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Yay! It's the start of Mix & Mingle week





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. Some have accounts (or in the case of Live Journal users, additional accounts) on Twitter, Facebook, Blogspot etc.  

With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to host another networking tea and crumpets/soda and chips event here on An Englishman in New Jersey, where my friends can get to know each other a little.

It's called ‘Mix and Mingle week’. 

Here’s how it works:

If you’re interested in making some new 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 using your facebook/Twitter ID or even via an anonymous comment (but don't forget to tell everyone who you are). 

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; where folks can find you online; 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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snapes_angel
May. 7th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
Do you have some form of cannister for your tea? Nana (that's what we, in our clan, called our Gran) always had one. It was a tin which, I think, may have dated from the 1950s.
jongibbs
May. 7th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
We have a tin for the teabags, if that's what you mean :)
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ideealisme
May. 7th, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
Writer, geek, based in Ireland, opinionated but with a good heart.
jongibbs
May. 7th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
A most concise summary :)
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jasonradak
May. 7th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
I'm a horror (ahem, suspense) writer living in Fishtown, Philadelphia. Really, I'm an elementary school teacher with a lot of Word documents containing stories collecting virtual dust on his hard drive. However, I have managed to buck recent trends by actually selling a story. Deep Flux will appear in Big Pulp magazine this summer. I will be sure to pester people about it as the publication date nears.
jongibbs
May. 7th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
I'm a horror (ahem, suspense) writer
I see you've been talking to Jon Maberry ;)

Congrats on that sale :)
Michael A Ventrella
May. 7th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
Hi there! Two YA fantasy novels out so far and a short story collection I edited coming out this week. Short stories in other collections. My blog interviews authors and writers and should be of interest to your readers. Links to everything are on my web site: http://www.michaelaventrella.com
jongibbs
May. 7th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
Hi Mike, thanks for stopping by :)
smeddley
May. 7th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
I always feel like the odd one out at these parties, where everyone is mingling and talking about writing and I'm the awkward one in the corner going "So.... yeah, how about those Royals? You know, I'm working on this awesome new craft project..."

I'm not so much a writer as I am a reader, crafter, sports fan, all-around weird person...
jongibbs
May. 7th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
Sounds good to me :)
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msstacy13
May. 7th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
I am the not-yet-canonized patron saint of the anomalously sexual and gendered.
You see, I had noticed thieves and lepers have patron saints,
but transsexuals and homosexuals do not.
When I spoke with God about this egregious oversight,
He offered the position to me. I was only too happy to accept it.

I'm also the self-appointed managing editor of Flatwater Press.

My favourite author is Cather,
and if one were to check my LJ subject tag cloud,
one would see that the majority of my entries are, quite honestly, chatter.

I already have a small number of well-deserved and intensely loyal fans,
but if one feels irresistibly drawn to read my short bio,
it can be found on my amazon page.
jongibbs
May. 7th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
What are your plans for Flatwater Press this year, Stacy?
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Author Christine Hardy
May. 7th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I LOVE virtual tea parties. I host them at Come In Character (http://comeincharacter.blogspot.com) from time to time. I brought some strawberry scones to share and a pot of Devonshire cream.

I write fantasy and romance, and have currently been doing some wild and crazy hybrid improv fiction at Come In Character with an author of urban fantasy. My elfin-type maiden fell in love with and *married* one of her demidemons and both of their worlds will never be the same, let me tell you. *headdesk*.

I also have my own blog at <a href="http://thewritershole.blogspot.com>The Writer's Hole</a>. I've been struggling with a bad virus for more than a month now, which has made it hard to write. So I'm frustrated! But my hubby just gave me a gorgeous rosebush for Mother's Day. He refuses to buy me cut roses because they are so expensive and die so soon, so I guess he figured I'd do better growing my own!
jongibbs
May. 7th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
Hi Christine, sorry to hear you've been unwell.
nathreee
May. 7th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
*waves* I'm a writer of Dutch origin, but if you go to the stories linked on my livejournal profile you'll see that I write mostly fantasy stories in English. (I'm rather proud of my profiency in English) I'm an avid roleplayer (tabletop and live action), so some of those stories were inspired by roleplaying games. On my LJ I write about my life, keep track of my writing projects and I post scenes from stories to show off, to ask for help or just to tease.
jongibbs
May. 7th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
Hi Ellen,

Thanks for stopping by :)
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jongibbs
May. 8th, 2011 08:32 am (UTC)
There's nothing boring about having two published novels to your credit :P

Happy Mother's Day, Irene :)
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misha_mcg
May. 8th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
Hey, I'm misha. I've been writing for pretty much my whole life. Most of what I write is fantasy or literary (odd mix, I know). The best place to find me is here. I post a short (usually only a paragraph) story every day on my journal here. I will friend back anyone who friends me. Looking forward to meeting more writers!
jongibbs
May. 8th, 2011 08:33 am (UTC)
Thanks for stopping by, Misha :)

roninangel
May. 8th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
i mostly ramble and rant on my public entries here on livejournal - though i post interesting dreams publicly as well (usually) - this journal is my "catch-all" - everything i want to have said goes in my journal, sometimes it's pretty, many times it isn't - but my journal is mostly just to document my. . . everything - i have a goldfish brain like you wouldn't believe (goldfish are rumored to have a 7-second memory, hence why the castle in their bowl never gets old)

