In the history of me writing these 100 Word Stories based on items from the Police Blotter of my hometown of Burlingame, CA, I’ve never come across a two part story. Until now. Enjoy Part 1 below and then come right back here next week for Part 2. You won’t want to miss it.
As always, the link to the actual police blotter item is below, however, do not click it until after Part 2 comes out and you’ve read it. Because, spoilers!
Pizza Night Part 1
By Grant Baciocco
Thursday night was pizza night at the Stevenson household. A night where the entire family, Bob, Jane and their three children: Tom, Mark and Stevie could sit and enjoy a slice or two of pizza. The table was set, drinks poured all that was left was the pizza, an extra large with all the toppings.
Stevie Stevenson was the first to spot the delivery car pull up out front and the rest of the family ran to join him to watch dinner’s impeding delivery!
Imagine their horror as the driver, pizza in hand, delivered it to the house next door.
Murchison Drive, 7:22 p.m. July 2 A person waiting for a pizza to be delivered called police, said that when the delivery driver arrived a neighbor took it. An officer responded, determined the person’s complaint was unfounded, that the neighbor also ordered pizza.
©2015 Grant Baciocco/Saturday Morning Media – www.SaturdayMorningMedia.com
Heres another 100 Word Story based on an item from the police blotter of my hometown of Burlingame, California. As always, you can see the actual blotter listing and a link to the item after the story below. Enjoy.
By Grant Baciocco
Roger hung up the phone and sighed.
“Another no.” He said to himself. With his left hand he held the ruler steady and with his right, drew a line through the name in the phone book.
He had been at this for years, but he knew it was worth it. His father had always told him that hard work and persistence pays off. He had now reached the “L” pages of the phone book and he had a good feeling that the law of averages were on his side. He picked up the phone and punched in the next number.
©2015 Grant Baciocco/Saturday Morning Media – All rights reserved.
Reader’s Block by David Markson
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100 Word Book Review – From the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, people really love this book. It’s often called an ‘anti-novel’ in that it isn’t written with a traditional narrative. It’s more a list of weird facts and trivia with a little bit of story about ‘Reader’ and ‘Protagonist’ mixed in every now and then. That’s said, it just wasn’t for me. I’m all for putting a spin on traditional writing but this was not as compelling to me as some reviews make it out to be. The blurb promises us a ‘shattering’ conclusion. For me, it ended with the whimper it began with.
Every word she writes is a lie, including and and the.
Horseflies that keep the horse from plowing, Chekhov called critics.
When I could have used a wife, I could not support one, when I could support one, I no longer needed any.Said Kant
There is no death and art can prove it.
According to legend, Li Po drowned when he fell out of a boat, drunk, leaning to kiss a reflection of the moon.
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.
All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.
Even in the solemn moments of the mass, when prayer should be the purest…when I should groan for what I have done, I sigh for what I have lost.
Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Why do you always wear black?I am in mourning for my life.
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
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100 word review – I’m often annoyed at documentaries where the director makes him or herself the star when the documentary is about another topic. Apparently, books that are written in that manner annoy me as well. I find the subject of internet shaming immensely fascinating and would have loved it if the book focused more on that and less on the author’s journey to discover more about the subject. The clincher for me was when the author went on about how a joke he made was funnier than one of his subjects. WHO CARES?! I don’t. Great topic, but an annoying writing style.
“Part of the reason all these kids have become experts on the Internet it’s because they don’t have power anywhere else. Skilled trade is shrinking. That’s why they went there. And then, holy shit, it blew up.” – 4Chan member Troy.