Oof. The deadline for this is tomorrow. I was able to get the other two challenges done in pretty good time, but between vacation and Occupy Writers and coming home, getting this one wrapped up was a close thing. The sphinx entry for Sommer Leigh‘s League of Monstrology is tomorrow; the final post for the Rule of Three is Wednesday, and I’ve got a copy writing gig that demands time this week, as does the rest of the writing. Suddenly I feel quite busy.
Here are Rachael’s parameters:
This isn’t “due” until October 3rd, but I don’t like things hanging over me. Here is the challenge as described by Rachael:
Write a blog post in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should:
- include the word “imago” in the title
- include the following 4 random words: “miasma,” “lacuna,” “oscitate,” “synchronicity,”
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional and included in the word count), make reference to a mirror in your post.
For those who want an even greater challenge (optional), make your post 200 words EXACTLY!
So – the story.
And Imago Was His Name-O
“Oscitate is to lacuna as what is to miasma?”
“I don’t understand the question.”
Scary long caterpillar eyebrows wiggled over horn-rimmed glasses at him. The eyebrows were not pleased. “It’s an analogy? You don’t pass the test, you don’t graduate.”
Dr. Eyebrows’ statement sounded more like a question that was really asking, “How did you make it this far?” or “What did I do to deserve this?”
“It’s just a study session.”
“Give me the correct word. Oscitate is to lacuna,” he pronounced, world weariness hanging on every syllable, “as what is to miasma.”
Kevin looked at his reflection, mirrored in the glasses. Eyebrows had never liked him. He thought Kevin was always cutting to smoke pot, which was his explanation for why Kevin always looked so dull in class, and he made no secret of his suspicions.
“They were on the worksheet,” Eyebrows emphasized. “You do know what oscitate means? Synchronicity?”
“Yeah, see, about that,” Kevin started, pushing all of the English teacher’s buttons, “no.”
Eyebrows’ face turned a pleasing shade of red – no, cinnabar. “Get out of my classroom.”
“You’re the boss.” He stopped at the door. “The answer is ‘fart.’”
There’s a competition, so you can vote for this story here if you like it – and if you follow the link back to Rachael’s, you’ll also see all of the other entrants. Check out some other stories before casting your ballot. (You can vote multiple times, but don’t. Not cool, bro.)
Rachael’s first challenge for us is to write a piece of flash fiction. Here are the exact parameters:
Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “The door swung open” These four words will be included in the word count.
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), use the same beginning words and end with the words: “the door swung shut.” (also included in the word count)
For those who want an even greater challenge, make your story 200 words EXACTLY!
I opened and closed with the formula and made 200 words. (more…)
I’m taking part in a blog-building campaign that runs through October. It’s organized by the fearless Rachael Harrie at Rach Writes. I haven’t done one of these before, so I expect it will mean a little bit more dramaturgy in content, in addition to the series I’m just starting.
She holds the occasional “challenges” – an example of which was the A-Z Challenge this past spring – one post per day titled and themed around sequential letters of the alphabet.
I’m a little leery of what this means in terms of work and the time it will take away from actually working on manuscripts, but I’m hoping that it will add some structure, discipline, and readership.
Off we go!