Please support us — Become a Citizen.

Forgot your password?

We just sent you an email, containing instructions for how to reset your password.




Copy and paste the following code wherever you'd like this story to appear.

Sign in

  • I developed the birdgirl character as a metaphor for the hybrid being that I had become through surgery—part me, part artificial parts and part someone new, I had been so changed by this event. I had been saved by the art of medicine and the people who practice medicine, by the miracle materials of Dacron and the machines that had helped keep me alive. I felt so grateful to be alive (I still do) but I was extremely diminished by weakness and, in mental and physical pain. This alter-ego became a way for me to try to create a more heroic narrative. In this drawing, the birdgirl is walking with the aid of a walker, as I did when I was finally able to go home. I have given her a cape to show her strength and heroism—to make her a super hero. Looking at the image now, I see an almost pitiful amount of expectation in the expression on her face.

Collecting stories is a way to gather your favorite Cowbird stories into shareable collections — kind of like assembling personal anthologies.

You can see some of our favorite collections here.

To collect stories, please become a Citizen.

    px wide
    px tall
    Embed code (copy and paste into your web page)
    Would you like to send another?

      Sprouting a story is a way to respond to one story with a story of your own — kind of like sitting around a campfire and following the flow of conversation.

      To sprout stories, please become a Citizen.

          Better browser, please.

          To view Cowbird, please use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer.