My Blog Week: June 23 to June 29

All the Latest from Torsade!                       (Click the title above to see two more panels, click image to enlarge.)       A Word on the Week   Self-Appointed Caretakers       A thing I hadn’t noticed in the news cycle before (or noticed […]

A Friend: Third Tourmaline (conclusion)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Jun 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline A Friend (conclusion)               Herward’s impulse to friendship could not be blunted by the dull sequestering of Anton’s mind. He called again, and when all the silver was polished, and the furniture sat adorned with it, winking at envy, the corporal made a suggestion. “Some of the new […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part eight)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Jun 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part eight)             But the thought came. As it does, when one feels put in the wrong. That I would fix this, I would sweep them all into their pouch, my tiles. Break the already broken tablet…that in false humility I ought not to […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty-two

Jean Hess La Castastrophe de la Martinique (sixty-two)                               XXXVIII The Life in Saint-Pierre Under the Menace of the Volcano Documents and interviews   Of what life was in Saint-Pierre, during the days leading up to the catastrophe, one can form […]

Lines Attached (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Jun 2019 in Art, Poems

    Lines Attached (Shifting Goalposts)   Bulletin: All leaves are cancelled Spring clamped tighter in a chamber locked For the next release ASAP The initiative going forward hews to Lines attached can safely pull it down A limited set of data, determined by newer measurements taken in recent months   Bulletin: Everyone is to […]

Sequence: Drawn Upon Imagination (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Jun 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Twelve Drawn Upon Imagination (part five)             “No…why shouldn’t he come looking for you? If it’s what you say, why shouldn’t I believe it?” These words came out tetchy and self-pitying. And full of mistrust. He decided he might as well make it as bad as […]

A Friend: Third Tourmaline (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 24 Jun 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline A Friend (part two)               “My son,” she told him, “has just come home. I can’t say what he plans to do.” “I think I know Anton.” He’d surprised her with this. Anton had not put the kettle on for his cocoa, or put his plate in the oven […]

My Blog Week: June 16 to June 22

All the Latest from Torsade!                           A Word on the Week   Crazy Times, Part Two       It’s necessary to mention Nazis. In October of 1933, Germany, having a new Chancellor, and its government thrusting off in a new direction, chose […]

A Friend: Third Tourmaline (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Jun 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline A Friend (part one)               Mrs. Leonhardt had taken out all the old silver. Her mother’s silver, her own, the sugars and the salt cellars that she for a time had always been buying, always poking through the second-hand markets, offering half the asking price for anything blackened, […]

A Prisoner Goes Missing: Hammersmith (part two)

Hammersmith Thirty-Eight A Prisoner Goes Missing (part two)           When an army wanted weapons, and contracted with a manufacturer of these, a thing the layman could not do, someone at length would take the…guns, say…in; check them off, inspect them, inform an officer who would organize the fetching of them, that […]