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. ;)
Great job describing the Brain Room and the way things are done there. I love the character of Owen back in Potions, he's fun. :) I think you've done a good job of incoporating canon research so far, it's very solid! I am really wondering how Lily is going to manage this, and of course I hope we get to see the memory as well! I'm guessing she is off to borrow the Invisibility Cloak, so I'm off to read the next part! Great job!
~The Order of Ravenclaw House Elves
That was very cool! You did a great job building suspense in this chapter, I thought for sure Lily would get caught, but she pulled it off nicely.
First though, I once again thought the interaction between James and Lily at the beginning was very well done, particularly because it showed both their flaws with the little tiff they had; real people are like that, and sometimes author's forget that. Again at the end you had James ask about Lily first, and then the memory, and that was very good also. You write James and Lily very well!
I liked Sally's character, and Croaker as well. I think you did a great job with Bode, since we the readers know he is the spy - you had subtle hints, but nothing obvious. I was really surprised when Lily Obliviated Owen, but she had to and it was well done.
I thought this story was very original and well researched. I'm so glad I read it! Now, what was the memory that Lily retrieved?? Is there a story there as well?
Great job, and good luck with your future writing!!
~The Order of Ravenclaw House Elves
Great ending! And good use of a line from SS. ;) I liked your invention for the body swap, the Creature Converter. I noticed you left things open for a sequel (I did the same thing) - so are you going to write the twins' revenge next?? Good job - and good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you so much, but no, I don\'t plan on writing a sequel. Thanks for reviewing!
Nice job! That was very original! You write very well, the description was great. Good luck in the challenge!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks for the review, Gina! Congradulation on coming in second in the challenge. Thank you so much for the review!
Using the Dementors to suck out the twins' souls and switch bodies was very original! It was also interesting to see Fred and George participate in the upcoming Horcrux hunt. Good luck in the challenge!
Hello fellow Ravenclaw!
I'm so glad I read this story, it was lovely! I can only imagine how many times you have heard this - but your descriptions are amazing! You write with such a wonderful grasp of imagery and language - it was wonderful to read, and so easy to visualize. It was really quite beautiful. You put so much feeling into such a short scene. I loved how you only used the names James and Lily Potter once at the end, that was a nice touch. Do you know why Dumbledore gave Lily away? I'm just curious.
Wonderful job - keep up the great work! And feel better soon!
Author's Response: Oh, my! Your compliments are astounding. *gasp* I had no idea that this story (which I thought up while I was standing, bored, in church) was so... um... I don\'t know. I really don\'t have words to say. Just \'Thank You.\' :) Actually, though, I haven\'t heard about the descriptions all THAT much, hee! And even if I had, it\'s lovely to hear you say that. Dumbledore gave Lily away because her parents were already dead. At the end, James and Lily look around the church and notice that people are missing ... \"Feeling a sting of heartbreak even in their absolute happiness they recognized, as if for the first time, the absence of certain individuals.\" Voldemort has already been running rampant by this time and killing off people quickly. We never really heard what happened to Lily\'s parents and, as Dumbledore was such an influence on the Potter\'s lives, I decided to kill them off, poor Evans\' :(, and have Dumbledore give her away. Thank you, too, for the Get Well Wishes. I\'m feeling much better, but you know how it is. Still coughing and sleeping half the day away. *sigh* *huggles fellow Turnip* Thank you so very much! ~Julia~
You have a good grasp of Lupin's character, it was nice to read about his relationship with Tonks from his point of view. This is actually the first Remus/Tonks story that I have read, and I am glad they both survived. I also thought the ending was precious! Good job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks so much Gina!
