One of the wonderful things about the holiday season is that it is—wonderful: a celebration of family and friendship, magic and awe, and contains feast days of many faiths, including mine, which commemorates the season for the birth of our Savior.
Another wonderful thing about the holiday season is that it goes away. It sweeps like a joyous madness from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, and then it is gone until next November.
I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to resuming normal life this January, and that includes a normal, for me, reading and writing life. (As you can see by the delay in this post, full “normal” has not yet been achieved.)
Here are some practices and links to articles I am looking forward to reading this month.
During the holiday season I enjoy reading holiday novels, and now that it’s over, it is with pleasure I resume my regular reading rotation (after I finish reading the gift book, The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons, which my husband received for Christmas—I know, his book. Yeah, that’s another story.) What’s next?
- a Celtic fantasy—whichever one is next in line on the shelf
- something from the Library—I’m thinking more of Rachel Caine’s Great Library Series.
- a historical novel—I’m not sure which one I’ll pick next.
This month I am looking forward to reading saved posts on a variety of topics:
- “Writer Flexibility: Trying New Things,” by Jami Gold
- “Things You Need to do in Your Science Fiction or Fantasy Story,” on springhole.net
- “Loving the Writing Life,” with Linda Gilden
- “History of the Sword Through the Middle Ages,” by Alcibiades
- “Medieval Hygiene: Practices of the Middle Ages,” by Anna Cherry
- “The Viking Mercenaries of the Byzantine Empire—The Varangian Guard,” by C. Keith Hansley
- “2019 Bullet Journal Set Up: Everything You Need to Know,” by Maggie Rae. In addition to focusing on the new year, this one looks like a good overview of bullet journaling, something I have been reading about and practicing for the last six months.
- “21 Easy Bullet Journal Monthly Spreads,” by Crystal.
- “15 of the Best Weekly Bullet Journal Layouts on the Internet,” by Claire
- “The Inner/Outer Balance,” by Donald Maass. Maass is a literary agent and a fabulous writing teacher. I devour everything he writes. He is a regular contributor at Writer Unboxed, a blog I have been following for many years.
- “Word Choice, Word Order, and Word Placement Can Matter,” by Beth Hill
- “Botched Beginnings—Common First-Page Killers,” by Kristen Lamb. Lamb is one of my favorite bloggers. She is both incredibly knowledgeable about crafting fiction and building an author platform and with the added bonus that she often makes me laugh out loud.
Rather than make a rash New Year’s resolution, I plan to use the month of January to reflect on:
- my practices from the past year
- changes I want to implement
- and maybe craft a personal mission statement.
I look forward to reading the following posts to aid me in the process.
From Little Coffee Fox:
- “New Year’s Resolutions Suck—Try This Instead,” by Shelby. I’ve enjoyed a lot of the posts I’ve already read on her blog. I’m now following her.
- “Journal Prompts for a Focused Start to the New Year,” by LeeNichole Marett
- “Mind Mapping Your Way to an Amazing New Year,” by Shelby
More Reflection Posts:
- “5 Reasons to Walk Away from Anything Not Serving You,” by Angie Cruise.
- “Five Steps to Finding Your Life Purpose,” by Tchiki Davis, Ph.D.
- “Yearly Bullet Journal Reflection and Moving into the New Year with Intention,” by Tracy Collins.
I also look forward to resuming the final editing of The Swallow’s Spring, my folkloric fantasy novel. Last August, before I came down with the sinus infection from #*%%, I was down to the last half of the last chapter to complete edits on and run through my writers’ group. Due to both illness—three solid months and then recuperation—and the resulting depression I did not trust myself to do my best work. And then, of course, the holidays…
When my husband, a teacher returns to work next week, I will, too. At last, I am looking forward to it.
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- How does the joyous, crazy holiday season impact your literate lifestyle?
- What practices do you look forward to resuming this month?
Please share your thoughts in the comments box below. Let’s encourage one another!