Novel Ideas [49]: Christmas Break Productivity

Posted December 11, 2013 by Tara in Novel Ideas /// 4 Comments

Novel Ideas 2013

I turned in my last assignment today, two days early, so that can only mean one thing: CHRISTMAS BREAK! Break this year is four weeks long. Four weeks of catching up on Netflix, spending time with my cats, reading novels, eating cooked food at my actual dining room table, sleeping in, wearing jeans (…or…sweatpants), and drinking coffee slowly.

It also means four weeks of tackling the lingering items on my personal to-do list. Reworking papers for publication, writing conference proposals, reading some academic books, writing a lit review, writing the paper from my summer experience that I still haven’t written yet (oops)…you get the idea.

Oh, and I’ll probably clean and organize the whole house, because things get kind of crazy around here at the end of the semester.

Christmas break means a lot of cozy laziness and a lot of catching up on things. But what it’s really about, what really gets me excited, are the four weeks of Christmas blogging productivity! It’s kind of like a Bloggiesta that lasts four weeks. Last year I was able to schedule about 65% of my spring semester posts before I went back to school.

This year, I’ve been thinking about all the things I want to do with my cozy time off. The first step has already happened: earlier this month, many of the spring 2014 ARCs went up on NetGalley and Edelweiss. I also attended NCTE, where I picked up about 60 books, including some ARCs that I asked for at some of the booths. I bought at new weekly/monthly planner, and have already mapped up the ideal posting dates for the 25(ish) books I plan to actually read and review. I’ve also got most of my Quotetastic Friday posts lined up for the spring, since I’ve read about 40 books this fall and there weren’t enough weeks to post them all! Here’s what I have on my blogging to-do-list for the holiday break:

  1. Close out my 2013 reading on December 20.
  2. Create my end-of-year lists: Jamie’s 2013 End-of Year Book Survey, Book Superlatives, Year-in-Review, and a final Top Ten List
  3. Write all 2014 challenge posts and blogging resolutions!
  4. Write 5 Top Ten Tuesday posts
  5. Write 3 posts to use as alternatives to TTT (for when I’m not inspired by the topic)
  6. Write 10 topical posts (I have a long lists of topics!)
  7. Read 15 books
  8. Write reviews for those 15 books
  9. Write reviews for my December reads (because… I’m behind)
  10. Create two backup Novel Ideas posts (for when school gets too busy

I think that’s plenty for four weeks. Gives me something to do whilst I sip that coffee slowly, right? This will be my last Novel Ideas post for 2013, so I look forward to using these Wednesday for my backlog of reviews and some holiday cheer. There will more Novel Ideas come January 8, so stay tuned!

What are your plans for your holiday break?


Tara is a PhD student studying education. Her dissertation will be on digital book communities as public pedagogy (ask her about it!), though she often takes a break from all of that to read books about oppressive governments and sassy teenagers. In a former life, she was a middle school teacher and middle school librarian. In her future life, she's a professor of YA lit. In her free time, she drinks a lot of coffee while planning her next grand adventure (there's always something).

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