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Magenta Banana

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Three friends decide to do their science project on a forgotten novelty invention, a self-peeling banana.

Genre: Science Fiction


“What about dinosaurs?” I said after a few minutes. “We could do our project on how and why they went extinct. That’s exciting.”

K.D. shook her head. “It might seem too basic. Like something we would have done in the fifth grade.” She loved dinosaurs. She probably didn’t want someone making fun of our project if it was about the thing she loved most. “But maybe you’re on the right track. Animals, but rare ones. What about cryptids?”


What’s the Writing Prompt that inspired the story?
Write an ad for a self-peeling banana.
Source: A Writer’s Year: 365 Creative Writing Prompts. Text by Emma Bastow. Copyright © 2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Story: “Magenta Banana” Copyright © 2020 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel

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


Music by ANDREW SITKOV (MuzStation Game Music)*
“Casual Theme #1”
“Casual Theme #3”
“Casual Theme #2”
“Casual Theme #6 (Triumph)”

“Start the Day”
“Awkward Silences (version b)”
“New Day”
“The Long Journey”


*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
Music by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket
Vocal effects created with Audacity
Changes made to the musical tracks?  Just cropping to align with my narration.


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Episode Art Description: Digital drawing. Bottom half, three kids gathered around a laptop monitor, all facing forward, two sitting and one standing behind them. They all look down at the screen. Behind them stands a banana plant bearing bunches of bananas just above the standing child’s head. Some of the bananas in the bottom bunches bear a streak of magenta color along the peel. Watermark of “Storyfeather” on laptop lid.

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