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09/18/09




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!


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A Tale of Two Matchmakers by Kerichi

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 1387 Reviews
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.)

 


Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 01/23/10 Title: Chapter 30: Secrets

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.

Author's Response:

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.



Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 12/24/09 Title: Chapter 3: Getting Girly and Green Eyed

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

Author's Response:

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

 



Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 12/24/09 Title: Chapter 4: A Kiss, A Dance

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.

Author's Response:

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?)



Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 12/24/09 Title: Chapter 5: Protesting Too Much and Testing Potions

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.

Author's Response:

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!



Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 01/03/10 Title: Chapter 22: Christmas Eve

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.

Author's Response:

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



Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 01/31/10 Title: Chapter 37: Captain! My Captain!

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.

Author's Response:

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

 



Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 02/18/10 Title: Chapter 51: The Long Goodbye Part Two: Blaise and Terry

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!



Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 02/10/10 Title: Chapter 47: Circle of Friends

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.

Author's Response:

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. 



Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 12/25/09 Title: Chapter 6: Oh gods, a Gusher

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.

Author's Response:

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.



Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 12/30/09 Title: Chapter 19: Partings and Other Sweet Sorrows

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.

Author's Response:

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



Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 12/30/09 Title: Chapter 19: Partings and Other Sweet Sorrows

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.

Author's Response:

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!



Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 01/24/10 Title: Chapter 31: The Things We Do for Love

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!



Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 12/25/09 Title: Chapter 7: Black Knight

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.

Author's Response:

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!



Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 12/30/09 Title: Chapter 19: Partings and Other Sweet Sorrows

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.



Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 02/01/10 Title: Chapter 38: Good Intentions

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



Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 02/19/10 Title: Chapter 52: The Long Goodbye Part Three: Draco and Ginny

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. ;)



Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 12/26/09 Title: Chapter 8: Dancing with Faeries

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,.

Author's Response:

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



Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 01/04/10 Title: Chapter 23: New Year's Eve

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

Author's Response:

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? 



Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 12/26/09 Title: Chapter 9: Getting Closer

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.

Author's Response:

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! 



Reviewer: Fynnsmom Signed
Date: 02/12/10 Title: Chapter 48: Love and Madness

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.

Author's Response:

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. ^_~.