My Blog Week: March 24 to March 30

All the Latest from Torsade!                           The week began with “An Ordinary Signal Drop” from The Folly, the second in the Pale Knight arc. On Monday, a new essay in the “Malice” series, introducing a principle via scenario; Tuesday, Sequence of Events had […]

Godfrey: Third Pale Knight

Posted by ractrose on 30 Mar 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The Legend of the Pale Knight     Godfrey   ‘I don’t like to be a bore…’ That, she says, is the wrong way to begin a tale You’ll have me fearing the worst Not either in the proper sense ‘Well…because people have tended, quite literally, to wander off.’ You get […]

Yoharie: Security Check (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Mar 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Security Check (part one)               It would be a bad moment for Yoharie, if someone rang the front bell. He wanted Dawn and the kids to get out—leave him alone, yes—but above all, since they had this nice place, and there was a little money at last, let […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: forty-nine

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (forty-nine)                           XXXII The Observations of the Pouyer-Quertier The exact unfolding of phenomena     Here now the observations most precise, the best and the clearest, that have been noted on the various eruptions of Mount […]

Interrupting (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 27 Mar 2019 in Art, Poems

    Interrupting   Bright comes the sun o’er prospects verdant Bright comes the upglow of new-booted screen Bright the blue ink on fresh-peeled Post-It Bright the gay tinkle of first text received   Here is a pincer move to keep the target tautened The dandiest thing in banquet platters, name-tagged, yours Heaped with meats […]

Sequence of Events: Moving On (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Mar 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Ten Moving On (part five)         Though the job was thankless, it was not the worst. Bruner’s instructions were coming through Summers…but the errand was Van Nest’s. It had been sort of a joke, one partly rooted in history, but again, part folklore. Kidding people about breaking them, […]

Assorted Opinions: With Malice Towards None (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Mar 2019 in Non-Fiction

Assorted Opinions To Whom Do You Refer (With Malice Towards None: part four)               Scenario One:  Darrin has a habit of walking up behind Willa while she works at her desk, putting his hand on one of her shoulders, and leaning over the other to see what she has […]

An Ordinary Signal Drop: Second Pale Knight

Posted by ractrose on 24 Mar 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The Legend of the Pale Knight     An Ordinary Signal Drop   It impressed me, acquainted me, the unspeakable more normality than horror at a glance shivering loose, like flakes of plated gilding painted over with a garden scene Shoes, parasol, a hand suspended holding still its cup of tea […]

My Blog Week: March 17 to March 23

All the Latest from Torsade!                                 On Sunday, the Pale Knight arc of The Folly began its reissue, with “Virginia Keltenham”, an author currently renting the Folly while the others have cleared out. The guest soon finds himself summoned back. […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Mar 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part three)             The mustering grounds, within the ramparts of the fort, met my eyes dressed in the panoply of a fair day. I had never thought to see the inside of a garrison’s stronghold. And could not imagine the fort in its sobriety… […]