"Vice President wasn't going to cut it. I wanted to rule the world."
-- GM Tvini
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Co-Worker's Not-So-Candid Quotes
"What more can I possibly say about the Wedding Goddess? She makes me wish I was still a player looking forward to my special day. If the players could see the time and dedication she puts into weddings they would be astounded."
"Captain, my Captain. It is obvious that she finds great pleasure in helping a couple have a memorable wedding, managing to coordinate all the little details into a perfect evening for all involved. She is always there to lend a shoulder, an ear, or any other body part to help, support and encourage her co-workers and teammates in their tasks. She has this ornery sense of humor that occasionally shows up in her work, which will set me to giggling. You just know she is sitting there straight-faced typing it too!"
"My little gooey liquor-laced cherry-cream chocolate truffle!"
"The first word that comes to mind is 'integrity'. If a player hears a 'no' from her lips, it's not for lack of trying to find any way possible to say 'yes'. She balances game needs and player needs with the precision of a nuclear scientist and the caring of a mother, and she does it with the kind of sense of humor that leaves me howling ten hours later when I remember something she said.'"
"I didn't believe in angels until I met Tvini. Tvini has the most difficult position in DragonRealms. No matter how well she performs her job, there is always another wedding. There is no end, no rest, no break, and every single wedding is as complicated as the one before it. In spite of this, she is one of the most cheerful, enthusiastic people I have had the pleasure to work with."
"You can't think of Tvini without thinking of the wedding team... and that brings to mind: 'Anyone have a moment for a quick wedding QC? The bride felt the need to change just one or two tiny little things... and the wedding is in 30 minutes.' Tvini is extremely hard-working, conscientious and dedicated to ensuring that players have the best experience possible."
"Tvini has a fun sense of humor -- she has to with what she does! She's also always willing to help out when you find (always at the last minute) that something needs to be QC'd. Many an Estate Holder gift got into customer hands because she was willing to pause what she was doing to help. One of these days, I'll get her a tee-shirt that states, 'Why yes! Let me drop what I'm doing to help you!'"
I've been a GM since 1997, when a big Hollywood agent spotted me at the local soda shop and plucked me from obscurity. I've written descriptions for some areas, such as leucros and vipers (but didn't design the creatures themselves), and I run some merchants. If you think you know who they are, you're wrong. Shortly after I was hired, GM Chandra said, "I can't be here tonight, can you look after this wedding for me? It'll be easy, really." I guess something stuck. Now, I'm the wedding guru. I help couples tie on the ball and chain and descend to their doooooom! No wait, I mean, join together in wedded bliss.
Where were you born?
Where do you currently live?
Charlotte, NC. I'm a Tarheel born and a Tarheel bred.
Do you have any pets/kids/both?
One wonderful toddler, two less wonderful cats.
What is your current occupation?
I'm a stay-at-home mom. I used to be a TV producer. My current job is more harrowing.
What did you want to be while you were growing up?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be President of the United States. Vice President wasn't going to cut it. I wanted to rule the world.
Favorite TV shows?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Enterprise (I'm giving it a chance), Law and Order.
Cary Grant, Jimmy Cagney, Bogey and Bacall, Ian McKellan, Jack Benny, Laurel and Hardy, plus a roster of lesser known "veteran character actors." In the "under 60" category, James Marsters is a foamy treat.
Ani DiFranco, Maura O'Connell, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Hank Williams Sr., The Carter Family, David Mead, Phranc, the Beatles, Pink Floyd.
Connie Willis, Ursula K. LeGuin, and the "Year's Best Science Fiction" anthologies edited by Gardner Dozois. I used to read voraciously, but taking care of a toddler, the books are mainly at the "Goodnight Moon" level now.
Where did you go to college and what did you study?
UNC-Chapel Hill. I majored in Radio, TV, and Motion Pictures. The following year, the program was disbanded. It was purely a coincidence. Really.
Favorite/least favorite job you've ever had?
Favorite job: Promotion producer for a local TV station. Writing 30 second blurbs for upcoming movies and events is great training for writing tight DR copy.
Least Favorite job: Intern for a local TV station, doing news promotion. "World ends at ten, we'll tell you why at eleven! Matlock is next!" I'm going to hell for doing those.
Computer games, piano, guitar, knitting, berating myself for staying up toolate yet again.
Chocolate. Anything chocolate. You could dip a wooden plank in chocolate and I'd eat it.
Favorite board games or computer games?
There's a great little web-based company that makes a board game called "Kill Dr. Lucky" and also has some good free games, like the coin game "Fight." Nifty stuff. I'm also partial to The Sims, Civilization, Age of Empires and similar world-building type games. Plus I rule as the Zerg queen in Starcraft.
Favorite sports/sports teams?
I so do not follow sports. Especially since the Charlotte Cobras Lacrosse team was disbanded.
What would you do with a million dollars?
Pay my debts, my kid's college education, retirement, house and all that boring real-life stuff. Plus institute my childhood plan for world domination.
What three people past or present would you invite to dinner?
My grandmother, who died before I was born, and my mother, just to see the interaction. Anyone else would be a third wheel. Could we go out for dinner? Because otherwise I'd need to clean the house, and that's even more implausible than hosting dinner for the deceased.
What is your favorite quote?
"This above all,--to thine own self be true; And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man."
Name something you'd like to do before you die.
Travel the world. I've been to England and Spain, and various places in the U.S., but there's still so many neat places to experience!
What's your favorite acronym?
I generally don't like acronyms. Don't tell me ROFL, tell me, "That made me laugh so hard I shot milk out of my nose." Much more descriptive.
Who is your hero or heroine?
My mom. She came from "cardboard in the soles of your shoes" type poverty, but managed to get a college education, become the first woman editor at the local newspaper, tutor adults for literacy, mentor, work to better the community and herself, and still bring me up surrounded by love and music and books while my equally wonderful dad worked the night shift.
If you could have any musical group or artist, past or present, play at your birthday party, who would it be?
Ella Fitzgerald. Nobody else can hold a candle.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
The ability to stop time for everyone but myself. Then I could stop that mess my daughter's making before it happens, zip out and get a mocha, take a bubble bath, and come back refreshed and ready to go.
And the Zobmondo question:
Would you rather finally meet the person you idolize most and accidently vomit on them...
In your attempt to meet him or her, be arrested by the police and be publicly accused of being a stalker?
Vomit. Absolutely. I don't need my fingerprints on file.