Great job! You worked in the scene from SS in a really believable way - it was a neat way to explain that little exchange on the platform, and very original! I really enjoyed reading your story - you did a good job with the twins' and their dialogue. Good luck with the challenge!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Aww, thanks so much Gina! I really appreciate your nice review! The twins and their dialogue is a little tough for me, so I\'m glad you thought it was believable. Good luck yourself. :) Thanks again and have a nice day! *D*
Congrats on a great story! This was lovely, Ron and Hermione are so sweet together, and you brought out their happiness perfectly. I was also happy to see Declan Hurst - I know I've told you what a great character he is, I'm glad you worked him in! Good luck in the challenge!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: I have really taken a liking for Declan. I\'m sure he will be showing up from time to time. I even worked Corby and Faylinn in, even if it was just in passing. Thank you for your nice review! :)
Hi! What a sweet honeymoon! I liked the way you incorporated real history and castles into the story, that was really clever and showed a lot of research. Have you been to that castle? I also loved how you incorporated Wagner into the story! I just watched a bit of the Ring cycle last month (Die Valkyrie), so it was neat to see the Sigurd reference in a Harry Potter story. I've been wondering if there was some way to link the two - nice job. I didn't realize you were continuing the story - so are there more chapters to come??
Continuing good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Originally I wasn\'t going to continue this story, but I write the honeymoon for someone, so I decided to just add it on. :) No, I have never been to Germany, though it is my dream vacation. My family has been there, and I did some research about Ludwig. He was known to be crazy, and it was fun to work that wierdness into wizarding. :) Thanks for the support! Cyns
This was lovely! The song you choose fit perfectly with the story you wanted to tell. I liked how you changed POV after each bit of the song. It was a very sweet Harry/Ginny moment - this totally could have happened in Book Six - nice job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I really love Harry and Ginny...I wish we could have seen more of them in HBP! As for the song...it reminded me of when I was 14 and in love with someone who didn\'t know. I\'m so glad you think it works too!
Written for the Summer Weddings Challenge by Cruciatus Love of Slytherin.
This was fascinating! From the bits we learn of Tom Riddle in HBP, I was left with the impression that he was a bit of a rotten fellow. But this story did a wonderful job showing his inner conflict, and I felt bad for him. He was placed under a charm and you wrote his inner struggle to understand that really well. I'm curious how far you are going to take this story - through the wedding, through Merope's pregnancy, through Tom leaving her? You shouldn't answer that of course, I don't want to be spoiled. ;) But I'm just curious, and that means you did a good job hooking your readers. Good luck in the challenge, and with the rest of the story! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Heh, hey Gina. I actually just ended the story there, as I\'ve already written a Tom/Merope fic before from Merop\'s point of view. But thanks for all your kind words. I\'m glad you liked this.
Hello fellow Ravenclaw! Great job! I have never read a story about Snape and Narcissa before. I had also never really thought about what a big deal the Black-Malfoy wedding probably was, or even considered that she didn't really want to marry him, but you made it all very believable. You did an excellent job in building up the relationship between Narcissa and Snape, and showing how reluctant she was to marry Lucius.
You also did a good job staying consistent with your tenses; I would think it is very hard to write this way! You have a unique style in that sense.
Finally, I really liked how you never used Snape's name, but it grew more apparent that it was him as the story went on. I felt bad for Narcissa, and bad for Snape. Good job! I'm so glad you entered the challenge - good luck!!
Author's Response: Thanks for leaving such a nice review! I don\'t really know what else to say, except thanks! *Blushes*
Nice job on your challenge story! I remember discussing this in the plot bunny thread! I'm so glad you decided to go with it. :) I thought you did a great job with Pansy's character. Seeing her react to the loss of her house elves was very funny - spot on for a spoiled rich kid. The washing scene was great! I have one question about the end: why do you think Hermione gave in so quickly? Is she simply more concerned about the house elves than her own embarassment at the hands of Pansy Parkinson? I'm just curious about how you approached the end because I could see Hermione zinging Pansy with a last hex as she left, or plotting revenge for being stuffed in the compartment. ;) But I can also see her sacficing her ego a bit for SPEW so I was wondering what you were thinking as you wrote it.
