Redwood Summer – A Novel (Homepage)

Below is the link to the home page for Redwood Summer. Though it's a novel that takes place in 1990, it has themes that are relevant to today, and it takes a deeper look at a pivotal time in history that set us on the course that took us to where we are today. Historical … Continue reading Redwood Summer – A Novel (Homepage)

Redwood Summer Chapter 16 (repost)

Rewrite of chapter 16 of Redwood Summer, a novel of 1990 San Jose.  In this next to last chapter, the main character visits his best friend under unfavorable circumstances.  They conflicted the last time they saw each other so they have some making up to do.  Link below.  About 1,800 words. via Redwood Summer Chapter … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 16 (repost)

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)

Redwood Summer Chapter 17

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

Redwood Summer Chapter 16

Jason drove along a Central Valley freeway through vast expanses of farmland and pastures. 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, stopped at a gate where a guard in a booth checked him in, … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 16

Redwood Summer Chapter 15

Jason was looking over the newspaper classified employment ads as he sat at the kitchen table. David was across from him doing homework. “Anything promising?” father asked from the living room. “Not much,” Jason answered as he stared at the grid of small rectangles and abbreviated text. “A lot of the same old stuff.” “Budget … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 15

Redwood Summer Part III Chapter 12

...you don't want to be caught on the wrong side... Jason hurried through downtown as he dodged around other pedestrians along East Santa Clara Street. The glaring, late summer sun heated him from above and the unfamiliar tightness of his necktie stifled him. He loosened its knot and unbuttoned his collar as he moved quickly. … Continue reading Redwood Summer Part III Chapter 12

Redwood Summer Chapter 10

Jason stood under the of his car and leaned over the front grill. He peered down at the narrow space between the radiator and motor and tried to figure out the best way to install the new radiator hose. He slid the hose downward into the narrow space and around the fan belt. He fitted … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 10

Redwood Summer Part II Chapter 6

...San Jose used to be a small town... Jason slid on a T-shirt and combed his hair in front of his bedroom mirror. He then grabbed his keys, wallet, and change and left his room for the kitchen. The morning sun shone through the windows and the remains of breakfast were on the kitchen counter. … Continue reading Redwood Summer Part II Chapter 6

Redwood Summer Chapter 3

Jason filled up his coffee cup, put the pot back on its burner, and returned to the circle of coworkers at the break room table. “As mush as I’d like to see a rematch there’s no way we’re having another Bay Bridge Series this year,” Kevin added to the train of conversation. “Possibly the A’s, … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 3