I currently live in the great state of South Dakota. Why do I live in a place with such nasty winters, I don't know. Since most of my family lives far away in more exotic places than I do, my life revolves around my four dogs, Sampson, Raphael, Seamus, and Mayhem. They are a min-pin, a toy poodle, a teacup Malti-Poo, and a Great Dane, respectively.
I've always had a fascination with the mental illness aspect that characterizes Bellatrix Black Lestrange. My first story is her story. On one site I was sorted into Ravenclaw but I think the hat made a mistake. Most days I feel like a Slytherin!
Summary: Romance for three couples when Blaise and Luna use Shakespearean styled matchmaking to hook up Ginny and Draco. There's Much Ado about...something!
Nominated for a Quicksilver Quill for Best Romance-Non Canon 2007, 2008, and 2009. In 2010 mods changed the rules (they got tired of the same fics being nominated ^_~) so no more QQ hopes, but that's okay. No proof is needed that Draco/Ginny = love.
* Written before the HBP, this tale presents an alternate sixth year in which Dumbledore lives, Draco is more than a foil to Harry, and Blaise Zabini is a girl. I hope readers who ship Draco/Ginny will enjoy the story which includes dancing with faeries, Celtic and Norse mythology, school holidays in London and Spain, and loads of fantasy and romance. "Is this a kissing book?" (to quote the Princess Bride) Yes, it is. *
(Warnings were added for safety, due to brief allusions in later chapters, not graphic content.)
OMG--I led you to believe that I finished writing my story--my mistake. I have written most of the last chapter and that's it. I haven't written anything else--other than bits and pieces. Somehow I could just see the ending so I wrote that. I might go to the second chapter next. Not the first or the third but the second:D I want to write more in this message but I have a friend stopping by and I want to do a bit of cleaning before getting ready for work tomorrow. As much as I want to go to work I hate that first day back, especially when I have to stumble across what passes as a front yard:P Maybe I'll talk to you later--it's been a busy day.
I'm still impressed that you wrote the end. :) I have a general idea of what I want the ending to be but I can't write it until I get there because things are likely to change on the way. Why not write the first chapter? Stage fright?
I hope you and your friend had a good time, and you didn't do too much cleaning. Dull women have immaculate homes, they say. :D
I can imagine what a horrible gossip mill exists at Hogwarts. It's probably worse than the school I work at since it's a confined space. At my school, the students are the worst--or maybe I should say know the most:) I hope Wesley doesn't get into too much trouble since he decided to be honest with his parents. Again, I'm charmed with Draco's knowledge of and interest of history. Great chapter.
You're right, they're stuck there, they don't have outside interests to focus on as much as the students at "normal" schools. Sometimes I think it's the teachers who want to be friends with students and forget anything they say can and will be used against them, heh, that suffer from the gossip grapevine. :D
The ending was all worth it. I'm teary-eyed. How wonderful of Enrique to find Blaise and for them to talk. I was also touched by Enrique striking a deal with the Romanian jewelry maker. Blaise just doesn't give up on matchmaking does she--she and Ginny will have Charlie married off in no time. I'm struck by Blaise's happy spirit. It's been there all along but it's really showing up now. Great chapter.
Author's Response: I'm so glad you feel that way! Whoever is happy will make others happy too definitely fits Blaise! Thank you for liking her spirit and that she and Enrique reconciled. It'll take longer for Terry with his parents, because they care a little too much about what other people think!
This was such a fun chapter, although everyone was so busy I got tired reading about it. You had to wait until the end to tell us the raven escaped. Actually, I was having so much fun that I forgot about the raven. Blaise was acting like mamacita again taking care of everybody. The boys seemed to have a great bonding experience. I was so excited to see Terry let out of house arrest to go to the dance with Blaise. That made my evening. I actually said "OHH" out loud. Again, it's so wonderful to see Draco and Ginny out together in public. Another cute surprise was to see Crabbe and Goyle with dates and to see them acting like gentlemen. As always in this story, you've got so many outstanding scenes that it's hard to comment on them all. Excellent chapter. I feel all happy and romantic after reading it.
