I’m excited to share that my short story “Hippocampus Forgets” appears in Issue 990 of Bewildering Stories, an online magazine for speculative writing. It’s a fantasy story about a female hippopotamus. The idea sprang from a goofy thought I had one day—what if a hippopotamus named Hippocampus suffered memory problems? The idea set me off on a long road of writing, revising, and rejection before finally getting accepted.
The best part of the whole process was following the internal drama of the character Hippocampus, a mother of four who keeps forgetting the name of her youngest child, her son Corpe. Her memory lapse stems from a violent premonitory dream that serves as a warning as Corpe’s fifth birthday approaches.
In writing the first draft, I felt like I served as a portal for Hippocampus to materialize. I wasn’t so much writing as dictating the story from her. It’s a rare occurrence for me, but in this case, I followed the characters where they wanted me to go. And nearly six-thousand words later, “Hippocampus Forgets” was born.
4 thoughts on “Hippocampus Forgets”
HAHA! This hits home for me; as the youngest child in a large, extended Italian family, my mother would go thru 5 names before she addressed me by my correct name! They say an elephant never forgets, but I guess hippopotami and mothers do!
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Thanks for reading Joanne! That’s a great story about your mom.
Congratulations, Francis! An inspired idea!
Thanks for reading Kathy!