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”, has […]

Imprisoned: part seven

Posted by ractrose on 31 Dec 2017 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Imprisoned (seven)         And the weather was stagnant and sultry. An intolerable closeness, an urgent desire to exchange intelligence, or to feel that they were doing so, had driven the crowds into the streets. Honoré wormed his way along, found a patch of wall to lean […]

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 to repeat […]

Are You Haunted (part seven)

Are You Haunted (part seven)         “Hand me up that radio,” someone said. Powell jumped to his feet. He was looking at a face much like that of Dennis Tovey, but this Tovey―he assumed it must be so―was taller, a few years younger, and not as slickly turned out. He had already […]

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 for […]

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)         Across the desk’s burnished span, the men who asked his advice were faceless shadows. Rather than expound his Paris scheme, Honoré found he was putting into words a vague resentment, while uneasily, he was aware of quiet footsteps, the rustle and scent of […]

🎄Are You Merry and Bright: conclusion

Are You Merry and Bright (four)                 “Got yourself a little doggy-pal,” Dexter murmured, during this lacuna. “Give and take.” Ernestine shrugged. “I figure…” She moved the cake plate to the table, sat, and looked Chilton in the eye. “…you could skip the others…save a thou, even, give […]