Kelly Magee and I are hard at work on a second collaborative short story collection, tentatively titled Your Sick. Each story illustrates an imaginary illness. We're also continuing to focus on nonhuman animals, and simultaneously working backwards and forwards through the alphabet. Our writing process is simple: one of us starts a story and the other person finishes it. Sometimes we revise together, sometimes one of us revises solo, depending on time constraints. In our story "Zero Fever," published in Mason's Road literary journal, we tried to bring together the themes of animals, illness, and the alphabet. Enjoy! And if you're interested in learning more about parrots, check out the World Parrot Trust and FlyFree -- "working to end the wild bird trade and return parrots to the wild."