I am an avid reader. :)
are we going to get a new chapter...? Please?
I am not sure I have ever left a review before... for anyone. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that your writing is publishable. You make us believe the characters and feel what they're feeling. You haven't rushed to get to the ending, very admirable. I have one request: please don't wait long before updating... please
Just wanted to make sure everything was going well. I'd hate to not have an ending! Well, I could make up my own, but then I'd never know what you had planned! :) Anyway, just checking in!
Author's Response: *sigh* There is still a plan, and I still plan to reveal it.It is just taking FOREVER! As usual.... :*( I don't know if I''d call it going well, but it is going--slowly.... I did finally get a fairly smooth draft to beta, though it is shorter and contains less than I intended for the chapter. However, in the scheme of the story, I think it will work better to push some things off into the next one. Knowing me, and I think you do after all this time, I would have ended up going over the word limit, and having to divide it anyway. Sometimes I just want to put too much into one chapter, so yes. I split it upfront.
So, what does that mean for you and my other patient readers? Well, you should have something to read sooner than later, though it still has to go through the edit and rewrite and formatting.... So soonish....Hopefully it will give you enough to chew on without the stuff to follow in the next chapter. Of course, I will TRY not to leave you waiting for more after that, nearly so long. *hears readers grumble, "Yeah, yeah, that's what you always say."* :*/
Thanks for checking in, readingislife. It helps to know someone will be there to read it when it finally comes out. >.< You know, if you made up your own ending, it would be a MoB fanfiction.... Awesome. LOL :D
Wow. It's getting good! All coming to a point at the same time. I'm glad James at least seems to not have known about it until later. I always wondered what in the world would have made Sirius do this! I look forward to hearing how it went down according to you. :)
As always, most enjoyable. And my heart is just breaking for poor Remus right now. Oh, and I hope you'll share how Dumbledore knows that Snape won't tell on Remus. I always wondered that too...
Author's Response: Thank you, readingislife. Yes, things are really getting intense for poor Remus. You'd think Sirius would know better! Remus deserves so much better than what JKR did to him. :( Anyway, I really hope you enjoy my take on things. Thank you for reading and letting me know you are there. I hope you still are. :*)
Remus should be put up for cannonization. Bless his poor little self-flagellating heart. He really does need to tell her now though. This is the line he shouldn't cross, in my mind. Poor Lindi.
You keep hinting that she won't take it well... According to how her character reacted to Darlene and the Slytherins, giving them every chance, she should take it better than he thinks. Though I can understand him not wanting her to look at him with anything less in her eyes. I really hope that it won't end with her hating him. And I really do hope it ends with him finding some happiness.
Also, I hope to see more of James and Lilly in the future. You write them beautifully as well. In particular, the part at the Lupin's about the Heimlich! teehee
Also, have you abandoned your LJ?
Author's Response: :) Yes, he should! Self-flagellating...Love that! Other than replying to those things, do you know how badly you all make me want to start chattering away when you speculate like this? *bites tongue to keep from spoiling story* But I will say thank you so much for the compliment on Lily and James. I do break out into a cold sweat when I think about needing to build on their relationship, since I'm not nearly so comfortable with them, so I'm glad you are enjoying what little I have done. Thank you, readingislife.
LJ...You know, I almost couldn't figure out what you meant. >.< I really don't get on there very often these days. I probably shouldn't say so, (since I am so late with yet another chapter) but I've been getting my ranting done at my two favorite real life political and religious sites, so I am usually all ranted out before I get to LJ and since I have so little to post about MoB (which is really why I set up the LJ in the first place), I haven't posted anything in ages. :( But, no, I haven't completely abandoned it. It is just another victim of my limited fun time. *sigh* *needs to stay off RL sites that only distract and frustrate her anyway* >.<
I am so excited you updated! Great chapter. I love Sirius' characterization. He seems so... real and concerned. I think it comes as a result of his family basically being the marauders, like you mentioned in the chapter before. I feel like I know the marauders through your story, and it is brilliant. I read it twice, I love it. I can't wait to see what poor Remus does. The constant battle that goes on in his head is so believable, and it really makes your heart go out to him. I can't wait to see what he decides.
