The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part seven)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part seven)           My quarters were unremarkable. After my stay at the fortress of Lord Ei, I was versed in these eastern styles, where screens served for moveable walls, and woven pictorials were more often the shelter from drafts, than the skins we used at […]

My Blog Week: August 22 to August 28

All the Latest from Torsade!                               A Word on the Week     Helpful Friends, part two         One of the principles of product-free gardening (which is not simply organic, but zero pesticide, herbicide, etc.) is that you […]

The Big Pants (part two)

Short Stories The Big Pants (part two)               “And why not…?” Toby finished his dialogue with John, whose passion was “helping kids”. A youth camp. John would have to buy a piece of land somewhere. He ran out of steam, mumbling about crowd funding. “Please?” Toby said. “Uh,” Tom […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part fifty-two)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part fifty-two)                                   iv.     A fine rain, that lasted through the morning, dampened the woods next day. Patrice had not left the house. Ushered by Marie-Jeanne, Annie found him in the library, stretched in […]

Hammersmith: Chickens in a Mood to Roost (chapter twenty-six)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Six Chickens in a Mood to Roost               An unusual sight greeted Minnie and Shaw, as they strolled onto Hammersmith’s Main Street. Not that either newcomer could know it. A family-sized carriage, one confiding wealth, stood before the Main Street Hotel, its brass lamps gleaming, their glass […]

The Bog (conclusion)

Short Stories The Bog (part seven)                   “I don’t know what it can be,” Dana murmured. But he began to walk, then jog, down the plank way, making for the road. “We’d better go,” Laurel said. “I don’t see how we can stay.” “Pack?” “Leave it.”   […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part thirty-four)

Posted by ractrose on 24 Aug 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part thirty-four)                     A light bobbed through the window. Andreas turned onto his stomach, and slipped to the floor. But outdoors he saw only a dark shape, glimpses of earth and a robed man’s midsection, as the lantern was raised and […]

A Sleep (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Aug 2021 in Art, Poems

      A Sleep   The end of ability infected conductors who let the trains roll cumbered to catch fire dragging bodies The end of ability infected farmers who harrowed into highway tar and streambeds until the ragged tires tore to the rims and the machines upended The end of ability infected caretakers who […]

My Blog Week: August 15 to August 21

Posted by ractrose on 23 Aug 2021 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                               A Word on the Week     Helpful Friends         If we were not leaving Afghanistan, what would we be doing? Staying, presumably, and with identical fruitlessness. Or, we could ask, in […]

The Bog (part six)

Short Stories The Bog (part six)                   In respect of Dana…the two of them alone now. “The strip on this side of the road is all you’d have to donate. Just don’t let Harry pollute the creek.” He told her an irrelevancy, rather than hear this. “Rocky’s […]