Thursday, May 30, 2013

ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT - @Wiseone2980

Hi,

I'm Jori - also known as WiseOne2980 (that is a partial of my birthday, you figure it out.... ).  I'm from Southern California, born and lived here my whole life.  I spend lots of time at Disneyland and i'm a full time working mom of a 4-year old daughter.  I have a tendency to read fanfic on my blackberry at work.... I'm also a part of the SoCal Twi-Fic meetup group - we met a year ago before we went to Vegas last year for the TwiFic Meetup so we would know a few people when we got there.  

I don't remember the first fic i read, but it was something along the lines of Scotch, Gin and the New Girl.  I had read Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse and was waiting impatiently for Breaking Dawn.  Funny story, i had ordered Twilight from amazon and missed the delivery guy the day before i flew to Colorado to visit my best friend.  When i got there, she had the Pennelope DVD (the Christina Ricci movie) and it had a preview of the Twilight movie, so i have always pictured Rob and Kristen as Edward and Bella.

I'm a reader, and a horrible reviewer, because i never do, but i read and read and read.  I've lost track of all of the stories i've read over the past 5 years. I really wish i'd kept better track - especially early on.  Oh well... 


i've never been to Chicago, and wish i could spend a bit more time in the city, but i'm going to try and pack as much stuff in as i can! If anyone wants to plan to have dinner out and about, i'm a total foodie and i'm super excited that i'll be in a town with such incredible food.... I'm on Twitter, Wiseone2980 if you want to chat!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT - @lakermom37


Hi! I'm Teresa, and so thrilled to be included in the last TFMU. Thank you to the anonymous donor that made this possible for me. It's been a rough year for me on many fronts, and the trip to Chicago was impossible until the giveaway. Much love!!! 

I'm a 42-year old, married Kentucky-mom of two grown kids. I'm Team Edward (duh), a huge Twihard and fan fiction author. I have severe psoriasis, and psoriatic arthritis. It doesn't define me, but is a huge part of my RL, thus my first fic, Letting Down the Walls, deals with the physical and mental struggles associated with living with the disease, and it became an obsession to get LDTW "out there" to the Fandom. 

I have a current AU WIP, Two Worlds Collide, and a short story I donated to the AJD compilation. 

I can't wait to meet all my favorite authors, thrilled to get the chance to meet some of my readers, and most importantly, finally meet some very special people who've had my back since I began writing. (Yes, that's you guys, Kare and Jill) 

See y'all in June!! I'll be the chubby chick with the long sleeves. Lol.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT - @IPunchWereWolvz


Do you punch werewolves? I do.

The name's Ashley, or you twi-h00rs may more easily recognize me as IPunchWereWolvz. Been hanging around this fandom since 2009. That pesky movie lead to the books, which lead to blogs, then fic, then... Well what more is there? I've been hooked and stuck in this bubble of awesomeness ever since.

I started as a reader. Couldn't tell you what the first fic I read was. I know I was introduced to it by the blog Twitwarded. I was following them, reading everyday and then they posted about the Isle Esme fade to black. There were some links to some one-shots that shed light on what could have happened. My fascination with the stories snowballed from there, and continues still.

I like a variety of fics. I've read everything from crack-fic to fluff, angst to non-cannon. Though, I must admit, I'm a sucker for some DaddyWard! Some of my favorites completed fics are Firefly in Summer by Primarycolors, What If by Twihart21and The Ex Factor by AngelAtTwilight. Current works in progress I am enjoying include Marley's Mother by Pandoras Box Is Heavy, Wisp by Cris and Glycerine by Livie79.

Sometimes, I consider myself a writer. I'm a small fish in this large fic-pond. My ffn page states I've written 16 stories, which boggles my mind. Most are one-shots or drabbles, though I do have some full fics I'm working on.

What can I say about my normal day to day life? No much. I live in the teeny, tiny Rhode Island (No that is not part of New York. Yes, I have an accent that is a mix of NY and Boston), and only recently found out another fandom person lived within the state lines. I spent years thinking I was alone. I don't have kids, though I love them and love spoiling my nieces and nephew. No significant other, though I wouldn't mind one. I work full time at a large insurance company, that I... like most days.

Most people in my life know that I am a Twilight fan, but that's it. So I'm really excited for TFMU. I've met some Twi-friends before, and some have turned into people that I now could not imagine not having in my life. I can't wait to let loose and just be able to discuss fics and the fandom with people who get it!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT - @Plotagon


I attended last year in Las Vegas. Then I presented as Fanchinima. This year we call ourselves Plotagon J. Since last year I grew myself a beard.

