2013 Challengers (alphabetical by 1st name)
Monthly Writing Goal: Work on pages in my journal of my experiences and lessons to pass down to my kids
Daily Writing Goal: To write a post or a page weekly…
Monthly Writing Goal: To finish a draft of an essay I’ve been working on and revise/develop some other pieces.
Daily Writing Goal: To write or revise for 1 hour daily
Monthly Writing Goal/What You Are Working On: (here you can be as specific or general as you like): My goal this month is to get my collection of stories into shape.
Daily Writing Goal: My daily writing goal is at least one hour. I can do this. I will do more than one hour, but on especially heavy grading days, I’ll still do an hour.
Monthly Writing Goal: Working on two short stories (Carla and Lucidity) from time to time.
Daily Writing Goal: 15-30 minutes.
Monthly Writing Goal: To keep myself busy and have something to do. I want to keep up my literacy skills, refresh my brain and bring back old memories. I love to write, I love to think, I like to think critically!
Daily Writing Goal: Keep up my literacy skills, refresh myself of old memories.
Monthly Writing Goal: Multiple projects: short story, novel revision, article.
Daily Writing Goal: To wake up early and write.
Monthly Writing Goal: I want to finish my novel!
Daily Writing Goal: 15+ minutes Daily
Monthly Writing Goal: Humorous narrative non-fiction about when I accidentally opened the door on Henry Mancini back stage at a concert when all he had on was his skivvies. I’m also doing some speech writing since I just joined Toastmasters.
Daily Writing Goal: Writing 30 min to 1 hour each day
Monthly Writing Goal: I have several stories I’ve put on the back burner because of the semester that I will be pulling out.
Daily Writing Goal: 1,000 words
Monthly Writing Goal: I am working on re-working a draft of a novel. I am also considering changing the point of view, so I would like to review my current draft, do some edits, and then either start adding to it or start over. Fun!
Daily Writing Goal: 30 mins a day
Monthly Writing Goal: I’m calling it “MiNoWriMo,” for Miniature Novel Writing Month. The first time I tried NaNoWriMo, I had a devil of a time getting to that goal of 1,666 a day, but could handle an even thousand. So for this go-round, I’m exorcizing the 666 and shooting for a mini-“novel” of 31,000 words. I hope a good number of those will become a new short story or two. However, because I’ve gotten away from blogging recently, I am also giving myself an incentive to blog more: Anything I write in March that I have the guts to share on any of my blogs (theballparktour.wordpress.com, performanceinprogress.wordpress.com or playaday31.wordpress.com/blog) counts double. Daily Writing Goal: 1,000(ish) words a day.
Monthly Writing Goal: My goal is to find a positive way to get my feelings out and better my communication skills.
Daily Writing Goal: Finding a way to get my feelings out.
Monthly Writing Goal: Put the something-note-poems together into a real poem on March 31.
Daily Writing Goal: Write something-poem in iPhone Notes everyday while the baby is sleeping.
Monthly Writing Goal: Make a set for the open mic at Temple Beth Shalom and spew words into noxious poetry.
Daily Writing Goal: 500 words
Monthly Writing Goal: At the end of the month, I will have four new poems and four new stories.
Daily Writing Goal: Daily Writing, and one story a week, and one poem a week
Catherine Louise Gurganus
Monthly Writing Goal/What You Are Working On: Write every day. Spend at least an hour working on my WIP (fleshing out characters, plot, etc.)
Daily Writing Goal: 15 minutes daily
Monthly Writing Goal: I would like a first draft of part one for my planned novel.
Daily Writing Goal: I would like to find the time to write for at least a half an hour a day.
Monthly Writing Goal: I’m working on short live-reading pieces about my mother, my daughter, and about my uncle. I’m focusing on these 5 – 7 minute read out loud pieces because they are possible. Because I can actually accomplish them, and I’m eager to be writing something personal that hopefully has resonances with other people.
