My Blog Week: Sept 2 to Sept 8

All the Latest from Torsade!                     Êlucide, in this week’s A Figure from the Common Lot, slips outside in the dark when she can’t sleep; sees no harm in doing as she pleases. On Monday, episode two of poem-story Haunt of Thieves; Tuesday, Sequence of Events began […]

Élucide: part three

A Figure from the Common Lot Élucide (part three)               Jerome sat in stiff awareness of having gained an audience. He’d been using his fish knife to winnow out a bone; this he’d placed so neatly on the plate’s rim that its curved shape and the pressed scroll design […]

Yoharie: Neighborhood Watch (part four)

Yoharie Neighborhood Watch (part four)             They really had made him be watch captain. And Hibbler didn’t feel it’d be cool to tell Mat, knew he couldn’t tell Todwillow… That he thought it sometimes. Spying on people was shady…it must be. No one was going to knock on the Wittcombe’s […]

Celebrated (part three)

Novella Celebrated (part three)             Her office door was open. In a building with steam heat and no air conditioning, most doors were. But Motley could be tried on this point, caught with notebook, jotting poetry; or, crease between eyes, grading papers. Tom’s mind crossed by a thought—that a Motley […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty-one

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty-one)               Another captain, when he came before Saint-Pierre in the same conditions; when he saw the volcano, once he knew it had ruined the city, had not wanted even to go to Fort-de-France. This was the captain of the Mariette, of […]

I Am the Cause: part five

The Totem-Maker Chapter Three I Am the Cause (part five)           “What do you see?” He asked me this, after getting to his feet. When for minutes he had not furthered his point, I tried, “What is it like for me to see…? How do I know there is anything divine […]

You’ll Be Happy to Know This: part one

Sequence of Events Chapter Three “You’ll Be Happy to Know This, Sir” (part one)               “How much,” I asked, “will you sell the covers for without the insides?”   From Adventures in Contentment Ray Stannard Baker     “Freda has gone off gadding.” Murchison had caught Stanley padding from […]

Haunt of Thieves: part two

  Haunt of Thieves Part Two   A stranger to Gafeidda, Bitter-hearted refugee who mistrusts this tale And tells the Shepherd, “They are thieves, to be sure. Friends of yours. You the dog and they the vultures; theirs no sanctified nest, no god’s dwelling-place defiled. Nor will you let me Know your name (your belief […]

My Blog Week: August 26 to Sept 1

All the Latest from Torsade!                     Last week, in A Figure from the Common Lot, Honoré’s narrative ended; this week, his cousin Élucide’s began, with a half-dreaming series of memories. Monday, a new episode of The German Spy, in which Agnes tells Fiona how Atherleigh rigged the […]

Élucide: part two

A Figure from the Common Lot Élucide (part two)           Her father moved his queen’s bishop’s pawn two squares. Mr. Nachfolger countered, bringing forward his queen’s pawn one square. Élucide watched the match unfold, while her father and Mr. Nachfolger exchanged their laconic, veiled comments. They’d dropped Everard, and spoke now […]