Sunday, April 1, 2012

April Platform Challenge: Day 1

Welcome to the first day of my first ever April Platform Challenge! I'm hoping this will be a helpful (and fun) challenge that we may be able to repeat in the future if all goes well. Click here to check out the basic guidelines.


Get started by defining yourself.

If you've ever completed a challenge with me before, you probably know that I'm a bit relaxed with how people complete the challenge. I'm more interested in creating a supportive framework that helps writers challenge themselves than sticking to any hard and fast rules. If there's one thing I hope this challenge accomplishes, it's that I hope writers come out of it with a stronger online platform and a better idea of how to continue growing that platform beyond April.

Each day will have a simple task, and I won't be suprised to find that many people have already completed some of these daily tasks. That's OK, though I may have more advanced things for you to check if you've already completed a daily task.

When you've completed a task, just drop a note in the comments for that specific task. You can just comment, "Done," or you can share an insight or something that surprised you in the process. Or ask a question. Or share a frustration. Or whatever.

Anyway, blah-blah-blah...let's get started, right?

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For Day 1, define yourself. I don't want you to worry about where you'd like to be or anything in the future. Instead, I want you to take a look at who you are, what you've done, what you're currently doing, etc. Below is a chart I'm using (with my own answers).
Name (as used in byline): Robert Lee Brewer

Position(s): Senior Content Editor - Writer's Digest Writing Community; Published Poet; Freelance Writer; Blogger; Event Speaker; Den Leader - Cub Scouts

Skill(s): Editing, creative writing (poetry and fiction), technical writing, copywriting, database management, SEO, blogging, newsletter writing, problem solving, idea generation, public speaking, willingness to try new things, community building.

Social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, Tumblr, Blogger.

URLs: http://www.writersmarket.com/; www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides; http://robertleebrewer.blogspot.com/

Accomplishments: Named 2010 Poet Laureate of Blogosphere; spoken at several events, including Writer's Digest Conference, AWP, Austin International Poetry Festival, Houston Poetry Fest, and more; published and sold out of two limited edition poetry chapbooks, ENTER and ESCAPE; edited several editions of Writer's Market and Poet's Market; former GMVC conference champion in the 800-meter run and MVP of WCHS cross country and track teams; undergraduate award-winner in several writing disciplines at University of Cincinnati, including Journalism, Fiction, and Technical Writing; BA in English Literature from University of Cincinnati with certificates in writing for Creative Writing-Fiction and Professional and Technical Writing.

Interests: Writing (all genres), family (being a good husband and father), faith, fitness (especially running and disc golf), fantasy football, reading.

In one sentence, who am I? Robert Lee Brewer is a married Methodist father of five children (four sons and one daughter) who works as an editor but plays as a writer, specializing in poetry and blogging.

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Now you can get much more complicated in defining yourself, and I'd love to hear (in the comments) other questions people ask themselves in defining who they are. However, this kind of gets us started.

If you want to share your results below, go for it, but you don't have to. Defining yourself is an important personal task--so that you know who you are before trying to do anything else. Just as you need to be able to define a book in one sentence to sell it, you need to be able to define yourself in one sentence if you want to communicate to the world who you are (and start building your platform).

So get at it, and I'll see you tomorrow for Day 2.

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Rowanwolf said...

Done. My interests vary far more widely than what I'm actually doing. Guess I need to strike a better balance here. Thanks.

Elizabeth said...

I'm so excited about your April challenges, Robert!

Elizabeth A. Saunders is a Quaker historian, genealogist, writer and editor who loves to travel, and who owns a used and antiquarian bookshop in a small town in North Carolina.

I posted full answers at http://elizabethsaunders.blogspot.com/2012/04/april-platform-challenge-who-am-i.html.

Lauren Miller said...

Hey Robert,

I haven't typed anything down (should we get this on paper?) for this challenge but I've gone over and answered the questions. It occurred to me if any fellow challenge-goers have a LinkedIn profile, that would really help with answering some of the questions you asked for today's task. I thought I'd throw that out there for anyone having trouble identifying their skills/accomplishments/etc. It helped me.

Thank you and looking forward to tomorrow's task!

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Great suggestion, Lauren.

Yes, it doesn't matter where or how things are written down. However, I think writing things down does help.

Azaliah Nkawa said...

This is incredibly hard for me to answer. I try really hard not to remind myself of all the nothing that I have accomplished. Know thyself? No thanks. I prefer to stay in the illusion that future me is going to be awesome th because present me is pretty lame.

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Believe me, Azaliah, everyone starts with a shorter list. But it's important to nail down that short list (and it makes today's task that much easier to complete).

Kyle Robinson said...

Done, I learned a lot about myself I'm looking forward to this challenge and discovering more about myself and the platform, Thanks Robert.

Anne Kimball said...

Name (as used in byline): Anne Kimball

Position(s): In the past? Waitress, chambermaid, telemarketer, paint salesman, movie theatre cashier, fast food taco worker, bank human resources employee, Occupational Therapist.
Now? Chief cook and bottle washer for 6 kids and 3 – 4 dozen critters. Plus a writer.

Skill(s): Finding Styrofoam balls and glitter past bedtime the night before a school project is due, docking tails, castrating bucklings and ram-lambs, the ability to change a diaper, nurse a baby, and tie someone’s shoes simultaneously, or the ability to teach a teen boy how to parallel park while talking a teen girl down from hysterics over a FB feud while signing field trip permission slips at the same time.
Social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Blogger.

URLs: http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com, http://bringingboryahome.blogspot.com
Accomplishments: Expelled three humans from my vagina. Traveled halfway around the world twice to adopt three children (a feat more painful than vaginal expulsion). Currently surviving five teens and one preteen under one roof. Currently surviving three pubescent females under one roof.

Interests: Writing and riding. Reading and weeding. Finding dark corners to hide in.

In one sentence, who am I? Anne Kimball is the clinging-to-sanity mother of six married to a barely-there surgeon-husband, who loves to write, and read, and go on fun adventures with her kids, and remind herself that one day she will miss these crazy times.

essay said...

Done.
And I want to read whatever Anne Kimball writes -- you have an awesome sense of reality!

Tasha Seegmiller said...

Just found you blog - new follower :) I really like this - I teach high schoolers and throughout the year I have several activities and writing prompts to help them figure out who they are - and I do a fair amount of introspection myself.

Dustin Slater said...

Done for now but I know this is going to change soon with hard work and dedication.



Name (as used in byline): Dustin Slater

Position(s): Client Service Rep for Limolink, Father, Aspiring Writer, Blogger.

Skill(s): Creative Writing, Customer Service Consultant, Comedian, Speed Reader.

Social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, Blogger.

URLs: http://www.facebook.com/DustinSlaterFW , https://plus.google.com/109579303472372328628/posts?hl=en , http://slatersgeekdom.wordpress.com/ , https://twitter.com/#!/DSlaterfw ,

Interests: Family (being the best Husband and father I can be), Writing (Sci Fi, Mystery, Supernatural, Horror), Zombie Movies, Reading, Drawing, Blogging, Becoming the best damn author I can be.
In one sentence, who am I? Dustin Slater father of 3 wonderful children I am working on my freelance writing and novel, Inspired and dreamer all in one.

De Jackson said...

Love this, and have done it. It will be ever evolving, of course, but for now, I like my answers...which is a nice little insight. ;)
My most important questions to myself are these:
What makes you feel alive?
and
What are you called to do?

Thanks, Robert. Looking forward to this Platform Diving thing. ;)

de

EKSwitaj said...

Name (as used in byline): Elizabeth Kate Switaj

Position(s): Currently - Assistant Managing Editor of Irish Pages, PhD candidate at Queen's University Belfast

Historically - English-language teacher, copywriter, summer camp counselor, lifeguard, swim instructor

Skill(s): editing, general IT, social media, graphic design, photography, teaching, academic writing, copywriting, canoeing, rowing, dragon-boat paddling, conversational Japanese (and some reading/writing), basic Chinese, conversational Spanish (with reading competence), hiking and bouldering, plant identification, wilderness survival, disaster response, advanced first aid and basic life support, swimming, public speaking, advanced Prezi

Social media platforms: Facebook, Academia.edu, Google+, Twitter

URLs: http://www.elizabethkateswitaj.net

Accomplishments: MFA in Poetics & Creative Writing (New College of California, 2004), BA (The Evergreen State College, 1999), shortlisted for the 2011 Dundee International Book Prize, first collection of poetry (Magdalene & the Mermaids published by Paper Kite Press in 2009, 2011 British Council Shine! Awards Highly Commended Entrant

Interests: writing, art, travel, Modernism, James Joyce, Lady Gaga, vampires, zombies, science fiction

In one sentence, who am I? Elizabeth Kate Switaj is a writer and photographer, currently developing a doctoral thesis exploring the links between James Joyce's work as a teacher of English and his literary production.

Kirk said...

Done. Thanks, this is exciting. I saw mention of the April Platform Challenge last week and am definitely jumping aboard.

I think the one sentence summary may be the most difficult part of this exercise.

Melissa Damon said...

Melissa Damon’s Answers:
Name (as used in byline): Melissa Damon

Position(s): Mental Health Worker – Natchaug Hospital (Hartford Hospital), Published writer, Singer, Screenplay writer, Blogger, family genealogist, Seamstress, Oil Painter, Mother, and wife.

Skill(s): Creative idea generation, writing songs, painting, artistic creativity, editing, writing, inspirational projects, can speak and write some Spanish, blogging, problem solving, willingness to try new things, can write screen plays, researcher, and website creator.

Social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Shelfari, Wordpress, Myspace.

URLs: http://www.melissadamon.com, http://www.melissadamon.wordpress.com

Accomplishments: Wrote several songs and performed some of them in front of a live audience, published a book on amazon.com, have completed three books so far, have painted several paintings and was commissioned to paint one for a client, had a beautiful son, own a house and got married the way I always wanted to.

Interests: Writing (all genres), family (being a good wife and mother), reading, japanimations, fairytales and princesses, sewing costumes, keeping my house clean.