Author's Response: Ack...I'm so late in responding. Forgive me. *busy and distracted by life* /groveling and excuses] Thank you, readingislife. I'm really glad you are enjoying Sirius, since he is my second favorite character to write. And thank you for that about knowing the Marauders...*beams* I just fell so in love with their story in PoA and wanted to see so much more than we ever actually got (and I personally was disappointed in the further bits we did get. <.< ), so here we are. I know that my story departs a bit from canon with the last two books, but that couldn't be helped. Sadly, JKR didn't ask my opinion. ;-P *hehe* Anyway, Remus has a lot of internal conflict, doesn't he? *huggles Remus* Hopefully, you will not have long to wait to learn a little more at least. I have sent Ch. 51 to beta. *cheers 'it won't be 5 months between updates!'* :*) It's one of my shorter chapters, though, so maybe that has something to do with the speed. *remembers when she used to update at least once every other week* *sigh* Now I think once a month or so is good* *dies* Okay, maybe if I stopped rambling and went to write while I have a chance, *is home, sick* *sniffle* I'd get more finished. Thank you for a wonderful review.
I have just read through this story for the third time. You do have quite a flair for writing. I have read several different fanfictions, and there is only one other author that I have enjoyed nearly as much as this story.
Your description of the marauders, their personalities, their way of teasing others, their fierce loyalty, their frequent tussles with the Slytherins, are all believable based on JK Rowling's work. It is infrequent that I feel an author can draw their readers into a relationship with a character that has an incredibly believable personality, has recognizable motives for their actions, and cute quirks. I love the way you have expounded all the characters in this fic. Well done. Lindi is adorably neurotic and Remus is everything I would have wanted him to be written like. He is exactly as I pictured him in younger years (despite that bit of idiocy with Celia, but I completely believed it could have happened, I was just upset with him for doing it...) But he is expertly written in my opinion, very loyal, very thoughtful, and even the way he is haunted by lycanthropy and the way he relates to his parents. I can't praise his character development enough.
Let me encourage you, please don't give up writing this piece... if only because we enjoy it! But it is a very good bit of writing and showcases your talent well. I would not be surprised at all if you had a career in it.
Oh, and I love how each of the marauders is so different, you haven't lumped any of them together. You've showed their personalities and their maturing in their own ways, again excellent.
Thank you for sharing and please keep writing!
Author's Response: *rereads fabulous review* Thank you so much, readingislife. This is one of those reviews that nearly leaves me speechless, and makes me want to quit before I really blow it (especially when I am hating the chapter I\'m working on. >.<) I won\'t, of course, even though it may seem that I have. :*( Thank you, thank you! for the wonderful comments on my story and my writing, particularly the characterization. I am so glad you have enjoyed it and I will try my best not to disappoint you (TRY being the key word.) *prints out lovely review for motivation* Thank you again, readinislife.
I just wanted to drop you a note to make sure you didn't get discouraged! This story is adorable, I love how delightfully naive and quirky Lindi is and how "teenagerish" the Maraders are. Excellent job! The details are excellent, making sure to note the icing on Lindi's knee, you can just see it. Excellent visualization! Most, I would say 95% at least, fanfiction is not even close to half as good as this story. Believe me... I've read some odd ones. So don't get discouraged! Keep up the good work!
Author's Response: Aw...that is so kind of you, readingislife. I have been a bit discouraged, since I don\'t seem to have time to work on the story and time keeps flying by. I can\'t believe MoB is already on the third page of the Marauder era archives already...again! :( Thank you for this truly lovely and encouraging review. It really helps. :D
This is such a cute story. I have begun to wonder, since Lindi is not a part of Remus' life when he meets Harry, what goes on between them? I am looking forward to reading how you pull everything together, even though I will be sad when the story is over. By the way, I love the irony of Remus wondering at the rather mature gifts and when the "crass, immature gift" would appear... it made me titter, knowing that certainly something would come up.
Anyway, I love this story! Keep writing!
