The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part ten)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part ten)           But this path I had made before me separated the individuals I was seeing. Many were beggars, many disfigured, many shy a limb. Sellers carried trays strapped around their necks…as at Aran, they sold potions, poultices, amulets. I saw even a tray […]

My Blog Week: October 17 to October 23

All the Latest from Torsade!                               A Word on the Week     What Comes After Awareness? (2)         One bit of news this week involved a new social media platform, a money-soliciting venture by ex-president Trump. It […]

to shed (poem)

      to shed   if you’ve gone out walking the mission has an end goal arriving at the place with sacks, or lacking beggary for help they’ve hindered you forms dropped duly at addresses or into pockets, coating individual per contents, you seek to do kind works for nature closer now, soon to […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (conclusion)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part fifty-four)                               Epilogue   Extract from Annie’s notebook     And so Patrice spoke the truth. A word lives on, a word radiates! The written word influences more, at times, than purposed. The written word, again by […]

Hammersmith: A Few Laws Broken (chapter thirty-one)

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-One A Few Laws Broken           Mossbunker’s wall rose a few feet higher than Ralph’s eight-foot ladder. Perched on this, Curach whispered, “Hand me up that feather bolster.” Chilly’s answer to a mechanical problem, was to roll the bolster tight around a fat stick. He hoisted this to Curach; […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part forty-one)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part forty-one)                   “A killing…the woman of whom we speak must appreciate…cannot be refined to perfection. The place may be chosen, the hour—” He thought, Giovanna supposed, of how he had not chosen either. “And the men?” “The foresters were necessary. They […]

Drownings (part five)

      Drownings (part five)   For good or ill, at this moment her phone rang. She put it on speaker. “Julia.” “Julia?” the man asked anyway. “Is this Mr. Herberston?” “Are you some sort of reporter?” Her eyes said to McAlley, he’s been checking. “Mr. Herbertson, I’m enquiring after the job. The one […]

My Blog Week: October 10 to October 16

All the Latest from Torsade!                               On Monday, a new Totem-Maker, the character venturing into the fortress-city. Tuesday, a poem, “Beware of Fours”; Wednesday, The Sword Decides!, Maria experiencing the unreal, in learning the fate of Andreas. Thursday, the short story […]

Hammersmith: Trenches Manned (chapter thirty)

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty Trenches Manned           Mossbunker having secured his contract to supply cabling to the American Expeditionary Force, in theory the works might be targeted by spies. To the outside eye, he had not altered arrangements. Aimee, with Curach, lay flat against the slope of a ditch, at the factory’s […]

The Big Pants (conclusion)

Short Stories The Big Pants  (part seven)         He reconsidered. Maybe, in some ways, Perry wasn’t. He had his own place. He worked in customer service, sitting home taking help desk calls for three or four companies. I gotta ask Perry, Tom counselled himself, how much he’s making. He saw Luisa was […]