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)

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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)

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

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: Lighthouse

https://carrotranch.com/2017/07/07/july-6-flash-fiction-challenge-2/ Wendy and Jack approached the old lighthouse with other tourists. "I just love these old buildings!" Wendy gushed.  "Don't you, dear?" "They're okay, I guess," Jack replied. "But it's so grand looking!  They knew how to build things then." "It's just an archaic brick building with no more use.  Modern ships rely on more … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Lighthouse

Fault Lines

(This is the third short story of my history of Santa Clara Valley series) SILICON VALLEY – LATER 1980s “You really want to move out there?” Gina asked. “I think it's a good idea,” Craig asserted. “It's a great idea when you think about it.” Gina felt unconvinced. “But it's so far away.” “Aren't you … Continue reading Fault Lines

Closed Circuit

SILICON VALLEY - 1971 The employees were all gathered in a conference room. Seth was sitting intently at the middle of a long table. Gavin sat across from him. About a dozen or more were sitting around the table or milling about. A single window on the back wall looked out onto a parking lot. … Continue reading Closed Circuit

From The Archives – Diridon Station

(I first wrote this story three years ago while taking a class at Cabrillo College and posted it on my old blog.  This is a rewrite of that previous version.  It's a tale of love lost, then found again...sort of.) Andrew and his briefcase were pulled along by a mass of evening commuters moving through … Continue reading From The Archives – Diridon Station