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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  

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

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Don’t Leave it all to the Imagination: How Hitchcock became the Great Imagination Tamer

Alfred Hitchock said "There is nothing more terrifying than an unopened door." Of course, what Hitchcock says should never be questioned. The Master of Suspense, he knows how to tell a story. But what does he really mean by that... 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 →

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?

Edgar Humboldt: A Man of Good Intentions

Edgar drank his tea slowly as he waited. He held the tea cup between his forefinger and thumb, touching as little of his mother's fine china as he felt necessary. He took tiny sips, partially because the tea was too... 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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