Hi everyone! I'm Lauren, or as you might know me, Laureate04. I'm from upstate (Syracuse), NY (which is NOT the same thing as being from NYC, although that's one of my favorite places in the world), and I teach social studies to 12 year olds. I'm a little bit crazy and a whole lot sarcastic. I'm always up for adventure - and if it weren't for that sense, I probably wouldn't be joining you all for a lovely weekend in June, because I wouldn't even know about this whole fanfic thing. I really fell into this fandom and the fanfiction thing after the Water for Elephants premiere in New York City, and I must say that this fandom has brought me some of my best friends and I am so excited to see them again at TFMU, and to add even more of you all to that list. I read, a LOT, but I also write. I have two completed stories - Somewhere in Brooklyn and Drunk on You (which I wrote with my fabulous writing partner, SassyKassie). SassyKassie, our good friend, NaughtyHisBella and I write and beta together and are excited to bring you some new stuff, especially after finding inspiration at TFMU. I never, ever, thought I'd think of myself as a writer - but I'm getting there. I'm also really excited to meet up with some of my favorite authors and some new friends I've made through this whole fic-world that I haven't yet had the pleasure to meet in person. Looking forward to seeing you all in June!!