I am a crazy 15-year-old Harry Potter fan with a passion for writing. Seriously, I'm an insane person. I belong in a padded cell with jackets that make you hug yourself. But then, brilliance is often accompanied with insanity... ;)
Basic Info: I am American, and I live in Oklahoma (aka Most Boring Place On Earth). Unless you like cows and greasy burgers, never come here. I'm in high school, and I currently plan to get into Harvard, be an English Major, visit Europe, and then have six husbands, fourteen children, and an assortment of sheep.
Favorite HP Characters: Ginny, Loony-Tune, The Twins, Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, Bellatrix, Draco Malfoy, Lily Evans, Severus, Dumbledore, Lord Moldy-Shorts, Sirius, Dung, and FANG!!! Heehee, I would totally be a double-agent for the Order.
Favorite HP Book: This has always been difficult for me, because I change my mind a lot. I hate to do this to you, because I hate when other people do it, but I like them all! I'm reading the series to my dad, and we just started the sixth book. :)
Favorite Ships: I love the idea of Sev and Lily getting together, and I have a dogged determination about it. And, though it's incredibly cliche, and I've made it clear that I HATE cliches, I'm currently knee-deep in Dramione. I think Their Child-of Voldemort's, by Professor Mary is what did it for me. She's very talented.
Favorite Fanfics: One of my big inspirations is Schmerg_the_Impaler; she's brilliant and makes me laugh. Go read her fics NOW! I also like Equinox Chick. There's something about her style that makes my fingers get an itch to write. I'm currently reading Daughter of the Dark Side by Lyra Lestrange (a lovely, irresistible plot) and Calliope and Thalia and Their Inspiration by lucilla_pauie (LOVING IT!).
Favorite Non-HP Books: I love the Casson Series by Hilary McKay, with her simple, ditsy characters that make me laugh! I also like Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild, anything by Roald Dahl, True Grit by Chris Portis, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen's stuff and Lillian Jackson Braune's "Cat Who" series. I tried reading Gone with the Wind, but Scarlett O'Hara just really, REALLY got on my nerves. I hate her smelly guts.
Favorite Movies: The Princess Bride, Funny Girl, Tangled, Lord of the Rings, Zorro, Soul Surfer, My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding, A Streetcar Named Desire, Clue, Fight Club, and many, many, MANY others.
Favorite TV Shows: My mom and I watch Gilmore Girls every night, and my best friend got me way into House at the beginning of the school year. I also love watching The Middle, Monk, and Psych. I practically LIVE on USA Channel. And maybe I watch Wizards of Waverly Place every now and then... so sue me...
Other Fun Facts:
1. I have zero hand-eye coordination, resulting in a very early attraction to books.
2. I'm a bit of a hermit, doing most of my social interaction over the Internet.
3. The only thing I ever got up early for was a trip to Universal Orlando with my mom last June, for obvious reasons.
4. I still believe in Santa Claus.
5. I also believe in the Great Pumpkin.
6. I once spent forty dollars of iTunes giftcards on absolutely nothing but Showtunes.
7. I hold the record for Most Coffee Consumed in a Twenty-Four Hour Period.
8. In math class, when my teacher asks me to find x, I circle it in red and draw an arrow.
10. I skipped number nine.
To Anyone Who Misses Me, Or Thinks I'm Not Completely Deranged:
HI! I miss you guys! I'm sorry I haven't posted anything yet, but I want to work out all the finer points of my next story before I submit it to your scrutiny. No hints, I've decided I change my mind to much to give you any. :P Anyway, I can't believe I didn't tell you guys this before, but I started a blog over the summer! I have three whole subscribers- and two of them are related to me... hee hee...
I'm not really very consistent, because I just am not that kind of person, but you can bet the next time a politician says something stupid or the film industry decides to ruin another book, I'll have something to say about it. If anyone is interested, check it out here: www.theloudmouthmudblood.blogspot.com
Okay, first... YOU GOT TO GO TO BROADWAY??? You are soooooooooo lucky!!! Are Jordan's dreams similar to Merlin's Seeing abilities? No, wait, don't tell me. I get the feeling that Capshaw and Haley will get to be friends... don't answer that either.... and, again, you are one lucky duck! :)
Author's Response: Let's just say your instincts are quite wise!
I can sort of identify with Emma here... I don't do change well. I saw Rain last night with my mom, and there was a guy sitting next to me who looked just like Jordan!! (By the way, Spock is Jordan's evil twin.)
