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!
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.)
It was funny to think of Draco's personality inside of Colin's body. What was the earlier comment--Draco didn't know if he could sneer with Colin's lips:D It was also funny when the usually shy "Colin" was behaving a little more aggressively while interacting with the Gryffindors. Although, Colin was kind of tricky with the whole rubbing noses thing--was that a bold Gryffindor move? I don't mind snow days. In fact, I love just sitting inside watching the snow fly, especially when I have nothing else to do. What I hate is the long drive home when there's an early release day because of the weather and trying to dig out after the storm. I don't actually dig out but I have to wait for someone else and then I worry about falling. This was a fun chapter. Thanks for sending a section of your alternate Snape/Lorelei stuff. That was some of your earlier work? You just can't write anything halfways clumsy or bad can you:P
So on snow days you're not heading for the sledding hill? :D After your awful fall, I don't blame you. Mobility is something people take for granted until they lose it.
Thank you for the lovely compliment, but when I first started posting my dialogue formatting was wack. :P I guess it's a tribute to authors that I could've read so many books and only remembered the stories, not the mechanics of writing. I started to edit the story once, but I didn't get past ch 7, and now I think I won't ever do more because subconsciously I like seeing how much I've improved, and I like that people keep finding the story and reviewing to say they enjoy it, never mentioning the formatting errors. Encouragement like that is priceless!
So there was an early release day, or were you speaking in general? Long drives that would be short drives if the weather wasn't bloody-minded and people didn't slow to a crawl are truly sucktacular. If you experienced that, I hope Fynn was extra affectionate when you got home to make up for the stress.
I absolutely loved the descriptions of the parties, although you made Gryffindor's sound kind of boring. You didn't describe Hufflepuff's so maybe they had the most boring one:D I loved the Slytherin party. That sounded like my kind of party. Loud music and wild dancing. I feel so bad for Blaise. She's always doing something nice for others and then she can't be with her boyfriend. Lucius is such an old party pooper. I thought for a brief moment that Draco got a gusher. Aren't those black? I really enjoyed seeing the fairies again. It was cool that Luna had "been there, done that." I think I breathed a sigh of relief when Puck used fairy dust to take away memories of Lorelei's silver. Aside from the letter from Lucius (which we knew had to come) and Blaise's unhappiness, this was a really fun chapter.
The parties in the films aren't exactly wild, heh. I think it's mostly a case of who you're with, not what you do, although I sincerely believe Slytherins have more fun (on the dance floor, at least).:D
As I watched Luna interact with Harry and Wesley I thought about how easy it is for flaws to hide behind perceived love. I think some of Harry's flaws are becoming more apparent to Luna. I loved the Cassandra character. There are so many goth people I've known and loved--I was kind of goth myself--the long black hair, dark make up, black clothes. One time a counselor called me, concerned about Demelza. One of the complaints was that "she's always wearing those dark clothes." There were other more serious issues that we dealt with (teen angst stuff) but I had to smile at the "dark clothes comment" as I looked down at my own clothing and myself in the mirror. I also loved how Draco turned his saving Ginny into a heroic act for himself. It was heroic but to turn it into something against the Gryffindors was very creative. I wasn't out driving too much today. I was going to go to work but decided to work on stuff at home. The snow started to blow and I didn't want to get stuck with it blowing across the road. Once I started on my writing project at home I didn't want to be bothered. The earlier "snow day" comment was about all the times we've gotten out of school early only to spend so much time clutching the steering wheel, praying to get home safely. Geez, I'm so cranky tonight. That's why I read an extra chapter:D I'm anticipating going back to work. I don't know why I can't totally work by myself--why do I have to deal with other people and be nice to them:P I'll be OK when I get back and get my desk organized. I just know that there's going to be lots of stuff to do and I'm going to need information from lots of people and I'm going to have to play nice to get the information. Oh well, I will plod along and the rewards will come later:D Spring will come and the flowers will bloom again.
Harry's biggest flaw is he doesn't appreciate Luna like he should.
The organized Goth. Love it! :D If you're ever in a library and want an entertaining read that gives insights into people, check out Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You. I wear a lot of charcoal, black, navy and grey, and dark clothes are associated with neuroticism...which might have a grain of truth to it. :P
Did you know tonight was a blue moon? Makes me want to go outside and lift a glass in toast to werewolves real and fictional. :)
Hey, I did know that this was a blue moon month. I saw that when I was putting up my 2010 calendars and was looking for the January full moon--I love to watch the moon rise. My daughters and I used to climb the hill behind our house and watch it rise when I lived in LA. Goths have to be organized you know:D Are our blacks coordinated and not clashing? They can't be too faded. God forbid the nail polish is chipped:D You can't wear your silver earrings with your gold--doesn't look right. Is our writing angsty enough? Is the brooding look just so? The pouty lip has be pouty enough. I've raised a couple of goth kids and they spent more time organizing their look and attitude than my older "little miss sunshine." I hope they don't read fan fiction:P I can hear it now "Geez Mom, could you talk about something else?"