I got introduced to Twific by Cicki @TwilightAcademy who suggested I first read Animate Me by @AbstractWay. It is a great story, and of course it ties in with Plotagon, Edward is an animator! I think it is super that AbstractWay got a book deal! Since I am from Sweden I think it is great fun with Swedish fanfic writers such as Caro No and Ocdmess.

I am really looking forward to meeting the TwiFic community again AFK (Away From Keyboard). I want us to make Twific movies together.

So far I am only a TwiFic reader, but I like writing, and like most people I have the "write a book"-dream. Someday it will happen. I browse Twific, Jane Austin, Sherlock Holmes and TV series fan fiction.

Chicago to me is blues. Remember seeing Buddy Guy there more than 10 years ago.

When I was a kid we had an American Cocker Spaniel called Dremita Girl. She was a prize winner when we got her, but we turned her into a puppy. Nowadays I have kids instead, three of them; 19, 5 and 2 years old. Myself, I am 45 years old.
If I were to be a FanFiction character: Being a British subject of an oldish family, I would have to be FicEdward.
Christopher Kingdon

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT - @mana_liz


"waves" Hi Everyone...I'm Amanda or mana_liz on Twitter. I'm so excited to join everyone in Chicago this year. I had a blast in Vegas last year. Since I really don't like talking about myself I'm going to answer the questions

1. What was the 1st Twilight FanFiction that you read? Did it only entice you to read more? Why or why not? 
First fic I read was Dark Side of the Moon...it's one of the only vamp fics I've read. I usually stick to all human E/B fics.

2. What are you most looking forward to at the Twific Meet Up?
Catching up with friends from last year's meet-up and meeting some new friends
3. Are you a reader or a writer, or both? Just a reader
-If you're a reader, what genre(s) do you mainly read? E/B, all human...I love daddyward fics.

4. Have you ever been to Vegas/Chicago (wherever the TFMU event is being held) 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/Chicago? (I'm worried about excessive sweating, tbh.) 
Loved meeting everyone in Vegas and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone coming this year.

5. Have any pets? Kids? If so, tell us how many and their breeds (the dogs, people, the dogs). We love animals! (Well, I do.) (And kids, too!) 
No kids...I have a nephew and 2 nieces that I spend a lot of time with. My nieces are huge Twilight fans at 6 and 4...they refer to Rob as "hot boy" and like to shout it out in Target when they see his picture.
I have a cat names Osgood or Ozzie...who likes to watch TV.

6. What did you think of The Hunger Games movie? WHAT?! WE ALL SAW IT DIDN'T WE?! (Just kidding. Psst...go ahead and answer it if you want to, I won't care.)
No interest in the Hunger Games, so I haven't read or seen the movies

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)
I would love to be Bella in Gravity series because she's the total opposite of me. And her Edward is badass and flies a helicopter.

Can't wait to see everyone in June.
Amanda (mana_liz)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Drawing winners!

Are you ready to find out the winners of the meetup fees?

SURPRISE, we have three meetup fees we're giving away instead of two!

And the winners (selected by random.org) are:

CallMePagliacci
Jori
Edwardsmyobsession71

CONGRATS, ladies!  We can't wait to see and hug you in Chicago.

We will be posting the official sign-up link soon to pay for your space if you're interested in attending either the burlesque show Saturday night, or the TwiFic Tour Sunday afternoon!

ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT - @HollettLA


I’m Lisa, known as HollettLA in the fandom and on Twitter. Contrary to the “LA” in my name, I do not live in Los Angeles, but just outside of DC. The LA is just my first two initials. I produce infomercials in RL and I do actually enjoy my job. I’m 38 and single and have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke and wine.

I’ve been a beta for…wow, ever, it seems. But really only been about 3 years. I beta FT for SexyLexiCullen, CaraNo, Landdownunder, and TheFicChick – the latter of whom I am really excited to meet in person at this year’s event. (That feels grammatically wrong, but I’m not gonna sweat it. Judge me if you must.)

Have also started editing OFic and am now making money at that, so I have Twi-fic to thank for generating my interest in that sideline. But I won’t be abandoning my authors anytime soon. Though I may be guilty of gently pushing them into writing original. Maybe it’s not gentle, but whatever. They haven’t complained yet.

I enjoyed last year’s meet-up in Vegas and am looking forward to seeing some of you again and meeting even more new people.

