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Yay! It’s the start of M&M Week

 

Back in May, I thought it might be fun to host some kind of networking tea and crumpets/soda and chips event here on An Englishman in New Jersey, where people could meet other folks with the same kind of writing interests. 

I called it Mix and Mingle week.

It was a lot of fun, so I thought I'd do another one.

Here’s how it works:
I’m very lucky to have lots of talented, wisdomous, writerly friends. Many of these good people share common interests, but don’t know each other...yet. Not all of them are on Live Journal. Some have accounts (or in the case of LJ users, additional accounts) on Twitter, Facebook, Blogspot etc.

If you’re interested in making some new writer friends, share a few words about yourself and your writing, along with a link to your website, Wordspace, Blogspot, Facebook, Twitter accounts etc. where folks can find out more about you and your work, then add/follow/friend you on the relevant platforms if they so desire.

If you don’t have an LJ account, you can still take part via an anonymous comment, but don’t forget to include your name. 

Of course, it’s up to you, but this is ‘Mix and Mingle’ not ‘Find a Fan’ week, so I recommend sticking to general info: how long you’ve been writing; what you usually blog about; preferred genre; favorite authors etc. 

As for me, I’m looking forward to finding out more about my friends. 

Have fun. Now, where did I put those teabags?


 

 




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eneit
Nov. 2nd, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
*pushes teapots to one side to make room for several jugs of mint julep mix* It sort of looks like iced tea, right?

My lj blog is about the things that interest me, things that annoy me, and things that I love (family music etc) Very occasionally I might let it slip that I'm writing as well as everything else, but not often.

Jon, I think you probably already knew this about me *g*
jongibbs
Nov. 2nd, 2010 12:49 pm (UTC)
Lol, now other folks know too ;)

Thanks for taking part :)
damcphail
Nov. 2nd, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
Danielle Ackley-McPhail - Wearer of Many Hats
Why not? I look good in them, and I occasionally even know how to wear them well.

I am an author, editor, designer/typesetter, and anthologist. Oh...and I make REALLY cool costume horns ;)

I have worked professionally in publishing for over 15 years, have been published for going on ten, and have been an editor for six. I am the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series and the Legends of a New Age anthology series.

I like to write just about everything except for extreme horror and erotica. Other than that, I've nearly tried my hand at everything right down to poetry and drabbles.

I can be found on LiveJournal (damcphail, badassfaeries, darkquestbooks), Facebook (Danielle Ackley-McPhail), and Twitter (DMcPhail). To learn more about my work, visit www.sidhenadaire.com or www.badassfaeries.com.

Oh, and for a bit of trivia, I am related to both Captain Kidd and Grace Kelly, and I have, in fact, tossed a caber...successfully.

Danielle
jongibbs
Nov. 2nd, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Danielle Ackley-McPhail - Wearer of Many Hats
' I have, in fact, tossed a caber...successfully.'

Caber? Wasn't that your puppy's name? ;)
peadarog
Nov. 2nd, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
Now, where did I put those teabags?

Is that a political statement?

*hides*
heleninwales
Nov. 2nd, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
You know... I've been thinking that it's about time we Brits reclaimed all things pertaining to tea from those pesky right-wing Americans who are, quite frankly, giving tea a bad name! :)
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wldhrsjen3
Nov. 2nd, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
I love this idea! I don't have a lot of time for LJ anymore, but I'm trying to rekindle my enthusiasm for blogging. I'd love to meet new people. Only... I'm not all that interesting. I blog about horses (I have three mustangs), dogs (I have a Great Dane and a white German Shepherd), books I've read and enjoyed (I try to avoid negative reviews, although the occasional snark entertains me greatly), and life here on the farm. I'm homeschooling my daughter for the first time this year, so sometimes I blog about our learning adventures. I am also a writer, and while I've been pretty private about my projects, I feel like maybe it's time to open up about my ambitions and experiences and progress. So... yeah. Here I am. ::ducks head and drinks tea, trying not to blush::
jongibbs
Nov. 2nd, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
Home schooling must be hard work.
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msstacy13
Nov. 2nd, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm.... M&Ms...
Anyone on your flist who might flist me
almost certainly already has;
Likewise, anyone on your flist who might read or buy anything I've written
almost certainly already has.

But have I mentioned that I'm the
not-yet-canonized
patron saint of the anomalously sexual and gendered?
jongibbs
Nov. 2nd, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Mmmmm.... M&Ms...
I don't believe you have :)
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plattcave
Nov. 2nd, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
I'm John Platt, and I'm a recovering LJ-er. :)

I'm a writer, formerly of humorous horror, but these days of real-life horror: writing about endangered species for Scientific American.

I also write about other, more positive green topics, cutting-edge technology, entrepreneurial careers, comic books, and various real-world do-gooders.

