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: 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. :-)
Summary: Andromeda has made up her mind. She is going to leave the House of Black forever. She is ready to start a real life, but she knows she cannot leave without saying goodbye to the person who raised her.
Hi there! Nice piece, you do such a good job with these characters, I really feel like you've made them your own. I don't know how exactly, but you have! :)
I have a question about the middle of this piece: did you consciously decide to use only dialogue and no narrative, or did it just turn out that way? On one hand, the dialogue is great and absolutely conveys the action that is happening; on the other, I wonder how the piece would change and flow if the dialogue were interspersed with narrative describing the sisters - their voices, their faces, their actions as they speak, etc. An interesting little experiment, perhaps. ;) I was just wondering how you approached that middle section as it was well done and unique.
Nice job and good luck with your continuing stories of the Black family (since I sense they are your faves and I'm sure you will continue to write about them!) ~Gina :)
PS. We are side by side on the tens list today. *high five* :D
Author's Response: Hi Gina! Thanks so much for the compliments. I\'m glad you enjoyed the story.
As for the middle with all dialogue, I tend to do that during intense conversations. It\'s just a personal style thing. When I read intense conversations I tend to skip the narrative and read only the dialogue, I find that it\'s enough.
*giggles* And you guessed my deep \"secret\" love of the Blacks. Whatever gave me away? And yes, you can expect more stories from me about them. They seem to spend a lot of time in my brain. All their fighting gives me a headache. ;)
And yay for the tens list! I was so exicited when I first made it on there. Congrats to you, too.
Thanks again for the review!
Summary: Just a little something that got stuck in my head while I was driving...
Harry is the only "definite" good guy to see Dumbledore killed on top of the tower. This is his account.
Fantastic poem! I thought I had reviewed this already but apparently not. I love the repetition that begins each stanza. I think the way you described each person on the tower is wonderful. And the ending is great. Wonderful job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: I\'m so pleased you liked it! This was one of those truly organic things that came to me in the Walmart parking lot and practically wrote itself. thanks for reviewing!
Summary: After the war, Snape is on sabbatical and Remus is filling in for DADA. Wading through scrolls of assignments, he begins to suspect one particular essay is wifely mischief managed.
That was hilarious! One of the funnest humor pieces I've read - great job! I love what you did with the homophones on the paper. I also liked "Potter called Kettleburn Black" too - very clever! When Tonks showed up in the fire as Lupin was putting the moves on his "student" I cracked up. What a fantastic prank!! Wonderful job staying in character, and the ending was great. Kudos as some types of humor can be tricky, you made it seem easy. Thanks for the laugh! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Wow, thank you! That is very high praise. I had fun writing this fic and I\'m thrilled to hear that you enjoyed reading it. Smiles all around! :) Thank you for reading and reviewing!
Summary: Narcissa has lost everyone she loves. She no longer knows what to do or where she belongs. Wandering aimlessly she comes across a mysterious tavern where she is given a chance to see her life in a different light.
This is an entry for the New Years Challenge for the Green Dragon prompt by sly severus of Slytherin House.
Great beginning! You really managed to set a sad, desperate tone for Narcissa here. As usual, you do a good job of making the reader feel sorry for these other characters. It will be interesting to see what Narcissa finds inside the Green Dragon! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: *smiles* I don\'t find setting a sad, desprate tone for Narcissa too difficult. Things just don\'t seem to go her way.
Thanks so much for the review and I\'m glad that you enjoyed the chapter.
Very good! With a name like Blenkinsop Waterbut, I immediately pictured the innkeeper as a bit gruff and grouchy; I like your more cheerful version! I thought this line was very good:
"I lost my other sister because of it; and in the end, I lost them all because of it.”
The construction just made it stand out to me, it really seemed to sum up Narcissa's pain. I wonder where Waterbut is taking her??
Author's Response: When I first read the prompt for this challenge I thought that Blenkinsop Waterbut had be a cheerful kind person. He was meant to be there to comfort someone who truly needed it. At least, that was my take on him.:D
Thank you for the compliments and I\'m glad you like it. :D
Oh my gosh, that was wonderful! It was so unexpected, even though you totally set up her death in the previous chapter. Great foreshadowing! What a fantastic idea, to turn the inn into a transition point for passing souls. It was so sad - when Waterbut told her the other figure was Draco, I went "Ohhh" out loud; and when she ran toward her husband and son at the end, I was a little misty-eyed, I must admit. I love endings that finish with a bit of hope, however bittersweet. I think it's amazing that you can do that with characters that JKR has rather firmly entrenched on the "wrong" side. Terrific job - good luck in the challenge!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Hehe! Thanks so much.
