Let me explain… No, there is too much. Let me sum up (bonus points to anyone who knows what that’s from):
1) On Friday, Dec 9th, having completed one 20pg paper, one 10pg paper, one portfolio with various elements, one 20 min presentation, a final French translation project, graded approximately 50 student papers of various lengths, and compiled my final grades, I reached the official end of my first semester as a PhD student. And survived!
2) I spent yesterday (Saturday, Dec 10th) with my grandmother, as I had been too busy over the last month and a half to go visit her.
3) I spent most of today (Sunday, Dec 11th) trying to clean the house, which became excessively messy and cluttered over the semester, so that I can start putting up Christmas decorations. I will probably be cleaning and/or decorating all this upcoming week especially since we are Christmas-crazy in this house and I have four (count them, FOUR) Christmas trees.
4) Beginning tomorrow (Monday, Dec 12th) I am participating in a series of blog tours with Novel Publicity. The first is for Terri Giuliano Long’s debut novel, In Leah’s Wake. I am about halfway through the book myself (having started reading it the MINUTE I wrapped up my grading on Friday afternoon), and should have my own review up in a day or two. The second is for Scorpio Rising by Monique Domovitch. And third is for Emlyn Chand’s Ya novel Farsighted.
5) I am planning some time over the next week or two to revamp a few things on the blog. I’ll keep you updated on that.
6) I have a list of 20 books I’m hoping to get through over winter break. I probably won’t make it through even half of them, but I’m allowed to dream. Be prepared for plenty of book reviews over the next month or two.
7) I am also planning to get back to writing over Winter break. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to work on the story I started (and didn’t get far with) for NaNoWriMo 2011, or get back to editing Midnight’s Knife. We’ll see.
In short, the hiatus is over. I’ll be around for regular posting times again (MWF), through winter break. When the Spring semester starts in mid-January I may have to adjust my schedule, but we’ll see what happens when we get there. I look forward to getting back into the swing of things here, and to hearing from all you lovely folks again. So please feel free to stop on by when you can. The next few weeks are going to be fun!