Friday, March 26, 2010

Twicon...days two and three

So Saturday, I was a little less excited because I assumed that the best part (P. Fach) was over. I was wrong-o.

The Lexicon talked about their red carpet experiences at the premiere of Twilight and New Moon. Oh, and Remember Me!!! No bigs. One of the girls actually got to be at the red carpet that Monday before Twicon. So cool. She told us about her experiences. Blah de blah. Nothing too spectacular to write about here. Just generally pretty cool to hear about.

Next was Daniel Cudmore, the guy who played Felix. I will be the first to admit that I wasn't really excited for him. I was really sad that more of the cast from Twilight wasn't there. It was mostly folks from New Moon. Anywho, I was wrong-o again. He turned out to be an incredibly funny guy, who just happens to be quite good looking (I will let the Mox tell you all about that). He is VERY tall and maybe a bit intimidating, but he was very nice when he signed my book.

After that was the Twilight Moms panel, which we didn't catch all of. The cute red-haired lady who sold me the cupcake charm ended up being a TwiMom. They seemed like cool ladies. They talked about some current books they are reading that I must get up on. Like Hunger Games (which is currently collecting dust on my bookshelf. Uh-hum. Thanks fanfiction.) and this series called The Black Dagger Brotherhood. They also talked about the Sookie series (which I am almost caught up on. As we speak, I am reading the last published one. I know a new one comes out in May, so I gotta be up to snuff.) And I am probably the only person on the planet who is Team Bill. Oh well. They also talked about how Twilight has created this great community for us fans to connect and I completely agree. It is so cool to see all of these people out there who have profoundly been affected by these stories and have connected with other people because of them. It makes me excited that literature, yes literature, is responsible for something so cool. Gush, gush. I'm done.

Next was Gil Birmingham. He was so cool. Very laid back and "down with the conventions." Yes, he said that. He was very humble and just generally very nice. And his muscles...oi vay. I will let Mox explain to you the second hand embarassment of being a southerner during his Q&A. Gil actually came back the next day and had a 2nd Q&A session and autograph session. Too cool.

After Gil was Christopher Heyerdahl who plays Marcus. And he is completely the opposite of his character. Which, I suppose, is what makes a good actor, right? Well, if you saw him on the street you wouldn't think "Hey! There's Marcus!" You would however think "Sweet baby Jesus, that guy is tall!" What is it with the Twi guys being ginormous?? He got on stage and instead of sitting in his chair, he paced the stage manically during his Q&A. He had sooo much energy. He was sort of Robin Williams-ish. Very nice, very funny. And sincerely a warm guy. He was so nice when he signed my book. Love.

Then, Mike Welch had his Q&A. He was much more reserved than he was at karaoke night. Almost shy. It was endearing. He came out with a 5 hour energy in his hand. He proceeded to gulp it down and throw it into the audience like a rock star. Of course, it hit a beam on the ceiling and bounced onto a little girl in the row behind us. But, she didn't mind. He had this goofy, apologetic look that was so adorable. He told us how he got started as an actor, which is a cool story. Turns out his mom gave a head shot to someone at the dermatologists office who treated Mila Kunis. Weird. I found out later that night while "researching" him on imdb that he was in one of my fave movies, The United States of Leland. He plays the autistic brother who is murdered. Get outta town. He's also been in Joan of Arcadia (which blew the Mox's mind) and Law & Order: SVU. I have scoured the Internets for his epi and I just can't find it. Dammit. And I don't even like that show. I know I've already told you he is so gorgeous in RL, but it's worth saying again. His eyes are the bluest blue and his hair is so thick. And he is really tan. He signed my book shyly and I had to hold in the squeeing. I fell in love.

Later that night, after much persuasion from the Mox, I got ready for the Volturi Vampire Ball. (Hey, I was exhausted. And I am much like Bella in that "I can't dance.") I always dread situations where dancing is involved. Ugh. But, alas, I put my dancin' shoes on and off we went. It turned out to be pretty fun and I'm glad I went. I had a couple of drinks and I felt pretty comfy in the atmosphere, so I did dance. Although the music was pretty shitty. Michael Welch was there for a few minutes, as were Daniel Cudmore and Chris Heyerdahl. I will let the Mox take over and tell you about her experience with the Cud and my experience with gay Edward's bf and the "chubby Edward" as I was a little drunky-drunk during all that.