I\'m glad to hear that you didn\'t guess Narcissa\'s condition. I was worried I went a little overboard with the foreshadowing in the previous chapter.
And yes, poor Draco, but it seemed like the best way to go. If he ever returned to London he would have been thrown in Azkaban. It was indeed a very bittersweet ending.
Thanks so much for all of reviews. I\'m really glad you enjoyed the story.
Summary: Ginny doesn’t know where Harry is, only that he is with Ron and Hermione. After discovering them gone the morning after Bill's wedding, Ginny seriously considered trying to track them down.
But that had been a year ago and that very day, Lord Voldemort declared open war on the wizarding world. Indeed, as much as Ginny wants desperately to track down Harry and fight along side him again, the tattered remains of the Ministry say she is too young. Desperate to help in some way, Ginny instead follows her mother out into the field hospitals, and discovers a talent for healing the wounded.
But when familiar faces start to show up among the wounded, will Ginny be able to help or will it be too late?
Wonderful job! That was a great way to give Ginny a vital role in the battle against Voldemort. I loved what you did with Draco, his scene was fantastic! I was very impressed by the way you showed Harry's victory by Draco whispering "He's done it. . . " and then dieing. Very compelling! I also liked your spells. This was very well written - great first story and good luck with your future writing! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks Gina! Draco actually plays a vital role in the companion piece, which will be onsite in a few days, hopefully. It was hard to end his role in the story like that, but it seemed to me like he was tired and just wanted to rest.
Summary: A child's story of their different journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Written for the Ballad Challenge by nikkiolapotter of Hufflepuff House.
Nice job! I remember this from the boards, I'm glad it was accepted. The parents are Luna and Draco, right? I loved the line about "My mother's name must mean the moon." Good job with the rhyming. I would only suggest adding more punctuation where needed; of course, it's sometimes easy to overdue the commas in poems as well, so it's tricky to find the balance! Good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: HI, Gina!! *huggles* Thanks so much for helping me with this. Punctuation is not one of my better, um, thingies.
Summary: A missing moment from Order of the Phoenix. When Harry goes down to the lake to brood, Ginny follows.
Nice job! I love little missing moments like this. It seems perfectly plausible that Harry and Ginny might make a connection like this, given what happens in the next book. You did a wonderful job with the more-than-friendship tension between them. And tying it to the actual text at the beginning and end was a really good way to link it to OotP. A lovely moment of friendship and support (and almost a bit more!) for Harry and Ginny, good job! ~Gina :)
Summary: The much-anticipated companion piece to The Wound Dresser, told in quick glimpses. The morning after Bill’s wedding, Harry, Ron and Hermione set out in search of Voldemort’s soul, leaving Ginny – and a piece of Harry’s heart – behind. As the many horrors of Voldemort’s reign besiege the wizarding world, the trio soldiers on, and eventually find help from the least likely of sources. As the final confrontation spirals ever nearer, Harry wonders if he’ll ever see Ginny again, or if there is even anything left to the world worth saving. A long story told short…
Wonderful story! I am amazed at how well you were able to knit together so many smaller scenes. You did a wonderful job with the characters; I particularly loved the bond between Ron and Harry, that is something I think some authors tend to skim over. Bringing Malfoy in was intriguing; how did he know about the Horcruxes? I was impressed with the connection you made to Ollivander and Ravenclaw's wand. The final duel was spectacular. Harry destroyed Voldemort but didn't have to use an Unforgivable Curse. Using the sword as a sword mirrors how he destroyed Tom Riddle's basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets so it was a very appropriate end. You write incredibly well, this was a pleasure to read. Keep up the wonderful work! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Gina, Thank you so much for this lovely review. It really makes my day when people tell me WHY they enjoy my stories. I don\'t think a lot of authors understand the bond Harry has with his friends, and i am relieved to know I did it justice. And the sword...wow Gina...I never even thought of that, but it works, doesn\'t it...Thank you again for the review!!
Summary: A ballad about my favorite conflicted hero and the lengths to which his loyalty drives him.
Second place entry in The Ballad Challenge
I loved it! That was absolutely fantastic. I loved your subject choice - this was perfect ballad material. The rhyme and rhythm worked perfectly for me. I thought the overall tone was perfect for the story of Sirius as well. I loved the last two lines, it was a beautiful conclusion. I am so impressed! This is a great entry for the challenge - good luck!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: *blushes* Thank you so much! Good luck to you too. :)
Still such a great ballad! I love the last two lines. I am nominating it for a Ravenclaw Poetry Award, hence the second review! Great work! ~Gina :)
Summary: Severus has a most peculiar dream, and receives a warning from beyond the grave.
