"Stonehenge" photographed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

TERRAFORMING

Cronus, hurry the children! Our shuttle takes off any time now.  You have to make them leave behind those stones you carved for markers in their little Sky Watch Game. The handbook is very emphatic that we can only take away what we brought with us. Thank Saturn, you’re all here. Strap yourselves in. We…

"Onions" by Auguste Renoir

A LIGHT TOUCH

It is naive to assume that what a painter represents or a writer proses on about is, in fact, their passion, the craving that fuels their productivity. Some artists, for instance, pretend to paint a pear, a mountain, or the feathered decoration on a hat when their primal subject is actually the light that is…

"Self-Portrait in a Black Hat" by Charley Toorop

TRACES OF SPRING

She had begun to notice little signs: white spots on the shower walls and sometimes on her glasses, the rising of the hair upon her arms, tiny sparks running like baby alligators across her eyelids when she stood up. Miniature fireworks. A private show. Last week there had been scattered glitter – purple and green…

"Bulletproofglass #8" painted y Rosemary Laing

FREE FALLING

  F. wakes from a dream in which he is falling out of bed to discover that he is actually falling from the sky. The air is cold and thin. It hurts to breathe. Long black hair is spread over the sky behind his left arm making it a bit warmer than his right. Birds…

How Writing Craft Determines Genre

A WRITING CRAFT REVIEW          Readers all have preferences for certain story genres over others and are equally inclined to disparage the genres they have no personal interest in. When evaluating the craft of writing it is very important to focus not upon the story itself but upon how the story is being told. The…

IN NO SENSE

The way Philippe remembers it there was nothing otherwise remarkable about the day. Valerie’s mother had complained the traveler’s shoes were poor and his coat too big for such a little man. So she had not been surprised when after two-days stay he could not pay his bill and offered to paint the crackled shutters…