Hello! I'm Julia and when I'm not cavorting with elves in Middle Earth, I'm a moderator for this archive, among other things.
Poetry, Anyone? I am the resident Poet Laureate over on the Beta Boards as leader of this fun little group. We have monthly challenges all with a Harry Potter twist. You can also find solid and comprehensive critique for any poems and help for all your archive-based concerns.
Susan Bones Book Club. I am the leader of this fun little group. Each month the SBBC chooses two to three fics from the archives to discuss. We also have monthly drabble activities and an incredibly lively chat thread. We accept new members at all times so if you're interested go and take a look. It's open to all members of the beta boards. If you have any questions or concerns then don't hesitate to PM me.
Summary: The seven women who loved Harry Potter.
Oh I loved this! Your choices were great for Harry and I have to say that I'm so happy you chose Cho. I have a bit of a soft spot for her character especially since a lot of fanfic writers give her a bit of a sore deal. So thanks for another great read. I absolutely adored how you finished with Ginny and Harry flying the Firebolt, that was a really very sweet touch. I hope you will write more of these. I think Neville would be a great one to do (but no pressure hehe)!
Author's Response: Thank you! Fanfiction generally isn't very nice to Cho, you're right, but imo her relationship with Harry seems so much more complicated than J.K. Rowling ever addressed, and I couldn't help but address it in this. I'm glad you liked it! As for that last scene -- I really wanted to show Harry and Ginny in all their happy glory, and it didn't seem right for the two of them if flying wasn't involved ;) I'm thinking of doing five more of these, and currently Neville is on the list, so stay tuned!
Summary: Life with the Potters is always interesting. What emergency could haul Deputy Head Auror Harry Potter from his bed in the middle of the night?
Superb! I love the way you write from Harry's perspective. Everything is so very poignant and sweet and perfectly detailed. I loved the dynamic you had with Ron and Harry as proud fathers. Very funny and sweet at the same time. Well done!
Author's Response: Thanks. I seriously thought about taking the “Ron and Harry at the pub” section out. I was concerned that their conversation added too much to the underlying eroticism of the, mainly, baby story. Now I’m glad that I didn’t. -N-
Scorpius had never looked forward to anything the way he looked forward to leaving Hogwarts with Rose. He planned a holiday with no friends, no family, and nothing to do but be togetherâ€”until a tampered Portkey changed their destination.
Fabulous! I was so happy to see more of this tale from you! It's a great start and I'm looking forward to the next chapter. One thing though:
"Why should I look forward to a decreasing amount of kisses?"
Amount should be number. Amount is used for things which cannot be counted i.e an amount of flour in a recipe whereas number is used for things that can be counted i.e KISSES! Sorry, for the nit-pick :s
Otherwise, so excited to see your Rose and Scorpius again. Keep up the great writing!!!
Never apologize for nit-picking, it made me think about my (and Rose's) use of the word. My definition of amount is number, something that can be counted, so Rose was saying, "Why should I look forward to a decreasing number of kisses?"
Thank you for looking forward to more!
Summary: A night to forget everything else; a night to remember.
Dedicated to Harry/Ginny.
Don't you ever, ever doubt your poetic ability again, Natalie. I've been waiting for this!
First of all, you have beautiful command over language. The way you have structured this is fantastic-it reads like a story yet it flows so well. You have molded this poem into something incredibly real. I think what helps is that your language is incredibly visual, sensual and above all erotic, which is what you were going for, no? I love the way it isn't explicit yet it is. Just stunning.
I love it, Natalie. I just love it. I'm so glad you put it up on the archives. Also, Jess' review makes me laugh hehe.
Author's Response: GO SMUT!
I squee every time you comment on my poems. I am so much in awe of your poetry. :O I am so happy you found my language visual as well as sensual and erotic, for , YES, that is what I was aiming for. When I wrote it, my intention was to paint a very vivid scene (not just thrashing bodies but the room, the mood, their feelings all put together). And yet, I didn't want the language to be explicit. I personally feel that being explicit ruin smut anyway.
Thank you so very much for the review, Julia. Now, I can go to sleep with a smile on my lips.
~Natalie. (GO SMUT!)
All I ever wanted to do was fit in and be normal. I wanted friends, a nice boy, marriage and kids, the usual stuff. It wasn’t much to hope for.