Good night and happy blue moon!!
Have you ever seen the movie Clueless where the girl uses her computer to assess what's in her closet and choose an outfit? You gave me a mental image of a Goth girl doing that with shades of black. No, too faded, no, materials don't "go" together. :D
I think most kids know their parents talk about them, and are resigned to it, heh.
The blue moon was gorgeous, and in the late afternoon, it actually looked blue against the sky. Ah-woo!
I did this review once before and then when I tried to submit it said I had a fatal error--my computer's lucky it didn't suffer a fatal error just then:P Anyway, I was teary-eyed at the end of the chapter after reading about all of the romance on that Valentine's night. That was so wonderful of Lorelei to give Ginny the potions. I guess there is something to being able to go out in public with your lover--even if they won't remember you:D That gives me an idea for my own story. Luna singing with Wesley was so sweet. She's so brave and not afraid to be laughed at. I didn't expect Draco and Ginny to be possessed by ghosts to deal with a centuries' old romance. How romantic. As always, this chapter was chock full of wonderful things that made me go "Aww." Great chapter.
Author's Response: I heart you for reviewing again when MNFF ate your first one! Valentine's Day should be romantic, and I'm happy you liked this one!
That ending was so sweet I got all misty-eyed. For some reason I didn't picture Blaise wearing a Santa hat though--I don't know why. Once again, Harry is just not making himself look good. He thought he was with Ginny and could just say things that were rude. With these potions it must be so hard to put the thoughts with the person you've changed into. I mean, underneath it all, Luna is Luna. I chuckled when Pansy ended up with a wizard with a drinking problem. That just sounded funny to me. Well, I've got a little list of things to do. I love lists. Then I have a hair appointment. Would you believe it's been a year since I've had anything done with my hair? After I broke my leg I didn't think I could hop up into the hairdresser's chair:) We're going to have Christmas this week end so I've got that figured out. I'll talk to you later:D
I imagined the hat pushed way back, but with a hat, without it, doesn't matter. Only the mushy stuff's important. :D
There are so many times in the books that if you weren't seeing things from Harry's pov he would sound and seem like a complete twat. Pansy deserves romantic woes and I'm glad to play them for laughs.
Have fun at the hairdressers, getting gorgeous for your Christmas party!
Yay--another ball. Very smart of Draco to capture the raven after realizing it might be an animagus. I'm glad he went to Arthur for help. I laughed when Blaise suggested that Draco take the three other boys out to do "manly things." I could not believe that Milty was stupid enough to threaten Ginny. Draco's just not going to stand for that. At least Milty got detention. As always, this chapter was full of wonderful scenes. I'm getting closer to the end. I hate that thought but all good things must come to an end I guess. Great chapter.
Author's Response: Never underestimate Milty's stupidity, heh. Thank you for hating that it's getting close to the end, but with this story, there are a couple of one shots that follow, so the end isn't really the end. :)
I was really getting into that Ancient Runes class. I remember the "self affirmation" skits from SNL--damn, then I got distracted and started looking for Muse's performance on SNL. I can understand Snape's worrying about Dark Magic but I believe it goes to intent--just like with Remus and Tonks. Ginny's discussion with Ron was pretty funny, but stressful for Ginny I'm sure. I can't wait to see how you resolve that. The scenes with the ghosts were wonderful. I like that Draco is into history. I never used to be when I was younger but now I am. I got my errands run and bumped into Jesse "downtown." Now I'm going to watch HBP and have Jesse do some computer/music stuff tonight. There's a song I'm looking for but I can't figure out who does it--kinda sounds like Papa Roach. Well, gotta start the movie. Great chapter and so full of stuff.
You're a woman. You multitask. :D Did you find the performance? Sometimes I google lyrics to find the artist. I want to know LOL. Papa Roach has a new song "Lifeline". Did you hear part of it on the radio? Now you have me wondering, heh, and I'm with you on Dark Magic. It's in the way that you use it (hums Eric Clapton).
Enjoy the movie!
