Eight: Question (poetry series)

    question   Natural feeling Natural detachment and attachment in— Balance, Right Balance, and the difficulty in the word itself A sub-question. Do we want it to mean a mean, a quality, a norm, a commonality How much and what sort our chief concern? Which is to run ahead of the point And if […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (intro part one)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! Introduction: part one                       A Different Kind of Translation Or (to coin a term), a retro-edit   I’ve been looking into the public domain, finding a few of the 19th and early 20th century’s forgotten-but-worth-knowing authors; but also the hackworkers, […]

Yoharie: Love Back (part two)

Yoharie Love Back (part two)               “I’ve kind of adopted this place.” And, she said, if Val was in the mood to just look here and there, they might shop on for a couple of things. “Sometimes, I get a bad feeling about Dad. Like if he had a […]

My Blog Week: October 11 to October 17

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   What’s the Reason?     I’m reminded of a WWI scandal involving William Randolph Hearst (detailed here), that I learned about when writing my neglected Yellow Press series. (I’ll get […]

Celebrated (part four)

Novella Celebrated (part four)                     He grinned. They were sharing a joke, and Tom thought he’d won at last. He had got farther inside than some of his classmates. Go to the history library, she told him. Find books with pictures, get a feel for your […]

Tourmaline: Nedforum (part three)

Tourmaline Nedforum (part three)                           She quit detaining him by the arm and spat into the mouth of his sack. She sped off across the park, and Anton felt nearly paralyzed by the intensity of the waves. “Really. Let mine be from the […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirteen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirteen)                         Second Part Moving Towards the Light       i.     “Places, please!” The bus rumbled over the cobblestones of the Louvre courtyard. Annie, leaning towards the glass, spied the grand perspective, framed by the pink columns […]

it hates (poem)

    it hates   it curls into a fetal crouch reminds itself of cruel conspirators doesn’t remind from the couch, it watches a song once loved now sells young customers sailcloth uppers organic scuffs, the rubber sustainably harvested, no less… Harvested! Makes it think of the old tractor brand… All snuffled up by corporate […]

The Mirrors (conclusion)

The Mirrors (part twenty-two)                         But if she were to bring it up with Esta, she must decide. Whether more of her father than her memories afforded mattered…whether she wouldn’t rather not. Her parents were not two adults with a marriage between them, they […]

The Totem-Maker: Crafter Becomes Maker (part nine)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part nine)           Jute, at a round of applause, stepped out veiled, and made a pretense of searching faces. “Lord Ei I know, and Pravor Castor, brother of that man Tnoch…” She spoke to the Peddler, giving me a mild thrill. Also, a minor […]