Yay for being happy and romantic! I've been working math problems, which is NOT conducive to romance, even if someone near and dear thinks it's sexy when I express a problem in algebraic equation. :P
In the last book, I was sad to see "Mr. C and Mr. G" go from bumbling henchmen to bad guys. I liked the idea that they were sweet in their own way.
I truly love Howlers. So, I loved the Gusher. That was unexpected and very funny. I think Gushers are more embarrassing than Howlers. With a Howler, you know you've done something wrong and of course you'll be punished. A Gusher is more personal--we never know what makes someone happy. It could be something really small or really strange and it's probably something private. Maybe we've embellished something to make someone happy or said something about someone to get back at them. The Malfoys do have manners. I'll give them that. It was so nice of Draco to help Blaise get through the embarrassment. I have a feeling that Colin knows what's going on. I feel I should apologize for saying that your Christmas ritual (the lights) didn't sound that great. That didn't come out right. What I meant was that the rain must have taken some of the enjoyment out of it. I knew when I wrote it that it didn't sound right. About music and quilts, a couple of years ago I made a star quilt for my youngest daughter. It had a huge turtle, a sacred symbol, embedded in the center of the star. Whenever I worked on that quilt I listened to Amotion by A Perfect Circle. For some reason, it felt like some sort of power came out of the music, affected me, and went into the quilt. When I gave the quilt to my daughter I told her that the quilt had power--that it would protect her and comfort her. Star quilts are special anyway, but this one had something more radiating from it. This was a wonderful chapter--I loved the introduction of the Gusher.
Don't worry, I knew what you meant! It wasn't quite Christmas Vacation comical, but there was definitely a wacky 'WTH are we doing' air to the proceedings. The windows had to be rolled down to see...not the best thing in a rainstorm, heh.
Aw, that's a lovely story about the quilt. It would make a great short story or children's book if you somehow tied the meaning of the quilt to something that happens to the daughter afterward, made the promise come true.
Is a melusine mirror what Sirius gave to Harry--and then Harry used it later to call Aberforth who sent Dobby to rescue Harry and company? What a great idea for wizard kids to keep in touch. My favorite part was watching the parents meet their children at the train station. Terry's family sounded shocked that he had such a "sexy" girlfriend or maybe they were shocked he had a girlfriend at all:) You know how parents can be. Narcissa and Eddy are just too funny. I can just imagine them standing there by a big limo, wearing ankle length furs, and drinking from a flask. I wish I could sit around looking fabulous and drinking all day:D Just kidding. I'd be bored so fast.
Jo didn't name her communication mirror, but I love naming things, heh, so I did.
Terry's a Ravenclaw, so his parents made the false assumption that he was giving his studies higher priority than his social life. They'll learn how serious he is over the holiday, ho ho ho.
Cissy and Eddy aren't good role models, but they are fun.
Yes, I can see you now in your fur sipping champagne, sighing in boredom...until you got drunk enough to think you could solve the world's problems and started making lists.... ;D
Damn, I bumped the submit button too soon. I was about to say that you're right--if you look at a character from the outside, as an objective observer, they often don't look as good. Like Harry with Luna. Tomorrow we're going to see "Sherlock Holmes" and do some shopping. It's really cold but it should be a fun trip. There's nothing like going to a movie on a weekday in the afternoon. The height of luxury. Then some last minute shopping. It's too bad it's too old for me to go out and watch the moon. I like it best when it's real red or orange and then you look to the east and go "what is that" and it's the moon. Oops I'm getting carried away:P I'll see you at some point tomorrow. Fun chapter.
It's only luxury if you have candy or popcorn at the movie. :D I'm partial to junior mints, myself. Let me know how you like Downey as Holmes. I wonder if I'll think of him as Iron Man putting on an English accent.
Since it was too cold for you to go out, we'll just cross our fingers the next Blue Moon occurs in balmier weather!
That was wonderful. I always love watching Narcissa and Eddy. That was one of my favorite parts. Blaise drives a hard bargain but we know where she gets that from. Another favorite part was when Ginny and 'Colin' kept getting caught kissing by Ron and Hermione--I'm giggling thinking about it. Geez, were Ron and Hermione following the other two around. I audibly gasped when 'Draco' tried conniving Blaise into kissing him. That was very tricky of the boy. I loved the part towards the end when the group about to vacation in Spain got together and cooperated to get their stories straight and their work done so they could go and have a good time. That was a super display of planning ability and you know how I love planning. Great chapter. I'm trying to convince myself that I should do some work on Ch. 1. Would you believe it's blizzarding again? I think the boys and I will settle in and watch a movie this afternoon. When I feel like sitting around I try to indulge myself:D
Author's Response: Thank you for liking the planning (although you're biased, heh). I think you need to plan your first chapter, just a rough outline/short list of events you want to happen. Sometimes it helps get things started, even if you end up veering from your plans. Have fun watching the snow!
