Eight: Queen (poem)

      Queen   She could be his ruling queen The very air she parts is queen the dotted outline flees the figure                      shoplifts   the game is put-it-together dress yourself in sidewalk snatches chess the layout, barest thigh passage between parked cars twos […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part thirty-seven)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part thirty-seven)                         Chapter XI A Death     An old woman dismounted a donkey. Her proportions were such the animal suited her riding astride, which she did. She wore two skirts, a long one that depended from a […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part thirty-six)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part thirty-six)                   He might have dozed, though the lapse of time was slight. A gasp, Sancia’s, woke Andreas, and he found the bedcurtains drawn in the waiting-woman’s grip. “Him!” she said, to another. “Oh! Rise! Rise! Begone!” Giovanna cried this. Andreas, […]

Hammersmith: Private Enterprise (2)

      Private Enterprise Chapter Twenty-Seven         “And so Mossbunker thinks he will actually win the war himself?” “Ah. And there are complications.” Here, Zetland felt the need of a prop. Using Derfinger’s sugar tongs, he took up a cube, and waggled it with gravity. “Your son…” “I haven’t got one. […]

My Foray into Kirkus Reviews

        I was planning to purchase a Kirkus review, for my latest, Sequence of Events…   And to report to you along the way, since I know struggling independent writers are curious…is this expense worthwhile? The cost of the basic review is $425, daunting. But one way to look at it, is […]

Hammersmith: Private Enterprise (1)

    Private Enterprise Chapter Twenty-Seven       “Cranston,” Zetland said, “believes that when he undertakes a thing, he will improve it over all undertakings of the past.” A general nod passed over his audience. “He has made himself, Mrs. Bard, commander-in-chief of a small army of mercenaries, has he not?” “Well,” said Aimee, […]

Internet Down Again

Internet outage again! Starting last Wednesday when hurricane Ida passed through. They’re working on it.

The Big Pants (part three)

Short Stories The Big Pants (part three)               John answered, from the other side of the cages. “So we don’t starve to death. And I think maybe it regulates temperature, too.” “Now,” Gerda said, “if you were thirsty, and you drank a teaspoon of water, that would not help […]

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

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part thirty-five)                   A lift of his other knee, an anchor to launch from, and Andreas wrenched free both from Terlizzi’s grip, and the chance of its being renewed. His stockinged toes found tiny ledges of stone, his fingers slight prominences. In […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part seven)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part seven)           My quarters were unremarkable. After my stay at the fortress of Lord Ei, I was versed in these eastern styles, where screens served for moveable walls, and woven pictorials were more often the shelter from drafts, than the skins we used at […]