The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part seven)

Posted by ractrose on 30 May 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part seven)           Sente got nothing from the gods as to wealth. Of course, my master’s humor must break the solemnity at least once…he quipping in low voice that his friend could hide gold so cunningly, even the gods did not perceive it. But I pleased […]

Yoharie: Old Flames

Yoharie: Old Flames

Posted by ractrose on 26 May 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Old Flames (part one)           Thanks to this habit of thinking things through, idled in fair contentment on his adjustable bed…maybe prompted by all those daytime shows (Yoharie liked his TV going, the noise didn’t bother the birds), during which all those women hosts called a lot of bullshit on […]

Assorted Opinions: What Can You Laugh At

Posted by ractrose on 23 May 2018 in Nonfiction

  What Can You Laugh At (Only joking)   We seem to live, these days, in the “it takes one to know one” era. Those most likely to taunt others, with a motive of dominance, silencing, or plain cruelty, or to openly aggress on them with nothing that lives in the neighborhood of humor, are […]

Adventures in Research: Garfield Edition

Posted by ractrose on 21 May 2018 in Nonfiction

        Adventures in Research: Garfield Edition   I’m currently writing All Bedlam Courses Past, the sequel to A Figure from the Common Lot. In Bedlam, the assassination of President James A. Garfield, (shot July 2, 1881, died September 19), bears on the characters’ lives…and the interest, for me as author, is in those […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part six)

Posted by ractrose on 18 May 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part six)               My next choice had been the better one. Although when Sente beckoned me indoors, and his servant—that officious sort, inevitable, who elevates himself wherever two or three are gathered to one purpose—had brandished a flat palm at Lom (making…only feebly…to stand), […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 11 May 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part five)         Any fortune indicated within a base-up triangle was taken reversed; and the four directions of the wind were the houses into which one’s spirit had been born. The north, of the intellect; east, of love. The south, of concealment; west, of the flesh. I […]

Assorted Opinions: Personal Territory

Posted by ractrose on 4 May 2018 in Nonfiction

Personal Territory: Some Environmental Don’ts             But not of the scolding variety.       If you have a little patch of yard, or a double-sized lot, or some rural acreage, you can help the planet by employing tactics that are as easy as doing nothing. Yes…exactly that.     […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 1 May 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part four)             It had been uneasy, my trailing after Mumas, charged to serve him…and to never mind him. “You will sort it out,” Cime said, with his good cheer. Yes. My hand, so careful, was not legible to Mumas. I scribbled, and ought to […]