Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Bikes

Here are the motorcycles as listed on Bella's really does look pretty sad next to Edward's ~ even though I thought Edward's should be a little more flashy than this ~ but what do I know, I'm only a girl who doesn't like motorcycles.

The entire motorcycle bit was a dark time for me because of the whole Jacob fiasco, but looking back at it now, I know that Bella was only doing it to be able to hear Edward's voice, so.....I guess that makes it okay or whatever :-)

Bella's Honda

Edward's Ducati

Jacob's Harley

Friday, August 29, 2008

Midnight Sun now available legally on the internet

This was posted by Stephenie Meyer on her website yesterday....

"As some of you may have heard, my partial draft of Midnight Sun was illegally posted on the Internet and has since been virally distributed without my knowledge or permission or the knowledge or permission of my publisher.
I have a good idea of how the leak happened as there were very few copies of Midnight Sun that left my possession and each was unique. Due to little changes I made to the manuscript at different times, I can tell when each left my possession and to whom it was given. The manuscript that was illegally distributed on the Internet was given to trusted individuals for a good purpose. I have no comment beyond that as I believe that there was no malicious intent with the initial distribution.
I did not want my readers to experience Midnight Sun before it was completed, edited and published. I think it is important for everybody to understand that what happened was a huge violation of my rights as an author, not to mention me as a human being. As the author of the Twilight Saga, I control the copyright and it is up to the owner of the copyright to decide when the books should be made public; this is the same for musicians and filmmakers. Just because someone buys a book or movie or song, or gets a download off the Internet, doesn't mean that they own the right to reproduce and distribute it. Unfortunately, with the Internet, it is easy for people to obtain and share items that do not legally belong to them. No matter how this is done, it is still dishonest. This has been a very upsetting experience for me, but I hope it will at least leave my fans with a better understanding of copyright and the importance of artistic control.
So where does this leave Midnight Sun? My first feeling was that there was no way to continue. Writing isn't like math; in math, two plus two always equals four no matter what your mood is like. With writing, the way you feel changes everything. If I tried to write Midnight Sun now, in my current frame of mind, James would probably win and all the Cullens would die, which wouldn't dovetail too well with the original story. In any case, I feel too sad about what has happened to continue working on Midnight Sun, and so it is on hold indefinitely.
I'd rather my fans not read this version of Midnight Sun. It was only an incomplete draft; the writing is messy and flawed and full of mistakes. But how do I comment on this violation without driving more people to look for the illegal posting? It has taken me a while to decide how and if I could respond. But to end the confusion, I've decided to make the draft available here (at the end of this message on the Midnight Sun page). This way, my readers don't have to feel they have to make a sacrifice to stay honest. I hope this fragment gives you further insight into Edward's head and adds a new dimension to the Twilight story. That's what inspired me to write it in the first place.
I do want to take a moment and thank the wonderful fans who have been so supportive of me over the past three years. I cannot begin to tell you how much each of you means to me. I only hope this note will stop all the confusion and online speculation so that the Twilight universe can once again become the happy escape it used to be. After this incredibly busy year, I am now focusing on spending more time with my family and working on some other writing projects."


Monday, August 25, 2008

We made it big!!!!!!

Check it out-our blog made it onto Stephenie Meyer's website!!! We're in the big leagues now people! This means she might have actually looked at our site herself. I wonder what she thinks! Of course I know what she thinks, this site rocks! :) Thanks to my mom, Patty, for emailing Stephenie's brother and making us famous! WOOHOO!! Great job everyone! Extra props goes to Cindy for having the idea to create this blog and getting everything started. I think this is the best Twilight series fansite out there!

Twilight Series Outtakes

Has anyone read the "outtakes" from the Twilight series books, Twilight and New Moon yet? They are basically parts of the books that Stephenie Meyer decided not
to include. They are really interesting! Read the Twilight outtakes on Stephenie's website here.

For New Moon, click here.

Friday, August 22, 2008

MTV Rough Cut: Stephenie Meyer Explains 'Breaking Dawn'

Do Not Watch This Video if you have not read Breaking Dawn!!
It is a spoiler!!

