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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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Nov. 4th, 2010 11:02 am (UTC)
What a fantastic idea - thanks Jon.

I'm Jenny and I'm relatively new to blogging, although not so new to writing as I've been doing it since the age of 7 (my writing hand is very tired now!) I've written everything from dark fantasy to magic realism to gothic mystery, and at the moment am dabbling my toes in the waters of Young Adult. My short fiction has been published and has won some competitions, but I'm still playing the 'Seeking Representation' game for my novels.

My blog is mainly writing and books related, though I do post the occasional photo of my local cemetery, oh and come to think of it the occasional picture of spider's web too. Which kind of sums me up.

I love the idea of meeting new blogging friends, so thanks for hosting this tea party, Jon. If you're putting the kettle on, mine's a hot chocolate with some of those little marshmallows on top, please ...

Nov. 4th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
Hi Jenny :)

...but I'm still playing the 'Seeking Representation' game for my novels.

A tough game, but there's no shortage of players, right? ;)

Nov. 4th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
You're never alone in the line at the agents' doors. It's kind of companionable.
Nov. 4th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
It is at that. I find it kind of comforting to know I'm not the only one knocking at the door though.
Nov. 4th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
Hmm, at the tail end, I see. As always with me... ^_^

My lj can be accessed by clicking my name - it's mostly personal randomness with some heavy dosing of Asian dramas/manga & cooking mixed in. I recently aquired a writing blog named after my current WIP, Sparks of Ember, over at Dreamwidth but have yet to finish the page design, let alone actually write there. I don't have internet at home at the moment so my posting is sporadic and limited.

I write fiction that's probably more on the fantasy side than anything though I don't really know how to fit it in the genre list. I like to make up my own cultures/worlds and they don't pigeonhole very well. But, of course, I don't write as much or often as I should or would prefer. Nothing published yet and only some short stories and fanfiction actually finished.

I have a degree in cross-cultural studies so, of course, I work as an accountant. My dream is to live in Japan - of all cultures, I find the Japanese most fascinating. Which partially explains the above reference to Asian dramas/manga - I first got into them for exposure to the language & culture. But that's only half the reason...

See, in addition to working full-time and being a wife/mother to a kindergartner, I'm afflicted with hobby-itis. I can't stop learning new things. All the time. I literally immerse myself in a hobby, living & breathing it, until I know it inside out. Then I either add it to my repertoire and continue to dabble periodically, or I shelve it for future need. Someday I really should make a list of everything I've ever dabbled in. Few things make it to my permanent hobby list - writing is one of the lucky ones. Oh, and I also work with polymer clay and am in the midst of trying to get an online shop off the ground.

*whew* I think I'm ready for that tea, now? Any Celestial Seasons Sweet Coconut Thai? Thanks!
Nov. 4th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
Hi Kat, do you get to spend much time in Japan?
Nov. 4th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
I've never been. Yet. Just lots of reading, drama watching, music listening, audio lessons, and pen pals.
Nov. 5th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Well, I hope you get your wish :)
Nov. 7th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Hi there
I write romantic suspense and paranormal romantic suspense.
I also love to host authors on my blog.
I'm on Facebook and twitter.
Nov. 13th, 2010 08:57 am (UTC)
Re: Hi there
Hi Chris :)
Apr. 15th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
M & M Week
Hello to all!

I'm known on LJ as neonlotus1, my journal (blog never entered my mind, hmm) doesn't contain any writing other than occasional observations about life, and my ongoing battle with depression. I do comment frequently and make the effort to keep up with my closer friends.

I haven't published since age 14: a short story, and have tried to write a novel several times. My experience has been mainly short stories, haiku, and character/scene sketches to work into a larger piece. Journalism, photography, and art classes helped me to understand I work best in a creative pairing. I DO NOT know the answer to this, maybe I've never found the right teacher, editor, mentor, friend, or what the fuck ever.

The only creative outlet left, due to medical issues, is writing. This is possible thanks to computers. In some mysterious way, writing helps my depression. I had a writing partner in another community, which has turned out to be a suboptimal situation. I do not want to cause her any emotional distress, so I'm posting here. We've already had one falling-out due to her miscommunication and immaturity, which has yet to be resolved to my satisfaction. I'm letting go of that and moving on.

Writing and medication have been the only tools saving my sanity. I'm not partial to any genre, historical period, or other type of writing. Though I don't understand fanfic or slash, it makes no sense to put all that effort into something that's merely a take-off of another's work.

So, what I ask of you is: please read my profile/manifesto and decide if we might be a good fit for a team. Much of my journal is friends-only, you'll need to decide whether or not to friend me. If so then please contact me via Private Message or outside email: neonlotus1@gmail.com if LJ has another attack of the black megrims.

Thanks for your time and patience, Mark
Apr. 15th, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC)
Re: M & M Week
Hi Mark,

Thanks for stopping by. I'm not sure how many folks will read your comment, since this post went up quite a while ago, but I'll probably host another Mix & Mingle week soon. Hopefully you can stop by then too.

Take care :)

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