Friends, Please Stop By and Meet Torsade!

  Lots of great changes on my site, formerly Stephanie’s Blog. Little surprises (good ones!) hidden behind pics, and lots of good reading! My posts are a showcase for whatever writing I’m interested in, and rough-drafting at the time—and for my artwork. My pages are where I put polished work, collected in proper reading order, and […]

Actors Act (poem): Second Corey Jack series

  Actors Act   Being, at the wheel, free to fly, she’d closed her eyes Singing The light was red But he was grinning like a wise guy Revved and squealed off A Mazda pushed the yellow light and blocked her His rude old Ford was parked there Catty-corner at the Holiday Inn She thought […]

The Impresario: an alphabet (part eight)

Republished by Blog Post Promoter The Impresario (eight)   Tortu has done no wrong He lays his lute upon the ground and plucks A melancholic melody with his toes A lilting air flutes o’er this, as serpentine In play of arms and sway of hips The Pythoness begins her dance   He cannot bring himself […]

Pine: new historical flash fiction

Pine  A story set in the Great Depression, when farmers were encouraged to sign on for New Deal benefits, and infrastructure made its way into the hill country.     Continued on Flash Fiction page:    

Third Tourmaline: A Friend (part two)

  A Friend (part two) “Only if I can help you with anything. We’re checking the neighborhood, that’s all. Have you got enough to eat?” “Never mind food,” she said. “Can you hold something for me?” For a moment, she’d weighed this plea. She thought it wasn’t much to ask. She doubted Anton could do […]

Second Are You: Jealous (short story)

Are You Jealous   A package. Gabriel Pinion heard Eva’s voice . . . her put on voice, he called it. She spoke this way to delivery people, sing-song, thanking them, ushering them out the door. He heard the door close, slue into its frame with a rush of air followed by the metallic thunk […]

Dougal Inskip’s Lonely Vigil: Seventh Tattersby

  Dougal Inskip’s Lonely Vigil   When she had been Fiona Medwin Long about the jaw, but fair enough to a man Content to break even on a steady-goer No desire for a flash in the pan Women, though, Dougal says to himself Flash will get them, even the sensible ones Ought she to burn […]

Third Tourmaline: A Friend (short story)

A Friend   Mrs. Leonhardt had taken out all the old silver. Her mother’s silver, her own, the sugars and the salt cellars that she for a time had always been buying, always poking through the second-hand markets, offering half the asking price for anything blackened, anything with the handle or feet off. “That’s good […]

History is Human: Inimical, a novel about process

    Set in the interwar period, Inimical brings heedless English aristocrats to hobnob with German embassy staff at gatherings of the International Peace League, a front organization for the extra-governmental activities of more than one nation. Geoffrey Malcolm-Webb, reporter for the Mirror; agent trusted with disparate assignments, but limited information; Greta Freund, former actress; H. Bruce Van Nest, […]

Her Stay: Haunt of Thieves (book two)

  Her Stay   Water weighs the yoked woman Stooped among refugees crowded here Not threatened by grenades hurled from the sentry box They let this trafficker within the gates She may return Water she bears reached by a path of heel marks Baked in the mud and useless in the rains Such times the […]