This week's flash fiction EXPANDERS!
What's it all about?
Every week, at around 15:00 GMT on a Sunday, I'll post a single word of inspiration. The challenge?
Expand that word into a 15-word story.
One word for every character in 'Porky's Expanse!' Your story can be on any subject and in any genre or style you like, dead funny or deadly serious.
I'll pick the word based on a big event of the week in this part of the blogosphere.
An example with last week's word, which was elf. This is slightly less complicated than my usual attempts, but builds on the three past stories, using food, fort and stuff:
"The elf. Our only hope."
"As we shall be."
"No," spake the dwarf.
You can do much better than that. This week's word links to the official announcement of Jokaero returning to Warhammer 40,000, then talk of the Squats, or maybe Demiurg. The word is rogue, from Rogue Trader, the first edition of 40K, where they last met.
Have a go in the comments here or post the story at your blog and leave a link. I encourage everyone to follow the links and give feedback to these creative people.
Here's the lowdown on those levels.
1 The first level is the epyllion, or 'little epic'. This is the basic challenge, as above. An independent story with 15 words, one of them the word rogue. You're ready to start now.
2 The second level is the epos, or 'epic'. Instead of an independent 15-word story, you can choose to develop someone else's story, from a previous week. Just write the next instalment. If it has 15 words, uses rogue 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.
We have plenty of options available for the epos this week:
Time to EXPAND!