“Bird Lady’s Spring” {Camp NaNo flash fiction}

“The sun peeked out from behind its puffy cloud cover just long enough to warm the breeze. The Writerโ€™s door brushed open, the hinges yawning pleasantly, and she stepped out.”


Yo, at like 12:45 last night I realized I hadn’t hit publish on this… soooo though I usually don’t post on Sundays I’m going to this time and pretend I did it yesterday like planned. Deal? XD Here’s a peek at the words I wrote for April 1st’s Camp Exercise prompt! (#roughdraft ๐Ÿ˜› )


Bird Lady's Spring

April 1st// Your Writing Inspiration

The sun peeked out from behind its puffy cloud cover just long enough to warm the breeze. The Writerโ€™s door brushed open, the hinges yawning pleasantly, and she stepped out.

With curly hair tumbling from the band on top of her head, she threw her head back, closed her eyes, and inhaled deeply of the spring air for a few solid minutes. A tiny smile danced around her lips as she stood there, barefoot, soaking up the cool sunshine.

The sound of suburbia, namely a hurried neighbor pulling their trash cans to the curb, startled her awake again to the world around her.

โ€œRight,โ€ she drew a quick breath, โ€œThe mail.โ€ Slipping her hands into her pockets, the touch of a pencil sent her hastily to the mailbox to finish her errand in the outdoors.

Mailboxes are generally viewed as a tin toolbox on a post by most people. But to the few who stop to look at them hard, they are really rather mysterious creatures. You never know what you might find in a mailbox.

One day it could be an add, perfect for the manufacturing of topnotch confetti; while another day it might be an adventure sealed within an innocent-looking white envelope.

The Writer was still waiting for a letter from a long-lost uncle to show up. And so her hand paused on the hatchway for half a moment before giving the handle a quick tug and peering inside.

Nothing but the friendly spider peered back at her from the dark recesses. The girl wrinkled her forehead at it. ย โ€œNothing today, Webster? I was dreadfully hoping to find something of inspiration in here.โ€

A young bird paused atop the mailbox and tilted his head. โ€œDo you have a story idea for me, Songbird?โ€ her voice was barely above a soft whisper. He chirped, springing up and gliding across the street. The Writerโ€™s big gentle eyes followed the movement. And smiled.

A silver-haired woman was just maneuvering her walker out the door of the house across the street, and birds of all kinds had gathered on the lawn to say hello to her.

โ€œOh how sweet,โ€ gasped the girl.

The woman seemed to be speaking to each one as a friend. Then turning with slow careful movements, she dipped her hand into a tub set on the walker and sprinkled feed in a graceful arc.

The Writer froze, โ€œMy inspiration was here all along!โ€ Spinning on her heel she dashed inside.

Leaning over her desk, she pulled out a clean sheet of paper and words began to form. โ€œThe bird woman visited that day. The day a new spring rippled over the world and the birds came out to sing. Together, they welcomed their friend home again.โ€


And that’s it! What do you think? One of the cool things about doing these “Camp Exercises” is I can write something really long like this if I’m into it, or do just a paragraph or two!

Do you enjoy receiving/sending snail mail?

Later, Anna

26 thoughts on ““Bird Lady’s Spring” {Camp NaNo flash fiction}

  1. Oooh, I love this, Anna!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I should do something like this next month! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Also, yes, sending and receiving snail mail is great! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Pen-pals are the best. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thanks a bunch for your feedback, Megan! ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoyed trying to think about how to make the prompt into a story… And actually it was about my writing inspiration as well since I drew this story idea from my neighbor across the street! โค๐Ÿฆ

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  2. Love how I can get right into the story and the way you introduced the characters . Awesome! And I do enjoy letters. I don’t get them that much with email but around the holidays sometimes I get them and it’s nice.

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    1. Aw thanks for the encouraging feedback! โค๐Ÿฆ
      Mm yeah… emails are nice and convenient, but snail mail is so lovely and old-fashioned and more thoughtful and idk special or something. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™ƒ

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        1. Aw yes! I’ve seen a quote about how handwriting is so cool because it shows each person’s unique personality like they have their own font or something. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ โค

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