Tag: I’m It

I was recently “tagged” by a Twitter friend, Angela Wallace, in the spirit of chain letters that don’t actually wish you a bad sex life for the next seven years.

Which is good, because I might have to kill Angela.

At any rate, in the spirit of chain letters, I now must answer some questions and tag a few more people! Here we go!

1. Do I think I’m hot?

No. My boss keeps his office at 65-degrees and when the door’s open it’s like an arctic front sweeping across my cubicle. I have a space heater on standby at all times. So it’s actually 80 degrees outside right now and I’ve got a mini furnace working at full blast to combat the freezing cold. Whenever he opens his door, the damn thing kicks on. Like just now.

2. Upload a picture or wallpaper that you’re using at the moment.

Eh, I don’t really use wallpaper. I just pick a stock photo that comes with the operating system. How about a picture of me? I don’t know why. Probably also answers the question of whether or not I think I’m hot:



3. When was the last time you ate chicken meat?

I have no idea why that’s phrased as chicken meat. It sounds like a vegetarian is being underhandedly judgmental. The answer is, I eat chicken almost every day. I ate it last night for dinner. I’ll probably eat it tonight, unless I decide to make some delicious pork loin. I have a food blog as well (sadly, it’s been quite neglected these last few months) and on it you will find a plethora of tasty, tasty chicken dishes.

I love chickens. They’re so freaking tasty.

4. The song(s) you listened to recently.

My iPhone is cranking all day long at work to try and drown out the general clatter of the office. I am an assistant and the company I work for has retained the phone policies of the 1980’s, forbidding most usage of voicemail. In order to hear the phones, I only wear one earbud. But the music blares in the one ear and it sort of helps.

I’ve said before on this blog that I led worship for 20+ years in Vineyard churches and that I am a classically trained soprano. However, my husband listens to metal. Since being married to him, I’ve developed a real eclectic taste in music. The reason for this little diatribe is to explain this whacky list of recently listened to:

Nightwish – Once
Anathema – Alternative 4
Hillsong Worship – Faith + Hope + Love
Passion – Awakening (various artist worship)
Neil Diamond – Greatest Hits
Cause & Effect – Another Minute
Delain – Lucidity

Yes, these really are the CD’s I listened to in the last 2 days. Like I said, it’s eclectic.

5. What were you thinking as you were doing this?

That this blog had better not explode on me again. This blog is very old. (The reason you don’t see that many posts is because, before I started Tweeting links to this blog, I either deleted or hid a lot of my older, personal posts.) Anyway, this blog and I have had a very difficult relationship. Every time I try to post something on this blog, something happens and I get mad. This is my second attempt at posting this list. On my first attempt, something crazy happened. I must have hit a wrong control-something and 2/3 of this thing disappeared. Maddening!

If you’re reading this post, it means it actually worked. If this post disappears on me a second time, I’m giving up. Uncle.

6. Do you have nicknames? What are they?

None that anyone’s said to my face.

7. Name 8 blogging friends.

Ooh, hard. I have some pretty hot friends with some hot blogs. Hrm. Okay, in random order (because of random questions following the list) and assuming I can’t tag Angela back:

1. Alan Edwards
2. Steven Montano
3. Amber West
4. Tiffany White
5. Keyboard Hussy
6. Mark Lidstone
7. Meghan Grey
8. Mira Sanz

Questions about my list:

Who is listed as Number 1?

Alan is one of my twitter posse. He wrote a epic zombie fantasy novel called Curse of Troius. (Tagline: When a fantasy world is overrun with a mob of ravenous zombies, there are no guns to stop them. No tanks. No airstrikes. Just a man with a shovel.) I actually have the privilege of reading the sequel, which is what I will be doing as soon as I get done writing this. His blog is profane and hilarious and I can’t escape just one of his posts without spewing my coffee everywhere.

Say something about number 5.

Okay, well I heard of Keyboard Hussy because Alan and Steven (#2 on the list) both followed her on Twitter. She’s a self-pub author who blogs fearlessly about writing, without worrying who she pisses off – unless she hurts people she actually gives a crap about. I have seen her soft side and it’s kind of sweet. I had a huge writer-crush on her and secretly stalked her for a long time. Now we’re buds. She’s going to interview me on June 28. What else? Um, she wrote a hilarious romance/comedy novella called “The Vampire Relationship Guide – Meeting and Mating volume 1“. The title is a little misleading; this is a story and not an actual survival guide. I laughed through the whole thing. Definitely recommend. The author name is listed as Evelyn Lafont, which is her pen name. Her real name is something else and I could tell you but she’d probably have to kill me.

I’m sure she’d feel bad about it later, though.

How did you get to know number 3?

Um, I’m not sure how it happened. I met Amber through Twitter but I think she found me through a writing community we both subscribe to, called She Writes. It’s basically a big Facebook for writers, but with forums. I was pretty skeptical about the whole place at first, but I’ve met some great friends through it. Amber started following me on Twitter and I followed back. Once day I clicked one of her blog links. She talked about poop. Right then and there, I decided we were going to be friends. And the rest is infamy.

How about number 4?