I'm sure the last thing Ginny wanted was to be rescued:) Thank goodness it wasn't Ron. I hope she has nice dreams. I'm kind of surprised that Blaise let Draco hex Terry the way he did. Although I guess hexes can be reversed. I was thinking of a time about 10 years ago. My son had beautiful long hair--almost down to his waist. He was living with me while attending college at USD and I taught there. One morning I woke up and he had shaved his head. It was a strange thing to behold since he'd had long hair for most of his life. He was a rugby player for USD and he said his hair kept getting in the way. I think he might have been getting tired of it too. I'm listening to Muse right now and I have a feeling they wrote some of these songs for a movie. I'm thinking they might have wrote them for The Host. I heard that was being made into a movie. I can't wait to see if I'm right. I know Stephenie Meyer loves Muse. Great chapter.
No, "Rescue Me" is the last song Ginny would sing in that situation. That Blaise let Draco hex Terry (even though it could be reversible) proves she's correctly sorted into Slytherin, despite Hufflepuff tendencies. :D
Did you keep a lock of his gorgeous hair? I would have, and if he'd asked why, I would've said, "Voodoo, if you don't clean your room." :P
I have to go pop some popcorn to watch a movie, but I'm glad I checked email, and I hope you've had a blessed Christmas!
I meant it was too COLD to go out and watch the moon rise--not too old:D Maybe I have been riding around in my limo drinking from a flask:D
Author's Response: You're not as think as I drunk you are? :D My brain put the "c" on, so no worries. Have fun sleeping it off, heh.
Yay for Ginny doing something about the gossips. How fun to serenade Terry. I don't know how those two are coping when they can't be together. I remember the original "All I Have to Do is Dream." Keep in mind that my mother's youngest sister was a teenager in the 50s and I adored her and spent a lot of time with her. I remember a lot of songs from when I was about 3 years old on:) As a tiny girl I could sing along with the Everly Brothers (Don and Phil, right?)--vinyl of course. I liked Tonks' class activity. Draco was trying so hard to behave himself. I loved his journal of "good deeds." What's up with Captain Hook? Maybe he was Professor Smalley's (sp?) gay lover. Snape's not gonna go for him bothering Lorelei. Great chapter.
Author's Response: Hook was somebody's lover, all right, but it wasn't Stuart. Think about who at Hogwarts could be a Tinkerbell. :D
That was wonderful and now it's over. I think my favorite part was when Draco took Lucius' advice and used it to his own advantage. I loved that he could turn into a ferret and get past the wards and protect Ginny. I also loved the concept of shadow walking. I was going "Thank you Lucius." Finally, I loved the part where Draco, as a ferret, led Marisol into the dragon's lair. I could see Ginny picking him up and him biting and scratching, not knowing who had him. This was a long and very enjoyable journey. You could say it was epic. I don't know how you wrote all that but thank you. I loved every second of it. I'll see you somewhere close by soon.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for reading an epic length story! A lot of people stick to one shots these days, so I appreciate you diving into a fic with 52 chapters. Earlier in the story Ginny called Draco the amazing fighting ferret. Little did she know how right she was. :D I hope you'll get a chance to read the one shots that follow the story. The romance never ends. ;)
That was a fun chapter. I could picture the faery ring and faeries. It was like watching a movie. Lorelei sounds like a very strange, perceptive person--like she has more divination skills than Trelawney has. I hate it when strange smells make me sick. What movie did you watch last night? I was almost tempted to watch HBP again but I resisted. I can't promise about this afternoon though. I should be off to see Sherlock Holmes but I think I'll still be snowed in today. I do think the wind's gone down--it doesn't feel as cold. Fortunately there are matinees all next week. I might even see Avatar again. Then, I think I'm done with movies for a while. I don't think there's anything real enticing coming out. Thank you for the idea about the turtle quilt and a children's book. There are some other odd things associated with that quilt that could be woven into a story. I've got a couple of assignments for myself to take me through tomorrow. There's a short grant proposal due on the 31st that I could finish and I should draft my query letter for Fynn's book. There's lots to do--then I can fool around after the storm's over:P Great chapter. I'll see you later today,.
