Come away...

The world has expectations. Lists, & rules, & demands it makes of those who wish to belong to it.

Not everyone can meet them.
Not everyone wants to.

Translating Arcadia is a collection of stories about the people who do not fit, & the Elsewheres where they can belong, instead.

Begins on the Spring Equinox

March 20, 2022

With a faerie, hand in hand

The Show

Translating Arcadia is a collection of stories exploring the people who do not fit. Whose minds do not work like human minds are expected to. Who belong to Elsewhere far more than Here.

Some stories use the language of Faerie, of that Elsewhere, to look at reality through another lens. To discover what the world might be, to minds that refuse to conform. Others explore familiar creatures in less-familiar ways. All of them are meant to exist as at once literal, and anything but.

Written by Lee Alder

Lee is responsible for the writing and editing of these stories, as well as for the photographs used on the site.

He is old enough to know better, but he somehow still doesn't.

He’s fairly sure he isn’t a changeling, but wouldn’t tell you if he were. He lives in Sacramento, California in a Freehold with his husband, another debatably Arcadian, five cats with lofty names, a dog called Ivysaur, and cages full of creepy dolls. He can also be found as the writer/director of Arcadia, California, a California Gothic audio drama, as the writer/director/producer of Breathing Space, Fading Frontier, an anthology scifi western audio drama, as well as cat herding and generally managing things for Otherwhere, a Masks AP Podcast. The majority of his other creative work can be found as Law Of Names Media. He spends most of his social media time on Twitter.

The Man Who Was
in Love With The Sun

Kee was invisible, before he fell in love with the Sun.

He always had been. Invisible, intangible. Moving through the world, through the crowds of people wearing their bright skins like costumes, always half somewhere else. Unreal. Always trying to hear, his head cocked, ears open. Trying to find the thing that might fill the emptiness inside him. The part that was missing. The part that the others seemed to have, that let them exist in saturated color, while he faded like an old photograph.

Performed by Quill

Quill (he/him) is a big ol' nerd from North Carolina. He is a father to two delightful kids, and spends most of his scarce spare time playing, GMing, and designing TTRPGs. He is the voice of Anse and various others on Breathing Space, Fading Frontier. He can be found on [Twitter](, and his game design can be found here and here.

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The Princesses

The only reason nothing had happened to Sophia that night was because she had the mumps. That’s what Mama and Yaya said, in the weeks after, whispering over their teacups, heads together at the tiny table in the tiny apartment kitchen.

“Efharisto to Theo yia parotítida.” Yaya murmured, and Mama added “Who would have thought?”

They were wrong. Sophia knew, but it wasn’t polite to contradict, so she never said. But she knew that being home sick wasn’t why. That she hadn’t been safe because they’d made her stay in.

She’d been left behind

Content warnings:
Child murder

Performed by Kelly

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Leather

Will hated the food at Wok n Roll.

The place was a hole in the wall--peeling diamond-patterned linoleum, yellowing striped wallpaper, three Chinese calendar scrolls 10 years out of date. If there were any justice in the world, the food would have been fantastic. A hidden gem of authentic cuisine, masked by disregard and a strip mall storefront. That’s what Yelp, and too many late night reruns of food-related reality tv shows had taught him to expect.

Except what Wok n Roll served tasted as terrible as the place looked.

Content warnings:
Drugging, murder, cannibalism

Performed by Thomas

Thomas (he/him) is a man of many voices who has fostered his craft through a love a tabletop RPGs. You can find him in your podcatcher as The GM for Paradigm Academy; as Ray Ramirez and ARTIE on Outstanding!; as Wil Sudsworth on Arcadia, CA; and in numerous roles on Breathing Space, Fading Frontier or you can find him on Twitter.

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Maker

Finn had left the body of the boy in their bed. Petyr, grimacing at the waste, unwound the Egyptian linen sheets from the boy’s rapidly stiffening form where he lay tangled, and, draping the corpse in a 1000 thread count shroud, hoisted it onto his shoulder.

The message was clear enough. Finn, though less fastidious than Petyr himself, wasn’t generally the type to leave a mess behind, especially not one Petyr would be expected to remedy. The boy’s presence was a clear indictment--I choose. You do not get to choose.

Content warnings:
Murder, coercion, implied pedophilia, implied sexual assault

Performed by Vic

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When You Are Taken
Off to Faerie

When you are taken off to Faerie, you do not disappear all at once. You fade gradually--a finger here, an eye there. Laughter. Elbows. A sense of reality. You flicker and sputter. Sometimes visible, sometimes transparent. Blink. Fragment. For a while, both Here and Elsewhere.

