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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 […]

My Blog Week: February 14 to February 20

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   In Meh-quiem         My father went through a Rush Limbaugh period. I know this much. We had a bad family vacation in 1989, and my father wanted […]

Celebrated (conclusion)

Novella Celebrated (conclusion)                           Having money for things was new. Petra had lived on grants, otherwise been hired for jobs term-to-term. Since buying this land eighteen years ago, she had lived by hodgepodge, not free to roam. But by selling a few things, […]

Hammersmith: Mossbunker’s Castle (chapter six)

Hammersmith Chapter Six Mossbunker’s Castle           Vic B. Mack was in Mossbunker’s castle keep. In their mutual professional capacities, Mossbunker had spoken to him once…stipulating he did not allow the press inside his walls. They’d walked the yellowing greensward, as Vic felt inclined to name it, passed by the holly hedges (these, […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-one)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-one)                                 iii.       “Jean-Pierre Le Goël.” The copper plaque, shining on the openwork of a gatepost, informed the stroller thus, and he stopped. A ground-floor window between green shutters stood open to let […]

Her Day (poem)

      Her Day   Will you do something? Uncontexted, the question compels, does it? The writer had been hired to complete a story Not so fast, though. The publisher prefers she prove herself She reviews the half-done coattail she might ride to fame Maisie Day, reformed sex-worker turned private agent Encounters her usual […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part ten)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part ten)                       Chapter IV Giovanna       The room was small, shrouded from daylight by a velvet curtain. Before the window an alabaster lamp cast a faint glow, catching sparks from the fleurs-de-lis of the purple hangings, their […]