Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2014 TFMU SATISFACTION SURVEY

Hi there!  Here is a satisfaction survey to let us know how much you enjoyed TFMU 2014.  Thank you for taking the time to fill this out.  

XOXOXOXOX,

Mindy, Michelle, and Kathy

2014 TFMU SATISFACTION SURVEY


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Banner Making 101




BANNER MAKING 101

Here's the information you will need to enjoy the workshop while you learn to create a simple banner.

Here is the link to the download for GIMP. 
Mac Users will need to know which version of OS X they are running. GIMP on OS X
 
 
 
 
 
 
GIMP on OS X
Just select the package according to your version of OS X.
Preview by Yahoo
 

Windows users need to use this link. GIMP - Downloads - they will need to scroll about half way down and click on "show other downloads" then scroll down until they see GIMP for Windows and click on the link that says "Download GIMP 2.8.10"
 
 
 
 
 
 
GIMP - Downloads
GIMP for Unix-like systems It's very likely your Unix-like system such as a GNU/Linux distribution already comes with a GIMP package.
Preview by Yahoo
 


Attendees need to come with GIMP downloaded and the application already opened on their laptop. Also, attendees need to have the banner pic saved to their desktop where it is easily accessible. This will save time as we are on a schedule. 

  

If you have trouble getting the picture, it can be located in the TFMU-Connections FB group as well.    

If you have questions, check out the FB group.

See everyone in a few days! 

~~Michelle 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

OFFICIAL SCHEDULE



July??  How the hell did that sneak up on us?  Believe it or not, we’ll all be in Nashville in less than a week.  SQUEEE!!!!


We’re excited to see that you’ve been using TFMU Connections on FaceBook to make plans to enjoy your free time.  So many great things going on July 11-13!  Twilight Trivia games, tattoos, swap table, sightseeing, and some interesting recipes for Gummi Bears.


So before you get on that plane or drive that car to Nashville, click the Schedule tab on the blog or the link below for the pdf.





The schedule will stay posted on the blog for quick reference.  You can also download a PDF copy to your device.  


We can’t wait to see you there!

Mindy, Michelle, and Kathy

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

QUICK SURVEY

We need just a minute of your time.  Two quick questions.

ROOM COUNT & BRUNCH

Thank you for your time!
Hugs,
Mindy, Michelle and Kathy

Friday, June 20, 2014

TFMU EVENT TIMES

Lots of people are asking for event times for the 2014 TFMU.  Here’s a quick rundown of times we will be in organized sessions.  A detailed schedule will be out within a few days.  


We hope this will help you making your dinner and social plans.

Thursday, July 10  - No official events planned.  We may try to meet up to have a Twi Fic Trivia Contest.   Watch Twitter or FB for more info that night!


Friday, July 11 - Registration at the Hyatt in the morning.  


Friday, July 11 - Workshops 9:45am - 2:30pm……. lunch is included at hotel.


Friday, July 11 - Meet & Greet 7:00pm - 9:00pm  It’s the best time to mingle with EVERYONE!


Saturday, July 12 - Author’s Panel  9:30am - 3:30pm…. lunch is included at hotel.


Saturday, July 12 - Pub Crawl …. 5:30 pm is start time.  Please note:  Our group is a large one, so they may need to adjust our start time.


Sunday, July 13 - Goodbye Brunch 10:30am. Restaurant off site, at your own cost.  

Ta-da!!!  That’s a quick glimpse at the TFMU schedule!!  We can’t wait to see each and every one of you.  From what we’ve seen on FB and Twitter, you ladies are ready to party!!
It’s going to be a blast!


Cheers,


Mindy, Michelle, and Kathy

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT PANEL



Team TFMU is pleased to announce the
2014 Author’s Panel


The Author’s Panel is one of the biggest draws to attend TFMU. We know this because we’re fangirls, too! So, are you ready to know who will be there?? Please welcome the following authors who have agreed to give us their time during 2014 TFMU - Nashville:


Planetblue
Sheviking
Dishie
4MeJasper
Raggdolly
Brodeurgirl30
Beegurl13
Livie79
MrsSpaceCowboy
Hoodfabulous
TGBMcCray



We feel lucky to have such a wide range of writers at this year’s event. We have created a FF.net TFMU profile so you can easily look over the writer’s list of stories and become familiar with their words. We hope you have some questions for our panel as well regarding their stories and writing style.