Author's Response: Thank you, readingislife. I\'m glad to hear you are wondering...I like to think that means you haven\'t given up on the story even though I\'m taking FOREVER to finish it. :) I don\'t think you need to be worried about feeling sad any time soon, because, again, I\'m taking FOREVER to finish it. *sigh* I hope you don\'t give up on me before I have a chance to pull it all together. Thank you for helping me stay encouraged. :) And of course there would be a crass immature gift...it\'s the Marauders! ;)
You posted while I was out of town, and I wanted to read through a couple of times before I reviewed. You did well on this one. You're really not avoiding difficult things, are you? Sometimes I think I should be identifying with Lindi more, as she is female and I know how I would feel if I found out a man I loved was keeping secrets. But I can't help but feel for poor Remus. He wants so badly to do right by her. I am glad he didn't carry through with his hormones, that would have made me lose my good opinion of him. Good for Remus! His character will win out! Good chapter, and write quickly! I am looking forward to the next one to see how you handle this one! lol!
Oh, and great invention of the dancing poster. I'd love one myself!
Author's Response: I hope you were out of town for pleasure and had a wonderful time. Oh...I don't want anyone to lose their good opinion of Remus. He is so wonderful! But he is only human...mostly...;) Honestly, I don't think Remus would have been able to live with himself if he'd gone any further. *loves Remus* Difficult things...ha, I'm not afraid of them! >.>. Though the anxiety I had over this one makes me think I might want to go back to love bites and gag gifts! lol I hope I'm not digging myself into a hole that my readers want to bury me in! *nervous laugh*
Just wanted to check in! How's chapter 51 coming? I hope well, I just finished reading this story again, and just enjoy it every time. I was hoping to have the next installment by the time I was finished. Don't worry! I'll keep checking. :) Just wanted you to have some extra encouragement if you needed it. Lovely story, great writing!!!
Author's Response: Oh, dear...<.< Well, actually, the next chapter is written, beta'd and um...all but a little formatting left and it will be ready. >.> The problem is, I'm not sure I'm ready to post it. I got it back from beta and did all the corrections, formatted it... then, I don't know how, but I lost the finished chapter. >.< It just vanished into cyberspace. Well, during the last few days, I've been sneaking time here and there, during family visits, and togetherness, in order to rework it. Problem is, while doing so, I've developed a terrible case of second thoughts on it. I'm just terrified of posting it. :*/ *sigh* I don't know what to do. I've worried about chapters before, but never like this. *takes deep breath* I have to find time to really think about it and finish formatting. I had hoped the Christmas break would be a little less hectic, but it hasn't been. I AM SO SORRY! :( Thank you so much for the encouragement, although right now, because of my concerns with this chapter, it is just making me worry more! *nervous laugh* I'm so afraid you are going to be really disappointed. :*/ At any rate, I'll figure something out soon. Again, sorry to keep you waiting and I hope you have a really Happy New Year. Thank you, readingislife.
Lovely story! I sincerely hope that you will write more! Perhaps pre-cannon? It matters not to me, your writing style is simply captivating!
Beautifully rendered! Horrifically ended! Send them back to die... What a cliffhanger! I must admit I was sitting there with my hand over my mouth, holding my breath. In Oblivious and Imperious both though, I thought for sure that Remus was done for, so I am holding out for a miraculous save by Pallas! Excellent writer, I enjoy these stories as much as Rowlings... You are an excellent author, and if you have any books published I would happily go purchase them!
I'm not sure if I've ever reviewed one of your stories, but I have come to the conclusion that it needs to be done. Simply brilliant is the only way that I can describe your stories. I've read Oblivious and Imperious both at least twice and can't get enough. Your writing is simply superb. If you don't pursue a career as a writer it would be a shame. I have no more glowing praise to offer than that I enjoy your stories as much as JK's work, and I do not say that lightly. I am considering printing them so that I can have my kids read them along with HP. Simply wondrous! The emotion you put into Tonks looking at the pictures in Andromeda's house and then their reunion... I had tears in my eyes. Expertly done. Truly. Don't stop writing, it would be a crime in this world if you do not have something published.
Hallelujah! Hope enters once more! I knew you'd come through Pallas! I am not ashamed to say... okay, maybe I am a little, that I was reading this update at my desk at work, and I cried. I shed tears when Tonks and Andromeda said their goodbyes, when Teddy, Remus and Tonks said their goodbyes and when Remus and Tonks were standing holding hands waiting for their fate so bravely, barely hearing anyone speaking, lost in each other. And the way you described the way Tonks smelled to Teddy... brilliance. That's exactly the way my mother smells to me, like home, like love. Brilliance.