99 Word Prompt: For The Water

(Been a while since I wrote a 99 word piece of flash fiction prompted by Carrot Ranch but the subject of this one really caught my attention. As a Californian I'm well aware of the importance of water and all its surrounding controversies. Between increasing drought and the continuous rerouting of water into deserts to … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: For The Water

Jury Duty – A Flash Fiction Piece

(This work of flash fiction was inspired by a jury summons I received last month. I embellished to make it more interesting.) Ned sullenly walked to the jury assembly room, angrily pulled out his summons and showed it to the clerk who checked him in, and searched for an empty chair in the room that … Continue reading Jury Duty – A Flash Fiction Piece

Redwood Summer – A Novel (Homepage)

Below is the link to the home page for Redwood Summer. Though it's a novel that takes place in 1990, it has themes that are relevant to today, and it takes a deeper look at a pivotal time in history that set us on the course that took us to where we are today. Historical … Continue reading Redwood Summer – A Novel (Homepage)

Form 6A (Repost)

Rewrite of this short story that I first posted seven months ago. It's a story about a conflict between a longtime employee and a new hire in management. The tensions in the story may make it more timely now than when it was first posted. Hopefully I improved it. Could make a good short film … Continue reading Form 6A (Repost)

Form 6A

(A workplace short story about a new hire in management, her effect on one of the employees, and the levers of office politics.  5,546 words long.) “Helen is just the spark we need!” Denise overheard a coworker say. “Maybe can finally implement the next phase in our growth plan,” another coworker said hopefully. “Just as … Continue reading Form 6A

99 Word Prompt: Day Of The Dead

(A 99 word flash fiction piece prompted by Carrot Ranch.  Subject: Day of the Dead.) https://carrotranch.com/2019/10/31/october-31-flash-fiction-challenge/ The ancestors made their annual visit during the time between fall and winter to be among the living.  As they commiserated with their living relatives and listened to their prayers, they were dismayed by the destructive tendencies of some … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Day Of The Dead

Fibbing Friday (10/25/19)

This is a prompt from pensitivity101, 10 questions that have to be answered untruthfully. Go to the link below to see the prompt, and join in if you feel so inspired, or if you're just really good at lying. https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2019/10/25/fibbing-friday-25th-october/ The questions, and answers: 1. What makes squash?  Mommy and daddy squash 2. How would … Continue reading Fibbing Friday (10/25/19)

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)

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