This year’s panel will be in a different format after receiving your input from last year and questionnaires. We think you’ll enjoy it.


Our fandom's very own MsKathy will be hosting/moderating.


Right now we have right at 100 great ladies signed up to attend. We have peeps coming from as far away as Sweden, England, and Australia. Just proves how dedicated we are to FanFic, and the number of talented writers that keep us reading their words.


Go read... and get ready to fangirl!! We can't wait to see you in Nashville!


Mindy, Michelle, and Kathy


Please click here for our FF profile: TFMU Author Spotlight Panel
Please note: List of authors is in a random order

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

PUB CRAWL

With less than 30 days before we are all traveling to Tennessee, we thought you would like more info about our Pub Crawl.  Saturday night we will all be heading out for some sightseeing and cocktails with the Hick Chick Tour gals.  Here is an excerpt from their website.

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Honky Tonk Pub Crawl

Nashville's ORIGINAL Pub Crawl!

Get a Sampling of the Incredible Music of Nashville!

Don't be fooled by the imtiations.  A pub crawl in Music City that doesn't give you the experience of music isn't a real pub crawl.  Other pub crawls last 2 hours and only go to 3 bars and you don't even get to listen to the wonderful music Nashville has to offer.  Instead, they entertain you with TRIVIA?  Really?! That's not what I call entertainment!  With the Honky Tonk Pub Crawl, you see more historical spots, hear more stories, and listen to more music than on any other tour in Music City.  You'll be Drinkin' and Learnin'!
Nashville's BEST Walking Tour/Pub Crawl Combo! You get to do a pub crawl while, at the same time, taking a walking sightseeing tour of downtown Nashville along the way! No one else can offer you that. Let a local show you how it's done! This isn't just a drinking tour; it's a tasting of the variety of musical talent that Nashville has to offer. You will also learn about Music City's rich history with its musical legends, pioneer settlers, brothels and gambling.  When you finish this tour, you will see sights, learn about Nashville's history as well as its seedier past, and get a sampling of the different styles of music in downtown Music City.
Patrons will not only get a good time, but they will receive discounts and freebies to bars and restaurants downtown. You'll get much more bang for your buck!
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Monday, June 9, 2014

Schedule Sneak Peek

Let the TFMU Countdown begin!!

You’ve made your travel plans…. You’ve found your roomie….

Now it’s time for Team TFMU to give you a sneak peek of events to come while you leave your cares at home!!

Anyone up for a PUB CRAWL??  
We’ve got a great company that’s going to guide us through Downtown Nashville for a fun time. (included in fees)

Banner Making 101: Down and Dirty Banner Making.

Author’s Panel - Women behind the Words we love!  We’ll be using a new format this year.

More time to socialize with your friends.

Delicious lunch included Friday and Saturday.


Look for the finalized schedule within the next week or two so you can plan to have a great time with your friends!

We can’t wait to see everyone!

Mindy, Michelle, and Kathy

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Last Minute Opportunities

Are you interested in coming to TwiFic MeetUp but don’t think you can afford it? Or you won’t know anyone there? Or you don’t have a room?  Well then, let us help you get to Nashville!

Look through our Travel Details #2 document to see if anyone in your area is driving. Now is  supposedly the best time to book July flights so start searching, or ask KYGirltwo to help you.  Look through our Travel Details #2 document to see who is looking for a roommate.  If that doesn’t seem like an option talk to KYGirltwo or AllthingsHHH and see if there is a room available.   

PLEASE NOTE: Only the names of attendees who have already paid appear on this document.   Once paid, your name will be added to the document.

To help ease the financial pinch you might be feeling, we would like to offer a last minute special on the fees. Instead of having to pay the full $150 by May 30th, you can pay half ($75) by June 1st and have the remaining half due in 2 weeks, on June 14th. However, the $75 we receive on the 1st is nonrefundable in the event you cannot pay the balance due on June 14th. This is the final extension we will be giving without an increase in fees.
Hope to see you there!
Mindy, Michelle and Kathy




Friday, March 7, 2014

Alternate Hotel Option

As much as we would love to guarantee each and every one of you a room at our rate, it just can't be done.  I believe there are only king bed rooms at our rate through our link. (That is ridiculous considering I would have not asked for ANY king beds.)  My contact seems to be unavailable in a meeting.  If you just go through the Hyatt Place's website the rooms are up to 314 a night + tax.  I have looked at the hotel map on tripadvisor and found that the Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown is 2 blocks away and at a much cheaper rate.  HOWEVER, there is construction going on around this hotel.  I did look into this hotel when searching for a place to host our gathering but at the time nothing was available.  Here is the link:  Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Nashville
I think it is owned by Hilton so use those rewards if you have them.

