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Welcome to Thoughtsburger

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A young journalist follows her latest lead into a quirky fast food place located in her dreams. 

Genre: Mysterious Fantasy


“Welcome to Thoughtsburger, would you like to try our new Weltschmerz platter with a side of Bitterness and Longing?”

Ria stared at the person who had just addressed her. “Uh, no, thank you.”


What’s the Writing Prompt that inspired the story?
Write a menu for a fictional fast-food restaurant.
Source: A Writer’s Year: 365 Creative Writing Prompts. Text by Emma Bastow. Copyright © 2019 HarperCollins Publishers


You might also appreciate some definitions:
Hygge is noun in Danish that means “the feeling of coziness and contentment evoked by simple comforts, as being wrapped in a blanket, having good conversations, enjoying food, etc.”

Weltschmerz is a noun in German that means “sorrow that one feels and accepts as one’s necessary portion in life; sentimental pessimism”

Soñadora is Spanish for “dreamer”
(reference: and


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Story: “Welcome to Thoughtsburger” 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 ANDREA BARONI (Cyberleaf)*
“Ground Control”
“Fugue For One Synthetic Heart”
“Fast Lanes Light Rain”
“Forest Bathing”
“Evolving Cities”
“March Of The Waking Lights”
“Night Time”

*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
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. A woman in left profile, sitting in a booth, looking down at an open laptop. Her left hand rests on the tabletop, right hand perched over the keyboard. A hazy light glows above her head. In background is an empty countertop, above which is a sign or marquee with two sections displaying a menu with illegible characters except for one item, “Weltschmerz Special.” Above the menu is a sign that reads “Welcome to Thoughtsburger.” Watermark of “Storyfeather” along left margin.

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