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)

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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)

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)

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

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

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

Redwood Summer Chapter 13

“So now Alex is trying to hook him up with a job so he can pay off his back rent!” Mike said loudly to Jason over blaring party music. “Hook who up?!” Jason replied just as loud. “Curtis!” Mike repeated. “Oh, good for him!” Jason yelled back. “Hope it works out!” “Maybe he can find … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 13

Redwood Summer Part III Chapter 12

Jason hurried through downtown along Santa Clara Street. The glaring, late summer sun heated him from above and he was stifled by the unfamiliar tightness of his necktie. He loosened its knot, unbuttoned his collar, and let the heat out as he kept moving. He turned south onto Market Street, went a little further, then … Continue reading Redwood Summer Part III Chapter 12