Sunday, October 30, 2011

Expansion Joints Challenge, part 33: "Stand"

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. This week, locals took to the trees for the opening of black-powder and bow season for wild turkeys and bucks. On the topic of bucks, protesters outraged over the financial crisis and the wholesale transfer of wealth to the super-rich from the rest of society remained firm in their convictions and refused to leave financial districts and public squares around the world despite tear gas, clashes with police, arrests and conditions that were increasingly difficult to tolerate, while the position taken by St. Paul's cathedral regarding the Occupy London protests drew widespread criticism from those inside and outside the church hierarchy, and led to several resignations of high church officials. Here in the U.S., Attorney General Eric Holder agreed to testify before Congress about the disastrous Federal gun sting "Operation Fast and Furious". And for those RPGers who are interested in what level of craftsmanship is really possible using only human-powered tools, I ran across a remarkable video shot at a Moroccan street vendor's stall demonstrating the use of a bow lathe and hand (foot?) chisel to make chess pieces. The common element for them all is, of course, stand, 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.

C'nor, at Lunching on Lamias, gives consent to use any of his entries, which are partly located on his blog, but mostly strewn throughout the comment threads here.

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, spirit, rush, tie, line, free, break, cut, opening, close, shock, balance, field, blow, file, die, fall, vent, skip, and back 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 comment:

  1. I'm getting fast - first again. Another great choice of word this week too. I've tied my response into the Worldboat project.

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