About an enchanted elephant

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
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OPTIONAL QUESTION: Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?

MY ANSWER: I don’t often reply to the optional questions, but this month I want to, because my answer is Yes and because the painting in question is rather amusing. It’s Alfred Stevens’ painting below.

A girl is sitting in front of a table or a chest, covered by an oriental rug. She is a European-looking girl, dressed in 19th century clothing, and she is studying an elephant figurine. Admiring it? Maybe. Or maybe she is marveling at the elephant’s trunk. Or doubting the creator’s veracity, if she never saw an elephant or a picture of one before. The figurine obviously came from an exotic locale.

As I looked at the painting, a story appeared in my head – a fantasy, of course, about the elephant being magical, an enchanted toy, able to miniaturize its young mistress to fit into its howdah and then smuggle her anywhere in the world from wherever she is now, possibly some place mundane and unwelcome. Somewhere she doesn’t want to be. I called that short story Resize and Go.

I wrote it years ago, although it was never published. I have to confess: I didn’t try hard to find a magazine to publish it. It was too quirky, so I submitted it a couple of times and stopped after it got rejected. Maybe I should’ve tried harder. I really liked that story.

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News from Wattpad

Wattpad Urban group included my fan fiction novella Magic Senegalese, based on Wen Spencer’s Elfhome universe, in two of its reading lists – Urban Fantasy and Hot Picks. They even sent me their badge to put on the cover.

I got a message from them a few days ago, and the funny thing is: I never applied to be included. Didn’t even know about that group. But that unexpected message made me happy. Someone liked my story. Hooray!

You can read Magic Senegalese here.

The story is currently rated #166 in the Novella category, out of 2.5K of other novellas.

The sequel to Magic Senegalese, the novelette, Dancing Truth & Lies, is also available on wattpad, if anyone is interested. You can read it here.

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17 Responses to About an enchanted elephant

  1. That’s a happy surprise! Congratulations.
    Maybe you need to pull that story out, polish it, and try again.

  2. What a delightful idea for a story. I’d love to have a full length submission with that kind of creativity.

  3. Congrats on the badge. That’s so cool. What a beautiful cover image, btw.

    I like that painting and now I’ve learned a new word: howdah.

  4. cleemckenzie says:

    Congratulations on having your story included! What a nice surprise.

  5. patgarcia says:

    Hi,
    Maybe, you should pull out that story and submit it again, and huge congrats on your story being selected for two reading lists on Wattpad. That is an accomplishment to be proud of. What I like about this is that you didn’t even do anything. The saying goes that greatness will get its recognition. It only takes time.
    Proud of you.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  6. emaginette says:

    Congrats with WattPad. Not an easy thing to do. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  7. Loni Townsend says:

    Woot on the call-out! That’s great.

    Neat picture. I could see how you could get a story from that.

  8. Lee Lowery says:

    The painting does, indeed, lend itself to seeds of stories. And yours sounds intriguing.

    Congrats on the magical surprise! What fun.

  9. How awesome, Congratulations!
    Yes, pull out that story of the elephant. You never know!

  10. Congratulations!

    And I love the title of the elephant story. Maybe look at it again, revise, polish, sub. Lots of new markets out there. 🙂

  11. Juneta says:

    That is really cool. The story sounds cool too. You should revise, polish and submit. I Liked the photo too. Happy IWSG!

  12. Donna Hole says:

    Congrats on the Wattpad success! Perhaps you should relook at the elephant story. Loved the painting.

  13. Natalie Aguirre says:

    Congrats on your surprise. Your story idea sounds great!

  14. yvettecarol says:

    Sometimes I think our old stories are put aside to wait for the right time to work on them again. I love the idea of an enchanted elephant. It really gets the imagination going!

  15. Diane Burton says:

    Your story needs to get out there for people to enjoy it. I would read it. 🙂 Good luck.

  16. Denise Covey says:

    I think you should publish your enchanted elephant story. Congratulations on your wattpad gong. Well deserved. When I get time, LOL, I’ll follow the link and read your story.

  17. Jemi Fraser says:

    Love it!! I’ve never ventured into Wattpad but I’ve heard good things – congrats!!
    The elephant story sounds terrific – maybe you should try for a home for it one day again! 🙂

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