Daily Writing Goal: 30 minutes per day
Cynthia J Patton
Monthly Writing Goal: I want to get back into the habit of a regular writing practice. I don’t care if I’m writing a blog post or working on my memoir, but I want to write at least 30 min/day.
Daily Writing Goal: 30 min
Monthly Writing Goal: A new story, a collection of flash fictions, or a chapter–depending on what comes out on the page.
Daily Writing Goal: Will write no less than a page a day.
Monthly Writing Goal: Finish draft of novel.
Daily Writing Goal: One scene per day
Monthly Writing Goal: A strong short story draft; a revision of a novel.
Daily Writing Goal: 3 words
Monthly Writing Goal: To get as far as I can on my novel’s draft
Daily Writing Goal: 3 hours/weekday, 1 hour/weekend day
Monthly Writing Goal: I’ve been writing a lot of poetry and I don’t hate all of it. I’m really interested in the idea of what my high school English teacher called “poetry as the distillation of language” — in general I try to eliminate as many words as I can without sacrificing meaning.
Daily Writing Goal: 1 poem per day
Monthly Writing Goal: Finish first draft (currently incomplete) and complete revisions of three of my short story drafts: Stepping Out, Brain Model (not the title), Hiatus (not the title).
Daily Writing Goal: Complete and then revise three story drafts – 1 hour per day.
Monthly Writing Goal: I want to have at least two CNF essays drafted this month.
Daily Writing Goal: I’ve been stuck averaging at 500 words daily. Current goal: 750 words daily
Monthly Writing Goal: Mfa studio art thesis paper (8-10 pages).
Daily Writing Goal: 3 pages written
Jennifer Lynn Krohn
Monthly Writing Goal: to break some bad habits.
1. To be able to to write in places that are not my home and at times that are not mid morning.
2. To try and explore different subject in my poetry.
3. To finish a non-fiction piece that I’ve been putting off because it requires research.
Daily Writing Goal: Write an hour a day
Monthly Writing Goal: Complete next revision on Section 1 of my memoir.
Daily Writing Goal: MINIMUM 1 Hour per day (on my memoir-in-progress)
Monthly Writing Goal: I am working on short stories right now.
Daily Writing Goal: Two pages
Karen L Hogan
Monthly Writing Goal: I’m working on a personal narrative titled Beans and Meatballs and the Pink Stuff. My goal is to get a good first draft of Chapter 2 and write the last chapter.
Daily Writing Goal: 2 hours
Katie Simpson Spain
Monthly Writing Goal: A thesis paper! All fancy like. And due in May. But my rough draft is due on the 11th, so I am going to have to get busy! I have some, but I need so much more!!!
Daily Writing Goal: 30 minutes minimum, 4 hours maximum
Monthly Writing Goal: Short story and some poems.
Daily Writing Goal: 15 minutes
Monthly Writing Goal: An essay about 10 months living abroad.
Daily Writing Goal: 15 minutes
Monthly Writing Goal: There’s a short story I’ve been trying to write about my father’s hometown in PA that I would really love to finish. Otherwise, I’ve been pretty lazy lately and producing anything will feel good.
Daily Writing Goal: One hour a day of productive writing or writing-related research.
Monthly Writing Goal: I am challenging myself to write about life as a mother. Perhaps it is for publication in some form, but for now it is to help me explore questions and digest my experiences. I will also be writing several blog posts for my midwifery blog.
Daily Writing Goal: 15 minutes
Monthly Writing Goal: Creating the materials for a small chapbook.
Daily Writing Goal: 3 pages a day
Monthly Writing Goal: 25 – 30 new pages in novel in progress
Daily Writing Goal: 45 minutes per day (or more)
Monthly Writing Goal: Submit to one contest. Finish all prompts from Natalie Goldberg’s “Old Friend from Far Away.”
Daily Writing Goal: At least 15 minutes
Monthly Writing Goal: Finish my memoir
Daily Writing Goal: One hour of reflection and/or revision of my works in progress
Monthly Writing Goal: Finish the damn book!
