April 2022 was yet another poetic journey from the Ars Poetica to the Zip, as I tried to come up with twofer posts (and forgot completely about this intention some days!)! And then, my brain took a vacation.. Well, actually, my schedule unexpectedly got hectic and I had to take a step back, but now, once again, a little bit back in..time for
Yet Another One
of my twofer posts! This is a twofer because it is first, a Reflections post, and second, a wrap up post..
The Reflections Part
What Went Well (Almost, Kind Of, )
I am glad that I managed to finish and wrap up my April challenges this year in a timely manner, well, wrapped up on the posting everyday at least.
Surprisingly, I managed to find new poetic forms for every letter of the alphabet(or previously unknown to me at least and for almost every letter) considering I went through the letters on poetic journeys at least a couple of times already!!
As far as commenting, I tried to comment on as many as I could each day across the four different challenges (at least five to ten other blogs each day). Since I also take part in a couple of other blogging groups, somedays the number varied a bit. But there is a whole lot of visiting and commenting left to do, and while I had been hoping to wrap up or get started (at least) on the same in May, my work schedule these past few days has prevented me from doing so. But I hope to get to it this week.
Regarding the twofer aspect of this challenge, I kind of veered off the path halfway through and then tried to consciously pick it up again when I realized it (so about 3/4 of the posts are an attempt to twofer them, while the rest….)
What Can I Do Better
I should simply copy and paste the stuff from last year, you can just look at it! Though I did manage to post earlier in the day and on the day of for most of this challenge.
What I Loved
As always, the community, the camaraderie, the discovery, the interaction, and of course, the challenge itself!!
And reflecting further back :
- Reflecting in 2017…
- AtoZ Challenge Reflections in 2018 –> where I actually did an A to Z reflection post, one thought for each letter of the alphabet!!!
- Reflecting on Challenges in 2019
- Reflecting on Goals and Challenges in 2020
- And then in 2021: Reflecting on the A2Z Challenge While Working on Another (Guess what?! This year, they were both done in one go!!)
This April, I discovered so many new bloggers and continued interacting with old familiars as well.
My first time participating intentionally here! And it was a wonderful experience!
Through NaPoWriMo, I found so many super-talented poets who blew me away each day as they spun magic with words. If I could, I would name every one of the NaPoWriMo participants, but since that is impossible, I list some of the amazing creatives I interacted with a few times over the challenge (and will catch up with the rest soon). There is Alana, Arti Jain, Gloria Gonsalves, Graham Parker, Harmony Kent, De Jackson (who has inspired me since dVerse days), Elizabeth Boquet, Jacquelyn, Jim (also recall him from dVerse), Kim Russell, Lilac Posset, Natasa Bozic Grojic, Paula, Punam Sharma, Ruth Berkoff, Smitha V, Sonia Dogra, Vandana Bhasin, Wren Jones, and so many more I haven’t listed here…
My nth time here.. definitely a dozen at the least completed, and a dozen more attempted…which means I have built a community here that now has a foundation of solid friendship that has grown stronger over the years! There is Martha deMeo who has, in my opinion, become one of the pillars of this group, and she is now joined by hew sweet-sweet great-granddaughter Lia. Then there is Alice Gerard (multi-talented, energetic, inspiring), Kebba (whose words warm you and hug you), Lily Leung (sourdough bread baker extraordinaire and artist and spinner of lyrical prose), Amanda Trought (creative arts is her magic), Bing with her content writing series, Kimberly who gave us a whole new look into veganism that educated and informed, and also Roy Ackerman (polymath to the nth degree), and Paul Taubman (without whom the UBC wouldn’t have existed).
Thank you to all those who visited via these challenges. Here is where I really need to go on road-trips, virtual journeys, so I can read, comment, and discover. But I did interact with a few bloggers in these challanges too: there is Afshan Shaikh (thanks for visiting regularly, love your pensive thoughts), Timothy Brannan (cool out-of-the-world posts), Jayashree Srivatsan, Dino (with a boxing theme!), and then there are so many others that I have been planning to visit (that roadtrip I mentioned)..
Poetry Wrap Up: Forms and Books and More: An Alphabetical Journey
- A Twofer One Post That is a Bit Revealing!
- Ars Poetica or the Amazing Art of Poetry
- From Bio Poems to Time Traveling in Blog Hops
- Sunday Scribblings #102: It is Time to Rhyme Indeed
- The Wonderful Cento Or A Collection of Cool Clauses
- The Dixdeux and More to Delight You
- E is for Etheree and Excellent Everything
- Flamenca: Fabulous For Every One
- G is for the Gogyohka: Concise and Cool
- H is for the Hexaduad and for Home and Heart
- Sunday Scribblings #103: Playing With Prompts Or Ways to Better Creativity
- Intramirroral Looks Into Being Odd New You
- Johnn Not John on a Jaunt for Jam
- The Kimo to Capture Moments and More
- The Loop of Lost Languages
- A Minute Before the Mirror
- The Nove Otto and Reasons to Rhyme With Orange
- Sunday Scribblings #104: Happy World Haiku Day
- One Word Poems and Practical Cats
- The Thoughtful Pensee and the Beautiful Path to Kindness
- Quintilla Be Quick as a Cricket
- The Cool Rimas Dissolutas and the Red Hot Salsa
- Shout Out the Symetrelle With a Smile
- A Trova Here and a Toe There
- Sunday Scribblings #105: The Amazing Meeting of Poetry and Dance
- UnBeelievables are Unsettled in the Ukiah Poem
- The Varselle & Also Powerful Voices and Delightful Dances
- Wordflair or a Flair for Wonderful Words with Wings
- A Xiaoshi for Xander’s eXcellent Panda Party
- The Yeats That I Love That You Read to Me
- Zip and Zin to the Zenith!
I do want to say THANK YOU to all of you wonderful readers who visited, read my posts (so many of you read it end to end!), my attempts at poems, and encouraged me to keep going with your warm and lovely comments.
Thank you and Kudos to all who were part of the month long blogging journey in each of these challenges. It was fun, and even more so, because we were in it all together…
And Now, the End of This Yet Another Post!
So here is to wrapping up another challenge, and while I will start actively visiting and commenting on blogs I could not during the challenge month, I am also looking forward to next year, and hopefully can plan well in advance for yet another year of poetic journeys through the alphabet!