Hammersmith: Appassionata (chapter thirty-five)

Hammersmith Thirty-Five Appassionata           “Got to be very, very cautious. Coat buttons. Wedding ring…” Aimee’s was in a drawer, with Ralph’s cufflinks and lodge pin. Chilly shifted his eyes towards Vic. “If we’d had time to drill on any of this, I’d had you put your coats on inside-out, and mud […]

The Blue Bird (part one)

Short Stories The Blue Bird (part one)                             Something buzzed, up like wind can at times, when it slices between gutter and roof. The noise escalated, out of the hinterlands of notice, into skull-gripping alarm. A shock came, too loud to be […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part forty-five)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part forty-five)                   It was a Monday, a February Monday, the weather dry enough for the staging of Giovanna’s tournament. The crown’s revenues had for 1345 been poor. During the year of Andreas, his spending on revels had drained monies from the […]

My Blog Week: November 21 to November 27

All the Latest from Torsade!                               A Word on the Week     The Sensitivity Trap (part one)             [Wash. DC] Evening Star, 11/11/1950, Ad for product Chore Girl [Kansas] Abilene Weekly Reflector, 12/13/1906, article on […]

Catastrophe (part three)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique Preface continued (part three)                 To report… Now, the fact, at Saint-Pierre, is that these inhabitants wanted to go. And if these seems to you too general, absolutely, take that portion of the inhabitants whose example had the chance of being […]

Hammersmith: Up in the Rafters (chapter thirty-four)

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-Four Up in the Rafters           A curious feature of Mossbunker’s factory (or, for all she knew, an ordinary feature of any factory), was this concealed catwalk below the skylights. Zetland’s team crouched here in darkness. Yet Aimee could picture the hands looking up to a dazzling white daylight, […]

The Culture (poem)

      The Culture   We are important Our three-letter alphabet Constructs our limited language The gravitational center Draws our attention-seeking message The message is I am important Yet you don’t know me   On an oxbow The current passes A fallen tree, submerged At a cross-angle, green murky-brown Depths, hot from the sun […]

Please Help (conclusion)

Short Stories Please Help (part three)             He went and had a look. He had to make some noise…grunting, drawing breath, clacking a little, with his pocket key ring banging the wall under the sill. “Hey ya,” Milton said, low as he could. A head came around the wall. “The […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part twelve)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part twelve)           The wood trim of the house, and the rail where our backs rested at the edge of a small cliff, were painted turquoise. A rug was brought, a carpet to stack atop the grass mat that always covered the pebbles by day, […]

My Blog Week: November 14 to November 20

All the Latest from Torsade!                               A Word on the Week     The Kirkus Review         In retailing, there’s a basic equation to solve. The selling price of a product has to exceed the seller’s purchase cost, […]