My Blog Week: Oct 1 to Oct 7

Yesterday, I posted a new video on my YouTube channel, a tune with a dance beat, and images from the blog.   My Blog Week: October 1 to October 7   This week, A Figure from the Common Lot debuted. Honoré Gremot arrives on the scene, and his misadventures begin. I posted the first installment […]

The Second Idea (poem)

The Second Idea   “Hobbes,” she said. That’s the thing, right? Like, the three main characters… Yeah, I get it, her partner says, ticking off fingers Nasty. Brutish. Short. They made their bargain with the Duke But…what’re we gonna call him…the older brother? So the younger brother was pretending to be him But then, because […]

They Won’t Return: Haunt of Thieves

  They Won’t Return   Tide fans up the estuary a warm salt froth That rinses rot, that hinge of flesh Holding a clamshell shut The gulls discard them careless cracked To bake and stink with dragging seaweed And wooden ribs will lose their battle The fisher in his stilt-house barters For half a hull […]

The Bog: part four (short story)

The Bog (four)   Now Laurel heard a country singer, the crackle of an energy bar unwrapped. Her sister might do this…be on the phone, snack and play music, put busyness between them. The sojourn would end, and they would not have spent it together. Rachel was nervous, out of her element. Laurel’s own phone […]

Spin the Wheel (short story complete)

  Spin the Wheel   If you don’t mind has to count as a question. By rights, you’d have to have a reason for minding…so you’d have to know what advantage there could be in opting out, guess whether the other guy would win the toss or lose it.   Try thinking all that without […]

Promoted to Exile: part one

Fifth Tourmaline: Promoted to Exile (one)   His advocate had told him to make the most of his new station. The advice was free, benefit of a passing encounter on Herward’s way out. The promotion had come too close on the heels of the charges’ dismissal, for him to suppose the whole thing had not […]

Peeled (poem)

  Peeled   Apparency is the means into the mind Dreary the mood of an overheated October Afternoon and no escape The crowd all move together Did the nape clench With premonition Knowing this thing coming Will roll Like the spinning wheel of a wrecked Bicycle a slammed brake Damned if the distractor does Damned […]

On Taste: You and Your Peers

My Curious Reading presents: On Taste: You and Your Peers (one)     The commonly received picture of very tasteful décor, or fashion, is monotonality, lack of pattern and trim; also, the color must be muted, neutral—with few exceptions, pale. White rooms, their occupants dressed in black…the classic mental picture of an art gallery exhibit. […]

My Blog Week: Sept 24 to Sept 30

  Today, October 1, 2017, readers of Torsade stories can begin A Figure from the Common Lot, a novel set in the 1870’s. If you like books about history, war, espionage, politics, spiritualism, immigration, you may like to begin with these opening pages.      All the Latest from Torsade        My Blog […]

Figure begins: Battlefront (pages 1 to 10)

A Figure from the Common Lot   Subscribers, Followers, Discoverers, click the link at the bottom of this post, which goes to the Battlefront page, where you can read up to page ten of the first number. Next week, ten more pages!                        Cette Illusion […]