Be a Helper (part one)

        Be a Helper   Now it is the case with sprites, that one rule curtails them. In the Realm are a thousand variants, as to types and strengths of magic; and probably a thousand areas of specialization. Groundworts and lugdors have their wishes, as do box turtles and flying squirrels, as […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part one)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part one)           Our road began to descend. The trees clung less precariously to banks that did not vault, but sloped; soon the trees’ variety had much increased, and the loneliness of the mountain crags gave way to vivid life, to darting small game, birds […]

My Blog Week: May 2 to May 8

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Charmless Offensive           First, a theory of mine. That the deep GOP cabal wants to burn Trump out as an asset. If they didn’t prefer him […]

The Folly: Each Nerve

      The Folly Wake         Each Nerve   She sails, within a fortnight, the Bowfin Wake, relieved, or like a living man Entombed, soon, shall heft aside the grinding lid And breathe He cannot whisper his secret heart to Howitt As a maiden sister might…though his friend invites it Howitt’s […]

The Folly: Henry Calmacott (part two)

      The Folly Calmacott’s Brother         Henry Calmacott (part two)   She is a young woman still. Thirty or thereabouts, I’d guess And when I’d walked out with Bess, once Or twice Met her down the Ram’s Took her to the picture show Right enough in the head, those days. […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-two)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-two)                                 x.     Annie went quickly and softly to her desk, wanting to meet no one in the outer rooms, only to plunge into daily work. Yet as she took her seat, the thin […]

Hammersmith: Want Nothing Will Write (chapter fourteen)

Hammersmith Chapter Fourteen Want Nothing Will Write               Aimee had taken her seat, facing the caboose end. Hogben, lost for choice between next to, or across from (or flight down the passage, and a leap to the platform), took a prod from the passenger behind’s umbrella. He scuttled and […]

The Folly: Romans (first Tattersby)

      The Folly Tattersby         Romans   We thought they were not men They, beardless, most, but for their slaves Vaunted trophies keeping costumed show That in all weathers tell their vanquished homes Came by war-engine attended Came regaliaed steed, foreguard of chariot Wheeled cage of sacrificial beast Gentled by […]

Yoharie: Plumbing (part three)

Yoharie Plumbing (part three)               He arrived at Zodiaque. Yes! We take walk-ins! one of its signs read. UV Regenerative Toning. Vesuvian Clay Exfoliating Rub. He was tempted to think a New Agey day spa, not…what the woman had implied. He felt conspired against, for that, and that Kate […]

My Blog Week: April 25 to May 1

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Ain’t That Dandy?           One of the little freaks of the week was the dandelion moment between the president and his wife—where on the way to […]