My Blog Week: September 19 to September 24

Posted by ractrose on 30 Sep 2021 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                               A Word on the Week     The Best You Can Do         I don’t know if anyone has done a study of the odds. But let’s suppose a writer achieves a […]

Hammersmith: Fleeing and Eluding (chapter twenty-eight)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Sep 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Eight Fleeing and Eluding             A monumental figure unveiled by dispelling shadow stood, robe and nightcap clad, on the closed porch Hogben remembered. She stood depressing the door-latch…with seemingly itchy fingers and poised-for-action footwork. He had entered Green Glade Lodge in innocence; he was exiting it in aid […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 28 Sep 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part thirty-eight)                   Sleeping was difficult. At the same time, Maria knew she spent too many hours at it. Long ago, Giovanna had taken her arm, weakened by shock… The shock of losing her throne to Andreas. This was truth, and Maria’s […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part eight)

Posted by ractrose on 27 Sep 2021 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part eight)           “What games or contests do you have, then, to while your hours?” I asked them. “Do you race?” Oh, certainly, they raced. The eagles, those I had seen in the garden, were trained to dive after prizes. The prizes, by elected citizens, […]

The Big Pants (part four)

The Big Pants (part four)

Short Stories The Big Pants (part four)             Yet the call hadn’t been, as the armchair psychologist would have it, a cry for help. He was asking Debbie to advise him on a decision. What you would want with anything that might have consequences you hadn’t thought of— Fresh eyes. […]

Drownings (part one)

      Drownings (part one)     While the world was buying nothing, and working at nothing, the city underwent its heart-rot. Apartment houses ceased to cohere… Not the residents, still and always pleased to avoid each other, but the bricks and beams. A few had money for heat and ran it; some, walking […]

Hammersmith: Private Enterprise (chapter twenty-seven)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Sep 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Seven Private Enterprise               “Cranston,” Zetland said, “believes that when he undertakes a thing, he will improve it over all undertakings of the past.” A general nod passed over his audience. “He has made himself, Mrs. Bard, commander-in-chief of a small army of mercenaries, has he not?” […]

Eight: Queen (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Sep 2021 in Art, Poems

      Queen   She could be his ruling queen The very air she parts is queen the dotted outline flees the figure                      shoplifts   the game is put-it-together dress yourself in sidewalk snatches chess the layout, barest thigh passage between parked cars twos […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 21 Sep 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part thirty-seven)                         Chapter XI A Death     An old woman dismounted a donkey. Her proportions were such the animal suited her riding astride, which she did. She wore two skirts, a long one that depended from a […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 20 Sep 2021 in Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part thirty-six)                   He might have dozed, though the lapse of time was slight. A gasp, Sancia’s, woke Andreas, and he found the bedcurtains drawn in the waiting-woman’s grip. “Him!” she said, to another. “Oh! Rise! Rise! Begone!” Giovanna cried this. Andreas, […]