Celebrated (part six)

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 […]

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)

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 […]

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 […]

Eight: question (poetry series)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Oct 2020 in Art, Poems

      question   Natural feeling Natural detachment and attachment in— Balance, Right Balance, and the difficulty in the word itself A sub-question. Do we want it to mean a mean, a quality, a norm, a commonality How much and what sort our chief concern? Which is to run ahead of the point And […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 20 Oct 2020 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! Introduction: part one                       A Different Kind of Translation Or (to coin a term), a retro-edit   I’ve been looking into the public domain, finding a few of the 19th and early 20th century’s forgotten-but-worth-knowing authors; but also the hackworkers, […]