Click on Link:

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Dreaming of Twilight

Okay, so I admit it.....I've started to dream about Twilight. I'm surprised it took this long, but it only started happening a few nights ago. Now, of course, my dream was pretty stupid, which most of my dreams are, but it got me to thinking: How many others are dreaming of Twilight, too?

So, have you had a Twilight dream yet? If so, what was it about?

Like I said, mine was stupid: Basically I went to see the movie and then all of a sudden I was Bella in the movie. After Mike locked me in a room, thinking it was for my own good, I guess, he and Jessica went into a room where James was waiting for them. I snuck out my room -- apparently Mike is too stupid to lock a door -- and ran to the elevator to make my escape. So sorry Mike and can imagine how that ended ~ there was a lot of screaming, which actually woke me up. Silly, I know. Trust me, next time I better be dreaming about EDWARD!!!!! How Mike and Jessica crept their little booger selves into my dream is beyond me.

So what's your dream??? C'mon, I know you've had one.....and I'm sure your dreams are much more interesting than mine ~ let's hear 'em. I hope to be updating this post with a much, much better dream in the future!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Book vs. Movie

This video came from
It is originally from MTV's - Twilight Tuesdays

Washington Post Article

By Leonard Sax
Sunday, August 17, 2008; Page B07
Click on the title to read an article on Washington about the Twilight Series and feminism.
I thought it was very interesting!!
**Warning: It is a Spoiler**

Monday, August 18, 2008

Stephenie Meyer on Nightline

You can see the interview with Stephenie here

Blast Magazine: Top 10 Twilight Series Moments

Blast Magazine has posted their Top 10 Twilight Series Moments. Don't click on link if you're not finished reading Breaking Dawn.

Do you agree with their Top 10? If not, what moment would you add? What's your #1 Moment?


**Picture credit goes to Enterainment Weekly

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Entertainment Weekly

For anyone whose interested in reading all about the Twilight saga, here's a special edition Entertainment Weekly to satisfy your appetite for all things vampire, werewolf, etc. Click here to get your very own copy.

Twilight Tribute and Worldwide Challenge

I saw this on and thought it was a great idea. After watching the video, click here, scroll down to the comment section and send a message to Stephenie:
(This has music, so you'll need to mute our playlist to hear.)

We want Stephenie to know how much we appreciate her bringing "Twilight" and it's characters into our lives!

Cullen-Hale Family Tree

Twilight Official Movie Cast

**This You-Tube Video has music. Be sure and mute our playlist so you can hear this. I love the song they put with this.**

Friday, August 15, 2008

'Twilight' Moves Up to Nov. 21!

Did you know that they are pushing the release of the
new Harry Potter movie to next summer?
Twilight is going to fill the November 21 spot,
bumping it up a full three weeks from it's original
date of December 12. I'm so excited that I get
to see the movie even sooner!
Read the article here

Stephenie Meyer on the Today Show!


"I'm Betting on Alice"

This week's Hightlight: ALICE CULLEN

Q - What was Alice's full name prior to meeting Jasper and joining the Cullen family?
A - Mary Alice Brandon. Alice was born in Biloxi, Mississippi around 1901.

Q - Although Alice has no memories of her human life, Bella discovers the secret to Alice’s past in the book “Twilight.” Where did Alice live prior to her transformation?
A - In a mental asylum. While Alice lived in the asylum, she attracted the attention of the vampire who would eventually change her into an immortal herself. He was killed before she regained consciousness and she was left to her own defenses.

Q - Which vampire, who attempted to kill Bella, once tried to murder Alice prior to her transformation?
A - James. James began hunting Alice while she was imprisoned in the asylum. A vampire who worked in the asylum freed Alice and changed her before James could kill her. When he discovered what the vampire had done, James killed him.

Q - Where did Alice and Jasper finally meet in 1948?
A - A diner in Philadelphia. Alice saw Jasper in her visions and, upon meeting him, announced that he had kept her waiting “a long time.”

Q - Rosalie and Emmett like to flaunt their love and have had numerous weddings. How many times have Alice and Jasper been officially married?
A - Unlike Rosalie and Emmett’s flamboyant relationship, Alice and Jasper have a more spiritual connection and never felt the need to make their union official more than once.

