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NGO-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

(Flash Fiction, 145 words)

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+++The children watched it approach, a dark spot on the horizon becoming a dust cloud then a dust cloud following a truck on a road through the savannah. Others came out of the camp to watch, excited.

+++“It’s the NGO!”
+++“Yes! The NGO is coming.”
+++“We’re saved,” they told each other. “Food is coming.”

+++The children were very hungry. Malnourished and too weak to cheer, they watched the truck arrive, U-turn and back up to the people. Brisk young men and women jumped out. They set up a solar charged battery station and wired it to a TV on a table and got back into the truck and drove off. Everyone gathered around to watch the cooking shows.

+++In New York, an accountant looked at the bill and smiled. Giving needy people a TV was expensive. Taxpayers and donors would pay handsomely for this one.

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This is my first and (probably) only Flash Fiction. What do you think of Flash Fiction?
Have you written any? Submitted any to the eZines that pay for it? Had any published?
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24 thoughts on “NGO-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

  1. mimispeike says:

    This is fun, GD.

    I haven’t read any flash fiction except for here. I don’t know what people generally do with it. I see it as a jumpstart to a longer piece. And our current one hundred word limit is a great game.

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  2. GD Deckard says:

    Interesting point, Carl. I suppose no publisher wants to infringe on another’s exclusive rights to publish. But items posted here involve no contract of exclusivity. We are not a publisher claiming any rights to what’s posted here. Nobody gets paid and the writer-blogger retains all rights.

    Does anyone think we ought to post such a notice on our “Contact” & “About” page?

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    • It won’t matter to the publisher. The key words here are “published”, not “rights”. Which is why it’s a very good thing we hide our WIPs behind a “members-only” privacy wall–that doesn’t count as “published” (in most instances).

      Still glad you provided those links, though. And for the themed monthly showcases we’ve started running. Perhaps some of us may find the writing of slash fiction enjoyable enough to submit new pieces elsewhere . . .

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  3. GD Deckard says:

    Posting here need not be a problem. Not all require that the fiction has never been posted anywhere else. But in a contract sent to the author by a publisher, there will be an “exclusive” paragraph to protect the publisher. This is not something that should dissuade anyone from submitting their best writing to your contest.

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    • Heh-heh! Whoops! Good catch, Atthys! 😉

      That’s what I get for rap-tapping out a response, still bleary-eyed from sleep, before motoring off to work in the morning . . .

      Although . . . if we put these two categories together:
      ………………………

      Hsssssssssh: shower spray on naked flesh.
      Feminine hands work up a lather, soaping ____, ____, & ____.
      FA-SCHIIIIIIIINNNG!
      Shower curtain wrenched back, rings rattling on metal bar.
      Glint of light off upraised butcher knife.
      Shriek of violin strings: EEEEEE! EEEEEE! EEEEEE!
      Close-up on one unblinking eye.
      Chocolate syrup maelstroms down the drain . . .

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      • CORRECTION: Based on explanations of what slash fiction is, then (see GD’s & Atthys’ explanations below) what I’ve written here cannot be termed “slash” but rather “slasher flash fiction”. (A new genre, perhaps? Wouldn’t want to read a lot of it. . . .)

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  4. mimispeike says:

    I’m still wondering what slash fiction is. Hard to keep up here. I’m a little out of it.

    Strange week here. We lost water, and had a pump replaced for two thousand dollars. Anxiety-producing, but that’s not all.

    Last Sunday night, a woman showed up in our yard, greeting me as if we were old friends. I have a horrible memory for faces, I assumed I knew her, from somewhere.

    We sat on the deck and talked. We gave her a beer. Dinner time, she made no move to go, so my husband asked her to have dinner with us. Slowly, from references she made, I decided she must be my husband’s ex-wife. Whom I met once fifteen years ago. I asked him, in the kitchen, is that Donna? He said, that’s not my ex-wife. I thought you knew her.

    I took her aside and confessed, I don’t know who you are. She said, I’m Donna, Eberhard’s ex-wife. Has she changed that much? Strange strange night.

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      • GD Deckard says:

        Thanks, Curtis.
        The first piece I saw at that site, http://adhocfiction.com/,
        “Danny and Steve have a pint,” was genuinely funny. It is just enough of a hyperbolic conversation to laugh at the exaggerated intellectualism.

        It made me realize that the challenge of Flash Fiction is to tell a story that evokes a response in the reader with as few words as possible. That has to appeal to the poet in all of us.

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    • GD Deckard says:

      Slash fiction is a genre that focuses on interpersonal attraction and sexual relationships between characters of the same sex. May involve real people or imaginary (sometimes copyrighted) characters.

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  5. atthysgage says:

    For the record, “slash fiction” refers to fan fiction (usually based on television shows, but books and movies can be used) that assumes a romantic or sexual relationship between two of the (same sex) characters. Fans of Star Trek may have started this by writing stories where Kirk and Spock are in a sexual relationship. These stories were published in fanzines and sold (very cheaply) at conventions. They came to be known as “Kirk/Spock” stories, hence the term “slash.” With the arrival of the internet, slash fictio burgeoned. Harry Potter was a particularly fruitful source, including Harry/Ron stories, Harry/Draco stories (pairing canonical enemies is apparantly a popular fantasy trope) and Harry/Snape stories (older man/younger man—always a fan favorite.)

    Needless to say, female characters are not immune, though those stories are sometimes called femmeslash. Various pairings of Hermione, Ginny and Luna are femmeslash favorites. There are Troi/Crusher stories from Star Trek (also Janeway/Seven—apparently a very popular pairing) and god knows what all else. Since most TV shows, especially older ones, had more male characters than female characters, the pickings are a little thinner, but I’m sure that’s been changing.

    It all sounds a little smarmy at first, but actually, the impetus for writing slash mostly seems to have come less from purience, and more from the fact that members of the audience who were gay (or who just liked fantasizing about gay relationships—most Kirk/Spock slash was written by women) wanted to see relationships explored in ways that television was not going to give them. Actual gay relationships didn’t start showing up on TV until about 20 years ago, and remained a rarity until very recently, so fans took matters into their own hands.

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  6. Perry Palin says:

    Several years ago, I posted quite a number of short stories on a web site (not a writer’s site) and received comments and encouragement from readers. My publisher later included many of those stories in my trade paperback editions released in 2012 and 2014. The paperback editions have little overlap with the regulars on that web site (though some of the web readers did buy the paperbacks) and the books were a modest success.

    I have no argument with a publisher who will only work with unpublished work, but not all publishers are the same.

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  7. Perry Palin says:

    I am going to reread my copy of CAN’T AND WON’T by Lydia Davis now that we’re writing about flash fiction.

    I first read about Lydia Davis in a review in The New Yorker, and I bought the book. This collection includes many very short short stories, some just a few sentences, I opened the book at random and found a story of 22 words. An acclaimed author who is a study of lucidity and brevity.

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