Sunday, June 12, 2011

Expansion Joints Challenge: part 15, "Rush"

When this exercise was hosted over at Porky's Expanse!, he always chose the word for the Expanders! challenge based on some relevant happening or theme. I have been extremely pressed for time, of late, which shows in the dearth of posts and comments from me over the past few weeks, and I have, in addition, been sick off and on this week with a bug that, while not continuously preventing me from being up and about and working more hours than I am used to, has left me dizzy and light-headed. As a result, I have not had much time or, frankly, inclination, to see what is going on in the wider world, although even I have not been able to escape the media coverage (Circus? Stampede? Feeding frenzy?) surrounding the regrettably-named Rep. Weiner. The bright spot in my week was the chance to see some of the natural beauty of the area while on my way from one job to another. The only word that seems to capture all of this for me is "rush", and that is the word of the week.

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.

Arlequin 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.

Words that have previously made an appearance in an Expanders!/Expansion Joints include: food, fort, stuff, elf, rogue, pass, fool, hammer, note, temper, table, twisted, missing, sacrifice, and spirit, in case you are of an historical bent, or wish to write a complete set.

When you've finished writing your entry for this week, 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. Sorry to hear that life hasn't been all that it should have been for you, but hopefully that's all behind you now! Good to have you back!

    Okay... I'm going with;

    The rush to escape resulted in errors, errors meant lives lost somewhere down the line.

    The rest of the sage is here

  2. Saga even lol...

  3. I'm sorry to hear you've been unwell too, and hope you're already over it, well on the way back to health at the very least.

    That bright spot is bright indeed, and to keep the punning going, gives the post yet more of a pleasant reed; it's not far off adding more rushes either.

    @ Arlequín - More tantalisation. This could run and run and hopefully will. I choose to read it with you as the sage..!

    Mine for this week is here, right on schedule for the first time in a fortnight. I'd like to believe its a sea change, but we'll have to watch this space.

  4. Rush!? We are efficient, organized, we never rush. Even if it is to our death.

    I hope things are better and you're back! Which is most important!


  5. @Pork - ha ha I think it was a Freudian slip as I've been feeling my age recently.

    Good one this week, a call not to conform to consumerism was how it read to me!

    @CK - That brings to mind some pragmatic old school English officer, I can imagine David Niven delivering that line in a war movie.