The Basement Purge – Short Story

The Basement Purge is a screenplay/short story about toys in a basement trying to avoid ending up on the selling block at a yard sale… Read on to learn more!


We’re starting to add a new function to Modern Papyrus that embraces the other side of literature – writing. Modern Papyrus authors will be adding their short stories to the website in the following days and weeks. Take a look and check it out! 🙂 Please remember, all content created here is original and should not be used without the express permission and agreement of the authors.

The Basement Purge

Characters: Clay person, lion king animal, micro machine, legos, large army man, children, adult as hands/moving boxes

Scene 1:

Scene opens on a cluttered basement: A pair of hands moves boxes around, a slow pan centers on a pile labeled “for yard sale” the pan continues, passing a box of army men, animals, scattered legos, other debris…

Narrator/Clay Person: Every spring, in households near and far, comes a tradition that causes grief in many a toy’s heart. The Spring Yard sale.

Camera focuses in on one particular box….tilts down to focus inside box.

Lego man walks over to large army man.

Lego: Did you hear the news? The Petersons are at it again. This is the third yard sale in three years! They’re trying to get rid of all of us!

Army Man: Ever since Bradley left for college, they’ve been down here, purging us, sending us away, donating us! It’s horrible! I heard that Game Boy got sold to that kid down the street, you know the one who can’t keep anything in one piece? And Sue, the stuffed bear, got donated to charity. The Big truck took her!

Lego man: We gotta warn the others. Lets get outta here. (Builds stairs with legos)

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New Review Coming Soon!


Hello all, Double Alias here. Just wanted to pop in and let you know that I’ll be finishing the book The Mysterious Benedict Society very shortly. A New York Times Bestseller, the book is somewhat of a cross between Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Can’t wait to share my review with you!

Review: The Dresden Files


Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files offers up a unique blend of urban fantasy and action-packed detective fiction. Butcher effortlessly rolls humor, excitement, and heart wrenching emotion into every book and always leaves you wanting more. The series chronicles the adventures of wizard and private investigator Harry Dresden and his endless efforts to protect his friends and the innocents of Chicago against the supernatural. From vigilante werewolves to pissed-off skinwalkers to lecherous spirits, the Dresden Files has it all, and then some. Continue reading “Review: The Dresden Files”

Littlewolf reporting for duty


Hey all, this is Littlewolf joining the Modern Papyrus team. Currently I’m immersing myself into Christopher Moore’s novel of blasphemous hilarity: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal. Stay tuned for a full review as soon as I finish reading.

In the mean time, I’ll be doing some postings reviewing a few series in their entirety. Inspired by Double Alias’s review of Jim Butcher’s Changes, I’ll be starting with a review of the Dresden Files for those who have not yet been introduced to this amazing series. Until then, Littlewolf over and out.

Review: Three Cups of Tea

A Summary and Review of Three Cups of Tea


Three Cups of Tea

  • By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

The New York Time’s bestseller Three Cups of Tea is the follow up to Mortenson’s earlier book Stones into School. For those of you not acquainted with Mortenson’s work as an educational philanthropist/rock climber/do-gooder/school builder, here is a quick catch-up/summary of the story before my overall thoughts.

1. After a failed attempt to climb K2, one of the toughest/tallest mountains in Pakistan, climber Greg Mortenson, lost, hungry and half frozen, stumbles into the tiny village of Korphe in the Kashmir autonomous region encompassing parts of India, Pakistan, and China. Continue reading “Review: Three Cups of Tea”

Eat, Pray, Love, then eat some more!


Hey all, Glisten here. Just wanted to let you know that I’m almost done reading Eat, Pray, Love, and I’ll aim to have a review up on it before Friday! (when the movie comes out) So check back before Friday to learn what all the buzz is about! See ya soon!

– Glisten17

Changes …Featuring…a Lot of Changes

A review of the novel Changes by Jim Butcher


This week we’ll be taking a look at the book Changes by bestselling author Jim Butcher, who is one of our favorite authors here at M.P. His fast-paced, witty and charming first person narrative accounts of Harry Dresden’s actions as Wizard, Private Eye, Warden (Magic Police Officer, Judge, Jury, and Soldier all rolled into one) keep readers coming back for more. I’ll admit plainly that, after reading the first book on recommendation from a friend, I went out and bought/rented the next 10 – whoops says my bank account. Anyways, Changes is the latest novel in the Dresden series, and like its name implies, everything you know about Harry will change.

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A Greeting and A Challenge


Welcome all to the first post of Modern Papyrus, a blog dedicated to two of my favorite things in life, books and travel. We’ll share our thoughts and ideas about some of our favorite books, and also take requests for reading and discussion from any and all. In time, we hope to provide a venue for discussion, idea creation, short story challenges, and other exciting things! So let us know what you want, and we’ll give it to you (Provided of course, its not something we don’t want to give to you!)

Love – The Modern Papyrus Team

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