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Stephen and Steven

Yesterday, life happened and I ended up in the emergency room with my daughter. She’s fine – or will be in a couple of weeks. Needless to say, my writing plans went out the window.

I wondered how on earth Stephen King manages to write every day. Surely the unexpected happens to him too. He can’t possibly write every single day. Then again, why would he lie about that? It’s not like he has anything to prove.

I thought about Steven Pressfield and The War of Art, in which he says “the professional shows up every day”. Every day. Not every day that it’s convenient, or every day that life doesn’t throw you a curve ball. Every day.

Well, damn.

So, I did the only thing that I could do. I opened up my notebook and wrote long hand for about a half hour. It’s not my best work, and it’s well below my current writing goal of two hours per day. But I showed up. I did the work.

How would you have handled this?

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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