Monday, September 26, 2011

Second Campaigning Challenge: Imago

Hey everyone! I can't believe that it's already September 26th! I just found out that the official 'moving' date is this coming Thursday, which is super exciting! Anyway, here is my entry for Rachael Harrie's 2nd Campaigner Challenge:


Imago of Writing

Staring down at the sheet of paper, I try to read the words in front of me. After an entire summer of writing everything down, everything in my head, there seems to be a miasma of words constantly floating over me. I tell myself to focus but find myself yawning instead.

Oscitate. I don't even have to think about it for my mind to replace the word 'yawning' with this one.

I glance back down at the paper and roll my eyes at the poor examples of grammar and sad run-on sentences. I run my fingers through my hair, deciding that this entire passage is just a lacuna in the story. I continue reading, trying hard not to feel completely frustrated.

"He walked down the corridor of mirrors, and the synchronicity of his reflection was dizzying."

It's funny how I thought that this entire passage was so good while I was writing it. I almost laugh as I read the next few sentences. I rub my eyes, tired and slightly annoyed with myself. What's even stranger is that I actually stick with writing and continue loving it. I've always loved a challenge, but this is definitely the hardest one yet.

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So that's my flash fiction piece, it's exactly 200 words, I made a reference to mirrors and used all of the words that were given to us (though something tells me that I didn't use the word miasma right... feel free to correct me). If you really enjoyed this piece, feel free to vote for me (and other favorites) on this linky list here. I'm entry #112!

--Jess
P.S.
Thanks for being so patient for me to come back to the blogosphere! We are back from Michigan now but this entire week I've been feeling really sick and I've got to prepare for the Regional Championships in Figure Skating which is on Thursday. Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading more of everyone's blogs! Thanks for stopping by!

36 comments:

wordyliving said...

I loved the writer's perspective on a piece of writing to use these words. Well done!
- andrea
PS: Good luck on Thursday! :)

prerna pickett said...

great entry! I like the POV and can definitely relate.

K.T. Hanna said...

Good work with the words, great POV. Well done.
Good luck on Thursday!

Angela Brown said...

Great job with this story. Such a realistic moment that happens for us writers. :-)

MC Rogerson said...

I have felt like this so many times! Great piece of writing :)

F.E. Sewell said...

Awesome! Thanks for writing something we can all relate to. Beautifully done!

Emy Shin said...

:D I adore this -- it's such a refreshing perspective. (says the writer)

SuperHappyJen said...

All us writer types can definitely relate.

Sheri L. Swift said...

Agreed! ; )

Jenna said...

I hope you all have a wonderful time in Seattle we will all miss you.

Carrie Butler said...

Great job, fellow Ohioan! I think we can all relate to that scenario. Good luck Thursday! :)

Jen said...

LOL! "It's funny how I thought that this entire passage was so good while I was writing it." Get out of my head!
This is a great piece of writing, and a great way to work in all the challenge words. I wish I'd thought of it!
Mine is #3.

storytreasury said...

I've had moments like those.

richard p hughes said...

Good writing for such a young writer. Keep up your verity of activities. It'll give you more to write about should you decide to write professionally when you're an adult.

Stephen Tremp said...

Good luck to you! You have much talent and will do outstanding! I'm sending big thoughts you way right now!

bridgetstraub.com said...

I found this really dificult too. Mine is #29

Tara Tyler said...

i liked that, jess!
good job!

David Powers King said...

I finally got to yours. Phew!

Loved your entry. It's a perfect reflection of what its like to go over the first draft. Happens to me all the time, too. And most of us, I assume.

Great job, Jess! :)

The Golden Eagle said...

I love the writer's perspective of your entry! :)

Good luck at the Championships!

Francesca Zappia said...

Ugh, I know exactly what you mean with this. Great job capturing that first draft frustration!

Jess said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful comments, everyone!

Shiraz Akhtar said...

I like your unique point of view. Well done!

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

This certainly captures the agony and ecstact of writing. Nice job, Jess!

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

PS: Thanks for following me!

Tara Tyler said...

oh, and tag! you're it!
stop by to see =)

Jenna said...

Good luck in Seatle! Can't wait to see you in November! Great job today at the comp.

Carla said...

"It's funny how I thought that this entire passage was so good while I was writing it" describes me perfectly...over and over! Thank goodness we can revise! Good luck on your move!

raelynbarclay said...

Aw, revisions, LOL. Great take on the challenge!

Grillyfish said...

I liked this very much - loved the way you took an approach that every single participant could relate to!

Trisha said...

Very cool, and I know that any proper writer has been in this position at least once...more than likely way more than once. hehe

PaulaSJwriter said...

Know how you feel, Jess, and you described it well. Very realistic. Got all the words in too! Thanks for your nice words about mine.

Cheryl said...

That's a cool piece, and I can definitely identify with having to go through and root out all the over-the-top bits that I thought were so cool when I wrote them! :)

MISH said...

This is a great piece written from a perspective that most can identify with !

Jocelyn Rish said...

Very creative way to work in the words. And how many times have I had that exact same thought of thinking something was good while I was writing it only to later discover I was sadly mistaken? Waaaay to many!

Karen deBlieck said...

I feel your pain! LOL. Great job on the challenge.

#189

Susan Barclay said...

Very creative, Jess! I think all writers have that feeling of "it seemed so good when I wrote it". You captured that exactly, and I think you used "miasma" correctly :)

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