It’s December and everything seems to be in high gear. It’s all rather exciting. I’ve not given up on posting poems—yet, as I’m still writing them. But the November frenzy of posting at least one poem daily is over. And I’m glad to let that go.
Don’t get me wrong, it was a great deal of fun. I really enjoy the challenge, and I think April and November is a pretty fair and workable spread. So, I’ll likely do it again. But, between those months, I’ll take my time to write better. And I’ll tell you what brought me to this realization.
As you may already know, the second part of the November PAD Chapbook challenges requires that you submit a small selection of poems to be reviewed. The first step is what sobered me up quickly on the heals of the daily posting schedule: picking the poems to include in my submission set. Reading the poems was enough to let ooze out all my excitement.
Really I was thinking, It’s really amazing what a frenzied state of mind will accept for publishing! Some I read and just let it go that they were really bad; I just blamed it on the frenzy. Some I really liked. And there were others that just stunned me and made me doubt that I’d really clicked the publish button for them.
It will take me longer to publish, now through 31 March, but it’s what must be done. This way, I don’t look back and scare myself so badly.
Selecting the Right Poems
This month, I’m trying to work closer to a theme, which adds more stringent guidelines to the selection criteria. So, I have to pick related ones I like, that are salvageable with the least work.
Editing and Revising
Thankfully I have found several that made me really happy. Not all of them were part of the PAD poems. Still, it did motivate me to continue in hopes that I can carve a few others into an acceptable poem.
To make the editing go more smoothly, I’ve pulled out my favorite poetry mechanics books for review and inspiration. Flipping through my reference books makes me feel confident that I know what I’m doing.
Submitting My Set
If I’m lucky, I’ll be finished well ahead of time so that I can submit and relax for Christmas. I won’t make that promise to myself, just keep working toward it. This way, if it happens that I finish early, it’ll just be a pleasant surprise.
And, the early finish will not be wasted. It’ll give me time to finish tweaking my new look for this site. I want to settle on the look I want before the first of January. We’ll see what happens.
Poetic Asides 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps