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Spazzing Out

Thinking about a task is sometimes worse than completing the task.

When we’re stretching as artists, and tackling a creative project that is more complicated/harder/different than anything we’ve done before, it can feel physically uncomfortable. The mere idea of pushing beyond our limits can give us a headache (literally).

We have a choice; we can spaz out and claim writer’s block, or we recognize the tension as a sign of growth and work through it.

Which approach have you chosen in the past? Which will you choose in the future?


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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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Valerie Francis

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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