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Pepsi or Water?

I was in an airport recently and I overheard a woman complaining about the price of bottled water there. It was $5.00 for 500ml, whereas a 750ml bottle of Pepsi was $0.99. She continued at great length and volume until, at last, I had to look over at her. She held the unopened bottle of water in one hand while she drank the Pepsi with the other.

I wondered why on earth she’d spend the money if she didn’t think the water was worth it. I puzzled over why, when she’d chosen to spend the money, she wasn’t drinking it. She was cheating herself twice, losing money and nutrition.

Then I thought about the writing courses I’ve paid for but haven’t yet done, and the books on writing that I’ve bought and haven’t yet studied. I’m cheating myself twice, losing money and knowledge.

Are there areas where you’re cheating yourself? What resources do you already have that you’re not availing of? If you used them, how much closer to your writing goals could you get?

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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