In one sentence, who am I? Melissa Damon is a married mother of one child who works as a mental health worker but hopes to one day be a full time writer and stay at home mom.

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Robert Lee Brewer said...

I really love those two questions, De. Thanks for sharing!

Meena Rose said...

Perfect timing Robert... I was being faced with the task of writing an Author Bio.

Meena Rose is a mother of three children (one boy and two girls) who works as an analyst promoting creativity through writing, storytelling and role playing wherever she goes.

The full answers can be found here:

http://meenarose.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/april-platform-challenge-day-1/

JLC said...

Joan L. Cannon is nowadays first a widow, then a mother and grandmother, a writer and reader, and a learner and lover--of nature and art and of the life I've been given.
More on www.hilltopnotes.blogspot.com, linked in.

Lara Schiffbauer said...

All done! I had an epiphany when I got to skills. I have worried that my writing is too naive, fluffy, I don't know how to explain it, but it definitely isn't angst-y. (I guess that would be my writing voice, actually.) When I wrote down what my skills are I realized that I can't really help it. My writing is a reflection of what I do every day, which is to care for those around me (both in my home as a mother and wife, and at my job as a school social worker.) I realized I better just embrace it, as who I am as a writer. Thanks for the helpful activity!

Mariya Koleva said...

Correct - writing things down helps a lot. When I made my LinkedIn profile I thought that would be the easiest part, and in fact it took me a lot of time and I haven't stopped updating and improving it so far :-). It helps you understand where you stand and it helps you identify your goals, too.

Dana Dampier said...

Done!

Geof Huth said...

Okay, Robert, I decided to take part, and you can find my long answer here:

http://geofhuth.blogspot.com/2012/04/defining-myself.html

With decades of work at all of this, I've accomplished something.

Geof

Linda Hatton said...

Done! This was great. It helped me to better define where I want to place my focus. I only wish I had used some humor in my answers after reading Anne Kimball's post. :-)
By the way, I announced the platform challenge on my website's Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/MouseTalesPress).
Thank you for running this challenge!!!!!

Sharon Stanley said...

Done! I can already see this should be an eye opening journey to crazy.

Scribe said...

Done, and what a great exercise. As a stay-at-home, home-educator Mom, I did not realize all the skills I have developed over the years. Thank you.

Elissa Field said...

Done. I used a chart sort of like yours, Robert, with two exceptions. For one, because I separate my work teaching from my fiction writing (to allow myself leeway in writing, without worrying about students), I made a separate list for each "identity." I felt good that I was already clear on most of my definitions of myself, but appreciated getting clearer on what I think my skills, etc. are. Here was my second difference from your list: so much of what I am doing right now has less to do with what I've already accomplished than what I am seeking to do, so I broke Accomplishments into Accomp's and Seeking to Accomplish. This worked really well for me, and helped me clarify exactly what I am trying to accomplish right now - and notice how it is/is not yet being served by my different platforms.

For introductions to all here, here are the sentences I'd use to describe myself, in both current roles: "I am a fiction writer at work on completing a novel and short story collection, and also a writing teacher and mother to two young boys." "I am a writer who has previously served as copywriter for numerous organizations, including state courts, and currently works as a writing and history teacher for a private school."

Thanks for the day one boost.

(btw, Blogger is giving me lots of trouble posting the comment - will not believe I typed the nobot characters right - so hope this goes through without duplicates)

Khara House said...

Done! I took mine in (at least what I think was) a pretty fun direction-- a literal "definition" (including pronunciation guides, ha-ha) of "Khara" (as it appears in what I called The Oxford-English Dictionary of Self-Definition and Identity) 8-)

This was a fun exercise, in that while it started out as just a fun prompt, it slowly became more serious as I realized there were things I was missing, or things I wanted to put in, etc. And defining myself as both a noun and a verb made it even more challenging!

Joe Orozco said...

Hi, I too have completed today's task. Is there a hashtag for participants on Twitter?

In one sentence, who am I? Joe is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who, despite his desire to write books people will love to read for leisure, hopes he can one day write something that really matters.

The rest of my not so enlightened responses are at:

http://www.joeorozco.com/about

Mateeka Lanee' said...

Done! I'm keeping a journal on this months' challenges. I always love an excuse to keep a journal.

Jackie said...

Done! This sounds like it's going to be fantastic.

In one sentence, who am I? Jaclyn Hart is a current University student who, between school and life, loves to not only feel the full spectrum of what life has to offer, but also write and read and live in hope, because she wants to be able to look back at these insane and fleeting days and smile to herself.

I know there's probably some things I'll have forgotten, but for now this is what comes to mind.

Thanks for this!

Here's the link to my post: http://jfhart.tumblr.com/post/20301677804/april-platform-challenge-day-1

I'll be back tomorrow :]
J

Melanie Marttila said...

Ok ... here she goes ...

Name: Melanie Marttila
Current occupation(s): Corporate trainer and course designer (sorry can’t disclose my employer); freelance writer; blogger

Skills: writing (poetry and fiction), editing, course design, facilitation (class, group, community), time management, business writing, project management, blogging.

Where you can find me:
• email: melanie.marttila@gmail.com
• blog: http://www.melaniemarttila.ca
• Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/melanie.marttila
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelanieMarttila
• LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/melanie-marttila/47/680/208
• Google+: https://plus.google.com/117152781507063063793

Accomplishments:
As Writerly Goodness: Won First, Second, and Third place in the Sudbury Star Summer Short Story Contest (three different years), Won First place in the Sudbury Writers’ Guild Short Story Contest and Third in the SWG Poetry contest (same year), Was selected for publication in the (W)rites of Spring (League of Canadian Poets, 1997), MA in English Literature and Creative Writing, University of Windsor, 1999, BA cum laude in English (Rhetoric emphasis) 1995; Member of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild, Associate member of the League of Canadian Poets, and professional member of the Canadian Authors Association.
Through work: Business Writing, Project Management, Time Management, Putting Learning First (course design), working on certification as a trainer. Bronze Award for Service Excellence 2010 (am nominated in 2 categories again this year).

Interests: Writing (all genres), blogging, facilitation, course design, editing and critiquing, pop culture, reading, family and friends, gardening.

Who am I (in one sentence): Melanie Marttila is a loving spouse and daughter, dedicated pup-mom, who masquerades as a mild-mannered corporate trainer by day so she can become Writerly Goodness at night :)

And no, I don’t have a cape, but I do have a writing sweater (Think Michael Douglas’s character in Wonder Boys).

Karen said...

Day 1
4-1-2012

Define Yourself
I don't want you to worry about where you'd like to be or anything in the future. Instead, I want you to take a look at who you are, what you've done, what you're currently doing, etc.
Name (as used in byline): Karen H. Phillips

Position(s): Inconsistent blogger, sporadic writer and poet, CWG newsletter editor, memoir critique group moderator

Skill(s): Editing, creative writing (poetry and fiction), blogging, newsletter writing, problem solving, idea generation, willingness to try new things, community building, group leadership.

Social media platforms: Facebook (most consistent), LinkedIn, Twitter, Blogger.

URLs: http://sky-highview.blogspot.com/

Accomplishments:, Writer’s Digest Competition Honorable Mention for Feature Article; Scholarship Cecil Murphey Essay Winner to Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference 2007; finalist in November Chapbook Challenge for Poetic Asides Poem-a-Day, manuscript—River-hearted City; scholarship chairman and chaplain for college sorority Alpha Delta Pi at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; elementary teacher seven years, Blount County, TN, Catoosa County, GA, and Hamilton County, TN; BS in English Education, UTC; MS in Elementary Education, University of Tennessee; wife of CVS pharmacist Steve Phillips; mother of two adult children, Eric and Emily; member of Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church, as well as choir member; email (Constant Contact) newsletter editor for CWG, former Board of Directors member and secretary.

Interests: Christian faith and ministry through church, writing (many genres), reading (many genres) family (being a good wife and mother, as well as household manager), walking, somewhat healthy eating, friends, social networking, anything to do with WORDS.

In one sentence, who am I? Karen H. Phillips writes poetry and nonfiction, sometimes for pay, and enjoys neighborhood walks with her husband, visiting with her adult children, stroking her cats, and eating breakfast by the river.

Misk Mask said...

Done, Robert, although I'm sure it will be tweaked during the next few days. My additional questions for myself would include:

1. What makes you happy?
2. Where am I needed?
3. How do I reinvent myself and my role when my husband retires next year?

Thank you for this challenge, Robert.

~ Misky

Anonymous said...

Done Hi, I'm Nicole. I am also one of the few with a short list. I love to read, watch films and write differents types of fiction. I am clueless on how to build my platform and very lucky to have come across your blog Robert. I look forward to tomorrow's task. Until then, take care.

bolton carley said...

Will be back to say I'm done in a few, just knowing this will lead up to branding, and I can't seem to narrow down who I am for that purpose. But I had to stop by and say, Anne Kimball, you cracked me up! Well played!

Kirra said...

Did it, looking forward to tomorrow

Jen McPeek said...

Done :) and it can be found at http://jenmcpeek.blogspot.com/2012/04/odd-day-for-honesty.html

Evelyn M. said...

Done. I am hoping to answer some questions with this challenge, such as when is it appropriate to create a blog or website since I do not currently have a book to market? A friend invited me to do this challenge.
Evelyn

April Galloway said...

Done, Robert. Much too long to post here. I'll simply give the sentence and my additional questions:

In one sentence, who am I? I am an advance baby-boomer scout (born during the war, not after) who is continually in the process of recreating myself.

Any other questions you ask in defining who you are.
1. What new skills would you most like to acquire? Speak a foreign language fluently and play a musical instrument.

2.If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? On a tropical island with mountains.

3. What fear or weakness would you most like to overcome?
I would like very much to overcome my fear of heights. I have succeeded in overcoming it to a limited degree, but hang gliding, rock climbing and sky diving look like so much fun. Unfortunately, I have to force myself to walk across a high bridge without a handrail to hold onto.

To see my entire list, you can go to the blog page I have set up for the challenge:

http://melodypearson.com/april-challenge/

Pat Walsh said...