Thank you for your understanding.
  XOXOXOXOXOX,
     Mindy 
     KYGirltwo

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

Ok ladies... we need a true head count of who needs a room at our hotel.  
We need to know:
 1)  HAVE YOU ALREADY CONFIRMED A HOTEL RESERVATION?
 2)  DO YOU STILL NEED A ROOM?

Our hotel agent wants to confirm the number of rooms already booked under TFMU. Then we need to determine how many of you STILL NEED A ROOM.  Friends, we're not trying to be mean or push you however, if we sign this contract for more rooms, we are FINANCIALLY responsible for them.  (Let's not cause Mindy's divorce.)

Please list your name with either, "YES, I HAVE A ROOM" or "I STILL NEED A ROOM".

If you are looking for a roommate and still haven't checked the TRAVEL DETAILS document, please do so now.  There are already people listed as looking for roommates.

Once we have an idea of how many rooms we still need, the hotel agent will open up more at the price of $269.  The closer to the event date, the room rate will increase. Please let us know as soon as you can.  Sharing is the best way to reduce your cost.

TFMU Team
 Mindy, Kathy, and Michelle
 Please share this link to spread the word. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

TRAVEL DETAILS

Wow!  We are lucky to have a great bunch of women coming to Nashville in July. The more the merrier we say!  So sweet talk your best fic friends into coming with you.


Lots of folks will be flying into Nashville but others will be driving.  And, lots of people are looking to share a room to cut costs.  Not to mention, we all want to know who’s already signed up to come and plan our fangirling / stalking accordingly.  


We’ve collected twitter/FanFiction names and other information via surveys to help you find a potential roommate, carpool friend, airport friend, and a sneak peek at the early birds who’ve planned to attend.


Double check YOUR information entered and add your travel deets.  Since this is a public document, just use twitter/Fanfiction names.  It kind of goes without saying, but just in case: Please be careful and only alter/enter your information on your entry line.


For those looking for roommates, check here and get in touch with one another.  If you’re trying to reach someone you don’t follow or they don’t follow you, let us know via TFMU twitter DM or TFMU FaceBook.  We’ll help make the connection.  


Ask anyone from the last two years of TFMU, sharing a room with a bunch of fic friends is the best kind of sleepover!  TFMU also uses the motto:  What happen at TFMU, stays at TFMU!


If you have any concerns or questions about making your entry, please let Mindy, Kathy, or Michelle know.  We’re here to help.  


Again, the more the merrier, so let’s make TFMU2014 a big celebration of friends and fic!




PLEASE NOTE:  There are two main forms that attendees will fill out.  


#1 Attendee Questionnaire is designed to help the TFMU Team collect event information as well as personal info such as: real name, emergency contact, dietary needs and so on.  This info is NOT made public. If you have NOT filled that out, you can click right here. 2014 TFMU Attendee Profile


#2 Attendee Roommates/ Arrival-Departures / Ride Sharing spreadsheet is to help attendees reduce costs by finding roommates or sharing rides.  This info is made public. TRAVEL DETAILS TFMU 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

TFMU HOTEL LINK

Hello friends!  We finally got the link for the hotel rooms under TFMU.  If you have already booked your room, please contact the Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown and let them know you are with our group.  This helps meet our quota. 

Booking link:  TFMU hotel rooms

Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown: (1-615-687-9995)

*If you haven't filled out our questionnaire, please do so. TFMU Attendee Questionnaire



Saturday, February 8, 2014

ATTENDEE QUESTIONNAIRE

Excitement for 2014 TFMU is building and we want to keep the momentum going!  July will be here before you know it and we can’t wait.  Hotel reservations are being booked, airfare is being checked, and tweeps are looking for roommates.

The TFMU Team has put together an Attendee Questionnaire to help you find a potential roommate, as well as questions seeking your input about events/programs during the Meet Up.  

