Flash Fiction: Pine

Flash Fiction Pine                       Salvador had gone off, more of a brood than a hunt, though he carried his shotgun and walking stick. That suited Bridie, who wanted to feel free, picking over her herbs, seeing what had come back in the flower bed. Bluebells, […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part eighteen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part eighteen)                               iii.     The first visitors were the personal friends of Mme Conan, belonging to the world of finance and high-stakes business dealings, and dressed by the best fashion houses…in that sober and costly elegance […]

Heneglwys: Second Allied Forces

Posted by ractrose on 18 Nov 2020 in Art, Poems

      The Folly Allied Forces         Heneglwys   Sir,   In my researches into the vanished tribes Which predate the era of Coel Hen Who, I need hardly tell you, is known to the modern reader of the nursery rhyme A prelate of that village which calls itself Heneglwys Whom […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 17 Nov 2020 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! Introduction: part four                       A Different Kind of Translation, continued:   The format of a story—not its paragraphing style, but the skeletal shape into which a fiction is introduced—will deliver engagement or fail to, depending on whether the form has […]

Yoharie: Love Back (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 16 Nov 2020 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Love Back (part four)               “Twist and bump.” Val clipped three into the crown of his hair, and had Sasha, so instructed, do the ones in back. Everyone needs loft. This is how you get the bangs to stand away from your forehead, so they look good, instead […]

My Blog Week: November 8 to November 14

Posted by ractrose on 15 Nov 2020 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week Going Forward         Suppose you had an app, for spreadsheets or some such, used frequently and loved—but one day a virus came to infect it. Every document shared […]

Celebrated (part eight)

Novella Celebrated (part eight)                       She stirred. He said, “Hold it!” And: “Here. I’ll trade places with you.” He plucked at the zipper of her open parka, squeezing past. Tom wore a jeans jacket, his hands fairly numb. He brought the Kodak’s viewfinder to his eyeball, […]

Assorted Opinions: Unusual Turnout

Posted by ractrose on 13 Nov 2020 in Nonfiction

      Assorted Opinions Unusual Turnout       Much noise has been made this week in pursuit of voter fraud claims…so far found unwarranted. But there’s another side to this coin that the noise drowns out: election fraud. Tales of voter fraud—individuals forging ID in some way, then voting more than once—have the […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part seventeen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part seventeen)                       M. Conan intervened, annoyed at this shamelessness. “You forget, Josèphe, that Mlle Le Goël has no time to spare.” “Oh, I know.” She sent him a flirtatious look of rebellion. “But I also know that Mlle Le Goël is […]

Jumping Off: I Could Not (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Nov 2020 in Art, Poems

      I Could Not   [the first of the guests uses a phrase] …that morning… She will have you join her, mourning A songbird’s nest shot scattered from a spruce Clumsy handle of her rake It is all a metaphor for loss   [the second of the guests plays about] a potent word […]