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Where Words Meet Minds

Truth Courses in the Rivers of Change, but our World has Grown Stagnant

We are living in the most literate age in history. Even the literacy rates of third world countries have risen on average 10% in the last two decades. In English speaking countries, it has taken us 150 years to raise... Continue Reading →

Collector of Stars

My mind is immediately drawn to Dumbledore's Deluminator when I see this image. But take it beyond obvious associations. Why is this man collecting the stars? Perhaps they are fuel to power some futuristic machine. Perhaps they are wishes he... Continue Reading →

Make Your New Year Meaningful

In only 3 days we will begin a new series to help you on your way to mindful literacy. According to a study done by Page Bristow in The Reading Teacher, a passive reader will accept substantial inconsistencies in texts... Continue Reading →

Begin the Journey Towards Mindful Literacy this New Year

The 4 Basic Human Concepts that your Character Needs to Address

I can't quite decide whether this library more closely resembles a cathedral or parliament. Throw your characters into the midst of this room and they will feel awed to be sure. But who they are on the inside will determine whether... Continue Reading →

Count Down to a New You

On January 1st big things are happening at The Bookery. We will launch a new series designed to help you on your path towards mindfulness. At The Bookery we help reacquaint our readers with words. In this new series we will... Continue Reading →

To see a world in an orb of glass…

As a writer, we play a voyeuristic role in our characters lives. Chasing after them, recording their actions, we keep a close eye on them. The above image puts into images your feelings of putting your character under glass, watching them... Continue Reading →

Make your New Year Meaningful

At The Bookery we help readers and writers interact with words in a conscious manner. Start your New Year off with a New Year, reintroduce yourself with words here at The Bookery.

Good Readers and Good Writers by Vladimir Nabokov

I recently posted an article based on this essay. I have found it extremely influential in my life. I hope you will find it inspirational as well. At first I despised Nabokov's opinions on reading. Let me know what you... Continue Reading →

Taking Back Literature

Vladimir Nabokov's essay "Good Readers and Good Writers" was my first introduction to meaningful reading. I hated it. I was resistant to Nabokov's advice. I wanted to read for the enjoyment of reading. I loved the idle pleasures of getting... Continue Reading →

Where Words Meet Minds

We interact with words and language continually. Even images are a form of literacy, enabling us to understand the meaning of a crosswalk sign or a logo. Being constantly confronted with language it is no wonder that we skim, skip... Continue Reading →

Fit for a King

Whether you need an accurate reference for your historical novel, or inspiration for a fantasy realm, use this chart to add some bling to your writing.

Mesmerize your audience with this overlooked Tool

I have always believed that tone is the most influential literary element. It is because of tone that we are sucked into a story. Tone makes a promise of what type of story to expect. It prepares your readers for... Continue Reading →

What I never Knew I wanted to Know

Whether you are a writer or a reader, beginning to react to literature mindfully can be difficult, especially when done independently. Without a professor, a teacher or a friend who is already adept at these practices, it can be extremely... Continue Reading →

Little Shop of Wonders

An actual shop in Paris, this little cave like room is brimming with eclectic oddities. As a present day setting, this shop provides a refuge to the rush of modern life. What would your character feel as he stepped foot... Continue Reading →

Piecing together the Past

There is something so interesting about a relic of the past that has been cast aside and forgotten. The questions are endless: Who lived here? Why did they leave? Was there a war, a famine? Why did no one move... Continue Reading →

How to Create a Personal Learning Network for the New Year

At a point when our nation is struggling to fill high level positions and outsourcing to find people with the necessary education, why is there such a rise in the belief that college is a waste of time? The answer... Continue Reading →

Gates of No Return

When I see this gate, with the dark stranger waiting in the mist, I can't help but feel that something ominous lies ahead. Whether a gate to heaven or hell, any character who walks this path will feel a chill... Continue Reading →

Benefits of Reading

If James Joyce did it…You can do better

Ah, the editing process. That time when you begin to have serious concerns that you have been living under the egotistical delusion that you can write. The image above is a manuscript page of James Joyce's Ulysses. Clearly this page... Continue Reading →

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