What in the Hell is Going on Here?


I’m Jodi Chromey, writer, supergenius, spinster, and 6’5″ feminist killjoy.

Hi. How are you?

I was born June 6, 1972 (Yes, I put my entire ass birthdate here so I don’t have to update this page every year) not far from where I live now. I grew up in Blaine, MN and went to college in Wisconsin. I like lilies, lemonade, pens with blue ink, &s, The Stones over The Beatles, Superman over Batman, and Peanut M&Ms over Plain ones. Also, the Oxford comma. Always with the Oxford. My pronouns are she/her. I also answer to Chromes, Chromeyzone, JodiChromeySupergenius, SuperG, and Aunt Jodi Rickety Rocks the Casbah.


I Will Dare is this website, named after my favorite song by The Replacements. The blog consists of a bunch of words I felt like typing on the day I typed them. I talk about whatever is on my mind, often it’s books or music or that one person who did that one thing that one time.


This site blinked into being on July 31, 2000 after I read four chapters in HTML for Dummies. It was super ugly and kind of annoying, but I loved it anyway. Not much has changed. I update whenever I feel like it. Mostly this whole thing exists purely for my amusement. If you do not like that, you are free to contact the management.


I live in lovely Shakopee, MN home to me, Valleyfair, Canterbury Park, and all of my stuff. Some call it a suburb of Minneapolis. I call it a small town south of Minneapolis. I live in a house called Supergenius HQ with an orange vengeance demon called Wendell where I water a lot of plants called The Sadness Garden. It’s pretty dusty here because I hate cleaning. Other things you’ll find here: an ever-expanding record collection, more books than anyone really needs, mountains of handmade-by-me-blankets, and so many pens.


Mostly because I wanted to. There is no better explanation. I love writing and I have opinions. A lot of them. They have to go somewhere.


Magic, I suppose.

For an Angry Hermit I’m kinda (demented & sad, but) social

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  1. vikrant 19.Apr.10 at 4:54 am

    hi jodi i like to be your friend.

  2. vikrant 19.Apr.10 at 4:57 am

    i like tall women but i felt women dont like guys who r small .i love ur comment people i like to be part of this group

  3. Theologian 12.May.10 at 11:52 am

    Hi Jodi.

    I write with a Loft query:

    I want to take a workshop this summer. I’ve only had Vodo (just by schedule, not by aversion or attraction), and I met your little guy workshoping guy (is it Dale?), but neither are slated for this summer, whose workshop I’ve wanted to take. Without those possibilities, I’m considering Amanda Coplin, “Intermediate Fiction Workshop” (Mondays) or Benjamin Obler, “Literary Fiction: Everyday Drama.” The former is my preference by the topic and description, but I’m semi-wedded these days (a great gift) and Dave’s kid schedule makes the latter easier. (We have only Monday and Tuesday evenings sans kid.)

    I write to ask if you have any dope about or experience of the classes or the teachers.

    XO, Martin

  4. Jodi 12.May.10 at 11:56 am


    Congrats on the semi-weddedness. I vote you take a Tuesday class. I’m taking the short short fiction on Tuesday nights 6-8 with someone whose name I forgot but I can’t wait! If you take a Tuesday class we can go to Grumpy’s occasionally.

    I pondered the Monday class with Amanda Coplin, but the Tuesday works better for me.

