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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Second Campaigner Challenge


Today is the second Challenge of Rachel Harrie’s Platform Building Campaign!


The rules are to 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:

Imago – Last state of development of an insect.
Miasma – A noxious form of “bad air”.
Lacuna – Is a gap, ditch, hole.
Oscitate – To gape.
Synchronicity – Is the experience of two or more events that are observed to occur together in a meaningful manner.

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!

Here is my 200 word count entry. Enjoy :)


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The Imago Serum


(Source)
After rappelling down, I swiped away the sweat stinging my eyes; the miasma heat of the tropical forest was deadly itself, let alone rappelling down the side of a waterfall during the worst of it.

The lacuna behind the falls is where they lived, the venomous coralflies, fresh from their imago stage. The suffocating heat helps them fully mature and secrete chemicals from their glands. If Jake can extract some, he can make the serum and save Lilly’s life.

The waterfall was like a mirror, showering me with my reflection as I reached through it, but couldn’t feel any insects.

Without hesitation, I took off my glove and reached back in.

Slimy and wet from their recent molting, I grabbed a few and shoved them in my bag before attempting to climb back up the slick rocks. When Jake noticed the bite marks all over my arm his mouth began to oscitate.

Which each pull on the rope, my eyes watered as the venom pulsed and raged through my body and was in synchronicity with each beat of my heart.

Jake pulled me over the ledge and my last thoughts were of my Lilly and her new chance at life.

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So there you have it. Feel free to let me know what you thought of it. If you liked it enough to vote, please look for me here and click the "like" button. I'm #11.  :)





©Alynza Smith 2011

59 comments:

  1. Hi Alynza, I am enjoying how there is so much variety with the words on this challenge and like how you are choosing to write about a life saving serum. The waterfall photo is beautiful and accentuates the story nicely ;)

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  2. Thanks Christy. Yes so far there is such a variety in this particular challenge. I think it's absolutely great to see so many takes on these words.

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  3. Taking a life to give life. Powerful images, and great takes on the meaning of those unusual words!

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  4. Thanks Elizabeth. These words sure are unusual!

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  5. I think the words are difficult to use and don't contribute to this wonderful piece of flash fiction. Other more familiar words would have been just as meaningful. But then would it have been as challenging? I like how you used them after all that's said and done.

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  6. Haha Thanks...I think? lol The words were very difficult to use and retain any type of "flow" in the story. It was fun trying to figure out how in the world to use them. :)

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  7. Oh I love that you used the insect version. Well combined and well written :D
    So much more variety this time round.

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  8. Oh, you did a wonderful job weaving together a lovely fiction piece on self-sacrifice.

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  9. That's so sad...she gave up her life to try to save her friend Lilly. Love how you worked in the mirror with the waterfall! ~ Nadja

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  10. Tragic! Loved the stakes and sense of loss at the end. Very moving and adventurous at the same time. I'm always a sucker for tropical settings, too.

    Great job, Alynza! :)

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  11. Very nicely done. You make it sound as if you actually understood all those words from the start! mine is #29

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  12. @Nadja - Thanks! Actually Lilly is her daughter. I tried to squeeze that in there, but couldn't fit it in.

    @David - Thanks! I love tropical settings just as much as the creepy ones. :)

    @Bridget - Glad you thought so! I was hoping for that effect but just wasn't so sure. :)

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  13. Nicely done! I knew it wasn't a good idea to take that glove off! I'm #34 and a new follower!

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  14. Thanks Lady Gwen! I'm doing the happy dance. Love new followers!

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  15. Very nice! I liked how you got those words in seamlessly.

    I am # 3

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  16. Good job on using the words! I was going to do something similar but decided I didn't want to deal with a cliff riddled with hole homes for the bugs.

    She must love Lilly very much!

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  17. I like how you used a non-literal mirror. A lot of the mirror references (including mine) have been literal. I also liked the use of the insect-meaning of Imago. Good work!

