Annual Bloggers Bash

Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club

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“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a few members of my Rainbow Support Club: Geoff Le PardLisa W. Tetting,  Galit Balli and Wendy Anne Darling.

Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club is a friendly group on Facebook for authors, bloggers and book reviewers. The club endeavours to create a wonderful community, a place to make friends, and to foster meaningful, helpful connections with like-minded people.

Geoff LePard:

Geoff blogs at TanGental: https://geofflepard.com/

He is a thoroughly decent chap, a friendly, amusing bloke whose blog I urge you to follow. He is also a top dog in the Annual Bloggers Bash in London – next event – Saturday 9th June 2018 – one of the current gang of four organisers – enough said. He’s a writer of wit, a keen flash fiction enthusiast, a course junkie, (Arvon, MA at Sheffield Hallam, etc,) dog enthusiast, walker, (that follows,) gardener, and has written four novels. One of which  – Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle – I have read and reviewed, with a title like that how could I not!

My Review of Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle by Geoff LePard

Lisa W Tetting:

Author, Blogger, Poet, Writer of #LoveRotica.

L. Loren is a former call center supervisor currently based in Greenville, SC with her loving and supportive husband.

Growing up the youngest of seven in a small town in North Carolina, she embraced her love of reading which helped to develop her imagination.

Her desire to write lay dormant for years until she found the courage to look within and her passion could no longer be ignored.

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Galit Balli:

Next up on my introductions list is member Galit Balli who blogs at Coffee and Notes.

Galit is ‘a writer of Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, YA, Science Fiction as well as a blogger, book reviewer, a declared coffee addict, a gamer and an avid reader.

Apart from writing and reading, She loves to stay creative and sketch, doodle, play video games (mostly gw2), Watch Dr. Who and spend time with my Husband and her dog Menta (Mint).’

Definitely a blog recommendation. She is a lovely friendly lass, I have been following her for quite some time.

 

Wendy Anne Darling.

In Wendy’s words: ‘If it involved creativity, Wendy was into it.’ Wendy has a lovely blog – The Dragon’s Lair: https://wendyannedarling.wordpress.com/

She blogs about topics dear to my heart: writing, dragons, magic & myths.

To find out more about her own book design business: https://wendyannedarling.wordpress.com/bookxeedo-book-covers/

Wendy will be designing my book cover! I’m so excited to see the final version. Can’t wait.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club, please do get in touch via my social media links below, or by leaving a comment.

The club is growing, we now have 107 members and are looking forward to welcoming more.

Fellow Administrators of the club are my good friends : Colleen Chesebro and Debby Gies.  Do pop over to their blogs to say hello and to find out more about the club from their perspective.

Bye for now,

 

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The Bash Rebranded, #MondayBlogs

 The following is Sacha Black’s post and my attempt at a reblog: 

 

THE BASH, REBRANDED! #MONDAYBLOGS

I can’t quite believe it, but the bash is nearly three years old. *Weeps with pride*

Each year it continues to grow in size which means what we do needs to grow in size too.

Sure, it’s a big blog social, but that doesn’t mean we don’t take it seriously. What started out as one nosy blogger more desperate to meet the friends she’d made online than stay safe and introverted behind the screen, is slowly turning a beast.

One day, I hope, the BASH will be a huge blogging festival. I can dream, right? Besides, I brainwashed the minions into obedience before they knew what they were signing up to and I have plans to recruit more. SHHH, they’ll never know.

So this year, we decided to overhaul the Bash, logos and all. The lovely George Grey, used by both Geoff and Hugh for their cover designs, has upped the BASH anti and given us a much slicker look.

Ladies and gents, the new bash logo…

If you haven’t bought your ticket for the biggest blog social of the year, WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE? Go, buy it, now… (from here).

We’re running a blog competition too if you want to win a tonne of prizes, like a critique, beta read and book trailer, then check it out here, the competition closes on the 1st of March.

Stay tuned, because we will be releasing the new BASH awards for 2017 next month, we will then be open for nominations in April and then folks… voting will open in May. CAN YOU FREAKING BELIEVE IT? We’re only two and a half months from voting! *gulp*

Great news from Sacha Black about the Bash… can’t wait to join in the fun.

