Reviews For Everybody Does It
Reviewer: Rabidwallaby
Date: 07/06/07 5:58
Chapter: Everybody Does It

Hello Grim it's me again.... I can't say how much your story touched me. I am the father of two beautiful and strong boys, one five years old and the other three. I was in tears reading this but they weren't out of sadness it was tears of joy. There is so much I wanted to say in this review but I just can't put it into words, you have beautifully captured the truth in life, one that is hard for all of us to accept and I wanted to thank you for reminding me what it means to be a father... love your children i all aspects whether it be in their successes, failures, strengths or weaknesses there is not one thing you an do for your children than reassure them of what it is that they live for LOVE. Again thank you for a well written and beautifully told lesson, please keep it up and be assured that you have one faithful reader than sees all of the hidden truths in your writing. Thank you

Author's Response: Heh, I'm sorry, forgive me a momentary chuckle. Often when I respond to reviews, I find myself responding to them backwards as the most recent words have left the freshest impression. And I just took a certain amount of entertainment in the "hidden truths in your writing." This is because I'm of the mind that once you have written something, it's no longer yours and belongs to those who read it. I can attempt to put in any number of things, but none of that is as important as your interpretations, so you are in my opinion very correct, but perhaps for a different reason. This is getting very convoluted but, in the end, you will see what you see, the only way I can affect is to express myself. I can't even hope for the best because I have found that people take what they need the most. Some like yourself found this piece joyful, others have found it incredibly sad. Everyone looks at it through different eyes, and I guess I'm just trying to hold up this hopefully entertaining mirror to reality that has this fantasy setting. I also believe that I just spent an awful lot of words saying very little of value whatsoever, so... Moving on. I always appreciate when this story is reviewed, and I love to hear from people the different ways this story has touched them. But what makes you the most interesting is you have got to be one of the closest in real life experience to me at least in regards to this story; father of two young children whom you love very much. My daughters are each two years behind your boys (3 and 1), and they were a part of this story. In fact, my original story arc only had Harry and Ginny with one child, Tom, but because I wrote this story, and it was so very personal and I needed that second child there, Molly was created. It was a tough story to write, and maybe, should my life take me in the right direction, I'll one day pass it on to my own little girls, and hopefully they will understand what was going through their father's head when he wrote it. Even now,when I lay my head down at night, I ponder how old I will be when they reach certain milestones, and that's heartbreaking. I want to be here for the entirety of their lives, kicking off about five minutes before they do because to watch them go would break my heart. So you know, we just do what we can. Enjoy what we have when we have it, and prepare them for when we are no longer around. I don't think you needed reminding of what it means to be a father. I have a hard time believing any sane and decent person does. I know that I can be incredibly strict with my daughters, and I know that as they grow, they will not always think I'm the greatest thing on the planet, but through all the family chaos, one thing that you can't ever forget is that you love them. And now that I have written an incredibly long and totally non-cogent response, i think I'm just going to limp off and pretend none of this happened. Thank you so much for the review, and I'm glad you'll be sticking with me to the end.

Reviewer: Rabidwallaby
Date: 07/06/07 5:55
Chapter: Everybody Does It

Hello Grim it's me again.... I can't say how much your story touched me. I am the father of two beautiful and strong boys, one five years old and the other three. I was in tears reading this but they weren't out of sadness it was tears of joy. There is so much I wanted to say in this review but I just can't put it into words, you have beautifully captured the truth in life, one that is hard for all of us to accept and I wanted to thank you for reminding me what it means to be a father... love your children i all aspects whether it be in their successes, failures, strengths or weaknesses there is not one thing you an do for your children than reassure them of what it is that they live for LOVE. Again thank you for a well written and beautifully told lesson, please keep it up and be assured that you have one faithful reader than sees all of the hidden truths in your writing. Thank you

Reviewer: HClovesPhelps
Date: 06/13/07 17:22
Chapter: Everybody Does It

that is so sad. i cried. very good writing.

Author's Response: I am so sorry I didn't get to this review until just now. I thank you very much, and am glad that you were touched by it. I've always been particularly proud of this story, and while it is true that It's not my most popular work, it is the one recognized as a runner up for a Quicksilver Quill, and seems to have gotten more of an emotional response than the rest of my stories wich does the heart good. Thank you very much and I hope you'll read the rest of the stories.

Reviewer: red haired mom
Date: 05/01/07 16:38
Chapter: Everybody Does It

My boys are only allowed to read the three singles and part I. The other two parts are a little too intense, in several ways. The younger, is content with that. The older is chomping at the bit to read the rest. Even though he knows it is not going to happen any time soon. They are pretty smart kids and they understand a lot more than most people would give them credit for, so not for a few more years.
From another Authors response, on Part 3, I have already got you on my favorite author list, and Part 3 on my favorite stories list. Whenever you update I will read and review. Thanks for the advice anyway. Now get back to writing! :)

Author's Response: HAHA! Yes mom! Actually, I'm planning on spending a few hours tonight working on it. I spend much of my time online writing politics, and the website I write for is undergoing some overhaul, and we're trying to pick up the content, so I'm spending close to eight to ten hours a day reading and writing for that. It's kind of funny though, that writing is fast paced and hectic, and the comments I get are not always quite as nice as I get here. By contrast, writing these stors is much slower, and sometimes much more relaxing, though because I'm trying to get things just right, and it's much more precise writing, sometimes writing these stories is much more likely to induce headaches. Well, I'm glad the boys at least got a chance to read the three singles and Part I. Ach... there I go again, answering reviews and not writing like I was told... In all seriousness, I hope to have chapter seven finished by the end of this week. Thank you so much.

