Yoharie: Neverers (part two)

Yoharie Neverers (part two)           Here was the special vocabulary. The character, by the author, had not been made male or female. Hearty debate in the World, did Southey have a preference, did he/she plant clues, were phrases such as “…an ex-slave, bearing his mark…”, evidentiary, or only grammatical, was the […]

Sequence: Give a Dog a Bad Name (part seven)

Sequence of Events Chapter Eleven Give a Dog a Bad Name and Hang Him (part seven)         He had spotted the window’s lavish draperies (there was a strong touch of Harvey, even here)—and like Magda, thought to couch himself behind these…but unmusically, and careful to draw the fabric over the toes of […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part six)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part six)         I had slept at my first home in profoundest silence…fairly it might be said, that of the grave. Childhood dreams did not meander here from sound to sound, weaving a story of footsteps, caterwauling, morning birdsong; rather mine, I could now suppose, had […]

Sequence: Give a Dog a Bad Name (part six)

Sequence of Events Chapter Eleven Give a Dog a Bad Name and Hang Him (part six)         The position was not merely politic. Leave people alone to live their lives. Why not? But Rob had the suspicion he’d been hired already…that this privilege of speaking to Junior would not otherwise have been […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part five)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part five)                   Cuerpha was my gift from Cime, my pony, his saddle and tackle. Pytta came to me, and said, “I should not. You, who know, know we have been warned, and by a brother of the Emperor. Word spreads […]

Sequence: Give a Dog a Bad Name (part five)

Sequence of Events Chapter Eleven Give a Dog a Bad Name and Hang Him (part five)           Rascka cut him short, speaking in a level, warning voice. Through the open door Rob could make this out, but not the words. Magda began to laugh. He’d gone then, to see for himself. […]

Sequence: Give a Dog a Bad Name (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Apr 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Eleven Give a Dog a Bad Name and Hang HIm (part four)           Ethan’s “revolving door” for “seekers of immoral pleasures” (phrases of Rica’s in a gossip page piece, her humor cloaked in a paragraph so purely the voice of the bridling matron, that the Herald reader might […]

Sequence: Give a Dog a Bad Name (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 16 Apr 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Eleven Give a Dog A Bad Name and Hang Him (part five)           The screen door was unlatched. A red-haired girl, seated on the wicker, got to her feet. “Is it a bad time, Nora?” “No, Florrie. I’m putting the kettle on.” The keys came out again. […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 10 Apr 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part four)         A long ride over country, how next I found myself directed, gave contemplation of the end of Mumas…what I had done to him…free play in my mind. For I suffered a bit, without knowing what had befallen me. It was best to think […]

Sequence: Give a Dog a Bad Name (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 9 Apr 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Eleven Give a Dog a Bad Name and Hang Him (part two)           The sign was not lit, but sunlit, a shaft hitting the bottom of the “H” and the top of the “O”; these half-letters illuminated, formed a glyph. Durco told himself he saw a bridge […]