Welcome to my author page!
I am a teacher, musician, reader, and avid Harry Potter fan. I am originally from the Midwest and now live a bit farther south. I am thrilled to be a proud member of RAVENCLAW House and enjoyed being a site moderator for a time as well.
I hope you enjoy the many stories and poems I have written. I am proud of them all and appreciate any feedback you might care to leave (in other words, reviews are love!) I've listed them below with a short description since I know trolling through summaries can be tedious. Thanks for reading!
EDIT: Someday I will categorize my stories by genre. Today is not that day. ;)
Summary: Tom Riddle calls a meeting and gives those attending a present, of sorts...
Originally written for the Winter Tales' third challenge, A Winter Miracle.
Not your average Christmas time miracle though...
Oh my, that is so original! I really liked it - you took a very dark moment and fit it to the prompt really well! I am impressed with this scene from Tom Riddle's past, and more so that you managed to set it at Christmas. It was very well-written, particularly the end. Great job, and good luck on the challenge!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you for the review! I figure even the \'darker\' chracters in HP have miracles in their life as well. :)
Summary: James needs a miracle to get Lily to give him a chance. Luckily, Christmas is the time of miracles. From a simple conversation with a mysterious woman in Hogsmeade, James finds the courage to tell Lily how he feels.
Winner of the the Winter Tales challenge 'A Winter Miracle'.
That was wonderful! What an absolutely heartwarming story, it is so sweet and just makes you smile so big at the end. The way you introduced the angel on the tree and then brought it back at the end was really well done. I loved that James kissed Lily on the cheek because he wanted to start slow - and I loved how Lily went ahead and kissed him anyway! Beautiful job - good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks Gina! :D
Summary: Three years after Draco goes into hiding, Pansy pays him a visit that concludes with tears and promises. Pansy keeps her promise, as promised, in death. This is a two-chapter fic.
This is just_the_contrary of Ravenclaw House writing option two of the 'Things That Go Bump In the Night' prompt.
Hi there! It's been years since I read Wuthering Heights but I can definitely sense the angst, nice job. What an interesting and original way to start, by setting up the haunting this way. Good luck with the next part! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I love Wuthering Heights, it\'s so incredibly haunting and angsty, so I thought it\'d be perfect for this. :) I\'m happy it was an original way to start!
Summary: Ron and Hermione Weasley are approaching their first Christmas since their marriage. But with funds running low, will they be able to have a good holiday?
This was written by Just Beyond the Veil of Ravenclaw for the December Challenge prompt one: The Gift of the Magi.
Nice job! Ron and Hermione are a perfect choice for a story like this, and the gifts they gave each other were lovely. I really like how you set up the story with Ron working extra hard for Hermione to go to school; that seems very in character and highly probable! Tying the last line to the title was also very nicely done. Good luck in the challenge!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks a lot, Gina! I\'m glad you thought Ron working for Hermione to go back to school was likely; I wasn\'t sure how readers would feel about that. Thanks for your lovely review! ~JBV
Summary: Entry for Winter's Tales #2: A Christmas Carol: Parody by Gonz of Hufflepuff House.
It's Christmas and Peeves reflects on all the trouble he's caused by singing a parody of "I'm Getting Nothing for Christmas."
That was so fun! Great job with the triple rhyming lines, that must have taken some thought! The pranks were hilarious - I can totally 'see' Peeves singing this in the corridors! Great job - good luck in the challenge!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks, it was a blast to write. I cheated with some of the ryhmes, you see when I get stuck there is website you can go to that gives you ryhmes of words. It is really useful. Oh, I agree that Peeves would sing this, which is why I picked him, instead of the other naughty characters we are aware of. Thanks for reviewing!
Summary: Molly is baking when someone walks into the kitchen at Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place. Christmas may as well last twelve days, right?
Lovely job! This totally could have happened in OotP. You did a great job with Molly and Sirius and especially with Snape. I love the idea of a simple ginger cookie cheering up our dark potions master. Thanks much for the holiday cheer! ~Gina, Little Old Eagle Princess :)
Author's Response: Cheering -- at least momentarily. There\'s a lot to be said for a fresh ginger cookie. Er, biscuit. Er, whatever. Thanks! I\'m glad you enjoyed it!
