Mahogany_wand is a student hailing from the marvelous US of A. She enjoys writing, algebra class, horseback riding, and acting. Her favorite thing to write is poetry, she liked learning about slope intercept form, she rides a horse named Poco, and she played an appleseller in the musical Annie. She also very much enjoys reading, sleeping, and playing Zoo Tycoon, as well as Pokemon cards with her siblings.
A little bit more about her for her stalkers: (hello Stalker. I am doing fine today, thank you for checking)
Books: Harry Potter, The Priness Diaries, anything by Neil Gaiman, The Thief Lord, Wicked
Movies The Princess Bride, The Phantom of the Opera, Avatar, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Actors Johnny Depp, Rollo Weeks, Audrey Hepburn, Gerard Butler, Marylyn Monroe
Artists Vincent Van Gough, Louise Nevelson, Picasso
Bands Coldplay, Green Day, U2, The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, among others
Poets William Carlos Williams FTW! e. e. cummings and Edgar Allen Poe, too.
Musicals Annie, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Singing in the Rain, Kiss Me Kate
Quotes “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” “Dreaming about being an actress is much more exciting than actually being one.” “I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.”
A note about reviews: (please read!)
M_W truly appreciates reviews, and reads and cherishes every single one. However, because she has an awful tendency to procrastinate about anything that sticks its head under her nose, she may take a while in responding. Thanks!
Kill the Snake
A poem about how Neville must kill Nagini
The Black Lake
A poem about (surprise, surprise) the Black Lake at Hogwarts.
What is Love?
After Lily’s death, will Snape find love ever again? After all, what the heck is love?
Don’t Hate Me Because I’m a Witch
Of all things you can hate your sister for, being a witch is the least of the problems.
Teddy Lupin finds some very unlikely friends in a rainstorm as a child.
Draco, Why Not Me?
Pansy laments over her relationship with our favorite blonde Slytherin at the latter’s wedding.
During the 1920s, a witch from a small town in California runs away from home to reach her top potential.
First of all, I absolutely love your characterization in this story. Your descriptions of what Dean was feeling were very easy to relate to. I also love all of your descriptive details. When I read the first paragraph, I knew where the story was taking place and exactly what it was like. You have some awesome exposition writing skills.
I also really liked some of the ideas you brought into this story. Normally I wouldn't have thought that there would be any mention of Hallowe'en in HP, but the way you described Dean and Seamus' tradition it seemed natural.
On another note, I was kind of iffy as to how Seamus is portrayed. I really can't see Seamus saying 'D’ ya recommend this’d go well with me voice?’ in a Harry Potter book, which is what we are trying to replicate.
I really liked the ending, because I think that it really makes the reader stop and think. Did Dean do the right thing? If I were him, what would I have done?
Good job with this story!
Seventh grader Alexandra Quick returns to Charmbridge Academy. This year she faces bullies from another wizarding school, a secret Dark Arts club, and the machinations of her father, but her greatest trial yet awaits her in the dangerous Lands Below.
This is the second book in the Alexandra Quick series.
First of all, let me just say that I have been reading the AQ stories for a while, but because I am really lazy I haven’t had a chance to review them.
I chose this chapter to review because of the RQSQs. I thought that this story had the best OMR moment. When Maxmilian (sorry, but let me fangirl for a minute—he is the perfect character without being a Gary-Stu. Team Max!) told Alexandra that he was her brother, I seriously shouted, “OH MY GOD!!” I was very enthusiastic. Of course, then I had to wait a week for the next chapter. But it was only a week.
Anyway, I have a few critiques. First of all, how long has it been since you were twelve? For me, it’s only been two years, so I have a few comments about Alexandra’s actions and language. Although I can see where you’re coming from making her being so unwilling to trust Max, kids at that age are willing to do anything an older, more responsible, more experienced person tells them to do, whether it be a sibling, teacher, or just a stranger. I know Alex is a really stubborn character who, at least at this point of the story, loathes Maxmilian with every fibre of her being, so I’m not going to press two hard on this issue.
Some thing I loved was the fabulous dialogue, because I could almost hear Alex and Max talking in my head.
Anyway, this was a fabulous chapter and I hope you keep up the great work with the rest of the story!!
Hello, M_W! Thanks for the review, and the RQSQ nomination.
