Lionera Skimgold (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 31 Aug 2022 in Art, Poems

      Lionera Skimgold   Lionera Skimgold had been almost a cavalier She had ankle-wedged herself with camelotish Leanings on the leap from Maid of the Chambers With blunt scissors cut into Eleanor of Aquitaine’s court And then her pointless tendency to make herself cozy Tripped her down to a town council One might […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 29 Aug 2022 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eleven A Mother or a Father (part seven)           “What prayers,” I asked my audience, “have you learned from the priest of the temple?” “All gods of power gather here…” The speaker faltered, and sought encouraging eyes. “All gods of power gather here. All faces of the sun, […]

My Blog Week: August 21 to August 27

Posted by ractrose on 29 Aug 2022 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                                       On Monday, a new “Fellyans”, Coral surprising Bede with a gambit. Tuesday, The Mirrors, Charmante and William learning more about a tragic fire. Thursday, “The Tambinder Engine”, with Deenie receiving a […]

Catastrophe (part thirty-one)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part thirty-one)                       Around one o’clock, we heard something like salvos of cannon fire issue regularly, that is to say, at equal intervals. This lasted about an hour and a half. That evening, M. Alain, director of the […]

The Resident (part ten)

      Chapter Two An Anniversary Party (part ten)     Wissary’s tenterhooks helped obscure Desander’s own. A hundred things seemed to need organizing, for a party with four guests. “No, we’ve got to have Jennifer. Would Gemma come?” “Call Aura, Wiss, and find out if she can bring her friend. No, Gemma won’t.” […]

The Tambinder Engine (part four)

      The Tambinder Engine  A McAlley Story (part four)     McAlley had told her he did not. She believed he did. Summer of that year passed to autumn, and Dustin did not write. Deenie settled for an exercise of Tirza’s. Tell your frustrations, when they crowd up, that you see them, that […]

The Mirrors (part fourteen)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Aug 2022 in Fiction, Novels

      The Mirrors (part fourteen)     Not only was her quest not needfully secret, not shameful in any way, but ears, Charmante had come to think, might be of help…if any happened to pick up some of their talk. You didn’t know what people knew. She gave Esta the whole story, and […]

Fellyans (part six)

      Fellyans (part six)   “And your duties include patrolling the grounds, but also maintaining the jail?” Coral drew breath, and said: “Yes.” “How many cells?” “So far, only a storage room.” “But well locked.” The elf did not conceal an avidity, somewhat near glee. “Locked, and windowless,” she answered. “Meals?” “He gets […]

My Blog Week: August 14 to August 20

Posted by ractrose on 21 Aug 2022 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                                     On Tuesday, The Mirrors, and Charmante bringing a friend home. Wednesday, a Rattus reissue, the poem “Confess”. Thursday, Catastrophe, with more eyewitness accounts of the volcano.  Images on my posts sometimes have […]

Catastrophe (part thirty)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part thirty)                       “During the night of the 7th to the 8th, the occurrences redoubled in intensity. The women gathered in the salon, praying. We heard the volcano’s noise constantly. We could easily distinguish three sorts: intermittent explosions, […]