Thank you Robert, for this great challenge - I will try to keep up each day...

In responding to this first exercise, I realize that I tend to keep my personal and professional lives very separate, probably to the detriment of both. I probably need to bring a little more of the joy and serenity of my personal life to my professional activities - something for me to reflect upon as I move forward.

Here's my statement:

Patrick J. Walsh is an author, journalist and producer of online video series who lives in Peekskill, New York.

Lynn said...

Done

Ivy said...

Since my mentor died, I haven't been able to write anything meaningful. I hope this challenge can pull me from my rut.

Thank you for doing this! And thanks Nikki for sharing this with me!

Here's Day 1: http://www.unscriptedlife.com/index.php/blog/yootools/334-get-to-work.html

Connie L. Peters said...

Name (as used in byline): Connie L. Peters

Position(s): Regular writer for Adam Colwell’s WriteWorks, presidentialprayerteam.com and The Pagosa Sun. Freelance writer, with twenty-nine years of experience.
Host Home Provider for two adults with developmental disabilities, with twelve years of experience.

Skill(s): Writing poetry, devotions, fiction and creative nonfiction for adults and children. Teaching creative writing and Bible truths.

Social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Blogger.

URLs: http://enthusiasticsoul.blogspot.com/

Accomplishments: Published credits: [River of Stones, Kaspa & Fiona (2012)], presidentialprayerteam.com, completehealthlink.com, The Pagosa Sun, The Scribe Newsletter, [Power of Small by Jennifer Kennedy Dean, New Hope Publishers (2011)], Focus on the Family's Thriving Family, [Prompted, Pearl Ketover Prilik (2011)], [Celebrating Christmas with Memories, Poetry and Good Food, Donna Clark Goodrich (2011)], Quiet Hour, [Heavenly Humor for the Teacher’s Soul, Barbour (2011)], Evangel, [Heavenly Humor for the Chocolate Lover’s Soul, Barbour (2011)], [Heavenly Humor for the Cat Lover’s Soul, Barbour (2010)], American Christian Writer, Cross & Quill, Cup of Comfort for Families Touched by Alzheimer’s (2008), [Wounded by Words, New Hope Publishers (2008)], Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers (2007), Shine Brightly, Bread for God’s Children, Discovery Trails, Beacon, With, Hi-Call, Partners
Interests: Christianity, worship and prayer, family (Husband, 32 years, Daughter, Son and two host home clients), extended family, Writing (fiction, poetry, devotions, creative nonfiction), traveling, hiking, swimming, kayaking, drawing and painting, singing, reading, Scrabble, Canasta, crocheting

In one sentence, who am I? I’m a long-time Christian, wife, mom, caregiver, sister, writer, traveler and learner, with compassion toward most and a bit of a sense of humor.

stacie morrell said...

Done! Can hardly wait for the next!

bolton carley said...

Done.

Name I go by: Bolton Carley

Positions: Blogger, writer, middle school teacher, aging farmer’s daughter, good wife, aunt of 14, attempter of being all things to all people

Skills: hopefully writing, blogging, controlling hundreds of tweens at one time, making sandwiches for my husband and brother-in-law, inserting foot in mouth, washing cattle, picking top 10 music, grade A buttinski, making mountains of molehills, organizing (especially groups of people), empathic, takes on responsibility, driven, TV watching, fixing others’ fashion faux pas, eating Reese’s, family peacemaker, getting the last word, appearing to be the strong one

Social Media Platform: boltoncarley on Twitter, Facebook, Wordpress, Blogger

URLs: www.boltoncarley.wordpress.com and www.boltoncarley.blogspot.com

Accomplishments: middle grade verse e-novella "Hello, Summer Vacay!", 15 year veteran teacher, 7 year marriage, State of Iowa Scholar (a long time ago), 9 year 4-H member, BA in English Education from University of Northern Iowa, Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane College, remembering all family members’ birthdays, written 6 books from start to finish

Interests: writing (jack of all trades, master of none), family, fashion, shorthorn cattle, all things retro, pop culture, sports, TV shows, Facebook, current music, photography, magazines

In one sentence, who am I? I am, at minimum, a 5 sentence person (lol), but if forced to one, I’m a left-handed farmer’s daughter who tries to do right by her husband, family, friends, students, writing audience, and people off the street when I write, teach, blog, laugh, strive for better, and love.

stacie morrell said...

Name (as used in byline): Stacie Morrell

Position(s): Volunteer, previously store and e-commerce department supervisor for Goodwill, bibliophile, armchair academic, antiques and collectibles dealer/connoisseur, used bookstore manager, personal assistant, office manager.

Skill(s): Creative writing (poetry, non-fiction and fiction), newsletter, academic, and professional/occupational journal writing, problem solving, oration and public speaking, flexible, loves to try new things, personnel management, mediator, researcher, office management.

Social media platforms: I have only recently become part of the blogging and social media world. I have been learning as I go (with the aid of Dummies and Idiot’s Guides) having fun while riding the learning curve. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Goodreads, Bookblogs, Amazon author page, blogging, Wordpress.

URLs: http://staciemorrell.wordpress.com, Bookblogs under construction,
http://www.amazon.com/Stacie-Morrell/e/B005EDJQSK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1, http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5964083,

Accomplishments: Started a used bookstore for the Friends of the Wilsonville Library, subject of Oregonian article, published in: Antiques and Collectibles Magazine, Bookman’s AB Magazine, Antique Trader, Writer’s Digest (writing clinic), Book Magazine. Started the E-Commerce collectibles department for Goodwill of the Columbia Willamette. Currently pursuing an Associates of Applied Science in Business and Management at Portland Community College, holding a 4.0 GPA, member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, on President’s List.

Interests: Reading (pretty much anything even the cereal box if nothing else is available), writing (all genres), family (wife and mother), growing in and spreading my faith, learning (information geek), travel (but I rarely ever get to), volunteering, bargain hunting at garage sales, thrift stores, flea markets, etc.

In one sentence, who am I? Stacie Morrell is an eccentrically entertaining neurotic bibliophile who sells collectibles, tries to have patience with her precocious daughter, and hopes to one day be a really good writer.
If I could go back and do one thing over: I would have figured out what I wanted from life way before now and gone back to school to get it (much, much sooner than I did).

Skylar Spring said...

Done! This was fun :) I can't wait for tomorrow task!

Suelick said...

Done, but I'm not sharing, at least yet. Good exercise. I found that I had to add section on "what I have learned."
Looking forward tomorrow.

Suelick said...

I think Blogger took out all my connecting words, but you get the idea. Thanks, Robert.

Brandi Amara Skyy said...

Done!! So excited! LOVED the first day.

i'm horrible at condensing multitudes into a singular anything so it took me several drafts (i'm a multiple drafter of EVERYTHING, lol) to get to the "in one sentence, who am i?" but i finally got it:

I am a partnered creative spirit who fuses her love of life and her need to have multiple and diverse artistic outlets—drag, dance, writing, and movement—with her nomadic tendencies to just accept and be who she is at any given moment.


i've enjoyed reading everyone else’s and i can’t wait till tomorrow!!!

Erika D. said...

Robert, I'm about eight hours late, but I just finished adapting your chart for my own responses. Will probably revisit at some point soon, but what a great way to get started. Thank you. "Done."

Linda said...

Done, but not quite ready to share just yet...

The hardest part for me was listing Accomplishments--looks like this whole thing will also be a lesson for me in increasing my self-esteem ;-)

Beth Stilborn said...

Done, although I struggled with "accomplishments" -- surely I have accomplished more than readily meets the eye. Perhaps my accomplishments are not the traditionally chartable sort.

Kiril Kundurazieff said...

Thank U, Robert, for this timely challenge.

I had fun with this task, digging up old blog posts in order to refresh my memory about certain things, along the way, and i send a thanks to several of the otehr commentors who had a few questions I added to my list. :-D

Just a few things included in my list:

Names (as used in bylines): Kiril Kundurazieff, Miss Elvira - Sassy Lady Cat (AKA Elvira Mistress of Felinity), and Nikita.

Skill(s): Creative writing (Writing in the persona of 1 male and 1 female Cat, Poetry, Songs, Short Story Fiction, Humor, Parody), Amateur Journalism & Blogging, public speaking, Humorist, can ride a bike 20-66 miles and live to tell about it, able to navigate a half dozen SoCal Mass Transit Systems in a single day, retail management, customer service and call center experience.

Official Research Assistant, Photographer, Liaison, Provider, Playmate, Belly Rubber, & Litter Box Cleaner, for my 2 Blogging Cats.

Social Media Platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Typepad Blog, YouTube, Yelp, Blog Paws Community (Links in blog post)

4 of 12 accomplishments:

1. Published ( unpaid ) Star Trek Author, in 1990, with an essay in the book Best of Trek #15 - Confessions of a Trekaholic.

8. Wrote extensive reviews, on Musings of a Mad Macedonian, of concerts of the Orange County Pacific Symphony, in 2008 & 2009, as part of volunteer Blogger "Press Corp" effort started by their Publicity Dept.

9. Invited to attend, and wrote review of on The Cycling Dude (My bike blog), special screening of the award winning documentary Klunkerz, in 2009.

10. Meowsings of an Opinionated Pussycat named a "Blog We Dig" by Pet Tales @ Orange County Register Newspaper, 2010.

The whole massive undertaking can be found here:

http://www.madmacedonian.com/2012/04/taking-the-month-long-building-a-platform-challenge-day-1.html

The blog of my cats can be visited by clicking my name above. :-D

hcfbutton said...

done. better late than never I suppose.


Heather Button is a married Intern Architect fascinated by how architecture affects people, and a pattern-based thinker who lets her mind run free in dreams and sometimes fiction.

you can read more here: http://myquirkycity.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/april-platform-challenge-day-1/

Thanks for the challenge. Looking forward to tomorrow!

amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

I've been looking forward to the April Challenge. When I saw today's challenge I said, "Oh, crap! I have no idea who I am! Why couldn't it be something easier like what do you want to be when I grow up?" Not that I know the answer to that either, now that I think about it...
Finished. All done.
Can't wait to see tomorrow's challenge.

