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  • Contemplating Cowbird today, a covey of c-words came calling, compelling me to collect them for your consideration. (If you can't abide alliteration, bail out now.)

    It's common to find Cowbird stories that connect by being creative, charming, caring, contemplative, concise, and clean (mostly). Consistently, these are the crux of cowbirdom.

    The best ones for me are cathartic, catholic, candescent, compassionate, calibrate current conditions, curate choices or celebrate chance. I'm content for characters to commune in centrifugal, centripetal, or collinear configurations and converse in curious cadences.

    If I read too many stories I consider cursory, cute, clumsy, conventional, callow, churlish, confused, clueless or cornball, I cringe. If I don't click away I could commit computercide.

    I commonly find that stories that are cool, campy, caustic, cantankerous, clever, clinical or crapulent need to be quite carefully constructed to be convincing, but when they click with me they can be captivating.

    But most of all, I connect with and care to create stories that are coherent, clear-eyed, courageous, colorful and even crazy, and come to a cusp. Even better, they should contemplate the crisis of our so-called civilization and catalyze commitment to take corrective action. Constructively of course.

    So I challenge you to carefully chisel creations from your consciousness that celebrate colorful characters, convey the charm of childhood, circumfuse consequential circumstances, and conflate coincidences, with concise and consummate craft, cowbird comrades!

    C what I mean? (I warned you.)
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