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Yay! It’s the start of M&M 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. 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.  

With that in mind, 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 folks can meet other folks with the same kind of writing interests.

I’m calling it ‘Mix and Mingle week’. 

Here’s how it works:

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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mtlawson
May. 1st, 2010 11:27 am (UTC)
Ya know, Jon, I never thought I'd see the day when I read the word "teabag" and not think of having a cup of tea. ;-)

This is a great idea, and I hope it goes well for all involved!
jongibbs
May. 1st, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
It should be fun - I'm just hoping I don't run out of milk ;)
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nathreee
May. 1st, 2010 11:39 am (UTC)
I love how you're working to get us all more and more together. Let me just join in here.

I'm Ellen Roepert, though my name is not shown anywhere on my LJ, so most people only know Nathreee. I'm 28 and I'm working on becoming a writer. I have a manuscript that I'm revising called Destiny and I'm tentatively sending out queries to see what agents think. I have never been published so this is all rather new to me.

On my LJ profile there's a few links to posts that are either about me or my writing, I invite anyone to have a look. I try to keep my tag cloud clean and logical, so it's easy to browse my LJ. I don't have a website of my own yet, that's going to be a nice project for later. Recently I became a member of the Online Writing Workshop and I'm grateful for the commentary of my writing that I get there. I'm also on Facebook if you're into that sort of thing.

Fun details to know about me: I'm not actually a native English speaker. I'm from the Netherlands, but I've never let that stand in my way. I'm also an enthusiastic member of the Dutch Larp community and I have a warm place in my heart for games, especially ones that can be played cooperatively.

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jongibbs
May. 1st, 2010 11:43 am (UTC)
Perfect! Thanks for taking part, Ellen :)
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mikandra
May. 1st, 2010 11:47 am (UTC)
Neat idea, John!

Patty Jansen. Australian, ex-OWW (four years), writer of SF and sometimes fantasy (the latter as aberration), involved with ASIM magazine (slush & editing), WOTF finalist (no, I still don't know the results yet - ack) and otherwise wannabe writer. Four novels in circulation and a whole heap of short stories, some published.

Contacts:

Here: (click LJ username)
Here: http://pattyjansen.wordpress.com/
Here: http://twitter.com/pattyjansen
jongibbs
May. 1st, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
Excellent :)

Stand by for a bump in submissions, now Asimov is accepting e-subs.
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jerrywaxler
May. 1st, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
Jerry Waxler, memoir fanatic
Hi John,
What an interesting idea. You just keep hacking at this online writing community development. Good job! So my whole world of writing in the last several years is boiling down to two things: my blog about memoir reading and writing: http://www.memorywritersnetwork.com/blog

And my books. When I started writing books about writing, the word came down from on high that I needed "platform" so I started the blog to build the platform. Now three years and 210 essays later, I'm building that platform, and have had some lovely speaking gigs as a result, in memoir workshops, churches (no synagogues yet), senior centers, and so on. I'm getting close to finishing my third book. The first one was about writers block, the second a how-to book about memoir writing, and the third will be about the memoir trend. So far the books have been "self-published" but when I add a third one, I am going to expand my publishing goals to become a micro-publisher of self-help and memoir related stuff. It goes on and on. The key is to have fun and write what you love.

Thanks for the party.

Jerry
Memory Writers Network
jongibbs
May. 1st, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Jerry Waxler, memoir fanatic
Hi Jerry,

Thanks for taking part. I'll be at this month's GLVWG meeting. Hope to see you there :)
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nathreee
May. 1st, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
Hey! I probably do live within cycling distance, since I live almost on the German border. Nice to meet you!
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selfavowedgeek
May. 1st, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
Berry Henderson here, with the byline of Berrien C. Henderson.

Been enjoying your blog, Jon, especially when you use words like "wisdomous." And I agree with a previous poster's comment about the hard work you put into casting a wide net to bring folks together via your blog.

I've been writing since high school, but only six years ago seriously recommitted myself to the craft. Since then I've made plenty of token, semi-, and a few pro sales. For thirteen years I've taught high school English Literature/Composition, mainly seniors, so there's a major intersection of occupation and avocation. For the better part of 2009, I was fortunate to be an assistant editor at Farrago's Wainscot and get some insight into the other side, if you will, of this whole writing and publishing gig. I've lived in southeast Georgia my entire life, and the region has done much to inform how I approach storytelling and dialogue and atmosphere. Preferred genres are fantasy, science fiction, and horror with forays into blending them depending on the story.

