It has been a couple of weeks since I have posted and I apologize. Life sometimes gets in the way. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to work out a blogging schedule that works well for me and for my readers. I already have a few ideas brewing, but I plan to devote some pondering time to this subject during Christmas break.
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Again, I have not made the time to actually write each day, but I have saved the prompts and plan to spend some time over the break reflecting on this past year and looking ahead at what I hope to accomplish in 2011. If you have an interest in doing the same, you can find the daily prompts here.
I have not done a minute’s work on the NaNoWriMo novel since November 29. I am hopeful to make that a January project: to actually finish the novel (I probably have about five chapters to go) and then to begin revisions. One of the ‘prizes’ for completing this exercise is to have a copy of the “manuscript” bound by CreateSpace. I hope to take advantage of that kind offer before the June expiration date.
The teaching life has focused on end-of-the-semester wrap up in preparation for finals. The eighth grade class had auditions for A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Friday and managed to make this a very difficult decision for yours truly. I am giving thought to performing the play as a series of individual scenes rather than straight through. At the beginning of the year one student asked if we could have a “William Shakespeare” character added to the script and he could act as the narrator. I like that idea. This way all students would be able to perform an important role in the play and have fun.
My finals schedule is not ideal as I have one final on Tuesday, one on Wednesday, one on Thursday and THREE on Friday!! I have tried to develop a grading schedule which will allow me to maximize my time at school and reduce the impact of grading over the weekend. I sincerely hope to have all papers graded and final grades calculated by noon on Saturday which will then leave me with a six days to prepare for the Christmas celebration.
I also hope to start reading a few of those Christmas stories that I had such high hopes of reading at the beginning of the month. Truth be told, I think I may enjoy reading those AFTER December 25. It seems to me that there is so much anticipation prior to Christmas – with Black Friday sales and finding the perfect
gift, 24 hour Christmas songs on the radio, holiday cookie and candy making, festive decorating and gift wrapping – that December 26th is always somewhat of a let down. This year I hope to continue to enjoy this season of hope by reading some special Christmas stories.
One of the books that I hope to read is Greg Kincaid’s newest novel, Christmas with Tucker, the prequel to A Dog Named Christmas, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading last year. The author will once again be appearing at our local library on Saturday, December 18, and I hope to see him and purchase an autographed copy of the book.
I hope this week brings you and your family peace and joy in the midst of holiday preparations.