Overdosed: Friday “Too Much of A Good Thing” Fictionairees

Never can get too much of a good thing? This guy did. And at of all places, the library…

Each week Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts a pic to write a 100 word story about

This week it’s library humor.

pic by Randy Mazie

pic by Randy Mazie


What happened?
On what?
He was biking, saw the detour sign, pulled over, and went into the library
He started reading
He got hooked.
Yessirree. Got himself a real bad reading addiction. He staggered out and collapsed.
Any hope?
None. Total physical compulsion and mental obsession with language. He’s a ruined
Maybe. But few ever want to recover once they start reading.
Sure. Folks don’t realize it’s lurking inside of them just waiting for the first flip of the
I think I’ll get me a reading shot as a precaution.
That won’t stop it. Total ignorance is the only deterrent.

Randy Mazie


64 thoughts on “Overdosed: Friday “Too Much of A Good Thing” Fictionairees

  1. Loved it Randy πŸ™‚
    Believe it or not, I just read Fahrenheit 451 for the first time — and this part made me think of the ill-fated chief fireman: “Folks don’t realize it’s lurking inside of them just waiting for the first flip of the page.”
    So well done — great humor — but something dark lurking beneath it too.

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  3. This is a wonderful story! The Friday Fictioneers can certainly attest that both reading and writing are addictive. And I, for one, don’t want to be cured…even though I may be exhausted because I stayed up late to finish a book πŸ˜„

    • Dear Beyond Rehabilitation,

      Some people are perfectly content in their reading addiction.

      They miss work in the morning after staying up all night reading, spend hours in libraries, or no longer in existence book stores, or in the online market place, one of which starts with a capital “A” (and it’s not Amazing I’m referring to) to the detriment of their relationships with close friends and family members. They lose jobs, end up in isolation, live in fantasy worlds or prisons of their own imaginations.

      But, on the other side of the coin, they could be overly involved in the Tea Party, intimately support Rand Paul, overindulge in both Holocaust and Climate Change denial, and cheer on the Ferguson Police Department.

      So, who’s to judge?


  4. Dear Randy – What a wonderful story and you have such a huge following which is awesome! Great story and perfect addict reading! You are such a good writer and I look forward to reading your writing every week! Nicely done! Nan πŸ™‚

    • Dear nan,

      Other than saying, “Thank you”, I think you have excellent analytic skills, are highly perceptive and wise, and all this is aside from having such good taste and judgment. Don’t stop commenting on my blogs for the next two or three years.


  5. Dear Randy,

    Your story this week was perfect for the prompt (and your prompt picture was perfect for your story [and all of ours]). Thanks for the inspiration.



  6. Fancy even thinking of having a reading-prevention shot. I take it this guy doesn’t know his words have been written down… πŸ™‚

  7. You wander into a library, you get books. A lifetime’s worth. I no sympathy for him whatsoever, in fact I am jealous of all the books that he has access to in that library that might not be in mine!
    Yes, you guessed it, I’m a book addict too. I have managed to cut back somewhat in recent years to make room in my life for work and raising my children, but the books, they call to me ….

    PS Thanks for this week’s photo

  8. Dear Randy,
    I always enjoy reading the story from our “photographer of the week.” You certainly “brought it” this time around. A pity the poor fellow didn’t call Hooked on Phonics to get some help before this happened. Did he forget the number? 1-800-ABCDEFG

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

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