Saturday, March 10, 2012

What Was I Thinking?

Last month when I read about the March Madness Poetry Tournament over at  Think Kid, Think!, it sounded like fun so I quickly added my name to the list of participants. Hey, it was a gray day in February, and a little madness seemed like just what I needed to move out of the winter doldrums. The few folks who had signed up before me were online friends and other kidlit bloggers. Besides, the challenge was weeks away.  I've dreamed of writing poetry for children and young adults, maybe this would motivate me to step out of my comfort zone and through caution to the wind.

All of that seemed well and good, except now, here we are, and the tournament begins tomorrow with a video so each participant (notice I'm avoiding the word: POET to keep from totally freaking out) will see his/her seeds.  I'm not sure I understand exactly how it will all work, but I'm pretty sure that I'll be in the "write one and done" group!  Just take a look at the list of folks on the list, it's like a who's who of children's poets!  Yikes!  At least it be over quickly, once my number comes up, I'll have 36 hrs. to write the poem, and then the voting and elimination will begin.  Is that the same as sudden death? 
Now, I'm going to hop on over to the March Madness page and read more about how the tournament will work.  I hope I can figure out what it's my turn to write!  I don't need to add any additional humiliation to this thing!   What was I thinking?



  1. Ooh, this sounds like it'll be a fun challenge! I wish you the best! Let us know how it goes. :)

  2. There was a "season" of my life...just about 2 months...when my father broke his neck, my mother broke her pelvis, we sold our house, bought a new house, packed, moved and I I finished my dissertation. Oh yes, I also worked full time as a teacher during the day and taught a grad school class in the evening.....I was not young...and I don't know how I did it all now....but I did...SOMEHOW.....we find time for what we NEED to do as well as what we WANT to do. I'll stop back again to read your poems and find out how this month of madness works for you!