And, thus the night ended.

Sunday was bittersweet. We were both exhausted and tired of getting up early, but we didn't want the weekend to end either.

First up was Kiowa Gordon, who plays Embry. We were a little late (which I hate) thanks to a need for Caribou Coffee. He was younger than I thought. Only 19. He's in a band and he actually is Native American. He seemed a little nervous about being there. He was pretty reserved and quite serious for someone so young, but again I think it was nerves. He sang for us, which was pretty cool.

Next, the Lexicon talked about their on set experiences for Twilight and New Moon. I loved this panel! It was so cool to hear how things were on set before everything exploded. I would have loved to have been there when people were actually allowed on set. Lori showed us some personal footage she got of Tyler and Kristen on the set of Twilight. It was obvi amateur, but so cool. It was like Twilight: Unplugged or something. Very raw Kristen and Taylor. They looked so young and were so excited to be a part of the experience. Lori told us that both Kristen and Taylor are extremely nice and that Kristen is def. a method actress. Cool.

Tinsel Korey was up next. She is quite possibly the sweetest girl ever. And so tiny. Itsy bitsy. Man, give her a sandwich. (j/k...I'm jealous). She is really funny and laid back. I think I'm gonna let Mox explain her Q&A since I'm lazy and she will probably write it better than me. The Mox might be a little in love with Tinsel, I'm afraid. I will share with you something that Tinsel said that I found really moving. When asked what the best advice she had ever received was, she said that her agent told her once "Never think that who you are isn't enough." Tears. No srsly, that was pretty cool.

And last, but not least was Gil, again. I thought it was so cool that he was gracious enough to offer up another Q&A, and not TOO many questions were repeated. This session was a little more informal and Kiowa and Tinsel even came out into the audience to ask some of their own questions for Gil. It was so cute! One question that was asked of Gil, I have been dying to know the answer to: What does Jacob say to Bella right before he is about to kiss her in the kitchen? Tinsel actually stood up and answered this one. She said that the Quiluetes believe that what is said between two people is sacred and for them to understand, not others. And out of respect for those individuals, they won't reveal what was said. Which is kinda frustrating, I know. But, also really beautiful, I think.

After his Q&A, Gil signed my book and there was a life altering moment. I got up to him and he looked right at me and said "You're all red." (I was wearing my cute red plaid tunic with a wide black belt over my black leggings.) And I SWEAR he said this next part: "You look goooood in red." Heart stops. I look around to see if anyone else in the universe heard this. I thought maybe the Mox had missed it cuz she was kinda talking to someone else during this. As we walked away, she told me that she had indeed heard it!!!! I wanted to die. Gil Birmingham, Jacob Black's dad, thinks I look good in red. Gulp. Greatness.

All in all, it was a fantastic weekend and we are def. going again next year. Yeah, it was pricey, but it was so worth it. It was a really intimate look at these actors who play our beloved characters. It was cool to be around like-minded freaks who are all obsessive about the same thing I am. If you have the opportunity to go to the Twicon near you, I say to you "What the eff are you waiting for???"

Fave moment of the weekend: When Michael Welch was asked to impersonate Rob, he started singing in this incomprehensible, warbly voice, which was so spot-on Rob it was eery. Hilariousness!!!

Tired Mox and Frankie AS:

And like a proud mama, I show you my signed books:

Peace, my fellow Twi freaks! Love you all!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Two of my great loves

How perfect is this? Mrs. Kitty+Twilight=happy, happy Frances.

I had to stop myself from buying these. I settled on a photoshoot.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 1

Friday: This is the day I was most excited for. Peter Facinelli (Dr. Carlisle Cullen himself) was coming and I was a little beside myself about it.

We got to the hotel around 11 that morning and we parked at the mall next door. Yay for free parking! We registered and entered the vendors room. I gotta say, I was a little undewhelmed. There were mostly T-shirts you could find most anywhere. Water bottles with the Cullen crest, Scene It! Twilight version, and posters I already owned were everywhere. There was a table with colored contacts that I saw 0 people approach all 3 days. There were two tables with Twilight themed jewelry. The best one (IMHO) was run by an awesome red-haired TwiMom who looked to be about my age. I bought this cute cupcake charm from her table.

