Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wednesday Update

Yup, I'm changing my updates to Wednesdays! The first bit of news is that I am participating in Blackbird in my Window's summer writing contest. The good news? You get to read part of my first chapter. Go have a look!

Second, in the past week I have received three awards and been tagged in a meme! Holy cow I feel so amazingly loved! I truly have the best readers EVER!

First up is the seriously cute blogger award from Cherie at Ready. Write. Go.

Oh! Now I want a puppy, tee hee!

Next, is the liebster blog award from my good friend, and next door neighbor, Krista at I Take The Pen

Liebster means friend in German, pretty cool huh?

Last, but not least, I won the flash fiction contest at Cheryl Ham's blog, check out my entry here.

It's so fun and flashy! I LOVE it!

Miss Cherie also tagged me in a meme! I've already answered some of the questions (you can find them here if you really want to know) So I'm only answering the ones I haven't before (it's my blog so I'm allowed ;)

Show us the cutest most adorable picture of your favorite animal.

How about the kind of puppy I want instead?

I just love Pugs little, squishy faces :)

You have five seconds to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. Choose one friend who would save your butt and tell us why you choose them.

Really? Isn't it obvious that I would choose my husband? He is pretty amazing with a gun ;)

Share a quote with us.

"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did." - Newt Gingrich

I know you had trouble choosing just one, let's have another.

I, like Cherie, am not really a quote person. But I'll play nicely - "If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again." ~Flavia Weedn, Flavia and the Dream Maker, ©

Using exactly 27 words tell us your life story.

Born and raised in the same city. Moved to college at 18. Met hubby, had two kids, and wrote stories every place in between. That's about it.

Please do not throw your hands up in the air. This is not a stick up.

Well sometimes I like to do the Hokey Pokey, is that so wrong??

All the dead rock legends live again. You're standing in a fifty mile long line for:

No one. I hate lines! I'll just watch the MTV special later.

Describe yourself using six words that start with the third letter of your middle name.

N - Nice. Nerd. Nocturnal. Neutral. Double Nerd. Nitid (okay I cheated and looked a word up)

What is your middle name? (This is for research purposes only. Your response will not affect your chances of employment.)

Look at my pen name, now take a wild guess.

Okay, now it's my turn to tag some of my closest blogger friends! You get the two awards on top and the meme. Now go! ( I know some of you already have these awards, but I'm that generous)

Christa @ Christa Writes

Violeta @ Lyn Midnight Against the Odds

Ava @ Writability

Angela @ The Starving Novelist

Catlin @ Musings of an ordinary mind

Krista @ The Jelly Beans of Writing

Sarah @ Empty White Pages

Donna @ Weaving a Tale or Two

Chantele @ My Writing Bug

Wahoo! Happy blogging :)


Ava Jae said...

Yay awards! Congratulations and thanks for passing them along to me! So cool! ^_^

Also, your husband looks like a secret agent in that picture. It's probably the haircut/sunglasses/gun combination. Just saying. :D

J. A. Bennett said...

ha ha! I know, right? That's totally why I married him :)

Sarah Pearson said...

I loved your writing Jen. I'm seriously curious about her :)

Is it allowed for me to say your husband looks kinda cute?

And you're the second person I was going to give the Liebster award to that got it from someone else - know that the thought was there - I'm just too slow :)

Thank you for my award, not sure I'll be as funny as you but I'll try!

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Thank you so much! :D You are so sweet!

And I wish my hubby could rock sunglasses and shoot a gun like that! ;)

J. A. Bennett said...

Thank you so much! You can totally say my hubby is cute 'cause it's true :)
I think most of the blogger I tagged got the Libster award already, but I passed it on anyway :)

J. A. Bennett said...

lol Chantele!

Donna K. Weaver said...

My hubby was just talking about getting a gun (as opposed to a rifle, which he already has). I think he's jealous of my desire for a Glock. =D

Thanks for the awards. But seriously. My life in 27 words? The longer you live the more that should go up incrementally. lol

Michelle said...

Congrats on the flash fiction contest!

Angela V. Cook said...

Thank you so much for my awards! You are so sweet :o)

Also, congrats on winning the flash-fiction contest. That's AWESOME!!

cherie said...

Yay! I love ya, Jen! And you rocked the meme :)

Congrats on the awards and your winning short fiction! That's awesome--I'll off to read it now...

:). <3

cherie said...

Just read your flash fic--loved the subtle tension. Well done! :)

J. A. Bennett said...

Thank you Cherie! Did you read my first chapter as well? It's not like you HAVE to, but I value your opinion :)

Lynn(e) Schmidt said...

Yay! Blog awards!!!

I like these blog posts :) Mainly cuz of the adorable puppies.

Abby Fowers said...

Awesome awards. I'm glad your hubby is good with a gun and can save you during a zombie invasion! So cool :)

cherie said...

I just read your first chapter. You have a great voice, my dear. I liked the flow, the imagery, and the atmosphere. There is definitely intrigue, especially the way you ended it. You didn't start with backstory--hooray! We are seeing this world as we go along with your protagonist. Nicely done! :)

Sarah said...

I just checked out the new draft of your first chapter. I love it, and I had to let you know. It really has come together. Is it weird that I can't help but be proud of you?

J. A. Bennett said...

Cherie - thanks for reading it. I actually started with back story the first time around but Sarah (the poster beneath you) got me to cut it. Yeah for great Beta readers!

Sarah - That is so not weird, I feel like your protege in a lot of ways, you got me reading and you've been the best beta reader I've had. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Aminul Islam said...

nice puppy 'Pugs little'

David P. King said...

Good gravity! You got an award overhaul. Congrats to you!

Fun meme, btw. Double nerd. Nice! Can I be one?

J. A. Bennett said...

Ha ha! Yes.

CherylAnne Ham said...

Congrats on your awards! I love that first quote. :D

Caitlin Vincent said...

Congratulations on your awards! And thank you for mine :) Great answers to the meme, btw.

Lyn Midnight said...

Gah!!! I forgot to THANK YOU, missy, for always thinking of me, and giving me the cutest awards ever! I will display them proudly on my blog and spread the love next week. *hugs* You are the best, but you know that. ;)

unikorna said...

Congrats, lovely place you have here :).

Melanie said...

You so deserve all of those awards. You so consistently put out great writing and posts and I love that you are so into improving your skills. Thanks for being an inspiration to us all. You are a Crowning Moment just knowing you. Thanks for linking up.