My Blog Week, Things to Try, music, slide show, links to Pinterest boards


Nortie Cat, Torsade’s Site Ambassador













A Figure from the Common Lot Debuts, October 1, 2017



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Slide show: A Figure from the Common Lot


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My Blog Week


December 3 to December 9

November 26 to December 2

November 19 to November 25

November 12 to November 18

November 5 to November 11

October 29 to November 4

October 22 to October 28

October 15 to October 21

October 8 to October 14

October 1 to October 7

September 24 to September 30

September 17 to September 23

September 10 to September 16

September 3 to September 9

August 27 to September 2

August 20 to August 26


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inimical cover with lake scene

a figure from the common lot cover with title character

A black cat, nicknamed Nortie, who serves as Torsade's site ambassador.


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 (beginning September), “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

Books You Can Buy

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)

The Tick of a Second Hand (poem)

A Little Joy (poem)

A Little Cat Drawing

Interview with Mr. Dugan

The Nutshell Hatches (page)

Gravity Hold the Moon (poem)

Fallen Short (flash fiction)

In and Out of Conservatism (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 previous 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.


Images meta-tagged!


Alt-text for impaired readers, easy to pin or share.


Not changing:


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



Welcome! Questions?

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