Daily Writing Goal: Finish the damn book!
Monthly Writing Goal: Finish 10th draft of first novel; Complete satisfying draft of first two chapters of 2nd novel; Blog (on my own site, maybe this one too??) at least twice
Daily Writing Goal: Okay, this is a two-parter: I would like to write for at least an hour every day except for the week I’ll be traveling–for those days, it’ll be 15 mins/day.
Monthly Writing Goal: 30 chapters in a yittle book of memoir stories
Daily Writing Goal: 500 words, with a revision counting for another 500: Memoir
Monthly Writing Goal: Finish and send out two essays and work on drafting a new essay.
Daily Writing Goal: 3 Hrs (Weekday) & 1 Hr (Weekend/Holiday)
Monthly Writing Goal: Select 10 Literary Journals and prepare a work for submission.
Daily Writing Goal: 3 pages of writing loosely, pen doesn’t leave the paper/fingers don’t leave the keys. 30 minutes trying to make something of it.
R. A. Rivas
Monthly Writing Goal: I would like to make a complete work of letters. fictioal, real, and the likes
Daily Writing Goal: One page a day.
Randi Beck Ocena
Monthly Writing Goal: By the end of the month, I’d like to have a second draft of my next workshop story ready to go.
Daily Writing Goal: Three hours
Monthly Writing Goal: I want to be more creative with my writing, have more ideas, and develop my own writing further.
Daily Writing Goal: 15 minutes
Samantha Tetangco Ocena
Monthly Writing Goal: Send out query letters (about the novel) by the end of the month (which means final edits to the book).
Daily Writing Goal: 2 hours/day on the novel while in Bloomington; 1 hour/day while in Merced.
Monthly Writing Goal: I just moved back to the small town where I grew up. It is weird. I should blog about it (while attempting not to piss off everyone in said town).
Daily Writing Goal: 15 minutes of non work-related writing
Monthly Writing Goal: My monthly writing goal is to complete editing on at least three poems. I am working on my next manuscript.
Daily Writing Goal: Start or complete one poem each day
Monthly Writing Goal: My creative thesis (a collection of short stories), with Dan Mueller.
Daily Writing Goal: Two pages
Monthly Writing Goal: Work on completing novel and new chapters of memoir
Daily Writing Goal: 15 minutes
valerie lyn dow
Monthly Writing Goal: poems I want to read at an open mic
Daily Writing Goal: one poem a day
Monthly Writing Goal: I am currently writing a story more specifically a horror story.
Daily Writing Goal: 1 Hour each day
Monthly Writing Goal: Finish the first draft of my novel.
Daily Writing Goal: 1 Chapter
AllysonMonthly Goal: Refine 2 articles I want to get published. Create and maintain twice weekly blog posts for my websites www.AlbuquerqueAlive.com and www.TaosBeat.com.
Daily Goal: 1 hour of solid writing
Daily Goal: 1+hr/MWFSun.; 5 hrs/TRSat; i.e. 20 hrs/wk
Monthly Goal: Working on my NYT best-sellers, one fiction, one nonfiction
Daily Writing Goal: 1500 words
Cindy BoutelleMonthly Goal: To begin a forum for discussion on different readings. I miss the classroom discussion that went with writing classes, particularly when we talked about writers’ techniques in published works.
Daily Writing Goal:: At this point, even a brainstorm would be fine.
Marisa P. Clark50 pages toward fiction or nonfiction; blogs don’t count here
Daily Writing Goal: something NOT emails, comments on student work, Facebook posts; blog entry or creative endeavor
DawnMonthly Goal: Finish dream story
Daily Goal: at least 3 hours/weekday + at least 2 hours/weekend day
Wil DeBiasi-BartlemanMonthly Goal: Possibly finish a few short stories.
