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I'm Nila, and I have stories to tell you. Stories in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror, fairy tale, mystery, and mythology. Mortals wield godly powers, eggs appear out of enchanted pockets, sentient substances are invented, and stars are incubated in the hearts of humans. Welcome to Storyfeather.

Storyfeather Nila Patel: Fictioneer

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    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

I'm Nila, and I have stories to tell you. Stories in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror, fairy tale, mystery, and mythology. Mortals wield godly powers, eggs appear out of enchanted pockets, sentient substances are invented, and stars are incubated in the hearts of humans. Welcome to Storyfeather.

    When Sun and Moon Fled the Sky

    When Sun and Moon Fled the Sky

    After the laughing Sun learns a terrible lesson about the power of her radiance, she flees the sky, and her sister, Moon, ventures into the cosmos to find her.
    Genre: Mythology
     
    Excerpt:
    Mischievous, capricious, boisterous Sun never took her cosmic duty seriously in her younger days.
    Many cast light upon the mortal world, but only one, only Sun cast warmth upon the mortal world.
    For Sun was always laughing. Always. And her great warmth came from her perpetual laughter. 
    Her elder sister, Moon, cast a light that was calming and dim enough to let other lights shine, like the stars and the planets.
     
    What’s the Writing Prompt that inspired the story?
    Look up at the sky. What is the weather like today?
    Source: A Writer’s Year: 365 Creative Writing Prompts. Text by Emma Bastow. Copyright © 2019 HarperCollins Publishers
     
    COMING SOON…my book!
    Ever wonder how I’ve gotten all these hundreds of stories written?  I have a method. I’ve put that method into my upcoming book called Fictioneer’s Field Guide. The book details how to write a short story from start to finish.
    Want to get a t-shirt with my artwork on it? Or maybe get a mug, sticker, notebook, a baby onesie, and more?
    To find out how to get my book or my merch please visit my Store page: STORYFEATHER STORE
     
    I’ve Got Issues For You
    The Storyfeather Gazette is a monthly round-up of my recent podcast episodes, short stories, trailers, news, recommendations, and more that I send by email. Follow the link to look through old issues and to Sign Up: STORYFEATHER GAZETTE
     
    CREDITS
    Story: “When the Sun and Moon Fled the Sky” Copyright © 2020 by Nila L. Patel
    Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel
     
    Music:
    “Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)
     
    Music by NICHOLAS JEUDY (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
    “Sancta terra”
    “Dark fields”
    “()”
    “Before the dawn”
    “Sunrise”

    Music by LEE ROSEVERE
    “How I Used to See The Stars”
    “Decompress”
    “Cosmic Drifting”
     
    *These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.
     
    Music by Nicholas Jeudy licensed from GameDev Market
    Music by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY 4.0
    Changes made to the musical tracks?  Just cropping to align with my narration.
     
    Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
    Find more music by Nicholas Jeudy at gamedevmarket.net
    Find more music by Lee Rosevere at freemusicarchive.org and bandcamp.com
    Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com
     
    Episode Art Description: Digital drawing. Two humanoid figures facing forward seen from the waist up. At right a figure glowing orange and yellow with long flaming orange hair. The figure throws back her head with mouth open, left arm held to the side, right arm extending across the second figure and reaching behind that figure’s shoulder. The figure at left drapes her left arm around the first figure’s shoulder and holds the right hand at the first figure’s stomach. The second figure’s face is a cool white tinged with purple. A glowing purple-white halo rings the second figure’s head, which is tilted toward the first figure. They stand before a starry expanse. At bottom right corner is a fiery glow. At top left corner is a blue-white glow. Watermark of “Storyfeather” along the fiery figure’s left arm.

    • 24 min
    The Mystery of Washing Machine Three

    The Mystery of Washing Machine Three

    Two friends notice a mysterious new patron at their famed local laundromat, who always uses the same machine to wash the same few clothes the same way every time.
    Genre: Fantastic Mystery
     
    Excerpt:
    Yolie and Luxe were “laundromat” friends, who had become actual friends over the course of the past year. And Burgundy was the most intriguing patron to appear in Mervin’s Laundromat since the day the two friends met there. They didn’t know the mysterious new patron’s actual name—well, relatively new. It had been a few weeks. Burgundy always came in wearing the same glossy burgundy raincoat. They always wore the same amber-tinted glasses. And they washed the same clothes, the same way, every single week.
     