Q - Which of the following best describes Alice's hair?
A - Short, black, and spiky. Alice is described as being pixie-like in appearance because of her short hair, small features, and diminutive stature.

Q - At the end of “Eclipse,” which event does Bella finally concede to let Alice plan?
A - Edward and Bella's wedding. Alice selects Bella’s wedding dress, a creation by designer Perrine Bruyere, who specializes in recreating opulent gowns modeled after early twentieth century fashions. After seeing the beautiful dress, Bella asks Alice to be her maid of honor.

Information gotten from:

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Where Heaven AND Earth Meet...

“I love you more than anything else in the world combined. Isn’t that enough?” “Yes it is enough,” he answered, smiling. “Enough for forever.”

Isabella Swan and Edward Cullen spoke those words to each other on the last page of the novel Twilight ( New York Times # 1 Best Seller by Stephenie Meyer). Bella and Edward are captivating star-crossed lovers that make our hearts skip a beat with dizzying romance and vows of eternal love.Perhaps that is why director Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) chose The View Point Inn as the eternal movie back drop for Bella and Edward to declare their unconditional and irrevocable love for one another.
This is the magical place where heaven and earth meet and time stands still for lovers of all ages. This is where Stephenie Meyer and Catherine Hardwicke opened the pages of Twilight and released Bella and Edward to breathe and give voice to their eternal love for one another. This is the place where Bella and Edward’s love will live on film and in our hearts – forever.
The View Point Inn has always been a magical setting for romance, charm and elegance. Couples from all over the world come to pledge their love and celebrate at our historic inn. Any celebration has forever found the perfect home at The View Point Inn since 1924.
Requests have been pouring in from Twilight fans to make The View Point Inn a permanent home for Twilight related events. We’ve been asking fans what kind of Twilight events the inn should offer. Ideas keep coming in and we welcome them all. We do, however, already have some great fan ideas we would like to share with you.
Some of those ideas include Twilight dinner/slumber parties, a Twilight Masquerade Halloween Ball, a Twilight December Release Celebration Party, and future Stephenie Meyer book signing luncheons. You can create your own Twilight birthday, anniversary, banquet or private party celebration and we will do our best to accommodate you.
The View Point Inn has always been a destination place for celebration for any occasion. Feel free to simply make reservations for your very own Twilight lunch, dinner, Sunday Brunch and overnight lodging whenever it’s convenient for you. (Because the inn may be closed to the public for special private events, we strongly suggest calling ahead for reservations.)
We are deeply honored and extremely excited to be a part of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight family and a magical place on heaven and earth where Isabella Swan and Edward Cullen will live and love– forever.
Keep checking our Twilight page for more specific details about upcoming events.

~~~~~I am so there!! A Twilight Masquerade Ball sounds divine!!~~~~~

Edward is Definitely Bringing Sexy Back!

Midnight Sun

I just started reading Twilight again for the third time, yes, third time ~ I know, I know, I AM addicted.

Anywho, this time I seem to really be focusing on Edward. I'm just dying to know what he's thinking!! I am so happy that Stephenie is writing Midnight Sun. I think it's going to be awesome. There's so much more to Edward than we know.

One thing I want to know is exactly when he falls in love with Bella. Is it fairly soon, or is he just "giving" in because his thrist for her is so strong and he's waiting to see where the chips will fall??? I'm not sure when Midnight Sun will be released, but I hope we don't have to wait too much longer.

If you haven't read the first chapter of Midnight Sun, I highly recommend you do!!

Chapter 1 from Midnight Sun is posted on her website: CLICK HERE This is off of Stephenie's official website: Enjoy!

Volterra..... also a real place. Why do the Volturi look the way they do? Well according to Stephenie Meyer:

"For me it’s not like aging but it’s more like petrification, they never go anywhere, they’re not very active. In my mind it was like years and years of dust settling on their skin.
Tanya and her sisters in the Denali family are over a thousand years old but they look like Carlisle and they’re still very active."

(This is from a video interview with the Italian Twilighters Club)

And the about the Denalis:
According to Stephenie Meyer:

"Carlisle ran into the three main sisters earlier on, but they were just sort of looking into the vegetarian thing. They didn’t start out that way, for years and years they were the reason behind the myths about the succubus."

