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September 1, 2015
jenkirkman : 
 
 Hey everyone! My second book comes out April 2016 BUT it’s available 
for pre-order now! If you pre-order it, it usually doesn’t charge you 
until it ships but you’ll be sending a message to the little elves that 
make books that they better start stapling due to high demand! 
  Available NOW at the following places.  
  Amazon:  http://bit.ly/otherliesamazon  
  B&N:  http://bit.ly/otherliesbn  
  BAM:  http://bit.ly/otherliesbam  
  Indiebound:  http://bit.ly/otherliesindie  
  Kobo:  http://bit.ly/otherlieskobo   
  Kindle:  http://bit.ly/otherlieskindle  
  iBooks:  http://bit.ly/otherliesibks
Source: Jen Kirkman

Hey everyone! My second book comes out April 2016 BUT it’s available for pre-order now! If you pre-order it, it usually doesn’t charge you until it ships but you’ll be sending a message to the little elves that make books that they better start stapling due to high demand!

Available NOW at the following places.
July 31, 2015

Playbook For A Childfree Life

i can barely take care of myself by Jen Kirkman is more than just a hilarious series of stories about a young woman’s life being center stage in the limelight of critique and ridicule about her personal decision of not wanting to bring a child on board her already frenzied train to the free-spirited, strangely cool island of Quirksville. Instead, it’s also kind of like a how-to, didactic playbook manifesto for navigating through a life filled with inconsiderate prejudices from persuasive cavilers.

“Most people who don’t want kids also don’t want to be cornered by strangers at parties who launch an informal investigation into our psyches and backgrounds and decision-making capabilities.” - Jen Kirkman.

“It’s time for the bullying from breeders to stop.” - Jen Kirkman.

Between the pages, Kirkman repeatedly reassures and explains how she does not dislike or, dare I say, hate children or the people that want to have them or even her friends, for that matter, that have or want to have them. She points out that, obviously, ones friendships and interests’ do change a little from how you spend your time and money when you have a child, but it should not change your attitude of respect and common decency towards others!

As you grow up, you begin to realize that the peer pressure in high school wasn’t actually all that bad after all.

“This is the real reason lots of people end up changing their minds and having kids. They don’t want to lose their friends. It’s just like drugs. Peer pressure eventually gets to everyone.” - Jen Kirkman.

However, baby, a child, another human being with a heart should not, under any circumstances, give parents the right to become some kind of rude, elite force; an army of ‘spawnists’ who can’t seem to respect others’ personal choices to not want to multiply their genes. I know how to multiply my jeans just fine, thank you.

“Childfree by choice is the new gay. We’re the new disenfranchised group. People think we’re irresponsible, immoral sluts and that our lifestyle is up for debate.” - Jen Kirkman.

True. Babies and children can be cute little blessings (most of the time). But this doesn’t mean that everyone on earth is cut from the same bib cloth. (no pun intended…well, maybe just a little) Not everyone is cut out or even wants to handle that kind of responsibility of caring for another tiny human being’s every desire and demand. Not everyone follows the same generic recipe for life. Some people find it much more fun to concoct their own original recipe.

“It also takes a lot of strength and dedication to carve out a life that doesn’t seem normal to anyone else.” - Jen Kirkman.

For some of us, it’s hard enough making it on our own; surviving the best we can to make sure we alone get the proper amount of food, sleep, exercise, respect and love to and from others, showering and staying potty-trained. How then should we be expected to be responsible for a little ankle-biter when some of us are already daunted by the task of being responsible for just ourselves?

For more information about Jen Kirkman, go to her website at jenkirkman.com or follow her on twitter: @JenKirkman & instagram @JenKirkman. Everything you need and could ever want to know can be found there. If it’s not there, then you were not meant to know about it…yet.

i can barely take care of myself is available in hardcover, paperback, electronic copy and audiobook (which is read by Jen herself).

Download & listen to her podcast “I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman Podcast” on Itunes, Soundcloud & Libsyn
July 12, 2015

How To: Better Appreciate Tangible, Flammable Books


Before the digital age, before the conception of Ipads & E-books, people would read books, magazines & newspapers that were written on tangible, flammable paper. Before I proceed any further, I want you to lose any impression you may have that I am suggesting that digital reading materials are evil or unconscionable. I am not implying that at all.

I mean, I confess that even I have found myself engrossed in some pretty riveting online periodicals or have delved into a thrilling E-book every now & again. But for me, having the words written in ink on some type of combustible paper still seem to speak to me much more profoundly than just staring at a screen with my eyes half glazed over.