    If you'd like to check mine out, I'm #42.

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  18. Nice! Very interesting and exciting. Great ending!

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  19. Very interesting! I also love the waterfall image that you chose. ; )

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  20. Wow. That was lovely and kept me on the edge of my seat. A nice emotional end too. Well done!

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  21. Oh noes! She sacrificed herself. I hope the serum can save her life, too!

    Good job!

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  22. Oh I really like this one! The idea of sacrifice for love... FANTASTIC!

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  23. What a powerful piece. The MC is amazing for what she's doing, and I hope she survives.

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  24. Thanks everyone! I really appreciate you taking the time to read it. :)

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  25. awe- really great tension filled piece here! Great job!

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  26. Nicely done! It's going to be tough squeezing those words in, I can tell!!

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  27. I love this story and want to know more of the back story.... It is very visual and I think could be movie material! Loved it!

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  28. Loved it! Nice world and story using all those weird words.

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  29. @Creepy - Thank you!

    @Crystal - It was very tough. lol Good luck with yours!

    @LadyJai - Thanks for reading!

    @Joanna - Wow Thanks! Glad you liked it!

    @Fairview - Thanks!

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  30. Your descriptions are excellent, I really pictured this. And I cringed when the MC took the glove off and felt the bugs--bleh! Nice ending, too, very touching.

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  31. Thanks Cortney! Glad you liked the descriptions. I had to cut so much of it out I was worried there wasn't much left there. :)

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  32. You did a wonderful job of weaving these words into this piece!!!

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  33. You get a vote from me! BTW, I love your name--Alynza.
    From one interesting name (Zan Marie) to another. ; )

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  34. Yeah, it didn't sound good when he took off his glove. That seemed like a bad idea to me.

    The story made me think of John 15:13: Love has no greater gift than to lay down the life for his friend.

    The Write Soil

    Mine is #50.

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  35. Well done! Love the descriptions and word use.

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  36. Oh no! You got me rooting for her now. Hope she makes it through.

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  37. oh my goodness, so moving and a very clever way of writing the selected words into the piece. WELL DONE.I still need to do mine yet, but time has gotten away from me. I hope to get on it tomorrow all being well :) Thankyou so much for stopping by my blog and for your offer of help, if I ever get stuck again i will give you a yell Alynza.THANKYOU>
    Hugs eve.x

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  38. Good job! Nicely done and wonderful photo.

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  39. I've been waiting for insects to make an appearance. Such a sad and deeply touching story...good job!!

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  40. Excellent use of the challenge words. Her dying to save Lilly...aw, what a bittersweet story!

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  41. Great job! I loved your imagery and the way you used the words.

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  42. Nice exotic situation and description. I'm here from the challenge.

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  43. *Sniffles* ...But I want more! :(

    Great work, Alynza!

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  44. Glad to see true imago in this one. I hoped someone would go for the literal meaning of that word.

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  45. Wow...this could easily be my favorite so far! I love that you used a real imago, the vocab felt flawless, and the exchange of lives was so real. Nice work!

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  46. I finally made it to follow your blog, and I'm not so late after all. I really like this story, turning death into life. Making the supreme sacrifice always shows the greatest love. Guess nobody noticed I used a real imago too, disguised by the other meaning. Ha! Only Cheryl Collier knew before the end.

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  47. Powerful! Nice use of the challenge words, and a gripping scene!

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  48. Good job! I like the way you used "lacuna", especially.

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  49. Beautifully written..you did an amazing job incorporating those words :)

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  50. This is the best I have read so far. Spectacular story, very well written.

    #188

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  51. I loved the action and the suspense. You weaved the words in seamlessly, too. Great entry. ;)

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  52. Very nice! I love the setting and the fact that she gave her life to save her daughter.

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  53. Great use of those words. Loved it.

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  54. Gosh...way to suck me in and leave me hanging...lol. Great entry.

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  55. Great turn at the end. I was afraid something like that would happen. I love the way you've described the setting.

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