She said that she hadn't read CW&IA and she made the cupcake charm simply because she liked cupcakes. I bought it, well, because I love cupcakes too. But I love cupcakes because of CW&IA, so yea....I love it because only I (and a few other Twi crazies) know what it means. It doesn't scream Team Edward or Team Jacob. And I like that. She was also selling cute necklaces with pages of the Twi books cut out and lacquered onto bottle caps. My favorite thing she was selling were pictures she had taken in Forks that were framed in silver frames and attached to actual forks. There was a B&W pic of First Beach  with an apple sitting on the sand that was in color. It was beautiful. The ocean was sort of out of focus and the apple was so vibrantly red. I didn't buy it though. I was trying to contain myself. I wonder if I could find her stuff on etsy...

The other tables were selling out of print soundtracks, Alice and Wonderland posters/Harry Potter posters/Twi posters, and pics of the cast.

The Hillywood show also had a table.

Oh, about Hillywood. I gotta say I wasn't a first. I went in assuming, well, I'm not sure exactly. I guess I am a bit sensitive about people poking fun at something I hold so near and dear to my heart. But, when you see them in person, you can really see that they are fans too. And I'm ok with it now. Plus, they are just plain funny and really nice. They made great hosts for the weekend. And it's obvious that they work really hard. If they didn't love Twilight, then would just be silly of them, now wouldn't it? Oh.....and fake Jacob, you kinda make me wanna switch teams. HOTNESS.

After ogling the goodies at the TwiMom's table, we went in and were introduced to the weekend by the Hillywood show. They screened their New Moon parody (which I hadn't seen). I loved it! It realllllly made me want March 20th to come even faster.

Next, the Twilight Lexicon had a little panel. I was excited because this was one of the first Twi websites I started regularly visiting. Lori Joffs was there and she showed us a video driving tour of Forks, which was so awesome. I have to go there this summer!
And because the Lexicon is so awesome they gave everyone in the audience this cute FREE bag. Or a "swag bag" as the roomie likes to call it.
Next was a Twilight trivia contest. I decided to participate and was pwned. On the second, yes the SECOND question I was out! I can no longer call myself a fan....(NOT). I was nervous, okay??

Then we got to see on-screen interviews with Kristen, Rob, Dakota, and the Wolfpack. Pretty cool.
Then it was time for the man. Mr. PFACH!! I'm sorry that I suck at taking pictures, but I just do. I'm showing ya the best I got:

Peter was so incredibly nice and funny. In fact, I can go ahead and say that about all of the cast that appeared. Everyone was completely amazing. So humble and kind and welcoming to their fans. The sets for these movies must have been a blast to work on. All of the ones that we met were so warm and funny. No ego in any of them.

P. answered all of our questions thouroughly and with a great sense of humor. (Even the really stupid ones you know he gets ALL of the time). But, I can't complain cuz I didn't ask any questions. I can never think of anything original enough to ask. My fave question (that was asked of all of the cast members) was "Who would win in a fight, you or Rob? Of course P. said himself. As did every other cast member who was asked. Even Tinsel. Hilarious!

After Peter, they screened the first half of Twilight (which was more like the first 30 min. but w/e). Then it was time for autographs. When I got up to Peter, he was talking to a fan about how he should speak Italian in Breaking Dawn. And he said "It would be hot, right?" Melt. I wanted to say "Yeah, so there's this fanfic where you are totally in the mob. And you speak Italian, like, all the time. And it IS hot." But I didn't. Thank God. When he signed my book he commented on my name. "Frances. I had a crush on a girl named Frances in middle school, but I was too shy to tell her." And I said "Oh." I'm a bafoon. And I like to make people feel awkward apparently. He continued, "It's an unusual name." Me-"It's my grandmother's." Yeah. I shouldn't be allowed to talk to celebrities. I then thanked him and he smiled his beautiful smile and I floated away....

As we were leaving the hotel to break for dinner I tried not to squeeeeeeee out loud. We walked next door to this place called Dantanna's. We both ordered burgers and fries, which were yummy, but we didn't really enjoy the dinner. I think we were so tired and the atmosphere just wasn't up to par.

After that we went to karaoke. Peter was the host for the first part. People were horrendous, as expected. During the performances, Peter decided to come sit out amongst the audience. He would move each time a new song started.