Daily Goal: at least 30 minutes
Anne DiCarloMonthly Goal: Finish the first draft of my novel.
Daily Goal: One section/1000 words per day
DonnaMonthly Goal: Finish 1st draft of “hen lit” novel
Daily Writing Goal: 30 minutes/day
Aaron EspinosaMonthly Goal: One (scary) creative non-fiction essay.
Daily Writing Goal: 45 minutes non-academic writing.
gettin jiggy wit’ itMonthly Goals: to write stuff. I am a poet and I want to be poetic about poetic things. I have learned recently that I am a bad person. I am creating an anthology about my ways, searching for what makes me bad.
Daily Goal: to write
GinaMonthly Goal: I am hoping to write 10 poems. Each poem 20 lines or less as a finished product. I am also taking black and white photographs using a 35 mm SLR camera. Theme is undecided…hopefully it will emerge as creativity begins to flow. The poems and photos should compliment each other for possible display in a gallery once the project is complete.
Daily Writing Goal: 15 minutes or more
Daily Goal: 1 page of my own
Monthly Goal: I will be working on short stories, story ideas, my in-progress blog, and submitting my work to publications.
Daily Goal: 30-45 minutes per day of writing.
JohannaMonthly Goal: My more general role is to just get into the habit of writing daily. I am working most on a novella tentatively entitled “Long Hair”, but I would also like to get at least three poems edited this month in preparation for submission to literary journals.
Daily Goal: One Hour plus daily.
Cody JonesMonthly Goal: Minimum of 7 hours a week of writing creatively. 1 draft + revision done by March 14. Either a second revision of said draft or a completed rough draft of a second story by the end of the month.
Felicia KarasMonthly Goal: A draft of a new story, submitting some old stories, and maybe some work on my longer manuscript.
Daily Goal: Spend time every day doing it!
Daily Writing Goal:: Three hours a days
Daily Writing Goal: Ten minutes?
Elizabeth McMunn-TetangcoMonthly Goal: Progress on long writing project / maybe-novel / thing. Also: more poems that I don’t hate the next morning
Daily Writing Goal: 30 min/day
Daily Goal: A premise a day.
Daniel MuellerMonthly Goal: Stories and essays Daily Goal: To devote a little of every day in March to writing fiction and/or creative nonfiction.
Sarah OsmanMonthly Goal: I would like to work on more of my own personal work. I am currently working as a contributing writer for a few blogs and I am looking to expand into writing for more magazines. While this is all a lot of fun, I have not had the chance to finish a really good short story or creative non-fiction piece in a while, and I would like to.
Daily Goal: to work on Stories/Essays
Daily Writing Goal: 30 min
Jula PDXMonthly Goal: Poetry and a short story…it’s been too long since I’ve written either!
Daily Goal:: 15 min a day
Michelle Dyer PetersonMonthly Goal: Really, I just want to generate.
Daily Writing Goal:: Write creatively every day in March, even if it’s crap. Taking out periods and changing conjunctions does not count as writing.
Daily Goal: 30 minutes
Bob Sabatini (A.K.A “burqueboy”)Monthly Goal: No specific goal in mind, just following the daily goal to make sure I stay in the practice of writing every day.
Daily Goal:: 1 blog post of at least 250 words
Daily Goal: one to three poems per day
Montly Goal: My goal is simple; start writing again. For too long I have made excuse after excuse to not write (not even a daily journal).
Daily Goal: Do a form of writing a few pages each day (diary, draft working, free write, etc.)
Jennifer Simpson (
Daily goal: 5 hours a day. Revising some parts of my manuscript, re-visioning other parts, ripping out some words, adding some others, hopefully better ones.
Monthly goal: Draft of Reconstructing My Mother printed out and submitted to my committee by March 29. (note: defense scheduled for Friday, April 13)
Reading goal: Read a chapter a day of writing that is not my own.
