Wound Up and Winded
I worship the Winds. They are whimsical and flighty like I’ve come to be. The roads, seas, and skies are friends to my gods and me. And every morning I pray on a walk in the woods to the East, to the South, to the West, and to the North. I stop and humbly give my breath for theirs. A windbent branch beckons me. I approach the waving scene. Then at once and with a passion, I’m upsprung by Spring, kissed by Summer, and whisked by Autumn and chilly Winter. Then they plop me down, all wound up and winded.
Title: Wound Up and Winded
Genre: Fantasy / Romanticism
Age Range: All ages
Word Count: 100
Author: River Byrnes
Why my project is a good fit: It’s incredibly short and fun. A great addition to any children’s anthology. Maybe a poetry/short fiction collection. It is so tiny and compact that it would be honored to fill up the extra unused space of a book that is one page shy of an even number.
Hook: “I worship the winds.”
Synopsis: A Wind acolyte goes out on a walk to pray to his or her gods who take him or her on a short flight with them until he or she is plopped down, back to the ground.
Target audience: All ages; those who enjoy cute flash fiction/bit-sized stories
Bio: I’m a 20-year-old university student studying at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. I come from a small lower-middle-class family in a small town in Louisiana called Ball. As a kid and even still, my family and I struggle financially–who doesn’t these days?–but through scholarships and Pell grants, I’m somehow blessed to go to school almost debt-free. I’m a Creative Writing Major so this is my hobby and craft. I also know this is a highly competitive business. All I hope to do by entering into this contest is to develop the skill of stepping out into the big beyond and giving it a shot, no matter how terrifying it is.