To pop over to Sacha’s blog and see the original post follow this link:

 

http://sachablack.co.uk/2017/02/27/the-bash-rebranded/

The Bloggers BASH!!!! Oh What a DAY!!!

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The Bloggers Bash was wonderful, such a great idea. Well done to the committee members Sacha, http://sachablack.co.uk/  Hugh, http://hughsviewsandnews.com/  Geoff http://geofflepard.com/and Ali http://aliisaacstoryteller.com/ for organising the event and making it such a memorable day.

Just hope that this will be a regular event. Hint Hint….

Well before I left I asked my husband to take a photo of me in my new outfit. Piece of advice never ask your hubby to do this. Look at the result, out of focus and right by the bin! What was he thinking of? Why is the bin in my hallway? A temporary location as we’re still renovating our kitchen.  Yes, our fridge freezer is still in the hallway too! Luckily he didn’t take one of me beside that too!

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Yes, his photographic skills are enough to make me pull a stroppy face:

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A few daft things happened to me on the way to the Bloggers Bash. The first involves a bit of toilet humour so apologies for that in advance. I have to inflict it on you because my hubby and eldest daughter refused to listen to me on the way home in the car. They’d just been to see Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. They know what I’m like when I chat about toilet humour! Oops I can be a bit graphic…. Don’t worry I promise not to! Anyway to cut a long story short I should have gone before I left the house and I didn’t, and by the time I arrived at King’s Cross I was well…..desperate!!!!! To add to my sense of panic I found out I didn’t have a ten pence coin for the loo. Help!!! I had to ask a random stranger to part with his ten pence, kindly he took pity on me. He saw that look on my face, the one that says I NEED TO GO. Anyway mission accomplished, the relief was enormous!   Next thing on the agenda a simple requirement, what could be easier, get some money out of the cash point. Yes of course I’d forgotten that too! Where is the blooming cash point in King’s cross? Why am I such a Cambridge country bumpkin that I can’t find a cash point in King’s cross? Oh, thank god there it is. Second mission accomplished.

Now I made my way to the British Library, at this point you’d be bound to think, nothing else could possibly happen. Wrong. A very strange man was on a mission to stop random strangers in the street asking, no demanding for them to stop and talk to him. Poor guy I don’t know what was troubling him but I wasn’t sticking around to find out. This kind of thing happens to me a lot. Why? I seem to attract people who want to scare the hell out of me. Eek, he seemed to be following me, so I dashed ahead, swiftly swerving in front of people waiting at the traffic lights.

Phew arrived at the British Library, final Mission accomplished, found the Newton statue.

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As you can see at this point in the proceedings the sun wasn’t quite shining above Newton’s statue.

Then I spotted a fellow blogger Helen Jones from Journey to Ambeth. http://journeytoambeth.com/

Yes, I was pretty sure it was her, she looked just like her blog photo. Safe bet, to say hello? Luckily I was right it turned out to be Helen, and she was all smiley and nice.  Soon all the bloggers started arriving, lots of chit-chat followed. We started taking some photos, I kind of stole Helen’s idea, she took a photo of this splendid view and I did too. The sun that had been hiding now came out to play, blue skies hurrah!!!

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Then after some cake, we set off to Pizza Express for more chit-chat and of course the blogging awards.

I sat right next to Hugh, who is as delightful in real life as he is in his blog, he’s a real lovely bloke, makes you feel very welcome. So if you’re not following Hugh go and follow him! http://hughsviewsandnews.com/

Opposite me I got chatting to a blogger called Conny of Study Read Write, whose blog is “all about Studying, blogging, reading and writing with a large cup of coffee nearby.” Sounds good! https://studyreadwrite.wordpress.com/ who had come all the way from Germany. It was Connie’s birthday! Happy Birthday Conny.

To the left of me were Mel https://mbarkersimpson.wordpress.com/and Lucy, https://blondewritemore.wordpress.com/a couple of  Rachael Ritchey Writing Blog Battlers. http://rachaelritchey.com/

Lucy from Blonde Write More (the winner of the humour award) said she thought I was an American! It’s funny how you can give off a certain type of vibe from your blog. I wonder how many of my followers think that I’m American rather than British? I’m a bit of a mixture so maybe this isn’t altogether surprising. I’m part Scottish, part English and I have a Malaysian mother to just to add to the confusion.

