• Mary K Gowdy

Hey guys! Another month is gone and spring is finally here. I love warm weather!

I had a very productive month in February but not so much in March--or it was productive in a different way. Anyway, let's look at my March goals to see how I did.

1. Finish revisions for Episodes 6 & 7

I'm right on schedule with my edits so far. They both grew by 2k to 3k words and has some challenges in them I wasn't expecting to have to tackle.

2. Post a YouTube video every Friday of this month

Not even close. I think I posted a video the first Friday and that was it. I got sick in the middle of the month so I didn't make a video and rested my voice instead. Once I got better, college got crazy. I haven't had the time to film anything.

Here are my new goals for April:

1. Finish Revisions for Episodes 9 & 10

Now, you may have noticed that I skipped Episode 8. Ep. 8 is entirely in flashback to tell the story of an important character that lived over 150 years before the rest of the novel takes place. The episode quality-wise if kind of a mess. I didn't even finish the earlier draft of it. I just made notes to put more in places later and moved on. I've been intimidated to revise it.

Episode 8's position in the novel has also bothered. I know that when I'm binging a show on Netflix and one episode ends on a cliffhanger and the next is a flashback episode that doesn't address the cliffhanger at all, it annoys the heck out of me. (Fringe did this a lot). As I was thinking about it, I discovered a way of incorporating this episode into the beginning of Season 2 in a way that feels more natural and that I like a lot better. So, I've decided to take Episode 8 out and Season 1 now has nine episodes instead of ten.

I've gone straight into revisions for the final two episodes, and I want to finish the edits this month.

2. Post more YouTube videos this month

I have lots of ideas for videos, and I want to get back to posting regularly. I still haven't decided what day of the week I want to post all my videos on, so I'm just going to be randomly positing videos this month. I have some review videos coming up and also videos about writing and poetry. Stay tuned by subscribing to my channel. Here's the link.

3. Start looking for Beta Readers

Since I'm nearing the end of my edits, the next stage is the beta reading stage. I plan on asking a lot of people since I expect only a few to say yes. I want a combination of people I know and people I don't know to get a more diverse sample of people. I just joined the Critters Writers Workshop and am planning on being active there.

4. Perform poetry for an Open Mic Night

There's an Open Mic Night at my school this month that I'm planning on reciting some poetry for. I did this back in February, but I didn't do it in March because I was too busy to prepare something.

Search Engine History for Writing Research

These are some things I've googled for research for my novel:

  • How to get past motion detectors?

  • Cajun insults -- (I didn't end up using any)

  • Autopsy table – imagesCabinet where they keep dead bodies’ name – (mortuary cabinet by the way)

  • Feeling of falling when you go to sleep

  • How long does it take fractured ribs to heal?

  • Does blood taste like iron?

  • Fire escape - google images

  • Tropical trees - trees that grow in mountains - buttress roots

  • Vitamin d deficiency

  • Sleep deprivation symptoms

Rejection Letter Count


All of them came from the same literary magazines--one for each of the poems I submitted.

Total for the year: 9.

I don't have any active submissions right now.

Indianapolis Trip

The last weekend of March, I went to Indianapolis for the first time to present at a conference. My presentation was about the word "thing" that I've been researching. There were a lot of interesting sessions about popular linguistics, movies, TV show, popular culture, society, politics, etc. I went with my mentor and we also visited the Indy Motor-speedway Hall of Fame museum and various parts of downtown. Here are some of the pictures I took:

Me presenting my original research.

The view from our hotel room.

The Indy Motor-speedway Hall of Fame Museum

The Indianapolis State Capital.

It has some beautiful architecture with some stain-glass windows. We couldn't go inside, unfortunately. I took lots of pictures for inspiration purposes for some of the architecture in my novel ;)

This was in front of a library and they had books in display cases around the pillars. I couldn't get the whole quote into the picture but it was one by Mark Twain.

Soldier's and Sailor's monument

It has beautiful sculpting all around it. We walked all 330 steps to the top. Climbing up wasn't too bad but we took the elevator down and thankfully they didn't charge us.

Between writing, school, and my research, it's been a very eventful month and April seems like it's going to be even more busy! How was your March? Did you meet any goals or travel anywhere?

#monthlygoals #conference #research

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  • Mary K Gowdy

Hey guys! Since February is over, I wanted to look at the month in review and set some new goals for March. In my February Updates post, I made some goals for that month. Here they are and whether I accomplished them:

1. To release a poetry treat for ya'll soon ;)

Accomplished! The poetry treat was a video of me reciting my poem "Her Gaze" and posting it on YouTube. Here's the link. Not only that, but I've also posted videos of "A Middle-Aged Southern Couple Reacts to Ice" and "Shadow Puppets".

2. Finish revisions for Episode 5 (and possibly 6 - we'll see how it goes).

Sort of Accomplished! I finished revisions for Ep. 5, but it took me the entire month. I finished it on February 28. It took me longer than I had had expected. I thought that Ep. 4 would have been harder to revise than Ep. 5, but in some ways Ep. 5 was harder. Completing Ep. 5 also marks the end of my major problem area of Eps 3-5. It's a relief to have that behind me. I'm very excited to move on to Ep. 6. It's one of my favorite episodes.

3. Submit an excerpt of The One and the Other Volume One to Sword & Sonnet Anthology.

Accomplished! But I already received a rejection letter. Oh well, that's the name of the game. I couldn't not try, but I'm thankful that they got back to me quickly.

4. Perform two of my poems for an Open Mic Night February 12.

Accomplished! I was really nervous beforehand but actually performing wasn't that bad. Some of my friends came to support me. I'm so glad they did.

I performed "A Middle-Aged Southern Couple Reacts to Ice" and "Shadow Puppets". The Open Mic Night was at my university, and I don't think I chose the best poems for the audience. I'm thinking of doing this again but not till April at the earliest.

Those were all my goals for February. Wow. It just hit me that I accomplished all of them. I'm so proud of myself.

My goals for March are:

1. Finish revisions for Episodes 6 & 7

2. Post a YouTube video every Friday of this month

Though I accomplished all of my monthly goals, I've already broken one of my yearly goals. In my 2018 Resolutions post, I resolved to write and post a short story every Friday. I did that for all of January, but I've since changed the resolution.

I've wanted to create a YouTube channel for a while now. I love AuthorTubers like Jenna Moreci, Mandi Lynn, and Vivien Reis. I tried to create a channel a while back and even made an About Me video (which I've taken down. It was so bad), but I gave up afterwards because I felt too awkward to be successful at YouTube. The desire wouldn't disappear though, so I've decided to take another crack at it.

I've only posted videos of me reciting my poetry at this point, but I want to eventually start posting reviews, discussion, and writing tip videos for both prose and poetry. If any of that interest you, subscribe! Here's the link to my channel.

So, instead of doing a Friday short story, I've decided to focus on posting a video once a week.

Rejection Letter Count

I received two this month which puts me at six toward my yearly goal of 25 rejections. I only have one active submission right now, and I've been so focused on my revisions, I haven't been submitting poems to many literary magazines. I'm kind of considering giving up on that resolution.

How was your February? Did you accomplish your goals? Set new ones for March? If so, what are they?

#writing #monthlygoals

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  • Mary K Gowdy

I've finally joined the growing community of poets posting YouTube videos of them reciting their poems.

My poem "Her Gaze" is available to read on this site here: Her Gaze. It's a terza rima poem about war, love, and art.

Follow me here or on Facebook or subscribe to my Youtube Channel if you're interested in future videos like this or even ones giving a behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration for my poems.

#poetry #YouTube #writing

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