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My Spidey Senses are Tingling

I’m just back from a relaxing vacation in Orlando with the kids.  To ease into the writing groove (and adjust to the shock of a 30 degree drop in temperature), I decided to share some words of wisdom I discovered while standing in line at the Spiderman ride in the Islands of Adventure theme park (an absolute MUST-DO for anyone traveling to that area!).

The queue winds through the Daily Bugle newsroom where the following three posters are displayed:

You don’t win a Pulitzer by

sitting on your

assci characters …

So get moving!

_________________________________

 Midnight Deadline:

You must turn in

either:

Your final story copy

or

Your resignation.

It’s your choice.

Sincerely, the Management

___________________________________

Don’t procrastinate!

Expect delays!

Anticipate cutoff times!

Deliver your material on time!

Lateness is unacceptable and

Inexcusable!

No

Excuses!

Anyone who has worked as a journalist, or in any career dictated by deadlines will see both the humour and truth of these posters.  As a writer, I cracked up laughing when I saw them.  My sudden, unexplained outburst mortified my son and earned me the reprimand (muttered under his breath of course) “Mom, stop being random.”

And so I extend my sincere thanks to Spiderman – for the thrilling theme park ride, the wonderful chuckle in the 40-minute queue and the opportunity to embarrass my teenage son.  After all, public humiliation is the bone nature throws to parents who endure the incessant eye-rolling of their beloved adolescents.

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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