The Thousand Word Blog

“A picture is worth a thousand words…”

The Jars

He gave the doctor credit for how he delivered the bad news. No sob story. No fluff. Just brain cancer. Non-operable and only 3 months left to live. The doctor told him that he should have enough time to get his affairs in order and sincerely wished that he could do...
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Tick Tock

The city streets were quiet at this time of day. At 10-till-2, the lunch rush had just finished and everybody was back in their offices working diligently again. The man in the blue muscle car was not one of those people. At 9-till-2, the driver pulled the sleeve on...
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Combination

They say it takes two to keep a secret. Whoever “they” are, never said that the second person had to be human. That is where I come in. I was fully assembled in Rochester, NY in 1872. My purpose was simple. Protect my contents at all costs and permit those with my...
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Ruby

The tires crunched on the snow as the car eased to a stop on the side of the cobblestone road. Ruby Clarke reached over to the passenger seat and grabbed the DSLR camera from her bag. She flipped the on switch and quickly eyed the settings. Everything seemed good...
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Routine

The door of the coffee shop rang out as the old man walked through the entrance. He sat down in the same chair that he occupied every Sunday morning for the past 35 years. It was quiet today. A few students sat in the corner and discussed an upcoming test. In a few...
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The Board

A man walked into the room and flipped a switch on the wall, turning on the overhead lights that surrounded the perimeter of the ceiling. He made his way around the table, placing leather portfolios on the placemats that sat in front of dark leather chairs. Each...
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Solitude

I love my family. I really do. But sometimes, I just need to get away from it all. From family. From work. From life. It’s not that I don’t enjoy my family’s company. And, it’s not that I don’t want to spend time with them either. Just, sometimes I need some “me”...
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The Fog

I looked down at my watch and took note of the time. It has been three hours since I last saw any inkling of civilization. Even that wasn’t much. It was an old wooden shack that looked like it had been abandoned for years. Beyond that, all I’ve seen is this road, the...
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Revolution

William’s breath leaked from his mouth and nose and immediately condensed into a cloud of fog in front of his face. He stared out at the woods ahead of him and listened to the calm silence of the snow. Absolutely nothing made a sound. Until, a branch cracked behind...
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Job Offer

It was a busy day today in the airport cafe. Monday at noon. Business travelers frantically made their way from one terminal to another and some stopped briefly for a quick cup of coffee to keep them going on their start of the work week. Others had a layover and...
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Chicken

The gravel made a rough grinding sound as the heavy black tire crunched its way along the dirt parking lot. The car came to a stop outside the biker bar. The establishment was old and beat up. The wood siding had seen better days. But, the line of motorcycles out...

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Mr. Blackburn

The bellboy glided up to the unmarked black sedan and grabbed onto the back door’s handle. Pulling the door open, a cane exited the vehicle. A foot followed soon after. The man eased his way out of the car and reached into his pocket. He slipped the bellboy a bill...

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Coffee Beans

Every morning started out the same. One of the roommates came out of his room at around 5, he sat in the living room and started his work for the day. Around 7, another roommate finally decided to roll out of bed. He didn’t immediately jump into his work, he had a...

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Origin

Trevor ran for what felt like hours before finally coming to a stop. He looked around at his surroundings to figure out where he was. The whole trip felt like a blur to him. His heart rate kept at the same nervous throbbing pace as he realized where he was. It was the...

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Reboot

Gregory chewed into the nail of his index finger as he impatiently stared at the phone sitting in his lap. Any second now, an email would be coming in. He needed it five minutes ago. The conference was still continuing in front of him as he sat in the audience. In...

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The Project

Oh, what I would give to see my dad’s face right now. It has been twenty two years since I last saw the man. Twenty two years since we started working on this project together. I remember when we first drew the designs for this thing on one of mom’s napkins in the...

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Ambush

“Package is secure. I repeat. Package is secure.” Smith spoke into his wrist while watching all the passer-bys. The foreign diplomat that he was tasked with guarding just sat down in the car behind him. Smith secured the door and sat down in the front passenger seat...

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Chop

Russell jabbed his finger onto the screen of his phone as if it would end the call faster than a normal tap. After taking a moment and looking at the after-call report, he threw the phone across the room and against the wall. He stood in the middle of his kitchen,...

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The Struggle

Julie peeled off the covers and willed herself out of bed. Last night was rough. The annual company party took a toll on her system and her body was certainly paying for it today. She walked into the bathroom and pulled the faucet open. Splashing cold water onto her...