Happy Boxing Day! I'm glad you can visualize it. If you're ever bored and/or curious enough to overlook dialogue formatting errors, I'll send you a link to my first ever fan fic Simply Irresistible which is Snape/Lorelei and loads of other povs.
I'll probably go see Sherlock Holmes on New Year's Day (to get away from football games), so if you see it, tell me how you liked it. I think it'll be an interesting AU sort of story where Holmes is shorter and as physically adept as he is perceptive.
Have you finished Fynn's book? If you get stuck writing your letter, pretend it's like a grant for someone else and you'll do brilliantly!
May the storm be short and the snow not icy. I'm off to try to write, if I can stay away from a new book, Orson Scott Card's How To Write Science Fiction and Fantasy. I've read his characterization and viewpoint book, and a few of his novels, so I know I'll like his style, although I'm more interested in fantasy than SciFi.
See you when you have time to fool around! :D
That was a very long chapter, but wonderful. The characters had a way better New Year's Eve than I did. I don't know how you keep everyone straight when they're taking polyjuice potion:) I was so afraid that Harry was going to be more attracted to Ginny and then broken hearted--so I'm glad he burst into laughter after kissing her. It was really funny when 'Blaise' called Eddy "Mum." I thought the poor woman was going to keel over. It was cute how the Zabini parents were such maniacs for each other:P I loved that Severus and Lorelei were at the party and that Severus felt moved to be disguised:D I chuckled when Wesley accompanied his Dad to the party to prevent him from dancing on the table and singing "You've Lost That Loving Feeling." I chuckled even more when he admitted to doing it once before, so conceivably it could happen again. Well, it's Jan. 4th and I'm back at work. It was a strange but productive day. I went to bed last night thinking that there was no school due to a notice on TV. I slept in, lollygagged around, and finally called to see if anyone was at work because I wanted to go and pick up some papers to work on. Anyway, the notice was a misprint--only the elementary school was closed, so everyone was late for work and a number of students didn't come to school. I arrived at work 2 hours late as did many others. Pretty crazy, huh? You know, I wrote the last chapter of my story because I could really "see" it. The second chapter is real obvious too. I guess I'm writing them first because they're easy--then I can say to myself "You've really written a lot. You can write more." It's a strange but true fact that sometimes I read backwards too. I sometimes start at the back of a newspaper or a magazine and read forward. I also read upside down. I'm just an odd nut:D
I had four point of view characters and wrote without my inner editor constantly whispering in my ear. I could never pull off an epic now, but I'm glad I did once upon a time. :D
I always get a kick out of making parents hot for each other. Icks out some readers, but really they should take it as a hopeful vision of the future. You don't have to become asexual after marriage--that's just the view children prefer to have, heh.
Two hours late is better than never! Schools here have Planning Day on Mondays after holidays so kids don't go back until Tuesday. I think it's better for morale all around. ;)
Reading from the back of a paper/magazine isn't the same as reading from the end of a book forward. That would be true nuttiness. Reading upside down...did you ever dream of becoming a spy or a private detective?
I smiled at Snape wandering around in the dark again--or I should say, looking for people in the dark. How sweet for Luna to get distracted by Harry casually saying he liked her. I chuckled at her imagined news headlines. I had to shake my head at Draco and Ginny, stuck under the Slytherin table and Ginny's boldness. No one's going to believe this relationship:)Well, your readers will but their friends won't. I made some progress today. I straightened some things out in my bedroom. That has been a room that I open the door and throw things in. Shocking, but true. Then I watched HBP in the afternoon. Late this afternoon, I finally went upstairs to what I call my "studio" and actually got some quilt borders sewn together. That doesn't sound like much but I haven't been upstairs for about a year--since before I broke my leg--so even just going up there and looking around would've been good. I have to get used to going up there and working again. Tonight I want to pull out my papers for that small grant. I applied, successfully, for that same grant three years ago so I have the writing I already did. I just need to change the focus a bit. I hope to get that done tomorrow since I probably won't be able to get out until Monday. If I can get a draft done of my query letter that will be really good. I'd say Fynn's book is a good half to three-fourths done. I just need to get a start on stuff. I think I finally realized that I am pretty much over my broken leg so it's time to get back into everything. I will keep your advice with regard to the query letter in mind. Pretend it's for someone else--and it is--it's for Fynn. Great chapter.
