I'm a busy but proud mama of three wonderful children who love HP and wife to a non-HP fan. Have to work on him this year. Call it Goal '08.
Goal update: Hubby has now read all the books and watched the movies with me. We're thinking of re-reading #6 before the movie comes out! He's not die-hard yet, but he'll get there, I'm sure of it!
My elder daughter (needsomefelixfelicis) also frequents this site, and is my biggest fan, so you may come across her cryptic reviews for my stories.
Very sweet. And not just from the cotton candy! ;) Well done.
'Fanmail address'! rofl Great start.
Poor Hermione. What on earth is wrong with her? Off to find out ...
Cute and funny so far!
I don't know about anywhere else, or with any other teachers or professors, but my husband, who has been a teacher for 17 years, insists every year at graduation that the students are to refer to him by his given name.
On her 21st birthday, Coach Johnson gets a Halloween treat from the Harpies...the chance to deal with a ghost from her past. Locked in a cellar with Fred and George, Angelina proves there's something about Fred that sets him apart. His kiss.
Great story! Well-written bit of romance. Nicely done.
Author's Response: Thank you! I\'ve got loads of other stories and pairings if you\'d ever like to read more well-written bits of romance! ^_~
After her first kiss with Ron, Hermione asks Ginny for advice. What follows is a lesson in the things we do for love.
This three part story was written pre-HBP, when the future looked, if not exactly rosy, at least not that dreadful shade of Lavender that coloured the Potterverse in the sixth book.
* Rated for snogging ^_~*
Another great story by you! I took your suggestion in a review reply (for Hallowe'en Treat) and have spent some happy moments reading some more of your fics. I even enjoyed the Christmas Kisses one but didn't review on principal, cuz, you know Draco/Ginny. By the way, although the story itself is great, the summary was my favourite bit - 'shade of lavender', rofl!
Author's Response: Three cheers for you liking the summary! :D Draco/Ginny only works in an alternate dimension of the Potterverse from canon, so you shouldn\'t feel like you\'re betraying Jo to review, but at least I get Jack Sparrow satisfaction \'but you DID read it\' LOL.
Wow. Absolutely incredible. I laughed aloud during the opening paragraphs with Ron and Harry in the storm; read with grim stoicism Ginevra's ministering to the poor and her calm acceptance of reality; and tears filled my eyes at the inscription on her gravemarker and the fact that there was one left of her family to know, to understand. And then ... oh, man, then I read about the statue and I began to cry in earnest. At first I thought the young girl in the statue was the daughter of the woman that the now Minister of Magic had watched die, but when I realized it was Ginny herself ... Wow again. Brilliantly done!
Author's Response: Thanks, Cheryl. It means a lot to me that the story moved you; that\'s why I write. Sorry it\'s taken me so long to respond. I\'ve been working on original fiction for the last several months and haven\'t visited the Fanfic sites very much. ~Ken
Early Christmas morning, not a Malfoy or Weasley was stirring...except Draco and Ginny, who met for Christmas breakfast and ended up making a meal of Christmas kisses.
*A Tale of Two Matchmakers holiday outtake*
Okay, okay. I'm breaking down and actually not just reading this time, but reviewing as well! Loved the storming the castle and fighting 5 dragons and a jackass friend line! Funny. Also, I enjoyed their jibes about each other's houses. Shows the acknowledgement that they come form different worlds, but at the same time underlines their acceptance of that difference. Once again, though, I loved something as much as the story - this time the A/N. One question - why was Harry frowning as he dreamt about girls? Because he knows, subconsciously that 'his' girl is not his?
Author's Response: Yay for you giving the gift of a review, and he\'s frowning because subconsciously he knows that none of the girls he dreamt of will be his! (at least in this dimension of the Potterverse)
Oh, and I meant 'come *from* different worlds', of course. Not come 'form'. *sheesh* you think you proofread and then...
Author's Response: I only proofread fics, lol, so I make mistakes in reviews and replies all the time. I take it as a compliment that your eloquence ran away with your typing! :)
Aww...very sad. And the quote from the Bible can be found in John, chapter 15, verse 13: "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (Revised Standard Version)
Author's Response: Thanks. And thank you for telling me! I\'m rather embarrassed... I probly should have known that... But thanks!
I wouldn't be embarrassed. I just have a sheet in my Bible that lists different topics and where they can be found. I simply looked under the heading 'friendship'.
Oh! And I just noticed the new A/N. *blush*
Any significance to the tiger lilies near Harry's parents' grave? Or is that something Ms Rowling included in DH that I missed?