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Veggies

The phone rang long enough to make Jake more nervous than he already was. He paced back and forth in his kitchen muttering that Craig better pick up his phone or he was gonna kick his. . . The other side finally picked up. “Yello, what’s up bro?” Craig asked over...

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The Baker

Fifty-six years. That’s how long my mother worked in the same bake shop day in and day out. She’d always come home late at night too tired to do anything really, but she’d always make sure to tuck me in bed and make sure I did my homework. It was never a boring day...

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Gangsters

“Shit” The engine in the Ford sputtered to a slow and painful death as it sounded like it was drowning in its own fluids. “What is it?!” Ray yelled out from the back seat frantically. “I think they must have hit the engine block on our way out of dodge.” Vinny said...

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Frigid

Nobody really knows what happened to the world. One minute everything was normal, the next everything went to hell. Or, at least, we all wish it did. It’s cold. Not normal cold. The type of cold that seeps into your bones, that burns into the depths of your lungs, and...

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The Violinist

4:59:59… 5:00:00… The businessman shut down his computer as soon as the clock on his computer hit 5. He was finally done for the day and decided to call it quits. He quickly packed his bag up for his trek home and lugged it onto his shoulder. Walking out of the...

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Stranded

Three weeks. That’s how long I’ve been stranded on this god forsaken rock. Three long and treacherous weeks. To be honest, I really have no idea how I’ve made it this long. Not that I don’t know how to survive, I just don’t know how I ended up on this island in the...

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The Arcade Cabinet

There was a time where I was the best. That’s not even an exaggeration. I sat front and center in the arcade and man, there were so many quarters coming my way, it was unbelievable. I was designed to last. And, rightfully so. For hours on end, day after day, kids of...

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Abort

“My cover is blown! I repeat! My cover is blown!” Ian yelled into his wristwatch microphone. “Do you have the drive?” Wesley asked from the other side of the radio. “Affirmative. But, I have too many tangos on my tail to keep it for long” Ian responded with an urgency...

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Job Offer

It was a busy day today in the airport cafe. Monday at noon. Business travelers frantically made their way from one terminal to another and some stopped briefly for a quick cup of coffee to keep them going on their start of the work week. Others had a layover and...

read more

Revolution

William’s breath leaked from his mouth and nose and immediately condensed into a cloud of fog in front of his face. He stared out at the woods ahead of him and listened to the calm silence of the snow. Absolutely nothing made a sound. Until, a branch cracked behind...

read more

The Fog

I looked down at my watch and took note of the time. It has been three hours since I last saw any inkling of civilization. Even that wasn’t much. It was an old wooden shack that looked like it had been abandoned for years. Beyond that, all I’ve seen is this road, the...

read more

Solitude

I love my family. I really do. But sometimes, I just need to get away from it all. From family. From work. From life. It’s not that I don’t enjoy my family’s company. And, it’s not that I don’t want to spend time with them either. Just, sometimes I need some “me”...

read more

The Board

A man walked into the room and flipped a switch on the wall, turning on the overhead lights that surrounded the perimeter of the ceiling. He made his way around the table, placing leather portfolios on the placemats that sat in front of dark leather chairs. Each...

read more

Routine

The door of the coffee shop rang out as the old man walked through the entrance. He sat down in the same chair that he occupied every Sunday morning for the past 35 years. It was quiet today. A few students sat in the corner and discussed an upcoming test. In a few...

read more

Ruby

The tires crunched on the snow as the car eased to a stop on the side of the cobblestone road. Ruby Clarke reached over to the passenger seat and grabbed the DSLR camera from her bag. She flipped the on switch and quickly eyed the settings. Everything seemed good...

read more

Combination

They say it takes two to keep a secret. Whoever “they” are, never said that the second person had to be human. That is where I come in. I was fully assembled in Rochester, NY in 1872. My purpose was simple. Protect my contents at all costs and permit those with my...

read more

Tick Tock

The city streets were quiet at this time of day. At 10-till-2, the lunch rush had just finished and everybody was back in their offices working diligently again. The man in the blue muscle car was not one of those people. At 9-till-2, the driver pulled the sleeve on...

read more

The Jars

He gave the doctor credit for how he delivered the bad news. No sob story. No fluff. Just brain cancer. Non-operable and only 3 months left to live. The doctor told him that he should have enough time to get his affairs in order and sincerely wished that he could do...

read more