Monday, September 26, 2011

The Imago of Wolfman Jack (a.k.a The 2nd Platform Builder's Challenge)

The second challenge of the Platform Building Challenge is upon us.  Rachael has tasked us with the following:

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!

[DISCLAIMER-- I have 200 words WITH the title-- I read excluding as including :-)]

The Imago of Wolfman Jack

“That was Tonight, Tonight by Hot Chelle Rae. Our Truth, by Lacuna Coil, takes us to the top of the hour and your requests.”

Janis flipped the switches, sending the new tune rocking out across the airwaves and leaned back. She stared at the glass wall, the dark room beyond making the surface reflect like a mirror, picturing her mentor, Wolfman Jack, doing the same.

The night seemed to oscitate before her, begging her to fill the void as the hero of her youth had. Looking down at the request list, she cringed. It seemed each song Nick had scrawled on the page was a miasma. With all the other stations polluting the airwaves, she hesitated to add to it with this so-called music. What would the idol of her youth, her idol of today, have done?

“Nick,” she said into her headset, conscious of the time remaining on the song.

“We need to find a new playlist,” the two said in perfect synchronicity.

Janis laughed. “You know what they say about great minds.”

“Yeah,” Nick winked, handing her a new list. “They make great friends, and better boyfriends.”

Have a great Monday!


  1. “They make great friends, and better boyfriends.”

    :) Love that line! Well done with the challenge!
    Join me at the Rule of Three Writers' Blogfest!

  2. Pretty good, Mary. Clever use of the words. Of course I had to look up several of them. They aren't ones that work their way into daily conversation.

    As for the Platform Building Challenges, are they a "game" that your group of writing friends set up? I googled it and the main pages that showed up were all blogs.

    Yours was #2 in the results.

  3. Oh awesome! I absolutely LOVE your take on the challenge. Very, very clever and so much fun!

  4. Cute way to use the *words* ~ I actually met Wolfman Jack when I lived in CA at a Graffiti Cruise night in Modesto. ; )

  5. Great use of the words. Really liked the better boyfriends bit.

  6. This was a great little story. I really like Janis and Nick!
    Mine is #3.

  7. This is a really great spin on the challenge. I think you did a wonderful job incorporating the words. Also like that you involved Wolfman Jack. Awesome.
    Mine is #119

  8. I like these ones that are just glimpses into someone's live. Nice job. Mine is #29

  9. Fun! I like the synchronicity at the end. ;-p

    Mine is #105:

  10. "They make great friends and better boyfriends."

    Awesome line. So cool to have a story set in a radio station. Having been to some, you captured the environment well.

    Great job, Mary! :)

  11. They make great friends, and better boyfriends. -- Love it!

    Great take on the challenge!

  12. Ha! That was fun. Nice take on the challenge.

  13. Ha! Love the last line! Actually - loved the whole thing! Great job!

  14. I liked how you turned Lacuna into a proper noun. Smartie pants!

  15. You did a wonderful job on this. Original and it flowed very well.



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