I recently moved my main blog to http://plattstuff.blogspot.com/. You can find links to all of my recent articles on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/johnrplatt. And my website is http://wwww.johnrplatt.com.

Oh, and I'm a cartoonist, which is where most of my creative energy is going these days:
http://www.webcomicsnation.com/johnplatt/plattitudes/series.php

That's me in a giant nutshell which still manages to leave out 99% of what you should know about me, but it's a start.

John
msstacy13
Nov. 2nd, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...

How might you feel about drawing a dozen-or-so illustrations for an unpublished novel?
(Polite silence would be a very clear answer.)

This particular novel concerns the Eighth Air Force's October 1943 Schweinfurt mission,
and if you've ever seen the drawings Evelyn Waugh made
for many of his novels, you know what I have in mind;
if not, the sort of drawings an old Jewish man
might doodle in his notebook/diary,
or might have doodled when he was a twenty-something B-17 pilot.

I'm not in a position to pay much of a commission,
and I cannot guarantee that the drawings would actually be used,
but if they are, you'd get whatever the publisher would normally pay an illustrator,
and in the meantime, you'd be free to do whatever you want with the drawings.

If you feel inclined to read the novel,
flist me, and I can put you on the filter.

If not, at the risk of being redundant,
silence is a perfectly good, perfectly clear, response.
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tracy_d74
Nov. 2nd, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
Jon, such the party animal. (Oh! I pinged your Puddle contest on my page yesterday...Well, it was part of a bigger post, but maybe it will send people your way. Not that you don't get plenty of people clamoring to your site.)

Anyhoo...I'm Tracy. I write YA, speculative, fantasy, mystical. Oh, and contemporary. My LJ ( tracy-d74.livejournal.com ) page has stuff about my writing journey. I write stuff about how psychological concepts are seen in writing (hoping to help writers--namely me--strengthen their stories). (Oh, I'm a psychologist by day.) I love to bake, so every now and again baking and cooking tips pop up on my page. I love to read, so every now and again I will talk about a book I LOVE.

(I do believe most of your flist knew this about me.)
jongibbs
Nov. 2nd, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the Puddle ping, Tracy :)
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heleninwales
Nov. 2nd, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
Hello Jon, I think you already know about me, but for the benefit of other readers of your blog, I'm a middle-aged teacher of creative writing who also writes novels, short stories and the occasional poem. Until now, I've mostly written fantasy and SF, but the latest novel is a murder mystery.

If I'm busy on a writing project, I often post about my progress, but at the moment I'm more likely to be offering photos of Wales and accounts of local walks, plus random observations on anything that takes my fancy.
jongibbs
Nov. 2nd, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
What made you decide to write a murder mystery, Helen?
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pgiunta
Nov. 2nd, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
To be honest, my life is boring so this should be brief. :)

I began writing SF fan fiction in 1992. Most of what I wrote was YA action/adventure stories, Star Trek, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc. It turned out to be an effective way to hone my writing skills.

In 2002, I decided to start an original novel. From outline to published book took seven years. My first paranormal mystery novel, Testing the Prisoner, was published in November 2009 and hit the market in March 2010. I then recorded the audio version which is available in free bi-weekly episodes online:
http://prometheusradiotheatre.com/wordpress/?page_id=3 and on iTunes.

A spin-off novel is currently in progress. Most of what I read is mystery, SF and paranormal genres (but not blood and gore horror) and well as classic fiction and certain non-fiction works such as Daniel Pink's Whole New Mind and just about anything from Carl Sagan.

I'm just about finished with Foundation's Fear (Gregory Benford), one of three sequels to Asimov's Foundation series written by other SF authors. A few of my favorite writers include Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe, Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, Ray Brabdury, Harlan Ellison, Arthur C. Clarke, Peter David.

I'm on FaceBook and I do have a LJ blog that I attempt to update weekly...with varied success: http://pgiunta.livejournal.com. I usually blog about writing in general just to keep "on topic" but sometimes I stray onto other subjects. No politics or religious discussions, please!

When I'm not writing, I'm out on the water with rod and reel in the warmer months or I'm at my workbench building SF model space ships which can be seen here: www.plasticgalaxymodels.com. I also attend several autograph shows each year to meet some of my favorite TV and film actors.