Thought I'd open my Christmas present early and start reading this story. It promises to be fun. It will take a little bit of thinking to accept Blaise as a girl but it can be done. I know I can accept Draco and Ginny. It sounds like Luna and Blaise already have a head start on their project. I'm just sitting here waiting for the storm. I'm glad we have another week of vacation after this. I hate having a blizzard take up my time, although the time off will do me some good. I do have a type A personality and I'm heavily into planning. If I have trouble sleeping I make myself relaxed and happy by promising myself I can plan for the next day, or for the next week, or the next vacation, or the next project--usually by the time I figure out what to plan for I'm sound asleep. I'm so pathetic:D but seriously, what's the harm? I also have a fear of being bored so I overload my life with stuff to do and eventually get something done. With this storm coming I'm afraid I'll get bored when there's absolutely no danger whatsoever of that happening. It could blizzard for the rest of the winter and I wouldn't run out of stuff to do. I'm such a nut:) Great chapater.
You have snow, I have rain, and I'm glad I don't have to go out in it! No last minute presents to buy, just a candelight service later and a drive to look at lights. Family traditions made easier by lack of blizzard, heh.
Maybe your enforced R&R is the perfect time for you to write! You've got a children's book and fan fiction story simmering like potions in the back of your brain. One of them might be ready for a brisk stir or pouring into flagons (or onto the computer screen or pad of paper).
We are all nuts. :D Christmas makes me feel like one that's chocolate dipped, and I'm so going to be running my butt off in January to do penance (and I'm not even Catholic!)
It sounds like Luna and Blaise are going to be good friends. I have one word to say to Draco and Ginny and that is "busted." How funny that they both need a Wake Up Potion and each one knows the other one needs it. It's early in the story but I wonder if Draco and Ginny even need interference from anyone to get together. Luna really likes to take action. I'm sure Blaise didn't expect to get her ears pierced that quickly. I'm still waiting for the storm. Wouldn't it be funny if the storm never came? Actually, it could be tragic if people think that it's not going to storm and they take off and travel and then it gets bad. That happens all the time. The distances are great enough that you can get stuck in the middle of nowhere in deadly weather. I'm sitting here feeling sorry for myself because it's going to be a bad Christmas but I do have a new television that I love so I shouldn't complain. And, I can lose myself in fan fiction and my other books and writing. I do like being alone. I think I'll look forward and start planning for my birthday. If I can get about three projects done at work, then I can take a real long week end for my birthday--and maybe go book shopping:D Great chapter.
I grew to like Boy!Blaise, but at first I was bitterly disappointed Jo didn't take the opportunity to create a sympathetic Slytherin female. She really had issues with that House.
Draco and Ginny don't need interference as much as an excuse. ^_~
I admire the way you can be happy planning ahead. I have things coming up in January that I'm avoiding thinking about. It'd be nice if I could borrow some of your type A attitude. :D
I haven't found the song yet but I may set Jesse on that tonight. The lyrics are something to the effect "Do you feel like a man now? That you've pushed her around? . . . . she falls to the ground." It has more of a pop type softer sound and then gets more harsh. At first I thought it was Linkin Park but I spent time and Jesse spent time researching that--and it wasn't quite Linkin Park. Then I told him today I thought it was more Papa Roachish--then you said they have a new song out. If we find it I'll let you know. He's creating a playlist for me. I can do it but he does it faster and I'm all about speed. I also told him I had written two chapters of my Bella story. He said he wouldn't read until I was finished because he wouldn't sit around waiting for me to write. He did, however, agree with you that Bella is not an addict and that I should go with one of the other options:) Laterz.
Do you feel like a man
when you push her around?
Do you feel better now as she falls to the ground?
Well I’ll tell you my friend, one day this world’s going to end
as your lies crumble down, a new life she has found.
I know the song! It's Face Down by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. They're from my hometown. :)
I don't blame Jesse. The finished product is better than a draft to a non-writer. Fellow writers like drafts because we can give input, heehee.
That was certainly a fun chapter. It's funny how Professor Hands keeps calling on Luna because he thinks she's not paying attention and she always gives a good answer. What I found interesting was the discussion on robes. You would think that robes are kind of baggy affairs but I guess they can be tailored to show off one's figure. There's one other author I've read who talks about robes like they're fashionable--I always get a kick out of that. They are closing the North/South interstate within SD and the East/West one from Sioux Falls to Chamberlain (halfway across the state) at 7:00 and issued a blizzard warning for most of the state. They're now trying to get everyone off the interstates. A lot of church services have been canceled. I'm glad I'm tucked in at home with all sorts of things to do. I'm still not impressed with the weather--do I live in an alternate universe? I should go out and play in the snow--wish I had a couple of big dogs. They love the snow. How did you get so smart and how did I get so lucky to find you as a friend? You always cut to the heart of the matter. Sometimes I start to think that I'm the only one who's busy (although I know that's not true) and then you remind me that other people have stuff going on after Christmas too. It's my stupid personality. I tend to solve a lot of issues subconsciously and I'm constantly thinking about stuff--again, God forbid that I get bored--and problem solving and planning. Actually, this could turn out to be the best Christmas ever:D I do need to pull out Fynn's book and my fan fiction. I have my desk top back and writing should be easy. I'll see you later. I'm so enjoying this book:P
Some girls try to hide their body baggy clothes, and I saw Blaise as that type. Snape's robes were always snazzy and tailored, so I think robes are like any other clothes, if they're made of fine materials and tailored to fit, they look and hang better.