     
    What’s the Writing Prompt that inspired the story?
    Write a short story based in a laundromat.
    Source: A Writer’s Year: 365 Creative Writing Prompts. Text by Emma Bastow. Copyright © 2019 HarperCollins Publishers
     
    COMING SOON…my book!
    Ever wonder how I’ve gotten all these hundreds of stories written?  I have a method. I’ve put that method into my upcoming book called Fictioneer’s Field Guide. The book details how to write a short story from start to finish.
    Want to get a t-shirt with my artwork on it? Or maybe get a mug, sticker, notebook, a baby onesie, and more? To find out how to get my book or my merch please visit my Store page: STORYFEATHER STORE
      
    I’ve Got Issues For You
    The Storyfeather Gazette is a monthly round-up of my recent podcast episodes, short stories, trailers, news, recommendations, and more that I send by email. Follow the link to look through old issues and to Sign Up: STORYFEATHER GAZETTE
     
    CREDITS
    Story: “The Mystery of Washing Machine Three” Copyright © 2020 by Nila L. Patel
    Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel
     
    Music:
    “Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

    Music by ANDREA BARONI (Cyberleaf)*
    “Ground Control”
    “The Tech Show”
    “Fugue For One Synthetic Heart”
    “Forest Bathing”
    “Fast Lanes Light Rain”
    “Cozy Afternoon”
    “You Were Always In The Right Place”

    *These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.

    Music by Andrea Baroni licensed from GameDev Market
    Changes made to the musical tracks?  Just cropping to align with my narration.
     
    Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
    Find more music by Andrea Baroni at gamedevmarket.net
    Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com
     
    Episode Art Description: Digital drawing. View from inside an empty washing machine, looking through the window of the closed door at two people, seen from waist up, who are looking into the machine. The person at right wears glasses and holds a pile of folded clothes. Both are leaning down slightly, shoulder to shoulder, and have their brows slightly raised. Watermark of “Storyfeather” along the curve of the washing machine door at upper left.

    • 22 min
    The Thorn Clock

    The Thorn Clock

    When her auntie died, Subira inherited three things from her: a blessing, a curse, and a quest.
    Genre: Fairy Tale
     
    Excerpt:
    When her auntie died, far sooner than she should have, Subira inherited three things from her. One was a blessing. One was a curse. The third was a quest. The curse is what killed her aunt. And the curse would kill Subira too unless she completed the quest before the number on the clock that her aunt gave her reached one thousand and six.
      
    What’s the Writing Prompt that inspired the story?
    Think about something that made you angry. Why was this and what could you do to change it?
    Source: A Writer’s Year: 365 Creative Writing Prompts. Text by Emma Bastow. Copyright © 2019 HarperCollins Publishers
     
    COMING SOON…my book!
    Ever wonder how I’ve gotten all these hundreds of stories written?  I have a method. I’ve put that method into my upcoming book called Fictioneer’s Field Guide. The book details how to write a short story from start to finish.

    Ever wonder if you could get a t-shirt with my artwork on it? Or maybe a mug, sticker, notebook, a baby onesie, and more? You can.

    To find out how to get my book, merch, or online course, please visit my Store page: STORYFEATHER STORE
     
    I’ve Got Issues For You
    The Storyfeather Gazette is a monthly round-up of my recent podcast episodes, short stories, trailers, news, recommendations, and more that I send by email. Follow the link to look through old issues and to Sign Up: STORYFEATHER GAZETTE
     
    CREDITS
    Story: “The Thorn Clock” Copyright © 2020 by Nila L. Patel
    Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel

    Music:
    “Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

    Music by NICHOLAS JEUDY (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
    “Compass”
    “In the shadows”
    “Wide place”
    “Signs of desolation”
    “The cross”
    “Don’t move”
    “Gateways”
    “What is hidden”
    “Haven”
     
    *These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.

    Music by Nicholas Jeudy licensed from GameDev Market
    Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket
    Changes made to the musical tracks?  Just cropping to align with my narration.
     
    Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
    Find more music by Nicholas Jeudy at gamedevmarket.net
    Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com
     
    Episode Art Description: Digital drawing. Partial view of a watchband, showing the watch face and stitching at the edges of the band. A small label above the circular watch face reads “766.” The face itself, seen at an angle to show depth, bears five equally spaced control knobs on the frame at right. Contained inside the face is a heart with blood vessels extending to the edges. A thorny vine is wrapped around the heart. Some of the thorns pierce the heart, and each draw a drop of blood. Watermark of “Storyfeather” along left edge of watchband at top.

