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)

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 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)

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 Chapter 14

Jason took a long drink from a bottle of tomato juice as he leaned back against a three story rack of heavy steel shelves and waited for the juice to replenish his fatigued body. The half filled shelving towered over him as he relaxed for a bit as he continued to recover from too much … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 14