Note from the Editor, Issue 21

Merry Christmas!

I’m still traveling the States with my family, and this month, I’m enjoying some time with my parents and siblings. I’m still much busier than usual, so I’ll get right into the introductions for the three wonderful stories we have this month.

First up, Mark Blickley gives us “P.S.–An Epistolary Tale.” As a form, the epistolary is not my favorite. But I love Mark’s stories (as evidenced here and here), so I was eager to see what he did with it. I was not disappointed, and I don’t believe you will be either. There’s a lot of story packed into these letters.

Next, we have the very short, “Pictures From a Magazine,” by Winston Plowes. I found this bit of microfiction touching and revealing. In the end, it’s hard to criticize the protagonist’s choices, given the many similar relationships I’ve witnessed in bars and cafes up and down Spain.

And finally, Steve Passey’s story, “Anything Will Help” should sit with you for a good long time. It’s a slow burn, but the payoff is undeniable. It helps that the author’s love for humanity–even the unlovely–shows throughout.

In any case, after all the Christmas morning festivities quiet down, grab some eggnog, find a corner, and enjoy this month’s B&C.

Happy reading,
Daniel R. Julian