Hi! I live in Washington state (yes, it's true) but I'm on the opposite side of the state as Forks. It doesn't rain as much here (we get lots of snow though) and whenever Forks is described (minus the rain thing) it actually fits where I live more than the real Forks!
I live in a part of Washington were there actually is a lot of forest near small towns (it really would be possible for Edward to run to my house from a school), but unlike the Olympic Peninsula, it's often sunny here (Bella would like that.) There have been several sightings of mountain lions here (we generally call them cougars) near to houses and people, quite unusual (but again.. more like the book than the real Forks.) One was even seen in a small town in someones yard and hissing at a tent with children in it! We definitely could use a few vegetarian vampires in this area. My husband would also like to point out that we live in the only county in Washington that has a wolf pack. Apparently, wolves are monitored really really closely. He is convinced that Stephanie Meyer was really writing about where we live instead of Forks.
I think I fell in love with the Twilight books so much (besides finding the characters fascinating) was because it reminded me of my own love story (in a small way) with my own Edward. Not that our love story resembled there's much, but there's something about the timelessness of true love. No matter what my husband and I go through I'm always grateful that I married him and it's wonderful to be reminded of what it was like to be first in love.
We have two little girls 4 and 2 years old. I am an artist, musician, and seamstress, though not often professionally any more since I've had kids and stay home with them. I do alter an occasional wedding dress or do a commission artwork piece. I hate performing, though I used to play and sing with my harp in a group every Christmas. It was merely a good way to earn money and I was good at it, but I hated being in the center of attention. Now I mainly play my harp or the piano just for fun. My daughters like to sit next to me and "help" play the piano.
My husband is actually the writer/editor in the family, but I've learned a lot from him (our long distance engagement and writing to each other helped with that.) I tend to obsess over projects until they are done and I'm really just trying to finish "Midnight Sun" for myself because I couldn't stand that it was undone and so great! (Talk about torture.. Stephenie Meyer posts HALF A BOOK and then says she won't finish it!.. that should be illegal.) I feel like anything I make up is "pretend" and whatever new things she would have added would be "real" because it's not my world. I'm always looking to write in cannon and rather than bring my ideas about a character I enjoy sort of discovering who that character is. Stephanie Meyer owns the rights to all of this of course and I'm just attempting to ease the torture of not being able to finish reading what she started. My own writing projects are going to be seriously easy after attempting this!
I'm not planning on writing any more from Edwards POV (fascinating as it is) after "Midnight Sun" is done... unless someone begs me to do a chapter (that hasn't been done well yet).. then I might consider doing a little more.
-I just found this next thing on someones profile and thought it was funny-
Lessons Learned in Twilight:
1. You can enjoy the banquet while resisting the wine.
2. The future is not set in stone.
3. Men are crabby when they're hungry.
4. Nothing beats an irritable grizzly bear.
5. True love knows no boundaries.
6. Some people are just danger magnets.
7. Even eternal enemies can work together to save something they love.
8. Forget the fangs - real vampires sparkle!
9. Soul mates exist, even if it takes 100 years to find them.
10. Porsche 911 Turbos make really great bribes.
11. Friendship is like the sun on a cloudy day.
12. Snow just means it's too cold for rain.
13. Family is about more than just blood.
14. What's worth doing is worth over-doing.
15. Losing your temper can be hair-raising.
16. "Vegetarian" has many meanings.
17. Even monsters can hold on to their humanity.
18. There are exceptions to every rule.
19. Always verify bad news before doing something stupid.
20. Hearing voices in your head doesn't necessarily mean you're crazy.
21. Love means being willing to sacrifice your happiness for another's.
22. Cold hands = Warm heart.
23. Not breathing is uncomfortable.
24. Stupid lambs and masochistic lions make quite a pair.
25. Romeo was an idiot.
26. Twilight is the saddest and safest time of day.
27. Extreme sports should not be attempted alone.
28. Life is worth very little without someone to share it with.
29. Space heaters can be very annoying.
30. Love can make even the most miserable places paradise
“Penguins. Lovely.” Edward, Eclipse
"Next time you want to hit me, use a baseball bat or a crowbar, okay?" Jacob, Eclipse
"Stupid shiny Volvo owner."-Bella, Twilight
“I’m really glad Edward didn’t kill you. Everything’s so much more fun with you around.” — Emmett Cullen
“This hostage stuff is fun.” — Alice Cullen
“I can’t imagine how awful that must feel. Being normal? Ugh.” — Bella Swan
"Yes, because a vampire slumber party is the pinnacle of safety conscious behavior." Bella
"Go fetch a space heater... what am I a St. Bernard?" -Jacob
"I've been tortured, Alice painted my toenails!" -Bella Swan
"It's a good thing you're bulletproof." -- Bella Swan
Emmet: "Fall again, Bella?"
Bella: "No Emmet, I punched a wear wolf in the face."
"You are bizarrely moral for a vampire." -- Bella Swan