Diane said...

Done... I had to do this for a bio update this morning the the Arts Commission I am on for their website. I was amazed how things have changed in a year!

Jan O'Hara (Tartitude) said...

Done, though it's a little sobering to see how many accomplishments reside in my past career and how few in the present. Gotta start somewhere, I suppose.

Many thanks for this challenge. I'm looking forward to learning.

Domino said...

Done, in fact, prior to the challenge. I double checked to make sure I didn't want to add something, but I guess I did okay the first time. ^_^ Thanks Robert!

Claudine Giorio said...

Done! Never liked writing about myself. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do!

Lori Degman said...

This is an awesome challenge, Robert - thanks so much for doing this! I used your chart and finished today's challenge!

mw said...

Done! Hoping to keep up on the challenge.

Stephanie said...

Done!

PaulaJHowell said...

Done - It was difficult in a way I hadn't expected but very useful. This challenge is such a great idea and I'm glad to be a part of it.

Who I am in one sentence? I am a wife and a mother who currently works as a legal assistant with the public defender’s office but who is also a licensed P.I. on the side as well as a writer and blogger in the leftover hours of the day who is attempting to build a platform while aspiring to become a published author. (Less than a sentence and more like a mouthful, I think.)

Looking forward to tomorrow...

Lauri Meyers said...

It was refreshing to describe myself as a whole person-thanks for the example!
In one sentence, who am I? Lauri C Meyers is a repressed creative who was held captive in corporate finance for 11 years until her two beautiful daughters came along      and reminded her of the joy she felt writing.  
As I typed Autocorrect suggested 'rioting' rather than 'writing' for me. Yes, I suppose that is joyful too.

Sarah Nego(vetich) said...

So my accomplishments were a bit of a surprise. While I consider birthing two kids a major feat, my awards were a bit light. Most of the ones I could remember were recieved in middle school. This lead me to the following one-liner on who I am:

Sarah is a marketing consultant by day, writer by night who explores all kinds of creative venues and may have peaked in 8th grade.

Gail at Gail-Friends said...

Gail Golden is the wife of a Messianic Rabbi, leader of the synagogue’s women’s ministry, a published poet, author, artist, public speaker, political activist, and most of all, a prayer warrior.

madison! said...

Done! Ready for Day 2 :D

Joy Weese Moll said...

Name: Joy Weese Moll

Positions: Librarian (not currently working in a library), Blogger, Gardener, Healthy Lifestyle Enthusiast

Skills: Writing, engaging with people in social media, speaking, facilitating, discussing books, brainstorming, experimenting, growing vegetables

Social media platforms: WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads

Blog: Joy's Book Blog, http://www.joyweesemoll.com/

Education: Masters of Library Science from University of Missouri-Columbia, Masters of Liberal Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, Bachelors of Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis

Interests: Books, local foods, cooking, gardening, diversity in my community, fitness

In one sentence: Joy Weese Moll is a librarian writing about books in many genres.

Michael Grove said...

Did it. Followed your format and appreciated the commonality. Like your 1 sentence summation as I too am a Methodist father. I went 1 step further and re-did my bio and submitted it for the current anthology I am participating in with several of the PA poets.

Marcia G. said...

This assignment is timely because I had recently compiled the requested info for a bio. Things in my writer's world took a nice turn in 2011, and 2012 looks exciting. Now I want to get my platform ready to go. This one-sentence thing is half-baked because it's very late and it has been a wild weekend. But it is me.



Marcia Gaye is a happy woman because her husband is in love with her and he is good at it; her children, who are educators and musicians, have married well; her writing is winning awards and publications so she no longer feels guilty over quitting her day job; and the Lord Jesus is with her every second of every hour, providing peace and blessings, so even though she doesn't currently have a cat in her home, which could be a cause for concern, she has fantastic family and friends who share their felines.

Kristen said...

Done. I decided to alter this slightly so that it fits in better on my blog. I am more of a personal blogger and want my readers to know me personally, rather than just learning what I do as a writer. Hope that's okay. I'm very excited about participating in this challenge, and I've spread the word!

Miss Wordy Pants
misswordypants.blogspot.com

Heather Marsten said...

Position(s): Wife for 25 years, Mom of three, small group leader, Bible study teacher, used to be Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader, Titus 2 leader, volunteer

Skills: Writing, editing, handicrafts, teacher, love to learn new things.

Social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Xanga, Wordpress, Twitter.

URLs:
http://www.xanga.com/wondering04
http://www.heathermarsten.wordpress.com

Accomplishments: Just sold small story for an angel anthology

Interests: My family. Writing memoir and Bible studies. Reading. Knitting prayer shawls and scarves.

In one sentence: I'm a happily married mom of three young adults who loves God and is writing a memoir of healing from incest and abuse, hoping to encourage others who are hurting that real healing is possible.

Muddy said...

Done! Loved Anne Kimball's response! And I love this challenge already!

I am a mother of 3 wonderful boys and a woman who is trying to find her way again in life with writing, (future) blogging, reading, art, learning the blogosphere, and a passion for chocolate that is too strong to ignore. (And why would you want to?)

Thanks Robert!
Muddy

Joanna said...

Done, and thanks, Robert, I think I am going to get a lot out of this. This first exercise was very valuable

AC Leming said...

Done, I hope I survive both challenges this year. Thanks Robert, for pushing us into doing scary things like this . ;)

Avi Love said...

Done! What a great tour of my life in reviewing my accomplishments and experiences. The document is definitely an ongoing WIP. Thanks for the support in building a platform.

Susan Scott said...

Thanks Robert for the challenge.

Who am I? Good question-sometimes up sometimes down. Mother of 2 adult creative sons, wife, author of 'In Praise of Lilith, Eve & the Serpent in the Garden of Eden & Other Stories by Susan Scott.

I am clueless about blogging and want very much to get up and running -http://www.gardenofedenblog.com.

I have climbed and summitted Mt Kilimanjaro. I love traveling.

Julia said...

Robert,

Boy, oh boy is that accomplishment section a difficult one to do! Seems like my accomplishments have little to do with who & where I am currently in my life! Excellent exercise - it made me realize some things. Can't wait for the next challenge!

Janann Giles said...

Robert - what I discovered was that my query letters say I write about history but my blog is centered around humor foodthoughtsbyjhg.wordpress.com
It seems I need to either start an historical platform or start making money from humor.

Meg Miller said...

Meg Miller is a writer, public speaker and active volunteer, who will launch her blog on June 1.

Thank you Robert for an awesome challenge!

patientdreamer said...

Done.... That wasn't too hard...lol. Thankyou Robert.

Susan Scott said...

Thanks so much Robert .. a spur to action and a much needed one. I will definitely continue. Presumably we do this basically on our own in a journal or whatever - but dedicated to the month's task/challenge.

Thank you also for yr personal guidelines and those of the others who have posted. They are useful indeed. Robert replied to a blogger and said that it helps to write things down .. reminds me of Virginia Wolff's statement that 'nothing is real until it is written'. I think it makes things more solid and gets it out of the 'cloud'.

Who am I? In a sentence? Married, mother to two creative adult sons (my greatest blessings); author of 'In Praise of Lilith, Eve & the Serpent in the Garden of Eden & Other Stories by Susan Scott'; sometimes up sometimes down temperamentally.

I have a blog: gardenofedenblog.com. I am still clueless re: social media but slowly slowly I am learning.

Marcia said...

I'm excited about what we will all accomplish by the end of the month.

The way I'm doing this is, I've started a document on my computer called "My Platform," and I'm putting everything in there. As we progress, if it makes sense to create new documents or re-organize the material, I will. But for now, it makes sense to have everything in one place, the better to see how one thing will build on the next.

Thanks, Robert!

ellany t davve said...

What a great start, Not Bob. I only have damp toes in the platform market, so getting started so simply is pleasantly underwhelming. Thanks.

E. B. Pike said...

Oops. I forgot about this until today. Oh well ---I'm still going to do it.

First Task: Complete!

I am an attorney from Kentucky, former philospher, night-and-weekend creative writer, blogger, mom to two awesome kiddos, and rabid reader. :)

Meghan Carver said...

Done! (Just got it in my inbox.)

Pam said...

Robert Enjoyed the POetry Challenge for tehlast 2 years This looks like a good one.
Pamela M. Redmer is crone, mother wife, writer, collager, ambler of sea,lake and river shores, grown up flower child and constant gardener, co-creative science and energy medicine student.
She and her life partner owned Design to Printing in northwestern CT and is presently a front desk associate at Courtyard Marriott in central Florida.
Pam wrote, with William C. Bader, and produced An American Village The Light at the North End of the Tunnel and a poetry chapbook Cosmic Egg. Pam is working on 4 other writing projects.

Marc C. said...

http://callmemarc.us/blog/?p=16482 I have finished. It helped me prioritize what I need to do most, at least - and that's accomplish things. Now to get some coffee in me and get to work!

Brad D said...

Okay so I’m a late comer here. Isn’t it funny how when asked “Who are you?” we tend to answer with a career or job description first many times? We are more than our jobs, I’d say our jobs can be an extension of who we are, that is if we aren’t in a position to make bread money at whatever comes available.

I am:

• A fairly compassionate husband/dad

•A person with a drive to continue growing self through human/personal development

• A natural born optimist often times feeling the weight of pissymists, and find the scent has rubbed off on me more than I’d care to admit. I try to scrub it clean as needed when I encounter it.

• A Person that tends to give benefit of the doubt to people but do have a skeptical side which serves as my high wire netting.

• One who tends to like change when I have control, but if settled too long in one area I’ll get complacent and become apprehensive to life changing me, I don’t care for that.

• An independent type, with most of my life family- or self-employed, which feeds my independence fix, and I tend to take for granted at times.

• A person who doesn’t mind work. I’d started working at 13 in my dad’s roofing business and by 26-years old was running crews, responsible for commercial/industrial bidding… competing with seasoned businessmen twice my age and coming within only hundreds of dollars of their bids on very large projects. Poised to take over the family business at the time.