Tiffany White is a gal I met on Twitter. I gravitated to her personality but also her blog. Tiffany and I suffer from a horrible case of mutual admiration. When we start with the compliments, you best back away because it’s going to get slobbery. Tiffany loves TV and she blogs about it religiously. And Tom and I never know what to watch on TV. Ever. So now I read Tiffany’s blog and never wonder what I should watch. It’s right there on her blog. Just last week, Tiffany and Amber started a new series together called “It’s Worth A Watch Wednesday”. They go through what’s on the tube and have a cute rating system for the shows they cover. You can also catch some of their banter (and request reviews) on the Twitter hashtag #watchwed.

Leave a message for number 6.

Dude. Where’s my dialogue?

Leave a lovey-dovey message for number 2.

Oh, Steven. That grenade launcher really brings out the color in your eyes. You’re so hot. No, really. I think I got you a little with my flamethrower. Sorry about that. My bad.

Do 7 & 8 have any similarities?

Um, they’re both pretty funny and fun to talk to, but not really similar. Mira’s blog has an ongoing story with demons and angels and prophetic dreams, though it’s taken a little hiatus recently (/taps foot impatiently). She also writes some pretty gorgeous poetry. Meg writes erotica and young adult fiction. She’s got two blogs for the two different genres, and I also have the pleasure of reading bits of her current WIP, which is YA.

My New Website Is Up

Okay gang, my new website, JenKirchner.com, is LIVE. You can remove this bookmark and add the new site. The Choose Your Own Adventure riff has been posted over there and I would love for you to check it out and vote. Voting will close on Tuesday night.

Thanks so much for your support in this. I hope the new Friday short is fun for all. As I said before, if we like it enough, we’ll make it a regular thing and do another story.

See you soon!

Update: Website Launch & Short Story Project

I’m very excited to launch JenKirchner.com this Friday! We’ve been hard at work and have started rolling over a few posts from this blog, just so the new site doesn’t look so unloved.

What I really can’t wait for is a short story adventure where YOU decide what happens. Each Friday, a story blurb around 500 words will be posted. At the end, a couple of choices will be provided. Vote in the comments or on Twitter. Highest vote obviously wins.

The first Adventure is called “The Relic” and Part I is ready for you. I can’t wait.

(Not to mince words but this is actually a reliquary. Relics were/are kept safe inside and having them added prestige and mystique to a church. Really, they were just a way of getting passing Crusaders to donate more money. “We’re very holy because we have one of these here relic doohickies! No, you can’t look inside to verify that it’s there. If you had faith, you’d know it was there. Now, about your donation…”)

Update: One thing I forgot to mention is that I still plan on awarding more Kreative Blogger awards, but I would prefer to continue that from the new site. So stay tuned and next week I will introduce another great blogger!

New Website Coming: JenKirchner.com

This blog was created way back in 2006, before the idea of writing novels was a twinkle in my eye. In those days, I just knew I liked writing. I had been writing for two other blogs and wanted more. So Tom bought this domain name and I used this site, off and on, to write about personal things. Really personal. I mean, the topics were not interesting to anyone who didn’t know me. Hell, they were barely interesting to the people who did know me. Ten people knew it existed and only six read it. I liked the freedom of being able to blather about my life and this blog was perfect for it.

Fast forward to a year ago. I knew I wanted to become a published author and I knew that meant sharing my blog with others to some extent. Unfortunately, a lot of the things I had posted here just didn’t fit that. So I went through my blog, post by post. Half of it was either hidden or deleted entirely.

Please don’t be alarmed. That sound you hear is Tom beating his head repeatedly against the wall while screaming, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” a la Anakin Skywalker.

I probably should have left those mundane posts. After all, who is going to go back through five years of a blog? Do you really care what my Christmas Cookie list was in 2007 or that I got an A in Ancient Art History? I didn’t think so.

Anyway, I knew at some point I would need to buy JenKirchner.com. Agents recommend a professional-looking blog and having my own name as a domain makes me feel swanky. Like I’ve upgraded from diapers to Huggies Pull-Ups. So we did. (I’m a big kid now!) And then we bought a terrific looking web theme for it. (Pretty slick for just $35.00 USD. We’re going with the dark blue color.)

Next Friday, unless Tom objects, the new site is going up. I’ll transfer most of my recent posts over and this blog will be “retired”. To kick off the swanky new JenKirchner.com, we’re going to do a riff on “Chose Your Own Adventure” books.

You narrowly escape death by cave-in, only to suffocate in your closet.

Every Friday, a short story blurb (around 500 words) will be posted. At the end of the short, I will provide three choices on what to do next. Everyone votes and, of course, the highest vote will be the next step in the story. We’ll continue each Friday until the story is completed. If we enjoyed it enough, I’ll do another. Or who knows, maybe a writer friend will want to try it out and I can direct everyone there for a few weeks. (I’m friendly and I like to share.) Anyway, I already have the first scene written, and I’m very excited for you to see it. The theme will be the MUD-world we’re working on, so it’s a military-themed, post-apocalyptic, demon-infested earth. Good luck.

Friday, May 6: JenKirchner.com! Mark your calendars! (Or I’ll just remind you.)