I have to admit, when the Harry Potter books first came out, I didn't want to read them. But thanks to my book obsessed mother who could nag the paint off the walls, I was invited into Harry's wonderful world and hope I can add a little of my own weirdness too.
I am a weirdo and proud of it (I have a tee shirt proclaiming so), but this was not something my teachers loved about me. When I was a kid, I was tested for everything from A.D.D. to Autism to Asphergers to Bipolar Disorder to half a dozen other things I can't bother myself to remember. But the creative spirit cannot be crushed with pills and now they just call me ecsentric.
Harry Potter Related Info
Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw
Favorite Kind of Fics: I'm really into Post-Hogwarts right now, but I'll read anything that strikes me.
Favorite Character: Luna Lovegood. All my friends say I'm exactly like her. I'm not sure if it's a complement, though.
My writing style: I tend to write drama stories, but I also like to add my own zany humor to them. It is any wonder I cure my writers block by watching Psych.
My OTP: Harry/Luna. C'mon! They would have been so CUTE together!
Current Word Count: 352,787
Other Info for Stalkers
Favorite Singers/Bands: Verical Horizon, the Goo Goo Dolls, Michelle Branch, Counting Crows, Keri Noble, John Meyer, Green Day, Jars of Clay, Vanessa Carlton, Santana, the Mamas and the Papas, the Byrds
Favorite Books: Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mocking Bird (my first born will be named after Harper Lee), The Rapture of Caanan, Memoirs of a Geisha, White Oleander, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, My Sister's Keeper, Rumi, anything by Laurie Halse Anderson
Favorite TV Shows: Psych, all the Law & Orders, Monk, Scrubs, South Park, Comedy Central Presents, Still Standing, The Simpsons, Gilmore Girls
* I HATE High School Musical with a passion! Typical Disney dollar guaging. I'm just happy I have no children so I don't have to tolerate the constrant noise drilling into my skull.
* I just started a LiveJournal community, OliveOilMusings, where I post my stories, drawings, and videos. I also include helpful links, types to writing great stories, and where some of my own favorite stories and artists can be found.
* I also have a DeviantArt account where I post most of my drawings you can see on the Beta Boards (and a fair number than you can't).
* I'm a clinically documented sleepwalker, and I'm oddly focused when I do. I write (some assage I even use in stories), post on the boards (really), print pages off the internet, and cook food. So far, I haven't driven a car in my sleep, though.
This is my review for the Ravenclaw Review Circle, and Simply, you still owe me a review of my story, Hermione!
Oh, I always love a story about Luna, so this story's going to be a joy to review!
The death of Luna's mother has always been something of a mystery, and you did an amazing job of touching on it. She has to be there to actually witness her mother's death, so this all certainly seems like it could be possible.
I love the appeals the story made to the five senses, especially the smell of the damp earth. I always notice this smell whenever spring comes, but none of my friends ever seem to. It's a shame, but I don't have to tell you what a wonderful smell it is; so full and heavy, with knowing that spring is going to follow it.
I also love the interactions between Luna and her mother. We know from the books how close she felt to her, and her hopes of being able to see her once again and the picture of the two of them in her room. This was the absolute perfect interaction between a mother and her daughter, the way you know it's supposed to be, which makes it hurt all the more when her mother starts to drift away actually dies.
Luna's mother almost seems like she's more bipolor than depressed, with her moods going up and down between extremes. But adding mental illness into the equation really made for a view I have really never seen before.
My only critique is that Luna's father didn't really seem to have any of the...'whimsey' we know is in his character. I know this is a trying time for him, but we do see flashbacks of his character, and even when Luna was being held prisoner, we still saw it somewhat. It was just one thing in the story that seemed off to me. But I suppose you published this story before DH came out. No one could describe Xenophilius as 'serious'!
Anyway, this was really an enjoyable read, and now I'll have to go off in search of more of your stories.
Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing, even after that sticky situation! Yes, I did write this pre-DH; that's why he is completely OOC. Don't worry, I'll be reviewing Hermione soon!
This is the review to nominate this poem for the RQSQ award.
I have always loved reading stories about Lockhart and how always manages to screw with the lives of everyone around him. Also, I think putting it into poem format. Something about it just would have the same feel if it were in a oneshot format.
Overall, it was very entertaining, certainly worthy of the RQSQ for Best Poem.
Author's Response: Wow, thank you so much, Olive Oil! I really appreciate you not only reading this and reviewing it, but also nominating it! SQUEE! I'm glad you enjoyed it, I was on a ballad kick when I wrote it and had a lot of fun with it. Thanks again! *turnip hug* ~Gina :)
This is my review to post this story on the Recommended Stories thread.
