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Gremot had stepped forward two paces, before offering this remark. He scanned the empty horizon. Dupuy felt needled once again. He felt he ought to defend…he dismissed the thought. Gremot knew nothing; no man of knowledge doubted the superiority of the French guns. Yet, in the heart pained a moment ago by an unfathomable envy at the exhilaration of racing wings, Dupuy felt a fresh stirring of unease.  (Excerpt, Battlefront)






inimical cover with lake scene

The puzzle was not for Greta to solve. She and Mrs. Branstadt ought not to sit talking to each other…she wished her mentor had clued her in. Again, with less finesse than Van Nest would have approved, she prompted Doris.

“What you figure? Al bought a pearl and hid it in a field.”

“A raffle ticket?” Doris shrugged. “Or…um…”

“Try to keep a secret,” Mrs. Veidt put in.

“So, then, what happened?”

“Al,” Mrs. Branstadt said, “kept trying to get up in the middle of the sermon. I had to take hold of his sleeve and make him be still. He said he didn’t like the way everyone was staring.”

“You mean…all that was your dream.”  (Excerpt, Chapter 6)




“The stairs?” Her stab at fathoming what he’d been earnestly telling her, needed to stew under the influence of her gin cocktail, and even after two sips of this stimulant, she played it safe.

“Stairs.” Rascka repeated the word, said no more…and Rob began to imagine himself part of an experimental dialogue. The doctor sat between Rob and the blonde, three bodies on a leather sofa. At last, he added: “But, things are hidden under stairs, certainly. My father, when he visited the embassy, left his messages in just that way.”

“Your father.”

Rob felt provoked. Ethan nodded and smoked, the blonde finished her drink; both acted as though Rascka’s statement had been an old thing, well known.

“Yes, as I say,” Rascka answered him.  (Excerpt, Chapter 11)






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Slide show: A Figure from the Common Lot


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Novels: Read ’em here!


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The Nitty-Gritty
(if you’re my age, you’re thinking of “Turn the Beat Around“)


So, I’ve been touting my upcoming serial novel, A Figure from the Common Lot, and I’ve been touting the blog it will appear on, Torsade Literary Space. (Link takes you to The Culture, a Pinterest board that tells a lot about where I’m coming from).

How does this work? I create and post original art, poetry, fiction and non-fiction . . . now cartoons, on my sister blog, The Cartoon House. On the slide menu, top right, you’ll find several pages: these are the “homes” of the Torsade exclusives. The Excerpts director is an easy guide that takes you through a list of books for sale (on Amazon, links provided) and ongoing stories.

Sign up, and you’ll start getting emails with every new post. Each post takes you to the page, acting for you as a bookmarking system. For example, if you were to follow my novella, “Are You Alienated”, you’d get a post with an excerpt in the neighborhood of five hundred words, ending with a link to the page, where the story can be read as a book, wide-screened and page-numbered.

Another feature is the links I attach to many of the images. These take you to such sources as Atlas Obscura, Encyclopedia Britannica, Wikipedia. I sometimes throw in a song link from YouTube. Three examples: Annie Lennox and Al Green’s “Put a Little Love in Your Heart”; Jars of Clay’s “There is a River”; Earth, Wind and Fire’s “That’s the Way of the World”. If I mention a work by another author, or a magazine article, I link to it in the text.

I have made a number of Pinterest boards with images to illustrate the historical periods in which my stories are set, as well as places and props associated with the stories.




Torsade Presents:


A Figure from the Common Lot
The Folly
Are You


I know people haven’t got money to buy all the books and journal subscriptions they’d like. I know (I’m there) many can’t afford the cost of entertainment at all. Torsade is free. I do ask a busker’s fee, in the form of a donation through PayPal, and I provide a safe utility for doing so.

Thanks! See you on the blog!



Things to Try


The Folly (poem)

The Big Pants (short story)

Hammersmith (novella)

La Catastrophe de la Martinique (translation)

Cats Gone By: Guilty Parties

The Nutshell Hatches (page)

Gravity Hold the Moon (poem)

Fallen Short (flash fiction)

Uneasily Enthused (essay)




Book formatting!


Torsade now has a serif font. Most of my fiction takes place in past times, and this feels more apropos. I was once a sans person myself, and I know strong feelings collect about font styles, as they do with commas and semi-colons.

The text is right-justified, to give the feeling of reading a physical book. New (and eventually older) pieces will have page numbering.


Mad linking!


Now all posts that feature 1-5 pages of a story will have a link to the beginning and next section; so again, the reader can follow through the complete text, as with any normal reading experience.


Poems matched tidily to images!


Visit the post on the blog, and you will see a sleek presentation, single-spaced, stanzas separated.


Not changing:


(The late but well-loved) Nortie cat, with his friend Seymour, continues as site ambassador.





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