JD Scott

JD Scott - Avatars

JD Scott is the author of two chapbooks, Night Errands (YellowJacket Press, 2012) and Funerals & Thrones (Birds of Lace Press, 2013). Recent and forthcoming publications include Best American… Read more »
Siân Griffiths
Clockwork Girl at the Opera

Siân Griffiths - Clockwork Girl at the Opera

Siân Griffiths lives in Ogden, Utah, where she directs the Creative Writing Program at Weber State University. Her work has appeared in the Georgia Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Quarterly West,… Read more »
J. Eric McNeil
Perfect Horses

J. Eric McNeil - Perfect Horses

J. Eric McNeil is a former English teacher, student publications advisor, and fiction editor and designer of the literary magazine turnrow. He received his doctorate in creative writing from the… Read more »
Heather Dewar

Heather Dewar - Spring

Heather Dewar is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, New South, Blue Lyra Review, The Dirty Napkin, Utne, The Common Review, and the Chicago Reader among… Read more »
Joseph Rakowski
The Animals We Go to War With

Joseph Rakowski - The Animals We Go to War With

Joseph Rakowski received his bachelor’s degree in criminology from Florida State University and is pursuing his MFA in fiction at the University of San Francisco. His literary work is forthcoming in… Read more »
Tad Bartlett
The Memory Gardener

Tad Bartlett - The Memory Gardener

Tad Bartlett was born in Ankara, Turkey; grew up in Selma, Alabama; and married into New Orleans. His fiction has been published by Novella-T, Carolina Quarterly, Bird’s Thumb, The Stockholm Review… Read more »
Curtis Smith

Curtis Smith - Yes

Curtis Smith has published over one hundred stories and essays. His latest books are Beasts and Men (stories, Press 53), Communion (essays, Dock Street Press), and Kurt Vonnegut’s… Read more »


JD Scott

The first boy always chooses Murin. The second boy always chooses Reynard.

Murin is a tiny grey mouse of ambiguous gender, although Murin represents "feminine aspects" and "a desire for luxury." Silk scarves and Starbucks coffee. Purple purses with golden chain straps. Murin is fussy and can be quite selfish. Murin is kind though and desperately wants to be taken care of.

Murin loves sweets. Reynard is a large red fox. He is clever, yet wordless. His wit comes from sharp eyes, ellipses between the lines. There is a danger to his soft knives, his nature. Reynard is also interested in "a desire for luxury" and savory foods. He gives to others. He provides with his finances that have no origin or end.

Murin and Reynard are one of the many characters in FBLZ, an instant communication application for mobile users. Developed in South Korea, currently being tested in Western markets. Users can select their animals: there is one for every personality. Animated avatars prance back and forth between users, icons ping-ponging for every emotion, experience, desire.

There is Ursula (the bear), Jamjar (the jellyfish), and Baba (the monkey). There are more: sparkly-eyed vertebrates of the Chinese Zodiac, dancing… Read more »