Friday, May 18, 2012

Attendee Spotlight - @Melolabel

Woohoo! Welcome, Melolabel!

My Spotlight

1. What was the 1st Twilight FanFiction that you read? Did it only entice you to read more? Why or why not?

I think the first fic I read was "First Light" by Blondie aka Robin.  And, yeah, it sucked me into the swirling, bottomless vortex of Twific. My "to be read" list grows about five times faster than I have time to read.

2. What are you most looking forward to at the Twific Meet Up? 

I'm most looking forward to meeting fandom friends and being able to talk shop with other similarly addicted people.

3. Are you a reader or a writer, or both?

I am both a writer and a reader. My penname/twitterhandle is Melolabel.  I have written a couple of historical westerns (Rancherward/Mail Order Bella  and Gunslingerward/Crazy Bella), a regency period one shot, a number of all-human romance/drama stories, and one lonely vamp fic. That one vamp fic is like my poor little red-headed stepchild of a story.  I loved writing it, but it just didn't get the love that some of my other stories, which is a bummer since I tweaked Bella's power and she threatens to make Emmett forget how to have sex.  :) It's one of my earlier pieces so it is not as polished as my more recent stories, but I still love it. I've got some ideas for another AH Regency fic that are percolating in my head, but I'm not ready to start posting anything new yet.  The thing about my writing is I try to focus on the story and the characters, and if an intimate moment comes up, I don't go the graphic route-hence why most of my stuff is T-rated.  I have written the occasional Honeymoon/wedding night outtake, but generally, I try to keep things on the PG-13 rated side of things.

As for what I enjoy reading, I love the period fics, I like AH, I like Vamp, I do not like triangles, protracted angst, cheating, and in general I'm a canon-shipper.  This also translates into my writing. I have a 100% HEA policy-some of the endings might make you cry, but they're still HEA. 

4. Have you ever been to Vegas before? If yes, tell us what you loved/hated most about it. If you haven't been, what are you most excited to see - or on the opposite side of the spectrum - what are you most worried about when visiting Vegas? 

He he.  I live in Vegas, but I haven't done a ton of touristy stuff, though really I'm most looking forward to just hanging out with everyone. What I'm not looking forward to is the 100+ degree heat that will be present in June. Seriously, we've been wearing shorts for the last two months already.  Another thing I don't like about the strip is the people passing out stripper cards.  To avoid, don't make eye contact and hold up a hand if they become insistent.  It's really annoying.  I also HATE jaywalkers. So don't do it. 

I love the Bellagio Fountain, Haven't been on a Gondola ride through the Ventian, but it looks fun.  The ride up the Eiffel Tower is kind of pricey but the view is pretty cool.  The hoover dam is also neat, but kind of a ways out and once you're there you have to pay for the tour in the underneath parts. I haven't had a chance to walk along the new bridge yet, but it looks like it would have an amazing view of the spillway. The shops at Cesars are very picturesque--lots of fancy boutiques. The King Triton animatronic show at the very end of the shops walk is pretty cheesy, but it's part of the Vegas experience, so might as well check it out while there.

5. Have any pets? Kids?

We have a parakeet named Perry--long story how he came to live with us.  And I have a hubs and 4 kids--3 boys and 1 girl ranging in age from almost 11 to 3 going on 30.

6. What did you think of The Hunger Games movie? WHAT?! WE ALL SAW IT DIDN'T WE?! 

I thought it was an okay, very sanitized, adaption of the book.  There was some stuff missing and stuff from the narrative that just didn't translate to the screen which gives kind of a skewed picture of who Katniss really is, but I enjoyed it--except for the "shaky cam" cinematography during most of the actual "games" part of the movie. And Josh Hutcherson is just too darn short to be paired with Jennifer and Liam.

Bonus Question:
If you could be one FicBella, FicEdward, FicEmmett, FicJasper or FicAlice (you get the picture-pick any character) for one day - which one would it be? (I would totes be FicEdward in @TruceOver's A Tale of Two Cities)

As much of a wussperv as I am, and as much of a B/E monoshipper or Canon shipper I am, LJ Summers is one of the very few writers who have made me feel OKAY about a non E/B pairing.  I think I would want to be Fic Bella in Young Man's Fancy by LJ Summers @sandyquill

A. I lol'd at "threatening Emmett to forget how to have sex". That's priceless. And B. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE VEGAS TIPS! I'd end up coming home with 38029288930 stripper cards! 

Thanks for going above and beyond, Mel! 


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