Inspiration strikes me from out of the cerulean celestial sphere, but my burgeoning story is a miasma of thoughts and notions carousing through my cranium. So I whittle at the extraneous ideas until only the essential essence of my epic remains. Then I meticulously select pulchritudinous words that paint resplendent pictures, endeavoring to create that sublime moment of synchronicity in which the movie playing in my imagination is perfectly projected onto the gray matter of my readers.
I present my paradisiacal prose to my betas, salivating in anticipation of their enraptured reactions. They will guffaw, they will caterwaul, their lives will be altered forevermore. Imagine my stupefaction and mortification when their only reaction is to oscitate and dismiss it as tedious.
Tears cascade down my visage. I glower into the mirror, shrieking, “Why, muse, why?” But I gird my loins, determined to decipher the modus operandi for bridging the lacuna between the exquisite narration in my noggin and the lassitude produced by my opus. Then the panacea wallops me like a multitude of cinder blocks, and I’m electrified by my sagacity. To help my readers luxuriate in the splendorous wonder of my story, the solution is simple: use smaller words.
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If you made it through all of that, then congratulations on your stick-to-it-ive-ness! For any of my blog readers who are not part of the Campaign and are therefore wondering why my thesaurus puked all over this post, this is my entry for the Second Campaigner Challenge:
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!
I used all the required words, fit in the mirror reference, and it’s exactly 200 words. Whew! If you liked it, you can go here and vote for entry 159.
Since I struggle with the Keep It Simple, Stupid concept in my writing (aren’t the big words always better?!?), I thought this was a fun way to approach the challenge. And I even learned some new five dollar words to add to my repertoire. Uh oh, future readers, beware!
Did you participate in the Second Campaigner Challenge? If so, did you go serious or silly? What's your reaction to my grandiloquent post?
Photo credit to Brett Jordan