I had the pleasure of speaking with forthelongestday and after our brief email correspondence, I'm pretty sure that this girl has mad issues (in the best possible way). You tell me, read onward brave souls!
Let’s start off with the basics…
What’s your penname?
forthelongestday. I'm still incredibly irritated that twitter forced me to eliminate a letter and I have to be frthelongestday over there. It drives me crazy enough that I almost change my penname on FF.net and Twiwrite at least once every other day.
Where do you post most often?
FF.net and Twiwrite, though if FF.net doesn't fix the freaking review replies that's going to be changing soon. <--I'm trying to ease you into my potty-mouth here.
What’s your favorite pairing? Favorite genre?
I'm a sucker for Jasper/Bella. Generally I prefer fics with some funnies in them, but if it's good, I'll read pretty much anything. Oddly enough, I usually don't like reading angst...but I sure as hell love to write it.
Is there a pairing or genre that you absolutely cannot stand?
Not really. There are certain pairings that I think are weird in the canon universe, but to each their own. Besides, there's AU for a reason, and that reason is to make all the characters do the dirty with each other in a semi-plausible way. ;-)
What got you into the Twilight Fandom? It’s all the hot guys, wasn’t it? Don’t lie.
I may or may not have been making fun of Breaking Dawn on the Amazon message boards when someone sent out a link to Midnight Desire by Twilightzoner. It was all downhill from there.
What do you find to be the most challenging part about writing your fics?
Remembering what the difference between 'it's' and 'its' is. Also lemons. Lemons are hard. (Pun intended)
Best review you’ve ever received? Worst?
The Black Crow leaves some awesome reviews. I love hearing from her, she always goes into so much detail, and she's not afraid to say what she finds confusing. I think my beta feels a little threatened by her...
Worst? That's a tough one, because I haven't gotten many bad reviews *fingers crossed*, and because I don't really think I should get to whine about them because I am the worst review replier/reviewer at all ever (I'm working on that). The worst one I've gotten was probably back when I was doing Long Way Down, and someone made a comment about how I needed to get a move on the sexy times, because she deserved a lemon after reading so much of my fic. I was like: o_O. Seriously? I almost threw in a shit-ton of angst and delayed the smexxy, just because I could. One of my pre-readers had to talk me out of it.
How do you get into the zone? What’s your method for getting the creative juices flowing? Dancing around your living room in nothing but a baseball cap, weird shit like that?
Lately I've been bitching on twitter until THEChickNorris bombs me with the 'Lemon of Doom'. Under normal circumstances I'll go through and edit chapters that need to go to the beta and switch back and forth between that and what I'm working on. Eventually I get into the groove.
Do your friends and family in your real life know about your fanfiction alter-ego?
Nope, and it's gonna stay that way.
What do you look for in a good fanfic?
Plot and character development. I need my fictional characters to have some growth and some flaws, otherwise I have trouble keeping interest, and I have to admit that if there's bazillions of typos and horrible grammar I usually can't stand it.
Tell us a bit about yourself…
My ass is kind of falling asleep right now. Wait...that's probably not what you meant...
Anything you’d like to share with us? Married, single? Kids? Covert CIA agent? Alaskan crab fisherman?
Single, no kids. I live alone, and I very, very much prefer it that way. I don't really want any kids of my own, but I do like to borrow my friends' children, get them all hopped up on sugar, and teach them funny things to say, like “Mother, your argument is unnecessary and pointless because green beans are the bane of my existence and I will not eat them.” My friends hate me sometimes. :-)
Spill! What’s your guilty pleasure? I promise not to judge you, as long as it isn’t Justin Beiber.
Obviously it's fanfic...lol.
Do you have a favorite published author? Someone that actually has printed novels with a publishing house, like Stephanie Meyer.
Making me choose a favorite author is just cruel. Currently I'm riding a Charlaine Harris high though.
Favorite musical artist? Anything we should definitely check out?
Nope, can't choose. I've written and deleted about ten responses to this question, and I've decided it's impossible to answer.
Time to spread the love…
I love it when you talk dirty to me ;-)
Who do you drop everything for, including the urn with your great grandmother inside, and run to the computer when you get an update?
Sleep on the Floor by sexycereal and Bound For Glory by jandco & wtvoc.
Do you have an author that you fangirl over? And do you squee? I do. Many times.
There are LOTS of authors that I fangirl over, but I'm kind of shy, so I never really say anything. I don't even know how to answer this without feeling awful later for leaving someone out. Off the top of my (very outdated) head we're going to go with Chicklette, LJ Summers, ElleCC, Merina Green, Bratty-Vamp, dryler, hunterhunting.... jandco & wtvoc... Somebody should probably stop me now.
If you were to break someone into the Twilight Fandom, what fic would you give them to read first?
I think it would depend on exactly why they're interested in reading fanfic to begin with. If they were looking to kind of poke fun at Twilight I'd send them over to Midnight Desire. If they were open to something non-canon I'd aim them toward A Murmur of Fire in the Vein by ElleCC or The Hardest Part by LJ Summers. If they wanted gratuitous smut I'd tell them to hit up...well, I'd probably have to give them a list.
Can you suggest a fic to be recommended on the blog?
Sleep On The Floor owns my soul right now, and Aerobee82 just started posting Antiques Roadshow, which is looking like it's going to be really good. Oooh, and she just updated. I think I need to amend one of my earlier answers, cause poor Grandma just did a face-plant on the floor.
Why do I feel like I'm going to get flogged because all I'm reading right now is AH Edward fics? Eek.
And now for a bit of fun…
Give a shout out to your team!
SweeneyAnne – You are the most fuck-awesome beta I could ever ask for. I heart you hard, and I secretly love that you don't talk to anybody else in the fandom, because that means I don't have to share. ;-)
GemmaLisaX – Dear Lord I feel so bad for neglecting you. Lol. You make me squee and giggle, and I promise that if I write another fic (who are we kidding, I probably will) I will not forget to be like “Hey, gal! Wanna pre-read? You already have access to the folder!”
THEChickNorris – I need more porn.
Stephanie Meyer’s Bella… Strong, independent woman and a role model for all girls, or a sniveling, whiny, spineless twit? And do you that KStew makes a good Bella? Anybody you think could’ve done it better?
I have so many issues with canon Bella that I can't even begin to list them all.
I would have liked to see Alexis Bledel cast in the movies, but I don't have any huge issues with KStew, you know, other than the fact that I was pretty sure she was a horrible actress until I saw The Runaways.
Ever imagine yourself in the place of a character in the fics you read? (It’s the lemons, isn’t it? Naughty naughty!)
Let’s say that your friends and family don’t know that you write fanfiction. You’re at the office, or the family get together, and someone mentions that they’ve be reading this fanfiction online. As you listen to them recount the details of this story, you realize with growing horror that this is your story! How do you react?
I would probably stare in complete horror and turn unhealthy shades of red until they realized that I was the one who wrote it. Then I would spontaneously combust. On purpose.
As always, don't forget to check out forthelongestday's profile and leave her some love if you enjoy her stories! If I may be so bold and--let's be honest here--I am always 'so bold', I highly suggest you check out The Long Way Down, it's complete!