Ever since I first started reading this story, it has become on of my absolute favorites. The one thing I cannot stand is reading a story where Snape is completely out of character. This might be because writing Snape in character is a skill that always seems to allude me. No matter how many times he appears in my stories, I always need an outside source to tell me if my version of Snape is believable. But Chante' always pulls it off with aplomb.
Shiloh is a high selling point as well. You read the story and think to yourself 'Oh, Snape has a Mini-Me!'. And she is, but Shiloh also has here own personality that sets her apart from her father.
Altogether, this story is wonderfully addictive. And once you read it, you will find yourself begging for more.
This is my review to nominate this story for the RQSQ for Best Alternative Universe.
This has been one of my favorite for ages. Ever since the chapter in DH when Dumbledore suspected that students were Sorted to early (although this could also be taken as a bit of an insult). Reading this story also makes me think about how the rest of their lives would have played out because of this little change. I doubt the Death Eaters would have anything to do with Snape now.
This is my review for the Recommended Stories thread.
When you meet different teachers, you usually tell fairly quickly which ones will feel extremely uncomfortable if you bring up anything sex-related. Snape is one of these teachers. And as rigid and collected as he would try to be, you know it would just be so very hilarious! And coppercurls does an excellent job of depicting this.
I have no idea how she even came up with this story, but I'm very, very glad she did.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review! I'm glad you liked it. The story actually sprung from a conversation some time ago about the nitty gritty parts of wizarding life, and how some subjects should not be taboo since they are an intrinsic part of life.
This is my review written for the Recommended Stories thread.
I loved the first story so much, and I was so happy to see that there was a second story written about Shi-Shi. It might stop just before the OMG moment, but it is still a great story to read none the less. And I have read it again, and again, and again. I have also drawn pictures for it, made videos for it, and even beta read it. It is plain to see that I am obsessed with Shiloh Sanders and once you read this story, you will be to.
Oh, chica, I'm DYING to read the next chapter! Are you almost done? I suppose it doesn't matter anyway, with the hacker glitches and all. *mutters profanities under breath*
Anyway, please, please, PLEASE let me know!
Author's Response: Thanks for the review, Molly. Knowing their are readers like you who will very likely kill me if I don\'t finish the next chapter is what keeps me writing, haha. :D
“It’s our rule not to dredge up past things, remember?”This rule is about to be broken.
~Inspired by a worldwide beloved film.
This is my review to post this story on the Recommended Stories thread.
I might be a bit partial to this story because I made a trailer for it, but every time I read, I hear the song I used playing in my head. It is just a really soft, acustic guitar piece, and it just makes me feel so relaxed.
Oh! And...the story's good too...I guess.
I kid, of course. It is a wonderful story and you should take some time in your day to read it.
Here I go! I remember doing the video for this story, so I am very excited to leave a review for it!
Right from the beginning we see that wonderful descriptive language that Chante' is so famous for. You have a really talent for taking words that seem as though they would never make sense and never belong together, but you are able to turn it into pure poetry and describe the scene such perfect detail that I can't even put into words myself.
Someone certainly loves to see Snape suffer, for as much as you claim to love him as a character, but you do do it so well. You are certainly the site's go-to girl for angst, and while I have no idea how you do it, you can make it all go on and on, yet still have your readers constantly begging for more. And even though I am desperate to finally have the OMG moment in your Shiloh story, I would be lying if I didn't say I was loving every moment of it.
You also did a beautiful job of characterizing Lily, then again, you always do. You always know how to make her the perfect, etheurial character that Snape really see her as (this is my Catholic school side talking, but almost as though she is on par with the Blessed Virgin), and you really feel the hurt when Snape loses her. It always feels so much more substantial of a loss than just losing some friends, and you really know how to make it show.
This story was certainly an excellent use of color motifes. It also made for an amazing chance to experiment with video, and I think that might even be my favorite reason for liking this story, that I had the chance to make the video for it. It really was an honor to be able to make a video for the person who taught me everything I know.
Amazing story, and now that you have the writing bug again, I hope to see a lot more from you!
Author's Response: I do love Severus, but I love him because his story is so impossibly tragic. Besides, I do love my angst! There really is nothing so sweet as sadness. Thank you so much for all your compliments. I don't think you understand how much I squee over the comments you leave on my story, whether it be beta comments are the lovely SPEW worthy reviews you leave. I adore the so much. Oh, and have I mentioned how much I still love, love my trailer for this. I'm so proud of my student! And yes, the writing bug continues, if college doesn't squash it.
