Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WHAT TO EXPECT AT TFMU

If you are wondering what goes on at TwiFic Meet Up, let us enlighten you.  Here is a little back story to begin.  Four years ago, a group of fandom friends said they would like to have a get together where we could talk fic, meet authors, and hang with our internet friends.  A few people said they would organize it if there was enough interest. Boom!  Las Vegas was the first big TFMU. People got to go on a vacation and indulge their love of Twi Fic.  There were discussion groups, author workshops, a dominatrix, champagne, and more.  It has been held in Chicago, Nashville, and will be in Philadelphia this year.  The event itself has grown and changed (hopefully for the better) and continues to do so as we learn more after each gathering.  There are scheduled events, lunch, a party, and plenty of free time.  
The event takes money and time to plan. Your registration fees allow all of these wonderful things to happen. From the conference room where we have the workshops, author's panel, and meet and greet, the audiovisual needs, a catered lunch both Friday and Saturday,  a sightseeing event that normally involves stopping for drinks, a swag bag and more. 
Here is a concise version of the schedule so you can get an idea of the flow of the event.
Thursday: Arrival day with an informal gathering at hotel bar and possibly a TwiFic trivia game.
Friday: Registration to get your name badge, workshops and discussion groups, lunch, more workshops and groups. Break for the day around 3:00.  Meet and Drink, I mean Greet, party with all kinds of fun stuff in the evening until we pass out or go to bed.
Saturday: Authors panel showcase. Various authors will be featured where you can ask questions about your favorite fics. Lunch.  More authors and earlier break out for the day around 2:00 ish.  A sightseeing tour of Philly in the evening (hopefully). Any kind of shenanigans you want, as long it does not break the law.
Sunday:  Goodbye brunch. 
TA DA!!  
That is what you can expect at TwiFic Meet Up Philadelphia and much more.  Can't wait to see you there. 
XOXOXOX,
 Mindy and Kathy 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Hotel Link

Our personalized website to the hotel and our block of rooms is available.  Just a click away.  

See you there!
XOXOXOX
Mindy and Kathy

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

TFMU 2015 Hotel Update!

We've updated our HOTEL page to announce the host hotel for TFMU 2015 in Philly! If you've been waiting to pay your fees, now is the time! Make your room arrangements, book your flight, pay your fees, and get ready to have a great time.

As if you could outrun us,

Mindy & Kathy

Friday, January 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA

  The hosting city for 2015 TFMU is PHILADELPHIA!  This city was in the lead the entire time and won by a large margin.  Remember this is the city that has a city-wide convention going on while we are there so talk to your friends and start getting your roommates together.  I also suggest purchasing your airplane tickets as soon as you can because with over 7000 coming to town, the prices will surely only go higher. 
Watch the blog, twitter and facebook for more information regarding registration and hotel information.  Don't forget you can follow the blog via email.  Just subscribe and you will receive an email anytime we have a new post.

Hope to see you all in Philly!
Mindy 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2015 LOCATIONS

Hello my friends!  I know you have been patiently waiting for the survey and I just want you to know that Lisa has been a HUGE help and working diligently while at her real job. However, I wanted to take a minute to remind you of ALL the things you need to consider when choosing a city.
This year’s search has been a little rougher than before. I am sad to say that New Orleans is NOT an option.  There are some big shenanigans going on the weekend of June 26th - 28th and all the hotels are booked. So our cities are Denver, St. Louis, and Philadelphia and a new southern city.  Philadelphia is having a city wide convention and it is driving up the prices on all the hotels.  However, Lisa was amazing enough to get us a couple of hotel options even with all the hoopla going on.  Try to keep this in mind when voting because it may mean restaurants and bars will be extra busy.  (I mean, EVERY freaking hotel is waiting for this convention.)
Keep airfare prices in mind when voting as well.  I tried to pick cities that are considered hubs to help keep prices down and so that our foreign buddies will have an easier time getting to us.  
I want to give you time to think about it before I give you the survey.  Here are the cities and APPROXIMATE hotel cost with the understanding we will have the same registration fees of $150.
First is Denver.  The hotel room would run around $200 a night and I am working on an all suite hotel right in downtown.
Second is St. Louis.  A night there would be about $150 a night.
Third is Philadelphia.  I am really excited about this but am concerned about the city-wide convention.  Hotel rooms would run $200 a night.
Fourth is North Dallas/ Richardson.  Now before you get your panties in a twist, here is why it is an option. The hotel reached out to me to hold our meet up. (Whoop!)  To get anywhere from the Dallas airport is a 30 minute car ride so why not ride up to a luxury hotel for a non luxury price.  It is in a business center area, however, there are bars and restaurants by the hotel plus, the DART is right there and will take you to Dallas or Fort Worth or where ever.  (Dallas Area Rapid Transit website)  You can fly into DFW or Dallas Love.  The hotel rooms will be close to 125.  

Give it some thought while I create the survey!  Hugs and kisses to you all.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

RESEARCHING TFMU 2015 CITIES

     Hi all! Just wanted to give you a brief update of where in the research process I am.  For those of you who attended last year, you know I have thrown out a few cities to look into.  Right now they are New Orleans, Denver, St. Louis, and Philly.  This year we have decided to not only provide a survey of cities for you to choose from but with those cities, give you an estimate of how much it will cost excluding travel.  I feel like this will enable more people who vote to be able to actually attend. Also, MsKathy and I are planning on TFMU 2015 to be June 25th - 28th.  
      An attendee from last year is helping find an inexpensive location that meets all our needs.  Her name is Lisa Mikita and I can not rave enough about her.  She is a Certified Meeting Professional and is trying to get us all the goodies with the hotel!  Yay!
      We are still waiting on quite a few proposals but as soon as I get them and can come up with the numbers I will post a survey.  I'm thinking by the end of next week.
    Hope all of you are well and enjoying the holidays. 
xoxoxoxox,
          Mindy Gibson
          KYGirltwo