Fighting a war can leave scars, and you can't always hide them.
This is Northumbrian of Ravenclaw writing for the Madam Pomfrey One-Shot Triathlon - Round Two: Minor Canon Characters, Prompt 1 (encounter with a mythical creature).
Neil, this is excellent! I'm really enjoying this Lavender trip. You have characterised her so well - there is something so tragic about her life but I feel like if anyone can get through it, Lavender will. Eventually. And after a few bumps along the way, I imagine. Despite her negativity, there is something relentlessly endearing about her. Well done!
I also love how you use her to show us what has happened in the wizarding world since the final battle. The details are interwoven so well and effortlessly. It's also great to see how you set her up for Moon - could this Vampire be the same which you mention in that fic?
You have such a particular style, Neil, and I really enjoy that. Your use of the first-person present-tense is certainly refreshing. I tend to stay away from writing first-person as it never seems to work for me, but you really master it. Keep on writing! I look forward to reading more of Moon (and anything else you write XD).
Author's Response: Julia, thanks for the review. Bare was written for the challenge and, having decided that she’d been crippled in during the battle (as little more than a throwaway in Grave Days) I decided to explore her further. The fact that you describe her as endearing means a lot, as she’s far from perfect. Because I’m only writing one (sprawling) future I have a rough timeline to work too and filling in the “what happened” details is easy. The vampire is the same one, I even started a draft, of the story (Bones, Brown ans Beadle) but a novella length story written in this (first person present tense) style didn’t work so I’ll rewrite it sometime. Thus style only works for one-shots, I think, and it came about by accident because it was the only way that I could get “The Mind of Arthur Weasley” to work. I’ve been really pleased with the reviews this story has got. I’ll be honest, - male writer writing a female-first-person story set in the aftermath of a one night stand where the protagonist spends most of her time naked. That sounds like it could have been a complete disaster, a feeble male fantasy of the worst sort. Neil
Everything was beautiful, and Hannah felt calmer than she had all day; she felt all of the unsettled thoughts beginning to find their places in her frazzled mind.
Lori, that was so touching and beautiful. It was lovely reading something from Hannah's perspective and you pulled off her characterisation really well. I thought it was a touching portrayal of her grief as well as Neville's at the absence of her mother and his parents. Very well done. You brought tears to my eyes :)
Author's Response: Thanks so much Julia. If you had told me a few months ago I would be writing Hannah Abbott, I would have given you a very quizzical look. But I really enjoyed this one... how much do I love Neville? I'm glad you liked it. You know I am a fan of yours, which makes this review even better. :)
Summary: 2010 QSQ Awards Winner for Best Alternate Universe
Sometimes, late at night, when she lies safely in her dormitory bed, she allows herself to think not of Dean, or her friends, or her brothers, or her schoolwork, or the war that's slowly destroying the wizarding world. Instead she thinks of Harry and if things could have been different.
In five different worlds that could have been but weren't, there are five different ways Harry and Ginny could be Harry and Ginny. Circumstances change, but they always find each other in the end. *one-shot*
That was fantastic. Each situation seemed possible and you kept Ginny's characterisation flawless all the way through. You had me tearing up quite a few times with this one! Well done :)
Author's Response: Thanks very much! I'm glad you thought Ginny was in-character throughout :)
**WINNER in the BEST ORIGINAL CHARACTER (Mark Moon) – Quicksilver Quills Awards 2010.**Meet Mark Moon, a bailiff in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement (Scottish Office). Mark has girl problems, or a problem girl, he isn't certain which. The girl is named Lavender.
Aw that was a very sweet scene. I love how you wrote the awkwardness of the situation. Very well done!
Author's Response: Thanks This chapter was a lot of fun to write. Awkward, and a dodgy joke about boobs, too. N
Oh, that was such a lovely way to end this. I'm going to miss Mark and Lavender... I've really grown to love them in this fic. The way Mark desperately wanted to stay up all night with Lavender was really touching. He's such a great character.
Well done, Neil. This has been a wonderful tale to follow and I'm going to miss these updates! I stumbled across your Tale of the Battle on fanfic.net and I was wondering why you haven't posted it here. I loved reading more about Mark (that sounds really bad on my part considering it was a tragic chapter but you know what I mean, hopefully!) and it was good background reading for Moon.
