Celebrated (part seventeen)

Celebrated (part seventeen)                           “Well, Brill’s pal, partner…did you ever meet Ian Charles Guiness?” “Was he…?” Tom gestured, slicking a palm above his head. The hairstyle, yes…the blow-dried loft. Also, there had been long carpety sideburns. But she completed for him, “A son […]

Hammersmith: The Modern Girl’s View of Marriage (chapter four)

Hammersmith Chapter Four The Modern Girl’s View of Marriage           Hogben tried singing counterpoint to the melody— Got absorbed in the challenge, started over, switched to “Nearer My God to Thee”. He fell silent, the hymn reminding him to plan. They had always begun a show that way, with a prayer […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-six)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-six)                         Annie saw Patrice justified in his conjecture. Alban, possibly spied on by Le Filleul, had shown loyalties that gave rise to suspicions. Private grievances could be settled—Patrice had said so—in times of public lawlessness. A belfry surmounted by […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part six)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part six)                       “Someone…Henryk, Konrad…has told you to say that to me!” The girl rose, trembling. “God strike me if I lie! I don’t know why I spoke…it only came to me to say it when I heard the music. […]

nothing more (poem)

      nothing more     the very recently departed has some status above corpse and lies untouched unparty to debate whether its last possessions be ruled loot or legacy whether it might be washed, then dressed then buried in situ, an oblong shallow mound under cypress branches in a field of asphodel   […]

Yoharie: Give and Take (part two)

Yoharie Give and Take (part two)               Savannah said, “This job.” “Tell me again about the arrangement. What I want to know,” Kate said, “is where you see yourself, in, say, six months.” No place…was the candidate’s answer. They had talked twice; so far Mom had been good. Do […]

My Blog Week: January 3 to January 9

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week     Shame on Us             How do people get this unhinged? Or, how is it possible, even with a Trump mob wanting to lynch Mike […]

Celebrated (part sixteen)

Novella Celebrated (part sixteen)                       “Listen. I’ve taught this myself, I believe in it, there’s nothing wrong with it. By which I mean, in context, it’s the truth. I always tell students, I will never push you to do my work. I want you to […]

Hammersmith: The Professor’s Fate (chapter three)

Hammersmith Chapter Three The Professor’s Fate           Hogben had sat up in bed, to hear the rain still pelting, rat-a-tat-tatting off some plane of the inner house where a leak had sprung. He had known he wouldn’t sleep. The roar of the deluge appeared soporific enough for the Professor, curled on […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-five)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-five)                                 vi.     Before the end of a fortnight, the novice tourist found herself at Vannes. Already childishly delighted by the diversion of the train ride along the smiling valley of the Loire, towards […]