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What is a habit?

A habit is something we do automatically. It requires no thought. We live most of our lives on automatic pilot and some of the habits we have (going to the gym) serve us very well. Others (eating chocolate covered almonds), not so much.

We don’t have to consciously think about each of the steps involved in brushing our teeth or driving a car. Nor do we have to convince ourselves to watch TV at night, or scroll through Facebook. By making a conscious effort to write every day, pretty soon, writing becomes a habit. We no longer have to fit it into our schedule or find time to do it. We stop becoming anxious about whether what we’ve written is good or not. We simply write.

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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