[In Western medieval legend, a succubus (plural succubi) is a demon who takes the form of a beautiful human female to seduce men (especially monks) in dreams - source: wikipedia]

"They really like human men, but those humans were meal after all. After awhile they started to develop a conscience, it didn’t seem right to have them as food, so they sort of evolved into vegetarian, whereas Carlisle was always that way."

(This is from a video interview with the Italian Twilighters Club.)

Forks, WA

Yes, Forks, WA is a real place. Stephenie Meyer has made a trip there and describes it on her site: CLICK HERE .

The Forks, WA Chamber of Commerce has a page on their site featuring “Twilight Points of Interests.” CLICK HERE….Check it out! It shows different locations from the book, the hospital, the reservation, the school, etc.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Twilight Poster

The ALA (American Library Association) has a new
Twilight poster to encourage reading!
What do you think about the poster?
You can buy the poster here

Edward Cullen vs. Jacob Black

Make sure you cast your vote for the Edward vs. Jacob poll on the sidebar! So, who's your fave?

Is it the perfect, handsome, pale-skinned blood sucking vampire, Edward?

Or do you prefer the cute, boyish, sweet, tan, hairy werewolf, Jacob?

Cast your vote now! Poll closes August 20th.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Twilight Bookmark!

Checkout this neat bookmark you can print!

Find this and others at

Monday, August 11, 2008

My Conversation With Edward.....

Character Heights

I don't know if you can see this very good, but I thought it was pretty interesting!! Bella is a lot shorter than I thought, but not as bad as poor Alice ~ she's tiny. I think this is absolutely adorable. I found this at .
Left to right is: Edward, Bella, Jacob, Emmett, Rosalie, Alice, Jasper, Emse & Carlisle

New Twilight Calendar!

Check out this Video featuring the new Twilight Calendar!!

I know we have our own "you might be obsessed" list, but some of these were funny and so true and it is fun to see what other people are saying. Enjoy!

You know you're obsessed with Twilight when...
1. …you insist on moving to Forks.
2. …you love when it is rainy, cloudy, or snowy out, and hate when it is sunny.
3. …you check the weather in Forks when you don’t even live near it.
4. …you’re dying to get a silver Volvo.
5.’re obsessed with any name in the books.
6. …you’re convinced vampires exist, and aren’t ashamed of it.
7. …you introduce yourself to people as Mrs. Cullen.
8. …you write Mrs. Cullen or I ♥ Edward across your finger nails.
9. …Clair De Lune is your favorite song just because it’s in the books.
10. …you won’t answer anyone unless they refer to you as Mrs. Cullen.
11. …you shun anyone who tries to convince you that vampires don’t exist.
12. …you get into fights with your Twilight-obsessed friends about which of you is going to marry Edward.
13. …every time someone asks you who you have a crush on, your immediate response is “Edward Cullen.”
14. …you make shirts pertaining to the books.
15. …you have birthday parties for characters in the books.
16. …you plan on naming your kids after characters from the books.
17. …when someone asks you out, you say, “Sorry, I’m already dating/married to Edward Cullen.”
18. …you can relate just about anything to the books in at least some small way.
19. …you now listen to all of the bands mentioned as Stephenie Meyer’s inspiration mentioned in the back of New Moon.
20. …your mom no longer threatens to ground you – she just threatens to take away your copy of the books.
21. …if anyone so much as looks at your books the wrong way you start screaming at them.
22. …you demand that everyone you know reads the books.
23. …you buy people the books for their birthday/any other holiday so they’ll read them.
24. …you ask someone what chapter/page number they’re on when they're reading one of the books and from that information you can recite exactly what is going on.
25. …you’ve read the books so many times they’re starting to fall apart.
26. …if anyone hasn’t read the books, you take it as a personal offense.
27. …you’re already planning your wedding for Edward and you.
28. …everyone at school knows you as “the Twilight freak.”
29. …you can recite both of the books from memory.
30. …you attempt to not sleep because if Edward doesn’t need sleep, you don’t either.
31. …you dress up as a vampire by painting your face white and putting purple eye shadow under your eyes, and go out in public
32. …Twilight is all you ever think about.
33. …you write “I love Edward Cullen” on all of your personal belongings, and take it as a personal offense whenever someone asks you who that is.
34. harass anyone with the same name as one of the characters in the books, convinced that they are that character and asking them questions you would ask the character like if they are a vampire or if they know Bella.
