Networking for Authors

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Most new authors have heard it’s important to connect with potential colleagues, but how exactly do you get the time of day from a pro when you’re just starting out? If you’re a wallflower, how can you make connections with people in the industry? Introvert or extrovert, how do you build relationships without coming across as needy or demanding? Authors Elle E. Ire and José Pablo Iriarte will show you how to approach and interact with industry pros on Twitter, via fan-mail/email and in-person, and share do’s and don’ts for each situation.

Adam Rippon is off the market, meets new man on Tinder

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Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon is having quite the year, and it’s only April.

He won a bronze medal at the Winter Olympics earlier this year becoming the first openly gay U.S. male athlete to do so. Rippon also became a headline maker, first calling out Vice President Mike Pence for his anti-LGBTQ views, then doing a media tour as the self-proclaimed new “America’s Sweetheart,” and making huge fans out of everyone from E! News host Justin Sylvester to Sally Field’s son to to another American Sweetheart, Reese Witherspoon. He even got social media buzzing when he appeared on the red carpet of the Academy Awards in a leather harness/tux combo.

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Anderson Cooper splits with longtime boyfriend Benjamin Maisani

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Anderson Cooper and his longtime boyfriend Benjamin Maisani have broken up.

“Benjamin and I separated as boyfriends some time ago,” Cooper, 50, said in a statement. “We are still family to each other, and love each other very much. We remain the best of friends, and will continue to share much of our lives together.”

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Walk to fight Suicide

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Many people first learn about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) lifesaving work through our walks. In the beginning, only a few came out to walk against suicide, but they were the grassroots spark that started a movement that gains momentum each year. As the core of the Out of the Darkness Walks, the Community Walks are proof that when people work together, they can make big changes in our world. Taking place in hundreds of cities each fall, these walks raise awareness for our important cause as they raise the resources we need to carry out our mission.

Sean Hayes says his mother wanted him to go to therapy when he came out

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sean Hayes is known for playing out and proud Jack McFarland on the hit sitcom “Will & Grace” but his real-life journey to being out was a difficult one.

Hayes, 47, told People that when he was younger he kept his sexuality a secret from his family as he started to understand it.

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AIDS Walk Sarasota-Manatee 2017

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On Saturday, December 2, 2017, Community AIDS Network (CAN) will host its annual AIDS Walk Sarasota-Manatee to raise awareness and funds for HIV. Several hundred people are expected to participate in the annual AIDS Walk. This year’s walk celebrates the many people in Florida and beyond who have fought and will continue to fight the spread of HIV.

 

AIDS Walk Sarasota-Manatee will begin at 8 a.m. in beautiful J.D. Hamel Park in downtown Sarasota, continue over the Ringling Bridge, and lead back to the park for shared testimonials, free food, and raffle prizes.  The cost to walk is only $10 and participants can register through midnight on November 27, 2017 at www.cccsrq.org/aids-walk-sarasota-manatee-2017  or on the day of the event.

 

CAN will be providing free, confidential rapid HIV tests and education about living with HIV. School teams, local businesses, families, and even friendly pets are all invited to participate in this important community event. Suncoast News Network (SNN) will have a walking team and Anchor, Nicole Sommavilla along with Chief Meteorologist, Justin Mosely will be at the walk to participate in the opening ceremonies.

 

For more information about participation, sponsorship opportunities, and the mission of CAN, please visit www.cccsrq.org/aids-walk-sarasota-manatee-2017 or call Jessly Santiago at (941) 366-0461 ext. 14402. CAN will be offering free booths to vendors at the walk. Call Jessly to make your reservation.

Sarasota’s Solutionary Health Festival

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The Solutionary Events team is excited to bring the Solutionary Health Festival to the Sarasota community! Guests will have the opportunity to learn about creating a healthy, compassionate, and regenerative world through a fun-filled festival starting at 11:00 a.m. and a 5K Run starting at 10:00 a.m. at the beautiful Oscar Scherer Park in Sarasota, Florida!

 

Featuring knowledgeable speakers, health food, live music from a variety of talented musicians, health-oriented vendors, a kids’ health zone, a scavenger hunt, yoga, a 5K race, and more, the Solutionary Health Festival is fun for all age groups and welcomes diversity! This event will occur from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the event is free (Parking is $5).

 

Solutionary Events is a 501c3 non-profit educational outreach organization with a mission to create healthy, compassionate, and regenerative communities through coordinating vegan and socially responsible events such as festivals, workshops, seminars, potlucks, beach/park, cleanups, film screenings, outreach events, races/walks, and other events that align with the values of Solutionary Events’ mission. Through the knowledge, experience, and dedication of solutionaries (people who take part in solutions instead of problems), the team offers valuable resources to people interested in learning about healthy living. The Solutionary Events team embraces the key elements of living a full and meaningful life through promoting conscientious and compassionate lifestyle choices. Learn more at www.solutionaryfestival.org!