This is for the New Year's Challenge, the Dreams prompt, brought to you by wicked angel of Ravenclaw.
Wonderful job, but *yikes* that is dark! :) It is a really intriguing premise - are you going to continue any stories with Draco in this role? I thought you did a great job with Snape's character, and I really enjoyed his conversation with Dumbledore. The headmaster did a terrific job of remaining cryptic. I thought the sleeping dragon might have been Snape himself, until Draco refused to wake up. Wonderful job setting up the suspense! You write very well - good luck with the challenge!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: thanks for the glowing review, Gina! I truly despised my treatment of Draco in this, as I prefer him in a \'fallen angel\' type of role, but he is quite fun and scary like this...so more may come of it... i\'m really very glad you enjoyed!
Summary: Title: The Last Dance of Rowena Ravenclaw
Author name : Both here and the forum Zara Ravenwood
Warnings: Character deaths
“They’ve gone; they've gone, they’ve gone away,”
Whispers the echoes in her ear.
But she clings fast to the memories
As if she cannot hear.
Nice job! I like the story you told with this ballad. Wonderful job with the refrain:
They’ve gone; they've gone, they’ve gone away,”
Whispers the echoes in her ear
But she clings fast to the memories
As if she can not hear.
Repeating it throughout was very effective. I thought the rhymes were very good, although the rhythm was off at times. Nice job connecting the beginning to the end. Good luck in the challenge!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you all. I can not say how mcuh your reviews ment to me. I am so soory to be respondign so late by the way. In any event thankyou agin both for the Kudos and the constractive cridsizem (sp).
Summary: Based on Oscar Wilde's the Ballad of Reading Gaol, this is Snape's fate as told by Draco after both were captured for Dumbledore's murder.
By coppercurls of Hufflepuff House.
Oh my! That was wonderful! I was wondering as I was nearing the end why Snape "does not" this and "does not" that - and not until the very line do you reveal the Dementor's Kiss! Great job building up to that, it was very suspenseful. You did an amazing job on the rhyme scheme. I wrote a poem with six line stanzas over the weekend and it's challenging to work in those extra two lines. You did that really well, and there are even some stanzas that rhyme a-b-a-b-a-b = amazing! This was a great piece, I loved the story and the construction - good luck in the challenge!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words, I generally don\'t write rhyming poems, but this one just ran away with me. The words seemed to fit in my head before I even put them on the page. Thanks again!
Summary: We don't know anything about Harry's ancestors, but this poem paints one picture of what could have happened. Journey back to one fateful night on a cold moor in Scotland, not too far from Hogwarts...
This ballad was written for the January Ballad Challenge and received first place!
Wonderful job! This is a great ballad. The rhyme and rhythm flow very nicely and the story is lovely. Good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks so much! I\'m glad you like it. And good luck to you, too!
Summary: Ginny Weasley was lost in the past, but how will it effect her future?
A Ballad Challenge Entry, I am Guiding Ray of Sunlight, of Gryffindor House.
Nice job! The story is very dark, and your ballad reflects that well. Poor Ginny! Good job with the rhyme scheme, I especially like the stanzas that rhyme a/b/a/b. Good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks dear! ~Sunray
Summary: An entry for the Ballad Challenge by tc015 of Gryffidnor.
This is the epic tale of a young house elf named Dobby. Watch as a conspiracy unfolds, secrets are revealed, and a special clothing item is found.
Aw, that's so cute! You recounted the story through the ballad well. Good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks!
Summary: Ugh! Valentine's Day. Professor Snape has never liked the holiday, and now he must endure a Valentine's Day after Gilderoy Lockhart idiotically suggests that students ask the Potions Master to show them how to "whip up a love potion."
But one never knows how one will react, should someone be brave enough to ask the Potions Master about love potions.
That was really sweet! You did a great job with Snape's character, I loved the insight into James Potter's Valentine's Day prank. Hermione's scene with Snape was hilarious, did she really want the potion for Lockhart or is that just what Snape thought? I really liked the scene with Anne. What a great character! She had a very nice connection with Snape, and it was nice to see his softer side for that brief moment. Lovely job, thanks for taking on the prompt and writing such a wonderful story!! Happy Valentine's Day! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks! Actually, I enjoyed writing it. Yeah, I thought Hermione was smitten enough with Lockhart just at that point to be courageous and ask. She did have Lockhart\'s \"get well\" card under her pillow in the hospital wing. I imagine that would be an embarrasing little thing for her to remember in later years. You can see why she didn\'t bring Harry or Ron with her!