35. will only date someone if their name is Edward.
36. actually convince a guy to read them.
37.'re friends threaten to kill you if you mention Twilight one more time.
38. try to control your thoughts because Edward might hear them.
39. have gotten almost everyone you know to read Twilight.
40. plan to marry Edward Anthony Masen Cullen (you're one and only true love).
41. suddenly want to be very pale.
42. suddenly find pale boys very attractive.
43. ...your favorite website is a Twilight fan site.
44. ...whenever you're not reading Twilight, you're reading Twilight fanfics
45. ...You write Twlight fanfics.
46. ...your new favorite gem is topaz.
47.'ll only eat food mentioned in the books.
48. know the exact number of pages in Twilight and New Moon

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Twilight Character

Craptastic Covers!

Here are some of the covers for Twilight that Stephenie Meyer toyed with before she decided on the one that fit. And to think "Forks" was supposed to be the title of the book. In Stephenie's own words, these are her "craptastic" covers.

You can find these and more covers on Stephenie Meyer's official website.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Story Behind Twilight: In author, Stephenie Meyer's words

If you haven't already read this, you have to! It is long, but oh so interesting!

"I get a ton of questions about how I came up with the story of Twilight and how I got it published. I may be killing my FAQ page by doing this, but here is the whole story:
(Warning: there are Twilight spoilers contained in the following; if you don't want to ruin the suspense, stop Warning #2: As you might have guessed from the length of my book, I can't tell a short story—this is going to take a while. You have been warned.)
The Writing: I know the exact date that I began writing Twilight, because it was also the first day of swim lessons for my kids. So I can say with certainty that it all started on June 2, 2003. Up to this point, I had not written anything besides a few chapters (of other stories) that I never got very far on, and nothing at all since the birth of my first son, six years earlier.
I woke up (on that June 2nd) from a very vivid dream. In my dream, two people were having an intense conversation in a meadow in the woods. One of these people was just your average girl. The other person was fantastically beautiful, sparkly, and a vampire. They were discussing the difficulties inherent in the facts that A) they were falling in love with each other while B) the vampire was particularly attracted to the scent of her blood, and was having a difficult time restraining himself from killing her immediately. For what is essentially a transcript of my dream, please see Chapter 13 ("Confessions") of the book.
Though I had a million things to do (i.e. making breakfast for hungry children, dressing and changing the diapers of said children, finding the swimsuits that no one ever puts away in the right place, etc.), I stayed in bed, thinking about the dream. I was so intrigued by the nameless couple's story that I hated the idea of forgetting it; it was the kind of dream that makes you want to call your friend and bore her with a detailed description. (Also, the vampire was just so darned good-looking, that I didn't want to lose the mental image.) Unwillingly, I eventually got up and did the immediate necessities, and then put everything that I possibly could on the back burner and sat down at the computer to write—something I hadn't done in so long that I wondered why I was bothering. But I didn't want to lose the dream, so I typed out as much as I could remember, calling the characters "he" and "she."
From that point on, not one day passed that I did not write something. On bad days, I would only type out a page or two; on good days, I would finish a chapter and then some. I mostly wrote at night, after the kids were asleep so that I could concentrate for longer than five minutes without being interrupted. I started from the scene in the meadow and wrote through to the end. Then I went back to the beginning and wrote until the pieces matched up. I drove the "golden spike" that connected them in late August, three months later.
It took me a while to find names for my anonymous duo. For my vampire (who I was in love with from day one) I decided to use a name that had once been considered romantic, but had fallen out of popularity for decades. Charlotte Bronte's Mr. Rochester and Jane Austen's Mr. Ferrars were the characters that led me to the name Edward. I tried it on for size, and found that it fit well. My female lead was harder. Nothing I named her seemed just right. After spending so much time with her, I loved her like a daughter, and no name was good enough. Finally, inspired by that love, I gave her the name I was saving for my daughter, who had never shown up and was unlikely to put in an appearance at this point: Isabella. Huzzah! Edward and Bella were named. For the rest of the characters, I did a lot of searching in old census records, looking for popular names in the times that they'd been born. Some trivia: Rosalie was originally "Carol" and Jasper was first "Ronald." I like the new names much better, but every now and then I will slip up and type Carol or Ron by accident. It really confuses the people who read my rough drafts.
