I'm an American, have been married for "a long time", and have a son and a daughter, so to me the characters are like sons and daughters. I like to study history and science, and I usually don't write (or talk) unless I have something to say, so I tend to be serious. I try to stretch my writing skills by entering challenges and forcing myself to write to prompts that I would otherwise not write, such as romance or vigorous action, and am surprised to discover that it can be done.
Summary: Ragnuk, King of the Goblins and master silversmith, forged a sword for Godric Gryffindor in the eleventh century. Here is the story of that complex business deal.
Written to the prompt of Good King Wenceslas for the 2015 Carol Challenge in the Great Hall. This poem was awarded First Place.
Summary: A magical horror of the tropical world consumes its final victim. Inspired by Newt Scamander's famous textbook.
Winner of Stage Three: A Monster Calls, of the Seventh Annual October Triathlon: Race To Hallowe'en, in the Great Hall.
Summary: The Fat Friar rises above himself on the eve of battle and reaches out to allies in a way never before dreamed of. Who would have guessed they could understand?
A Missing Moment from the Battle of Hogwarts
Written for the Ghost Writer Challenge in the Great Hall
Summary: During the witch hunts of of medieval and Renaissance times, an accused witch finds refuge at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, too late to save her life, but perhaps, in the end, not too late at all.
This story was awarded Second Place in the 2015 Ghost Writers Challenge in The Great Hall.
Summary: As the morning approaches on May 2, the embattled defenders of Hogwarts staunchly maintain their hope. They know that Harry will not fail them.
This poem was awarded First Place in The Carol Challenge of December 2014, in which standard Christmas songs and hymns are rewritten for the Potterverse. Google Light of the Lonely Pilgrim's Heart to see the original which inspired this poem.
Summary: Molly has studied history and knows the old stories, but she also knows what is really worthwhile in life.
Summary: I didn't know much about Professor Sinistra, the Astronomy Professor, until I wrote her last summer in my story Dark Enough To See The Stars. This poem shows a more personal side of her, even as she references her astronomical knowledge every day. This poem is part of my series (Winter At The Castle, Autumn At The Castle) describing castle life in all the seasons of the year, using various poetic styles. Did Professor Sinistra have a brother? Well, now she does.
Winner of 2015 Quicksilver Quill Award, Best Poetry
Summary: The light and warmth are waning as winter approaches. What that implies depends on who and where you are.
Written for the 2014 Independent Study Poetry Class on the Beta Forums.
Summary: With Lord Voldemort firmly established at Malfoy Manor, and terror pervading everything, Narcissa feels trapped, with no way out of the nightmare. She cannot foresee the turn that fate will take.
Written for the 2014 Independent Study Poetry Class.
Summary: It's Harry's final Christmas at the house on Privet Drive, and an unexpected guest arrives at dinnertime, but nothing can change the terrible dynamics inside these walls, and the miracle is still seven months away.
Co-winner of the 2015 Quicksilver Quill Award, Best General Story
Summary: "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," wrote Shakespeare. This story arose from a 500-word drabble in a Beta Forum challenge, presenting a character who gained new and startling information about his ancestry and acted upon it. I expanded the drabble into a full story for my Creative Writing class at the local community college, necessarily deleting obvious mentions of magic and changing the characters' names. Thus, Draco, Astoria, and Scorpius Malfoy have disguised themselves as Denis, Aurelie and Silvestre Paridelle, and the Death Eaters are masquerading as Nazis, with a little jiggering of the timeline to accommodate the date difference between the Second Wizarding War and the Second World War.
With its Harry Potter roots thus concealed, the story was well-received by my instructor and classmates; nobody suspected a thing, but you, my readers, will instantly see and understand everything.
Thanks to my instructor and classmates for being my unwitting beta readers. Their comments and suggestions were valuable and improved the story greatly. The story is rated Alternate Universe for the accommodations that had to be made, but I hope you will enjoy it anyway.
Summary: The 'treat' of autumn's glorious beauty is inevitably follow by the 'trick' of winter's bleak and freezing desolation. Compare this poem with the poem Winter At The Castle, also on my author's page.
Written for Stage Three: Trick Or Treat, of the Sixth Annual October Triathlon: Race To Hallowe'en.
Summary: In December of 1997, Harry visits his parents' graves in Godric's Hollow and realizes that they are the end toward which we all are headed.
Written for the Sixth Annual October Triathlon: Race to Hallowe'en.
Inspired by this fragment of verse:
We do lie beneath the grass
In the moonlight, in the shade
Of the yew-tree. They that pass
Hear us not. We are afraid
They would envy our delight
In our graves by glow-worm light.
—”Thomas Beddoes, Dirge
Nominated for 2015 Quicksilver Quill Award, Best Poetry
Summary: Dudley Dursley has just experienced the death of his elderly father Vernon from heart disease, when he receives a letter from beyond the grave, a letter that puts a new light on things. An unsuspected time bomb involving his cousin Harry has been ticking for nineteen years.
This is Vicki of Slytherin House, writing for the Second Annual Terrible Two-Shot Challenge.
A Thank You to Elaine/Islastorm of Gryffindor for looking over the manuscript for me.
This story was nominated for a 2015 Quicksilver Quill Award, Best Post-Hogwarts.
Summary: Even in its abandonment and slow disintegration, it retains its power to destroy. This is my Poem #1 entry in the Sixth Annual October Triathlon: Race to Hallowe'en, a sonnet, prompted by this scrap of verse:
Curious, how she tried the window,--
Odd the way she tried the door,--
Wonder just what sort of people
Could have had this house before.
Edna St. Vincent Millay, Wraith
Summary: Scorpius is looking for answers in the constellation that bears his name. He becomes what he was not, and stumbles into Hogwarts' past, thanks to an unexpected arrival from the heavens.
This is Vicki of Slytherin House, writing for the 2014 TV Challenge. This story is also my final exam of "So This Is Romance" Independent Study Class, 2014, at the Mugglenet Fanfiction Beta Boards.
This story was nominated for the 2015 Quicksilver Quill Award, Best Next-Generation.
Summary: What was it like for Harry, Ron, and Hermione during that long winter when they roamed through England on their almost hopeless quest? In the Last Line Standing Challenge, we poets were given the final word for each of sixteen lines, and we had to fill in the rest of the poem.
This poem won first place in the Last Line Standing Challenge.
Summary: Moments after the death of Voldemort, Harry gazes at the corpse of the Dark Lord lying on the floor of the Great Hall and contemplates his own future.
This poem won first place in the Tumblr Challenge
Summary: During the perilous school year of 1997-1998, when Muggleborns are on the run and students who were previously taught at home are forced to attend Hogwarts, Tracey Davis just wants to avoid trouble and manage to survive. Her goal is to stay out of harm's way, but in the final night of crisis her courage arises, and she finds so much more than that, from the least expected place in the British Isles.
This is Oregonian of Slytherin House, writing for the Third Annual Great Hall Cotillion. This story was awarded Second Place in the category of Chaptered Stories.
This story was nominated for a 2014 Quicksilver Quill Award, Best General Story.
Summary: Not only in wars with Death Eaters do we suffer loss. Sometimes everything is just stripped away.
This poem was nominated for the 2014 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Poetry.