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

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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)

Redwood Summer Chapter 3 (repost)

Just rewrote chapter 3 of Redwood Summer.  I'm going through the entire draft of the novel making final changes and improvements before I approach an agent.  Redwood Summer takes place in 1990 San Jose, CA, and this chapter is set in the main character's workplace during the early summer.  All 17 chapters of Redwood Summer … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 3 (repost)

99 Word Prompt: Fishy Story

https://carrotranch.com/2018/04/26/april-26-flash-fiction-challenge/ "So I caught a fish this big," said a fisherman, his hands slightly apart. "Oh yeah? Well I caught one this big," bragged another fisherman, his arms stretched out farther. "That's nothing," another fisherman chimed in. "I caught one this big!" He strained his arms apart as far as they could stretch. "Hey, guys!" … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Fishy Story

Redwood Summer Chapter 17

The parties, family gatherings, career change, leaving of school, ordeals, dispersement of friends to their separate lives, and all the other life events of the past year ran through Jason's mind as he continued to look out the passenger side window from a work truck as Hal drove. He gazed ahead to the dry, golden … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 17

Redwood Summer Chapter 16

Jason drove along a Central Valley freeway through large expanses of agriculture. In the distance he saw the prison, a desolate cluster of rectangular, institutional buildings imposing upon the surrounding open space. He exited off the freeway as he approached and drove to the visitor lot. He parked and felt a little uneasy as he … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 16

99 Word Prompt: Balloons

https://carrotranch.com/2018/03/09/march-8-flash-fiction-challenge/ Timmy brought the balloon animal to his family.  "Look at what I got." "Why look at that balloon dog!" his mother said.  "How cute!" "No," father disagreed, "it's a horse." "You're both wrong," grandma interrupted.  "It's obviously a rhinoceros." "Let me look at that," Uncle Wally requested as he took the balloon animal and … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Balloons

Redwood Summer Chapter 15

Jason looked over the newspaper classified want ads while sitting at the kitchen table. David was across the table doing his homework. “Anything promising?” father asked from the living room. “Not much,” Jason answered. “A lot of the same old stuff.” “Budget cuts because of the Cold War ending would be my guess.” “Yeah, that’s … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 15

99 Word Prompt: White Flowers

https://carrotranch.com/2017/12/21/dec-21-flash-fiction-contest/ The man stopped when he came across a pleasant sight of white flowers arrayed in front of him.  He wistfully contemplated the field of new growth.  The beautiful daisy, he sighed to himself, Bellis perennis if memory serves me.  He looked across the many bright yellow dots surrounded by snow white petals atop thin … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: White Flowers

Redwood Summer Chapter 14

Jason took a long drink from a bottle of tomato juice and waited for it to replenish him. His body was fatigued and his mind taxed from too much alcohol over the weekend. He leaned back against a three story rack of heavy steel shelves half filled with inventory and relaxed for a bit. He … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 14