I lived in San Diego for a couple of years and after awhile, 70 degrees and blue skies got boring. We had to drive up to Big Bear to play in the snow. You probably have so much snow it's hard to get little kid giddy about it. You think about trying to get your car out of the driveway and slipping on ice, not making snow angels. Here it rained so hard Christmas lights looked like Impressionist displays, and there was a tornado warning, too. Holly jolly weather it isn't, ho ho ho!
I think we're simpatico and the luck is mutual. I'd never think you believe you're the only one who's busy. You were sharing, which is very different!
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that everyone who can't be with you lets you know frequently how much they miss you! Let me know when you have fan fiction that needs beta-ing. I'm really interested to see how you write Bella. I think you might have an insight into her character. Bella was a type A, too. :D
I was afraid that Terry was going to be overly jealous and think that Blaise was interested in Draco. I wish I could've seen the look on Blaise's face when Terry confessed he'd been watching her for years. As always I get a kick out of Luna. I almost think she likes to appear spacey on purpose but that she's constantly watching other people and knows exactly what's going on. I can picture Draco and Blaise dancing. I can imagine that all Malfoys did receive dancing lessons:P Great chapter.
I think Luna's dreamy and otherworldly, and at the same time plays that up when it suits her. Harry never got that. He was always mystified by her knack of saying uncomfortable truths. :D
Malfoys dance, have fine penmanship, and know more curses as first years than anyone but Snape ever knew.
Merry Christmas Eve! (Have you steamed any eggnog lately?)
I was trying to think of the name of the show Dawn French was in--she was a vicar. I really liked that show but it seemed like they didn't make very many of them and always showed reruns. Do you remember the one when they thought Elton John was coming to perform at the fair? I'm not sure testing that potion was such a good idea for Terry and Blaise but at least Blaise knows how Terry feels about her. Luna's conversation with Harry was pretty funny. I know Luna's a Ravenclaw but why does she wear a lion hat in the movies? Quite frankly, your Christmas outing didn't sound real great, with all the rain, although it was an outing. I do like the change of seasons here, having spent 7-8 years living in LA. I just have a little different, positive, feeling about this winter. Despite the fact that I'm afraid of slipping again (and I'm gradually getting over that) I have more energy. I feel like doing stuff--that's all I need, a feeling to do more stuff:P Am I trying to drive myself and everyone around me insane? I have visions of myself as this little spinning top that is going to spin so fast it'll fly into space:D Have you heard that song "Uprising" by Muse? It's pretty cool. I would love for you to beta my Bellatrix story. Maybe she is somewhat like me and that's why I'm so fascinated with her. That's something to consider. I spent the evening cleaning so I could write or work on star quilts tomorrow--do you know how many quilts I have that need finishing touches? Well, there are three that need a little bit of work--maybe in one of the next reviews I'll tell you about the one for my niece's little girl--it's so pretty. And, I have quilts to finish for two students. Then there are the quilts that need a lot of work. You know, I haven't steamed any egg nog--but I made mulled cider and hot buttered rum for a couple of evenings of our marathon. My nephew asked for my recipes for his mom:D Fortunately, both of those drinks are so sweet you can't have very many of them--well I can't anyway. Well, I must say, I had a productive Christmas Eve. I'm going to have dessert, listen to a bit of Muse, and get my little guys ready for bed. Tomorrow's a wonderful new day. See you then. I am so blessed. I wish the very same for you.
The Vicar of Dibley! I don't remember that episode. Was everyone in a dither? :D
Ever watched Fiddler on the Roof? In the opening song they sing, "Tradition! Tradition! Tradition!" I'm never going to have "a quiet home, a kosher home" (even if I was Jewish, heh), but Christmas Eve candelight service and drive to admire light displays is something neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail (couldn't resist using the postal service motto) keeps me from enjoying, even if the "joy" is black humor over the lights barely seen.
I like Muse! Do you have a playlist of music to craft by? It's an intriguing idea, choosing different music for different quilts depending on who the recipient is. I'm impressed that you have multiple quilts going at one time! You really are a multi-tasker. The top simile is cute, and if you fly into space that's proof you're Super Woman.
I hope you and the guys have a warm, snug "winter's nap" and a wonderful Christmas morning!
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