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BEYOND THE SHELF is general commentary about the blog or the mystery and crime writing business by author and site administrator Shannon Muir that doesn’t fall in the scope of a regular column. This week’s topic takes on revisiting characters for new stories. I hope you found “Taking One for the Champ,” a SHORTS FROM THE SHELF piece that ran recently, to be interesting. It fills in a gap of the history of a character that captured my imagination when she showed up as a teenagers in some of my earlier works and became the inspiration for me to initially try web serials on Tumblr several years ago.

My next SHORTS FROM THE SHELF that I am working on, and plan to not start publishing until completely finished (I’ve been partially done with at least a complete outline before, but found that wasn’t successful; “Taking One for the Champ” was the first completely done before posting in two parts), also falls in this category. There are a group of characters from earlier works I’ve done I’d like to take a little farther into the future and in a slightly different direction. That path feels like it will move into the area that fits the themes that SHANNON MUIR’S THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF covers.

In the end, I may be right. I may not. However, what will matter in the end is that I am continuing to grow and write and improve.

I’ll let you know when the story actually starts up. Until then, see you with another column next week!

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