1) Norrington and Sparrow (the cats)
We rescued Sparrow just before we moved out of the house in Carmel six years ago. Nin and I were on a real PotC kick at the time, and wanted t name her Jack, but she was a girl. So I thiught of Sparrow. Norrington, we got as a kitten from taselby. We thought of calling *him* Jack, but he looked so prim and proper in his little gray morning suit fur, Admiral Norrington came to us. Plus, he was always chasing Sparrow around :)
My House Elf and Heterosexual Life Partner (my former boss dubbed her that. Both him and Nin were big Jay and Silent Bob fans, and apparently that's in a movie)! Nin aka ninjababe and I met on the Forever Knight IRC channel about 14 years ago. She asked me to beta her FK/X Men fic (little did i know she'd be trying to force comics on me for ever after!) About a year later, she got on a Greyhound bus and left TN for CA. She moved in with us, my mum found her a job, and we're still together all these years later.
3) PW conventions
The PWFC holds small cons regularly for club members. I went to my first one in Reno, where I met robi_travels actually. It's a great way to see a new city and visit with friends. And Peter being around isn't half bad either :)
4) Collaborator - co-conspirator - writing partner.
The 'Bloodties' series initially started out as a collaboration between me, ninjababe, aka_arduinna, otterevil, and yarrow_blue 13 odd years ago. We shared one big Highlander/Forever Knight universe. after that, I went back to my solitary self :) Then strangevisitor7 borrowed my character Charlotte and I don't think she's giving her back anytime soon! So now, I'm collaborating again. Which I'm remembering how fun it is to do.
5) Tony, Ezra and Charlotte in Bali (this last one is a bit evol I know as that is the story that must never be told)
Okay, here's the deal. Way back last year, when I was writing Practical Applications, after Tony Stark walked into my Highlander fic and took over, I made two references to Bali, sort of throwaway lines:
'You're coming with me to Afghanistan'. That's sure what it had sounded like. Charlotte's brain did a double take, then followed up with dozens of possible replies to his outrageous statement. She picked the most direct one. "No, I'm not."
"That's it? Just 'no, I'm not'. No curiosity, no questions, nothing?" He obviously had not been expecting that response.
"That about covers it." Nope, not falling into that trap. Questions and curiosity would only give Tony an opening to try and lure her into whatever mad scheme he had percolating in his brain. Been, there done that, wasn't doing it again. She'd learned her lesson in Bali.
And a bit later...
He obviously seemed to take that as a compliment. “Come on, you know it’s true. We’ve been friends for over six years, you stay at my house, I stay at yours. I remember your birthday—“
“Pepper remembers my birthday,” she corrected, dropping back into the rocker.
Tony continued as if he hadn’t been interrupted, “We’ve traveled all over the world together. Remember that trip to Bali?”
“I do, but I’m pretty sure you don't.” Considering how much he’d had to drink, he probably didn’t.
Ignoring her chilly tone, he exclaimed, “That was a great time!”
“You have got to be kidding.” Her voice was a study in disbelief.
“You had fun!”
“I was almost killed!”
“Yeah, but you weren’t, and now we can look back at it and laugh.”
“Yes that’s exactly what I do: think back and laugh,” she said, her voice dripping with sarcasm.
Somehow, the 'trip to Bali' has taken on a life of its own. I've been asked many time what happened in Bali, and it's almost becoming pie level in this series [g] Then, afterward, when I'd started writing M7 and added Immortal Ezra to the mix, I realized Ezra had been in Bali with Tony and Charlotte. The mind boggles! Honestly, I'm not sure I'll ever write it, because I think it's more fun for everyone to have their own idea. But I kind of see it was something of a Road movie, you know like 'Road to Bali' with Bing, Bob, and Dorothy. There's a poker game, a lot of booze (well, yeah, it's Tony, so....), Tony somehow loses Charlotte to an oil sheik, and hijinks ensue.
And that is the legendary 'Trip to Bali' story!