mandag den 30. november 2009

WalMartyres


Flash Fiction Challenge: write a story which takes place in Walmart.

I didn´t quite know what to expect. Perhaps not exactly tweed or pin-stripes, yet I had never dreamed of anything like this. I couldn´t prevent myself from staring at the odd display around us and wonder which kind of shop would sell such garments. ...


The story has now been sold to an American ebook publisher in the anthology "Discount Noir". Buy the anthology to read the rest of the story, plus 41 other flash stories about megamarts.


See my inspiration for the challenge.
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20 kommentarer:

Dorte H sagde ...

Good morning, America!

I know Patti´s links are not up yet, but they will be when she has received some - and had a chance to read them ;)

Margot Kinberg sagde ...

Dorte - This is *hysterical!* I really, really enjoyed it. There's a WalMart very near to where I live, so this post just struck home for me. I absolutely loved it! Oh, the way you describe the other customers is just priceless!

....Petty Witter sagde ...

Very enjoyable, you certainly have a way with words.
What with all that flesh and undulating bottoms - anyone of us would feel an un-British sense of panic.

Dorte H sagde ...

Petty Witter: I am so glad if I succeeded in sounding reasonably cool and British ;)
The remark about flesh is very real, by the way. In an evening class I went to decades ago there was this upper class woman who had been to the local swimming pool. "All that flesh," she shuddered :D

Dorte H sagde ...

Margot: Oh, good I have struck a note you like. I have never been inside anything like WalMart so it took me so long time to find the inspiration for this one.

pattinase (abbott) sagde ...

Exactly the way I felt the one time I was in a Walmart store. Lost, scared, incredulous.

cathryngrant sagde ...

I've been inside a WalMart once, and hope I never return. GREAT story!

Evan Lewis sagde ...

Yikes!

Dorte H sagde ...

Cathryn: thank you!

Patti: well, I seem to have captured the atmosphere then :O

Louise sagde ...

Wow Dorte, I must say you are a truly great writer. And in English too. I am awed. But then again, you're an English teacher ;-)

Dorte H sagde ...

Louise: Thank you!
Well, it was take it or leave it. I don´t think Patti would have wanted a Danish story.

Evan: thank you (I hope you are not a vegetarian).

Kathleen A. Ryan sagde ...

Dorte,
What a keen sense of humor you have. I loved this story. You certainly do have a way with words. I'm so glad you participated in this fun Walmart Flash Fiction challenge. I think one of the most wonderful aspects to your story is that you got to include a phrase you heard decades ago that fit just perfectly...."All that flesh...." you captured it nicely!

Randi Abel sagde ...

Hi Dorte,
You're a great writer in English as well. I've never been to a Walmart and don't ever want to go there after this ;)

Dorte H sagde ...

Kathleen: Wow, thank you!
I have been looking forward to this challenge for months, but ended up doing it in the nick of time of course, so that phrase helped me a lot.

Dorte H sagde ...

Hi Randi.

Thank you! Nice to see you in here as well. All my research into the very exotic Walmart culture has not made me want to go there either.

Alan Griffiths sagde ...

Nice story Dorte - I really enjoyed that.

sandra seamans sagde ...

Fun, fun story!

Dorte H sagde ...

Alan: good that the readers enjoyed it. It was quite daunting to write about something you have never seen ;)

Sandra: thanks a lot.

Cormac Brown sagde ...

Wow, you really captured the people I've seen on that site and you've come up with a good explaination on how they keep the prices so low.

Dorte H sagde ...

Cormac: thank you!
Good one has alternatives, otherwise I might also consider becoming a vegetarian :D