That seems to be a trend for me, having Snape go hunting in the dark, heh. Absolutely, this won't be an instantly accepted relationship. It won't even be an instantly proclaimed one. I had some readers when it was posting want that to happen, but I think I eventually convinced them the way it happens is better...and more believable (at least in this dimension of the Potterverse). ;)
Wow, to go up there again and work after such a long time is cause for celebration! I'll have to pour some Diet Dr. Pepper into a champagne glass and raise it in a toast since I don't have champagne and any other glass wouldn't do the occasion justice.
Fynn is worthy of a large grant, :), but even a small one will be a triumph in this economy. Write well and prosper!
Gosh, I'm curious about all of the cliff hangers. I did not expect Marisol to be the raven. You'd think Auntie Bella would've taught Draco to Crucio and mean it. That just shows how nice he really is. Too bad they have to go all the way to Romania to escape. Although, i think volunteer work is good for people. What does Luna's dad know? I felt so bad for Blaise but what else could she do. I don't think she did anything wrong in taking charge of her own money and property. Are you really going to solve the mystery of the gum wrappers at St. Mungo's? I've always wondered about those and now I'm getting obsessed:D Great chapter and as always, jam packed with wonderful stuff. You are my writing hero. When are you going to get yourself published in real life. You're too talented to not be making money on this.
I'm going to solve them...sort of. :D Those gum wrappers were one of the many loose strings of plot that never went anywhere...like the werewolves, sigh.
I could ask you the same thing! I'm hoping to hear you've finished the rough draft of Fynn's book one day soon so envy can motivate me to finish my novel. ^_~.
Professor Hook is kind of creepy. Are you sure he didn't have the hots for Stuart? I like Gushers almost as much as I like Howlers:) I can just hear Eddy's voice gushing--and I've never really heard her voice, but I can imagine. The invisibility cloaks are a great idea. I chuckled at Blaise's antics as she snuck up on people and Luna's comment that she really didn't mind appearing to be talking to herself. Oh why did Hermione have to look in the wrong drawer? I hope things work out when Ginny tells her parents about Draco. I loved her dream when Draco came to the Burrow. Lots of fun stuff in this chapter. Loved it:)
Author's Response: Professor Hook is the spitting image of Jason Isaacs in Peter Pan so he isn't creepy, he's piratical, :D, and his lover's name starts with an 'S', but her name isn't Stuart, lol.
You are truly evil bringing up poor little Fynn's book:D I forgot to take my own advice--I think I was explaining that to Demelza earlier today. I stand here, chagrined. Anyway, I always thought that the gum wrappers were from someone giving the Longbottoms gum--but who was giving them gum? It's not like they had daily visitors. Then, I took it as a symbol that Neville's parents were giving him something--it was meant to be a sad, pathetic gesture--all his mother had to give him was a gum wrapper. I've actually seen things like this happen. Yet, it was odd. You know what else was weird and I was left going "What the hell?" was in book 7 when Ron got basilisk poison out of the Chamber of Secrets. I have to go back and read but for some reason he had to speak parselmouth so he just did???? What was that about? I'm still embarrassed about the Fynn issue and he's sitting here looking at me, accusingly. Heck, he can't tell his story. It's up to me and I dropped the damn ball. You know, I avoided the art teacher at parent conferences the other day. I didn't want to discuss illustrations. I'm a sad, sad person:D
Avoiding the art teacher. Why am I imagining you skulking through corridors and ducking behind library stacks? I have a twisted sense of humor. :D
I think you're waiting for summer to have the time to focus on Fynn's book. You're Type A. Damn the torpedoes. You don't want to write a page here, a page there, you want to go all out and right now that's not possible with work and Bellatrix's story pulling at your gray matter. The art teacher would understand. :)
Hmmm, I'll have to go reread about Ron to see if he out-of-the-blue spoke parselmouth/tongue/whatever, heh.