But anyway, great fic, great ending!
Julia, Thank you.
I have a couple of other Lavender stories rattling around inside my head. I dare not start them, at least not until I finish Aurors and Schoolgirls. One is the vampire story, where she meets Mark for the first time the other is a Meet the Parents story. I’m glad that someone likes this story. It’s my least read (apart from Summer of ’97).
Tales of the Battle are rough (some rougher than others). There will be about 20 interlinked one-shots from different points of view. Several are now with Andrea (for much needed “what do you mean?” questions) and Apurva (who will probably one day murder me for my misuse of punctuation). I don’t know what I’d do without them. I’m trying to decide an order for publication. The first is likely to be a Madam Pomfrey/Madam Pince story called “The Calm Before”. Neil
I spotted this last night just before I was about to go to bed and thought I'd give it a go! I love it! You have an interesting take on Lavender Brown post-Battle and I'm really looking forward to seeing how you flesh out her character further. I also love Mark Moon. I can tell he's not going to turn into some two dimensional OC. Keep up the great work! I can't wait for the next update :)
Author's Response: Julia Thanks for the review. This is a sequel (of sorts) to Bare and continues Lavender’s story from there. It was originally written for the Original Character challenge, but grew into a six chapter shorts story which, unfortunately ended up at 11,000 words. It was too long to be a one-shot (as required by the challenge) so I edited it. This is the full and final (and in my opinion better) version. It will be six chapters. Many of Mark’s secrets will be revealed in the next chapter, Perihelion (which I’ve just submitted). Neil
Summary: Romilda Vane is a young reporter for The Daily Prophet. Currently writing a popular column for the Social pages, she is outraged when the highlight of the social calender - the wedding of Harry James Potter to Ginevra Molly Weasley - is given to Lavender Brown to write.
Lavender isn't happy either, for their boss (He-Who-Pays-Our-Wages) has threatened to assign her to the Cookery section unless she dishes the dirt on her friends. She readily agrees to Romilda taking on the assignment for what could the Saviour of the Wizarding World possibly have to hide?
This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff and this is my entry for The Weddings Challenge in The Great Hall. I chose prompt 3 - The Daily Prophet Report.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, but I think you all know that.
Thank you very much to Samarie (Hopeful_Song) for beta'ing this story for me, and giving me some excellent advice.
The Sexual Sitiuations are really very mild, and merely implied.
Oh that was sad, Carole! I love the last line, especially. Actually, I love the fact that Lavender and Blaise are together in this. Is this some foreshadowing for Lavender Blue eh? One thing that struck me as really well done was how you had Lavender and Blaise 'reprimand' Romilda and her behaviour.
Lavender smiled a touch sadly. “We’ve all been silly teenage girls with crushes. Some of us got over it, but you,” she crouched down by Romilda’s side, “you’re so determined to make yourself known that you’re forgetting about that girl who was resourceful enough to smuggle in a love potion and then hide it in a box of chocolates. You have brains, Romilda, just use them with a bit more purpose than trying to wreck people’s lives.”
That is so true and it's a great little snapshot of what we know about Romilda's character.
Also, I love how you left whatever happened between Ginny and Dean (and Harry) up in the air. In my mind I can see this happening as a one-off thing. I don't want to think that Ginny is in love with Dean, in fact I don't think that at all. I think she has feelings for him yes, but they're in the past and she wants to move forward with Harry. You showed this when Romilda commented on how happy she looked. Also, I imagine that Dean needed closure rather than a rekindling of flames. He just needed to accept that things were over. Harry, on the other hand, I'm curious about. I wonder whether Ginny knows that he knows... anyway, sorry about all the rambly speculation! I really enjoyed this fic.
Author's Response: Thank you Julia, you seem to have come up with all the conclusions I wanted people to see when I wrote the story so *fans face* PHEW!. In my mind, Ginny doesn't know that Harry knows, but then Harry might not know exactly what's gone on ... confusing ... ha ha. Darn, I see a prequel in the offing. Hmm, Lavender/Blaise ... just wait and see. ~Carole~
*These are the times that try men's souls.
Well, that couldn't be any more real for Draco Malfoy than on the eve of his wedding. He was getting married the next day, but all he could think about is how his life was about to become so much more damned complicated.
