Peeled (poem)

      Peeled   Apparency is the means into the mind Dreary the mood of an overheated October Afternoon and no escape The crowd all move together Did the nape clench With premonition Knowing this thing coming Will roll Like the spinning wheel of a wrecked Bicycle a slammed brake Damned if the distractor […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part twelve)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part twelve)                     She dropped onto the chair and wrung her hands in her lap. He might have acted, if his guard encircled him—but what this girl urged was beyond Andreas. He had not the freedom of this palace, though in […]

Yoharie: Plumbing (part one)

Yoharie Plumbing (part one)               Better to concentrate on the small things. Some item on the list you hadn’t checked off. Just get that. When the proofs were out of your control; when you had no approach to the ones who could tell the truth, who… Who, if confronted […]

My Blog Week: February 21 to February 27

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Work Ethic         Suppose you had a business, one in the hospitality industry, and that your business was under stress. No surprise in COVID times; travel restrictions […]

Heckler (part one)

      Heckler     One of the people I know told me about these guys. Like if you wanted a loser property you owned out of the way, it’s ashes, no one finds a trace wrong…cause they use some military kind of laser. You get a little free money from the insurance. Free […]

Hammersmith: Two Reunions (chapter seven)

Hammersmith Chapter Seven Two Reunions           Ruby Magley went walking down the dewy hillside towards the same creek that had attracted Hogben. She too hoped to sit in quiet thought; listening, in her case, to birdsong. She felt not quite so bereaved today…just lonely. All the same, it was not Minnie’s […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-two)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-two)                         “We’ll cross the moor. We should be there in five minutes.” As they climbed, the placid terrain came broader into view, the beaches and their dunes, the meadows in their browns and greens muted by falling dusk, and […]

Bride to Be (part twelve)

      Bride to Be (part twelve)     Yet with my crafty uncle the field was never taken For thus had his stronghold been devised Ringed fences narrowing passage like a maze A lone stone knob on which, from times bards tell of in their lays Sons of the House of Barangalen Behind […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part eleven)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part eleven)                     The vice-chancellor paused, for the dying man had murmured. They heard him, in the silence: “Before the eyes of Heaven, I right myself… I do well.” When, for straining his ears, Andreas slackened his grip, Giovanna jerked free […]

The Totem-Maker: Lore and Lessons (part two)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Nine Lore and Lessons (part two)             I return to the story of Bani. Those two of our party who were the Citadel’s, the traders’ people, came to me for nightly studies by firelight. They told me the zhatabe knew my book’s symbols, the strange lines of […]