The Family Business is growing up

Two months ago I published the first chapter of my twisted little fanfic version of the Twilight tale. After posting chapter 10 last night I decided a celebration was in order. I drank the champagne by myself but all of my readers were there in spirit, honest! At one point I had the desire to follow suit with other writers and update my (non-Twilight) blog with teasers, song lists, art and fic rec’s. Being very busy, lazy and punctually challenged, it never happened. So in addition to my bubbly hangover, I’m celebrating my tenth chapter with an update.

I also designed a banner for The Family Business as you can see here. I’m a graphic designer by profession and I’m blown away by some of the art, banners and manipulations I’ve seen in this arena. Luckily for us, The Precious* has a million versions of himself from which to choose and steal for our lusty purposes. I bow to the talent in the fandom and hope everyone enjoys my vision of Slayerward.

Speaking of the nickname for our hero, I want to thank TideRider for that. As a Twi-fic writer and reader, I knew I’d truly arrived when my Edward had been dubbed.

All right, enough rambling. Starting today and updating regularly until I catch up, I’ll post some art, a blurb or quote, and some other fun nonsense from each chapter. Then the blurbs should actually become teasers for unpublished chapters. (Aren’t good intentions cute?)

*For the record, I don’t actually picture Rob** as Edward in very many fics, but the set of photos from which I borrowed for the banner made me think of Slayerward immediately.

**I prefer to picture Rob in my bedroom, feeding me white chocolate and singing Snow Patrol songs. Among other things.

And here you go…

Chapter 1
Bowling Shoe Blues (Edward)

“I felt the warning vibe like a cold finger at the base of my neck. My family and I had been hunting and killing vampires for as long as I could remember and there wasn’t a doubt in my mind that I drew breath today because of my total respect for the vibe.”

Songs: Open Your Eyes by Snow Patrol; Breathe In Breathe Out by Mat Kearney
(I have a shitload of songs for future chapters and welcome suggestions.)

Favorite reader review of this chapter: “Oh please let there be a tiny thought in Edward’s head to call his friend Buffy to ask her how she handled being in love with the undead :). Forks as a hellmouth makes much more sense then Sunnydale or Cleveland!” – ladyspinning

Keep reading The Family Business if you want in on the 401k plan. And suck up to the boss by leaving reviews.

http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2155721/SuzsPetals

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. I_luv_Spunk
    Apr 10, 2010 @ 17:55:48

    I love the banner and the pic you chose for Slayerward is perfect. When I first looked at it my immediate thought was “yes, that’s him.” I’m loving the story and Slayerward is just such a sweetheart he really tugs at my heartstrings. Looking forward to more wonderful writing from you.

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  2. 17foreverlisa
    Apr 10, 2010 @ 18:38:30

    Suz, I am so glad you are going to use your blog to give us updates! As I told you in my email, I love the banner you designed for your ff story. It’s an awesome visual for an awesome story. Can’t wait to read chapter 10. Settled in at the hotel after watching Travis’s college baseball team play a doubleheader today in Wisconsin. Hubby is watching a hunting show so I’m off to read the chapter now : )

    XXXOOO

    Lisa

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  3. Heidi
    Apr 11, 2010 @ 10:47:43

    I’m so glad to see you using your blog like this!

    PS I really like the banner. Such a brooding boy… sexy.

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  4. VitaminR70
    Apr 11, 2010 @ 13:34:30

    Hi DB! You know how I love Slayerward. It is so fun being along for the ride from the beginning with you. You amaze me with your talent. ❤

    Sooooo I have sent in my application for a position in The Family Business…I might not be family but I live in Seattle and could come out to Forks…it's just a ferry ride and short drive away…..and I can be there for Slayerward if his Bella can't. I am HIGHLY qualified…I mean I own the box set of "Buffy"–that must carry some weight.

    Oh and I do love the banner so. I wish I had those sorts of mad skills. Mwah!

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