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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. 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!
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

Phil Giunta
Author, "Testing the Prisoner"
A paranormal tale of child abuse and redemption from Firebringer Press!
Nov. 2nd, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
LOL...even posts get revisions! Writers are cursed ;)
Nov. 3rd, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
Not to mention that I meant to type RAY BRADBURY not RAY BRABDURY!

Then again, there could be a Ray Brabdury but if he's ever written anything, I can honestly say I've never read it. :)
Nov. 5th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
hehehe...at least you didn't put a link to the...ahm...song...now there's a sticky wick...
Nov. 3rd, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Hey, Phil. I bet doing those podcasts was a learning experience :)
Nov. 3rd, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Indeed it was, Jon! Many of the chapters were recorded three times before I was satisfied. Are they perfect? Probably not as this was my first time and I'm sure there are still some rough areas but I am absolutely looking forward to the next one!

Albeit, I'll get a woman in to voice the female characters... :)
Nov. 4th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
Albeit, I'll get a woman in to voice the female characters...

Hehe :)

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