Saturday, April 9, 2011

Expansion Joints Challenge: part 7, "Hammer"

When this exercise was hosted over at Porky's Expanse!, he always chose the word for the Expanders! challenge based on some relevant happening that had occurred during the previous week. I must confess that, once again, my life outside the blogosphere has been such that my time and energy to peruse the details of all the wondrous happenings here has been sorely lacking. One post this week, from Netherworks, really did stand out for me, though, and so, in the big, bold, low, gritty, and exuberantly shameless tradition of Rabelais, the word of the week is "hammer". You know how he'd use it - let's see how you will.

If you aren't familiar with the Expansion Joints project, it all began over at Porky's Expanse!.

The rules are just as they are described over at Porky's: as much narrative as you can cram into fifteen words, one of which must be the word of the week.

This can take the form of

1. An epyllion,or litle epic, a stand-alone fifteen-word narrative, or

2. An epos, or 'epic'. Instead of an independent 15-word story, you can choose to develop someone else's story from a previous week, or extend your own story from week to week. Just write the next installment. If it has 15 words, uses the word of the week, and continues the story, you've done it.

There are two important things to think about if you choose epos. First, you should have the permission of the person who wrote the story you will develop. If anyone writes a 15-word epyllion or adds to an epos and is happy for others to develop it later, please say so, with something like 'for use in an epos'. Second, by using specific elements of someone else's story, we technically create a derivative work, so it's best to avoid this.

There are a number of generous contributors who have given express permission to use some of their writing as the basis for epos:

Porky, the founder of the project, offers up all of his contributions.

GDMNW has opened up the three stories here.

Dave G_Nplusplus makes any of his Expanders! stories available for use in an epos.

Jim Hale has an epos running on his Expanders! page, and he has graciously extended permission to play with any or all of the contributions there.

Andy, over at The Creepy Corridor, has also made his epos posts available for expansion.

And, as always, feel free to use any of the stories on this blog that are tagged as "Expansion Joints" in an epos.

When you've finished writing your entry, either post your 15-word story directly in the comments here, or leave a link in the comments to the blog page where we can find it.


  1. Vampiric androids stalk... The hammer gives hope, but what for wood when flesh is steel?

    It's never to soon to start thinking about these things. The singularity and all.

  2. Okay. With all due respect to mustard-stained Ranelais, our 15-word Expansion Joint is up at Riskail Fiction. Poor Jarpha...

  3. @Porky- Good can never think too far ahead! My money's on a corundum or diamond-tipped awl...maybe with a taser option.

    @Netherwerks- Great continuation of the epos! I can't wait to see next week's.

    Mine for this week is here.

  4. You've thought about it deeper than me - I'm sticking with you come the android apocalypse.

  5. Damn! I totally forgot about the expanding! I'll put my thinking cap on brush up my english and produce a new chapter come tomorrow ...

  6. And here it is:

  7. @Andy - I'm really enjoying your patrol's misadventures. We'll miss you next week - have a wonderful vacation!