He had no idea.
*Quote - Thomas Paine, American revolutionary.
This fic was nominated for a 2010 Quicksilver Quill Award - Best Humour
OMG I finally got around to reading this. Jess, you have outdone yourself. This is brilliant. Your Draco is irreverant, snide, proud and everything I love about him. It was refreshing to see him in this light. I admit, and you know this, I love a redeemed!Draco but while your Draco seems to regret his past, shown through his anger at his father, he has retained all his... well, unfortunate qualities. This was also a very humorous piece and I loved that. You packed it full of dry humour and wit and it matched Draco's characterisation perfectly.
She looked like a fucking goddess or something...
This had me giggling. It just struck me as something very Draco and, generally, something very male. It's like he can't actually be bothered thinking. I love it!
All in all, this was fantastic. I'm so glad I got around to reading it. I feel so behind at the moment but hopefully once exams are over and I'm on holiday I'll be able to enjoy even more amazing fanfic like this.
Well, I'm glad you got the chance to read this, too. :D
I knew from the outset that, since mush and weddings make me want to retch, I wanted to write something that fit the prompt but totally strayed from the cookie cutter fics that were sure to come from it. I think I did that. lol
I really just wanted to write something dirty and ribald. I'm not gonna lie.
Thanks for reading. *hugs*
A poem about Dolores and Fudge.
This poem won second place in the How I Love Thee Challenge way back in Feb.
I'm so glad you put this on the archives, Alyssa! I love it. It is so brilliantly icky.
Author's Response: I'm so happy that you like it, Julia! It hurt to write this, and reading it must have been hard. :P Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Summary: Hermione knows Draco Malfoy - he is arrogant, mean and has been nothing but hurtful towards her ever since the first time they met. Called to testify at his trial, however, she sees something other than hatred in the face of her old nemesis and begins to wonder if there is something she has been missing all along.
Oh that was so sweet, Hannah! I haven't read a Dramione for quite some time now and you've given me a craving for more. This feels very realistic. We know how compassionate Hermione can be, SPEW is a testament to that, so it felt natural that Hermione could be drawn to Draco like this when he was in a position so vulnerable and uncertain.
The ending was a nice touch as well and left it on an open and rather more happy note than I was expecting. Well done, great job!
Author's Response: Yay Julia! Thanks for the review. When I first had the idea, I knew that this was the only time period that I personally could see Dramione working, and I had SPEW in mind when it came to me. In the same way that Harry has his 'saving people' thing, I believe that Hermione has a bit of 'helping the little guy thing'. She wants to save the house-elves that she sees as oppressed and in a way I wonder if she might see Draco as another project. And I felt I had to leave a little bit of hope in there at the ending. After all, who knows what could happen...
James Potter has changed: no longer an arrogant, irresponsible prankster, he has matured into a responsible Head Boy with tops marks in Transfiguration. Lily Evans has changed as well: normally studious and in control, she has lost focus as she struggles with Head Girl responsibilities and N.E.W.T level studies. An unexpected encounter in the corridors one weekend leads to several startling realizations, the least of which is that things have definitely changed between James Potter and Lily Evans.
This story was nominated for a 2010 QSQ and is now complete.
Eep! That was a great chapter, Gina! The thought of Snape using Sectumsempra on James is certainly an interesting one. I liked the way this scene sort of mirrors the scene between Harry and Draco in HBP, although, they weren't fighting over a girl. The argument was paced really well and you definitely pulled it off. Can't wait for the next update!
Author's Response: Thanks so much for coming back and reading some more, Julia! I'm glad you liked the fight. This is the chapter where I PMed Carole and went - omg, James is in the hospital wing, what do I do now? Because it was just that unexpected, lol. It does sort of mirror HBP, doesn't it? I find that happens often in my writing. The next chapter is with my beta so it shan't be long! The next one, however...hm. Thanks again for reading and for the great review! ~Gina :)
Ooooh Gina! Squee! This is really great. I agree with Carole that Remus is coming across as very sexy XD. I will definitely be following this fic. Keep up the great writing!
