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This question of enrolment (as Seth Godin calls it) comes up all over the place. Essentially, it means making a committed decision.

If you ask people whether they want to earn more money, they’ll invariably say yes. But when you ask what they’re doing to make that a reality, they’re stumped. A small percentage will have ideas. An even smaller number will be acting on the ideas.

The same holds true for health and fitness goals. No one ever says they want to be sick, yet a large portion of the population have lifestyles that lead to illness.

You know where I’m going with this, don’t you?

We say we want to be authors, yet very few of us are behaving in a way that will result in us writing a novel. What’s going on here? We haven’t enrolled. We haven’t made a committed decision to do what it takes to finish the book. Unless and until that decision is made there isn’t anything anyone can do to help us.

We’ve got to want this enough to get ourselves to do the work.

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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