It takes time, to become so much less.

Content warnings:
Implied self-injury

Performed by M.

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Quest

When you see it, that path of moonlight-rimed seaglass threading down, down to where the waves foam and break on the sand… Or that path of gilded fallen leaves curving lazily to the sun-dappled glade... That path of glittering silver sand, out into a basin of stars under the breathless desert night... When you see that cobbled road branching off the cracked asphalt into an alley you’ve never noticed before, somewhere in the belly of a frantic city…

When you see it.

Before you, brave and misguided, square your shoulders, take a breath, and pass through the rowan arch.

Before you commit yourself.

First, traveller, remember there are rules.

Performed by Scott

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O, Melpomene

The world was on fire, and Anjelica hadn’t slept in three days. She floated in the smell of smoke. It dripped through her hair, carried on the Santa Anas, soaked into her pores, trickled in under her closed eyelids, till she was sure she could see it writhe against the red darkness.

Content warnings:
Implied self-injury, implied grooming

Performed by Kris

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She Who Had Been a Feast

The world was on fire, and Anjelica hadn’t slept in three days. She floated in the smell of smoke. It dripped through her hair, carried on the Santa Anas, soaked into her pores, trickled in under her closed eyelids, till she was sure she could see it writhe against the red darkness.

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Implied disordered eating

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Containment

The world was on fire, and Anjelica hadn’t slept in three days. She floated in the smell of smoke. It dripped through her hair, carried on the Santa Anas, soaked into her pores, trickled in under her closed eyelids, till she was sure she could see it writhe against the red darkness.

Content warnings:
Emotional/verbal relationship abuse

Performed by Rebecca

Rebecca Krause (she/her) is a stage and voice actress and singer based in the US with a passion for telling meaningful stories under any circumstances. Rebecca's other hobbies include long-distance running, writing, and consuming art in all its forms. In addition to her upcoming roles as Helen of Troy in The Western Chorus and Amy Bollinger in Boston Harbor Horror, she can currently be heard as Van Helsing on Murray Mysteries, Alizia Stokes in Breathing Space, Fading Frontiers, and Essie Fackleman in Puppeteer's Farm. She can befound on Twitter as @bos10blonde

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Skin

Fuck ‘em.

Fuck the people who walk around in the world like it owes them something, fuck the ones who like to do the owing. They’re all the same. They all taste alike when you close your eyes. I don’t need them, not the way most of us think. I can judge, or forgive, or break them down, or ignore them all together.

I just can’t walk away.

Content warnings:
Implied statutory sexual assault, relationship violence

Performed by Alice

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Coyote

She expects the wind off the desert to be hot, to parch her lips, bring up the sweat, then dry it to salt.

But as she pulls over the foothills, and the first breaths blow in through the car’s open windows, it chills her with sudden, isolating cold.

The cold is dry. So dry her body aches for water to slake a thirst she didn’t know she had.

Content warnings:
Sexual assault

Performed by Vanessa

Vanessa (she/they) currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri where she works on podcasts, managing two dogs and a cat, crocheting, and playing as many TTRPGs as possible. She currently has roles in Arcadia, CA and Breathing Space, Fading Frontier

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Becoming, Become, Became

Alivia’s imaginary friends took her away the day after her twelfth birthday.

Content warnings:
Implied child suicide

Performed by Emily

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Half-Blood

It’s complicated, being born the human child of a faerie

Content warnings:
Parental neglect

Performed by Erika

Erika is a military veteran, self-identified himbo, and expert at collapsing dramatically onto a chaise. She believes in both the heart of the cards AND the power of friendship, and will talk to you at great length about her dogs given the slightest opportunity. She can be found on Twitter.

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Too Bright, Too Loud

Maybe you could have belonged once, you who were exiled. You, who were left in place of the one they really wanted. Maybe you could have learned a better way to shut your eyes, stop your ears with your hands. Place words around experience without wincing where they gapped. Maybe you could have learned to be blind.

But that’s just not how faerie children are.

Content warnings:
Parental neglect, emotional abuse, implied self-injury

Performed by Rue

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One Night in Midwinter

You wake up barefoot in the vacant lot on 14th street, in a circle of drowned-skin toadstools and the glittering brown fragments of shattered beer bottles. Your nightgown wraps around your ankles. The wind trickles down the back of your neck.

You don’t remember how you got here.

Content warnings:
Disassociation

Performed by Christina

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