    • 37 min
    The Mind Beyond the Maze

    The Mind Beyond the Maze

    An expert in the field of neurological mapping is the only person qualified to enter an experimental simulation and rescue her greatest rival.
    Genre: Science Fiction
     
    Excerpt:
    “It could be psychological. Maybe his subconscious put something in there, or built a section of the maze on its own, and he’s having a tough time getting out.”

    “And what else?”

    The tech frowned at me as if I already had the answer and was purposely keeping it from her so she could figure it out on her own. But I was just trying to gauge what their box was, and how far outside they had gone to figure out what was happening to their boss.
     
    What’s the Writing Prompt that inspired the story?
    (Doesn’t appear to be inspired by a prompt)
    I probably asked myself a question to start off the brainstorm: What if a researcher and expert in the field of virtual neurological interfaces gets trapped in his own simulation, and the only person qualified to get him out is his bitterest rival?
      
    Faster Fictioneer
    Ever wonder how I’ve gotten all these hundreds of stories written?  I have a method.  You can learn more about it right here: FASTER FICTIONEER
     
    I’ve Got Issues For You
    The Storyfeather Gazette is a monthly round-up of my recent podcast episodes, short stories, trailers, news, recommendations, and more that I send by email. Follow the link to look through old issues and to Sign Up: STORYFEATHER GAZETTE
     
    Storyfeather-themed merchandise
    T-shirts, mugs, stickers, notebooks, baby onesies, and more featuring artwork from stories and art challenges
    STORYFEATHER TEEPUBLIC STORE
     
    CREDITS
    Story: “The Mind Beyond the Maze” Copyright © 2020 by Nila L. Patel
    Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel

    Music:
    “Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)
     
    Music by NICHOLAS JEUDY (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
    “Mindhunter”
    “The truth”
    “As it happenned”
    “In search for”
    “DNA”
    “Virtual reality”
    “Secret agent”
    “Forensic”
    “Dystopia”
    “Negociation”
    “Me, myself, my enemy”
     
    *These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.

    Music by Nicholas Jeudy licensed from GameDev Market
    Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket
    Changes made to the musical tracks?  Just cropping to align with my narration.
     
    Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
    Find more music by Nicholas Jeudy at gamedevmarket.net
    Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com
     
    Episode Art Description: Digital drawing. Foreground bottom center, top half of a head, facing and looking forward with wide eyes and raised brows. The head is framed by a spiky glow. Behind the head, view from a top angle of a three-dimensional maze. Watermark of “Storyfeather” at vertical angle along top of maze at left.

    • 38 min
    The Nanocosmetologist

    The Nanocosmetologist

    An inventor aiming to revolutionize cosmetics with her intelligent nanoparticle mechanisms, revises and refines her invention to serve a greater purpose.

    Genre: Science Fiction
     
    Excerpt:
    Kaira explained how it worked. Her nanoparticles were simple mechanisms that responded to commands transmitted from a voice-activated processing patch attached to her skin, just below her throat. She called them nanoparticle mechanisms or NPMS. They were simple, but not identical. The ones that coated her hair were designed to expand and contract, turn opaque, and reflect light of certain wavelengths. But the ones coating her face were designed to remain translucent, to cluster in different concentrations so as to conceal when needed, and to turn sheer when wanted.
     
    What’s the Writing Prompt that inspired the story?
    Do you stick to conventional fashion or like to be original?
    Source: 500 Creative Prompts. Copyright © 2019 Piccadilly (USA) Inc.
     
    Faster Fictioneer
    Ever wonder how I’ve gotten all these hundreds of stories written?  I have a method.  You can learn more about it right here: FASTER FICTIONEER
     
    I’ve Got Issues For You
    The Storyfeather Gazette is a monthly round-up of my recent podcast episodes, short stories, trailers, news, recommendations, and more that I send by email. Follow the link to look through old issues and to Sign Up: STORYFEATHER GAZETTE
     
    Storyfeather-themed merchandise
    T-shirts, mugs, stickers, notebooks, baby onesies, and more featuring artwork from stories and art challenges
    STORYFEATHER TEEPUBLIC STORE


    CREDITS
    Story: “The Nanocosmetologist” Copyright © 2020 by Nila L. Patel
    Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel
     
    Music:
    “Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

    Music by ANDREW SITKOV (MuzStation Game Music)*
    “Abstract Vision #6”
    “Abstract Vision #2”
    “Abstract Vision #3”
    “Abstract Vision #5”
    “Abstract Vision #9”
     
    Music by NICHOLAS JEUDY (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
    “Doubts”
    “Genetic marker”
    “Ghost hacker”
    “Secret agent”
    “Trojan horse”
    “Reloaded”
    “Under the mask”
    “Master”

    *These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.
     
