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The Adventures of Jack and Red.

"Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts." - Brian W. Aldiss

This is a series of travel logs about a particular series of 'expeditions' that Jack shared with his grand-daughter Red.

These stories are currently in blog format and they are located on On the blog site they are displayed in reverse order because the newest blog is always on top. I have included a menu here to take you to each chapter.

I don't have a lot of experience with story telling. I am trying to develop the story through the use of dialog. I hope you will bear with me as I develop these skills. I hope that each chapter will bring improvements.

  • Part I: The Adventures of Jack and Red [Blog version] or [] Web version
    • This is the first 'chapter' in the series of blogs.
  • Part II: Red comes back for more [Blog version] [Web version ]
  • Part iii: The Journey Continues. [Blog version] [Web version ]
  • Part IV: J.J. [Blog version] [Web version ]
    • I thought that bringing another character into the mix would be fun. It also allows me to further define Red as a character through third person dialog / gosip (?). At the same time I can introduce a little mystery into the plot that may help pull the reader along to the next chapters.
  • Part V: Pariah [Blog version ] [Web version ]
    • Every story has two sides and kids tend to view things with more inocence and wonder. They are thus able to ignore the danger signs a little easier than adults.
  • Part VI: [Blog version] [Web version ]
    • I thought that this was the end of this series (I have gone 'back to work' and there's no longer time for this writing nonsense) - But wait...
  • Part VII: Jimmy. [Blog version] [Web version ]
    • The character Jimmy was introduced in Part VI as a friend of Red's from school. He didn't think much of Jack's ideas and expressed this (through Red). So I thought it would be fun to try a different sort of character; who could also present a counterpoint for Jack's 'free' thinking. The first version of 'Jimmy' is posted on the Blog site. But I have been toying with the idea of having Jimmy introduce the fact that 'Red' is just a nickname that Jack (and perhaps the family) has given his granddaughter. I have made those revisions (and strengthened Jimmy's character) in this revision (stored on this site for now - click here to read )
  • Part VIII: James is it?[Blog version] [Web version ]
    • This part makes more sense when it follows the modified Part VII found on this site than the one found on the blog. I still haven't changed the version on the blog site because I'm still not sure this is the direction I want to go - but maybe that decisioin has already been made for me.
      Jack's conversation with Red lets us look into Red and Jimmy's relationship a little bit more - this time from Red's perspective. I can't wait to get all three of these guys together. Can you?
  • Part IX: meeting at the shed [Blog Version] [Web version]
    • Okay - now Jimmy, Red, and Jack need to talk. How do these three get together? And where ? On the back porch? and why? What would bring Jimmy over to see Jack? Or Red? Perhaps a scene at his house - with his Mom. Let's see how that goes...
    • Okay that's done - now what. Well - we can be pretty sure this is not about planning a church picnic so we don't have to worry about that. What would Jack be doing on a nice June day? Maybe building a shed - no he already has one of those. . Maybe he's painting the shed...
    • At this point I had to take a break from writing. In the interim, I have re-retired from IT support and completed the spring season of umpiring highschool baseball and softball. Now I can resume.
    • I had originally wanted to have just the three people get together (Jack, Red & Jimmy) but here we have JJ (Red's Dad) as well. This may work to our advantage.
  • Part X: The Tracks [Blog Version] [Web version]
    • This will probably be the toughest one so far... but it's the one we've been waiting for. Right?
  • Part XI: The Chase [Blog Version] [Web version]
    • I don't know if I'm up to this reality shit. But here goes...

I have made the following changes to this web site:

  1. Added a side-bar menu for the individual chapters so this listing will be discontinued.
  2. Each chapter contains marginal comments that were previously on this page.
  3. I continue to compose on the blog site (editor). When the chapter is finished I transfer it here and add marginal comments.

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy the story..