Form 6A

(A workplace short story about a new hire in management, her effect on one of the employees, and how she uses the levers of office politics.  About 5,600 words long.) Denise was suspicious of Helen from the beginning. When Helen arrived for her first day at work, everyone was wowed her outgoing personality and just … Continue reading Form 6A

Redwood Summer Chapter 15 (repost)

Rewrite of Redwood Summer chapter 15, a novel of 1990 San Jose. In this chapter the main character receives life changing news.  Only two more chapters to rewrite and repost.  I've spent a lot of time rewriting this novel, and maybe Redwood Summer will never come to anything, but everytime I work on it I … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 15 (repost)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Shakespearean Porn Titles

We all know that the works of Shakespeare are rife with colorful (my apologies, colourful), witty sexual innuendo that was easily understood by Elizabethan audiences some 400+ years ago but is largely incomprehensible to modern English speakers, or at least Americans. But what if his more luridly explicit language made its way into the titles … Continue reading Shakespearean Porn Titles

Redwood Summer Part III Chapter 12 (repost)

Rewrite of chapter 12, which is also the beginning of the last third of Redwood Summer, a novel of 1990 San Jose. This chapter begins after a job interview for the main character, and interview that didn’t go well. As he meets up with his girlfriend in downtown San Jose, he wonders what to do … Continue reading Redwood Summer Part III Chapter 12 (repost)

Redwood Summer Chapter 11 (repost)

via Redwood Summer Chapter 11 Rewrite of chapter 11 of Redwood Summer, a novel of 1990 San Jose.  The setting of this chapter is Jason's workplace, a satellite imaging company.  The workplace is abuzz because of a visit they received from a group of businessmen who are rumored to be interested in buying the company.  … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 11 (repost)