The 2nd task of the challenge was to choose the theme for your chapbook and 30 poems to include. By including haiku's, cinquain's and tanka's I was able to increase the number of poems in my chosen theme from 24 to 30.
The theme I chose sort of chose itself simply because it was the theme with the most poems in the list I made in part 1. For people with more than 30 poems in their chose theme they would have the task of figuring out which ones to leave out.
With all this done our next task was not to take the whole lot to bed with us, but to ignore them for a couple of days, to allow "your initial feelings toward your work to simmer and marinate." I know, doesn't sound at all sexy to me either, but the whole idea is to see if, after a day or two, you still want to take these 30 poems out on a chapbook date or not.
It's also a chance to take a little stress off you by doing something relaxing, and different than the task at hand.
I celebrated the posting of my 2nd guest post and yesterday paid visits to the two Trader Joe's in Houston.
NEXT: Chapbook Challenge 3: You Deserve a Break Today
Articles and websites referenced for this story:
My guest post - Remembering Mama's Kitchen http://www.goingveggie.com/remembering-mamas-kitchen/
Series start: Chapbook Challenge 1: Challenging Myself to Move Forward
Khara House's blog - Our Lost Jungle:
1. “pulling strings”: organizing your work by common "threads" & themes
2. “stack it up to experience”: using theme stacks to develop your chapbook
3. “sleepover!”: why you should sleep on your chapbook collection