Hammersmith: More Peaceful Pursuits (cont’d)

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-Seven  More Peaceful Pursuits           Yesterday, if Hogben had got right—through the buffeting chaos—the drift of the hours… Yesterday, he had wandered room to room, itching. Take yourself in hand, and tell her so long, he’d told himself. But Aimee, for talking things over with the Kendrick brothers, Curach, […]

The Blue Bird (part three)

Short Stories The Blue Bird (part three)                             “Hey, I forget your name!” Gitana turned and saw Dave, his hand fall away from the stairwell door. He jogged to her, stepping over the yellow bumper, nodding at the camera. “Getting some shots.” […]

Bride to Be (part fourteen)

      Bride to Be (part fourteen)    Not much past the sun’s departure Evenings of late winter grow too chill For outdoor fires and cloaks of fur Bodies huddled close on couches Where murmured stories ebb and the call of hunting wolves From dens at fall of dark in single file Emerge, and […]

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

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part forty-seven)                   Giovanna, in an excess of gaiety, her sister thought, wore a gown of black velvet, a black mask, her hair woven high on a Spanish comb, a mantilla of red lace falling to her waist. “I am not in […]

My Blog Week: December 19 to December 25

Posted by ractrose on 27 Dec 2021 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                                 A Word on the Week     Critical Lapses           You might have grown up, as I did, with a sense of cultural standards, regarding taste. That is, if it […]

Fellyans (part one)

    Fellyans (part one)   A hand removed a shoe from a foot. The owner (of all three) undertook to perform a spell, one that asked a smooth, round stone… Which, if held to the light (a clouded moon, fighting a crane’s nest and two ceiling beams), reflected anything, the Articles, arrayed, and their […]

Catastrophe (part seven)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part seven)                       I have rediscovered an old and very dear friend, a friend of my young years. We go out to dinner, to a place for admiring the scene of apocalypse, which the sky—if you prefer, the […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part thirteen)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Dec 2021 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part thirteen)           A cozy session in the chambers of Rithrith stole a day’s time from my mission. I had to dress in my new clothes for them, change these so that Bashtat could try them, offer my sweets to be bitten and laid aside, […]

Hammersmith: More Peaceful Pursuits (chapter thirty-seven)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Dec 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-Seven  More Peaceful Pursuits           This Mr. Curach, whom Ruby well accepted, being Aimee’s friend, as a perfectly suitable escort, was also…so she found him…a fine and forward-coming fellow. He might be not so much older than herself. Not so very much. He was jaunty of step, and no […]

Clarify Me Anointer (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 20 Dec 2021 in Art, Poems

      Clarify Me Anointer   clarified lay the becoming way the motorcycle ahead under a sudden crossroads billboard uplit in LED the driver recalled when they’d complained or reading that complaints existed a runner pants in his periphery a towel flapping from the shorts reads FUND ME distant from connecting arteries wanting to […]