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Active Recovery

I used to think that rest days were sit-down-and-do-nothing days. Then I discovered the magic of active recovery.

The idea is this: the day after a long run, instead of sitting still, go for a walk. It allows your muscles to recover from the wear and tear of the run through activity. As a result your overall fitness level increases yet you still recover.

If we apply this to writing then after a long writing project, when we’re creatively exhausted, rather than stopping cold turkey we can instead write for only twenty minutes. We can sit back with pen and paper and explore a character or an idea without the pressure of a deadline or specific word count.

In this way, our creativity is restored through writing and in the end, we’ll be stronger.

Valerie Francis

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

Well, you’re not going to believe this. Reece Witherspoon and I picked the same book for our February book clubs. Sort of.  Late last year, I came across THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict and was fascinated by the premise. Benedict writes historical fiction, much like Philippa Gregory,

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A Girl Named Howard

This month, rather than recommend one book to read, I’m recommending the entire body of work of one author because Anne Rice, who passed away December 11, 2021, single-handedly revolutionized the role of vampires in literature.  Yes, vampires.  And the impact she’s had is more significant than you might realize.

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The Christmas Bookshop

If you’ve had it up to your eyes with holiday preparations and are looking for a light-hearted story to escape into, The Christmas Bookshop, by Jenny Colgan, might be just the ticket. The title is a bit misleading, in my opinion. Yes, there’s a bookstore. Yes, the plot unfolds in

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