YEAR NINE

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THE WHEEL OF FICTION
NOVEMBER 2021 TO OCTOBER 2022

Screenshot of choice wheel made on the Spin the Wheel application. There are thirteen spokes or slices in various colors. They are labeled as follows, clockwise from the top: Objects of Power (the “of Power” is not visible), Prompts, Definitions, Turn Again, Elements, Creatures, S.T.E.A.M., Wildcard, Revisitation, (alternating question marks and apostrophes), Challenge, (alternating questions marks and asterisks), (question marks). The title at top reads “The Wheel of Fiction” and below that the words “Spin the wheel.” At top left corner is a flag icon labeled with the letter “F.” This represents a function of the application which interferes with true randomness by reducing the probability of receiving the same choice twice in a row.


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.

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 Distant Proximity." Below the title, the tagline. "A technician monitoring the trajectory of a long-lost spaceship with an experimental engine finds a troubling piece of data." 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, "Citizen Forsaken." Below the title, the tagline. "A tourist is stranded after a mysterious incident destroys all the paths leading to the tourist’s home, a seemingly identical city that once existed just beyond the surface of a mirror." 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 Realm Without Rain." Below the title, the tagline. "A visitor from another realm encounters an overwhelming and mysterious phenomenon that bears further investigation, rain." 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 Arcanomen." Below the title, the tagline. "Our ancestors possessed powers and protections that were lost upon the destruction of a machine that had only one function, providing each person with a name." 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, "Kairos and the Phantom." Below the title, the tagline. "The terrifying night phantoms that haunt a once-forbidden wood are never seen by day, until one morning when an ordinary man encounters a phantom trapped in the sunlight." 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 Moth In The Nebula." Below the title, the tagline. "To escape their pursuers, a ship and its crew plunge into a nebula with a rare feature that they hope will protect them, even as it threatens to destroy them." 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, "Stranded in Shadow." Below the title, the tagline. "When two friends hear a commotion in their new neighbor's apartment, they go to check, only to find the door open, and the apartment completely empty...well, almost empty." 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 Carnival of Cakes." Below the title, the tagline. "Three siblings created their own game to play each year at winter solstice, a game that has grown and changed as they have, sometimes in unexpected ways." 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 Lunarian." Below the title, the tagline. "Two astronauts investigate a faint but suspicious signal on the dark side of the moon, and encounter the being who sent the signal." 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, "Angel at the Carnival." Below the title, the tagline. "A dog and a boy wander through a carnival. One of them is terrifying. One of them is sweet. 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, "The Vessel Vespertilian." Below the title, the tagline. "In the alley behind the factory where they toil, two friends discover something that may lead to their salvation...or to their doom." 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, "Queen Niyami." Below the title, the tagline. "Troubled by the tragic tale of a queen, who suffered because of a quarrel between two gods, three children question and alter the story." 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 Magnificent Seahorse." Below the title, the tagline. "A humble seahorse reconstructs his form by studying his fellow fish, and emerges as the most magnificent creature to grace the sea." 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, "Flight of the Stegosaur." Below the title, the tagline. "A stegosaur scientist uses her own body in her experiments to achieve a physical feat that seems impossible for a dinosaur of her kind…flight." 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 Shadow of Victoria Lockhart." Below the title, the tagline. "Rising star of stage and screen, Victoria Lockhart, traded kindness for cruelty out of necessity, giving rise to strange manifestations of her psyche." 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 Dream Unto Death." Below the title, the tagline. "When a young woman’s nightmares seem to be drawing her into the realm of death, her last hope may be someone who can do no more than observe and record her journey." 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, "Transdimensional Top Hat." Below the title, the tagline. "Hoping to find some inspiration and direction in life, an aimless young woman buys a top hat at the estate sale of a magician." 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 Surgeon's Secretary." Below the title, the tagline. "A new secretary is assigned to observe a surgeon who believes he has discovered a method of proving the existence of the soul." 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 rectangle with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Last Night of Grief." Below the title, the tagline. "A philosopher, a mage, and a swordsman are sent on an impossible quest from which they know they will not return alive." 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 Desk of Professor West." Below the title, the tagline. "A professor at a small college has gone missing. His typically cluttered desk is found completely bare, drawers empty, except for a letter addressed to someone he’s never met before." 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 rectangle with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Durquin Adventure." Below the title, the tagline. "I’m trapped inside a rubber duck that’s about to be swallowed by a giant shark." 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 rectangle with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Encounter With Ship 47." Below the title, the tagline. "A cartography vessel mapping a sector of space that’s expected to contain nothing of interest encounters…something of interest." 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 rectangle with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Car Wash to the Cosmos." Below the title, the tagline. "An imaginative girl narrates in her captain’s log as she, her father, and her dog pass through a car wash…and emerge on the other side of the galaxy." 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 rectangle with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Monstrous and Curious." Below the title, the tagline. "A huge pterosaur appears out of nowhere, sparking wild speculation about the creature’s origin, and the meaning of its existence." 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 rectangle with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "The Flaming Jargonelle." Below the title, the tagline. "A thief and an investigator each try to convince the other to accept the truth about the unparalleled treasure that is the Flaming Jargonelle." 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 rectangle with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Garden of the Peculiar." Below the title, the tagline. "A person struggling with heartbreak is drawn into the history of a garden filled with morbid beauty." 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 rectangle with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "They Stand. They Watch. They Wait." Below the title, the tagline. "Two people investigating the shadowy figures that haunt a mountain cross paths, just as one of them may have made a major discovery." 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 rectangle with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Only Fools Prevail." Below the title, the tagline. "In a realm where the learned are held at the highest esteem, a fool is called upon to challenge a trickster." 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 rectangle with the digital drawing from the story post. To the right of the image, the story title, "Nine Gods in Masquerade." Below the title, the tagline. "The story is told of how nine little gods came to be honored at a feast where they dared not show their faces." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.