• Am an over comer of a major life change having gradually lost my vision. A very difficult change for me being an extremely visual learner and type person, but onward and upward we go.

• A person with interests in remodeling, wood working, canoeing, fishing, walking, wildlife, health and fitness, increased interested in organic foods and sustainability, music, playing guitar with friends, reading, writing, am interested in more “behind the mike” time as public speaking besides performing,

• Businessperson in the food service industry for years which I’m seeking to write my way out.

• Performing songwriter which I express my thoughts and creations. No, I haven’t written anything for Adel or Brad Paisley . I did manage to get one on NPR’s Car Talk woo woo! And privileged to co-write a song called The Wall, no not Pink Floyd either , but a song about Vietnam Vet’s which has gotten much personal comments from vets across the world and growing YouTube views.

• A freelance commercial writer establishing a business in the business-to-business market creating web content, email campaigns, newsletters, and other projects.

• Believer in Christ which I try to line up my life principles and values to be a better person for everyone. No, I am not perfect and don’t claim to be, but that doesn’t’ stop me from quietly trying with humility.

• A man who is also not Bob, not even a Robert. Not even Brad at times. Sometimes it is “Capt’n,” sometimes “Hun,” and sometimes it is others not repeatable here.

John Morris Benson said...

John Morris Benson is the husband of one wife (53 years), father of three adult children, and grandfather of seven who enjoys writing and experimenting with words and ideas; however, setting a good example for his grandchildren is his most important role.
He earns part-time income as a substitute school administrator. Benson is a retired teacher with experience in technical writing; consulting to paper industry writers and trainers; managing a retail store; serving as police reserve sergeant, working for the federal government as a GS-7 electronics technician, and serving in the Cold War as an Army Security Agency Staff Sergeant.
The creative writing in his skill set was fine tuned from his technical writing experiences. He is also practiced and skilled at various levels of public speaking, basic digital photo alteration, and functional website development (HTML, XML).
Benson recently joined Facebook and LinkedIn but has maintained a personal web site http://tincupnomore.com/ for many years and he just started experimenting with a blog site http://johnmorrisbenson.com.
An Odyssey of Illusions, the first novel he submitted to publishers, is scheduled for publication in late May, 2010 by Black Rose Writers Publishing. His other accomplishments include earning a BA in Education from Central Washington University and MS in Education Administration from Portland State University; publishing technical articles in several vocational journals; and presenting vocational education materials at state and national conferences.
Being retired gives Benson more time for writing and other activities. He works with a dental mission team on its annual visit to Habanera, Dominican Republic, grows a vegetable garden, builds things in his shop, and does a little digital photography.

Kiril Kundurazieff said...

OK, that's weird!

My entire comment, yesterday, never made it, though Blogger said it would be.

Rather than try a full repost of the short list I shared, here is the full post on my blog.

Taking the Month-Long "Building a Platform" Challenge - Day 1

http://www.madmacedonian.com/2012/04/taking-the-month-long-building-a-platform-challenge-day-1.html

Thanks so much for this great series!

Esther Bradley-DeTally said...

I'm in, enshillah, and God will'in if the creek don't rize

Anne Marie said...

Done (99.9% yesterday), finished today. This is going to be great! Thank you. God bless,
Anne Marie :)

Melanie Cole said...

done!

Rachel Z Cornell said...

I just remember you were having this challenge. I’m in!

Name: Rachel Z Cornell

Position: Chief Nag at ProNagger.com; Event Speaker; Private Productivity Consultant

Skill: Nagging, productivity consulting, author project completion program developer, helping people get dream project done

Social media platforms: Facebook, Google+, Twitter

URLs: http://ProNagger.com

Accomplishments: First legally blind visual artists to receive an MFA from the University of Michigan. Included in commencement address at Western Michigan University. Teaching Fellow, U of M: course developed “Create Your Life.” Been clean and sober for over 15 years.


Interests: Evolutionary and Motivational Psychology, applying the creativity process to goal setting and achieving practices. Playing with words. Organic farming and clean food practices. Road trips, the people and dogs I love

In one sentence, who am I? Rachel Z Cornell is an innately curious blind woman who has developed her talents to help others achieve what they might think is their impossible dreams. Most days you can find Cornell learning something new and helping someone she didn’t know only a day before.

Claudia Karabaic Sargent said...

Name (as used in byline): Claudia Karabaic Sargent

Position(s): Independent Content Creator/warrior-queen.com, Volunteer Mediator and Coach/MediateArt-Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Shop Owner/Zazzle.com, Blogger at CKSWarriorQueen.WordPress.com,, former Retail Manager

Skill(s): Drawing, painting, illustration, design (print and web), computer graphics, web graphics, basic website design, writing, blogging, intermediate social media, retail management, visual merchandising, custom printing expert, retail operations, mediation, training, presentations, public speaking, adult education course design, teaching, leadership, research, brainstorming, planning/methodizing/execution, cooking, contract reading/writing, copyright expertise, swimming

Social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, WordPress, Google+, Klout

URLs: Website: http://www.warrior-queen.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cksargent
Blog: http://ckswarriorqueen.wordpress.com
Zazzle Shop: http://www.zazzle.com/ckswarriorqueenart*
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.Facebook.com/CKSWarriorQueenArt
Twitter: @CKSWarriorQueen
Klout: http://klout.com/#/ckswarriorqueen

Accomplishments: Co-authored, designed and illustrated twelve giftbooks for mainstream publishers (Grove Weidenfeld, Viking Studio, Bulfinch Press/Little, Brown & Co., C.R. Gibson); created illuminated alphabet and decorative elements for Marianne Williamson’s best-selling Illuminated Prayers; illustrated cookbooks, gardening books, children’s books(trade and educational) as freelancer; created artwork for stationery and gift product; established and merchandised print-on-demand shop at Zazzle.com with wide range of products featuring my artwork; worked my way up from p/t seasonal sales associate to retail manager-in-training; learned to swim (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke) this year; submitted my first short story to Selected Shorts Writing Contest this year; wrote 130+ pages (so far) in a family memoir; married thirty-four years to my soulmate.

Interests: Art, creative writing (memoir/short story/poetry/blogging), cooking, swimming, walking, singing, classic movies, arts law, crossword puzzles, KenKen, progressive politics, spiritual growth, science and technology, astrology, astronomy, garden (looking, not growing), Greenport, LI and other seaport towns.

In one sentence, who am I? Claudia Karabaic Sargent is a happily married modern Renaissance woman, skilled in arts both traditional and cutting-edge, a gifted auto-didact who can learn (and teach) almost anything, and who is currently writing a family memoir called Missing Dad.

Madeline Sharples said...

I'm finished. I like the idea of posting this challenge on my blog, so I'll follow suit.
My info will be up shortly at:
http://madeline40.blogspot.com

I agree that writing things down helps - makes them real.

Susan Craig said...

I write under a pseudonym, so I suppose I should leave things not done under that name out?? It really shortens my answers! But done now.

Rebekah said...

Rebekah L Fraser is a creative type who uses mostly words, but also music, video, yoga, food, parenting, and trash-art, to engage, educate and empower.

Cameron said...

Love this. And done. And my accomplishments section really just refers me to my resume on the professional side...

Brooke Ryter said...

I gathered a spiral notebook to use for this April Challenge. Page 1 has my completed assignment from Day 1. It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be.

Thanks for doing this Robert.

Lynn said...

Done!

TheDaughter said...

Done...love this challenge! Exactly what a newbie like me needs to get a jump start. Just started a new blog myself...

www.thisismentalserious.blogspot.com

Romelle Broas said...

Rushed out of the house and can't remember if I had already commented. Anyway...done! So exciting. Great exercise. I appreciate you planning this event.

Evelyn said...

I'm a day late getting started, but that's because I was very busy yesterday doing what could be construed as a bit of platform building (when I wasn't busy with church activities) and totally forgot. But now I'm done!

Evelyn B. Christensen is an educator and a married Christian mother of four grown children, who loves to help make learning fun through her puzzle books and other writings.

Terri Hall said...

Done. yikes.

Stephanie said...

Anne Kimball made me want to go back and re-fiddle with mine.

Name: Stephanie Puckett

Position(s): The Momma, freelance writer and illustrator, blogger

Skill(s): Meticulously messy homemaking, editing, creative writing(fiction), legal research and writing, blogging, newsletter writing, a vibrant inner life, problem solving, idea generation, a love of color, français, español,
العربي, and a head so full of words I can hardly sleep at night.

Social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Blogger, Pinterest.

URLs: http://puckettpuckette.blogspot.com/; http://gremlinlottery.blogspot.com/

Accomplishments: BA in Language and Linguistics from Baylor University and JD from Baylor Law School.

Interests: Writing (especially fiction), making a warm and beautiful home for my husband and my son, practicing power yoga, reading almost anything I can get my hands on, knitting anything so long as it is rectangular.

In one sentence, who am I? Stephanie Puckett is a recovering law nerd who gets lost in her own paper trails and is one happy Momma.

Carole A. Bell said...

Not Bob, Thanks for doing this challenge. This first exercise is good...a chance to summarize the "who I Am" floating around in my head.

Here is who I am Today. Who knows about tomorrow?

NAME: Carole A. Bell, LPC

POSITION: Self-employed as writer, speaker, and consultant

SKILLS: Writing, speaking, and consulting, especially in parenting and family matters and teens. Also, I do the bookkeeping and payroll for three companies for my husband.

SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
URLs: www.ParentingfromtheSource.com, www.facebook.com/ParentingfromtheSource, www.twitter.com/CaroleABellLPC

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Thirty-two years in public education of which many years were as a counselor, ten years as a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice, and thirteen years as a Christian parenting columnist for a newspaper.

INTERESTS: Learning to live more like Christ daily, learning more about writing, becoming more creative in my writing, going on dates with my husband, a quiet evening at home with my husband, enjoying my children and grandchildren, reading, and working in my yard

ME IN ONE SENTENCE: I am passionate about serving Christ and bringing him glory in my personal life and my ministry of empowering families to raise godly children in a secular world.

Michelle said...

