Yoharie: Security Check (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 8 Apr 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Security Check (part two)             “Dawn,” (he’d ask) “where’re those old picture albums? I think the one I want’s got some kind of pink cover.” Giarma as a little girl. Anyway, that would be home to her. He put an end to this interior scene with dialogue. The thing […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 2 Apr 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Eleven Give a Dog a Bad Name and Hang Him (part one)                 Give him a table where he can hear/and a chair that bears his weight, and remember he’s doing a favor for you/when he gets his story straight   F.F.M., Arizona Republican, […]

Yoharie: Security Check (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Mar 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Security Check (part one)             It would be a bad moment for Yoharie, if someone rang the front bell. He wanted Dawn and the kids to get out—leave him alone, yes—but above all, since they had this nice place, and there was a little money at last, let em […]

Sequence of Events: Moving On (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Mar 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Ten Moving On (part five)         Though the job was thankless, it was not the worst. Bruner’s instructions were coming through Summers…but the errand was Van Nest’s. It had been sort of a joke, one partly rooted in history, but again, part folklore. Kidding people about breaking them, […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Mar 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part three)             The mustering grounds, within the ramparts of the fort, met my eyes dressed in the panoply of a fair day. I had never thought to see the inside of a garrison’s stronghold. And could not imagine the fort in its sobriety… […]

Sequence of Events: Moving On (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 19 Mar 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Ten Moving On (part four)           “Thus,” he went on, “we need not abandon our mission due to a mere contingency, one that any careful plan would have anticipated. No…I still consider my thinking to have been sound. It was the weather…” He’d paced back to the […]

Sequence of Events: Moving On (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 12 Mar 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Ten Moving On (part three)           “Love is no use.” Bruner said it, finally, and Summers said, “No, you’re wrong. Love is a great motivator. One of those cases where you have to strike while the iron’s hot, though. Bruner, I think you can do a job […]

Yoharie: Neverers (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Mar 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Neverers (part one)           “But places the landscape was uniform in appearance…which might be desert, coastlands, tropical forest…and, of course, among the Mediterranean nations early mariners generally kept within sight of land… So we see the building of monumental works—statues, temples, mausoleums. They were navigation aids, practically, as well as […]

Sequence of Events: Moving On (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 5 Mar 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Ten Moving On (part two)           Murchison sighs—a sigh of such resignation that Stanley, suddenly, has a vivid picture of the two of them sitting across from each other at the kitchen table. Viola is the stronger. Murchison wants her to see his dilemma. There is a […]

Sequence of Events: Moving On (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Feb 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Ten Moving On                     Man will remain, to dream as he hath dreamed And mark the earth with passion. Love will spring, from the tomb of old affections.   from The Indian Advocate, early 1900s, uncredited     Phillip found himself catching […]