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Mindful Reading: The New and Improved way to Read a Book

Mindfulness seems to be the new buzz word tacked on to the traditional hippie repertoire of organic food, yoga, and meditation but it has begun spreading it's boundaries.

Author Aspirations

Around the war memorial are roses. They form a thicket. So overgrown that they suffocate the grass. Their blooms are white, rolled tight like paper. They rustle. Dawn is breaking. Soon it will be day. Every morning, as he cycles... Continue Reading →

The Oxford Life Chose Me

Punctuation can be a fickle thing. There are rules which must be followed at all times (a sentence must always end with a puncutation mark) and then there are rules which are never enforced (like the proper use of a... Continue Reading →

Author Aspirations

“Maybe...you'll fall in love with me all over again." "Hell," I said, "I love you enough now. What do you want to do? Ruin me?" "Yes. I want to ruin you." "Good," I said. "That's what I want too.” -Ernest... Continue Reading →

Author Aspirations

“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and... Continue Reading →

Why Narcissists are the Readers you Should be Hooking in your Next Book

There is something of the egotist in all of us. Whether you boldly declare your superiority or silently revel in your advantage, all of us flatter ourselves -just a bit- that we are more intelligent than the average person. More... Continue Reading →

Author Aspirations

“We live in time - it holds us and molds us - but I never felt I understood it very well. And I'm not referring to theories about how it bends and doubles back, or may exist elsewhere in parallel... Continue Reading →

Author Aspirations

Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. - Sarah Williams

Swap Dystopian Dregs for a Storm in a Teacup to Captivate your Readers

Reading is the most intense form of escapism. Within the confines of our mind we are able to create characters and images more real than any movie. What's more, they are unique to us. No matter how descriptive the author,... Continue Reading →

Author Aspirations

I have an entire forest living inside of me, and you have carved your initials into every tree. -Pavana

Authors to Aspire Towards

I must go down to the seas again to the vagrant gypsy life, To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife; And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,... Continue Reading →

The Girl Next Door is All Grown Up

Falling in love with the boy next door has been done a million times- but that doesn't mean we need to throw out the cliche altogether. Give this over used plot line a twist to liven it up a bit.... Continue Reading →

Authors to Aspire Towards

Under the Harvest Moon, When the soft silver Drips shimmering Over the garden nights, Death, the gray mocker, Comes and whispers to you As a beautiful friend Who remembers. - Carl Sandburg  

Measure Twice, Cut Once: A Guide to Sentence Length

If the same thought might be expressed in five words rather than ten, it is universally taught that the shorter sentence is preferred. With our culture of sound bite politics, 140 character limits and elevator pitch sales tactics, we have... Continue Reading →

Authors to Aspire Towards

But the rain is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh upon the glass... and listen for a reply. -Edna St. Vincent Millay

Blur the distinction between personal identity and work and you might come up with something similar to the painting here. Maybe a character of yours might identify with this woman's struggle to find herself in an industrialized world.   image:... Continue Reading →

Paradoxes and Parody: What is your take on this character?

A touch of Atticus Finch mingled with an air of misplaced self importance, this portrait creates an uneasy caricature of a pompous man. Reminiscent of Downton Abbey's Mr. Molesley, I can't believe that this man's practiced scarf arrangement and daintily... Continue Reading →

What a Tangled Web we Weave

The victorians had a penchant for spiders. For luck, a spider was often embroidered on quilts and dresses. What we now consider creepy and sinister, the victorians held a peculiar attraction for. It is no secret that the victorians had... Continue Reading →

Some are building Castles in the Sky, while other’s castles are Sinking in the Sea

I can just imagine a grand kingdom slowly sinking into ruin, just as their castles sink into the sea. Imagine your character's castles in the sky. How might they look if they were honestly portrayed in your writing? I imagine... Continue Reading →

Have a Mindful New Year at The Bookery

On January 1st The Bookery will begin a new series to help you on the path to mindful literacy. We live in a world where reading is a function for information rather than a tool for inspiration. Check out this... Continue Reading →

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