August was one of my slower months for writing. Well, that’s not entirely true. It was a very good month for poetry; I just didn’t do much with other projects.
- Drafted 40 poems
- Submitted 21 poems
- Submitted chapbook
- Wrote and submitted a piece of creative nonfiction
- Began planning the First Annual Austin Feminist Poetry Festival
A couple of things in August did not go as planned:
- While doing research for my horror novel, I realized my initial idea was just not going to work. I scrapped my plans to mull things over. And while thinking things over, I ultimately decided that I don’t really enjoy the process of trying to write novels. Stories and essays and poems are enjoyable; there’s something about writing and revising novels that, ultimately, I don’t really love. So I’ve decided to scrap long projects and focus on shorter works. As a result, I’ve decided to start the horror project over again from scratch, as a series of linked short stories. The main concept will still be there, but this will be radically different from what I had intended.
- I did not apply for the fellowship I wanted, because I found out my friend’s wedding would conflict with the conferences. Maybe next year.
With these shakeups, here’s how the rest of the year is shaking up:
- Poetry every day.
- Put plans into motion for the poetry festival. (So much to do. So little time. This is intimidating. But fun.)
- September-October: Research and sketches for horror project.
- September/October: Apply for the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship.
- October/November: apply for a grant from AROHO.
- November: Draft the horror project for NaNoWriMo, even though I won’t be writing an actual novel. (This is what’s known as a “NaNo Rebel.”)
- December: revisions on horror project.