We chatted about Conny’s forthcoming theatre trips, and lots of blogging tips and ideas were shared. The awards came next. When Sacha stood up to make her speech, she made a confession, she said she was an introvert stuck in an extrovert’s body. This kind of struck a chord in me, I’m most definitely an introvert with aspirations to be an extrovert! A tricky conversion….. One I only tend to do with full gusto when I’m drunk!  Or with my friends who have know me for a long time and know the real me. Well for an introvert Sacha did so well! The speeches were a bit difficult for me to follow as I’m a bit deaf! Long story, ear problems…. Won’t bore you with the details. Couldn’t hear too well, it was all a bit muffled, apart from Sacha’s speech, and Hugh’s (he was sitting right next to me so I could hear him fine!)

I managed to make out the winners’ names. Well done to all of them, some of the winners I’d voted for, so that was nice…

Here’s the link to all the awesome winners: http://sachablack.co.uk/2015/08/01/the-winners-of-the-annual-bloggersbash-awards-are/

My confession – I made a few gaffs probably talked a lot of nonsense, a case of a touch of social anxiety I think….  My biggest faux pas was when I asked Hugh if there was a humour category! God, I can be such an idiot sometimes, why did I say that? I voted for him! I’m not too good in large gatherings of people, it makes my brain turn to mush and I inevitably talk drivel. Lots of drivel….

Still it’s good to challenge yourself, (even if you talk drivel) to push the boundaries of your comfort zone.

It was great to talk to Esther Newton: https://esthernewtonblog.wordpress.com/

Dylan Hearn: https://authordylanhearn.wordpress.com/

Sue Vincent: http://scvincent.com/her writing journey.

Ali Isaac: http://aliisaacstoryteller.com/

Graeme Cumming:  http://graemecumming.net/author/graemeandrewcumming/

I talked to Graeme about public speaking! The prospect of public speaking fills me with gut wrenching terror but it is most definitely on my to do list. I like to zap my terror zone levels from time to time….  maybe I’m an introvert stuck in a masochist’s body? Ouch…..

My only regret as I left the Bloggers Bash is I didn’t get to talk to everyone (and share my drivel)  as much as I would have liked to, that’s the downside of a large group of people rather than a smaller gathering ….. maybe next time if I’m still invited, and not excluded for being a touch loopy, I’ll catch up with those I missed this time……..

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See you at the next Bloggers Bash!!! In the meantime, come chat about it here in my comments, I’d love to hear from you.

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Marje @ Kyrosmagica

 

 

The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards – Join Us On August 1st 2015

Hoping to go to the Annual Bloggers Bash? Find out more here – reblog via Hugh @Hughviewsandviews
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The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards (ABBAS) are the brainchild of writer and blogger, Sacha Black.

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At 11:00am on Saturday 1st August 2015, bloggers will meet outside the British Library, which is located between London Euston and St Pancras railway stations.  Click the link below for full details of how to get there.

http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/quickinfo/loc/stp/

More details about the British Library can be found by clicking the link below.

http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/stpancras/

We are planning to meet by the piece of artwork in the picture below, so keep a look out for it when you get there.  It is located between the main courtyard and the upper part of the library and is just off the Euston Road.  Hopefully it cannot be missed once you see it.

The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards Picture Credit: tripadvisor.co.uk

Sacha invited Ali Isaacs, Geoff Le Pard and I to form a committee to arrange the event with her.  Here we all…

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First (Possibly) Annual Bloggers Bash – It’s On.

Annual Bloggers Bash via Sacha Black. This sounds like a nice idea  reblogging it, so others can consider going too, the event is being held in London, one for UK based bloggers, or those willing to travel to UK for a summer holiday perhaps?

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First (Possibly) Annual Bloggers Bash

Seeing as I offered to organise a get together, I should probably put my money where my mouth is and do some actual organising.

Sorry to those across the pond – I’m still working on the technology involved in that part, so this is for the European lot – unless those across the pond fancy a trip to the UK for a summer vacation that is…

Drum Roll please……

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