~Lisa

Sunday, May 19, 2013

ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT - NKubie


Hi! I’m Nan, but known as NKubie on FFN, Twilighted and Facebook. This will be my second TFMU and if last year is any indication, it will be a blast! The Las Vegas event last year was the best time I’ve ever had (with my clothes on). ;)  I was also fortunate to have met the lovely Gisela at last year’s Meet Up and one of my regrets is that I didn’t get to know her better.

This year’s Meet Up will be even more special to me, though, as I will be attending this year’s even with my sister. Apparently Twific fanaticism is genetic.

Although I have a couple of stories posted, I still consider myself more of a reader than a writer. And while I adore reading and sometimes writing Twific, I also love to pre-read for other authors. I’ve been doing a lot more of that this past year and I’ve even been working with some authors on their original fics in the pre-publication stage.

I tend to like a lot of variety in my hobbies (and my fic reading) so I have also taken drum lessons, Hip Hop dancing, Zumba, Second City training classes and have performed in Community Theater. I’m a big Chicago Bears fan and love an eclectic variety of music.

I’m also the inventor of the word ‘techversation,’ which you can find on Urban Dictionary, as well as the founding member of SMUTT (Shitty Moms United Through Twific), which started during the group re-read of Emancipation Proclamation.

I live in a northwest Chicago suburb, though I was born in New York and have also lived in New Jersey and Pennsylvania before moving to the Midwest. I’m married and have two children; a boy age 13 and girl age 6 ½. My mom also lives with us. Don’t get me started on that! LOL

This is not my first fanfic fandom (I started reading Harry Potter fanfiction, or as I like to call it, Potterotica), but it’s the first one where I really interacted heavily and certainly the first where I actually got to meet other fandom members in person. 

This last year, I have been fortunate enough to meet a number of fandom members and even got to see the midnight show of BD2 with some amazing fandom ladies. I have seen the ups and downs of this community, but one thing that always blows me away is the support for each other during difficult times.  Between fundraisers, changing profile pics in show of support or even prayers and cyber-hugs, this fandom continually cares for each other in times of need. Even posting Robporn to distract from life’s tragedies can be a show of support. I am honored to be part of this global love!

Once again, I want to thank you ladies who have organized this get together! I don’t think I’d have the opportunity to meet so many of my fandom friends otherwise. Your hard work is not going unappreciated!

xo
Nan

Saturday, May 18, 2013

ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT - @TemperedPete


TemperedPete

 Closet TwiFic Reader Extraordinaire. That’s me.

I am sure my loved ones are pretty damn close to burning my e-reader, phone and tablet while secretly staging an intervention any day now. They know I love to read. If only they knew what I was actually reading….(giggles).

I was drawn to fanfiction after watching Eclipse on Netflix. This led me to New Moon, which forced me to seek out Twilight. Yep, I watched the series backwards. Next, I purchased and kind of read the books but I kept thinking, this can’t be it. Where’s all of the good stuff? Then I remembered it was a book for young adults and since I am a 40ish mother of a teenager, I figured I should probably move on and stop repeatedly watching those damn movies. (And by the way, THANK YOU Stephanie Meyers for Edward Cullen!)

Well, obviously I didn’t overcome my obsession and came across a fanfic link on a Robert Pattinson website. I don’t even remember the story but it blew me away (I think Bella transformed into a polar bear or something of that nature. I kid you not).  I found other stories that actually contained all of the good stuff that I was seeking…….mature subject matter that didn’t revolve around teenagers. I was introduced to adult characters in alternate realities and I WAS HOOKED.

I will read any genre but I tend to favor  stories filled with angst, suspense and drama. Fluffy stories tend to annoy me. I try to avoid teen focused fics because they tend to squick me out. At some point, I would like to try and write a story introducing new main characters, specifically ones that look like me. However, I can’t seem to step away from the reading long enough to give it a go.

This will be my first TwiFic event. I am looking forward to meeting fellow twific addicts and hopefully walk away with new friends to chat with.  Most of all, I want to personally thank all of the authors for sharing their amazing stories with us.

Friday, May 17, 2013

ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT - @azzurrafm


Hello fellow twihards, my fandom name is La Contessa on Facebook and twitter but you’ll find me under @azzurrafm.  I’ll be travelling from the UK and I was lucky enough to be at the Vegas bash, it was brilliant!!

I’m a reader and a lover of all things smut.  Don’t get me wrong, a fic still needs to have a good story and I’ll read a good angsty fic if I’ve got a bad case of PMS or if I’ve read a sour lemon or two but once I’ve got my mojo back then I just need smut!

