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The Incident at Soruquenty Beach

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An urban legend about a haunting phenomenon occurring in a little beach town becomes a news story when escalating incidents lead to the beaching of what appears to be a telepathic whale.

Genre: Science Mystery



“You’re looking for a story.”  


“My story.”

“That’s right. What’s your story? Where did you come from? How did you get inside that whale?”


What’s the Writing Prompt that inspired the story?
You’re barefoot in the sand on a beach, and the waves runs over your toes. Describe what you’re feeling.
Source: Source: 500 Creative Prompts. Copyright © 2019 Piccadilly (USA) Inc.


Faster Fictioneer
I held my first free writing workshop over Zoom to teach my method of writing short stories (an abbreviated version) on 11/8/2023. The workshop is based on my course, called “Faster Fictioneer: A Doable Method to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish in Five Weeks.”

You can watch a replay of the workshop here: FASTER FICTIONEER

(You can also buy the course there.)


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


Here’s the other episode on whales that I mention in the outro: The Watchers of the Whale


Story: “The Incident at Soruquenty Beach” 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 NICHOLAS JEUDY (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
“Monochromatic stain”
“Secret agent”
“Cold case”
“As it happenned”


*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
Vocal effects made in Audacity


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Episode Art Description: Digital drawing. A woman seen from shoulders up, looking down with eyes closed. Her index fingers are pressed to her temples. Above her forehead is the depiction of a sperm whale in left profile. Concentric circles of bright spiky energy emanate from the middle of the whale’s body. The woman’s left wrist bears a hospital band with unintelligible characters written on it.

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