99 Word Prompt: Rock Star

https://carrotranch.com/2019/08/01/august-1-flash-fiction-challenge/ Young Timmy held a broom horizontally and pantomimed strumming it like a guitar.  He moved to the tune inside his head of the latest pop song and pretended he was playing as he wailed out the lyrics best as he could remember them.  His mother came across his imaginary guitar virtuosity and beamed maternally. … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Rock Star

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Redwood Summer Chapter 14 (repost)

Finally completed rewrite of chapter 14 of Redwood Summer, a novel 1990 San Jose.  This chapter is mostly an interior monologue as Jason, the main character, recovers from a hangover and reflects on the fraying relationship with his best friend Randy, the misery of his current work situation, and dread for the future. Redwood Summer … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 14 (repost)

99 Word Prompt: Paint

The latest Carrot Ranch 99 word flash fiction.  This one was about paint, and after thinking back to some college parties I finally figured out how to write about it. https://carrotranch.com/2019/06/28/june-27-flash-fiction-challenge/ Mateo dabbed his thin brush onto his pallet, swirled around some blue paint, then applied it gingerly.  His quick brushstrokes made lines, swirls, and … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Paint

Redwood Summer Chapter 13 (repost)

Chapter 13 of Redwood Summer, a novel of 1990 San Jose.  Of all the 17 chapters, this one has been the most challenging.  At first I thought this chapter was all about the clash between the two main characters, but now I've come to realize that it's more of a breakup.  No doubt I'll revisit … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 13 (repost)

99 Word Prompt: Hands

https://carrotranch.com/2019/06/13/june-13-flash-fiction-challenge/ "What do you mean you can't tell time?" "No one ever showed me how to read a clock." "It's simple.  Short hand points to the hour, long hand points to the minute." "Phones these days with show time digitally." "Your generation is losing old, vital knowledge." The kid shrugged.  "You know, you can change … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Hands

99 Word Prompt: Trees

https://carrotranch.com/2019/05/16/may-16-flash-fiction-challenge/ Driven by stress, he went to a nearby forest.  He found a trailhead, entered the cathedral of trees, and walked quickly through the verdant surroundings while looking for something unknown. He finally came to a large ring of redwood trees growing from the edge of an old stump.  He stepped into the circle, sat … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Trees

Fosse, Verdon, And The Seamy Side Of Show Biz

FX has been airing the limited series Fosse/Verdon.  Admittedly I miss out on a lot of television, but being a longtime fan of Bob Fosse I decided to make room to see this engaging series. The first episode starts with Bob Fosse looking at himself in the mirror, sporting a tuxedo, a cigarillo dangling from … Continue reading Fosse, Verdon, And The Seamy Side Of Show Biz