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: "In books, you see it, in war and in crusade,
Just to protect our calm, we hold: the Head-in-Sand Parade."
This came third in the December Poetry challenge! *Dance*.
It isn't exactly a 'warning', but this poem does carry some political undertones.
Oh my gosh, I am blown away by your talent at poetry! This is just amazing! You didn't just parallel the poem, you used an incredibly complex rhyme scheme and wrote something totally original and amazing. Wow. The rhythm is fantastic, the rhymes perfect. But even more amazing is the content, the story this piece tells. What a great metaphor, The Heads-in-Sand Parade! How did you ever create such a concept? I love how you started all the way back with Grindelwald, and worked your way up through modern times. I thought the parts about Harry were great. (pest? ankle biter? ha!) The conclusion was fabulous. I see Fudge written all over this, I think I shall have to drop by your Dueling Thread this weekend and poke you about it a bit more. Excellent job, it's such a strong entry for the challenge. Good luck!! ~Gina :)
Oh, gosh! I remember reading this when you had just reviewed and going, \'Well, how will I reply to that amazing review?\' Then I thought about it, and though about it, and then somehow was under the impression that I\'d already replied.
But here I am, actually replying, and I suppose that\'s all that matters, huh?
I am blown away by this review! And I\'m really, fantastically glad that what I planned to do actually came through. I wanted it to be strong, but kind of subtle at the same time?
Originally, the idea was about protests at Hogwarts amongst the students, but I realised I wanted it at a greater scale than that. The Head-in-Sand Parade is really a pattern, which spans over time. It\'s human nature, and I think that\'s something J.K. Rowling wanted to show when /she/ wrote about Fudge and the Ministry.
Thank you! And cyber-poking is a good thing ;)
Summary: The week before a new year blossoms the lives of the people in Heaven and Earth collide. Finally, nearly a decade after his murder, Burke comes back to haunt his old friend Borgin and revenge his death.
I am Sour.Apple. from the Beta boards and this is a challenge for Things That Go Bump in the Night! I am a proud member of the Slytherin house.
That was so unique! Writing in first person from the ghost's viewpoint worked well, giving us the other perspective on the haunting. Nice job - it was sad and spooky and then hopeful all at once. Good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you for the review! It was pretty fun writing Burke.
Summary: Snape's encounter with his pensieve brings more than just memories.
A parallel to T.S. Eliot's Rhapsody on a Windy Night by just_the_contrary of Ravenclaw House. An entry in the December Poetry Challenge.
Wonderful job! I just read the original and frankly I like yours better, because I can understand it! :) You did a fantastic job taking T.S. Eliot's form and using it in this poem set in the Potterverse, right down to the little details like wands and owls and joke shops. Using the Pensieve in place of the lamp was inspired. The memories were perfect. I thought the stanza about the Dark Lord was particularly well-done, very powerful. This was great to read - good luck in the challenge! Go Ravenclaw!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Eee! Thank you so much. I really appreciate your comments. I was so excited when I thought of the pensieve instead of the lamp - it\'s a memory holder! Go Ravenclaw! :)
Summary: Getting along with the in-laws can be difficult for anyone, but when your families are this different... what can Draco and Hermione do?
This is the*evenstar of Ravenclaw House writing for Winter Tales Challenge Prompt #1, "The Gift of the Magi."
Very nice job! You did a great job with this prompt, I really liked your twist on it. Having them both give up Christmas with their families was very sweet. Very well written - good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Aww, thank you so much! <3 Glad you enjoyed!
Summary: Four Hogwarts houses make the four corners of a square. Each point on the square is an equal distance from the other, making all four points equal. One student from each house finally gets the Christmas present that the entire school needs: a little school unity.
I am Sour.Apple. of Slytherin and this is the Extra Credit challenge.
