This is a behind the scenes extra for CAMPAIGN, so I recommend reading that microfiction story first, as some of this may have spoilers.
Magical Realism Twitter bot: “A group of women join forces to defeat a dragon.”
The word “dragon” immediately implies a fantasy story to me so … let’s not do that. ^_-
What other kind of ‘dragon’ could I use? A dragon is threat. What would be a real world threat? Working on a computer all day, my hard drive crashing and loosing all of my work is my biggest fear, so some kind of virus is definitely a threat.
These thoughts lead me to having the ‘group of women’ be a group of hackers. The term ‘hacker’ tends to imply someone set on destruction, but what if they were hired by the company they are trying to hack? As in a test of the company’s security system.
Now came the fun part … 1) Using language that would imply a fantasy story, along the lines of a Dungeons & Dragon campaign where each member of the party had a specific task to complete the quest, and 2) using hacking/hacker terms so that if read from that perspective, the story still made sense.
I added links to the hacking/hacker terms so readers could read up on the details.
While not exactly in common usage today, the word “fanciful” implied a creative fun that I thought applied to this story.
I think the reason this story turned out the way it did was due to contract work I did last year. I evaluated and categorized the content of several websites that dealt with computer network security. So yeah, sometimes your ideas come from something you did months ago that was just chilling in your brain, waiting for the right moment to come forth.
Thanks for reading,