Also called Jinn or Genie (or I dream of Jeannie) these madcap characters are very much in evidence in literature and folklore of Persia, Africa and other dusty lands in those regions. There’s even mention of them in biblical stories. Dusty ones, of course.
There’s a bunch of esoteric sites out on the web about Djinn, up to and including ways to summon one, control one, true names, etc. I know all this because the hero in one of my Works in Progress is a Djinn and I did a lot of research. I came to one conclusion while doing this research, there’s a lot of strange people in the world and some of them have websites.
“True” djinn are lawless entities who delight in playing pranks on people for no other reason than they can. Sort of like my oldest with my youngest. “Why did you draw on his face?” “He was there.” That sort of thing only more so.
But onto my djinn. His name is Malcolm. He’d been sealed into a bottle by King Solomon for misbehaving and accidentally set loose by my heroine Penelope. They have many adventures together and since it’s a Love story, she tames his wild nature, or something like that.
My djinn isn’t quite as capricious as a ‘normal’ djinn. Centuries trapped in bottle does give you a couple moments to reflect upon your life….or go mad, it could go either way…and although he does have the limitless powers all such djinn possess, his are bound.
I’ve got this story all laid out. Everything is outlined, waiting for me to fill in the blanks, as it were.
I just want to finish One Small Touch first. So to find out more about Malcolm and Penelope you’ll probably have to wait for Christmas.
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