My Blog Week: Feb 3 to Feb 9

All the Latest from Torsade!                             The week began with “The Blue Bird”, Gitana finding her impatience anticipated, a mimicry of normality creeping back; in Tuesday’s Sequence of Events, Van Nest evaluates Curtis Boardman, and Phillip learns Oliver’s price. On Wednesday, the […]

Appassionata: Hammersmith (thirty-five)

Hammersmith Thirty-Five Appassionata           Back from his tacit errand (ixnay on the taking of Reverend Sandy), Chilly had been for a while in whispering confab with Zetland. “Got to be very, very cautious. Coat buttons. Lace-up boots…got them metal grommets. Wedding ring…” Aimee and Chilly, who’d inched to her with exemplary […]

And Crying (poem)

    And Crying   They wanted to tell the saddest of stories That needed its ending quickened and dashed Dear hope It needed a lapse A single star A nightfall to recuse itself from mustness Just light to mark the weathering of an instant Mercury slow its downslide soon to plummet A face with […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: forty-two

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (forty-two)                  Warning! Today’s Catastrophe contains a graphic photo that may disturb some readers.           XXYII Interview with Doctor Lherminier   The wounded and their care. Their burns. The state of the corpses in the ruins. Macabre […]

Yoharie: Opening Scene

Yoharie Opening Scene               The thing that had made him hate camping. Rocks had been falling all this time, but the clip that played itself across the screen of Jeremiah Hibbler’s closed eyes was soundless. It was almost a lie…if there had not been so much rooted pain, telling […]

Sequence: The Heron’s Foot (part four)

Sequence of Events Chapter Nine The Heron’s Foot (part four)           West side people keep to themselves. My neighbors know me to be bad-tempered and unsociable. Also, they are unimpressed by my particular sort of fame. Like Harvey Planter, they have opinions about the theater. I doubt anything less than a […]

The Blue Bird (part four)

Short Stories The Blue Bird (part four)           “So,” she told him, standing. “Here’s what I’ve decided, for today. I’m going over to Glimmerings. I’m going to put a note up on the board…get in touch with me. I don’t care…” She raised her voice. Dave was comfortable falling into his […]

My Blog Week: Jan 27 to Feb 2

All the Latest from Torsade!                       This week began with a poem from my book Mystery Plays, “Side of Life”. On Tuesday, Phillip got a break, not without strings attached, when his scheme to impress Gamotte suffered for its ambition, in Sequence of Events. Wednesday, […]

Celebrated (part nine)

Novella Celebrated (part nine)               Otherwise, Greenwalter was decently informative; he dropped jargon like IR and ingest, but offended thus no more than most computer guys. He had heard of Voluntary Motion. “I started reading it.” “Great.” This meant either once and done, or yesterday when I found out […]

To Whom Do You Refer: Malice Part Two

Assorted Opinions To Whom Do You Refer (With Malice Towards None: part two)                 When I speak of good taste and of good moral tone I do not mean the kind of good taste which is offended by every reference to the unpleasant things of life, I do […]