I’ve got quite a few favourite fics, some are classics like The Office, Holding Out for you, Last Tango in Forks and Wide Awake to name but a few.  I even created a spreadsheet to keep track of them all but I need to add a summary as they are starting to merge into one!

I’ve never been to Chicago; I can’t wait to go SHOPPING (Victoria Secrets beware).  I’m also looking forward to catching up with the friends I made last year and meeting new ones.  Let us bond over a cocktail whilst we discuss fic and swoon over Rob (I can’t be the only one bringing Rob porn?!)  I’m also looking forward to meeting the goddesses- these creators of smut, the ladies who give me hours upon hours of escapism to my smut filled bubble where RL BS can’t bring me down (expect lots of hugs ladies).

There are a lot of talented writers out there and one of my bucket list goals is to read all the fics recommended to me (I need to start taking fic holidays to get through them all!).

I’m also mega excited to be meeting Savage7289, I loved Surviving Bella and Otherwise Alone (that was some hot stuff!).

Tough question about fic Bella, part of me wants to be Bella from Terms and Conditions Apply by TheSaintsMistress because she’s a good bitch and the boss :p but the other part of me wants to be The Office Bella, cos she has a wicked wardrobe and um well gets royally fucked ;)

Feel free to come chat to me on FB or twitter.  I’ve had to lock my account due to nosey interwebs and RL work etc but those of you who met me last year will be happy to know that I will not be visiting Swindon this time but in fact Cambridge ;) (TFMU Vegas joke).

Roll on Chicago meet up! 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT - @UABluvsEdward


Hi! I’m UtterlyAbsurd Bella (@UABluvsEdward) and I am so excited that TFMU is my hometown and I get to go!  I’m a 4th  teacher by day, and make no secret of my Twilight obsession. 

1. What was the 1st Twilight FanFiction that you read? Did it only entice you to read more? Why or why not?  My first fic was “Let Your Mercy Fall on Me” by Robicorn back in April, 2010.   I had literally and I mean literally, read the whole Twilight series more than 15 times,  and as much as I love Twilight, I needed more.  So reading E/B as humans, and having *gasp* sex, that was more than just implied…..well I was hooked.  Yeah, I live for some good lemons!  My next fic was the queen mother of all fics – “Master of the Universe”.  I get so frustrated that there are not enough hours in the day to read all the fics I want to read. 

2. What are you most looking forward to at the Twific Meet Up?
First and foremost, I am looking forward to meeting some of the amazing writers that keep me up late at night because I can’t put their awesome stories down.  I am also really looking forward to finally meeting many chicks that I’ve known online for years in person.  Lastly, I’m super excited to spend 48 hours with my favorite women in the world @sassykassie1, @laureate04, @bellatesoro @naughtyhisbella and @17foreverlisa.   I think we are going to have the time of our lives.  Chicago ain’t gonna know what hit it!!!

3. Are you a reader or a writer, or both?
I’m a reader.  I dream of being a writer….and I have a few story ideas floating around in my head, but I haven’t really had the opportunity to make it happen.  So for now, I’m a reader.  I’m hoping I will be inspired by being surrounded by so many great writers, that maybe I will use my summer off to seriously give writing a try.
-If you're a reader, what genre(s) do you mainly read?
I love all kinds of fics.  I love lemony fluff, but I love angst as well.  Fics that make me cry, like “Emancipation Proclamation” are my faves. 

4. Have you ever been to Vegas/Chicago (wherever the TFMU event is being held) 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/Chicago? (I'm worried about excessive sweating, tbh.)
I was born and raised in Chicago, and now inhabit the south suburbs of Chicago with my husband and kids.  I love living in Chicago and would be happy to help out if you have questions about things to do and see around here.  You will love the Windy City!!!!

5. Have any pets? Kids? If so, tell us how many and their breeds (the dogs, people, the dogs). We love animals! (Well, I do.) (And kids, too!)
I have two dogs – a beagle named Ava and a terrier mix (mutt) named Sox (as in White Sox) and three kids.  Jake is 16, Lauren is 12 and Matt is 9.  Crazy having one in high school, one in middle school and one in elementary.  Keeps me on my toes!

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)
I would totally want to be Bella in Stolen Secrets and Shattered Dreams by  FoxxyJ because I would love for Edward to read my dirty mind and then fulfill my filthy fantasies! LOL