Besides this LJ, I infrequently update via Twitter and have a new Wordpress blog where I'm offering micro-, flash, and some experimental pieces as part of a yearlong project for kicks and giggles.

The selfavowedgeek handle applies to both blogs and the Twitter account. Most of my LJ blogging is so radically mundane it's pathetic, but a family post here and there along with some music posts, writing updates, thoughts on what I'm reading or watching with occasional link salads on news items is about it.

msstacy13
May. 1st, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
may I ask what sort of High School?
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vaughan_stanger
May. 1st, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
Neat idea, Jon!

I'm one of those rare folk who dare to blog under their own name, so my name really is Vaughan Stanger, despite at least one editor thinking that it must be a pseudonym of a better known author (I won't say who). I'm also to be found on Facebook.

Like Jon, I'm a Brit; unlike him, I've remained on that side of the pond. I'm a writer of SF and (occasionally) fantasy stories, which have been published in Interzone, Postscripts, Nature and elsewhere. I am currently torturing myself (and others) with a novel.

Fave film: 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Fave SF novel: A Fire Upon the Deep.
Fave author: a dead heat between Philip K Dick and J G Ballard.

The photo? Either an attempt to imbue some mystery or a holiday photo from Madeira; take your pick. ;-)

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msstacy13
May. 1st, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Vaughan Stanger would be a really good pseudonym.
Are you pushing that novel under their fingernails,
or just dropping it on their foreheads?
;)
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mary684
May. 1st, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jon! I love how you're helping all of us network.

I grew up in the city, but now live on a former cow pasture in a rural New England community. From my front door I have views of both the Green mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Yes, it is lovely. No, I never get tired of it.

I'm a new writer. I joined LJ in 2008 so I could write fanfiction. Most of the stories on my LJ are of the fanfiction variety.

In 2009, I began writing my own original flash fiction and very short stories. I've had some very nice early success with them and continue to plug away. I write literary fiction and science fiction or whatever other kind of fiction comes to the keyboard.

I am the co-maintainer of start_writing and the mostly quiet start_writing_2.

I'm on twitter http://twitter.com/marycassidy2 - but, fair warning, I've no idea what I'm doing over there.

Now, can any of you tell me how you have time to connect with all the people you network with? Seems impossible to me. Any tips? Maybe this needs a separate post...


msstacy13
May. 1st, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
If you're willing to live cheaply,
you might be able to minimize the time you spend working.
You've probably heard about prioritizing already,
and it's not like I'm an expert.

Whatever/whoever you pray to, if you pray,
ask for the grace to find time for friends.
Whether you pray or not,
decide every morning that you will be salt and light
in a bland and dark world.

If that doesn't work,
try googling "time to network" and see what you find...
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msstacy13
May. 1st, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
I live with a brain given to frequently atypical functionality...

try to think of it as a source of unique insights...
:)
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glynisj
May. 1st, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
Love this idea, Jon.

Glynis Jolly [yes, just like in Christmas]
I currently reside in Tennessee
I'm a whopping 55 years old.
I like write stories about real life. I have a few at Associated Content and Helium.
I don't consider myself an author yet. I think of myself as an aspiring write.

My blog is at http://impressions.blogetery.com/
My platform site [hope to be courageous enough to need] is at http://glynisjjolly.webs.com/
jongibbs
May. 1st, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
It's interesting how a lot of folks have more than one blog.

As for 'Jolly' my thoughts went straight to Mary Poppins and 'It's a jolly holiday with Mary'.

Great song :)
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snapes_angel
May. 1st, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
I don't Twit: I do, however, have a DeviantART account. XD Also a MySpace, though only under duress (and have not visited it, of late: it's not so much fun). Same user name, of course.
msstacy13
May. 1st, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
lemme know if you'd like to draw B-17s
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saladinahmed
May. 1st, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
Great Idea!
I'm Saladin Ahmed (like Vaughan above, I LJ under my real name), originally form Detroit, Michigan, USA and living for the past ten years in NYC. Specifically, I live in Brooklyn with my wife and our newborn twins.

I'm a lifelong fantasy reader who has recently ventured into writing the stuff. Much of my stuff has an Islamic flavor to it. Have had some nice successes -- Nebula and Campbell noms, some pro sales, an agent for my novel -- but am still learning the ropes.

