|Laurel Falls in DeSoto State Park, the inspirational setting for Natalie Cone's tourism short story "The Totem,"|
winner of the Lookout Alabama SELTI Writing Contest.
Story By: Natalie Cone
Tourism Attractions: DeSoto State Park, The Bookshelf Etc.
Location: Fort Payne, Alabama
Photos By: Randy Grider, Lookout Alabama Magazine. Click any photo to enlarge!
|Natalie Cone, |
winner of the Lookout Alabama SELTI Writing Contest
Congratulations to Natalie Cone, whose tourism short story "The Totem" won the Lookout Alabama SELTI Writing Contest! Read Natalie's story below, which will be published in the inaugural issue of Lookout Alabama magazine this summer. Natalie also won the 2013 SELTI Tourism Fiction Award and a $500 prize from the Alabama Tourism Department for promoting tourism to the Lookout Mountain Alabama area in a fun new way: through a tourism short story. The award and prize were presented by Senator Clay Scofield, chairman of the Alabama Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee, at the recent Lookout Alabama summit held at Cook Castle in Fort Payne, Alabama.
The photos in the story below are of the real locations, the Bookshelf Etc. bookstore and DeSoto State Park, both in Fort Payne. Click on the links in the tourism guide at the end of the story to find out how to visit these places in person, not just read about them in a story. The tourism guide also includes links and information on surrounding tourism attractions to make a fun-filled family or romantic vacation in the Lookout Mountain Alabama area.
|The real Connie from the Bookshelf Etc. bookstore in|
Fort Payne, Alabama, sells a magical book with an
eagle totem to the fictional character Roy.
Roy James ran his hand across the soft leather book cover. The symbol of an eagle with outstretched wings was imprinted on the front, with no title or author. The woman at The Book Shelf had recommended it when he wandered into her store looking for a good read to pass the time until the rain stopped and the sun shone again. “It's guaranteed to bring out the child in you,” she'd said with a twinkle in her kind eyes. Connie, he thought, drawing her name to mind.
|Roy and Aiden hike the real trail to Laurel Falls.|
|The boys arrive at Laurel falls|
|Roy finds the totem from the book |
buried behind Laurel Falls.
|Roy attempts to use the totem's magic |
to make himself older again.
|Aiden returns the totem to Roy.|
|Once Roy returns to his older body, he meets|
Aiden's mother, Rachel.
Just before closing time at The Bookshelf, Connie meticulously dusted the shelves. She restocked a few titles that had recently sold, making sure to leave a space at the end of the shelf. Before her eyes, a leather-bound book appeared, bearing an image of a dragon on the front.