What a fabulous idea - thanks for helping us all build our platforms! Today's task is done. Can't wait to try tomorrow's. :)

Anonymous said...

Day 1 - Check!

Laura Diane said...

Day 1 done on Day 2 since i didn't open e-mail on Day 1.

Esther Bradley-DeTally said...

Name: Esther Bradley-DeTally

Position(s): Lead writing workshops for Homeless women; conduct writing workshops through City of Pasadena. Writer/poet, essayist. Speaker at Baha’i information gatherings; Published author.

Skills: Creative writing (poetry and creative nonfiction), blogger, racial justice advocate, newsletter writing, tutor for Ruhi Institute Courses, community activist and volunteer.

Social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, Blog

URLS: http://sorrygnat.wordpress.com, Pasadena Baha'i Blog: http://pasadenabahai.org/
http://stores.lulu.com/sorrygnat, http://www.amazon.com/Carry-Heavy-Stuff-Esther-Bradley-DeTally

Accomplishments: Lived in Ukraine and Belarus 1990-1993; published Without A Net: A Sojourn in Russia (author has copies); published You Carry the Heavy Stuff, lulu.com, Editor of The Courage to Write, An Anthology, consisting of writers who were or are homeless and attendees at “The Courage to Write” workshops, a publication of Pasadena Public Library/The La Pintoresca Branch /Pasadena READS; published in Equal Circles, Kalimat Press, And the Trees Clapped Their Hands, an anthology, Claire Vreeland, Editor, George Ronald Publisher, M0th Journal 2 or 3, Poets and Writers Collective, Los Angeles; Herald of the South Journals, contributing writer – 6 or so issues, New Zealand publisher, “On the Bus,” yet to be published, Los Angeles Poets Collective, Chautauqua Artist in Residence, private readings at Chautauqua Institution of Without A Net. BA in English Literature from University of California at Irvine, California, Workshops at UC Irvine with co-Chairs of MFA program, taken as an undergraduate, workshops at UCLA extension writing workshops, participant in workshops of Jack Grapes, Los Angeles, beginner to advanced to…

Interests: Reading, teaching creative writing, writing, books, books, books, the anonymous amongst us; themes of man’s inhumanity to man, and man’s humanity to man, racial justice, The Baha’I Faith, walking, good TV and Independent film, PBS, ideas, patterns of thought in action in society, the plight of the poor, homeless people, nobility among the anonymous.

In one sentence, who am I? Esther Bradley-DeTally is a writer of poems, blogs, prose, and memoir, with voices of buoyant pathos, write like you talk, lyric views, wants to walk the practical path with mystical feet, and has emerged through life’s struggles with laughter filling in her soul, laughter and a reverence for all living creatures.

LittleWing said...
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LittleWing said...

Done. Thanks so much for this. I can not tell you how eerily right the timing of this challenge is. You are a blessing!

This exercise was like a follow-up to a blog post you did before on defining your brand. That blog was extremely helpful! See you tomorrow.

Who am I? Cerece Rennie Murphy is a wife and a mother of 2 beautiful children who writes stories, poems and children's books to inspire and encourage the seeker in all of us. :-) That's me.

Sam C. Ivy said...

I like this way to begin, of analyzing and planning a one sentence bio of who we are. Like an elevator sentence describing ourselves.
Sam C Ivy

Kris Swanguarin said...

Done.
Thanks for helping me get the lead out of my platform. I hope by the end of 30 days it will begin to float over its target.
Your blog rocks.

Mona said...

Done and on to Day 2.

URLs: www.expertwordsmith.com, www.nltgal.wordpress.com

Stormfields2 said...
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Stormfields2 said...

done. Three browsers later, I've finally figured out, "DON'T HIT RETURN AFTER TYPING THE TWO WORDS!!!" Click on "Publish" instead. Whew. Took more time than the assignment. On to day 2.

Rena J. Traxel said...

Done

Anonymous said...

Done!

Stephanie Cosentino is a married, (yet, oddly) single mom of two beautiful girls, daily inspired by the truth, driven by ideals and connected to something greater than herself.

Rebecca Barray said...

Done. Rebecca Barray is a stay home mom of three (two babies and a middle-schooler) that loves to read and write fantasy and romance.

Kasie Whitener said...

Done! Thanks, Robert!

Louise Behiel said...

Louise Behiel is a writer, blogger, mother and crone who loves to travel, read and play with her grandchildren.

Skipperhammond@gmail.com said...

Labor organizer, waitress, school teacher, shoe stitcher, machinist, economics journal editor, country newspaper editor, candy maker, mother, tenant organizer, auto paint shop worker, electronics assembly worker, goat farmer. What have I left out? I currently divide my time, unequally, between Williston, Florida, where I play in the woods, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I invent stories.
I am NOT A CHRISTIAN.

caryl said...

Task completed! What I learned from this challenge is that people love to talk about themselves. ha- I say that without snark because I resemble that remark. :)

Fred Shrum, III said...

Done!

Joan Kane Nichols said...

A day late and a dollar short, as my Dad used to say, but Done! A great exercise

In one sentence, who am I? Joan Kane Nichols, a published author of fiction and biography for young people, now writing for adults as well, is this year focusing her interests in history, literature, and women’s issues on completing and publishing a YA mystery set in Victorian England, a contemporary adult mystery about a lost Dickens manuscript and child prostitution, and a biography recounting the steps leading to the dramatic success of the young, early-19th century poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Blogger

Blogs/Web Page
Dickens: Women, Children, and Dogs (in process) http://joankanenichols.wordpress.com/
BIO Author page http://www.biographersinternational.org/authors/nichols.html
Born Before the Boom http://bornbeforetheboom.blogspot.com/

Selected Published Works:
Children’s/YA Fiction
All But The Right Folks
No Room For A Dog
Boomer Harris and the Treehouse Gang
Children’s/YA Biography
Mary Shelley: Frankenstein’s Creator (NYPL Notable Book for Teens)
Frida Kahlo: Lover of Life
A Matter Of Conscience: The Trial of Anne Hutchinson
The Civil War Sisterhood: Women Who Made a Difference
Daughters of Liberty
Adult Short Stories
“Treasures” (scheduled to appear in audio format in Drum, September, 2012)

Works Seeking Publication:
Dora Finching: A Tale of Dickens and Dogs (YA mystery)
A Novel by Dickens (adult mystery)
A Girl Named Vincent (proposed biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay)
“Another Country” (adult short story)
“At the Dune Shack” (adult short story)
“Transformer” (adult short story)

imunuri said...

Done. In one sentence:
Daniel Ari loves the free expression of the fundamental experience of being alive. He encourages this expression through is own play with words, performance, improvisation and movement and encourages it in others by leading classes, groups, workshops and retreats; building community; and collaborating with other artists, especially his wife, Lauren Ari, and his daughter, Mirabai Ari, the greatest collaboration of his life.

Laura Howard said...

Done... I couldn't remember if I commented, so if this is repetitive I'm sorry!

Monique Liddle said...

Hi Robert -
I hope it's all right that I started a bit late. I just had my own website/blog launch on Sunday, so I just collapsed on Monday!

url: www.bendsintheroad.com

I noticed that because I have struggled with multiple sclerosis and chronic nerve pain the last 12 years, MS really ate into all the accomplishments I had begun when I was in my academic career. However, if I did not have all my health concerns, I wonder whether I would be blogging and writing (non-academically) now!

I appreciate that this exercise helped me to nail down some key specifics about myself. Some of my interests had also changed from pre- to post-MS. Before, I was a trail runner, indoor and outdoor climber, skier, etc - basically physical activities. Now, my interests have switched more to writing, blogging, Buddhism and other world religions (part of my graduate degrees), community-building (but on internet rather than in real life - due to mobility issues). Now, they seem to be more mental activities.

Thank you for doing this challenge. I think this will be good for me as I enter the blogging and (non-academic) writing world!

Anonymous said...

Christopher Austin(knowna s Chris to freinds) is a healthcare worker in Milwaukee, WI. He aspires to be a poet and fiction writer. Family consists of one wife, two children and one black Lab. Currently in a workshop group of five Milwaukee-area(either former, current or transplanted)poets

links:
sundaymorningpress@blogspot.com
ofnoparticularinterest.blogspot.com

cbaustin said...

^
^
^... also on Facebook
facebook.com/christopheraustin
and Twitter
@CBAustin89

Mary Bauer said...

What a good beginning. I have been meaning to redo the "About Me" pages on all my accounts. I finished this.

Susan P said...

Done. I recently quit my long term career to focus on writing. Gasp. It was very scary to draw a blank when it came to defining my position in life. I've completed my first novel and it has been picked up by a pretty big agent but I still can't seem to call myself a...double gasp...writer. Hoping this April challenge will help in that department.

Claudette Young said...

Looks like you have your hands full here, Robert. I completed my first assignment and only now finding time to post it. Doing it allowed me to take a good hard look at myself. Honesty was necessary in order to know that just because I'm not where I wanted to be now, I'm much further along than many might be. That knowledge led to contentment for the moment.

Here's my info for the world to see.



Name: Claudette J. Young

Position: Freelance writer—multiple genres, retired teacher

Skills: Freelance writing—no current clients have me on retainer, though I have other contracts completed, poetry—published, fiction—published, non-fiction—published, travel writing—published, part-time writing coach, blogging, research, book review writing, interviews, newsletter writing, problem solving, idea generation, story development brainstorming, logistics detailing

Social Media Platforms: Facebook, Wordpress (2), Blogger, LinkedIn, Branch Out, She Writes, BlogHer, Jacketflap, Google +, Twitter

URL’s: http://claudsy.wordpress.com/
http://claudsy.blogspot.com/
http://trailinginspirations.com/

Accomplishments: Published poetry in two anthologies—2009 & 2011, published poetry in four online mags and on numerous websites, published writer’s articles (4) in ICL Newsletter, published travel articles for Assoc. Content and on Trailing Inspirations, published op-ed work for Associated Content, did contract work for both Assoc. Content and Yahoo News, published children’s fiction for British publisher and online children’s mag, supplied educational materials for SuperTeacher Worksheets, Completed ICL Basic Writing Course, finished writing course for Great Courses, took travel writing course through AWAI, Graduated from BSU with two Bachelor’s degrees and two Master’s, taught at both college and elementary level successfully, survived non-stop corporate work for IBM in FSD, and managed to become a senior citizen without feeling old until I got there.