New Orleans: The Beginnings – A Live Interactive Experience

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In 1840s New Orleans, cotton is king and money flows freely along the Mighty Mississippi. But all is not as it seems. Different factions of society battle for control of the city. Do your loyalties lie with the elegant Creoles, the seductive vampires, the roguish vagabonds, the adventurous pirates, or the voodoo practitioners? Choose wisely, because in this interactive thriller, you are in control, and one wrong move could spell disaster.

Lisa Fritscher and Andy Frack are excited to announce the worldwide debut of their new interactive theater experience, New Orleans: The Beginnings, at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival this month. Under the umbrella of their production company, Gini Lynn Productions, LLC, the show serves as an hour-long proof of concept and prequel for a two-hour permanent installation they plan to open in the fall.

But this is no ordinary theatrical production. Rather than sitting in a seat watching the action unfold, audience members (players) will be right in the middle of it. As new immigrants to historical New Orleans, they will physically navigate through an outdoor tavern, meeting and interacting with the local citizens. Nothing is as it seems, as each person has his or her own agenda, and the decisions players make may affect not only what happens on the night they attend, but also the larger show to follow this fall.

Why This Show?

Producer Andy Frack explains, “We want to change the world. Everything has become so divisive lately, and it is our hope that by taking people back to the challenges of the 1840s, we can get people thinking and talking about the issues that divide us today. People are just people, but stereotypes and preconceived notions make that tough to remember. If we can break down those barriers, we can find ways to work together instead of tearing each other apart.”

Due to the interactive nature of this experience, tickets are extremely limited. They have been on sale since April 17, so time is of the essence! Tickets are available through Orlando Fringe at https://orlandofringe.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=100 Prospective players are also encouraged to visit the show website at nobeginnings.com and subscribe to the newsletter for updates.

The Fringe show is rated PG-13 for thematic content and language. Vampire myths, voodoo practices, slavery, homelessness, and harsh moral dilemmas are explored in an up-close and personal way. Players will be asked to think through issues, make tough decisions, and influence the citizens’ daily lives.

New Orleans: The Beginnings – A Live Interactive Experience

By : Alex Storer
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In 1840s New Orleans, cotton is king and money flows freely along the Mighty Mississippi. But all is not as it seems. Different factions of society battle for control of the city. Do your loyalties lie with the elegant Creoles, the seductive vampires, the roguish vagabonds, the adventurous pirates, or the voodoo practitioners? Choose wisely, because in this interactive thriller, you are in control, and one wrong move could spell disaster.

Lisa Fritscher and Andy Frack are excited to announce the worldwide debut of their new interactive theater experience, New Orleans: The Beginnings, at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival this month. Under the umbrella of their production company, Gini Lynn Productions, LLC, the show serves as an hour-long proof of concept and prequel for a two-hour permanent installation they plan to open in the fall.

But this is no ordinary theatrical production. Rather than sitting in a seat watching the action unfold, audience members (players) will be right in the middle of it. As new immigrants to historical New Orleans, they will physically navigate through an outdoor tavern, meeting and interacting with the local citizens. Nothing is as it seems, as each person has his or her own agenda, and the decisions players make may affect not only what happens on the night they attend, but also the larger show to follow this fall.

Why This Show?

Producer Andy Frack explains, “We want to change the world. Everything has become so divisive lately, and it is our hope that by taking people back to the challenges of the 1840s, we can get people thinking and talking about the issues that divide us today. People are just people, but stereotypes and preconceived notions make that tough to remember. If we can break down those barriers, we can find ways to work together instead of tearing each other apart.”

Due to the interactive nature of this experience, tickets are extremely limited. They have been on sale since April 17, so time is of the essence! Tickets are available through Orlando Fringe at https://orlandofringe.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=100 Prospective players are also encouraged to visit the show website at nobeginnings.com and subscribe to the newsletter for updates.

The Fringe show is rated PG-13 for thematic content and language. Vampire myths, voodoo practices, slavery, homelessness, and harsh moral dilemmas are explored in an up-close and personal way. Players will be asked to think through issues, make tough decisions, and influence the citizens’ daily lives.

New Orleans: The Beginnings – A Live Interactive Experience

By : Alex Storer
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In 1840s New Orleans, cotton is king and money flows freely along the Mighty Mississippi. But all is not as it seems. Different factions of society battle for control of the city. Do your loyalties lie with the elegant Creoles, the seductive vampires, the roguish vagabonds, the adventurous pirates, or the voodoo practitioners? Choose wisely, because in this interactive thriller, you are in control, and one wrong move could spell disaster.

Lisa Fritscher and Andy Frack are excited to announce the worldwide debut of their new interactive theater experience, New Orleans: The Beginnings, at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival this month. Under the umbrella of their production company, Gini Lynn Productions, LLC, the show serves as an hour-long proof of concept and prequel for a two-hour permanent installation they plan to open in the fall.

But this is no ordinary theatrical production. Rather than sitting in a seat watching the action unfold, audience members (players) will be right in the middle of it. As new immigrants to historical New Orleans, they will physically navigate through an outdoor tavern, meeting and interacting with the local citizens. Nothing is as it seems, as each person has his or her own agenda, and the decisions players make may affect not only what happens on the night they attend, but also the larger show to follow this fall.

