline. "An inventor of a memory management device realizes his invention is showing him a memory he hasn’t experienced, a dangerous memory." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "All the Magic Left the World." Below the title, the tagline. "Something has disrupted the ethereal force that imbues all creatures in the world with magic." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Alien in My Headphones." Below the title, the tagline. "A young woman becomes increasingly convinced that the radio receiver in her bargain headphones is picking up an alien transmission." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Margin Alien." Below the title, the tagline. "To rescue her brother, a woman jumps into what she believes is a dimensional rift generated by a device that he has invented." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Noctemfaere." Below the title, the tagline. "Mythical flying horses couldn't possibly be real; but there is one that we all may meet in our most vulnerable hours." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Cliff's Rad Blazer." Below the title, the tagline. "Weatherman Cliff Blazer is always receiving blazers from his fans. But the latest one he receives really takes the cake." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Black Penny Market." Below the title, the tagline. "There is only one currency that is able to abide at the nexus of all existence. In our world, we call it the black penny." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Tomorrow's Train Today." Below the title, the tagline. "A young man boards a train to visit family, only to learn he is a day late for his visit, but just in time to suffer disaster." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Caligo Palm." Below the title, the tagline. "In an age long past, death was not a mystery, for a palm tree once grew upon the earth that served as a path between life and afterlife." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Unstable Blood." Below the title, the tagline. "A woman with unique blood and a man with an uncanny sense of smell are targeted by a shadowy corporation seeking to shut down all research into synthetic blood." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Attack of the Vacuum Machine Army." Below the title, the tagline. "Six kids explore the possibility that dogs have been trying to warn humanity about a terrible enemy in their midst…vacuum machines." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Note From A Triceratops." Below the title, the tagline. "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." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Ring Planet One." Below the title, the tagline. "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." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Sandalwood God." Below the title, the tagline. "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." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Castle, Cave, or Cloud." Below the title, the tagline. "Spark has been wandering all her life. But her wandering had no purpose, until she began searching for a home." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Lucinda of the Ashes." Below the title, the tagline. "When Lucinda’s dream of studying magic is dashed, she finds another chance in a grand royal contest that she’s been forbidden to enter." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Garden of Perpetuation." Below the title, the tagline. "To preserve their endangered houses, Black Radish, Purple Carrot, and Green Garlic send envoys to reach a garden hidden beyond the natural world." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Misfortune of Repetition." Below the title, the tagline. "When Anushka was cursed to only repeat what others said, her only hope of escaping the curse was the only person who seemed to remember the curse." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Matchstick and Mischief." Below the title, the tagline. "Two adventurous friends offer to help a scientist whose revolutionary invention for all mousekind isn’t exactly authorized." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Eye in My Ceiling." Below the title, the tagline. "What starts as a curiosity, a light on the bedroom ceiling that seems to have no source, heralds the appearance of a huge eye that just watches and watches." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Didymedicus." Below the title, the tagline. "A charlatan pretending to be a healer wins the king’s favor, but seems mostly harmless, until the day the king collapses and cannot be roused." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Many Things Have Hatched." Below the title, the tagline. "Once, a colossal egg floated in space. It was the size of a planet, and it orbited the twin stars of a system somewhere in a galaxy far from our own." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Doorway of Disarray." Below the title, the tagline. "Using alchemy and electricity, a man builds a doorway that’s meant to isolate the mind of anyone who passes through it." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Infernal Bargain House." Below the title, the tagline. "Surely, a beautiful old house sold at a bargain must have a sinister history. One new homeowner is about to find out." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "One Wicked Warlock." Below the title, the tagline. "There is a tall tower to the north. A warlock once lived there. Now the tower is abandoned. But that does not mean is it safe." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "There Lived A Crooked Creature." Below the title, the tagline. "An apartment resident is recruited for help by four kids who claim that a demonic creature has just laid eggs in the laundry room." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.