  5. Jodi 22.Jul.10 at 4:58 pm

    I’ve often wondered why there was no “Hurricane Jodi”. Nothing too serious, just some huge threatening circular cloud that would die out somewhere over the Bermuda Triangle finding Amelia Earhart and Jimmy Hoffa having cocktails. I read your list with some amusement. For my Goddaughter’s 18th B-Day I wrote her “18 Things About Being 18” i.e. “Perky Breasts…Enjoy Them While You Can”;”You Make Middle-Aged Women Nervous”; “Soon You Won’t Need a GPS Because You’ll Be Able To Read The Lines On Your Face”, etc. I wrapped each note around a Bugs-Bunny-type carrot because every girl should have 18 carats on her 18th Birthday (I challenge you to find 18 “long-stemmed” carrots in December…in Oregon). Anyway, it made me wonder what my own list would be and I came up with two: (1) I was born on 3/30 @ 3:30 (2):I voted for Ronald Regan in my 1st Presidential Election. He was shot by John Hinkley (my initials are also J.H.) on my birthday, because of his obsession with a woman named Jodi(e).If you have any sightings of “Hurricane Jodi” on Lake Superior, be sure to give me a call. Should She be spotted on the Pacific Ocean next to Coos Bay, OR feel free to stop by, I’ll keep the blender warm. I cannot yet receive e-mail due to the antiquity of my computer. Oh well, there’s always the U.S. Post (P.O. Box 5679/Charleston, OR 97420) Send a post card….I get lonely. All Best, Jodi

    1. jodi 08.Jan.12 at 4:58 am

      We need a hurricane named “JODI”

  6. Jodi 26.Sep.10 at 5:48 am

    IGOR? LISA? WTF!!! What Happened to HURRICANE JODI?
    I am pissed that I have to wait another alphabet to
    even be considered. I also pisses me off that men can
    have hurricanes named after their dicks.

  7. gary alan 25.Dec.10 at 4:38 pm

    Do you design websites? If so, could you give a price range?



  8. Victoria 03.Jan.11 at 10:26 am

    Hi Jodi, I like your list. Somewhere around line 8, I said to myself, “she has got to be a Gemini!!” And I was correct. I’m a Gemini also (b-day is 6/1/71). I am also 6’1 in height. I moved from San Diego, CA where there was quite a bit of ignorance about anyone who looked “different” than the status quo blonde/blue/5’7 look. I never had a problem meeting men, as I am divorced twice with 3 kids. Anyway, I live in Las Vegas for now and the ignorance is a lot less, but I have always wanted to move to either Alaska, Minnesota or NYC. Mainly for the cold weather and for other various reasons. I read somewhere that Norwegians are much taller and tend to live in Minnesota, so I’ve been hooked on going there ever since! I have no clue how I found your website, I’m having insomnia also right now. Ok, well just wanted to tell you I enjoyed reading about you. I will come back and visit your site again.

  9. Brian Keith Smith 12.Jan.11 at 5:29 am

    Hi Jodi,

    I sent you an email and am commenting on your blog about ‘thinking about my biological father’; https://www.iwilldare.com/2001/03/14/thinking-about-my-biological-father/. One of the persons who commented on that blog (Edward Keith Smith) is actually my brother and I know where his father is. I knew about him since I was young but only recently got information from my deceased grandmother that gave me his mother’s name – and – his comment had both his/my father’s name, his mother’s name, and correct information about birth on your wedbsite. I would think he would want to reach me. Maybe you can send this email on to him so we can unite. Thank you so much. Your blog has gotten us closer.

  10. Steven 13.Jan.11 at 5:25 pm

    Went to school with Paul Westerberg. Love your blog. Maybe we sat in the same Florida classroom for about 3 months.


  11. Kevin 14.Jul.11 at 8:58 pm

    HI Jodi,

    I enjoyed reading your blog….In fact I enjoy reading a lot, mostly non-fiction but a good fiction mystery with historical significance is great too. I have always enjoyed the company of a tall woman. I once dated a woman who was 6-4 for about 1 year(I’m 5-9).
    She enjoyed wearing boots with heels which made her about 10″ taller and enjoyed pointing that out to me, which I truly enjoyed. We would have married but there was a personality clash, too bad.
    I see you live in the Twin Cities. I work in St.Paul and maybe we could meet for coffee sometime. I am not weird or ugly…actually people say I am quite handsome. Not that it is an issue. I would love to meet a quite intelligent person as you. What say?

