The Mirrors (part fifteen)

      The Mirrors (part fifteen)     vii.     The day came up with a busy humidity in the air, a striated purple framing a sun ugly with rosiness. Thunder, Charmante thought. It was early in the season for a hurricane, but she could believe in one looming, with a sky like […]

Yoharie: Breaking Up Together (part four)

Yoharie Breaking Up Together (part four)             Savannah recalled church a holiday spoiler, a weird intervention between new toys and turkey, half exciting for its costume of white tights, Mary Janes, and what Grandma called a “dressy dress”; more than half excruciating. Opening their big boxes, to learn the bigness […]

My Blog Week: August 28 to September 3

All the Latest from Torsade!                                       On Monday, a new Totem-Maker, with the character’s antiwar movement drawing answer from the zhatabe. Tuesday, a poem reissue from Rattus, “Lionera Skimgold”, a take on the writer of fiction’s attempt […]

Depression Glass (part five)

      Depression Glass (part five)     “You’re twenty-one,” her aunt said on the phone. “Yeah, I am.” Merrilee and Monica, roommates then, had gone to a steakhouse known for its goofy cocktails, with the promise they’d try three, each different from the last. “Happy birthday. How you feel?” “Not awful.” “Great. I’m […]

A Chatterbug’s Memoires

      A Chatterbug’s Memoires   Before self-anointing try a means test Have conference with the ash tree’s railing leaves The dying fighter not yet wholly girdled A corpse of heartwood chip by chip stripped clean Bad tidings brought by an agent of the bourse Make every act of treason underpay Chapters of a […]

Lionera Skimgold (poem)

      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)

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

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.” […]