Tale Weaver’s Prompt #3 “Vurt”


This week’s prompt is Vurt


As many of you are probably unfamiliar with the novel Vurt by Jeff Noon (which is a shame) I will begin by explaining what Vurt is


Vurt is a hallucinogenic drug/shared alternate reality, accessed by sucking on colour-coded feathers. Through some (never explained) mechanism, the dreams, mythology, and imaginings of humanity have achieved objective reality in the Vurt and become “real”.


Boy is that ever a mouthful


Blue Feathers- Are the only legal feathers. They contain pleasurable PG experiences. Things like scuba diving, wind-surfing, picnics on a sunny day etc. These feathers are completely safe. Potential names for blue feathers “Milk and Cookies” “Wind-surfing” “A Day in Paris”

Pink Feathers- Are pornovurts which need no explanation haha. You are welcome to write a racy sexual scenarios if you like but please provide ratings for graphic submissions. Names for pink feathers might include things like “Strip Tease” “Whipped Cream” “Erotic Asphyxiation”

Black Feathers- Are the equivalent of a bad trip on LSD. They produce uncomfortable and negative experiences. Black feathers have names like “The Hanging Tree” “The Screaming Clown Brigade” “Trapped at the Asylum”.

Yellow Feathers or “Curious Yellows”- Are the most complex of the feathers. Their names do not necessarily reflect the experience. They are like a game if you win you exit the experience if you lose you remain trapped within the virtual world. “Godhead” “A Planeswalker’s Guide to Purgatory” “Methuselah’s Labyrinth”

There are more feathers in the book stripped and polka dotted all sorts. I can’t remember them all but these are the basics. I will give you 2 more which may or may not be accurate.

Purple- I will class as supernatural/magical experiences. “Summer Solstice” “Fire Dancer” “Blood Pledge”

Green- I will class as spiritual/existential experiences. “Under the Bodhi Tree” “Honey with Pooh Bear” “Tai Chi on the Beach”


When a feather has been used up it turns cream


Your job is to choose a color and create an experience.

Title your story using the name you’ve assigned your feather. The names for the feathers are pretty strait-forward for all but the yellow feathers. You can use the names I have provided as inspiration or you can create your own.

If you choose a yellow feather there must be some type of quest or objective. How does one win?


Write from the perspective of a user. When in the virtual world it becomes your reality I am talking complete absorption.


There is no limit on length this time and no limit on submissions


  1. This looks interesting — at first I thought, “um, I’m not so sure I want to try this one” – but on second thought it looks like it could be very rewarding. BTW, I’ve ordered the book. 🙂


      • Thanks! I worry about missing the deadlines. Vurt poem coming out soon; it’s *slightly* different than the prompt directions but I had to follow the muse where she led me. (That naughty muse!) Hope you’ll understand! o.O

        Wordle coming out the following day.

        Phew! Busy evening!


        Thank you for being so understanding!


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