My website is www.saladinahmed.com, my Facebook is here: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=709793113 , and I'm happy to have folks friend me here on LJ as well.

I'm a far-left-winger who likes Ray Harryhausen more than James Cameron and loves the old Star Wars movies but hates the new ones. I dig 50s doo-wop, 60s psychedelic rock, 70s funk, 80s postpunk, and 90s hip-hop. I have one tatoo and am left-handed. :P
msstacy13
May. 1st, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Great Idea!
your name would also make a great pseudonym...

and you should write yourself variant lyrics to the
"Have Gun, Will Traval" theme song...

...Saladin, Saladin, where do you roam?"

unless it's pronounced SalaDEEN...
that would still work, but perhaps not as well...
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krysteybelle
May. 1st, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
Hi. =) I'm Krystalyn. Aside from my LiveJournal account, I also have a blogger account which is sometimes a mirror of LiveJournal, most of the times, not. It's more writerly. =)But both contain my short stories. http://krysteybelle.blogspot.com
My Twitter is KrysteyBelle as well. See a theme here?

As for how long I've been writing, well, it depends on how you look at it. In high school, I started many novels but never finished them. I just didn't know how. I also wrote lots of poetry, and that continued into college where I studied writing and literature. Flash forward to a couple of years ago when I got laid off and became a mom all in one year, and I suddenly had the time to write again. I'm in the middle of revising my third novel. I'm not published yet, but I'm working on that. =)

I write mostly young adult fiction, sometimes paranormal, sometimes not.
jongibbs
May. 1st, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
I hear YA fantasy is big these days. I wish you luck with those novels :)
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jongibbs
May. 1st, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
'AsYouKnowBob' Excellent :)

PS: I agree about Han
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msstacy13
May. 1st, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
A cup of English Breakfast Tea would be appropriate.
There are things a lady does not reveal about herself; however, I've been writing since I was eight years old, I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fiction, and most of a bachelor's degree in secondary education language arts. As a writer, I consider myself Catheresque, and a verbose minimalist. I consider the Norman Denny translation of Les Miserables to be essential reading for any and every serious author. Furthermore, Ernest Hemingway was an asshole, and Huck Finn is pretentious racist crap. Uncle Tom's Cabin is the quintessential American novel, the one book that did more than any other to change the world, and is also the most regrettably underrated book in history. It, too, must be considered essential reading for any and all serious authors.

I have two self-published collections of stories available on amazon, and plan to have one or two more availble later this year. I've forgone royalties on these, and am using them as loss leaders, hoping to establish a literary reputation as people like you gradually realize they represent some of the best fiction yet written in this century. Have I mentioned that my modesty is my most remarkable character trait? ;)

  1. The amazin' amazon author page (okay, the very ordinary amazon author page)
    http://www.amazon.com/Stacy-Danielle-Stephens/e/B003HMS0UK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
  2. The Bohemian Girl and Other Stories is a collection in which either the narrator or main character is either transsexual or intersexed.
  3. The Nothing That Is and Other Stories is a collection in which either the narrator or main character is a lesbian, although sexuality is sometimes left to be inferred, rather than made explicit.
  4. But Soon It Will Be Night; Schweinfurt, October 14, 1943 is a novel seeking a publisher. I hope also to arrange for it to be adapted as a movie in Claymation, with computer animation for flashbacks, and framed by live action sequences at the beginning and end.

Other projects on the very large back burner:

  1. Your Stef's a Detective and Other Stories A collection of stories about a stealth transsexual homicide detective in America's quintessential midwestern city.
  2. A Citizen of London The twentieth century as observed by a War Correspondant.
  3. This Flag We Tore From Nothing The Battle of Britain from the German point-of-view.
  4. It Was All Forgotten A day in the life of a barnstorming independent Negro League baseball team.
  5. I'm Not Going to Say Yesterday Never Was The experiences of an intersexed priest.
  6. Sincerely, Rocky Banknote WWII as experienced by Japanese-Americans.
  7. Twelve Angry Women The killer of a transsexual, acqutted on a technicality, is in turn murdered by a group of transsexual vigilantes.
  8. Woodworking The romance of a MtF TS couple.
  9. (still haven't settled on a title) A roman fleuve tracing the ancestry of a lesbian couple.
vaughan_stanger
May. 1st, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
Re: A cup of English Breakfast Tea would be appropriate.
That's a tempting set of titles on your back burner...
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