Why This Show?

Producer Andy Frack explains, “We want to change the world. Everything has become so divisive lately, and it is our hope that by taking people back to the challenges of the 1840s, we can get people thinking and talking about the issues that divide us today. People are just people, but stereotypes and preconceived notions make that tough to remember. If we can break down those barriers, we can find ways to work together instead of tearing each other apart.”

Due to the interactive nature of this experience, tickets are extremely limited. They have been on sale since April 17, so time is of the essence! Tickets are available through Orlando Fringe at https://orlandofringe.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=100 Prospective players are also encouraged to visit the show website at nobeginnings.com and subscribe to the newsletter for updates.

The Fringe show is rated PG-13 for thematic content and language. Vampire myths, voodoo practices, slavery, homelessness, and harsh moral dilemmas are explored in an up-close and personal way. Players will be asked to think through issues, make tough decisions, and influence the citizens’ daily lives.

New Orleans: The Beginnings – A Live Interactive Experience

By : Alex Storer
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In 1840s New Orleans, cotton is king and money flows freely along the Mighty Mississippi. But all is not as it seems. Different factions of society battle for control of the city. Do your loyalties lie with the elegant Creoles, the seductive vampires, the roguish vagabonds, the adventurous pirates, or the voodoo practitioners? Choose wisely, because in this interactive thriller, you are in control, and one wrong move could spell disaster.

Lisa Fritscher and Andy Frack are excited to announce the worldwide debut of their new interactive theater experience, New Orleans: The Beginnings, at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival this month. Under the umbrella of their production company, Gini Lynn Productions, LLC, the show serves as an hour-long proof of concept and prequel for a two-hour permanent installation they plan to open in the fall.

But this is no ordinary theatrical production. Rather than sitting in a seat watching the action unfold, audience members (players) will be right in the middle of it. As new immigrants to historical New Orleans, they will physically navigate through an outdoor tavern, meeting and interacting with the local citizens. Nothing is as it seems, as each person has his or her own agenda, and the decisions players make may affect not only what happens on the night they attend, but also the larger show to follow this fall.

Why This Show?

Producer Andy Frack explains, “We want to change the world. Everything has become so divisive lately, and it is our hope that by taking people back to the challenges of the 1840s, we can get people thinking and talking about the issues that divide us today. People are just people, but stereotypes and preconceived notions make that tough to remember. If we can break down those barriers, we can find ways to work together instead of tearing each other apart.”

Due to the interactive nature of this experience, tickets are extremely limited. They have been on sale since April 17, so time is of the essence! Tickets are available through Orlando Fringe at https://orlandofringe.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=100 Prospective players are also encouraged to visit the show website at nobeginnings.com and subscribe to the newsletter for updates.

The Fringe show is rated PG-13 for thematic content and language. Vampire myths, voodoo practices, slavery, homelessness, and harsh moral dilemmas are explored in an up-close and personal way. Players will be asked to think through issues, make tough decisions, and influence the citizens’ daily lives.

New Orleans: The Beginnings – A Live Interactive Experience

By : Alex Storer
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In 1840s New Orleans, cotton is king and money flows freely along the Mighty Mississippi. But all is not as it seems. Different factions of society battle for control of the city. Do your loyalties lie with the elegant Creoles, the seductive vampires, the roguish vagabonds, the adventurous pirates, or the voodoo practitioners? Choose wisely, because in this interactive thriller, you are in control, and one wrong move could spell disaster.

Lisa Fritscher and Andy Frack are excited to announce the worldwide debut of their new interactive theater experience, New Orleans: The Beginnings, at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival this month. Under the umbrella of their production company, Gini Lynn Productions, LLC, the show serves as an hour-long proof of concept and prequel for a two-hour permanent installation they plan to open in the fall.

But this is no ordinary theatrical production. Rather than sitting in a seat watching the action unfold, audience members (players) will be right in the middle of it. As new immigrants to historical New Orleans, they will physically navigate through an outdoor tavern, meeting and interacting with the local citizens. Nothing is as it seems, as each person has his or her own agenda, and the decisions players make may affect not only what happens on the night they attend, but also the larger show to follow this fall.

Why This Show?

Producer Andy Frack explains, “We want to change the world. Everything has become so divisive lately, and it is our hope that by taking people back to the challenges of the 1840s, we can get people thinking and talking about the issues that divide us today. People are just people, but stereotypes and preconceived notions make that tough to remember. If we can break down those barriers, we can find ways to work together instead of tearing each other apart.”

Due to the interactive nature of this experience, tickets are extremely limited. They have been on sale since April 17, so time is of the essence! Tickets are available through Orlando Fringe at https://orlandofringe.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=100 Prospective players are also encouraged to visit the show website at nobeginnings.com and subscribe to the newsletter for updates.

The Fringe show is rated PG-13 for thematic content and language. Vampire myths, voodoo practices, slavery, homelessness, and harsh moral dilemmas are explored in an up-close and personal way. Players will be asked to think through issues, make tough decisions, and influence the citizens’ daily lives.