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  • Writer's pictureMary K Gowdy

August Goals - Poetry, More Poetry, and Some YouTube

Hey y'all! It's August and time to review my July goals and make new ones. Can you believe the year is already over half-way done?

July Goals

1. Write 20 Poems

Accomplished! I wrote exactly twenty. Before this I hadn't written more than eight in a month, so I didn't know if I had the stamina to accomplish this. It was challenging. I was writing basically a poem a day with a few days off every now and then. And a poem can take several hours to write. They were all varying lengths and types: long, short, formal, free verse. I tried out many new poetic forms like the alouette, nove otto, quatern, and octameter.

2. Finish the Recordings for Sensuality.

Accomplished. I had six poems left to record, three of which were my longest. I kept procrastinating on this goal, so I'm glad I made it one for July because otherwise I might not have finished it. I sent the recordings off to my friend to produce and should get all them back by the end of this month.

3. Post Regularly on YouTube

Accomplished. I posted four videos this month--one a week. I even did my first two scripted videos, which turned out way better than I thought they would. It made the whole process easier, so I'm going to continue making them this way.

I accomplished all of my goals! Granted, this was partly due to the fact that I was home with nothing else to do. These goals helped give structure to July so I never got bored.

Now that August is here, I have a new slew of goals.

August Goals

1. Format the Interior of Sensuality.

This includes the placement of the poems on the page, the front matter, and the back matter. I'll be doing all of this myself. Most likely, I'll use Microsoft Word or Scrivener. I haven't decided which yet.

2. Make the Cover for Sensuality.

I have a few ideas. All I need is to borrow or rent a good camera and hope my ideas don't fall flat. I'll be honest: I'm nervous about how this is going to come out because I've never made a cover before.

3. Update my Author Photo

I'm hoping to kill two birds with one stone by also taking an author photo of myself when I'm making the cover for Sensuality..

4. Begin Stage #2 for Poetry Book #1 (PB1)

Since I've never written a full-length poetry book before (mind you Sensuality. is a chapbook with only 14 poems), I have no idea what I'm doing. But it naturally happened that I've divided the writing process into two stages (for now).

Stage #1 happened in July. All twenty poems I wrote that month are part of this book. I focused on writing poems for the individual ideas I already had. Towards the end of the month, I felt like focusing on the individual poems was causing me to neglect the overall concept, which leads me to Stage #2.

For Stage #2, I'm going to examine the poems I've already written and figure out how I want to communicate the overarching concept. What am I missing? What do I need to explore more? How does one idea affect the others? Once I've figured that out, I'll make an outline of the poems I need to write and in what order they'll fit into the book. As I've said, I've never attempted anything like this, so I might scratch this plan later. But it's a start.

5. Write 10 Poems

It's only ten this month because I want to focus on the structure of PB1 which might mean writing less poems. Also, I have several other goals this month and am moving back into my dorm and starting school in the second half of August.

6. Gain More YouTube Subscribers

For the last few months, one of my goals has always been to post regularly on YouTube. Now that I've gotten into a schedule, I've changed this goal to growing my channel--specifically my subscriber count. I have a game plan for August. We'll see how it goes.

I have twice as many goals this month than I did for July--not to mention school is starting again. It's going to be a busy month. What are your goals for August?

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