Great job, and good luck in the challenge!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks for the review, Gina! Woot for being the first one. :D Well, at the very end, I was thinking that Hermione probably would have said something more to Pansy, but Pansy was already gone. I suppose if I wanted to make the one-shot really long, I could have made her follow her, but I just wanted to leave it off with Pansy having the upper hand. I think that yes, Hermione would be more concerned with the elves than her own embarassment, but in my mind the reason she didn\'t fire back was because Pansy wasn\'t there for her to attack. Thanks again for the review, Turnip buddy! ~Hanna
I just saw your story on the most recent list today and I am thrilled for you! Yay! You made my day when I received this gift over in the forums. It is very special, and I really enjoyed it. It's such an important and moving moment for Ginny: she's got a tough road ahead too, and you helped her with that. Or rather, Declan Hurst did. :) He's such a great character. When you talk about his infectious smile, it grabs the readers as well as the characters in the story. He has a really strong and beautiful personality: as a reader you can tell he works in the Room of Love because he exudes it. So maybe someday we'll find out what he does there that developed such a compassionate nature. ;) He was the perfect person for Ginny to meet: it's almost like he was fated to meet her there in order to deliver his guidance and advice. The poem is - like your others – amazing! It’s something for everyone to remember in difficult times, and especially poignant – as well as perfect - for Ginny.
Thank you so much for this story! It's wonderful!
Author's Response: It was my pleasure to write this for you!! I don\'t know if it was fate or something Declan knew from the Love room, but he was expecting to meet Ginny that day. I hope to someday get more into his past, and what he does when he is at work. I just have to figure out what that is. I knew you liked the poems too, so I made sure I had one here for you! Thanks for all your support, and keep your eye open for more stories on Faylinn and Declan. :)
Hi! This was lovely - very sweet. :) Its so nice to think that James and Lily had a normal life with Harry, in spite of the war and the prophecy. I really loved the interaction with Sirius: it was almost sad, knowing that these three people who love Harry so much will die later. Where was Remus? Is he okay? And is Lily working on the Fidelius Charm?? Nice job, I'm glad I came across your story today! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: I\'m glad that you found it too! I was trying to explain why people thought it could have been Remus that was the one to switch to the dark side. I\'m not exactly sure what he was doing, but he was distant for a while. If I figure it out, I\'ll write more. Cyns
I liked the way the flashback paralleled what happened to Sirius, that made for a powerful connection at the end. Since you already used italics for the flashback, I wonder if there is some other way you can indicate that Remus is thinking during those last two paragraphs? Or, if he is speaking out loud (ranting to the empty house perhaps?) then you would need quotation marks. Just something to think about on the technical front. :) It was a moving piece, it made me feel very badly for Remus. Nice job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Wow thanks for the advice... I may have to go back and add in quotation marks. I\'m glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks so much for the great review!
Good job, I am very intrigued! I have enjoyed reading your story up to this point, and can't wait to see how Hermione reacts to seeing Harry again. I am also very curious as to why Draco Malfoy took Harry's son - and of course, I hope we find out more about Alex as well, and see him back safely with his father, and maybe even his father back happily with Ginny. Good luck as you continue! ~Gina :)
Hi! Nice job, and congrats on your first story! *tosses turnipy confetti into the air* I think you did a lovely job with this challenge prompt. I liked the object you choose, and it made for a great reaction from Arthur and Perkins. Most of all I liked the last paragraph - it was well written, completely in character, and a wonderful way to wrap it up. Good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks! I was a little nervous submitting my first story, but this challenge gave me the push I needed. *grabs turnipy confetti and sprinkles it on head* I\'m glad you liked the \"CP Layer.\" I really have no idea where the idea came from, because I rarely use any type of CD Player, though I do love music. Arthur was an obvious choice for a main character, but I\'m still glad I chose him. *smiles fondly* I did like his reaction as well. As far as the last paragraph, I\'m really glad you liked it, but a lot of the credit goes to Julia. She\'s the best at making my mediocre writing look good. : D Thanks so much for the wonderful review, and good luck in the challenge to you as well!
What an intriguing start! This was not at all what I expected from the summary, yet I quite enjoyed it. It was extremelly well written: very dark, and dramatic, and you stayed consistent with the present tense throughout which only heightened the suspense. I loved this line:
The feeling is familiar, like a strain of music one almost remembers but cannot not quite place. This music might be a march, or paean, or a call to arms, or a dirge; it is insistent, it is frightened, it is sad, it is hopeful.
Wonderful image, great description!
Is this the final battle, taking place at Hogwarts? Who is the witch on the wall? I look forward to seeing where this goes - good luck, and good job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks, Gina. Be prepared for a real jump-shift when you read the next chapter -- it will be much more closely related to the summary.