Karavansara

East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

The Imaginary Girls are coming

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I mentioned this a few days back: Imaginary Girls is a fun project, halfway between writing exercise and flash fiction.
The idea: take one photo, and write a 100-words story/character sketch based on it. A “drabble”, to call it properly.
Any genre. 100 words. Not 99, not 101.

instagram-logo-7596E83E98-seeklogo.comAs I said, I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, and now I feel like trying, and here’s what I will do: I will publish my Imaginary Girls on Instagram.
I did a little research, and found out that Instagram allows up to 2200 characters of caption for the images that users upload.
Now, a 100-words text is roughly 500/600 characters. More than enough for my short drabbles.
And considering that Instagram is images-based, it seems to me to be the best medium to try this game.
I will use photos I find online and that strike my fancy.
And I will try to give the proper credit to all photographers.

imaginary girls banner IG

But I will also share these short stories on Patreon, three days before they are shared on Instagram. With a few extra for my Patrons – such as an Italian version, behind the scenes, links to artist websites and bios, and the possibility to vote on future girls, and what else.

patreon_iconAll the guys in the Five Bucks Brigade1 will get the four shorts, one per week, and the same will go to those stalwarts that are pledging more than 5 bucks. Anyone that pledged 1 buck will get one story per month, with my thanks and my sincere appreciation.
Mu Patrons are saving my life, literally.
And I set up a special pledge level, $3, called The Imaginary Girls Mezzanine for those that are interested only in the Imaginary Girls and not in the rest of my stuff.

And then what? Then we’ll see what happens.


  1. I’ll need to design a badge for this people. Something silly like the SOS Brigade armband… 

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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