From Crystal: Hey, look it's a new layout! Because you totally didn't see that coming, right? Right?? Okay, so you did, but hey, you didn't know what it would look like, so HAH. :) Sorry it's not all Anna Torv, and sorry it's black and blue (again), but hopefully you like it just the same, yes? I am particularly proud of the banner. :D
On a more serious note...Happy Birthday, Frea. Everyone knows you already rock, so hearing it from me isn't anything new. But you truly are awesome, and I'm glad I sent you that Fateful (hee) email back in February that got us chatting, and I'm even more stoked that I got to meet the brilliance of Frea in person. Seriously, you've helped me so much in setting up my writer's roots and branching off in crazy and corrupted directions, and I can't thank you enough. Kill Bryce is 100 times more awesome when I've got you to chat with and bounce ideas off of. And Fates snippets are always a bonus. :D
Sorry I've been so MIA lately, but you know I still love ya! Have a great birthday, and yes, it is a big deal, no matter what you say. :)
From mxpw: I'm not sure what to say exactly, Frea. I talk to you almost every day, usually about your plans to take over the world, one fanfic reader at a time. But still, even though we talk a lot, I don't think you quite understand the impact you've had on me since I sent you that PM (or was it you who contacted me first, I can never remember) way back...whenever that was.
To think I was so nervous offering to be your beta. I mean, I knew next to nothing about you, other than your awesome taste (Futurama FTW!). And yet, it was a great decision on my part to try anyway because look where I'm at now? And then I actually got to meet you in person. Twice. Those were both awesome days, where we had In-N-Out, talked about Fates, discussed music, and thought we got lost, but were actually just fine. Yeah, I can't believe I remember that either.
I've learned so much since getting to know you, not only about writing, but also about Fringe (and your subsequent crush on Olivia Dunham), you, Bostons, and Jim Butcher, just to name a few. You've been an awesome friend, you are a brilliant writer, and even though you may not think it's such a big deal, the Ninth is an awesome day because it's YOUR birthday. So there.
I hope you like the banner and the new layout. Crystal did an amazing job, did she not? Yes, I'll admit, it was my idea, so if you're not crazy about it, blame me. But she did all the work and I hope you like it as much as I liked my layout.
Happy Birthday, Frea! I hope you actually do something to celebrate! And enjoy your new blog.