Next thing you know, this happens:

Yes, they are blurry. I told you I suck at photography. Especially when it is most important for me to be an Annie Leibovitz. But, you get the drift. PETER FACINELLI SAT DOWN NEXT TO MY FRIEND!!! It was pretty much awesome. He leaned up against her and was dancing during the song. She played it very cool. She impressed me. Bitch.

After 3 songs, Peter had to catch a plane. But, our night wasn't over. Mr. Mike Welch came out and performed for us. I have to say, he is WAY more attractive in real life. Beautiful, dark hair and clear blue eyes. He was really tan too. And soooo funny. Really hyper. A cross between Jim Carey (who he mentioned is one of his favorite comedians) and Robin Williams. Here's a blurry pic for ya:                               
Bless the man. He stayed so late during karaoke. We left after 3 hours and it had started to get reaaaaallllly boring. This same group of 12 year olds wanted to perform Kesha's 'Tick Tock' over and over and over. Bleh. And, no, we didn't perform. Sarah almost got me to do it. There were actually 2 people left ahead of us to perform when we left. But, the crowd had been lost at that point. And who wants to perform to an annoyed crowd?

And that's pretty much how the night ended. Now, I am going to do something that very much hurts my ego. I am going to allow Mox to tell her side of the weekend. Mark this. I don't like sharing my blog. She is mine. You might even say she's "Like a drug to me. My own personal brand of heroin." :) Anyway, I thought it would be cool to let you hear someone else's side of the weekend. And, I promise, the next two days will be shorter posts. Sorry this got so long. I am chatty.

And, without further ado, here's the Mox:

The first day of Twicon didn’t start off well. I was exhausted from school and lack of sleep. There was difficulty finding a parking spot (there are always issues with parking when we go out). Then there was a bit of confusion and a lot of attitude from the staff when we were registering, which included a mini panic attack because they couldn’t find our tickets. It turned out we already had our tickets and had them out right in front of the people but they weren’t paying attention. Of course, they acted like we were the ones who made a mistake.

Fortunately everything turned around once the convention officially began. First up was the Hillywood Show. I had been worried that it was going to be ridiculously corny. It turned out to be just silly enough. Plus I had to respect all the time, energy, and money that goes into their parodies. The girls who played Bella and Alice were super adorable and tiny. I’ll let Frankie F tell you about the guy who played Jacob since she really seemed to enjoy him. (Me -Yeah, she calls me Frankie F. Be jealous. Anyway, fake Jacob was super hot. If Catherine Hardwicke had cast the guys from the Hillywood show as Jacob and Edward, I would most definitely be Team Jacob).

Oh, I forgot the mention that our seats were f-ing awesome. We sat in the second row from the front near the middle of the row, giving us a perfect view of the stage. I will forever be grateful we sat there after what happened to me during the Karaoke contest but I’m jumping ahead of myself.

Next came Lori Joffs from the Twilight Lexicon who told us about the real Forks. Thanks to her, I am dying to take a trip to Forks. I want to stay on the Res but I don’t think Frankie F is feeling it. (Me - too expensive. I love the Native Americans. Don't get it flipped.) Lori also gave out canvas bags to the whole audience that have “Forks, WA: New York has the Statue of Liberty. Paris has the Eiffel Tower. London has Big Ben. We have Edward Cullen. Any more questions?” written on the front. Frankie F and I like to think of them as our swag bags. (Me - That's more like Mox likes to call them our swag bags. Whatev.)

I guess now would be a good time to mention that Edward Cullen and his boyfriend were in attendance. Yes, ladies, Edward is gay. I’m sorry but think about it, could a guy that perfect possibly be straight? Lori Joffs spotted him from the stage. We turned to look at him, when she pointed him out in the audience. Even though he sat several rows behinds us, it was ridiculously easy to pick out his perfectly chiseled face in the sea of mortals surrounding him. He went up to the stage to get a swag bag with everyone else and Frankie F asked for a picture with him. I took the picture while they posed. I was close enough to see his sparkles. He was tall and lean in his black suit. Frankie F told me he actually felt cold.
Of course from that moment on, we took note of Edward’s location the rest of the weekend and we noticed the guy with him. Call it hope or delusion but we originally thought the guy was just his wingman. I mean, where else is a guy 100% guaranteed to get laid than Edward Cullen at a Twilight convention? We learned we were wrong Saturday night at the Vampire Ball. A slightly intoxicated Frankie F called the guy over and asked if he was Edward’s wingman. He said “Wingman? No. I’m his boyfriend.” It was a harsh crash with reality for Frankie F & me but they were both such delicious eye candy that we couldn’t stay upset for long.
Meeting Edward and his boyfriend turned out to be one of my favorite things about the weekend. They’ve inspired me to write a one shot fanfic involving a gay Edward Cullen showing up at Twicon and the mischief that ensues.