Reviewer: red haired mom
Date: 05/01/07 9:14
Chapter: Everybody Does It

Just thought I would let you know, my older son thinks you must be a pretty awesome writer. He noticed me crying when I read this, and said " Jeez mom, you only cried once in the whole Harry Potter series, (when Sirius died) this guy must be good." I haven't let him or his little brother read this series, but I have summarized it for them. They like what I have told them about it. Of course, they want to read it, but I would only let them read parts that are age appropriate, so they will have to wait a little (long) while to read the later stories. Anyway, just thought I would pass on the compliment.

Author's Response: Yeah. I have that problem. I think at the onset of this venture I kinda held a dim idea that I might be able to make this safe for most ages, but that went down the drain relatively quick. I think Right Here is pretty safe, and this story, I would let my girls read at ten and thirteen (being as they are both in daipers, they can't read anything at all, so there you go). The rest though are pretty much out of the question. Ach, anyway. Thank you, and your eldest. Every time I sit down to write, I try and make a connection, you know? It's not just that I'm trying to tell a story, but I'm trying to reach through the words and make that human connection on some level, and that concept kind of dominates all of my work, here and elsewhere. I like to think that all the people who have said I made them cry reading this story, i like to think that that is in part because I was bawling like a baby when I wrote it. These scenes and these stories and such, there's a reason to tell them, and I think the most basic is just for basic entertainment, for the basic, wow that's cool or that's neat, or that's kinda creepy or cute factor. I want something deeper. So I'm glad you have gotten so much from all of this, and I hope to continue to please throughout part III. As a side note of curiosity, I would be very interested to know what bits you have let your sons read, and their reaction... Again, just curious as they are a few years younger than the my normal audience, I believe (and a different gender). Thank you again.

Reviewer: red haired mom
Date: 04/30/07 20:18
Chapter: Everybody Does It

I decided to read this one before going on to part 3. You either have been at a deathbed, or you have one hell of an imagination. I have not cried for any fanfic before. I have teared up, but you actually made me cry. I didn't think it was possible, but you did it. Congratulations. Ahh well on to part 3.


Author's Response: Man, you beat me to the punch (I suggested you read this in my response to the review you left for part II ah well). Thank you so much. No, I've never been at anyone's deathbed. Far from it. The closest was I had an aunt who was suffering from liver failure, and we visited her in the hospital once, but that was a very long time ago, the visit brief, and she was far from death at that point. Now that I force myself to remember, it was kind of surreal. I remember... I remember before that my dad telling me that she, like he, was an alcoholic, and that her game was to take her diet pepsi cans, empty them out about half way, and pour her booze taken from her secret stash into them. This had resulted in her liver eventually giving up on her. But anyway, during the one visit, like I said, it was quick, but it was also very strange. It was filled mostly with small talk, mostly about how bad the hospital food was, and then we were gone. That is the closest to a death bed incident I have ever had. No, this was completely my imaginings of having to tell my daughters good bye on my own deathbed. Well, only reviews to this story allow me to say this, so I'll say it, I'm glad it made you cry. It's indescribable being able to communicate with someone through a story on that level, and I feel humbled every time someone says it. Thank you, and now I'll say I'll see you for part III.

Reviewer: Siva2478
Date: 04/21/07 0:16
Chapter: Everybody Does It

WOW.... im crying... im touched... i related to it with my own son... beautiful

Author's Response: Thank you... very much. I'm glad it had meaning for you.

Reviewer: Hannahanders1
Date: 04/11/07 18:51
Chapter: Everybody Does It

This story is so good, I'm not much of a crier, but this story just really did ot for me. You are an amazing writer, keep up the good work!

Author's Response: Hey, you know, most of my reviews for this story are like this... "I don't usually cry, but..." But then, I cried throughout writing this, and you know, I think that's why... I think it's because when you write with so much emotion, you're bringing it to the table and sharing it, and you can't help but pass it on, you see what I mean? Anyway, I'm glad you could be part o fthat, and hope to see you for the rest of the stories!

Reviewer: loOny_lovegOod_93
Date: 04/09/07 4:27
Chapter: Everybody Does It

so sad...i have that lump in my throat now *tear slides down her cheek* really good, reaally got me involved, rite more stories,your so good at it!

Author's Response: Thank you ever so much. I'm glad you got something emotional and real out of this, it really is an honor, and thank you for the praise. I have plenty of stories left on here for you to read, so please do check them all out...

