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)

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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

99 Word Prompt: Not All Is Lost

https://carrotranch.com/2018/06/22/june-21-flash-fiction-challenge/   YOU CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE   A city person pulled into a rural service station.  "Excuse me, sir, do you know the way to Davenport?" "Davenport?" the rustic attendant answered.  "Don't reckon I do." "How about Greenfield?" The attendant pondered.  "Nope, don't know the way there either." "Well can you tell me … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Not All Is Lost

Redwood Summer Part II Chapter 6 (repost)

A rewrite and expansion of Redwood Summer chapter 6. This is the beginning of the second third of the novel. It takes place about a month after chapter 5 ends, and begins the changes that will happen in Jason's, the main character, life. Jason and his mother have a debate about the pros and cons … Continue reading Redwood Summer Part II Chapter 6 (repost)

Redwood Summer Chapter 5 (repost)

Rewrite of chapter 5.  The scene is the morning after a glorious party, and the end of the first third of the novel.  Everyone is hungover but happy, and the story reaches a peak at the end of this chapter, after which is the downward slide to its ultimate fate. via Redwood Summer Chapter 5

Redwood Summer Chapter 4 (repost)

Just gave chapter 4 a rewrite, the party scene. One of the inspirations for this chapter is the party scene from The Great Gatsby. Not that I'm at that level of expertise, but learn from the best. What struck me about the party scene from Gatsby is that it's so ethereal it almost seems unreal, … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 4 (repost)