    Music by Andrew Sitkov and Nicholas Jeudy licensed from GameDev Market
    Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket
    Vocal effects created with Audacity
    Changes made to the musical tracks?  Just cropping to align with my narration.
     
    Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
    Find more music by Andrew Sitkov and Nicholas Jeudy at gamedevmarket.net
    Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com
     
    Episode Art Description: Digital drawing. A woman seen from waist up, facing and looking forward. She has wavy shoulder length hair and wears dark turquoise makeup. She holds a canister up to the side with her right hand and touches the bottom of the canister with her left. Three red letters are visible on a white label at the bottom edge of the dark metal canister. The letters read “EMP.” Flames erupt behind her, framing her. Smoke surrounds the flames. Just visible across her shirt is a light shadow or silhouette of a car with one door open. Top and bottom borders reflecting select elements of the central image are added to make the format square. Watermark of “Storyfeather” along her left upper arm.

    • 34 min
    The Cat That Haunted the Mouse

    The Cat That Haunted the Mouse

    A mouse narrowly escapes a cat, and is later haunted by the ghost of the cat, who believes the mouse plays a part in the “unfinished business” of the cat’s life.
    Genre: Fable
     
    Excerpt:
    Two eyes, yellow with a green glow, hovered in the darkness. A shaft of soft light from a crack in the wall fell between Rini and those eyes, those eyes that loomed. Those eyes that floated closer.
    A smiling snout appeared in the shaft of light, and wicked whispers, and sharp, pointed ears, and those eyes whose hungry gaze fell upon Rini.
     
    What’s the Writing Prompt that inspired the story?
    While search through writing prompts, I saw the term “spirit animal.” I didn’t want to use whatever the prompt was, but it did inspire me to think of my own prompt: What if a mouse was being haunted by the ghost of the cat who tried to kill her, but ended up dying instead?
     
    Faster Fictioneer
    Ever wonder how I’ve gotten all these hundreds of stories written?  I have a method.  You can learn more about it right here: FASTER FICTIONEER
     
    I’ve Got Issues For You
    The Storyfeather Gazette is a monthly round-up of my recent podcast episodes, short stories, trailers, news, recommendations, and more that I send by email. Follow the link to look through old issues and to Sign Up: STORYFEATHER GAZETTE
     
    Storyfeather-themed merchandise
    T-shirts, mugs, stickers, notebooks, baby onesies, and more featuring artwork from stories and art challenges
    STORYFEATHER TEEPUBLIC STORE
     
    CREDITS
    Story: “The Cat That Haunted the Mouse” Copyright © 2020 by Nila L. Patel
    Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel

    Music:
    “Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

    Music by ANDREW SITKOV (MuzStation Game Music)*
    “Evil is Near”
    “Mystical House”
    “Scary Theme #3”
    “Scary Theme #1”
    “Hidden Fear”
    “Story at Night”
    “Secrets of Kingdom”
    “Journey into Fog”
    “Magic Within”
     
    *These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.

    Music by Andrew Sitkov licensed from GameDev Market
    Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket
    Changes made to the musical tracks?  Just cropping to align with my narration.
     
    Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
    Find more music by Andrew Sitkov at gamedevmarket.net
    Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com
     
    Episode Art Description: Digital drawing. A cat seen from the left side sitting down with tail curled in front. The cat’s head is facing forehead and resting on the forepaws. The cat is looking at a mouse, standing on the hind legs in front of the cat. The mouse is turned to the right, holding forepaws together, with tail stretched out to the right. A hazy glow surrounds both animals. Watermark of “Storyfeather” along top of mouse’s tail.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Nickname5* ,

Best podcast ever

Every episode is like a new world. It’s fun and exciting. We absolutely love it.

Julianne S. R. ,

A new world every episode!

I get pulled into the worlds Nila creates every episode. Amazing how unique each story is. Keep the stories coming!

Tirminyl ,

Love the stories

I love listening to stories that people craft together and this is one of them. As the author, Nila does a great job narrating the stories and keep you entertaining. After every episode ends, I am left wondering if I have another in my queue. Please keep it up!

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