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Festivals, Puddles and Mugs


Thanks again for all those positive thoughts you sent me for yesterday's Ocean County Book Festival.  I had a great time.  The weather was perfect.  Lots of people came. 

I met with some old  friends, made some new ones, and got to meet about a half dozen online friends in person, including the excellent Cyn Balog (aka cyn2write) and from the New Jersey Authors' NetworkAlison Ashley Formento , Wallace Ecklof and Stephen Matthews.

All in all, a grand day out.

Next stop: The Collingswood Book Festival this coming Saturday, where the always-generous Neal Levin (aka dqg_neal) is allowing me to share a space on the Dark Quest Books tables.

PUDDLES
Voting's well underway to select the winner of the 2010 Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Book Title (polls close on Monday, October 4th 2010 at 3:00pm (US/Eastern)).  

The winning entry gets a year's bragging rights, as well as a guest post and/or interview here on An Englishman in New Jersey. If you haven't yet voted, or want to see the current front-runners, here's the link

MUGS
The I are a writer mugs seemed popular yesterday, although several people didn't realize they were for fun and told me that I'd got the wording wrong.

Someone suggested I make the mugs available online.  It's a good idea - I figure the mug would make an excellent gift.  I'll look into the price of postage etc. and see if that's feasible.  If it is, I'll probably offer the CD/mug combination online as well.   

Speaking of mugs, I'm thinking about having some made up, to give away as Puddle prizes - possibly in time for this year's Best Opening Line contest. 

What do you think?  Would a prize of a 'Vene, vidi puddli!' mug for the winner and (say) a random Puddle voter provide some extra incentive for folks to take part?



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shoebrera
Sep. 26th, 2010 11:11 am (UTC)
IMHO, you offer the mugs and you might just be swamped with orders.
jongibbs
Sep. 26th, 2010 11:58 am (UTC)
Well, that would be good :)
karen_w_newton
Sep. 26th, 2010 11:27 am (UTC)
I think the mugs are really cute. Are you sure the folks who try to correct it are serious? Maybe they have no sense of humor. If you offer a mug to the winner and draw one voter's name from the pool, it's a definite incentive to participate.
jongibbs
Sep. 26th, 2010 12:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks fro the input, Karen :)
jongibbs
Sep. 26th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
'Are you sure the folks who try to correct it are serious?'

Either that or they've read some of my dreadful typos, like the above :)

msstacy13
Sep. 26th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
You're saying you had some surplice mugs?
;)
msstacy13
Sep. 26th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
If they know you're from another country,
they might assume you have trouble with English.
:)
jongibbs
Sep. 26th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
:P
cyn2write
Sep. 26th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
It was so nice finally meeting you!
jongibbs
Sep. 26th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
Likewise :)

It's funny, I kept thinking people were saluting me, until I realized they were just shielding there eyes from the sunlight reflecting off my forehead :(
msstacy13
Sep. 26th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
Hm.
I think I'd appreciate it if you'd give a mug to the first person to vote,
and maybe another to whoever voted most often.
:)

But the winner should certainly get a mug.
jongibbs
Sep. 26th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
I agree about the winner, and I think one for someone who voted/helped promote the contest, though I'll have to think about the best way to decide that one.
serge_lj
Sep. 26th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
My belated best wishes for the Destival.
jongibbs
Sep. 26th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
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jongibbs
Sep. 26th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
Which song is that?
karin_gastreich
Sep. 26th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
I love the mug idea. It'd certainly convince me to sign up. :) Glad your book festivals are going well. Book on!
jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2010 06:56 am (UTC)
Thanks, Karin :)
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jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2010 07:00 am (UTC)
Lol, back in England, my generation grew up with Morecambe & Wise, one of the best comedy acts of the time. Every week, a well-known actor/celebrity would turn up to appear in what Ernie Wise would always described as: 'My new play what I wrote."

PS: Isn't it amazing how things look different once you put your glasses on? :)

Edited at 2010-09-27 11:01 am (UTC)
bogwitch64
Sep. 26th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
I like that idea for a mug!!
jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2010 07:07 am (UTC)
I'd like to use the Vene, vidi, puddli!logo I created, but I'll have to check about potential copyright issues first - (I got the legionaire smiley from Photobucket. It's okay to use it on LJ, but I'm not sure if I need permission to use it on a mug).
bodgei
Sep. 26th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
I'd say yes about the mugs - but I alreay partisipated...
jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC)
No problem, Elizabeth, the 'yes' still counts :)
bodgei
Sep. 27th, 2010 07:28 am (UTC)
well 'yes' then.
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