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

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! Introduction: part two                       A Different Kind of Translation, continued:   Most of what you want to achieve contradicts itself to a degree, the writing of a story or novel being like every other enterprise…all things in their rightful places, […]

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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part ten)             As when my feet had slipped off the cliff’s edge, and but for the scream of the eagle I should have died, I felt in those feet a nervelessness; in my hands the same. The reins were two thongs…one to […]

My Blog Week: October 18 to October 24

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Blame to Go Around     A subdued debate this week, or modestly subdued. Trump’s advisors flagged in advance that he would show a different character after polling badly following […]

Celebrated (part five)

Novella Celebrated (part five)                 Because she had given this talk. Who’d stolen what, never named; Dr. Motley disappointed, not angry. She wanted the plagiarist to know, simply, that—don’t you think?—this was too much energy to devote to failure, when so little more would lead to success. There […]

Tourmaline: Nedforum (part four)

Tourmaline Nedforum (part four)                               “Who is your favorite?” “Now, Anton.” She leafed her clipboard. “You have the chance, during these visits, to make any complaint you want.” He had watched his fellow trainees jealously, to see if any counted as […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part fourteen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part fourteen)                             The text was copied quickly, Annie thinking with pleasure of escape through the garden she saw touched here and there with the last glimmers of daylight, sunrays illuminating the trees, sketching lines of twigs and swelling […]

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 […]