And that's all folks. See you at day 2.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Why Mox is my roommate

Us talking about restoring virginity:

"You could use deli ham to rebuild your hymen." -Me

"That would give a whole new meaning to getting porked." -Mox

Monday, March 8, 2010

KoL never fails

So I just picked up Because of the Times and I's a must listen.

Like Aha Shake Hearbreak it took 3 go-rounds of listening before I fell in love. At first it was ehhhh, at second it was hmmmm, at third it is WHOOOOOA.

I immediately fell in love with Only By the Night and I just knew that would be the case with Aha Shake wasn't. I initially loved Soft and that was pretty much it. Then I fell in love with Four Kicks and The Bucket and everytime I listen to that CD I fall in love with a new song. It has surpassed Only By the Night for me.

Right now, I am loving McFearless and On Call from Because of the Times and I have a sneaking suspicion that this one might soon surpass Aha Shake Heartbreak.

This band is phenomenal and each new song is love. They are pure WIN.

As we speak, I am working on my TwiCon post. It is always hard for me to write these event posts. I have so much crammed in my head and expressing the sheer awesomeness to others is hard....

Monday, March 1, 2010

New fanfic...and Twicon!!!

First, I gotta say - what the flip is up with censoring everyone's effing stories. Now I have to navigate's retarded website to read my fave fics. No fairs.

So, Clipped Wings & Inked Armour is over. And I am sad, but a little relieved. Now I can move on. I felt like we got a good resolution. And more hot sex.

Still a few chappies left of Emancipation Proclamation (I think) and I was loling at the shoot out. Getting intense, but can we have some loving? Edward's dick is being so neglected.

Master of the Universe is great as ever, but is starting to get a little long. I hope an ending is in that involves chains...

Univeristy of Edward Masen is frustrating the hell out of me. How patient can one man be???? Seriously, Edward! Man up. She wants it!

Oh, and have you guys read this little gem. Yeah there is a hot, guitar playing, angsty Edward. Good times.

My newest addiction: Hide and Drink. Thanks, Sarah. I will never read another, actual, book again. With stories like this one I will never venture out of my little fic world. My first vampire fic and I'm loving it.

And, I don't think I ever commented on the WA epilogue FINNNNNALLLY posting. I am so sad that it is over. This was the fic that started it all. I never once was bored with this story. I really cared about the characters in this one. And I wanted Edward and Bella to heal. For once, it wasn't all about the sex. :)

Last, but not least, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE update The Blessing and The Curse TBA!! I need to have more Possessiveward. NOW.

Oh.......and guess what???? Twicon is in 4 days and I am so psyched. The awesomeness that is March has started the ball rolling. I can't wait to see Mr. PFach and Mr. Mike Newton. OH and I hope there is lots of cool shit to blow money on. And lots of Eclipse clips......yummmmm.

VD hiatus

What is up with The Vampire Diaires not coming back until like March 18th or something? It was actually starting to get interesting. I hate that the chick that Jeremy actually starts to like is a vampire. I had hope that maybe he could have a normal relationship. And the fact that he actually knows about effing vampires now? Pretty awesome.

This is evil of me...but I'm glad the witch's damn grandmother is dead. Now let's just kill Bonnie's character and we won't have to deal with that lame ass storyline anymore.

Oh and Stefan is such a punk. He's the whole damn reason Damon is suffering. He is such a sell-out. "Wahhh. I gotta tell Dad that Katherine is a vampire. And I have to help capture her so he will still respect me." What a little bitch. Damon loved her and I hope he snaps Stefan's weak little neck.

And Elena needs to wake up and get her sex on with Damon. She is still a whiny little stick. Could we make her character a little more interesting and have her fuck the bad boy, please?

Anyway, since we have to wait so long for the show to come back, I thought I'd post a little clip that cracks me and the roomie up:

Guess where we're from? How many times can they say Georgia? lol.