Lost In Track Changes is an ongoing literary remix experiment featuring Cate Kennedy, Fiona Capp, Krissy Kneen, Ryan O'Neill and Robert Hoge. Starting from a short work of memoir, the authors remix each other's work in series, with changes tracked between. The story continues with this remix by Ryan O'Neill via Fiona Capp via Robert Hoge via Krissy Kneen. Use the tabs to flick between the most recent versions of the story and backtrack to version one (by Cate Kennedy) via this link. Also, if you want to join in on the remixing, check out our companion project; Open Changes, now happening.
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- Short Story ✓
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- Tall Tale
- Literary realism (default) ✓
- Erotic Western
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- Kmart ✓
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- Memory ✓
- Marriage ✓
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- Like black sludge from deep underground ✓
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- As white as snow
- As pretty as a picture
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Input the number of flat and round characters to feature in the story.
Choose from the following plot points to complete the structure of the story.
A for Exposition
- A woman’s husband has just left her on Christmas Eve.
- A Kmart employee is working on Christmas Eve.
- A mother spends Christmas Eve searching everywhere for a special toy for her child.
- A husband and wife are Christmas shopping. ✓
B for Conflict
- He spots a shoplifter and gives chase.
- She tries to grab the last toy from the shelf, but another woman has seen it.
- The woman snaps and shouts at her son.
- The husband sees a woman shouting at her son and intervenes. ✓
C for Climax
- The woman pushes at the other shopper, who hits her head on the floor and dies.
- The husband tells the boy it is not his fault. ✓
- He catches the shoplifter, realises she is an ex-girlfriend and lets her go.
- The woman is shamed and humiliated by the intervention of a bystander.
D for Resolution
- The woman spends Christmas in prison, awaiting trial for manslaughter.
- The thief blackmails the man for letting her off, and he pays her $100 not to tell his supervisor.
- The woman is left weeping and broken as her son tries to comfort her.
- The husband reflects on his own childhood. ✓
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Choose one of the following titles
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- Things We Didn’t See Coming in Front of Us
- My Father as a Short Story
- Beside Myself
- I’m not OKmart
- Kmart Behind Me
- In Front of Myself ✓
- Walking the Walk
- Me, Myself and I
- The Accident
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