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Finding the Time

Oooh boy. This one’s a biggie.

There are already so many legitimate demands on our time that Resistance hardly has to lift a finger to derail us. If we’ve got a writing goal though, we’ve got to find time in our day to write. How do we do that?

I wish there was a magic pill to fix this problem, but there isn’t. The solution is rather mundane (and that’s leverage for Resistance too!). We’ve got to devote a block of time in our day for writing – early morning, late night, lunch breaks – and when that time comes, we sit down and write.

It’s that easy, and that hard. It requires discipline. I’ll talk more about discipline tomorrow.

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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