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Friday, June 28, 2013

ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT - @IAmMelissa2

Hi! I’m Melissa (IAmMelissa2). I live in Chicago and work for a law firm doing the firm’s marketing and public relations. I am an AP Stylebook fanatic and wield my “red pen” like a weapon at the attorneys. They are scared of “it” now. I walk the halls with my AP guide in hand and bop them on the head with it when they are really bad. I have to take my power where I can get it!

[Note: I am exhausted right now, so please don’t judge my writing and editing skills according to this profile. And don’t tell my attorneys if you happen to see any mistakes! My power will evaporate and they may sue me for damages.]

Twilight Found

In comparison to most, I’m a fan fiction infant. I didn’t even see Twilight until January 2011, and it was due to channel flipping to it on Showtime one day. I was really disdainful and resistant when I saw the initial media explosion of Twilight. I think it was due to standing in line at the grocery store and constantly seeing Twilight-related gossip splashed across magazines.

Robert Pattinson Found

The part that really caught my eye when watching Twilight the first time was a guy. Who is this guy?! Off to Google I went. There was plenty of information about him. I am entirely too old to be obsessing (in the most non-creepy way possible) about this young man, but that didn’t stop me. Nope. Within two weeks, I had read all of the Twilight books and watched all of the movies. However, strangely, the thing that really precipitated my Twilight fan fiction introduction was reading that this guy’s next film was Water for Elephants.

Fan Fiction Found

Somehow, I landed at Robsessed, and, after hanging out for a while, I learned that there was going to be a mass pilgrimage of sorts to the WFE premiere in NYC. I “talked” to a few of the ladies on the site, and we decided to go for it. I found myself sitting on a NYC sidewalk in the rain (from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.) waiting/hoping for a pink wristband. My insanity was worth it, by the way. Anyway, we were sitting there at about 3:00 a.m., soaked and bleary-eyed and eating cold pizza from a wet cardboard box, when somebody said “fan fiction.”  I innocently asked what that was and have been (not-so-innocently) reading it ever since.

TFMU Found

I am mostly a reader with some writing dabbling. I am so excited to attend TFMU and meet the the talented authors and  the readers that share my fan fiction enthusiasm. My only regret about fan fiction is not taking advantage of the seemingly perfect opportunity to make friends with like-minded people. I constantly read authors’ notes about the great friends they have made along the way. Then, I wonder – how can I do that too? My list of stories to read is nearly endless, but it would be shorter if I would quit reading my favorites over and over again.

Conclusion Found

Well, too long story short, I am so excited to meet all of you and to hopefully make some great friends along the way! To visitors – Welcome to the wonderful city of Chicago! Please don’t judge us by this weird weather.

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