22 September 2011

Writer's Platform Building Campaign Challenge # 2


Welcome fellow Campaigners! (Click here to go to the linky-list)  Here are the challenge rules, and below, you'll find my entry!  Good luck to everyone...I can't wait to see what you've all come up with for this challenge.  ~ Nadja


Second Campaigner Challenge

I hope you all had fun with my First Campaigner Challenge, because it's time for the Second! And this one's even more challenging, so I've given you a week and a half to write it :D

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!
Once you’ve posted your Challenge post on your blog, pop back here and link directly to it in the Linky List below (please make sure you include the direct link to your post, not just the link to your blog!).

Entries in the Second Campaigner Challenge will close on Monday, October 3rd (at 11.59pm EDT). That's a week and a half (longer this time), so make sure you get your post in the Linky List before then if you want to be eligible for a prize! As usual, while everyone is very welcome to take part in this Challenge, only Campaigners will be eligible for prizes.


I've again set up the Linky List to let you "Like" entries, so make sure you come back here and vote. Winners this Challenge will be determined solely on the basis of your votes. This is an honor system, so please don't take advantage of this process either on your own or another's behalf. "Like" voting will close on Friday, October 14th.






Imago Of The Seeker's Heart

Smooth edges fitted her palm, but for once she sought not the familiar reflection the mirror held. Usually she notched the stick as well, measuring her lacuna, the synchronicity of looking and marking offering meaning to the uncertainty of her new life.
Isolated for one moon after her capture in defense of any miasma she might have carried, her white soul had been starved to awaken her Indian soul. 'Seeks Her True Heart' was the name bequeathed her by the warrior who had pulled her from the raging river and taken her into his home. After many days of observing her ritual, he spoke.
When you no longer need to look, you will finally see yourself.”
How long ago had that been?
The magnetism of his gaze attracted her attention, his eyes smiling even as his expression remained unchanged, and at last she understood. Oscitating in wolfish imitation, stretching his long, beautiful limbs beside her in the early dawn, he spoke to her for the first time in the tender way of a lover.
“Today you achieve your imago, for you do not seek yourself in the small glass, but see yourself in the reflection of my eyes.”

63 comments:

  1. Oh, that was lovely. Nice flowing words and great imagery. Well done!

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  2. Wow, Nadja! That was brilliant - as always!

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  3. Lady Gwen ~ You are too kind! Really. :)

    Christine ~ Thank you so much.

    I can't wait to start reading. But first, I've got to clean out the old inbox, which is not nearly as fun as reading challenge entries. ~ Nadja

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  4. Lovely last line and great use of the words!

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  5. This was really a nice piece of flash fiction. Good job!

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  6. Thanks, K.T. and Lauralyn. I'm finding that flash-fiction is really a fun way to get the creative juices flowing. It reminds me of Gene's writing short ads for products and such ...he told me it would get my muse up! ~ Nadja

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  7. Love this, especially that last line. Excellent job with this challenge Nadja!

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  8. Nadja,

    I totally agree with what everyone said. The lines are absolutely gorgeous, and Raelyn is totally right about the last line, too. The mysticism is fantastic, alluring, and endearing all at the same time.

    A beautiful flash fiction piece!

    - Rance

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  9. If it's okay with you, I'll just request a fan now.*fans self and sighs*

    That was beautiful, eloquent and rather intoxicating. The fellow that's with the main character, um...can I have one too?

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  10. Raelyn ~ Maybe for the next challenge, you and I should strive to write a highlander piece....yum!

    Rance - Thank you so much. Your comments are always wonderfully written and thoughtful in their observations.

    Angela ~ Excellent! I'll have one of what she's having, too! lol. But your sisters of mayhem in fairy-tale-land still take the cake!

    Susie ~ Thank you, really. :)

    ~ Nadja

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  11. It's very elegaic. Akin to a poem, methinks!

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  12. The assigned words work well with the style and voice you've chosen here! Like "When you no longer need to look, you will finally see yourself." Nice job!

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  13. Apologies if this is a duplicate--thought I posted before but don't see it!

    I love how you weave these words into a story, create mood, and give us a glimpse of character--all in 200 words or so! Fantastic promise of events to come. Love this one!

