Imago Fly Away

One thing for sure, Rachael Harrie’s Platform Building Campaign keeps me flying along: blogging, following other blogs and writing. She’s set a new challenge, which 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!

Here’s my exactly 200 word entry with all the important words italicized:

Oof! Marvin McFly landed in the driver’s side of a convertible sports car, knocking out his breath. At such breakneck speed, the wind held him immobile. 
Yellow-gray enamel and pink flashed in his peripheral vision, yet he couldn’t help checking himself in the rear-view mirror. Such a handsome imagolooked back. Oh, those big luminous eyes and irresistible mouth. Sheer animal magnetism! 
Okay, so stubble and red eyes marred his perfect face—no wonder after last night’s amazing experience. Entering adulthood had truly transformed him, the pleasure countering his current pain. 

At last he caught his breath and smelled a terrible miasmaaround him, resisting the cleansing wind. Decay and alcohol, Marvin decided, disgusting, yet alluring. Drawn to the odor, he shifted and slid sideways in panic.
He checked the rear-view mirror again and saw the big picture too late, a wrinkled old face dwarfing his. Oh no. Marvin buzzed feebly, sliding into the lacuna between two plaque-covered teeth as a gigantic mouth began to oscitate.

The drunken old woman swallowed Marvin McFly. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly. Perhaps she’ll dieof a crash, not from swallowing a horse. Pure synchronicity, of course.

In case you’ve lived as sheltered a life as my husband and didn’t recognize the song lyrics, here’s a link to a Muppet Show video circa 1977 with Judy Collins singing:

Now if my story made you think of another famous McFly and the twist smacked you in the teeth, please vote for Imago Fly Away (I’m a go fly away, get it?)  on Rachael’s Second Campaign Challenge. I’m number 52 on the linky list, right here. Click “like” under me, not above. This time, there are no judges. Your vote decides who wins, so if you like my entry, send your friends to read and vote too. Thanks.

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  1. This is a fun entry. Nice job.

  2. My son’s school used to sing that song at every school meeting. Very funny. Mine is #29

  3. Oh no, poor Marvin! Oh well at least he got to live in the fast lane for a little while. What a fun story.

  4. Nice job! Fun entry. Love how you used the words.

  5. LOL! I love the point of View!

  6. Nice weaving of the words. This is definitely one of the more fun entries. Well done.

  7. Thanks all. Give me a choice between thrillers and fun and I always go for the fun, even in my SF and fantasy. I like to smile and love to laugh.

  8. Very fun, I love this one!

  9. This is great! None of the words feel forced, and the ending twist caught me completely by surprise. Off to vote!

  10. Poor Marvin! A fun read though

  11. Hah! That is too much fun!

    I absolutely LOVE your entry! Great job!

  12. We used to sing this song as kids! I loved your humorous twist on the challenge – and how well you weaved in the wording that conjured a teen’s first party/girlfriend/kiss/whatever. Too cute! ~ Nadja

  13. Very cute! Lol! I’ve always loved that song! ; )

  14. What a fun entry, and I loved the video. Good to meet you, Roland (My entry is a bit dark but has the saving grace {I hope} of being lyrical. Roland

  15. Sher, this was awesome! I really, really enjoyed it. So creative! I’m #34.

  16. Absolutely excellent. I really loved reading. The way you spin your words is awesome. 🙂

  17. Such fun! Loved reading this!

  18. I just about died laughing! I though you were going to do something Back to the Future related. Had no idea you’d end it with one of my favorite kid songs. Well done!

    Great job, Sher! 🙂

  19. What a good entry! BTW, I’m following you now.

  20. That was an entertaining entry. Good luck!

  21. Hah! That was hilarious, Sher. 🙂 Nice work!

  22. Made me laugh out loud. You did a great job with the words, Sher.

  23. hey there,
    Fantastic entry!! Well done. I can just about remember the poem, there was a old lady who swallowed a fly!!! lol.x I still haven’t had the time to do mine yet, just soooo busy at the moment. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog hunni .
    hugs eve xxx

  24. I enjoyed this; quite fun! Loved the references within. Am retweeting this along with today’s post.

  25. Fun! I loved the references 🙂 Great take on the challenge.

  26. What an entertaining tale! Great use of all the words. Way to do Sher. 🙂

  27. Ha! That was hilarious! Great use of the words. Thank you for the laugh. 🙂

  28. Very nice. I’ve always liked the song about the old woman who swallowed a fly.

  29. Nice to see another bug POV-Bugtastic! 🙂

  30. Poor old Marvin. Not a nice way to go at all.

  31. Hah, genius! I enjoyed your story very much (does that make me a bad person?).

  32. Ah, yours is about a fly, interesting, mine is too…well, sort of! McFly, last name of main character in Back to the Future. Great entry, Sher!

  33. Hi Sher! I am a follower, but I am so glad you found my blog. I LOVE your story. What a fun twist there at the end. I had to laugh. You’ve got my vote! I don’t know if I will make it in time for this contest, but if not, I’ll make the next one for sure. 🙂 It’s been fun getting to know you. Can’t wait to read more. 🙂

  34. Hi Sher! Your entry is great–made me smile. I also read about your book, Erth One, and I think it sounds like you have a great story. My biggest reluctant reader is my husband, but I often can get him to read adventure stories like yours! Thanks for stopping by my blog too. I am off to vote for your entry right now 🙂

  35. A great way to start my day. Love the old lady swallowing the fly part. I remember reading that book in grade school. Great way to use the words. And the story from a fly’s perspective – awesomeness.

  36. Original and very entertaining!

  37. Funny take on the challenge Sher! I like it. Well done.

  38. lol, I love it! And I definitely know the song! Actually, I recently read a picture book written to the same tune/rhythm about a coyote who swallows some pretty impressive things!

  39. rofl! This made me laugh and read it again. 🙂 Thanks for such a funny and original entry!


  40. I’m sorry I didn’t find your blog earlier. I would certainly have voted a like for this entry!

    Fellow Campaigner, obviously one who didn’t read all of the entries before the deadline.

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