The Bird Lady of Archer City

by Kathy Floyd Char Burton takes a bird named Beauty out of one of the large cages stacked in her living room. She sweet talks to Beauty and they give each other little beak-to-lip kisses. Beauty is an Eclectus Parrot with a gorgeous scarlet head, but her torso has no feathers, just dark splotchy down…

Out of the Fiery Cauldron a Writer Emerges

by Amelia Jaycen When you find that every cell in your body is motivated toward story-telling— as George says, “stories no one else is telling in ways no one else is telling them”—if your protons and neutrons are spinning and all your chemistry has undergone catalysis, it is possibly due to the introduction of a…