Sequence: The Heron’s Foot (part six)

Sequence of Events Chapter Nine The Heron’s Foot (part six)           In his romance of the life of Aspinall, Dix depicted the professor journeying to the near east, winning the confidence of the ancient caste of fakirs, learning the formulas by which they…played the market. This unlikelihood called for some fair […]

Celebrated (part ten)

Novella Celebrated (part ten)             Murmurs, hopeful and wary. On the safe inside, among private certainties, was this: that these scruples made no difference. He didn’t care about plagiarism…and Tom didn’t care, not from misplaced fellow-feeling, but because he’d come to it, from years of debating forced alternatives. The only […]

My Blog Week: Feb 10 to Feb 16

All the Latest from Torsade!                       Last Sunday, Folly features continued, with “The Hothouse Rose”, in which Lady Gimple still means to make conquests. On Monday, Yoharie’s “Neighborhood Watch” concluded, the reader learning Jeremiah Hibbler’s secret. In Tuesday’s Sequence of Events, Phillip pondered the depth […]

Newtons: First Battle Stations

    The Folly Battle Stations     Newtons   A handful of possible A handful of…reasonable A handful…well… Of fair, say… Ways you could explain Had done for the Newtons Baffled round the dire smell, hinting, not insisting… Possible, reasonable, fair…why, then, likelihood? (But just perhaps…and coming down to it…) a sort of cotton-wool […]

The Blue Bird (conclusion)

Short Stories The Blue Bird (conclusion)             She backed into the living room and picked up the TV remote. The news channel showed three women on lounge seating, two resting hands on books. One read aloud from hers. They were not personalities Gitana had ever seen. Someone had told them […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: forty-three

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (forty-three)             “The differences in burns could be explained by the explosive action of burning, of fire, on the muscles. Under this action, the most powerful are contracted, which puts the limbs in flexion; the weakest have been by force extended, and the […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part one)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five  Winter Alone (part one)                         I came by the outside steps, drew back the curtain from the door, saw in shuttered dark the sleeping porch, the quarters of Cime Decima’s slaves, and sniffed the air of it, by myself. Stol […]

Sequence: The Heron’s Foot (part five)

Sequence of Events Chapter Nine The Heron’s Foot (part five)           They chuckled together. Dix had his back to Oliver, preoccupied now with writing a note, reading it twice, jamming it in among a sheaf of notes that were tucked behind a fat electric cable clamped to the wall. Oliver said, […]

Neighborhood Watch (conclusion)

Yoharie Neighborhood Watch (conclusion)         “We’re raising kids. I get up every day and go to work. Jer, I mean.” She’d been going to work, saying this, his wife darting and grabbing, that shiny, shiny thing she did to her hair making it swing and hold together like liquid. He felt a […]

The Hothouse Rose: Twelfth Tattersby

    The Folly Tattersby     The Hothouse Rose   ‘You’ll have to get rid of that woman’ Her voice rings oddly clear, a piercing ray of sun snowcaps Mrs. Kentworthy’s hair His housekeeper meets his eye; a glance up from her cleaning kit And withering glare, that says indeed, keeping fealty with the […]