Category Archive: Beyond the Bookshelves

What I’m reading: A YA, a Middle Grade, and a Short Story Collection


At the end of every semester, Jim holds a party at his house. In addition to the fun of eating fancy cheeses while making terrible writer jokes and admiring Jim’s enormous white cat,… Continue reading

A Confessional Classic ~ Dexter: The Ultimate Anti-Hero


This week we’re talking about anti-heroes. Back in September of 2010 I wrote a post on one of the most compelling anti-heroes I’ve come across and felt the need to repost it this… Continue reading

Dexter: The Ultimate Anti-Hero


This week we’re going beyond the bookshelf to look into other areas of writing, this time focusing on television screenwriting. Today I want to talk about one of my favorite character types, the… Continue reading

What Phineas and Ferb Taught Me About Character, Motivation and Plot


I used to watch artsy French films. Preferably the kind heavy with metaphors that left me in tears and pondering the meaning of life. Also, preferably starring Juliette Binoche. For example, Trois Couleurs:… Continue reading

Unstoppable Serenity


This week the PLC is going Beyond the Bookshelves, to examine other aspects of pop culture that inform our writing. We also are unrolling a fantastic new feature this week- Guest Spot Tuesday.… Continue reading

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