Celebrated (part six)

Novella Celebrated (part six)               Then, lopsided mischief in her smile: “In your case, though, I think if it makes you squirm, you’re on the right track. If it’s sad enough, you’ll probably feel pretty embarrassed writing it.” Understated, the parting had been. Melancholy…stronger for the unsaid words, as […]

Tourmaline: Nedforum (conclusion)

Tourmaline Nedforum (part five)                               But inspired by a vision of himself too obviously up to something, not at rest on a mental health day (granted via thirty-second phone exchange), but outfitted for the office, escorting his mother around the flea […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part fifteen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part fifteen)                     On a still smaller table sat the portraits of those who lived forever in her thoughts: her mother, Augustin Le Goël, the Conan family grouped around elderly uncle Olivier, in an amateur photograph already faded. Annie opened a large box […]

calmly (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Oct 2020 in Art, Poems

      calmly   rise, this is the answer tell yourself I’m better, I’m free Free to go, yes? Yes, one white-clad figure addresses, the others ignore yes, through those double doors keep walking, painless arches flattening back straightening Please. I want, you say, finding the way cordoned, by strange gryphons To go home. […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (intro part two)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! Introduction: part two                       A Different Kind of Translation, continued:   Most of what you want to achieve contradicts itself to a degree, the writing of a story or novel being like every other enterprise…all things in their rightful places, […]

The Totem-Maker: Crafter Becomes Maker (part ten)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Oct 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part ten)             As when my feet had slipped off the cliff’s edge, and but for the scream of the eagle I should have died, I felt in those feet a nervelessness; in my hands the same. The reins were two thongs…one to […]

My Blog Week: October 18 to October 24

Posted by ractrose on 25 Oct 2020 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Blame to Go Around     A subdued debate this week, or modestly subdued. Trump’s advisors flagged in advance that he would show a different character after polling badly following […]

Celebrated (part five)

Novella Celebrated (part five)                 Because she had given this talk. Who’d stolen what, never named; Dr. Motley disappointed, not angry. She wanted the plagiarist to know, simply, that—don’t you think?—this was too much energy to devote to failure, when so little more would lead to success. There […]

Tourmaline: Nedforum (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Oct 2020 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline Nedforum (part four)                               “Who is your favorite?” “Now, Anton.” She leafed her clipboard. “You have the chance, during these visits, to make any complaint you want.” He had watched his fellow trainees jealously, to see if any counted as […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part fourteen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part fourteen)                             The text was copied quickly, Annie thinking with pleasure of escape through the garden she saw touched here and there with the last glimmers of daylight, sunrays illuminating the trees, sketching lines of twigs and swelling […]