Wonderful job! That is so original and unique. House unity is exactly what Hogwarts needs seventh year, and the way you (or Nicholas) brought together the four houses was really neat! The four gifts lost and found were all sweet and touching, and Luna's in particular was perfect. Very well done - good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you for the review!
Summary: Hogwarts - and it’s Headmistress - are suffering the effects of the war.
Masked One’s Slytherin entry to the Winter Miracle challenge.
That was very nice! You did a great job with McGonagall's character, and I loved seeing the trio come to help her with their Patronuses. Great job with canon! You write with wonderful description, I really enjoyed reading this. Good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you :) I have fun with Minerva. Good luck with your own challenges - I saw you had a couple.
Summary: A parody, obviously, on "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem," by wicked angel of Ravenclaw. Enjoy and a very happy Holiday to all of you!!
That was fantastic! You did a great job with this song, I really liked this piece. You followed the story of what happened that night extremelly well. The rhythm was really good, and the rhymes really strong - great word choices throughout! Fantastic job - good luck in the challenge! Go Ravenclaw! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: yay! so glad you enjoyed! it was so fun to write! thanks for the review!
Summary: It is the natural order of things.
Nice sonnet! 'Tis very sad. Good job with the rhymes and overall flow of the poem. I would only suggest changing one of the "And" s starting the lines, since there are three of them. That, of course, changes the rhythm of it all, which is tricky to fix - but it's something to think about for your future poems at least! Lovely job!
*scurries off to read another*
Author's Response: Gina! *Squishes* Thank you!
Summary: Tonks and Remus spend Christmas Eve at the Burrow with the Weasleys. In the middle of the night, they wake to find someone they thought was just a myth infront of them. After giving them some advice, he goes on his way.
This was written for the winter challenge extra credit, but the queue closed minutes before I could submit it. I was out of town by the time they reopened it. I hope you enjoy this, even though it is after the holidays!
Lovely job, it's really too bad you didn't get to enter this for the Winter's Tales challenge! Once more you write about Remus and Tonks in a very familiar, heartwarming way. The idea of Santa bringing the trio home for Christmas is really nice, as were the actual gifts he gave to everyone. What he give Ron and Hermione?? ;) Nice job, I'm glad I got to read it so quickly after chatting about it yesterday! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks Gina. I meant to email it to you last night, but I just got distracted. I\'m very pleasantly surprised this was accepted so fast. Very cool! :) I\'m glad you think I have a good handle on Tonks and Remus. I love writing them. Hmmmm, I actually hadn\'t thought about what he gave Hermione and Ron. It had to be something useful...I\'ll think about it and try to get back to you! Cyns
Summary: Ron has a problem. He's in love, but is too scared to admit it to the object of his affections. Will he be a brave enough Gryffindor to pursue what his heart desires? Or will he make the same mistakes he did with Hermione?
Written for Simply Being of Ravenclaw during the December 2006 Ravenclaw Fiction Exchange
Note: This story now has a multi-chaptered sequel called "Courting the Wongleboo Queen."
Lovely job, dear! You pulled off a difficult ship here - not difficult because Ron and Luna are so incompatible, but difficult because Ron and Hermione are *so* canon it's hard to picture Ron with anyone else sometimes. I like that you gave Ron/Hermione a background and a reason for breaking up, and when you paired Hermione with Harry I like that you acknoweldged the uncomfortable feelings that caused at first.
Your Ron is so cute, and you did a great job with Luna's character, inventing those crazy things she always talks about. Your humor comes through in this piece, and your writing flows very well. Nice job, what a lovely present for Danielle!
Author's Response: Thanks, Gina. I understand about the picturing Ron with anyone else, but Luna has always seemed like a good candidate to me. =] Danielle really loved the story, and I\'m rather grateful she allowed me to pair Luna with whoever I wanted. Coming up with the \"Lunaisms\" wasn\'t as easy for me as it is for others...so it was the bane of my existence for a while there. But I\'m glad it all worked out. Thanks for your review! *hugs*
Summary: Sirius and Peter observe a few moments of holiday cheer with the Order.
