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May 26, 2023

A mortal apprentice to an immortal being is tempted to steal the great powers contained within the Cosmic Hourglass to tilt the balance of the cosmos toward good.

Genre: Mythology


When young mortals were told the story of the Cosmic Hourglass for the first time, and taught to cherish each speck of sand, many would ask a question that their teachers foresaw (and had themselves asked).

Why sand?

The teachers would smile, for this was one of the questions they were ready to answer.

And they would answer.

A single speck of sand is so small that even the wind can lift it. But a multitude of grains together are so powerful that they can bury a city.


What’s the Word (that inspired the story)?
I…cheated?  There was apparently no word that inspired this story. I just wanted to write a myth about cosmic powers, and hourglasses.


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Story: “The Cosmic Hourglass” Copyright © 2019 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)*
“Dark fields”
“Peacefull place”
“Secret water”
“Into wild lands”
“Experiment 7”
“The village near the lake”
“Shadow forest”
“Sancta terra”

*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 is licensed from GameDev Market

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Episode Art Description: Digital drawing. At center, an hourglass with an equal amount of glittering sand on the top and bottom levels. Two hands hold the hourglass in place at top and bottom. The hands share the complexion of the face behind the hourglass and seen through its glass. The face looks forward. Light symmetrical lines extend over the face from the centerline out. The face’s hair flares out from the side, growing more voluminous from chin to top of head.