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May 6, 2022

A sculptor working through a creative block notices something strange about the sculptures molded from a particular brand of clay.


Genre: Mystery, Science Fiction


They say that a sculptor doesn’t create what she sculpts. She only reveals what is already there in the medium. I was not finding that to be true. Either there was nothing to be revealed in the lump of clay that sat on the workbench before me, or I didn’t have the skill that a real sculptor is supposed to have. The skill of sight. The skill to see what it is that is seeking to be revealed in the medium.

Come on, I thought. Reveal yourself.



Story: “Cloaked in Clay” Copyright © 2018 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 ROZKOL
“Ambient I-IV”
“To the Water’s Edge”


Music by Lee Rosevere
“Start the Day”
“Night Caves”
“Under Suspicion”


Music by ROZKOL and Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY 4.0


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Episode Art Description: Digital drawing.  A clay sculpture of a griffin looming over a man lying on the ground. The griffin, a mythological creature with the body of a lion and head and wings of an eagle, is seen from left flank, facing to the left, looking down at the man. The tail is curled into an “s” shape. The left wing extends at top of image, behind the tail. The right wing is curved down toward the man. The left paw, whose bottom part looks like an eagle’s leg and claw, pins down the man at his waist and chest. The man raises an arm against the griffin. A watermark of the word “Storyfeather” appears over the image.


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