Interests: Writing, travel, learning, friends and family, developing into the best human being I can be, crocheting, beading, camping

In one sentence, who am I? I, Claudette J. Young, am a writer who almost waited too long to take her desire and her words seriously; a person who yearns to learn all that time and patience will allow; a person whose gypsy spirit never settles in one place before moving on to a new possibility; a woman who’s always traveled life without a partner or offspring; a woman who could never be happy living a conventional life; one who would travel continuously if she was financially able; and a woman with emotions that run so deep they overtake her, at times, upon seeing a simple TV commercial.

Unknown said...

Done. Jane Louise Newhagen is an aging single mother of two grown children who writes and publishes stories and tries to apply generosity and kindness in her daily life as she continues to learn through travel and reading.

Kendra Merritt said...

Done. I am an author and avid reader living in Denver with my very tall husband, about 1300 books, and a goofy black monster masquerading as a service dog.

Joannie said...

Done. Thanks for the examples. I found that final one sentence to be the hardest part.

J. B. Everett said...

This was harder than I thought it would be, then I stopped trying so hard... J. B. Everett is a Mother, musician, and friend. A Red Sox fan, a writer of books meant for rainy Sundays, and a commentator on life in seventeen syllables.

Susan K. Stewart said...

I'm Susan K. Stewart, known to my friends as Sue. I'm teacher, writer, and speakers (so says my bio). My greatest accomplishment has been to raise three children (one daughter, two sons) to become productive adults. Since I homeschooled, I do take some credit -- giving the rest to God. I'm also an editor and blog content manager. I also have so many ideas for books, articles, and classes to teach that I have a hard time focusing on what's in front of me. I guess i need to write it down.

Donna said...

I'm a little late coming in, but thoroughly enjoyed this challenge. Very interesting! Thanks.

Michelle said...

What a great exercise! I posted earlier that I had completed this, but then went back and tweaked. Here's the finished result:

Name (as used in byline): Michelle Reynoso

Position(s): Published Poet; Published Photographer; YA novelist & Children’s Book writer; Blogger; Book Reviewer; Order Admin at MTS Telemanagement Solutions, mother & wife

Skill(s): 18+ years creative writing experience (poetry and fiction); 18 years experience in marketing, management, sales development, team-building & training initiatives; track record of increasing clientele by creating, tracking, & implementing marketing, customer service, sales & recruitment strategies; technical writing; database management; data analysis & reporting; government contracts, RFP, RFQ, bid proposals, GSA; CRM management; blogging; highly organized & detail-oriented; photography

Social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YALITCHAT, Goodreads, WeRead, Blogger, Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), The Writers’ Digest Community, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

URLs:
WEBSITE: http://MichelleReynoso.com
BLOG: http://www.michellereynoso.blogspot.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michelle-Reynoso-Author/110167982340742?sk=info
YALITCHAT: http://yalitchat.ning.com/profile/MichelleReynoso
GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4395097.Michelle_Reynoso

Accomplishments: Appointed as a 2012 Judge for Teen & Children’s Picture Books in the Global EBook Awards; Finalist in the New York Book Festival & Writers Digest International Book Awards for Do You? (poetry & photography); NaNoWriMo winner 2010 & 2009, Finalist in the New York Book Festival for Petunia Wiggles Giggles & Hops (children’s story)

Interests: writing (all genres), reading, family, fitness, photography, nature adventures, camping

In one sentence, who am I? Michelle Reynoso is a married mother of a one, who works professionally and strives to be a full-time writer, specializing in young adult novels, children’s stories & poetry.

Jennifer said...

Day 1 is done. I realized that I am not focusing on what I truly want. I need to do some shifting. This was very eye-opening.

Rhonda Parrish said...

A lil late, but done :)

Beth (Elizabeth) LaMie said...

Name (as used in byline): Beth LaMie

Position(s): Writer; Personal Historian; Member of APH; Ethical Wills; Blogger; Speaker; Quilter; Camper

Skill(s): Nonfiction writing, newsletter writing, project management, ethical wills, family stories, interviews, personal histories, conducting workshops, encouraging people to save their own stories

Social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, Blogger.

URLs: www.bethlamie.com www.OneStoryAtATime.blogspot.com www.personalhistorians.org

Accomplishments: Wrote and published Granny’s Guide to Writing Your Family Stories; speak at school groups, community organizations, author fairs, including Scotland and Ireland; Board member of The Association of Personal Historians; Wrote life stories and vignettes for various clients and my own family

Interests: Writing, reading, camping, quilting

In one sentence, who am I? Beth LaMie is an author, international speaker, and personal historian who helps people save their own stories.

GeminiWriter said...

Done. Seems I'm becoming many things at once. Still in flux. Lots of big changes.

Sheila Deeth said...

This is good. Keeping up will certainly be a challenge, but Thank you.

Sheila Deeth is a mongrel Christian mathematician dreaming, wishing… writing books, ebooks, poems, novels and more in sunny (rainy) Oregon.

Kathy Sterndahl said...

Done. Good start!

Lissa Clouser said...

I'm glad I found this challenge! I've been working on my platform for awhile now, but it's still small, so any help is most welcome!

Oh, and Day 1 challenge officially complete!

HopefulJo said...

Finished this on April 2nd.

Julia Tomiak said...

Done. Actually finished while riding across Virginia on a bus with 125 fourth graders but didn't get the opportunity to post. Thanks Robert. I thought that since I've been staying at home with my kids for the past 9 years I wouldn't have any skills or accomplishments to list - you got me thinking outside the box. Thank you!

Paul Ellis said...

Finally, completed the Day 1 challenge. Need more coffee!
http://dsnite.blogspot.com/2012/04/who-am-i.html

Barbara Morrison said...

Done. Interests or obsessions? Hard to tell sometimes. I'll leave the details out but the essence is:

Writer, reader, dancer, friend.

_SaraMarcella_ said...

Just stumbled upon this, thought I'd give it a go! Going to be difficult while travelling Europe for the next two weeks, but that's all right!

Day One Task: Complete

silverlakereservoir said...

I've accepted the challenge and I hugely appreciate this effort you've put out there. Thanks. I'm not on your Twitter list: RobertaMorris1

Thanks!

Sheila Good said...

Sorry, I'm playing catch up.
Day 1:
Name: Sheila good

Position: Retired RN, MSN; Writer; Blogger; Mother ; Grandmother & wife; Active member of the SC Writer's Workshop.

Skills: RN; Creative writing (fiction); Public Speaking; Blogging.

Social Media Platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, Blogger

URLs: http://www.cowpasturechronicles.blogspot.com

Accomplishments: Masters in Nursing; Published article in national nursing journal; Published short story on Every Writer's Resource.

Interests: Reading, Writing fiction, music, spending time with my family.

I am a married woman of christian faith with 5 children and 8 grandchildren who has decided the next stage of her life will be spent pursuing her passion for writing.

rhonda said...

I'm finished with challenge#1 looking forward to the next!

Matt Nelson said...

Done.

I'm playing catch up as well, but as a college student on the verge of graduating, this platform challenge is the perfect thing I need to start aligning my talents with my goals. Thanks for the challenge!

Norma Huss said...

Another one playing catch-up. In reply to who am I? I’m an 82-year old woman who has her health, her husband of many years, grown children, grandchildren, friends, a secure retirement, a happy disposition, and a not very successful, but mentally enriching and stimulating career as a mystery writer.

PSC said...

OK, pretty sure I posted earlier, but not finding it now, so... sorry, sorry if this is a rerun, but I completed Day 1. :-]

Chris said...

Done. Also playing catch up. Had to get report cards finished first. Business first!

Kate TX said...

One day down! 12 more minutes in my writing time. How far can I get on Day 2?

Gerry said...

Day 1 done--a few days late! My excuse is baby twin grandsons visiting. But Day 1 was enligntening and fun. I hope to catch up soon; these exercises are just what I need to help me develop my platform. Thanks, Robert.

Gerry said...

And I do know how to spell "enlightening."

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OK, now for the correct post.

Name (as used in byline): Carol A. Stephen

Position(s): Published Poet; Freelance Writer; Columnist; Blogger; Canadian Authors Association, National Capital Region VP Regional Outreach, Coordinator, Writing Circles, Moderator Poets’ Circle; Arts Carleton Place Board Member; Member, League of Canadian Poets, Member, The Ontario Poetry Society; poetry selector at Bywords.ca;

Skill(s): Writing poetry, column writing, editing, blogging, newsletter writing, problem solving, idea generation, public speaking, volunteer for the arts, accounting, credit and collections.

Social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, Wordpress, Blogger.

URLs: http://www.quillfyre.wordpress.com;www.quillfyre.com;

Accomplishments: Author, limited edition poetry chapbook, Above the Hum of Yellow Jackets. Honourable Mentions for poetry in Arborealis, 2008 published by The Ontario Poetry Society, and in the Poetry section of the Canadian Authors Association National Capital Writing Contest, 2008 and 2011.
Winner of several accounting awards in the Fellow designation program of the Credit Institute of Canada (now the Credit Professional designation).
Winner of the Governor-General’s medal for highest mark in the college, class of 1990, Algonquin College.


Interests: Poetry, both writing and reading; genealogy, volunteering for the arts, reading.

In one sentence, who am I? Carol A. Stephen is a widow and aspiring poet, blogger and retired accountant, who lives with a domineering Siamese cat and sometimes a brother.

Carol A. Stephen
http://www.quillfyre.wordpress.com

allysonyj said...

Done.
son Johnson is a married mother of two sons, grandmother of three, who walked away from a salaried job and is building a life as a writer, working on a literary novel, maintaining one website, planning a second.
http://www.allysonjohnson.com

Gail said...

Done. Looking forward to the future exercises!

JeanElaine said...

Done
http://jeans-jmho.blogspot.com/

Gail Kushner said...

