Dear Beloved Fan;
Unlike I'd always imagined, it's not easy becoming a vampire. You don't just meet an ancient being one day and *poof* suddenly rise above every financial, emotional or societal issue that you ever endured from the past. It's nothing like that (not after you're bitten).
Sure, you get a pair of retractable fangs. Then, even your best Internet friends, who fully loved reading vampire literature and swapping fantasies about resurrected beings as much as you did, refuse to believe you are a REAL vampire. Even the most devoted movie goers who filled their minds with vampire flicks and dressed up as vampires on Halloween suddenly abandon you when the real fangs come out.
Real vampires have incredible life lessons to learn, places to pack luggage for and laundry that constantly needs cleaning and care. We break fingernails, that grow back quickly, but we break them just the same and it hurts just as much when we bled when human. Only difference is now our blood looks different because ours is black.
The biggest advantage in being a vampire, instead of a physically weak human whose vulnerable to disease, is that I'm never afraid to get assaulted while walking Seattle's streets at night. That is, unless I run into one of those surgically altered creepy enemies of mine (who are out looking for revenge for family, lovers and/or favorite coffee baristas who were murdered by vampires).
I look forward to chatting more with you. (Just know ... I'm real. And I'm really out here!).
(aka: Ravena Doomlah)