Things start to get a bit messy at this point. The stacks of books begin piling up here.
A Dictionary of Angels by Gustav Davidson
The Dream Dictionary from A to Z by Theresa Cheung
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
The 2014 Dramatists Guild Resource Directory
Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2012
Deadly Doses: A Writer’s Guid to Poisons by Serita Deborah Stevens with Anne Klarner
Screenwriter’s & Playwright’s Market 2010
Crafty TV Writing by Alex Epstein
Making Movies by Sidney Lumet
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
Write Away by Elizabeth George
On Writing by Stephen King
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
The Writer’s Journey (2nd ed.) by Christopher Vogler
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
Anatomy of Film by Bernard F. Dick
The Elements of Style (3rd ed.) by Strunk and White
The Elements of Editing by Arthur Plotnik
The Elements of Grammar by Margaret Shertzer
Which Lie Did I Tell? by William Goldman
The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
Common Culture: Reading and Writing About American Popular Culture (4th ed.) by Michael Petracca and Madeleine Sorapure
Signs of Life in the USA: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers (2nd ed.) by Sonia Maasik and Jack Solomon
The Cult TV Book edited by Stacey Abbott
Creative Writing and Storyboarding for Games
The Writer’s Craft
The Man Who Heard Voices by Michael Bamberger
45 Master Characters by Victoria Schmidt
The Chicago Manual of Style (14th ed.)
The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young
The Lake House by Kate Morton
An Elegant Madness by Venetia Murray
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett
Broken Harbor by Tana French
The Secret Place by Tana French
This is clearly my pretentious shelf, the one with all the books on writing and editing and film and cultural media studies. But I think it also says something that all that has been blocked in by more fiction. Also, all those pretentious books are pretty old now. They’re leftovers from my days of film school and grad school. I do still enjoy spirited dialogue on media studies and craft, but I can’t say how relevant some of these books would be now were I to crack them open. Even the editing ones—why, I had a publisher tell me recently that they “don’t allow” semicolons, so . . .
I should surely weed out the old directories. The Creative Writing and Storyboarding for Games is a book I edited for ITT. Guess maybe I thought the info would come in handy at some point in my future. The Writer’s Craft is, similarly, a textbook I was allowed to take home because the publisher was going to otherwise throw it out.
Seeing some of these makes me want to re-read them. The pop culture books, for instance, and now I’m also wondering whether Vogler has a more recent edition. He almost certainly does. Would be worth looking up. I’m probably due to re-read On Writing as well.
And yes, that’s Gromit keeping the shelf warm.