Thursdays Fridays with Jenn)
Samantha Erin Tetangco (that’s me)Daily Goal: 75 minutes/day Monthly Goal: To built the habit of writing daily. I’d like to have a “submittable” draft of my novel done in April. That said, if I could to a place where I can really focus on the ending, I would be very happy. Reading Goal: A novel per week
Daily Goal: 1 hour a day
Melanie UnruhMonthly Goal: To get four of my short stories ready to send out/to be a part of my collection…that’s one story per week!
Daily Goal:: One hour per day and at least two per day for Spring Break
Cathy Arellano: Goals: TBD
Randi Beck: Daily Goal: 30 minutes/day. Goal for the month: To finish her short story, “Six.” (If she finishes it this month, it will make the one year anniversary of its beginning. In other words, she’s been working on the same story for a year and wants to finish it.)
Lisa Chavez: Daily Goal: 1500 words/day. Goal for the month: Still TBD, “but it might be vaguely something that I can send out for publication, though I expect some of my writing, like today, will be on the blog.”
Marisa P. C.: Daily Goals: at least 30 minutes per day every day, with these exceptions:at least 90 minutes per day over spring break, time off on driving days to and from L.V., any days I miss must be made up, hopefully in March but in April if necessary. Goal for End of the Month: work on the new blog (Morning, with Birds), finish draft of Gaga paper, already at 8600 words complete nearly completed first draft of short story tentatively titled “Pound Puppy,” look at the behemoth
Blas Falconer: Goals: TBD
Rick Raab-Faber: Daily goal: 30 min/day. Goal for the month: “Let’s say, for grins, 4 raw chapters” of his novel.
Teresa E. Gallion: Goals: 1 hour/day for poetry. To write a poem.
Karen Hogan: Daily Goal: 4 hours/day. Goal for the Month: TBD
Maria Elena Howard: Daily Goal: 30 min/day. Goal for the month: a swift kick in the butt to . . . get going on all kinds of writing projects I’ve neglected for far far too long.
Jennifer Krohn: Goals: TBD
Casandra Lopez: Goals: TBD
Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco: Daily Goal: 45 minutes. Goal for the month: 1 poem/day.
Merimee Moffitt: Daily Goal: “my set goal was to write + for much more time than I had been and at least two to three times a day.” Goal for the month: tbd
Darlin’ Neal: Goals: TBD
Cynthia Patton: Daily Goal: 3 hours/day for month of March. Monthly goal: to make as much progress as possible on the 3rd, and hopefully final, draft of my book but to at least complete a totally awesome first chapter (because it sure as heck isn’t the chapter currently labeled #1). Additional goal: to submit 3 things (essay, poem, grant, etc) per month for the entire year. 2 months already completed–YEAH!!
Bob Sabatini:Daily Goal: 200-500 word blog post every day. He’s been blogging daily for 200 days and wants to keep the ball rolling. The blog name, however, he’s keeping anonymous
Jennifer Simpson: Daily Goal: 5 hours/day. “My vision is work from 9am to 11:30am, then go to yoga at noon, home by 1:30 and put in two and a half more hours (and eat lunch).” Goal for the month: Complete next draft of COMPS.
Katie Spain: Daily Goals: TBD. Month Goal: TBD
Dawn Sperber: Daily Goal: 5 hours/day. Goal for the month: “to tighten up as many stories as i can to get my story collection completed. I’d love to finish it up, and will see how it goes.”
Carmela Starace: Goals: 700 words/day. Goal for the month: TBD
Chris Strickling: Daily Goal: 1 hour/day. Goal for the month: Chris is working on a book proposal and will also need to rewrite a chapter.
Elizabeth Tannen: Daily Goal: 1 hour/day. Goal for the month: 20,000 (the first chunk of her dissertation/memoir project)
Samantha Erin Tetangco (that’s me): Daily Goal: 3 hours/day. Goal for the month: 100 pages (revised & rewritten) and the “third” draft of her novel
Melanie Unruh: Goal: 75 hours over the course of the entire month.