Hey guys. Sorry I’m late joining this particular party, but the Joe Lieberman/Mitt Romney Fanfic Meetup at the Barrington Motel 6 was a little more … how to put this … involved than anyone really thought it would be, and I couldn’t leave before the interactive panel on S&M themes in the 2012 election cycle.

There was a slideshow. You should have been there. It was epic.

I’m Athenae, I’ve been writing over at First Draft for seven years now, mostly about the newspaper “crisis,” college hockey, my three ferrets, science fiction TV, John Kerry and, lately, pelicans covered in sludge. My partners Adrastos and Jude and the regular guests cover actual news and inspire action. I mostly look for stories to which I can append the word “motherfucker.”

In any case, looking forward to hanging here a while. Tbogg mentioned something about a free round of shots for every 1,000 clicks, and he wouldn’t kid around, right?


Allison Hantschel

Allison Hantschel

Allison Hantschel is a 10-year veteran of the newspaper business. She publishes First Draft, a writing and politics blog, with her partners Holden, Jude and Scout. She is the author of the books Chicago's Historic Irish Pubs (2011, Arcadia Publishing, with Mike Danahey) and It Doesn’t End With Us: The Story of the Daily Cardinal, about a great liberal journalism institution (2007, Heritage Books). She also edited the anthology “Special Plans: The Blogs on Douglas Feith and the Faulty Intelligence That Led to War” (2005, William, James & Co.) Her work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Daily Southtown, Sirens Magazine, and Alternet. She lives in Chicago with her husband, two ferrets, and approximately 60 tons of books.