Reviewer: ballerinaprincess
Date: 03/08/07 11:14
Chapter: Everybody Does It

Loved the story, almost made me cry. I thought it was interesting how you chose the name Tom for Harry's son since that is voldemort's real name (not complaining though).

Author's Response: I get that an awful lot. Don't worry, definitely on purpose, and really the best way to get a handle on why I did that is to read Epilogues Part I: Shadows. Since all my stories follow the same arc, that should help you out some. Thanks for the read, and I hope to see you for the rest of my stories!

Reviewer: akb
Date: 03/05/07 21:21
Chapter: Everybody Does It

THAT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!....hold on ...i have to wipe my eyes.....i have to say that was the most touching and beautiful story i have read on this site!....you rock!

Author's Response: Ah, thank you ever so much, I truly appreciate it. I can't say much more really other than I hope you'll take the time to read the rest of my stories.

Reviewer: ProudxHufflepuff
Date: 02/19/07 6:31
Chapter: Everybody Does It

I am sitting here, and once again, you've made me bawl. Good job! Seriously, good job! You did great! Keep on going! I need more! I suppose I'll see you in Epilogue II, eh?

Author's Response: hehehe.. Thanks, and yes you most definitely will, and hopefully for part III as well...

Reviewer: abbs866
Date: 02/14/07 20:47
Chapter: Everybody Does It

I'm sobbing. I don't know how to explain, but I'm sobbing.

Author's Response: Aw. I was too when I wrote this. Thanks for the review.

Reviewer: abbs866
Date: 02/14/07 20:47
Chapter: Everybody Does It

I'm sobbing. I don't know how to explain, but I'm sobbing.

Reviewer: hpbh8r
Date: 02/05/07 15:41
Chapter: Everybody Does It

omg huge tear jerker i

Author's Response: thanks, and sorry to make you cry.

Reviewer: Chaser921
Date: 02/04/07 21:30
Chapter: Everybody Does It

Wow. That was really, really good. Painful and sad, but really good. You made me cry! And I think it was very fitting. I was happy he got to die with family around him.
Your writing is good, and I think your characterization of Ron, Hermione, and Harry was well done. Then again, I like all your writing. The children were well done too, and I liked that Harry's son was named Tom. Nice touch.

Author's Response: Thanks. It's been a while since anyone's mentioned the name of Harry's son. Sicne we see a little bit more of him in Part III of Epilogues, I wonder how many more people are going to comment on that. Anyway, thank you so much.

Reviewer: Chaser921
Date: 02/04/07 21:25
Chapter: Everybody Does It

Wow. That was really, really good. Painful and sad, but really good. You made me cry! And I think it was very fitting. I was happy he got to die with family around him.
Your writing is good, and I think your characterization of Ron, Hermione, and Harry was well done. Then again, I like all your writing. The children were well done too, and I liked that Harry's son was named Tom. Nice touch.

Reviewer: guiding ray of sunlight
Date: 01/31/07 14:26
Chapter: Everybody Does It

I just read it again, and I have to say that you had me in tears the entire time (yet again). It is rare that a fic will do that to me (My main focus in fics is death) but yours truly does. It's really really amazing, and you are an amazing author!

Author's Response: Thank you again so much. I just reread your first review to this, and you know, I'm really humbled that this story still affects you. It's like it wasn't just a quick hit you and then it's over. Somehow I managed to write something with staying power, and I can't believe I did that. Thank you so much.

Reviewer: fire_angel_love
Date: 01/22/07 19:44
Chapter: Everybody Does It

Okay, this is the most beautiful, the most touching story I have ever read on MNFF. I'm crying so hard right now, I can't even explain. This story, it's just so powerful and touching and it really did hurt. So many of my friends' parents have died and I knew all of them. The worst death visit I've ever experienced is when my basketball coach died of lung cancer. (DON'T EVER SMOKE PEOPLE!) I just bawled my eyes out then. He couldn't even talk to anyone, the cancer had just eaten his voice away. In a way, for some people death is a blessing. I just wish that my basketball coach had a way to say goodbye like Harry could. This story is so touching and it brought back a lot of memories that I've locked away. Thank you for this.

Author's Response: You're welcome. I guess, in the case of your basketball coach, though he wasn't able to put it into words, I'm pretty sure you knew how he felt, and I'm pretty sure he was glad to pass on surrounded by those who loved and supported him. I've never actually experienced something like this, but I imagine at least having that opportunity to say good bye is far better than not. I don't know. I'm so glad you got something out of this, thank you again.

Reviewer: Gin_Drinka
Date: 01/08/07 11:06
Chapter: Everybody Does It

Oh God, that was beautiful! It made me cry and I'm still crying! It's my absolute favorite. Any story can make you laugh and wish you could be a part of it, but few stories can make you really cry like this, and now that despite the fiction it's real. Amazing job, I loved it and it touched me.

Author's Response: I am so glad. I think when you put as much of your soul into the writing of something, responses like yours are kind of what let's you know it wasn't all in vain. Or something like that. I don't know. I'm just glad it touched you. Thanks.

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