Office Pool

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D.L. Blackburne

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This is a story about a pen named Arty and how he became star Quarterback Todd Grady of the New English Patrollers favorite pen. One day, he sees “this sleek stylus (Claire) gliding across a tablet from a higher floor. Arty cleans up his act to meet her and tries not to mess up at his new job.


Action,Adventure,Family,Fantasy,Children's,Young Adult

Short Summary

Arty Bickerson is a kind yet socially awkward creative pen drifting through life with no real goals until a chance opportunity finds him as the "it pen" on the desktop as Todd Grady's new lucky autography pen this new found attention brings out admirers and jealous rivals who want him to fail.

Arty now having meet Claire and won her affections the previously shy Arty, finds out his family and friends are taken by rival outcast writing utensils from the junk drawer looking to embarrass Arty and make their mark. Everyone looks to Arty as he summons the courage to go rescue them all.


New London , Seattle

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Quest,Rags to Riches,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Overcoming Monster/Villain,Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Meaningful Message,Happy Ending,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Arthur "Arty" Bickerson

Age: 16-21

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring,Clumsy,Complex,Confident,Honorable,Insecure,Naive,Underdog,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Stanley "Stan" Sharply

Age: 35-45

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Masculine,Badass,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Heroic,Honorable,Educated,Funny,Outspoken,Selfless,Sarcastic,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Claire Voyant

Age: 18-21

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Educated,Honorable,Heroic,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code,Selfless,Skillful,Visionary,Romantic,Modest,Heartthrob

Additional Character Details

Name: Stevie Scribes

Age: 25-35

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Aggressive,Complex,Decisive,Desperate,Greedy,Insecure,Sarcastic,Power Hungry,Outspoken,Lone Wolf,Villainous,Masculine

Development Pitch

Office Pool is a coming of age story of an underachieving ink pen named Arthur "Arty" Bickerson who gets a chance opportunity to leave the comfort zone of his desktop for a high profile job. Arty finds himself thrust into the spotlight by way of his new high profile job, far from his simpler days of day to day drifting. With Arty's newfound success he receives recognition, confidence, and a new love interest. Claire Voyant a high society socialite stylus pen, that is drawn to Arty's genuineness shows him her way of life on the upper executive floors. He later reluctantly shows her his modest life on his home desktop. This young pens journey chronicles his ups and downs as he navigates the complexities of new success, old friends, love, peer jealousy, classism, all amid high expectations and self doubt. Office Pool is a fictional world with many layers. Humans as the set as backdrop as these common everyday writing utensils deal with universally relatable issues & themes.

About The Author

DL Blackburne spent years as an illustrator and professional painter before turning to writing. A life long fan of art and films, DL new found appreciation for books recently developed over a period of years reading novels and screenplays. --

Target Audiences

Age: 7-12,13-17,18-34,35-54,55+,6 and under

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: November 8 2019

Hard Copy Available