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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 →

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 →

From Steampunk to Gaslight: How might blending unusual genre elements set your story apart?

Genre bending is the concept of combining what seems to be two or more dissimilar genres of writing. By combining fantasy, historical fiction, science fiction and mystery, we have created genres like steampunk and gaslight fiction. Try reworking a scene... Continue Reading →

Skulls & Bones

Even though this ornately carved skull is a modern creation of porcelain, it has a sinister quality. For all it's beauty, it's innate macabre associations cannot be ignored. What type of person might commission such a piece? Who would have... Continue Reading →

A Good Character is like a Lady: They leave a little something to the imagination

In life we often act without thinking. We make rash decisions. We make mistakes. We do things that are in opposition to our nature. We are the embodiment of contradictions. We define ourselves in terms of likes and dislikes or... Continue Reading →

Many Moons Ago…

I have late night conversations with the moon. He tells me about the sun and I tell him about you. - S. L. Gray   Throughout time broken hearts have been associated with late moonlit walks. Somehow the moonlight reaches... Continue Reading →

Elantrian Oasis

Readers of Brandon Sanderson's novel Elantris may find similarities between this mountain top lake and the peaceful waters found at the top of city of Elantris. Not only is this image a beautiful inspiration for anything from Scandinavian hiking trails... Continue Reading →

Inspirational Images Poll

Earlier this week I posted the beginning of a short story inspired by  my Inspirational Images post Charlatans, Clods, and Coxcombs. I would like to make this a regular thing. Please take a moment to complete the poll suggesting my... Continue Reading →

The Eternal Library

To see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wildflower to hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity for an hour. -William Blake   It never occurred to me before how perfectly this quote... Continue Reading →

Resurrecting the Dead: Drudging up the lost works of favorite authors

Some wrote too little, and others wrote too much, but all writers left behind forgotten works. What wouldn't the world give to find the lost novels of Jane Austen, plays of William Shakespeare, or tales of Lord Byron? In Stuart... Continue Reading →

Spoonful of Whimsy

There is always something magical about breathing in the steam of a hot cup of tea. Frothed milk and and a splash of vanilla, what else might you find in the dregs?

Eccentric Ecclectics

Like something out of Dumbledore's study, this planetarium clock would make a fine fixture in any reclusive genius' library. Whether a scientist, astrologer, wizard, is up to you. This planetarium clock, made in Paris 1770 may have guided the thoughts... Continue Reading →

Charlatans, Clods and Coxcombs

Characters like Uriah Heep, Wilkins Micawber, Fagis all live on in Charles Dickens' fame because they are so distinct. Wilkins Micawber's rambling theatrics, his pomposity create a character at once ludicrous and vivid. These characters are brought to life in... Continue Reading →

Lazy Sunday

What might it be like to be one of these lounging ladies? The decadence of a Sunday stroll, and a picnic while watching the clouds drift. They say kill your darlings, surely there is much strife ahead of these dozing... Continue Reading →

To Hell in a Paper Back

Easy reading may be damn hard writing, but easy writing makes damnable reading. The beauty of a well written book often goes unappreciated but the errors of a poorly written book never fail to be condemned. It is easy to... Continue Reading →

Writers and Readers: One and the Same

Whether you are a reader or a writer, we discover ourselves in the pages of books.

Read Virginia Woolf, like Virginia Woolf

Read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river - Virginia Woolf

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