at the moment, i am dabbling in writing, though i am still most certainly a writer - i'm getting some other stuff sorted in my life and plan to return to my writing shortly - nearly all of my writing is friends-locked just because i'm a teeny bit paranoid (i used to be COMPLETELY against posting ANY of my writing ideas online - at least now i've decided that only *I* can do justice to my stories)

i mostly READ fantasy fiction, and i lean towards writing it most - but three of the four stories i have are based in this world, just some "rules" have been changed - like maybe there are vampires or werewolves - one of my projects has been dubbed "twilight for the werewolf fans" - hopefully i can polish it to something a bit more respectable than that (it's VERY very rough right now) - i also have a high fantasy that is fully outlined, i just have a bunch of questions to answer for myself before i really dig in and get started on it

so i guess if you've gotten this far without wanting to blow yourself up and want to be added to my writing filter, just comment or message me or whatever and i'll add you on - i love getting input from people on what i'm writing - it helps me to ensure i'm writing what people want to read (even if they're not necessarily my target audience)
jongibbs
May. 8th, 2011 08:36 am (UTC)
I like that "Twilight for the werewolf fans" line. I think that would go down well in a query letter when the time comes :)
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pgiunta
May. 8th, 2011 11:08 am (UTC)
Well, I have one novel on the market at the moment, a paranormal mystery called Testing the Prisoner, which has been well received. Currently, it exists in paperback and Kindle formats as well as audio. I'd never paid much attention to audio books in the past but when I proceeded to record mine last summer, I had a lot of fun!

The audio book has been aired in bi-weekly episodes (chapters) on my publisher's podcast site, www.prometheusradiotheatre.com. It just ended on Friday night with an epilogue and brief Q&A session. Best of all, all audio shows and books there are free!

I'm more than halfway into draft one of a paranormal thriller novel called By Your Side, a spin off of Prisoner.

I'm a SF geek, too. At the moment, I'm on a Ben Bovathon, reading as many books by Dr. Bova as I can before BaltiCon in a few weeks. He is their main author guest and I'm looking forward to meeting him. I'd only read a handful of his books over the yearsm, having focused on Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, Ellison and a few others.

Harlan Ellison is my favorite author. Although I do not share his general personality. :)

I'm also an autograph collector and celeb junkie. I attend about six to eight autograph shows and SF cons each year. My other passion is fishing, mostly freshwater. Sometimes I bring along a manuscript-in-progress and after the fishing is over for the day, I'll sit by the water on a picnic table or beach towel and write for a few hours.

I'm on Facebook, Twitter (philgiunta71), LinkedIn and here on LiveJournal (pgiunta.livejournal.com)

Jon, thanks for sponsoring this!
jongibbs
May. 8th, 2011 01:50 pm (UTC)
Harlan Ellison is my favorite author

And there was me thinking he just made motorcycles ;)

That autograph collecting sounds like an expensive hobby.
(Anonymous)
May. 8th, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC)
Jon's mad tea party
Yes, and it might well have been Alice that got me on the road to writing when I was in the single digits. That was long ago. Now I am closer to three digits than 1 by a long shot but I'm still scribbling happily away. Been publishing -- mostly sf, but occasionally fantasy YA suspense and mystery -- since 1973, have accrued Nebula and Pushcart Prize nominations, and am still honing my craft. I tweet as @alsirois, I'm on Facebook as Al Sirois, and blog (once in a while) here: http://www.alsirois.com/2009/wordpress/

(I am A.L. Sirois, by the way -- I am posting anonymously because LiveJournal wants too much access to my basic info... I have enough apps trying to scrape data off my public persona as it is.)

I am also an illustrator/designer; just finished cover art for an anthology titled Distant Worlds and going over model shots for an illustration for one of my own stories, The Bight, which has sold to Darwin's Evolutions.

I occasionally collaborate with my wife, novelist Grace Marcus, and we have published several short stories as Alan Grayce. When she finishes her current work in progress and ships it off to her agent and when I finish the draft of the YA I am writing, we're going to co-author a novel called Fraught, about a couple caught up in the disastrous economy.

I also play a mean drum kit, so if anyone is looking to start a jazz band, get at me. I stopped playing rock after I had a stroke in 2009 but am not quite ready to put down the sticks...
jongibbs
May. 8th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Jon's mad tea party
Clearly a man of many talents. thanks for stopping by, Al :)
(Anonymous)
May. 8th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
I'm David Alan Richards and my website is: http://www.davidalanrichards.com

I've written all my life.

Right now I'm writing horror with occasional forays into nonfiction about my cat or Taekwondo or whatever comes up.

Hello!
jongibbs
May. 9th, 2011 09:42 am (UTC)
Hi David,

Ever thought about writing a horror story featuring a cat who does Taekwondo? After all, we've had Ninja Turtles ;)
celestialgldfsh
May. 8th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
I'm Beth Cato. I live near Phoenix, Arizona, but I'm from Central California. I write fantasy and science fiction, but also dabble in literary and poetic realms. I just acquired an agent for my urban fantasy novel, Normal, and am still adjusting to the reality of that. My next project is an urban fantasy inspired by the old school Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest games of my youth.

If you friend me, I'll likely friend you back. I love connecting with writers, readers, and interesting folk. I'm also on Twitter @BethCato. My bibliography can be read at http://www.bethcato.com.

Thanks for hosting this social, Jon!

jongibbs
May. 9th, 2011 09:43 am (UTC)
Hi Beth. Glad you could make it :)
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