Author's Response: Not really... except for the fact that they\'re lilies for Lily... but other than that, they\'re just one of my favourite flowers.
Cute start. I'll have to come back alter and finish reading when it's not so late.
I was glancing over the reviews from others and you're right about the 'Mate/mate'. As you are using it in place of a name, I think it should be capitalised. When commenting on a relationship, it would be lowercase. It's the same as Ron saying, 'Mum, is there any dinner,' as opposed to him saying, 'My mum cooked dinner.' Hope that helps!
I loved this! Absolutely hilarious yet wonderfully sweet.
I enjoyed this. Very cute R/Hr fic. And I didn't care about the 'wrong' Patronus bit. this obviously worked loads better! Call it poetic license or something.
Author's Response: HAHA! Thanks a mill. Glad you enjoyed it. =]
All is not well.
George uses work and Firewhisky to cope with Fred's death until a drink with a friend leads to something that dulls pain better than alcohol. Emotionally torn by grief, he struggles to allow Alicia into his life...and then comes baby....
*Winner of the 2008 Quicksilver Quill Award for Best Dark/Angsty Story*
He must have the wrong end of the stick somehow. Can't wait to find out how! cj
Author's Response: George is jealous, but in the end it's a good thing, life lessons and all that rot, LOL.
I enjoyed this. It was a nice touch to have them go to Stonehenge because Fred had wanted to. As George toasted his twin, though, I cringed because in an original story I've only partly written, the surviving twin does the same thing. Now, if I ever get it published, you'll be suing me for royalties! cj
Not unless he goes to Stonehenge with a witch and a house-elf, LOL.
There are no new ideas, only new ways of making them felt. If we tried to count the number of stories where one surviving twin made a toast to the other, we'd probably give up before the list gave out, but all that matters is that no one's done it like we have. :)
Love the angsty scenes. Nothing makes a good read like misery! I was going to say - *singsong voice* "she's in labour" when she was excited and had too much energy. Definitely a nesting urge before baby comes. But then you told us she was, so I could no longer feel smug! cj
Author's Response: But you knew before George said it, so you deserve props, and I get to bask in the glow of having perceptive readers. *puts on shades*
And the wizard heatlhcare providers probably have a wonderful way to mature tiny lungs better than the steroids they give Muggle women!
Good chapter. Keep them coming. I appreciated the correct pregnancy and birthing information, thanks for the research. Writers who use myths and fallacies as the basis for plots just annoy me.
Oh, absolutely....and if they don't...why not? What good is magic if you can't make health care better? (Besides all the other stuff, lol)
Writers who don't research have readers who catch them out and don't believe in the story anymore, which would make me sadder than Puff when little Jackie Paper didn't come to play anymore....
Brilliant chapter. Loved the snowmen, and was vaguely reminded of dear Calvin as I read. The ring-giving was definitely *squee*-producing.
Author's Response: I had so much fun going through those cartoons and thinking of the twins. There\'s one where Calvin\'s made a sad faced snowman I could see Fred building and George (in his Hobbes frame of mind) saying...
George: This snowman doesn\'t look very happy.
Fred: He\'s not. He knows it\'s just a matter of time before he melts. The sun ignores his entreaties. He feels his existence is meaningless.
George: Is it?
Fred: Nope. He\'s about to buy a new racing broom.
'with a witch and a house elf' LOL! Thanks for the reassurance! Good point and very true about there not really being anything new. I always wonder how we ever get new songs written when it's always the same 7 notes over and over! cj
Author's Response: How those notes are arranged make all the difference. ;) I hope you're having a good time writing. I'm still in the planning stage of my novel, and even that's so much more stressful and 'work' than fan fiction.
Another great chapter. I read it last night on that other fanfic site, but wasn't able to leave a review, so I was thrilled to see it had been updated here today. I enjoyed this chapter, especially George's still-raw expressions of grief. I agree with another reviewer that your portrayal is real and touching. I get tired of some fics that deal with a grieving family member for a couple of weeks and then suddenly they're back to normal. Reality is far from that! Fortunately, you've captured reality I believe. I also greatly enjoyed the frequent mentions of breastfeeding and its idiosyncrasies. As a breastfeeding counsellor I appreciated the humour in those moments and the fact that you made it all very normal instead of 'special' as some insist on doing. Looking forward to the last chapters. cj
Maybe it helps to have grieved...and still get choked up over songs on the radio, but you're right, there is no getting back to normal suddenly and even if all someone has is imagination to color their story, they should still know better.
Wow, you're a breastfeeding counsellor! I'll be interested in your feedback on ch 40! (there's a naturalness to labor and delivery too, heehee)