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Resistance Senses Weakness

If there’s one thing Resistance is good at, it’s sensing weakness. It knows our Achilles heels – maybe even better than we do ourselves – and it has no problem using it against us.

When we begin to notice patterns in our behaviour, the patterns that keep us from our writing, we discover the tool Resistance is wielding against us.

For me, it’s fatigue and illness. Something as simple as the common cold can be a sucker punch to my creativity and productivity. So I make a special effort to eat right, exercise, and get plenty of sleep.

What is it for you? A favourite TV show maybe, or Facebook? Pay attention to what happens today and see where Resistance appears.

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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