I really liked this chapter. I felt kind of sorry for Draco. I know he's not used to asking girls out and having them turn him down because they don't want to be seen with him. Why is it that drinking always seems like a good solution to one's problems but it never is. I'm surprised that Blaise and Draco being in bed together hasn't spread through the castle--although there's still time I guess--house elves gossip too don't they. I really chuckled at the thought of Luna leaning far out in the stands to watch Harry fly and having to be pulled back in by her scarf. I just noticed the Law and Order SVU show with Carol Burnett is on--talk about a relationship between a nephew and his aunt!! I can assure you my relationship with my nephew is nothing like that one!! I chuckled again when Ron asked about the chocolate mousse. Hermione could be taking these opportunities to educate the boy:P Luna's comments are always so funny. I love her in the movies too. I would love to read some of your earlier work--as you offered. I realize I'm going to run out of your writing at some point. Maybe when I do run out of things. I'll miss my conversations with you, although maybe by that time you can comment on my written efforts. Well, it's that time of evening to get my little guys ready for bed and me too, I love getting ready for bed, with my big fluffy robe, when it's cold out. It's also the time of evening when I read, even a little bit--my favorite thing. Great chapter. See you tomorrow at some point.
What happens in Slytherin House stays in Slytherin House. :D Any other house, fuhgedaboudit!
I had to stop watching Law and Order/CSI shows. I loved the mystery and human drama, but all the man's inhumanity to man got depressing. I don't read Patricia Cornwell anymore, either. I want to stay more romantic than cynic. :)
We'll just have to talk via emails versus reviews/replies, about writing, and weather, and cabbages and kings, and why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings. :D
Blaise is so kind. She did so many things for so many people. I'd be exhausted if I was her. There are so many things to comment on that I think I'll comment on my favorites. I couldn't believe Blaise helped Ron learn how to kiss! And then to be caught by Fred and George. That was funny. I also liked how Blaise handled Luna's dad and the gift she gave him. Taking Luna out shopping was so wonderful. It was great that Wesley was at the club and sang with Luna. When's Luna going to realize she loves Wesley? Minky sounded so adorable. While I loved the entire chapter those were my favorite parts. Well, we went to see "Sherlock Holmes." I really liked it. There was dry, quick humor. The actors were attractive. An elaborate mystery was solved. Black magic was involved and then discounted. There were times I came out with unabashed laughter--and then looked around and said "where did that come from?" Seriously, I just laughed out loud at times. I won't see it multiple times like I did with Harry Potter or the Twilight movies, but I'm glad I saw it. I was out at the corner store/gas station this evening and I ran into a friend I hadn't seen for 40 years. She was behind me in line. We were friends in elementary school and halfways through high school, when I moved and we lost contact. She said "Are you Liana?" and I said "yes" and she said "I'm Ricky,." And then we both screamed:P Isn't that bizarre? 40 years have gone by. I watched the moon rise on the way home and it was beautiful. Tomorrow's a new year; in two weeks it's my birthday; and spring is on its way--not soon but it's on its way. I chuckled about your comment about me if I was drunk. That rarely and close to never happens but I probably would start writing a list on how to save the world, or at least what I would do for the next week:D
Blaise is young and full of hormone fueled energy, :D. I think in the back of my mind I thought, even if Terry turns out to be the love of her life, if he's the only boy Blaise ever kisses, she'll always wonder what kissing someone else would be like, and it would be better if she had a basis of comparison, so to speak, heh. Jo thought the same thing about her characters, briefly pairing Hermione with Viktor, Ron with Lavender, Ginny with several boys, and Harry with Cho so it wouldn't be characters marrying the first person they'd ever kissed.
How nice to run into an old friend! I don't live in my hometown, but even if I did it's too big for me to run into people outside traffic accidents and divine providence.
I bet if you wrote that list they'd be good suggestions...or at least good for a laugh. ;)
The moon's still full and bright. The man in the moon watched our fireworks display with a smile. We'll probably go out after midnight and shoot off some more. I love the shells you drop into tubes and light. They shoot into the sky and burst into flowers and crackling stars.
Happy New Year!