The Totem-Maker: A Mother or a Father (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Feb 2022 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eleven A Mother or a Father (part three)           I thought of a song I had heard Fortesans on the streets singing. To calm my audience until Bashtat could climb to join us, I played this on my flute. For when I’d tucked implements into my belt and […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part fifty-one)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Feb 2022 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part fifty-one)                   Konrad asked, “What is it he has us waiting for?” “Today? His tardy self. Konrad, I am going to put you on the road. You will lead a company, your own judgment as to the men. Should you meet […]

Catastrophe (part fifteen)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part fifteen)                       “From my window I saw a thick cloud come out of the volcano. Its base reached the peaks of Carbet. The height of it filled the sky, to more or less six thousand meters. The […]

My Blog Week: February 13 to February 19

Posted by ractrose on 24 Feb 2022 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                                   A Word on the Week     Critical Lapses (part eight)           First, let’s note some great things about The Sword Decides!, by Marjorie Bowen. Not just the exclamation […]

The Epistles (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Feb 2022 in Art, Poems

    The Folly Battle Stations         The Epistles   The Contessa writes to the chapters of the Fellowship Prophecies her companions unveil in a language familiar To followers of readings and summonings, to seekers Who divine a card’s turning, hear the undercurrent’s drumming Malice and menace…she hopes that her warnings are […]

Yoharie: Breaking Up Together (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Feb 2022 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Breaking Up Together (part one)             Beatty was on the leash, the leash looped around Savannah’s wrist. Her black skirt was gathering slug-trails of dog snot. Grandma Hibbler’s neighborhood was like anyone’s, probably… They ought to carry paper towels and a baggy. Especially since Beatty was a multipooper. But the […]

Catastrophe (part fourteen)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part fourteen)                       “They followed, these black waves, one on another in a furious push. One on another, with thunder, making the sea recoil. Splinters, swirling… A sloop was hurled 150 meters to kill one of my foremen […]

Fellyans (part three)

      Fellyans (part three)   “Vincent was King of the Hutterers, some sort of people who live someplace near where there’s a border with the Fells,” Alma was telling them. She remarked aside to Finch: “How I’d like getting my hands on that purple wool!” “And so you will, acres of it. You’re […]

Hammersmith: A Prisoner Goes Missing (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 16 Feb 2022 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Thirty-Eight A Prisoner Goes Missing (part four)             Shaw had written on the back of his card, calling as a stranger, but on behalf of the well-known Medlow’s agency: Sir, your name has come up. From 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m., Mossbunker’s people kept him waiting in the lobby, […]

The Resident (part two)

      Chapter One Dark Paneling (continued)     He wore a fair isle vest, a short and tight one, over a Henley. His trousers were belted and corduroy, wales off at the knees, which to Desander detracted. Spanking new corduroy spoke (one might say); worn-in corduroy was only cloth. “But look…” whispered Wissary. […]