Soooooo beautiful, chica! Oh, I promised myself I wouldn't cry!!!
Of course, I would expect nothing less from such an awsome writer and beta as you!
Author's Response: aww thank you! I worked really hard on this! Im glad you like. Check out my drabbles too!
This is my review to nominate this story for the RQSQ.
I have always love the Harry/Luna ship, and this is a story that reminds me why. Harry and Luna are just perfect for one another, chemistry wise, and you do an amazing job of showing it. Everyone is in character, Luna being the Luna that only Luna can be.
This is most certainly a story worthy of being nominated for Best Romance.
I have a question. I'm in a Being British class on the 'Oh, so famous' forums and I site your story as an example for doo study reading.
But our teacher also wants to include the author's nationality. Would you like to devulge this piece of information? Pretty please!
Author's Response: Hi, Olive Oil. Sorry it's taken me so long to answer your question. I've been computer-less for awhile. I am American, by the way. Always have been. I've never lived in England either, though I've had quite a few English friends.
You didn't know that your story won an award? Well, it did, and you shouldn't be shocked, because it is amazing!
Also, as one of the winners, you do get a lovely award banner from the site. So if you don't have an account, you better create one so that you can claim your prize. And how could you not know what the Beta Boards are? There's a link to them right off to the side. You would love it too! Everyone one there is obsessive about becoming better writiers, and it's more or less all we talk about.
Oh! It's sad to see that you're taking a break from fanfiction, but wonderful to hear that you're still writing. I'll have to keep an eye out in the book stores and see if I can recognize your style in anything.
So many congratulations on winning runner up for the QSQ awards! Will you be writing more stories soon. We're running out of honors for you.
Are you and the beards? Do you know anyone on the borads? What House to do belong to?
Author's Response: No, I'm not on the boards (in fact, I'm not even sure what that is!). Also, I was unaware that I was even up for an award, so thanks for letting me know! I am not writing more fanfics at the moment, as I'm concentrating on non-HP fiction, but thanks so much for the vote of confidence and for your kind words. Take care!
This is my review for the Recommended Stories thread.
This story is one of those that has me bursting out in laughter at so many different oppurtunities. It was all so very obsured, and it would probably never happen in canon, but that doesn't mean it can't be an enjoyable read. And normally OCC stories don't make it onto the site, but this story makes it work for itself.
Please read this wonderfully entertaining tale!
ALRIGHT!!! I got the first review! Way to go with getting your story published! I've got my fingers crossed that it will win you prize points.
Author's Response: Thanks! You were awesome betaing this!
WONDERFUL! You're story is validated and I'm the first to review. Excellect, just as good a story as I remember it!
Author's Response: Thank you! I\'m excited for your feedback on Chapters 2 and 3!
His fears? Flying...his own wand...fitting in...sticking out! His best friends? A passionate fire-breathing cousin, and a cool, aloof Death Eater's son. His destiny? Anything but ordinary!
Join Albus as he experiances his first year at Hogwarts and begins the journey out from under his father's collosal shadow, if he can survive it of course!
Meet the new Tenacious Trio, Albus Potter, Scorpius Malfoy, and Rose Weasley
Oh, Sly! You finally got approved!!! And I got the first review, even! I'm so, so happy for you!
Finally! <little white man dance> Thanks for sticking by me Mollywabbles!
This is my review to post this story on the Recommended Story thread.
This story has been one of my favorites since it was first published. It made me truely appriciate the Snape/Lily pairing, and accomplished the difficult task of making Snape seem...human, which in and of itself is certainly worthy of recognition. The fact that it is a beautifully written story that anyone who reads it will love it is just gravy.
It is a great story if you are looking to get some of the warm-fuzzies!
Author's Response: Thanks Molly, you do a lot of publicity for this fic. <3 =Sammy
Wow! This chapter is so original! With the flying train and the kids flying down to the rainforest was wonderful. I can just imagine it. This is one of the more creative 'other school' stories on the site.
But, oh, the man who was so nice to Marissa was caught by the Dementors! Marissa will be so sad. I don't know what she will do now! Poor, poor, girl, hasn't she had enough tragity in her life?
But I love this story. And don't think I don't know that comment in my last review was a crack at my writer's ADD!
Author's Response: Uh... you may be reading the chapters backwards. Just thought I should let you know. And you really should drop the ADD label and picture yourself as a Renaissance woman who has so many talents (writing, drawing, videos, who knows what else) that they simply cannot be contained. Of course, there is no medication for that...