I certainly look forward to meeting other writers here! :)

Phil Giunta
Author, "Testing the Prisoner"
A paranormal tale of child abuse and redemption from Firebringer Press!
www.firebringerpress.com
pgiunta
Nov. 2nd, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
Let me clarify a few of the links in my post:

The model site is: http://plasticgalaxymodels.com

My publisher's site is: http://www.firebringerpress.com

Thanks!
Phil Giunta
Author, "Testing the Prisoner"
A paranormal tale of child abuse and redemption from Firebringer Press!
http://www.firebringerpress.com
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jongibbs
Nov. 2nd, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
'I'm an avid rejection letter collector'

I love that line :)
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blood_of_winter
Nov. 2nd, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
*brushes away the crumbs*

Well, my name is Krista. I write mostly fantasy and horror-type stuff. My "official" bio says I'm trying to finish my current novel before the zombie apocalypse (because this thing has been hanging around for a long time). I had a few minor things published before taking a break from submitting to start a family. My LJ is mostly rambling but I have a formal, barely-updated writing blog at http://kamagrowski.wordpress.com/.
jongibbs
Nov. 2nd, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
Hi Krista,

What's the novel called?
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medleymisty
Nov. 2nd, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
My LJ blog is personal, with lots of philosophical musings about life and writing and art and occasional rants about the community that grew up online around the Sims computer game.

My actual fiction writing is on WordPress. :)

http://medleymisty.wordpress.com/

In the Valley of the Sun is illustrated with pictures from the Sims 3 game, but 10 and Knock Three Times are full text. 10 is a long running serial - I suppose it's kind of literary/psychological horror/YA? Knock Three Times is a one off short Halloween story.

I found this old LJ post where I deconstructed Valley a bit - plenty of spoilers, since it goes over the whole plot. - http://medleymisty.livejournal.com/42967.html

And here's one about writing a chapter of 10. :) http://medleymisty.livejournal.com/64594.html

I'm also on Twitter - http://twitter.com/ValleySeth

I generally read 19th century classics (I LOVE Poe and the Brontes and Austen and Hugo and early Dickens) and of late I've taken up reading modern literary YA. I also quite like Chuck Palahniuk. Oh, and Sherlock Holmes! Yay Conan Doyle! Also I read a lot of esoteric non-fiction, because I'm curious about a lot of things and like to research stuff.

I've been writing since I could hold a pencil - my first grade teacher was the first of many teachers to tell me I should be a writer. :)

I'm just home for lunch and I have to go now, but glancing over the other posts I see some interesting people that I will be friending soon. :)
jongibbs
Nov. 2nd, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
'...glancing over the other posts I see some interesting people that I will be friending soon'

Excellent! :)
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rose_lemberg
Nov. 2nd, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
Hi, I'm Rose Lemberg. I am a poet and short fiction writer, and I edit Stone Telling, a new magazine of boundary-crossing poetry. Most of my work is boundary-crossing in some way. My professional fiction sales were Jewish-themed magic realist stories (one will be reprinted in People of the Book: Decade of Jewish SFF, from Prime). I do write straight fantasy as well, which is often feminist, multi-cultural, or both.

In real life I am a professor, and a mother of a wonderful four year old boy with moderate to severe autism.
jongibbs
Nov. 2nd, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
Feminist fantasy. Would that be 'Sword and Sorceress'? ;)
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writertracy
Nov. 2nd, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
This is a spectacular idea. Can I try the scones? I'll trade you a corn bread muffin for one.

I write silly science fiction and funny fantasy, which balances out my day-job writing web content that is comprised of how-to articles. My last book was a murder-mystery set in a haunted hotel during a renaissance wedding.

On Monday I try to post writing advice on my blog. Since I learn everything the hard way, I figured I would share with the world what I know from beating my head against a figurative wall. On Tuesdays, I try to post interviews with other writers. I'm constantly looking to fill this slot, so if you are a writer and are interested in having an interview to promote your work, drop me a line.

When I'm actively creating new words, I post a snippet of what I'm working on on Wednesday. This isn't updated frequently right now because I'm in the editing phase of my latest work. Ditto my Friday word count and submission status.

You can find my blog at writertracy. My website is http://www.tracysmorris.com
jongibbs
Nov. 2nd, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
So what's the story behind the monkey? :)
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Michael A Ventrella
Nov. 2nd, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Hi everyone!

My first two YA fantasy novels are ARCH ENEMIES and THE AXES OF EVIL, available in all formats (paperback, ebook, kindle, alien head-beaming technology...)

I have a short story called "X Spots the Mark" in RUM AND RUNESTONES, a pirates-and-magic anthology and will also be in the sequel due next year.

I'm currently editing a short story collection called A BARD'S EYE VIEW due early next year. It features stories taking place in the world of my fantasy novels.

And I'm writing my third novel, about a vampire who runs for president.

Meanwhile, I maintain an active blog interviewing writers, editors, and agents. http://michaelaventrella.wordpress.com ... I also blog about my experiences with learning how to write better novels and what I've learned about the business.

My web page is http://michaelaventrella.com and my Facebook "fan" page is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-A-Ventrella/456487130415?ref=nf

I'm always interested in trading interviews -- I'll interview you for my blog in exchange for an interview back!

jongibbs
Nov. 2nd, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
Let's just get those links sorted:

Web page: http://michaelaventrella.wordpress.com

Facebook 'fan' page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-A-Ventrella/456487130415?ref=nf

Thanks for taking part, Mike :)
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