Just an image, But Maybe Something More

While grocery shopping today, I saw a small pile of broken glass in the parking space next to me. I took notice of it to make sure I wouldn’t go over it as I left.

Walking past it as I made my way toward the store, I saw a piece of paper in the pile. It was the label.

MD 20/20.

A million thoughts ran through my mind. When you primarily write crime fiction, a shattered bottle of MD 20/20 in a grocery store parking lot gives you ideas. I wouldn’t exactly call it inspiration but it was a visual clue, a detail, that small element that is necessary for good storytelling.

And, no, I do not have any ideas for a story at this time. I finished my shopping and got home and had lunch and thought a good long time about that broken bottle.


  1. Phil Cromwell said,

    November 16, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Mad Dog!!! My God the memories…………. Direct me to the vomitorium!


  2. BD said,

    November 16, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Ah, but it’s a clue you will remember when it will be perfect for the story. Thanks for sharing.


    • tikiman1962 said,

      November 16, 2010 at 9:39 pm

      I lied, BD! I’m already thinking about putting in somewhere on my NaNoWriMo story. Writers of fiction tell stories, therefore we lie.


  3. Sharyl Friebus said,

    November 16, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Bizarre! That exact same thing happened to me today while I was shopping at Sears. I actually almost stepped right out of my truck into the broken glass from what also appeared to be a large bottle (although I never saw a label). I too was careful not to run my tires through it as I pulled away. If you hadn’t mentioned that you were grocery shopping I might have thought it could be the same bottle…


  4. lawrenceez said,

    November 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I constantly tell outrageous stories to people and manage to keep a straight face. And a lot of people believe my stories..(:huge smile) .I’ve been chased by dogs in the woods, become so dizzy in the street that I’ve had to lie down on the pavement, got into fights in supermarkets, punched strangers in pubs, seen ghosts in the middle of the night, been smacked across the mouth by a black and white cat for playing the wrong trill on the piano, etc, etc. I just love making up things.


    • tikiman1962 said,

      November 22, 2010 at 8:29 pm

      I think the part about the straight face is the real kicker. People will believe you if you appear to believe yourself.
      I wonder if, as I get older, I will start confusing the reality from the stories.


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