My Blog Week: September 13 to September 19

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   The Good and the Bad     When the People-in-Charge manage to do good these days, they do it inadvertently, under ironic circumstances. Sometimes by being so bad that a […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Élucide second)

A Figure from the Common Lot Élucide                       “What did Hawkins do?” “He spoke, Walter. Rambled, I should say. The voice was nothing like his own. I have mentioned that he was a Cornishman.” He turned from Walter to meet Fannie’s eye, and this detail […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (The House of Gremot second)

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Four: The Eye of a Magpie i. The House of Gremot                 “Mr. Jerome, please forgive me.” Lovas cleared his throat. “Do you recognize these papers…do you acknowledge them, sir?” With the sleeve of his dressing gown, Honoré blotted away tears. […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part nine)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part nine)                         She opened the door of an adjoining room. The boy put aside his picture-book and came to greet Annie. He was a pretty child, delicate, his thin face overweighed by a high forehead, his large feverish eyes shadowed […]

Fog Bound (poem)

    Fog Bound   The short life of an early riser A trawler…sort of that Resigned to his smokes and mists His captive’s steps delay the epitaph And every, of his days, has him by the throat From a pipe he puffs as one would etch In the present tongue A messenger’s dry-leafed plea […]

The Mirrors (part eighteen)

The Mirrors (part eighteen)                             A dollar half-slip had been the hasty plan. These shops, in their way, counted as neighborhood; Charmante worked on Dumain and could have, if she’d liked, walked down to browse. A little conversation, before she committed herself […]

The Totem-Maker: Crafter Becomes Maker (part seven)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part seven)             “His knife he must carry. His two companions wait for him below the ridge that encircles the lake. He will in great stealth approach. With speed and in secret descend, and tell what he has seen.” Some of these words […]

My Blog Week: September 6 to September 12

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   The Tale of Associate Brown       The company that employs her has issued a directive. In the interest of gender-inclusivity, all employees are to be referred to by […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Peas in a Pod third)

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Three Peas in a Pod                       “And no reason,” Haws added to Richard, “why you shouldn’t try the catfish. Our cook is careful about the bones. Arthur, this guest is Richard Everard. Richard, where have you come to […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Gone Before second)

A Figure from the Common Lot Gone Before                             One of these letters, Honoré knew by heart. (Some of its phrases, it was true, he knew only by heart, and had not quite got their meaning.) He reviewed Tweedloe’s intelligence, red-faced in […]