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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.

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 →

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 →

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

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 →

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 →

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 →

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

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 →

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 →

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