Hi there! The first of the turnip stories appears, and what a lovely one it is! I really liked what you did with this story. It was a sentimental look at a happy, heartwarming Christmas tempered by the somewhat bitterviewpoiint of Peter Pettigrew. Who would have thought to approach the former from the viewpoint of the latter! Yet you did a great job juxtaposing the cheery scene with Peter's sometimes sad reflections on it. You also did a great job with Peter's character, giving him much more depth than he is sometimes credited for. I loved the banter with Sirius, particularly the "mangy cur" line. And Sirius's line about the bull/bullocks was hilarious! You did really well with his sense of humor.
Great job with the minor characters and researching the original members of the Order! This story is sort of bittersweet in that we know some of these people won't be spending another Christmas together. I *loved* the joke that Gideon and Fabian played on Caradoc,it was just perfect. What a shame they didn't survive - imagine what they could have taught Fred and George!
Wonderful job, I really enjoyed reading this story! Happy New Year! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Confession: \"Oops! That prompt called for a happy story!\" So it became flangst of sorts. I\'m not sure why it came from Peter. He just sort of settled into my fingers and started typing. That character interests me with contradictions. Making a Gryffindor make sense after he\'s gone bad is quite the project, and I think jealousy and obsessive love might just be strong enough to do it. I also figured that the Marauders saw something in the boy, and a sense of humour makes him interesting even if he\'s not very tough or cool otherwise. It\'s a common fallback in RL. Thanks for the review!
Summary: This is set in the Founders Era and follows Rowena Ravenclaw as she is shown her destiny by several strange visitors to her village. She discovers her magical ancestry and meets her fellow Founders. This includes much mention of Irish Mythology and the Sidhe. There is a little Yule magic and hints at romance.
Written for Celestial Melody for Ravenclaw House's Secret Santa exchange. Her wonderful prompt asked for a Founder, fairies and imagery.
Jan! That was amazing! I loved it - it was absolutely gorgeous. What a wonderful beginning. I loved how you immediately set such a mysterious,magical tone - your imagery is beautiful! I also love Rowena's character, she was wonderfully done. The Sidhe and her visit was fascinating - I don't know much about British mythology, but you must have done some good research for this piece. It really lends the story depth. Fantastic job! *skips off to read the next part*
This is just awesome! I've always like mythology and the way you have woven it into the Potterverse is brilliant! Even though he only made the briefest appearance here, I really liked Midhir. Rowena was well written as an adult. I can't wait to see how this all relates to Hogwarts! Wonderful job! ~Gina :)
Jan, this is just amazing, I love it! I had no idea Midhir would turn out to be Rowena's father. Now I wonder who the first visitor was, and if she has any significance. I also wonder about this third man who finally brought Rowena to the Sidhe. . . . Godric, perhaps? I assume part of her grand destiny is the founding of Hogwarts, and I can't wait to see how she meets the others.
I really like how well-rounded this story is. The description is lovely, the dialogue well done. Rowena is a plucky character but obviously has her faults. There are good characters like Medhir and darker characters like the mean Fuamhnach. And the research is still amazing.
Wonderful job, good luck as you continue! *clicks to favorites for the update*
That was just wonderful! I loved it. =)
I loved all the small ties and connections you made to mythology; I don't know as much as you, but I recognized them all none-the-less. I loved your characterization of the founders, and of Rowena and Salazar in particular. I loved the wonderfully original plotline. I loved the description of the fairy world, and your lovely dialogue - old fashioned, but not stilted. I loved some of the foreshadowing I picked up on in this chapter, such as Rowena's dream and a possible relationship between her and Salazar. I loved it all.=)
I enjoyed reading this tremendously. You are so talented! Does this connect to your other founders fics? It was such a beautiful and magical story to read - fantastic job!!