It's definitely been a while since I was twelve, and writing such young characters believably is probably my biggest challenge. It's also the most frequent criticism I receive, that sometimes my preteens are a little bit too precocious. So I continue to work on balancing the inexperience and childishness that they should display with making them interesting and sympathetic characters capable of getting in and out of trouble on their own.
I'm going to disagree a little on one point: while it's true that many younger kids will do whatever an older person tells them to do, I don't think that's universally true. It certainly wasn't true for me -- at twelve, I was known to back-talk older kids and even adults quite often. (This was not necessarily a good thing...)
Alexandra is stubborn and extremely independent, so I don't think she's ever going to become the sort of person who accepts what she's told without question. However, you've noticed that her friends -- particularly Anna and the Pritchards -- are much more obedient, and as they have pointed out repeatedly, Alexandra's orneriness isn't always a good thing either.
I hope you continue to enjoy the story, and I can promise there will be more OMR! moments. ;)
Ah, Haley... Well, great chappie! I kept laughing, so my Jordan-ish brother came and kicked me. He's a sweetie, isn't he?
Jor-jums and Giorgi! Toooooo cute!
I lurved this story! fantastic job!
Author's Response: Hehehehe, thank you so much! And I wish I had a Jordanish brother, instead of a ridiculous brother who is obsessed with Legally Blonde and Scooby Doo (and is fourteen years old). Glad you liked the Jordan-ness... I had so much fun writing this story, and I'm really glad you liked it.
BB, this was brilliant! It hit just the right note of bitterness and resentment. It read so well, your word choice was excellent!
I really loved this poem. As a Ravenclaw, I was sad to see our Mother Rowena so depressed. *glares at Salazar*
Great job, and I look forward to more poetry by you.
Author's Response: This is the first time some one actually praised my word choice! I'm normally never proud of it...
Haha, Salazar deserves a glare, the jerk! :D
Thanks for the review, I've got several more pieces of poetry validated! blinded is serious, whereas
Rebellion! and Having a Ball... Not! are meant to be funny. Ish.
Hollz, love, I mus say this was the first time I'd read this. I'm surprised you're giving away your Cedric to a fictional character! What kind of fangirl are you?
I really liked this story. I think that Lisa is well characterized and easy to relate to. I think you should write a bit more about Lisa's sister and how they got along before the "Matt incident." I would be very interested to see that.
I saw a teeny mistake in this, though. I believe Cedric is a Hufflepuff, correct? and then in the last chapter I believe you said that Lisa was a Ravenclaw and Cedric was a Hufflepuff. Because of that, I was a bit confused when I read this passage: We'd met on the Hogwarts Express in our first year, and were both sorted into Hufflepuff house. Is Lisa a 'Puff or an awesome possum 'Claw?
I can't wait to read more! BTW, you're one of my favorite authors now. So that I'll get an email whenever you put a new story on here. :D
Author's Response: You know what? I'm such a moron. I was in the process of changing this story slightly and must have forgotten about that part! Thanks for pointing it out. I've taken your criticisms on board and I'm still inthe process of writing the second chapter but it'll be up here soon! And thank you for adding me to your Favourite Authors list! Means a lot to me! ~ Holly x
‘What do you want, Sev?’
‘I want you to walk with me.’
Ooh, I love it! You did a wonderful job with this. Much better that I could have done.
I love the characterization of Snape and Lily, how they are both sort of confused about what to think of one another.
What a brilliantly written story!
Author's Response: Yay! I'm pleased you like it, dear. And thanks for the characterisation comment; I'm very cautious with my Severus characterisation because sometimes I write him badly, and as this is from his point of view, and all.... Yes. Thanks again! -squishes- xx
She stares out across the great expanse of water.
He watches her longing gaze.
My final task for the 'Watching the Mirror' class on the beta boards.
Nominated in the 2010 Quicksilver Quill Awards for Best Non-Canon Romance.
Ooh, this was lovely! The wording was amazing, and the imagery was extremely vivid. I liked the way Ron was described.
You certainly have talent!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the R&R! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Julia XD
I am so glad you are starting this story back up again. I really enjoyed the chapter and I can't wait to hear Alexa's backstory. Growing up with the Dursleys must have been difficult, but I have to wonder how they would have treated a girl. I also wonder how she played out in the seven books, and whether she changed the personalities of any of the main characters!
Anyway, I can't read the next chapter!
Author's Response: Ah, my old friend! I can't wait for you all to read the next chapter that'll be posted soon! :) - AP x