I am curious about many things. Right now, I’m curious about how psychics are able to tap into invisible sources of information so I am interviewing them and writing about how they do their work. I am an interviewer, a writer, an editor, a publisher and a “dabbler.” I like to try things for myself and that is what makes me a dabbler.

I recently published a book about "My Psychic Search."

I am also a wife, a mom, and a crafter.

You can find me at www.MyPsychicSearch.com and www.KushnersKreations.com.

Cindy said...

Got started late on this. Playing catch up.


Name (as used in byline): Cindy Blair

Position(s): Website content writer via oDesk, retired state employee from the criminal/traffic court system, NC DMV expert

Skill(s): Editing, creative writing – fiction, technical writing, copywriting, problem solving, idea generation, troubleshooting, willingness to try new things.

Social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn

URLs: https://www.odesk.com/users/~~e03065e8e06b7dfc, I have a website, but haven’t done anything with it.

Accomplishments: Scored well on proficiency tests for oDesk. I am currently taking creative writing class at my local community college. This is a for degree credit class, not a continuing ed. class.

Interests: Writing – various genres, reading – mysteries, romances, action thrillers, etc. Quilting, crocheting. Cats. Green living.

In one sentence, who am I? Cindy Blair is a retired state employee who finally got serious about her writing career January of 2011. I work part-time writing website content for various clients via oDesk, mainly legal sites.

Sierra Steele said...

Done :)
Sort of fun to summarize myself in one sentence...

I am an unemployed creative professional just starting in the industry, with tons of talent and skill that need to be refined, who thanks Jesus for all the good things in her life, recently dyed her hair blue, lives with her sister's family, and is marching toward a foolish dream of becoming a New York Times' bestselling author, fueled by confidence and faith that she just laid hold of and refuses to release. In other words, I'm unstoppable.

Dr. Pearl Ketover Prilik (PKP) said...

Done

Name (as used in byline): Pearl Ketover Prilik

Position(s): Psychoanalyst/Freelance Writer, Usually sitting unless at gym where they insist on movement ☺

Skill(s): Non-Fiction Writing. Newsletter writing and editing. Creative writing (poetry and fiction). Gathering, facilitating and editing poetry anthologies. Assisting others in formulating and achieving life-objectives. Problems solving. Willingness to speak on behalf of others.
Able to leap tall buildings… no…. not really, but would if I could in service of peace.

Social media platforms: Blogger, Facebook, LinkedIn,

URLs: http://drpkp.com

Accomplishments: At twenty visited and felt that USVI was “home” followed powerful inclination, stayed and lived there for six years that continue to inform my life decades later. Academic achievements: Doctorate/ Social Work – Post Doc/ Psychoanalysis. After spending virtually entire life in “school” getting one degree or another – finally felt ready to “graduate” after Post-Doc in Psychoanalysis. Three non-fiction books published on subject of stepmothering and being an adult stepchild. In a “previous” life-time or so it seems was a teacher of Secondary School English in NYC and of grades 1-6 in the USVI. Was able to give birth to one child, raise two others in a family of our fashioning, assist and watch all three grow into happy successful adulthood speaking to one another and to me. Found someone who is still happy to live with, love and support me and I him for more than twenty-five years.

Interests: Writing (all genres), family (making new memories, continuing traditions and continuing the memories of those who are no longer here so that they live on brightly in the lives of children.),

In one sentence, who am I? Dr. Pearl (Ketover Prilik) is a Humanist woman writer and psychoanalyst, married to truly her best friend, mother/stepmother to three, who finds poetry an alternative language and continues to work on writing fiction that will engage herself enough to share with others.

In general at this stage of life I find that I am far less certain than I was in the past about all sorts of long-held opinions – which is both disconcerting at times and at others wondrously fresh and enthralling.

*****

mary said...

Late to the table, but done with Challenge #1; moving on to next.

Norma Shephard said...

I'm redefining myself for the decade to come, so this is a necessary, if somewhat difficult task. thanks for the prod.

beatrix said...

Lara Britt is a recovering mom who as an engaged writer believes the world can be saved through humor, creativity and compassion. Done.

(Lara Britt is a pen name. Aka Lori Sailiata. aka beatrix--due to old writing class)

Donna said...

I am done...thanks for pushing us to get some of this completed. It will be useful!

Poor and Gluten Free said...

I'm jumping in late here (although I've been following a bit this past week already), and just did the first challenge. It's been very helpful for me to get things sorted in my own head! I'm a little scattered sometimes...

Name (as used in byline): Danielle LeBlanc

Position(s): Middle Eastern dance performer and historian, designer of folkloric and contemporary belly dance costumes, blogger, home cook extraordinaire, aspiring cook book and history writer.

Skill(s): Academic and creative writing (fiction and non-fiction), research, cooking, multi-tasking, problem solving, teaching (dance and history)

Social media platforms: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Blogger.

URLs: http://www.poorandglutenfree.blogspot.com
http://www.dominabellydancecostumes.com
http://www.haremdancers.com

Accomplishments: MA in History from SFU with a SSHRC scholarship and Graduate Fellowship; BA in English Literature from UBC; contributor to the Middle Eastern Dance Association’s newsletter; wrote and edited several publications for WorkSafeBC; created award winning folkloric dance choreographies.

Interests: Writing (all genres), healthy eating, sustainable and small footprint living, Middle Eastern dance history, sewing, costume design.

In one sentence, who am I? Danielle LeBlanc is a dancer, performer and historian who loves to write, eat well and enjoy life with her brilliant hubby-to-be.

Marc Scott said...

Done. Thanks so much!

Marc Scott said...

Done. Thanks so much!

Sabrina said...

Done!Thanks

RM said...

Done. Today, I'm more than I've been in a long time; tomorrow I may be less though further down the path.

Laotz00 said...

Just finished day 1 . Onto day 2!

Marian O'Brien Paul said...

Got a late start on this because I spent the first week of April on the beach at Corpus Christie, TX with daughter, 3 grandsons, and my best childhood friend who lives in San Antonio.

I'm impressed by all the responses! I've have different versions of this exercise that I've done before, but an now done with this one.

CERN Wife said...

I'm catching up here with finally finishing the April 1 exercise on April 11. Who am I? I'm an anthropologist who did research in Iran, Israel, the US, and France, left academia to pursue the life of an artist and creative non-fiction writer (cernwife.blogspot.com), have been a mother for the past 18 years, and now I'm hoping to figure out what my physicist husband is doing at CERN.

R. Kojetin said...

Ok, I know this challenge started 11 days ago, but it wasn't until today that I actually liked what I wrote for "Day 1." I used the format and posted it on the blog I'm struggling to maintain. Getting the URLs for my writing proved to be a two hour learning experience, but you can check out my "Day 1" definition of myself at http://fromthewritersmind.blogspot.com/2012/04/who-am-i.html

Ellen W said...

Define myself? That's easy - I am behind. Just starting this challenge today b/c we were out of town. Ready to begin and get rolling.

cecilia gunther said...

Morning Robert. i am playing catch-up here and i have just discovered this most excellent challenge. i am a New Zealander living on the prairies in the United States. I am developing a small sustainably managed farm out here in the middle of a corn field. It is easy and simple. My blog, which is daily, uses photographs and writing to show people how easy the simple life is. I farm, I write and i document my 7 acres with images. So my objectives and my knowledge of who I am and what I am doing is very easy for me to describe. My blog is kind of en entertaining text book of what and who I am. Right, off I go to challenge number 2. Thank you.. celi

Nita said...

Done! Playing catch-up, but looking forward to putting together all the pieces of my platform that are floating around looking for a place to fit. Thanks!

GoingVeggie said...

Done! I will be doing these in batches. Thanks!

Theofan said...

Catching up too.

Name: Antonio Diggs. I’ve decided to go with AP Diggs.

Positions(s): Airline grunt, co-administrator on Writestuffextreme (a writing workshop), member of the Flash Factory (on Zoetrope), non-fiction editor on Pressboard Shanty (now on hiatus), Published writer, Blogger, gardener, zombie slayer.

Skills: Writing, World-building, editing, growing stuff, level one prepper, painting (watercolors), stupid magic tricks, public speaking, puppetry, TV and Film critic, mad scientist.

Social Media Platform: Facebook, Twitter (never really used it), WordPress, Blogger

URL’s: http://apdiggs.wordpress.com/, http://thoefan.blogspot.com/

Accomplishments: Published in Bette Noire ‘In Poe’s Shadow’, and Apollo’s Lyre. many more to come.

Interests: Writing, Faith, Gardening, Cooking, and movie, TV show or video game that has zombies in them.

In one Sentence, Who am I? AP Diggs is a writer, father and husband who is more Calvinist than Methodist, more Libertarian than Democrat and has an unnatural fascination with zombies, Mormons, and fallen angels.

Dianne said...

Done! I know I'm late to the party, but my little blog is becoming a full time job and this is the first chance I've had to get started. LOL

Name/Byline: The Hot Mess Princess

Position: Blogger & Cankle Whisperer

Skills: writing/blogging, motivating myself and others, editing, cutting through my own BS, problem solving

Social Media Platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+

URL: www.hotmessprincess.com

Accomplishments: gave up sugar, fast food, and soda right in the middle of the holidays...lost 33 lbs in 3 1/2 months (have 187 more to go) and started a blog that's motivating people to make positive changes towards a healthy lifestyle. Blog also published on Amazon.com

Interests: writing/blogging, family, healthy living, needlework, playing with my dogs, finding humor in all things

Princess Dianne/The Hot Mess Princess is a walking, talking example of determination and positive change...running towards a healthier life as fast as her cankles can carry her. :-)

Penny said...

I am a caretaker. I am a dietitian. I am a writer. I am in love with life.I am a people person. I am a helper. I am a traveler.I am a list maker. I am lutheran.
I am a long islander.

Sarah Mäkelä said...

I'm done! I'm looking forward to catching up.

Laurel McDonald said...

Check.I am a late starter. I just discovered Robert’s blog and challenge today. Laurel

Laurel McDonald said...

Check the first challenge off for me

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