Summary: Pansy and Draco made a promise to each other that even after years of no communication; Pansy hopes will hold Draco still. In this time of indecision, violence, and uncertainty, perhaps this will break the strong woman that Pansy has become.
Prompt: A Winter Miracle
Hi there! Nice job with your challenge story! You really make the reader feel sorry for Pansy, and then draw out the suspense until the end. It was heartwarming to see her reunited with the one she loved; it almost seems like there is another story there about Draco and his whereabouts for the past ten years!
I'm not sure if there was a formatting glitch once you submitted - that's happened to me as well - or if you wanted to read as a single inner monologue, but you might want to think about breaking it up into paragraphs for the readers. :)
Lovely job and good luck on the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Ah, yes, thank you for bringing the formatting glitch to my attention. I fixed it and hopefully next time (you were right about there being a story behind Draco\'s whereabouts for those ten years!) I will remember to use the tags instead of just relying on the return button. Have a wonderful holiday and thank you very much for taking an interest in my story.
Summary: The Weasley family and friends gather on Christmas Eve a year after the final battle. They reflect on the missing members of the family, and look to the future.
This is for the Oh, Christmas Tree Challenge by Cheshlin in Slytherin House
Hi there! Lovely job, this was a really sweet and heartwarming story. It was sad to learn that George, Percy, and Charlie did not survive the war, but it could very well happen that way, and it was nice to see the family reflecting on them fondly. I thought this line was great:
It was just hard to live their dream when one of the dreamers was gone.
I really liked the small Weasley sweaters, and the ornament Harry brought out at the end of an early Order photo was wonderful. As usual, your poem/carol was a well done and very fun! Great job with the story prompt - good luck in the challenge!!
~The Order of Ravenclaw House Elves
Author's Response: I\'m very glad that you enjoyed this story! I had a great time writing it. It is actually a prelogue to my Hermione/Ron wedding story. :) Thank you so much for reviewing. Cyns
Summary: It wasn't really that exotic. There were no "damsels in distress" or deadly dangerous dragons lurking school grounds. Voldemort didn't use Veritaserum to make Lily admit she was madly in love with James. James didn't offer to become a Death Eater to save Lily.
But there was a werewolf.
Nice job! This was a very original and interesting way for James and Lily to have their first kiss. I never thought about how Lily found about Remus, or about James being an Animagi. I really liked the part where he showed her his Animagus form. Good luck with your future writing! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: See? My sister\'s brilliant, because no one ever thinks about it... but they should, shouldn\'t they? I keep hugging her when I think about it. =D
Summary: What happens when a Slytherin raised child decides to rebel? This is a parody of some of the odd pranks Sirius Black played as a child after he was sorted into Gryffindor. The original song is 'Nuttin' For Christmas.'
I am Sour.Apple. from the Beta forums and this is A Christmas Carol: Parody. I am a proud member of the Slytherin house.
Nice job, this made me smile. It's kind of like Sirius thumbing his nose at his family in song. ;) Great job with the rhymes, and the end wrapped it up nicely! Good luck in the challenge!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you! As soon as I read the lyrics to the original sound I immediatly thought, \'Oh this is screaming the Marauders.\' Lol.
Summary: Welcome to the Ravenclaw Quibbler! This delightful digest delves into various magical mysteries and features articles, interviews, and editorials by the members of Ravenclaw House. Volume V explores the amazing theories and conspiracies of book seven which our reporters uncovered exclusively for your reading pleasure. We hope you enjoy our exploration of the wizarding magazine often referred to as 'rubbish' and 'trite.' We find Luna's favorite tabloid a fascinating look into the wizarding world, and wish you happy reading as well!
I love it! Thanks so much to everyone who participated, I think the first issue turned out really well! The entries are so creative and fun to read. I really appreciate everyone taking the time to try something a bit different. I hope you enjoyed it- look for another in the new year! Thanks again and great job!! ~Gina :)
Summary: Christmas won't be the same now that the world is at war. This year, all that Ginny hopes for is for everyone to be alive; she hopes for peace.
Parody of "All I want for Christmas is you"
Second in the Prompt #2 of the Winter Tales Challenge!