For my setting, I knew I needed someplace ridiculously rainy. I turned to Google, as I do for all my research needs, and looked for the place with the most rainfall in the U.S. This turned out to be the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. I pulled up maps of the area and studied them, looking for something small, out of the way, surrounded by forest... And there, right where I wanted it to be, was a tiny town called "Forks." It couldn't have been more perfect if I had named it myself. I did a Google image search on the area, and if the name hadn't sold me, the gorgeous photographs would have done the trick. (Images like these of the Hoh Rainforest (a short drive from Forks). Also see ). In researching Forks, I discovered the La Push Reservation, home to the Quileute Tribe. The Quileute story is fascinating, and a few fictional members of the tribe quickly became intrinsic to my story.
All this time, Bella and Edward were, quite literally, voices in my head. They simply wouldn't shut up. I'd stay up as late as I could stand trying to get all the stuff in my mind typed out, and then crawl, exhausted, into bed (my baby still wasn't sleeping through the night, yet) only to have another conversation start in my head. I hated to lose anything by forgetting, so I'd get up and head back down to the computer. Eventually, I got a pen and notebook for beside my bed to jot notes down so I could get some freakin' sleep. It was always an exciting challenge in the morning to try to decipher the stuff I'd scrawled across the page in the dark.
During the day, I couldn't stay away from the computer, either. When I was stuck at swim lessons, out in 115 degrees of Phoenix sunshine, I would plot and scheme and come home with so much new stuff that I couldn't type fast enough. It was your typical Arizona summer, hot, sunny, hot, and hot, but when I think back to those three months, I remember rain and cool green things, like I really spent the summer in the Olympic Rainforest.
When I'd finished the body of the novel, I started writing epilogues...lots of epilogues. This eventually clued me in to the fact that I wasn't ready to let go of my characters, and I started working on the sequel. Meanwhile, I continued to edit Twilight in a very obsessive-compulsive way.
My older sister, Emily, was the only one who really knew what I was up to. In June, I'd started sending her chapters as I finished them, and she soon became my cheerleading section. She was always checking in to see if I had something new for her. It was Emily who first suggested, after I'd finished, that I should try to get Twilight published. I was so stunned by the fact that I'd actually finished a whole, entire book, that I decided to look into it.
Getting Published: To put it mildly, I was naive about publishing. I thought it worked like this: you printed a copy of your novel, wrapped it up in brown paper, and sent it off to a publishing house. Ho ho ho, that's a good one. I started googling (naturally) and began to discover that this was not the way it is done. (Movies lie to us! Why?! A side note: you will not be able to enjoy the new Steve Martin version of Cheaper by the Dozen when you know how insanely impossible the publishing scenario it contains is.) The whole set up with query letters, literary agents, simultaneous submissions vs. exclusive submissions, synopsizes, etc., was extremely intimidating, and I almost quit there. It certainly wasn't belief in my fabulous talent that made me push forward; I think it was just that I loved my characters so much, and they were so real to me, that I wanted other people to know them, too.
I subscribed to and compiled a list of small publishers that accepted unsolicited submissions and a few literary agencies. It was around this time that my little sister, Heidi, mentioned Janet Evanovich's website to me. In her Q and A for writers section, Janet E. mentioned Writers House, among a few others, as "the real thing" in the world of literary agencies. Writers House went on my wish list as the most desirable and also least likely.
I sent out around fifteen queries (and I still get residual butterflies in my stomach when I drive by the mailbox I sent the letters from—mailing them was terrifying.). I will state, for the record, that my queries truly sucked, and I don't blame anyone who sent me a rejection (I did get seven or eight of those. I still have them all, too). The only rejection that really hurt was from a small agent who actually read the first chapter before she dropped the axe on me. The meanest rejection I got came after Little, Brown had picked me up for a three-book deal, so it didn't bother me at all. I'll admit that I considered sending back a copy of that rejection stapled to the write-up my deal got in Publisher's Weekly, but I took the higher road.
