The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part nine)

Posted by ractrose on 19 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part nine)                   On the general’s dining porch, shuttered and hung with fleeces, hot–centered and smoky as would my master’s be… As would be at Cime’s house. I entered the room lonely, being no one’s friend in this place, my servant […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty-five

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (sixty-five)                   I have still other letters, other notes, but those above, I believe, suffice to show in what terrors, in what fearfulness, perished Saint-Pierre… And above all, serve for proof that if they had let the people be free […]

Promoted to Exile: Fifth Tourmaline (conclusion)

Posted by ractrose on 17 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline Promoted to Exile (conclusion)                 The G.R.A. did only one thing, really. In imposing its ideology, the alliance severed ties, and severed them all. Pride in the least thing…in a well-tied shoe, one might say…would not be permitted, because you would care for the shoe, and not […]

Celebrated (part seventeen)

Celebrated (part seventeen)                         “Well, Brill’s pal, partner…did you ever meet Ian Charles Guiness?” “Was he…?” Tom gestured, slicking a palm above his head. The hairstyle, yes…the blow-dried loft. Also, there had been long carpety sideburns. But she completed for him, “A son of […]

My Blog Week: July 7 to July 13

All the Latest from Torsade!                         A Word on the Week   You Sweet Talker     I begin with the diplomatic contretemps that led to British ambassador Kim Darroch’s resignation. Let’s stop to imagine a leader (who doesn’t, among other things, blame his […]

Promoted to Exile: Fifth Tourmaline (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 13 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline Promoted to Exile (part two)                 Today, he’d given Byrnes an order to assemble her squadron, in snow fatigues, with their gear: radios, transponder belts, grenades and button bombs. Herward had it in mind to patrol a mile or so down the mountain, this the Hidtha named […]

Promoted to Exile: Fifth Tourmaline (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 12 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline Promoted to Exile (part one)             His advocate had told him to make the most of his new station. The advice was free, benefit of a passing encounter on Herward’s way out. The promotion had come too close on the heels of the charges’ dismissal, for him to suppose […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty-four

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (sixty-four)                     And so the people were afraid. They felt the danger. They had a presentiment of something which would overwhelm them. People with scientific pretensions spoke of the collapse of the mountain, of an earthquake. Others did not […]

Yoharie: Existence (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 10 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Existence (part one)           “It was like coming out, you know? We were a bunch of losers, and by ourselves, we were all passionate about this book. So, 1995, you’d get in a chat room and you’d say, okay, here’s what’s cool. And get like, a whole nerdvana discussion going. […]

October (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 8 Jul 2019 in Art, Poems

    October   A man looks into a darkened room   The eternal you your coffee in the morning The justice heaven allots to your portion The you snagged from the heat-profile of your being 3D printed on a 3D printed mug   The room is dark, but the open door throws light Curtains […]