My Blog Week: Dec 24 to Dec 30

 All the Latest from Torsade!                     “Are You Merry and Bright” concluded on Christmas Eve, with a business-like resolution for Dexter and Mabel. Sunday’s installment of A Figure from the Common Lot: Imprisoned (part six), recounts Honoré’s visit to Paris with his father. Tuesday’s “Bad Counsel”, […]

Imprisoned: part seven

Posted by ractrose on 31 Dec 2017 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Imprisoned (seven)         Glancing up, he found himself regarded narrowly. “It is no matter to send for references. I am newly arrived in Paris…this was what I had begun to say. Today you will see for yourself the sort of work I am able to do.” […]

Adventures in Research: Klan Signaling

Posted by ractrose on 30 Dec 2017 in Non-Fiction

My Curious Reading Adventures in Research Klan Signaling         Don’t Break Up a Set   An integral aspect of conscientiously preserving history, is not allowing its component parts to become detached from the source. To offer a variation on the well-known George Santayana quote (“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned […]

The Marigold Bowl (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Dec 2017 in Art, Poems

    The Marigold Bowl   The marigold bowl Iridescent with the polished soles of a river rat’s escape motions And carrying, in gaudy panoply of purple green On orange, a sense of occasion If the wise man, who must have been there, counseling Soft-core deadened by the light of a tiny screen Mind hungry […]

From Cliff-Head: sample from The Totem-Maker

Posted by ractrose on 27 Dec 2017 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie The Totem-Maker: From Cliff-Head (sample)           From my aerie, I could see a soft and bluish stretch of coastland, struck at times by sun, blackened others by the undersides of clouds. The grain fields, limning the foothills above, flared ocher in this light of late autumn, and I let a daydream […]

Bad Counsel (part five)

Short Stories Bad Counsel (five)           In the whole class there were no male students. Andrée exchanged a sheepish half-smile with another girl, acknowledging they’d be losers if they actually worked on their project, and both bent over their phones. At the end of the class, the teacher clapped his hands. […]

My Blog Week: Dec 17 to Dec 23

All the Latest from Torsade!                   In Sunday’s A Figure from the Common Lot: Imprisoned (part five), Honoré borrows money to finance his scheme of reporting France’s war with Prussia, then flashing further back, recalls his first falling out with his father. A holiday piece debuted Monday, with […]

Imprisoned: part six

Posted by ractrose on 24 Dec 2017 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Imprisoned (six)         “Honoré, I am not wanted yet…and I am off to the cellar anyway to fetch my lamp and stick. I can show you how to work the press, if you would care to learn. And there are one or two chores I will […]

🎄Are You Merry and Bright: conclusion

Are You Merry and Bright (four)                 Mrs. Felcher got in, before Mabel could do more than drop her jaw. “It’s all right for you, because you own this house. But the rest of us pay rent. If Mort there fixes up the attics, and shuts down the […]

🎄Are You Merry and Bright: part three

Are You Merry and Bright (three)           “It is often the case a block will have that stubborn organizer, the one who urges holding out. But there we have the second angle—the foreclosure lists, the bankruptcies. Wherever Throckmorton’s Chilton would find a weak link, someone sinking, financially…upon that person he bestowed […]