Campaign Challenge #2 – Mama’s Imago

The Writers’ Platform Building Campaign, hosted by Rach Writes, is cool way for writers and active bloggers to reach out and network with other like-minded people, thus building our own platforms and helping others to build theirs. The Campaign runs from August 22nd to October 31st and will include three Campaigner Challenges, the second of which I’m posting TODAY! Here are the parameters:

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!

So, I’m going the way of flash fiction–I just enjoyed it so much the last time! This piece is exactly 200 words and–gasp!–not YA. I hope it speaks to my fellow mothers, particularly those with curious, whimsical, awe-inspiring daughters, like my girlie. 🙂

Her little girl loved anything with wings, real or mythical. Darting turquoise dragonflies and opalescent hummingbirds were just as fanciful as the spritely fairies living in her fantasies.

But the Monarch butterfly most thoroughly mesmerized her. Its metamorphosis, the perfectly mirrored synchronicity of its orange and black wings, its wanderlust. It intrigued her, and caused her imagination to oscitate, stretching it beyond its reaches.

She was a Monarch for Halloween. Every day after, too, she pulled on the onyx leotard and the shimmering tights. Her mama helped her tie the satin ribbons of the great painted wings, smiling when her girl donned the antennae headband as if it were a Princess’s crown.

They explored the woods almost daily, the girl flying ahead on spirited tulle, her mama meandering behind, enjoying the trees, the breeze, the warmth.

Until one day there was a lacuna in the girl’s cheerful chatter.

Her mama looked frantically about the silent, sunny forest, trying—failing—to ignore the dreadful miasma filling her nose and throat, choking her with terror.

And then her girl was there, crouching behind a stump, examining a tiny, emerald chrysalis.

Her mama gathered her close, careful not to crush her delicate wings.


If you enjoyed my Campaign Challenge #2 effort, please do take a moment to visit Rach Writes where you can LIKE my entry. Again, it’s called Mama’s Imago, and it’s number 130. Thanks for visiting!

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28 responses to “Campaign Challenge #2 – Mama’s Imago

  1. Wow! This gave me goosebumps. So tender and sweet. Childhood is such a whimsical, carefree time and you did a beautiful job encapsulating that here. By the way, I simply adore the last line!

  2. I’m impressed! In love how you counteract the “silent, sunny forest” with her “choking with terror.”

  3. A beautiful piece of writing. Very touching. Good luck.
    I’m #117 if you’re interested.

  4. You are amazing. Such beautiful imagery, fantastic use of the new vocabulary, and the end sent chills down my back. Awesome.

  5. Lovely piece of writing. It’s great your little girl inspires you so. Beautiful

  6. Agree with everyone else – the word “beautiful” immediately popped into my head.

  7. What a sweet, sweet story! I love a story that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. 🙂

  8. This is beautiful. Great job with the challenge.

  9. Great imagery, lovely piece of writing.

  10. Oh, this is lovely Katy:)

  11. Nice, and I liked the illustration as well. Good luck!

  12. Brilliant! This character was very real to me. And you had me worried near the end there. I thought something awful was about to happen.

    Great job, Katy! 🙂

  13. Beautifully done! Loved the added photo! ; )

  14. Awww, So sweet. This was great, nicely done.

  15. This was beautiful, particularly the last line. Great job getting the challenge words in so seamlessly.
    Mine is #3.

  16. Really great response to a hard challenge. I love the growing suspense and the last line!

  17. Incredible and lovely and heart wrenching!

  18. aww so such a sweet little story! But I understand the mother’s fear when she didn’t know where the girl was.

  19. I love this. I definitely can relate since I have four little princesses. Good job. I’m going to go ‘like’ it 🙂

  20. Nice job, I also have two girls and have been through the wing phase. Mine is #29

  21. I just love your descriptions! Special little story.

  22. The Golden Eagle

    What a wonderful story!

    My entry.

  23. Oh that was beautiful and sweet and vivid. Bravo!

  24. AWESOME! This was fantastic, Katy!

  25. This is beautiful! Great imagery and I love the brief moment when you worry for the little girl. I’m so glad she was safe!

  26. This was so sweet. I love the last line.

    The Write Soil

    Mine is #50.

  27. I loved this so much. I have four children of my own and the last one was a girl who fits your description to a tee. Great job!

    #189