That was wonderful! I love how you introduced Helga, Salazar, and Godric. In one quick scene you established their solid characters. I was obviously wrong about Cuchulain being Godric. I recognize that bit of mythology though, lovely job weaving it into the story! So if Midhir is Rowena's father, is Etain her mother? I had to look him up, I haven't read his story before. For some reason Godric reminded me of James Potter, do you think there is a connection? I can't wait to see how this plays out for Rowena, with all these lovely men volunteering to escort her around. Plus she has a castle to build and a school to run of course. Just fascinating! Great job! ~Gina :)
Summary: Remus goes with Sirius to James and Lily's Christmas party, despite his misgivings and his head-cold.
HI there again!
I couldn't resist another comment or two. :)
Is James suspecting Lupin? Was the ornament destroyed with the house, or might it yet turn up somewhere?
I wondered about the James as well! I didn't catch it the first time I read the story though, because it's rather subtle. I thought James was upset because of Lupin's cold! I almost PMed you about it, lol. But reading it again I started to wonder. Sirius tells Lupin in PoA that he assumed Lupin was the spy. Is this the beginning of that suspicion in this story? If so, it's brilliant! If not, just nod and say it is. ;) I also noticed that Peter was absent, visiting family - was that deliberate as well? Because it sets him up for suspicion also and is well done.
As for the ornament - it's a lovely touch, and you certainly could use it in other stories! Wouldn't that be neat if Harry found something special when he goes to Godric's Hollow in book seven!
Again, a lovely job - thanks!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Hmm! How much do you want me to reveal? I\'m thinking of touching on this subject in another story. Yeah, I think I will.
Thank you thank you thank you! You know I love it, I think you did a wonderful job! I was worried that my prompt might be too specific, but you wrote exactly what I asked for and it's lovely.
First of all, I laughed because I had a cold for Christmas and was still sniffling and sneezing when I received the story. It was perfect - if only I had had a bubblehead charm myself. ;)
Second of all, I love your sense of humor. My favorite lines had to be:
Sirius whipped his wand out of his sleeve. “Let me think.”
“Please do. That’s my head you’re aiming at.”
That is so funny!
And then for Dumbledore to come in and turn Remus into a snowglobe - that is just such a funny picture! I would love to see that!
Third of all, I know you like cats and Harold/Haroldine was a lovely feline addition to the story. I'm a cat person myself, as opposed to a dog person. Very cute.
I really appreciate all the time and effort you put into this story, it was a lovely gift. Thank you so much, and good luck with your future writing!
Author's Response: You\'re very welcome! I\'m really glad you liked it. Remus\'s cold had to be part of the story. I had a cold, too, wouldn\'t you just know!
Summary: Harry's life has been nothing but violence, pain, and loss, but through it all he has remained brave and determined to defeat evil. His war is not over yet.
Submitted for the Ballad Challenge.
Forum Username: Gigi
Good job! I love how you've summarized everything Harry has gone through in this ballad, and then ended it with hope (because of course Harry will win =) ) I think you did a fantastic job with the rhythm, it flowed almost perfectly for me. I love ballads - good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you! This is the first ballad I\'ve ever written so I\'m really glad to hear you like it. Thanks for the luck in the challenge, and I\'m guessing you enter challenges too, so luck to you as well!
Summary: I typically do NOT write poetry, with good reason. This is the first poem I have ever submitted to MNFF, in response to the Ballad Challenge for Hufflepuff House (particpation only). Sometimes, they just come to me, and come to me quickly. This is one of those times.
Wow, that was fast, this challenge just went up! You must have been inspired. ;) I like it alot, you did a great job with the prompt. I also like that this Snape is loyal to Dumbledore (I think so too!) This was a good idea for a ballad, and a great title. Good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks Gina! Like I said in the summary, I RARELY write poetry and I almost never share it, but I\'ll be darned if this didn\'t write itself! Thanks for your kind comments. :-)