A Cold Spring


“A Cold Spring”–Episodes 25 and 26

Episode 25: Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Never Long ago, my great-great-great grandmother lived halfway up the mountains on the eastern border of Highmoor Province near the cataracts. In those nearly forgotten days, expectant mothers spent their confinement before bearing children in solitude, attended only by a trusted friend or relative. According to legend, she and her closest friend made their way to a cavern in the heights and settled in for the remaining weeks before my great-great-great-grandmother’s first child was […]


“A Cold Spring”–Episodes 23 and 24

Looking for previous episodes? Start Here with a PDF of 1-18. Episode 23: Witches, Witches Everywhere Older relatives, slightly singed but maintaining an air of refinement, rest on tussocks near the river, enjoying quiet conversation. Their breaths puff into white vapor in the cool morning air. All in all, the scene is one of a pleasant outdoor celebration in full swing despite the occasional crash from the burning castle. The one common trait all witches share—no matter their politics––is […]


“A Cold Spring:-Episodes 21 and 22

If you want to read the whole story so far, Follow this link to Episodes 1-20 Episode 21: Unexpected Discarding the light blanket Mayebelle has wrapped around me, I scrabble in the spring-damp mold of the forest floor. Pain in my midsection redoubles, but I crawl to the edge of the road and use a handy rowan sapling to hoist myself up. “Maddock!” I would have run to him, but little Priscilla or Madeleine or Jane will not be […]


“A Cold Spring” Episodes 19 and 20 1 comment

Looking for previous episodes? Scroll down for a PDF of Episodes 1-18.  Then follow right here every week as we reach the conclusion. “A Cold Spring” Episode 19: Something Witchy This Way Comes  Far to the east, a full moon rises behind glacier-encrusted mountains shimmering with the last red rays of the sunset. Unruly cataracts tumble from the heights, falling in a silver ribbon and exploding in white mist. A snaking blue line, the Whispering River runs from its […]


“A Cold Spring” BONUS Episodes-Happy Groundhog Day 1 comment

Surprise and Happy Groundhog Day. This day is the cross-quarter day–midway between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. For me, today is the first day of spring–the quickening when roots stir and hibernating critters begin  to wake. My present to myself is a large bonfire and small libation of Laphroaig. Your present is a pdf of “A Cold Spring” –With 2 new episodes. (I’d give you a taste of my Laphroaig if you were here–really I would.) Use the navigation […]


“A Cold Spring” Episodes 13 and 14

The Witch hits the fan in these episodes of “A Cold Spring.”  Need to find previous episodes? Start HERE. Episode 13: Magic of the Darker Sort Stately stewards carried in the main course on silver platters—a savory roast seasoned with rosemary and thyme. The sumptuous fragrance drew oohs and ahhs from the assemblage.  Cutlery clinked on the fine china, crystal goblets glittered, and the hall filled with laughter. Conversation bubbled throughout the room, ebullient as the champagne. Even the […]


“A Cold Spring” Episodes 11 and 12

Looking for previous episodes of “A Cold Spring?” Start HERE with a pdf of episodes 1-8 and a post of episodes 9 and 10. Episode 11: Kinship Will Out In the ensuing years, Aunt Clarissa and I discovered many of our kin whose wits had not been so muddled with wine or so shocked with disbelief that they could not escape the carnage of Old Highmoor Castle. Still and all, better than two thirds of both the Darkmores and […]


“A Cold Spring” Episodes 9 and 10

“A Cold Spring” isn’t firmly rooted in one time or another. It moves from the present to the past and back again. The timey-wiminess of it appeals to me because I avoid anything normal. To find previous episodes: follow this link to a pdf of Episodes 1-8. Episode 9: Icey Curses Aunt Clarissa always called me her favorite, but that didn’t matter at this particular moment. She’d caught me conspiring with La Croixs. I’d heard stories of such things—remnants […]