My Blog Week: January 24 to January 30

Posted by ractrose on 31 Jan 2021 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Hypnosis         Let’s imagine that you start an online business. A subscription service, for which customers supply you their email addresses. You call yourself Cerqe, and claim […]

Celebrated (part nineteen)

Celebrated (part nineteen)                       This third day of Tom’s visit, they sat on the studio futon, a cat between them, Gingerpie; a stack of typewritten sheets, and the manuscript’s tattered manila envelope, under the cat. It was her own topic, The Lost Man, and it […]

Hammersmith: Helping Hands (chapter five)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Jan 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Chapter Five Helping Hands           She detected Mr. Hogben’s voice, and thought a sort of misery colored his inarticulate grunts. The other man she knew at once for a stranger. Now and again she could hear Minnie Leybourne. Mostly the stranger, passionate. War an invention of the military interests, an […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-eight)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-eight)                         Indeed, the next morning she could have believed herself a carefree teenager, giggling while she roamed the countryside with her pretty and artless companion. As a beginning traveler, open to new enthusiasms, reveling in her freedom, Annie held […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part eight)

Posted by ractrose on 27 Jan 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part eight)                     The Hungarians followed thundering across the great square and drew up their horses at the gates of the Castel del Nuovo. Before the crowd, that murmured and drew closer, the guard challenged them. “Be ashamed you welcome me […]

Eight: agreement (poetry series)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Jan 2021 in Art, Poems

      agreement   1)    is a murderer the new celebrity 2)   are bong shops good for failing towns 3)   new technology or none? 4)   if we mined all the gemstones now a)   could we bulldoze tidy covers b)   grow greenswards to obliviate temptation c)   have forests and orangutans d)   trade shares in […]

Years Ago (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Jan 2021 in Art, Poems

      Years Ago   Years ago, he said, I told a lie I know you aren’t the kind to entertain A callous repeating of cruel things I was at fault I had a weakness I atone   Of course she had done it At whatever time they met allusion To their dirty time […]

My Blog Week: January 17 to January 23

Posted by ractrose on 24 Jan 2021 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week       As I told you last week, I’ve been rereading a favorite from the past, the Lloyd Alexander series, The Chronicles of Prydain. I thought I’d share this:   […]

Celebrated (part eighteen)

Celebrated (part eighteen)                           Enderley caught him. “Mr. Carter hasn’t gone out?” “No, he hasn’t, Mr. Enderley, and he doesn’t mean to. Says so.” “Moore…” The head steward then told him to do just what he was doing. “Go to your berth, if […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-seven)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-seven)                               Third Part Dure Lex, Sed Lex (The law is harsh, but it is the law.)     A new country met the eyes of the traveler. One of salt flats and dunes, naked or planted […]