Inter-Sphinx bazaar published: the story

My micro-fiction story (150 words exactly, as requested in the guidelines) has been published in the last issue (*sob*) of Alienskin Magazine. It is a story about a magical shop where you get exactly what you need (as opposed to what you think you want) – a shop run by ancient Egyptian gods, in particular Bast (the cat goddess), and Anubis (the jackal god of the dead).

Inter-Sphinx Bazaar in Alienskin issue June-July 2010

But where did this idea come from – and where the heck is that shop (so that you can avoid it – getting what you need isn’t always easy, now, is it? 😉 )

The idea came one day as I was visiting my grandfather, aunts and uncle in downtown Lefcosia (I live far away in the outskirts, in the wilderness – about 15 mi drive when there is no traffic, actually). So there I am, parking my car outside the fish market, and I see this sign across the street, mounted on the fence of a dilapidated house:


Egyptian things

(many thanks to Carlos, my husband, for taking the picture!)

How intriguing, I thought. What kind of “things” would they sell in a place like that? Inter-Sphinx, like Inter-rail – something connecting us to the Sphinx – a bazaar, of all things, a place to buy. I took out my little emergency notebook and jotted down the name with an asterisk and a note saying, “could be a good story!”

The rest, as they say, is (hi)story. 🙂


About chrystallathoma

Welcome to my blog. My name is Chrystalla and I am a Fantasy, Science Fiction and Romance author. I am Greek Cypriot and I like to write about fantastical creatures, crazy adventures, and family bonds. I live in Cyprus with my husband and my vast herds of books. I write fantasy, science-fiction and romance, often all mixed up. View all posts by chrystallathoma

4 responses to “Inter-Sphinx bazaar published: the story

  • Celebcùen

    Cool!!! But that’s so true, you never know what you may come across and what it can trigger in a writer’s mind (writers’ minds are notoriously twisted things).

    You know, something similar happened to me years ago. The incident gave birth to a novel, actually, not a flash (which, as you know, I’m unable to write).

    It happened while I was living in Dublin. I came across this little shop, which then I could not find any longer (maybe it closed doors, I don’t know… but maybe it was something more… mysterious ;-)). Anyway, it was a tiny shop wedged between two bigger ones, with a small, squared window and a slim black door with a window on the upper part. The square window was jammed with any sort of crockery, silver little things, little statues, candelabra, masks, and on the background there were heavy dark red curtains and old fashioned chairs and a golden light wrapped everything. There was nobody inside, but on the window of the door there was a little slip of paper with a arrow pointing to a round button, saying: “RING” and another square of paper in the middle of the window said: “ring only if interested”.
    I don’t know why, I was fascinated!

    Oh, and Chris! Congrats on your publications!!!!!!! 🙂

  • Laura Hernandez

    Congrats Chrys! I loved reading your post. It’s neat to see how other people get sotry ideas. 🙂

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