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  14. Nicely done. I found this challenge difficult but clearly you were up to it. Mine is #29

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  15. I loved the poetry of this piece. It flowed so well I barely noticed the words.

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  16. Nice! Amazing! Engaging! Such a good use of those tricky words in an oh so excellent flow.

    Great job, Nadja! :)

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  17. Very lovely. It has quite a bit of emotion in the story. I like it!

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  18. love the last line. she found her esteem

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  19. Very good, made me want to read more! ; )

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  20. Beautifully written! Very poetic.
    Mine is #3.

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  21. I'm impressed that you managed to produce such a romantic piece with those words :-)

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  22. I like the tone of the story. This is well written. Good luck with the contest.

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  23. Nice imagery. I'm still puzzling this challenge out. If I were her, I'd be looking at him and not in that mirror ;)

    Melanie

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  24. I'm with Rddenton - "alluring" is the right word.

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  25. Thanks all! I've read through entry 35...and I've got to stop for the night! So many terrific stories! ~ Nadja

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  26. Nicely done, and very good use of the words without it feeling forced!

    Sounds like you've almost made it to mine -- it's #42 -- I hope you like it when you get to it.

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  27. Nadja you made these words SEXY! I didn't know that it could be done, so fantastic. I love the imagery and Native American theme. Really great.

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  28. What a lovely, lyrical piece. And the characters have so much chemistry. Well done!

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  29. F.E. ~ I loved your entry! Rock 'Em Sock 'Em! Ha! I could not leave a comment at your site...but followed! :)

    Heather ~ I'm so glad you enjoyed my entry. Thanks for using the word SEXY in your comment...I'm smiling over it! Ha!

    Michael - Your challenge piece is awesome! Gosh, it reminded me so much of trying to write at my house...Oy!

    ~ Nadja

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  30. What a beautiful piece! The words fit seamlessly into your story. Great job!

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  31. Very descriptive! Nicely done. :D

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  33. Nadja! Wow! Your story is amazing. ; )
    (I had to dump my first attempt. [grinning sheepishly])

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  34. That's beautiful, Nadja. Good job. :)

    Enjoy your weekend.

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  35. I love the last line Nadja. Sometimes the best and most wonderful refelctions are in how others see us:-)

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  36. Lovely entry, Nadja. Best of luck with it!

    I finally got around to buying Claiming the Prize; I'm trying to read as many ROW80 books as I can during the break. It's a long TBR list, given how talented all of you are!
    Elizabeth

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  37. Thanks everyone! I've managed to read through entry 55! I'll try to read more later. Everyone's done such a terrific job - especially with the odd vocabulary needing worked into the story. ~ Nadja

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  38. Very thought provoking and beautiful!

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  39. When you no longer need to look, you will see yourself. Great line. Great use of the words, Roland

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  40. The story had a good rhythm and flow, I enjoyed reading it.

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  41. When you no longer need to look, you will finally see yourself.

    That's an amazing sentence. Love your challenge fiction. Mine will be up later today.

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    Rule of Three Writers' Blogfest

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  42. I really enjoyed this. I particularly love the last line. Well done.

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  43. Thank you all for stopping by! ~ Nadja

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  44. Thanks, Francine! Coming from you - (I've read your piece :) - that means so much. ~ Nadja

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  45. beautiful - like a ta[estry every thread woven well

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  46. Ooh! Very touching. Dangerous and tender all at once. Can't wait to see what happens between these two!

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  47. Alberta - Thank you! Believe me, your entry is beautiful.

    Deniz - I wish I could see what happens here, too! I kept thinking of 'Wind In His Hair' from that movie, Dances With Wolves. I kinda love him. ;}...mmm-hhmmm, mmm-hmmm. Ha! ~ Nadja

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  48. I agree with the other comments--this was very beautiful and flowed even with the challenge words included. Great job and good luck!

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  49. Very poetic and engaging. I love how easily you fit all of the required words (really a difficult task) in your story. Brilliant!

    I'm # 157.

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  50. The last line made me say "Aw!" out loud. Beautiful story, wonderfully written.

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  52. Beautiful and very well written. I didn't know what to expect and was surprised. Great job.
    Patricia T.

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