Author's Response: Julia! Aw, thanks so much for coming by to read the story! I fear I have once again spoiled things for you in order to craft the banner, but I hope you'll keep reading to see how it pans out. Thanks so much for the lovely review. I'm glad you liked Remus, I must admit I was watching the movies this past week with a different eye for Lupin now that I've written him a few times and rather like his teenage self. Thanks again for the amazing banner! ~Gina :)
Eeeeeeeeeeeek Gina! I just read the entire thing tonight. I was reading the first few chapters of PS and was suddenly overcome with an urge to read some James/Lily so I came to your author's page, of course. I remember I started reading this as you were writing it but fell behind and never caught up. I'm so glad I finally re-read it and got to finish. It's such a sweet and well-told story. It feels so canon, as if this really did happen. All the characters were so well-drawn and the plot was fab. I seem to remember reading the scene when Lily is stuck in the step when you were still writing it. There was humour and a little angst and some steamy action xD and all in all it was such a fun read. Guhhhhh this is a useless review but I really just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed this after a long day of study. I'm definitely still on a James/Lily high so I'll probably be visiting some more of your fics soonish :P
Author's Response: Julia! Thank you so much for the amazing review! I can't believe you read the entire thing at once! But I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I don't write many chaptered fics like this so it was fun and challenging and always so good to hear that someone liked it, given how much J/L there really is out there. Were we chatting on AIM when I was writing the step part? I think I remember talking to someone about it. I was sort of surprised by the ending myself, hee hee. But it was all fun. And then I went and wrote more. If you like first person, I've written a two from James POV (I do like him, you know!) and one from a snarky!Lily POV. Thanks so much for reading this one, I really appreciate the lovely review! ~Gina :)
Harry Potter had seen death - a lot of death. Friends had passed in his lifetime, more so than any one person should ever experience, but how much is too much, even for the Chosen One?
Ron Weasley is dead, leaving behind his wife and his best mate. How can these two cope with their Trio being cut down to two? And when danger lurks in the shadows, can they find the strength to fight for one another?
WHAAAATTTTT?!!?!?!!111!?!!111 *fans face*
In which Jess stirreth Julia's proverbial pot. How lovely. :D
Eep! I just realised that I missed the last update! Oh well. It meant I could read two chapters at once! Aw, it is heart-breaking to see Hermione in her and Ron's flat. It was also sad to see Ginny being so cruel to Hermione. I know I don't really like her as a character but to see her so distrustful of both Harry and Hermione was a bit shocking. But then, grief does strange things to people, and after losing Ron, then breaking up with Harry... I'm not sure whether to empathise with her or give her a good wallop. Of course Harry and Hermione are going to comfort each other in the wake of Ron's death. Gosh!
/rant at Ginny.
But keep it up, Jess! I'm so glad the updates are so frequent XD
You're back!!! I wanted Hermione to have to go back, if only for practical reasons, before she was ready for it. I wanted there to be elements of humour and of Ron, but nothing overtly melancholy. It probably came out as Bummer Central, but that's how I roll.
It seems like it's taking forever for them to get together, but rushing it would just ruin it, I'd think. So, therefore, this story is going to be longer than I'd anticipated. Yay!
Jess! You did not tell me that you were writing a chaptered Harmony!!! At least, I don't think you did... I'm sure I would have remembered! I'm so glad I can follow at least one Harmony fic now and just know that it will eventually be finished (because if you abandon it I will poke you and poke you and poke you until you get so frustrated that you finish it, or, alternatively, I will just finish it myself for peace of mind lol).
But anyway, great start! Very dramatic and tragic. I feel so much for Harry, losing his best friend and having to watch him die. Just :(. I know you don't like Ron but still... it's sad. Even if it means Harry and Hermione are going to have some sexy heart to hearts eventually. Eek!
Haha, I thought that I'd hinted at it in my review of your dead!Ron Harmony, but, in my defence, I'm virtually unintelligible anyway.
I'm glad you liked it. It was the second go 'round, after a bizarre computer crash caused me to lose the original draft of this prologue. It was originally 2000 words, and this is just shy of 1000, but it's basically what I wanted.
While this fic won't be a priority of mine, it will be kept up. Since Melissa (who mods Harry/Hermione) said that this never gets any submissions, let alone passable ones, it'll get passed pretty quickly. I think it'll prompt me to write on it more with shorter chapters, since there won't be the mega wait like most of the other common categories.
Yay, Jules has a new fic to follow! I shall try not to disappoint. :)