Nice job! I am not familiar with this song (although I'm sure I'd recognize it if I heard it!) so I must say that I thought this worked really well as its own piece! The rhyme and rhythm was well done and the sentiment very touching. Great job - good luck on the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Heh...you probably WOULD recognise it if you heard it! :p I\'m glad that you liked it, and good luck to you too. ~Suzie
Summary: Who would have thought hair was so important? Draco's hair was always perfect, but what would happen to him if it was ruined? A parody of 'Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer', for the Winter Challenge: Christmas Carol Parody by Just Tink of Hufflepuff House.
Very cute - I was singing it in my head as I read it! I liked the added bits especially - "like a ferret"! Funny! Nice job - good luck on the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: The added bits were my favorite part, I think, besides when Dumbledore comes in. Thanks for the review and the luck!
Summary: When did it go wrong for Tom Riddle?
Thanks to the Cranberries for the title.
Another fantastic poem! I think the first stanza is great, and connects it nicely to the title. I really like the questions, however - they are spot on and really explore the character of Tom Riddle and how he became Voldemort. I particularly like: "Did we seal his fate?" I'm curious how you might answer these questions. ;) Wonderful job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Hee hee... I might have to answer these questions in a little ficlet I think. Thanks for the review. Your words are always heartening.
Summary: Remus reflects on Sirius' Death.
Jan, that was really lovely. It was so touching and sad. You have a wonderful way with words and with expressing strong emotions through them. Beautiful job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you, Gina. This was a little like torture to write, but I think it\'s my favourite.
Summary: Lily Evans just may be falling for a certain someone...
A parody of the carol Away in a Manger.
This is a submission for the Winter's Tales Prompt # 2, written by solemnlyswear_x of Gryffindor.
That is so cute! I could totally "hear" this in my head as I read it. Good work with the rhyme and rhythm, and it told a story as well! Great job, and good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks! I was so happy to see I had a review for this. Thanks for taking the time to leave one. :]
Summary: By tc015 of Gryffindor for the Winter Tales Challenge Prompt #2, a Christmas Carol: Parody.
This a parody to the traditional English Christmas Carol, "The Snow Lay on the Ground." This takes you to the night the Potters died.
Well done! I'm vaguely familiar with the carol, and I think you picked the right song for this topic. It is rather dark and sad, as carols go, but so is what happened to the Potters. You did well following the form of the original - good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks! I\'m glad you liked it. I had fun writing it.
Summary: Professor Snape receives an unexpected Christmas gift.
Lovely job! This totally made me smile, you did a great job with Dobby. I thought for sure he was going to give Snape new underwear as well, but the new pajamas were cute. Nice job with Snape's reactions to it all. Thanks so much for writing this story, I really enjoyed reading it! *turnip hug* Happy Holidays! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Yay! I was hoping to make some readers smile! I love thinking of Snape in a situation like that. Aww... poor Snape!
Summary: Bellatrix Lestrange believes that she is finally free. Everyone who has hurt her is gone. She thinks that she will finally be able to find peace. But is there ever peace for someone like Bellatrix Lestrange?
Written for the Winter Tales Challenge, Things That Go Bump In the Night, The Second Option, by Sly Severus of Slytherin.
That was fantastic! You really do a great job with Bellatrix. I can't believe she accidentally killed her own sister, that is so tragic. The haunting was well done, very scary. And the end was powerful. Another great entry for the challenge - good luck! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks so much, Gina. I adore Bellatrix. I write her way more often than anyone else. I just love her. I love to hear that I write her well. :D
This actually isn\'t the first time I have had Bellatrix accidently kill her own sister. She accidently killed Andromeda in one of my other fics.
Thank you for the all the compliments. I\'m really glad you liked it. :D
Summary: The reaction of someone who heard the Phoenix's Song the night Dumbledore died, and continues to the Holiday season.
Alternative words to the song I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
This is for the A Christmas Carol: Parody Challenge from Cheshlin in Slytherin House.
Very nice! What a great carol to pair with this subject, it works really well. Your rhymes are great, as usual. I really like it, it's sweet. Good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks Gina! I wasn\'t sure if I\'d get something writen for this challenge, but I\'m very happy with the one I ended up with! :) I\'m really glad that you enjoyed it! Cyns