Please take a moment to fill out the questionnaire.  It would be helpful if you would also retweet (RT) the link via twitter or share the link on your Facebook account.  We want all attendees to fill out the form and don’t want to miss anyone.

We will make the roommate information available via Google Docs once we have enough responses.  


We look forward to seeing you in Nashville!

Mindy, Kathy, and Michelle

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tips for Finding Cheaper Airfare

Hello, ladies!!  Many of you will be flying to Nashville or the price of an airline ticket will determine if you will attend TFMU 2014.  I've searched the internet for tips to finding the best rates on airfare.  Here is what I've discovered:

  • Look for flights Tuesdays after 3 as well as Wednesday.  Discounts are announced on Monday and the airlines typically post them on Tuesday.
  • Some believe there is a 'sweet spot' at about six weeks out for the lowest rate.
  • Use aggregation sites such as Booking Buddy, Airfarewatchdog or Bing.
  • Clear your cache and cookies each day you search. Prices from previous searches could come up.
  • Possibly check 2 one-way tickets
  • See if there is a redeye flight or extremely early flight
  • It doesn't hurt to check prices with a travel agent
  • Continue alerts from websites in case of lower prices occur after you have purchased your ticket. Yapta will help you get a refund.
  • One article said not to bother checking prices until you are 3 months out.
  • See if you airport has an airline that the search engines do not pick up like Southwest or Allegiant Air
For those lovely ladies who will be flying internationally I only found 2 tips.
  • Purchase tickets 3-5 months in advance
  • Have a travel agent check prices from a consolidator.
If you have any tips, please share them in the comments.  Happy and safe traveling!

Mindy

Monday, February 3, 2014



TFMU 2014 is OFFICIAL


We are so excited!


Where: Nashville, TN


When: July 11 - 13, 2014 (Friday - Sunday)


Hotel: Hyatt Place, Nashville Downtown
301 3rd Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee, USA, 37201
Tel: +1 615 687 9995
http://nashvilledowntown.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html


A great city. A great hotel. A great group of friends.


Hotel Features

  • Newest hotel in downtown Nashville, just one block from Music City Center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access throughout our hotel near Bridgestone Arena
  • A unique Nashville hotel with free breakfast and indoor pool
  • Enjoy your complimentary a.m. Kitchen Skillet™ served daily, with hot breakfast items, fresh fruit, oatmeal and plenty more to choose from.
  • Grab 'n Go case offers new sandwiches & greens from our Gallery Menu and bottled beverages for moments on the run
  • Intimate Bakery CafĂ© serves Starbucks® specialty coffees & teas, premium beers, wines and cocktails, a premier amenity among Downtown Nashville, TN hotels
  • Complimentary 24-hour Stay Fit® fitness center with Life Fitness® cardio equipment
  • Valet & Self-Parking available for a fee


All TFMU related programs and events will take place at the Hyatt Place, Nashville Downtown site. Off-site social events/sightseeing will be announced later.


Please talk to your roomies and secure your room at the Hyatt Place, Nashville Downtown. Past TFMU feedback indicated many attendees were able to secure lower room rates using points, promotional codes, AAA, AARP, and so on. Many of the rates quoted via websites are prepaid, non-refundable, and non-transferable.


However, TFMU will have ten rooms set aside. The room rate will vary according to room type and availability. Your card will not be charged until you check-in. The hotel is setting up a direct link for these rooms in the following days.


So, talk or tweet with your friends… and plan to reserve your room at the Hyatt Place, Nashville Downtown. We can’t wait to see you!


Mindy, Kathy, and Michelle

**** REGISTRATION FEES AND PROGRAM INFORMATION COMING SOON ****

Sunday, January 26, 2014

WE HAVE A CITY FOR TFMU 2014!






WE'RE GOING TO NASHVILLE!





With over 200+ responses to the survey, Nashville was hands down the winning city.

Now the big question is WHEN?  There was a tie for two dates so we have one more quick survey.  It will either be: 

June 2014
Thursday - Sunday
19th - 22nd
OR
July 2014
Thursday - Sunday
10th - 13th




VOTE HERE NOW:


Cut off for voting is 6:00pm EST, Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Hotel selection as well as sightseeing plans are on hold pending final date selection.

Start talking to your tweeps and roomies, and let us know which date you can be there to meet Twific friends and have a great time in Nashville!

The TFMU team can't wait to see you!!