Almaden (repost)

First posted this short story just over four years ago, and I made some more changes to improve the narrative and the dialogue. This particular story means a lot to me, so I really want to get it right. The plot of Almaden is about a family's way of life coming to an end as … Continue reading Almaden (repost)

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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)

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: Growing Older

https://carrotranch.com/2019/05/10/may-9-flash-fiction-challenge/ "Grandma, tell us about the time before television." Grandma leaned back in her rocking chair nostalgically. "Ah yes, the Golden Age of Radio. Every night the family would get together and listen to Jack Benny, Bob Hope, or Edgar Bergen.  Those were the days; good, clean wholesome entertainment.""Ever want to go back, Grandma?"Grandma sat … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Growing Older

The Dealers (Repost)

I first reposted this old cannabis themed short story of mine on 4/20 back in 2015, now I'm re-reposting for today's 4/20 observance.  I first wrote this short story back in 2000 (and rewrote it in 2010), a time of stricter cannabis laws, and it looks at the underworld market of that time.  Admittedly the … Continue reading The Dealers (Repost)

99 Word Prompt: Fire

https://carrotranch.com/2019/04/04/april-4-flash-fiction-challenge/ "You know what you're doing, Chandler?" "Of course I do, Brooke," Chandler assured as he stood next to the Weber barbecue. Brooke looked down at the coals and barely saw the orange glow of heat.  "I don't think the fire is hot enough." "That's an easy fix."  Chandler picked up a bottle of lighter … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Fire

Castle (Repost)

Wrote and posted this short story just over four years ago.  It's a story about a chance encounter between a poor person and a really poor person that leads to a discussion on life, who has it worse, and the Golden State Warriors.  A decent early effort that deserves more visits, about 1,550 words long, … Continue reading Castle (Repost)

99 Word Prompt: Valentine’s Day

https://carrotranch.com/2019/02/14/february-14-flash-fiction-challenge/ Casey got home after a long day at work, dropped everything, and let out an exhausted breath.  She went through the mail and tossed most of it into the recycling bin.  A red envelope then caught eye, and she saw it was from a former boyfriend.  This is unexpected, she thought.  She opened the … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Valentine’s Day

99 Word Prompt: Sea Mist

https://carrotranch.com/2019/02/01/january-31-flash-fiction-challenge/ They sat on the beach and watched the ocean waves against the setting sun. "So this is it?" she asked. "Yeah, everything's set," he answered.  "I'll stay at a friend's place while I look for a new job.  Shouldn't take long." She looked over at him.  "Really wish you could stay," she pleaded. "So … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Sea Mist

99 Word Prompt: Reflection

https://carrotranch.com/2019/01/04/january-3-flash-fiction-challenge/ He sped along the highway as he left his home town. All that shaped and influenced him as a person, and everyone he knew, faded into the background as he drove ahead. He was looking forward to the new life he was anticipating in a city unknown. He didn't know where he was going, … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Reflection