Welcome to Ōrphic Flux, a collection of tales and quotes inspired by the fascinating lives of strangers. The author of these tales, A.M. Sanders, travels the globe meeting weird and wonderful characters, and keeps their stories alive with Ōrphic Flux. Every soul has a story to tell; a complex, kaleidoscopic mix of emotions and experiences forming... Continue Reading →
As we reached our destination, a village in the mountains of Shan State, our guide from Namshan Mountain Trek reached down and picked up a handful of empty shell casings. "There was a fight between guerrillas and the police here two weeks ago." His casual response indicated this was normal in this part of the... Continue Reading →
Jack wept as his best friend died in his arms on the field of battle. Both were fresh-faced 20 year-olds, conscripted to fight a war nobody wanted nor understood. They’d grown up together, Dave and Jack; they went to the same school, witnessed each other’s first loves and first heartbreak, snuck their first beer, and... Continue Reading →
Connecting with nature breathes new life into me. I go into the dark recesses of the woods to embrace those terrifying parts of my mind, my deepest fears, and understand them. It’s there, in the loneliest moments, staring death in the face I realise what truly matters. It’s standing on a mountaintop in awe of... Continue Reading →
Sometimes life feels like we are stuck out in the ocean, in stormy weather, just tumbling in the waves. Our strength to hold our heads above water is not endless. We eventually begin to sink, exhausted, and ready to give up. It take enormous courage to push up through the infinite dark blue, constantly being... Continue Reading →
"Everywhere is Nowhere" - beautiful footage to inspire you to get out and explore the natural world.
Imagination is the artist's painting, the author's book, the inventor's new idea, and the daydreamers escape. It gives birth to new ideas and reaches beyond standard philosophies and thinking. It is with imagination we become limitless; we create wonderful worlds in which anything is possible. When we're asleep, our mind uses the power of imagination... Continue Reading →
This is for the empaths, and those of you suffering depression, anxiety, or any mental anguish; I know how hard it can get and I hope you find light in your dark place. "Madness" Am I mad? Of course I'm mad. I'm mad at you for leaving me when I needed you most. In my... Continue Reading →
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that educating and empowering women and girls brings about positive change in this world. Gender equality is directly linked to improvements in socioeconomic health for entire communities, and is vital for sustainable development. It is a fundamental, inviolable human right. It is the key to peace and... Continue Reading →
Love is arguably the most powerful force in the world. It has the power to motivate humans into doing just about anything. It has been immortalised in art, literature, and song for as long as known recorded history. It is from love that protective instincts arise towards offspring of any species. It is perhaps the... Continue Reading →
Aguas Calientes, Peru - the main access point for Machu Picchu; a small touristic town, its economy driven by wandering travellers. She arrived early that morning after a long and bumpy bus ride from Cusco. It wasn't the first time she'd taken this journey, but this time was different. She was different. Let's go back to... Continue Reading →
Charles Bukowski was a German-American writer of poetry and prose, whose cult image lives on posthumously. Often using graphic language or imagery in his work, Bukowski spoke with raw emotion, honesty, and lack of pretence. He wrote about his alcoholism, failed relationships, and his experience of being abused as a child. Bukowski lived a challenging... Continue Reading →
A dear friend once said to me, "One of the most humbling and vulnerable things you can do is to invite someone into the messy parts of your life. The stuff you don't have figured out, times of difficultly or grief, the midst of questioning and searching, or in the uncertainty before a big decision... Continue Reading →
Travel has always opened my mind to fresh ideas and opportunities, new friends and different places, all overflowing with life, love, and memories. There is so much wonder and beauty out there to discover. I hope these quotes inspire a wanderlust inside you that will take a lifetime of adventures to satisfy. "I see... Continue Reading →
At Ōrphic Flux we believe everyone's stories are important. Along with our weekly short stories, we would like to engage with readers on a personal level, with the opportunity to share your story with the world. Please use the form below to submit your story.
Puerto Montt, Chile - the southern gateway to the vast Andes mountains and majestic Patagonian fjords. At a corner store turned local bar, a heavyset man walks in. He has a pronounced limp and his face is almost lost amongst an enormous grey and black beard. Two piercing blue eyes tell the story of a... Continue Reading →