This year, I jumped on the A to Z wagon in March. I struggled initially with a theme and almost didn’t sign up because I thought there was no way I could do it especially as I was going to be away for ten days towards the end of the month. But then, a theme spoke to me. And I succumbed to it.
I chose to write about the A to Z of Poetry. It wasn’t the most original theme as I knew I wanted it to be on the writing blog and then remembered one of my favourite bloggers writing this theme some years ago. Of course, my poems and even the choice of poems was different from Rajalakshmi’s in 2014.
Then began the hard work. Writing them.
As someone who has mainly written poetry that rhymes and in one particular form, I found a lot of them challenging. But, I also enjoyed writing them and challenging myself. Some of the hardest poems were for the Unwreathed Sestet, Palindrome and Zanila. The easiest was probably the Acrostic and the Sonnet.
Best of all, this year I found that I was organised. More than half my poems were written before the start of April. I finished a lot more by the first weekend. And then the hardest three poems on the Easter long weekend. It helped me big time as I was able to read other blogs and engage better this year compared to the other years. However, going away for the last ten days of the challenge and not having good internet connectivity meant I fell behind in the reading and engaging front. I was very grateful to Shalini who shared my links on the A to Z page as well as one of the blogging communities we are part of.
Some of my favourite reads in this years challenge included:
Sreesha at Petrichor and Clouds: She wrote minimalist fiction and it was so beautiful to read! I really hope she writes a book some time in her life because I for one will be rushing to read it!
Shailaja at The Moving Quill: She wrote micro-fiction using oxymorons. I loved trying to have to guess the oxymoron each day. I’ve followed Shy for a long time now and have noticed how her writing has grown and developed in the past few years. Definitely another potential author to watch out for.
Rajalakshmi at Destiny’s Child: She wrote about yoga and she continues to leave me gobsmacked with her skills and her core strength.
I read a lot more bloggers and loved each and every one of them. I was also humbled by the comments on my own blog. While I’m still catching up on the reading in May and sharing the same, I’m already looking forward to what comes next.
You see, I’ve decided I’m going to create an ebook on the A to Z of poetry with a few unpublished poems as well. It might take some time but I will do it this year. I’ve already asked my sister to design a cover for the same and then have to research the process of creating this book. I’m excited!
Will I do this again next year? Yes – as long as I can be organised like this year.
So it’s time to get those brains working for a theme for 2018. It’s how we roll with the A to Z challenge.
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Until next time,