Writing Prompt: Masks – The Bank Robbery

Very short story inspired by a writing prompt posted by Rachel Poli.  Subject: masks https://rachelpoli.com/2018/10/19/time-to-write-masks-creative-writing-prompt/ THE BANK ROBBERY A masked man entered the bank. He went to the nearest window, pulled out a pistol, and held it low as he pointed it at the teller. "Fill this up!" the bank robber ordered as he tossed … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Masks – The Bank Robbery

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Redwood Summer Chapter 10 (repost)

A rewrite of chapter 10 of Redwood Summer, a novel of 1990 San Jose.  In this chapter Jason is attempting to fix the car problem from the previous chapter, and ends up having a conversation with his father about where he's at in life, and about what Silicon Valley was in its agricultural past. via … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 10 (repost)

99 Word Prompt: Bottleneck

https://carrotranch.com/2018/08/31/august-30-flash-fiction-challenge/ THE BOTTLE OPENER A party goer grabbed a longneck bottle of ale from an ice chest and searched around.  "Anyone know where the bottle opener is?" "I got this," another party goer said as he picked up another beer bottle.  "Now give me yours." The first party goer handed him his bottle, then the … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Bottleneck

99 Word Prompt: Comet

https://carrotranch.com/2018/08/16/august-16-flash-fiction-challenge/ YOU SHOULD'VE LISTENED TO ME! "I see a dark omen ahead for you," the sorceress warned. "Well that's a bummer," the man said nonchalantly. "Heed my words!" the sorceress reiterated. "When a comet appears that is aligned with one of the planets, it will spell your doom!" "How does a comet align with a … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Comet

Redwood Summer Chapter 9 (repost)

Rewrite of chapter 9 for Redwood Summer. In this chapter Jason, the main character, and his friends Randy and Brian are driving home after seeing a movie, but what's really happening is the growing apart of Jason and Randy. The breakdown that happens to Jason's car is symbolic, not only of the relationship between Jason … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 9 (repost)

99 Word Prompt: Peering

https://carrotranch.com/2018/08/09/august-9-flash-fiction-challenge/ SAD CAT DIARY: WILDLIFE EDITION The mountain lion came up to the forest's edge drawn by the scent of food.  She peered from the woods at a flock of livestock in a nearby pasture. One of those sheep could feed me and my little ones for a week, the mountain lion thought as she … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Peering

Redwood Summer Chapter 8 (repost)

Reposting of Redwood Summer chapter 8 after giving it a rewrite. It isn't too different from earlier version, just more expanded. In this chapter, Jason, the character, is having dinner with his entire family and his girlfriend, and it's the last truly happy moment for him in the novel. After this chapter, the downward descent … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 8 (repost)

Redwood Summer Chapter 7 (repost)

A rewrite of chapter 7, not much different than earlier version, but deeper. Action is right after action in chapter 6. Jason and Christine are at her nephew's little league game, which symbolizes his journeys from participant to spectator, and contrasts with chapter 2 in which Jason plays a game of basketball with friends. Also … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 7 (repost)

99 Word Prompt: Buttons

https://carrotranch.com/2018/07/05/july-5-flash-fiction-challenge/ BIG AND SHINY “Now listen here, swine!” Claude bellowed with inflated self importance. “Now that I’ve put in charge of this department things are going to be different! There will be order!” The employees looked at him blankly. “First rule, my cubicle is off limits! Nobody enters my territory! Nobody messes with my stuff! … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Buttons

Hillside Trail

Erica stared out the IHOP window, deep in thought on what to do next. “I really think this is a mistake,” Alan said from across the table. Erica continued to look past him at the traffic on Lombard Street. “I’ve been good to you, I’ve been there for you,” Alan pleaded. “When did I ever … Continue reading Hillside Trail