  12. Mason 15.Jul.11 at 6:55 am

    Your cute, and I like tall women. Just wanted you to know.

  13. scott 06.Nov.11 at 1:52 pm

    The PW site appears to be gone.

    Accidental loss, I hope?

    1. Jodi 06.Nov.11 at 2:04 pm

      @scott, I’m switching servers. So things might be wonky for a bit.

  14. Donald Ducote 22.Nov.11 at 9:15 am

    Hi. I’m 6’7 and i noticed you liked Wild Flag and Tallest Man (no pun intended). THough you might like my music. I’m sending you some links to a record/videos that I think you’ll enjoy based on what I’ve seen on your blog and bands you stand behind. This record was written by Ancient History, an ambient indie band out of Bushwick, Brooklyn. It’s called TRACKS. It was engineered by Jim Smith, who’s resume includes The National, Au Revoir Simone and Wilco, and was recorded in the French Kicks practice space in Dumbo. It was mixed by Paul Johnson and Kevin Blackler. Johnson mixed the Lon Gisland EP by Beirut and currently does their live sound. Donald Ducote, the singer/songwriter behind Ancient History was hired in early 2011 by Emma Gillespie (winner of the 2010 MUST BE THE MUSIC competition, a UK reality TV series hosted by DIzzy Rascal) to help her write/work on new material for her upcoming record for Polydor. He’s also worked with Leon Jackson (winner of 2007 X-Factor). The music doesn’t sound like anything you would hear on Reality TV.

    To follow Ancient History on Twitter, to download the record, or to see Ancient History’s music videos:

  15. Jawan 03.Dec.11 at 8:46 am

    I have extreme like for very strong white women. I love to chat to them and buy them and email gift cards.

  16. Brittany 19.Apr.12 at 1:38 am

    Reasons that I started reading your blog:
    1. I’ve been checking out the blogs of the Book Riot writers
    2. You wrote about Beverly Cleary, and what you said about your nieces and nephews made me want to cry. Why? Because I have an aunt with no children and she means the WORLD to me. I’ve never read Beezus and Ramona (inexcusable, I know), but when you recounted the aunt saving the day, that pretty much made my life. My aunt is my most important lifeline. SO THEN
    3. Even though I’d forgotten that I decided to look at the blogs of the all the Book Riot writers, your post reminded me!

    Reasons I will be checking out your blog again:
    1. You talk about your cats
    2. When I first began blogging (three months ago..) I had a difficult time using capital letters
    3. My car is named Oliver, my phone is Jason, my computer is Brookly, my roommate’s phone is Addison, her computer is Manny, her car is Marshall, our friend’s car is Paul, our t.v. is Stevie (courtesy of the t.v. show Friends) our wii is Eva and our playstation is WallE. And the playstation remote is Mo.
    4. I thought about Sweet Valley today, about why high school seems so much cooler when I read those books..(present tense because, yes, I still read those books)

  17. Don 23.Sep.12 at 3:14 pm

    Dear Jodi Thank You for being 6’5″ tall There aren’t that many women of your height around Although I used to belong to a tall club in Pittsburgh Pa ( now in escro ) I saw a lot of women there around your height or more I miss the tall club If you were ever out with me I would encourage you to wear heels ( the taller the better- I appreciate a woman being real tall ) I am 6’7″ tall myself – Take Care -drop me a line – Don

  18. Justina Froberg 12.Dec.12 at 1:09 pm


    I just stumbled across your blog and I love how you write. I love the facts about you and how they answer the questions you ask in your head as you go down the list. I am 5’11 and I thought that was tall. We should be friends 🙂


  19. Jack 29.Jan.14 at 7:27 pm

    I just found this blog through a Mario Memory on the SMBHQ secret fan page. I first read your memory in 2004 when I was nine years old, I didn’t really understand how you lost your virginity or even what a virginity was. One thing I can say though, I’ve remembered that entry all my life. What a bizarre feeling.