The Imago’s KISS

The ThesaurusInspiration 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


Angela Orlowski-Peart's picture

I can't stop laughing! Awesome, awesome, awesome. What a fun way to write this challenge.

Mine is #157 :-)

The Golden Eagle's picture

LOL. I love your use of the words--and all the others, too!

David Powers King's picture

Sounds like you put in your own tough words. Awesome. And to think I'm going through the same emotions right now, waiting for readers to finish testing my latest MS. You nailed the anxiety!

Great job, Jocelyn! :)

julie fedderson's picture

I love it! What a way to rise to the challenge! Great job.

Erica Olson's picture

Too funny, Jocelyn! Great post! Christy posted on our site if you're interested!

Jo's picture

My brain hurts... :)

Fairview Fairview's picture

pulchritudinous? I think you should get bonus points/votes for that word! Nicely done.

Doreen McGettigan's picture

Oh that was fun!! My brain hurts too though:)

Ruth's picture

Oh my, big words. Lots of them. Loved your take!

Leah's picture

You, my dear, are hilarious. Well done!

Madeline Mora-Summonte's picture

Love love love this! So much fun! :)

I'm off to "Like" it right now.

(Mine's #85)

F.E. Sewell's picture

Hah! So cute! Love the punch line.

Ruth Hartman Berge's picture

LOL That was great! Great sense of humor to it!

I'm No. 44.

Joanna's picture

Love your humour!

Sheri L. Swift's picture

Lol! Too funny Jocelyn that's a way to make us all CRAZ-Y! I agree, smaller words! ; )

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, everyone, for sticking with it!  I was worried people might be so put off by the word soup that they might not make it to the punchline.  

K.T. Hanna's picture

This is fantastic! I loved the fact that the challenge words don't even stand out with all the OTHER words you used.

And the solution? Priceless. Well done, this made me grin from ear to ear.

Raelyn Barclay's picture

LOL, loved your use of the words! What a fun take on the challenge.

mish's picture

You have a great sense of humour ! Geez ... some of the words are a real mouthful ! Thanks for the vocabulary lesson ! LOL ! This is a unique approach to the challenge . Well done !

mish's picture

Sorry , forgot to leave my entry details - it's no.# 185 on the linky .

Cheryl Sonnier's picture

Brilliant! I actually knew all the ridiculously large words you used (as opposed to the campaign ones, where I had to look up two of them). It also made me remember when I first started writing and thought that bigger, unusual words were great and that people would love reading them...

Jessica Therrien's picture

Jocelyn, you never disappoint. Hilarious my friend! ahaha...I was like...okay get to the point...and then you sooo got me at the end. Crack up.

Claire's picture

Oh so funny. Loved this. I had to look pulchritudinous up - what a fabulous word. I am going to try and slip it into casual conversation today and see if anyone notices!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Since this post is getting A LOT more hits than comments, I'm guessing that people are reading that doozy of a first paragraph and then running away in horror.  So I really appreciate the comments from all of you who stuck with it to get to the punch line.  :-)

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Daina Rustin's picture

The best way to make those crazy words not stick out is to hide them among more crazy words :D I thought about doing the same, for about a split of a second - that would be way too much digging through a thesaurus for my taste :D I have to admit I've never read a long-worded story I liked as much as this one!

Carrie Butler's picture

Nice work! Those were some beastly words to tame. :)

Tia Bach's picture

I love the fastidiousness you demonstrated with the arduous word compilation. Impressive!

Love the humor. Divine. Congratulations!

(Thanks, too, for your comments on my entry)

Bryce Daniels's picture

I LOVED this! Although I think I am going to be swimming in syllables for awhile.

Great job! Very creative, and a good lesson to boot.

MC Rogerson's picture

Brilliant - loved the tongue-in-cheek style and the succinct ending. Spot on!

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