Daily Archives: February 16, 2015

Bookshelf Battle – An Origin Story?

As my 3.5 regular readers are aware, the name of this blog is “Bookshelf Battle.”

The original jokey premise?  Books are fighting each other for the limited space on my book shelf.

Lately, I’ve been sort of eeking my way into a similar premise, namely, that the characters from the books are fighting each other on my bookshelf.

Because, honestly, how can books fight each other?

Yes!  You thereI  I see your hand up!  What’s your question?

“How can characters from the books fight each other?”

That’s a good question and it leads me to the crux of today’s post.  For the past week, I’ve been internally debating the idea of writing my own origin story.

PROS:  It would finally answer my 3.5 regular readers’ nagging questions:

  • “How did you go from Joe Average to become the noble and mighty Bookshelf Q. Battler?”
  • “How did you come to be in possession of a magic bookshelf where book characters come to life and battles take place?”
  • “Will you ever write a book review again?”

I don’t want to give too much away, but needless to say, the story would involve the characters on my bookshelf assisting me in some type of quest against evil.

It would be good self-promotion.  It might boost me up to 7.5 regular readers.  I might pass the 10 mark.  Part of me hopes I don’t.  I don’t want to change.  I don’t want to get a big ego.  I don’t want to become a jerk and forget the little people who knew me way back when I only had 3.5 regular readers.

I’d serialize it right here on this site, with a new chapter every day for, I don’t, a week I suppose.  I can’t imagine it would be longer than that.  It would help me meet my one post a day challenge for awhile.

Moreover, if I put it out there, I would ask my 3.5 regular readers (yes, even Aunt Gertie) to be brutally honest.  I’d want answers to:

  •  What are your thoughts on my writing style?
  • Can you picture someone who writes fiction the way I do producing something that people would pay money for?
  • How can I improve?
  • Should I just give up on writing and fill my free time with more noble pursuits, like binge watching The Blacklist and collecting seventeenth century thimbles?


You’re a guy claiming to own a magic bookshelf.  75% of people will have a good sense of humor.  They’ll get it and go along with the premise.  25% will think you’re an idiot.

Personally, “I likes them odds!”

But before I waste too much more time, I’d like to know what my 3.5 regular readers think.  Even Aunt Gertie.

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“We Are the Walking Dead” – Walking Dead Recap 2/15/15


“We are the Walking Dead.”

Was Rick’s statement in the barn tonight just a random thought or did it hold greater meaning for the show?

Rick shooting the crap out of these zombies on my bookshelf.   Keep it down, guys.  I'm trying to take a nap.

Rick shooting the crap out of  zombies on my bookshelf. Keep it down, guys. I’m trying to take a nap.

We all thought “the Walking Dead” referred to the zombies – does it actually refer to the human survivors?


Other thoughts:

  • A big Maggie episode.  She’s heartbroken over the loss of Beth.
  • A big Sasha episode.  She’s heartbroken over the loss of Tyrese.  Two heartbroken characters tonight.
  • Sasha has become a loose cannon – diving in and risking the group…and even causing a near Rick bite!
  • Abraham slaps possibly poisoned water out of Eugene’s hand.  Aww.  He still cares.
  • Maggie a little harsh to Gabriel, though understandable.
  • Does dog taste like chicken?
  • What’s up with the kidnapped walker?  Do we ever find out how she got in the trunk?
  • How did they survive that zombie onslaught in the barn?
  • Who is this new guy at the end?  Whenever someone claims to be a friend on this show, they aren’t!

What did I miss?  Discuss!

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Happy 40th Birthday SNL

Too young to retire, too old to hang out at da club, the right age to buy an overpriced sports car.  Happy 40th Birthday SNL!

I wish I could watch your special but I’m too hooked on Walking Dead.  Hopefully tonight’s special will end up on Hulu or on NBC On Demand.

I totally love SNL.  Watching it as a kid, trying to do the imitations the cast were doing – fun stuff.  Everyone seems to love the cast they grew up with the best.  Which cast is your favorite?

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Romantic Quotes – The Notebook

“I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.”

– Nicolas Sparks, The Notebook

I already commented on poor Nicolas Sparks’ divorce so I won’t go into it again.  For those 3.5 regular readers who are paying attention – no, I never was able to confirm whether or not Michael Crichton actually made a real, live dinosaur.  I’m pretty sure he didn’t, but I just don’t have any hard evidence one way or the other.  I didn’t see him make a dinosaur.  But I didn’t NOT see him make a dinosaur either.

But anyway – going along with the theme from yesterday (the quote from Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables) – here is another man opining that love is the best experience of life.

Is it?

I will say this – the year was 2004 and the Bookshelf Battler was in a movie theater packed to the gills with women pulling out tissues and sniffing up a storm.  No joke.  No exaggeration.  Sparks’ sappiness made a theater full of women ball their eyes out, and I suppose that’s why he makes the big bucks.  That’s real talent.

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