Digital books are a worthy opponent, but after you consider these comparisons I hope you will find that they are not really the emperor of literature manufacturers.

Digital Books - Nooks, Kindles & E-books
  • Ability to hold large quantities of reading materials all on one device.
  • Compact.
  • Saves paper.
  • Ability to highlight, write notes & comments.
  • They are computerized devices and therefore, can be hacked.
  • Not completely spill-proof. While there are some that are being improved upon now with spill-proof screens, they are still not entirely liquid-proof. I don’t always trust manufacturers when they brand a product as being “spill-proof” because most of the time liquids always seem to find their way inside of the devices’ internal organs and kills it, fries it, marks it with a ’D’ (for dead). You see, this is their ploy.; their bait. Then when your device fries, you buy another…and another. The manufacturers get their money. And you lose yours.
  • Demands electricity. Batteries always need to be charged. Even when reading outside in the sun, your device still requires a power source which only lasts for a few hours. Unless, you have some sort of solar charger. Then, in that case, you’re cool.
  • No smell or feel of the pages.
Tangible Books
  • That intoxicating smell & feel of ink and parchment after a book has been pressed and bound.
  • No screen that idles or locks while you sit & ponder awhile.
  • Saves electricity and batteries. Does not always require electricity, unless your reading indoors at night. You can read by sunlight, candlelight, even moonlight on a bright night. Live life balanced & unplugged.
  • Old-fashioned-vintage-retro-hip-cool factor. For all of you who were not born in the pre-digital age.
  • Serves as a billboard for others to see the fascinating artwork on the covers & strike up conversations over what you’re reading. Interacting with people and building relationships over what you are reading.
  • Intimate. Personal. Historic. Romantic. Not so corporate feeling.
  • Spill-proof. Unlike computerized devices, if you spill coffee on the pages, your book is still okay. It’ll dry and/or leave a stain, but it is still readable. Spills & stains add character and make memories. Spills & stains are messy & imperfect, just like life.
  • Ability to highlight, write notes & comments. Doodling with pencil is best because it won’t bleed through the pages.
  • Unhackable.
  • While I am all about being more of a friend to the environment, life is about balance and when it comes to books, I feel like it is a trees destiny to sacrifice themselves in the name of excellent literature. It is one of the most poignant sacrifices a tree can make – enriching lives with the words tattooed on, well, at least the majourity of their pages. Besides, many books & magazines are printed on recycled and acid-free paper, nowadays. Additionally, trees and wood are not the only source for paper-making. According to a speech Susan Kinsella wrote in 1989 and presented at a seminar in Washington D.C. that was also published on Conservatree.org, paper was actually manufactured from rags and recycled linens up until at least the 1850s. Hell, at least we do not use the skins of sheep, goats & cows anymore like they used to in the 1400s! Even in the paper-making industry, we can still understand and find ways to move forward with the progress of modern times.
  • They are flammable. This is both a good & bad feature.
After having examined the comparisons between the two, I hope that I have been able to impress upon you how much more enjoyable physical, tangible books and magazines can be. They will still be my favourite part about reading regardless. And so, I invite and challenge you all to envelop yourself into at least one flammable book this year!

Venture On!
April 27, 2014
jenkirkman : 
 
 Hello world! Happy Earth Day. In honor of Earth Day - I have a book coming out in paperback (no it’s not made from recycled paper - stop  judging me ) 
 My New York Times Bestseller “I Can Barely Take Care of Myself” is already available in hardcover, audio and Kindle versions.  But today is the PAPERBACK RELEASE! 
 And you can purchase it at any of these fine places. TODAY. 
  AMAZON.COM  
  BARNES AND NOBLE.COM  
  ITUNES  
  GOOGLE PLAY  
  INDIE BOUND  (SHOP LOCAL)
Source: Jen Kirkman

Hello world! Happy Earth Day. In honor of Earth Day - I have a book coming out in paperback (no it's not made from recycled paper -stop judging me

My New York Times Bestseller "I Can Barely Take Care of Myself" is already available in hardcover, audio and Kindle versions. But today is the PAPERBACK RELEASE!

And you can purchase it at any of these fine places. TODAY.

AMAZON.COM

BARNES & NOBLE.COM

ITUNES

GOOGLE PLAY

INDIE BOUND (SHOP LOCAL)