99 Word Prompt: Hometown

(Flash fiction piece prompted by carrot ranch, the theme of this one is hometown, which stirs up lots of memories in most people. Do still live in your hometown? Did you move away? Or maybe you're someone who moved around a lot growing up? My hometown is a big American city, but I focused on … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Hometown

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)

99 Word Prompt: Blossom

(This particular Carrot Ranch prompt has special meaning because it relates to the San Jose neighborhood where I grew up. But as you can tell from my story it's a neighborhood that's had several names, has been populated by different peoples, and is far different now than what it was in its agricultural past. Link … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Blossom

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)

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)

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)