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: Not only in wars with Death Eaters do we suffer loss. Sometimes everything is just stripped away.
Summary: Just a brief moment, but the fate of the wizarding world turns on the actions of one witch and the decision she makes. Narcissa finally takes matters into her own hands.
Summary: As we try to endure that terrible final year, we cling to hope against all hope, keeping faith because we cannot bear the thought of losing faith.
This poem won First Place in the 2013 Carol Challenge.
Summary: This story reprises an actual event that occurred early in the morning of 15 January 1968. I have taken the liberty of moving the date to 25 December 1967, to coincide with Arthur Weasley's last Christmas at Hogwarts, a date that he will never forget.
This is Oregonian of Slytherin, writing for the 2013 Yuletide Challenge, using the prompt 'Holiday Hell'.
Summary: JK Rowling has told us that members of the wizarding community do not suffer from the same physical maladies as do Muggles. But in Deathly Hallows she mentions a heart-rending exception.
Summary: A chance meeting in a graveyard brings the two ends of the tragedy full circle, and ties them together in a knot of completion. Loss never fades, but the remaining pieces can make a new whole again. Rated AU for the assumption that Lily Potter's father was still living at the end of the second wizarding war.
This story won First Place in the Terrible Two-Shot Challenge.
Summary: They have existed for centuries, seeing generations of students. What have they learned that we need to know?
This poem won Second Place in the 2013 Aisling Challenge.
Summary: In his tumultuous seventh year, Neville thought he had found his life's direction. But the shadow of war covers and changes everything even in Greenhouse Seven.
Written as my Final Exam in the 2013 Missing Moments Class.
Summary: There is a reason why Vernon Dursley is the way he is, but he hopes no one will ever find out.
This poem took Third Place in the We Are Poets Challenge.
Summary: The winter solstice, the shortest, harshest days of the year. Would you have wanted to live there?
Summary: The Hogwarts teachers are facing the first school year after the Battle of Hogwarts. How can they help the students, and the whole community, heal? What will it take to feel as if the world is back to normal?
Summary: As Harry and Ginny eagerly await the birth of their first child and their new lives as parents, Harry discovers that before he can move forward, he must take a journey into his past and revisit what has never been put to rest. He learns the truth of the poetic line "The child is father to the man."
This story has been nominated for a 2013 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Post-Hogwarts Story.