Second Challenge of the Third Writing Campaign
If you haven’t been following my blog, I’ve joined Rach Harrie’s Third Writers Platform Building Campaign. This has been incredible fun and an immense challenge for me. The first challenge was to write a piece of flash fiction (200 words or less and you can see mine HERE). And for someone who thinks 30,000 words is short, believe me, this was a challenge. Now the second challenge is here, and it is even tougher than the first!
The Challenge is:
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!
The Ultimate Imago
“Don’t oscitate,” were my aunt’s final words to me before she died.
My mouth gaped wide. This woman I loved, idolized, had even copied my life after so that there was a certain synchronicity between her life and mine, this was all she had to say to me?
Her body began to shake and tremble. Fierce heat rose from her skin that crackled and peeled like a roasted marshmallow. My idol burst into flames. A dark oily miasma of black smoke poured from her body, forming into a snaky column that sinuously twined through the room.
The smoke chased me, blocking me from the exit, pushing at my face till I couldn’t help myself. I gasped for breath. It burned into my lungs. I choked and slobbered and wheezed.
The room went black.
When I woke up, I struggled to my feet. The body was a small burnt pile of ash. I turned and caught a glimpse of my face in the mirror. My aunt’s face reflected back at me. I stroked the smooth skin, the sultry lips that were now mine.
Deep in my lacuna I felt a presence. It took massive drugs to stop the screaming.
You can vote for my entry on Rach Harrie Writes. I’m number 174.
And don’t forget to visit tomorrow for the kick-off of my Halloween Treats Giveaway Contest and my end of month book review of Kimberly Frost’s latest Southern Witch novel Halfway Hexed.