My big break came in the form of an assistant at Writers House named Genevieve. I didn't find out until much later just how lucky I was; it turns out that Gen didn't know that 130,000 words is a whole heck of a lot of words. If she'd known that 130K words would equal 500 pages, she probably wouldn't have asked to see it. But she didn't know (picture me wiping the sweat from my brow), and she did ask for the first three chapters. I was thrilled to get a positive response, but a little worried because I felt the beginning of the book wasn't the strongest part. I mailed off those three chapters and got a letter back a few weeks later (I could barely get it open, my hands were so weak with fear). It was a very nice letter. She'd gone back with a pen and twice underlined the part where she'd typed how much she enjoyed the first three chapters (I still have that letter, of course), and she asked for the whole manuscript. That was the exact moment when I realized that I might actually see Twilight in print, and really one of the happiest points in my whole life. I did a lot of screaming.
About a month after I sent in the manuscript, I got a call from Jodi Reamer, an honest to goodness literary agent, who wanted to represent my book. I tried really hard to sound like a professional and a grownup during that conversation, but I'm not sure if I fooled her. Again, my luck was tremendous (and I don't usually have good luck—I've never won anything in my life, and no one ever catches a fish when I'm in the boat) because Jodi is the uber-agent. I couldn't have ended up in better hands. She's part lawyer, part ninja (she's working on earning her black belt right now, no kidding), a pretty amazing editor in her own right, and a great friend.
Jodi and I worked for two weeks on getting Twilight into shape before sending it to editors. The first thing we worked on was the title, which started out as Forks (and I still have a teeny soft spot for that name). Then we polished up a few rough spots, and Jodi sent it out to nine different publishing houses. This really messed with my ability to sleep, but luckily I wasn't in suspense for long.
Megan Tingley, of Megan Tingley Books, of Little, Brown and Company, read Twilight on a cross-country flight and came back to Jodi the day after the Thanksgiving weekend with a preemptive deal so huge that I honestly thought Jodi was pulling my leg—especially the part where she turned the offer down and asked for more. The upshot was that, by the end of the day, I was trying to process the information that not only was my book going to be published by one of the biggest young adult publishers in the country, but that they were going to pay me for it. For a very long time, I was convinced it was a really cruel practical joke, but I couldn't imagine who would go to these wild extremes to play a hoax on such an insignificant little hausfrau.
And that's how, in the course of six months, Twilight was dreamed, written, and accepted for publication.
Things keep getting crazier, what with the movie deal and all the pre-publication attention that Twilight continues to receive. Though I've gotten impatient from time to time, I'm glad I've had the last two years to try to come to terms with the situation. I'm greatly looking forward to finally having Twilight on the shelves, and more than a little frightened, too. Overall, it's been a true labor of love, love for Edward and Bella and all the rest of my imaginary friends, and I'm thrilled that other people get to meet them now. "

Story courtesy

How well do you know "The Book"?

Friday, August 8, 2008

Bella & Edward Slideshow

Edward a/k/a Robert Pattinson actually writing Bella's Lullaby...

I just read that Edward a/k/a Robert Pattinson in "real" life will actually be composing Bella's lullaby himself! This just makes me love him even more! Great, that is just what I need! Check out the video below!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Twilight T-Shirt Sayings...

I found this website,, that had all of these funny Twilight t-shirt sayings on them. Below are a few of my favorites. I hope some of them make all of you laugh like they did me. Probably not though, cause I am weird like that.

If I had kids, this would so be the truth for me this past week. I would not have won any mother of the year awards for sure!

And last but not least, my very favorite one...

My Man Edward......

Isn't he a hottie!! I'm in Love!!

The Twilight Cars

I found all these cars at These are the cars that Stephenie herself has invisioned as the actual cars (or as close to it as she could get.)

Bella's Truck
Edward's Volvo
Jacob's poor, poor Rabbit
Emmett's Jeep
Carlisle's Mercedes
Rosalie's BMW
Alice's Porsche

Before Car (Mercedes Guard)

After Car (Ferrari)