Forced Break

Readers, I have a ten day wait, until the 22nd of July, for a technician to fix my internet service. I can’t easily post by phone, but I may try one or two. It remains to be seen. Meanwhile, I’ll find out how much work I can get done when I’m not checking things online […]

Hammersmith: What’s the Game? (chapter twenty-one)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-One What’s the Game?               “Jane, are you feeling braced?” Aimee lowered her voice; she didn’t bother whispering. Curach, across from them again, sitting in a cab once more, could not only hear… His posture, leaning hands on knees, showed him an active listener. Jane was looking […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-eight)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-eight)                         She no longer feared her memories of the place would wake a fresh despair. She could overcome this. Her soul was mingled with a world of mourning souls, in a universal torment. She was delivered, free. When at […]

Witness (poem)

      Witness   “You don’t like me. I want you to like me.” Was that charming? Half an answer came And it was, “No, I don’t think…” Then, “about you at all” had to become “I really know you.” And so another guest, who seemed to be her husband, said “And when you […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part twenty-seven)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part twenty-seven)                   Andreas cared for Maria, recalling her a well-wisher. Giovanna had twisted Maria’s arm, she had played the girl false…this at times seemed apparent… And had he not witnessed it? How Giovanna had leant on the arm of Maria, steering […]

Bad Counsel (conclusion)

Short Stories Bad Counsel (part seven)                   She drives the Ford with her feet off the pedals, letting it roll by itself inch by inch, backing it around the tight corner, edging past the purple Audi. She’s being laughed at. The two men point and backhand each […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part four)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part four)           Morning came, and I descried Castor, with the ponies, through a heavy mist veiling Torin’s lane. From discontented sleep, I had risen before the household. I stepped outside, to give my usual greeting. “What news?” As usual, he offered none, but took […]

My Blog Week: June 27 to July 3

All the Latest from Torsade!                   Last week, I had both internet outage troubles, and too many projects going at once troubles, and so I missed My Blog Week. But I had the basic post mapped out, and the cartoon ready to go… So this week, a […]

From Rattus: Investigation (poem)

      Investigation   Think of a reasonable start Think of property Attribute Value or character Kernel, bare-bones truth Pith, intrinsic worth, the molten core The heart of gold, the nut Diamond in the rough The call, the mission, cause Awakening The deaf, the empty vessel, cabbage head The beckoning dead, the comfortably seated […]

Bad Counsel (part six)

Short Stories Bad Counsel (part six)                   Sly, through the rolled-down window of her mother’s car, he had asked Andrée, “You gonna give me a ride home?” But Buel stayed in the driver’s seat, and Andrée ended up the passenger. At a wide spot, where a culvert […]