Wow. I've got a couple hunches. Hadrian Bellowes has something to with the diaries. Emma has something to do with the diaries. Lee might have something to do with the diaries (?). And Ron IS NOT GOING TO PRISON. I hope. :)
I KNEW IT!!!! (I love Star Trek. And Jor-jums. And Spock.)
oh. my. god.
oh my god. again.
Hey, your friendly neighborhood reviewer is BACK! (sorry, computer crash, bummer) Snodgrass, hmmm... do mine eyes deceive me, or was that a Charles Dickens reference? As per usual, excellent chapter, I'm riveted to my computer chair. :)
Is it me, or is this turning into The Shaggy Dog?
Nice opening. Ted's dyslexic? That's pretty interesting. Why didn't you mention it earlier (or did you)? Super creepy dream... for a minute I actually thought Ron was dead. By the way, I like how the (in)famous 'squeee' pops up in this series!
Author's Response: Why thank you! I never mentioned Ted's dyslexia before in any of the final drafts, though I did bring it up twice in my first draft of the first book. It just never seemed that important since it's never really addressed, but Ted's not really a word person. It's only slight dyslexia-- he can still read and everything, it's just a bit harder for him. AND I LOVE SAYING SQUEEEE!
Well. This ten-year-old girl fascinates me. I can identify with her and sympathize with her "aloneness". Maybe that's because mentally, I am ten, or maybe it's because I'm essentially like her in personality. I have friends, but nobody really... gets me. Which is why I write. I really, really, REALLY love this story. It's funny, the characters are original, and your interpretation of Little Whinging and all its residents is wonderful. It's great! :)
Author's Response: Thanks so much! A lot of people are saying they understand Kata, which is-- while a little unexpected-- absolutely fantastic. So keep reading; school's out in my neck of the woods and I've got a lot more time to write. Chapter 12 is coming soon :) ~*Eva*~
My cousin has asthma, and so does my science teacher, but neither of them ever really talk about it. I've seen my cousin using his inhaler and this other machine thing, but I never knew that much about it, so I searched asthma, and here I am.
It's really interesting. It's caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, but despite the 300 million affected people world-wide, doctors still don't fully understand how the two factors are connected.
There was a lot of other medical and numerical gobbledygook that I skimmed over... I think your story is really creative and well-written. :)
Author's Response: Thank you. Asthma is a serious condition, but it can be managed very well. I suspect your cousin and science teacher don't want to be thought of as different because with proper management, asthma can be controlled. My daughter's asthma is mainly viral - so she gets a cold and starts wheezing. She is also allergic to cats and koalas (!) I really should finish this story, shouldn't I? Thanks again ~Carole~
To answer your questions, yes, yes, and YES. But then again, you didn't say who the scream belonged to... heehee. Good chapter. :)
Nina Jordan is a cow.
I love what you've done with the next generation of Gryfindor students. I love all the characters, but I admit that Claudia is my favorite. I was interested when you said that Zabini apologized. Why did he? And I look forward to learning why the Ilumnati used guns!
Author's Response: Haha, I love Claudia as well, but I'm probably more attached to Scorpius - he's cynical, negative and sarcastic, but will always come through for his friends when they need it - loyalty being one of the main characteristics of a Gryffindor. Zabini apologised because he figured Albus would go and tattle on him, and he didn't want to get fired. But the Illuminati using guns... its for me to know, everyone else to find out! Thanks for the review!
Yay! New chapter! It was really good... those were some excellent little twists you threw in, not that I expected any less. :) Can't wait for the next chapter!
Author's Response: Thanks for your review! I'll be updating shortly!
I liked it! It's a really cute story. It made me think of my aunt- her dog recently had four puppies, and my little sister wanted to take them all home, even though we have a little Shih Tzu already. You should have seen the tantrum she threw when Dad said no! :)
Author's Response: Haha aww that's so cute!
I would just like to say that I've come across similar problems with so-called "fanatics". I had one friend that I had to hide my HP books and movies every time she came over because her mother wouldn't let her play with anyone who owned them. It's very heartening to read something that incorporates both my religion and my favorite series. Cheers for being brave enough to address the controversy. And much thanks.
Author's Response: I can't really say how much courage it takes to brave the slings and arrows of... internet backlash. Not exactly the kind of persecution you quake in fear over. Though to my pleasant surprise--the response to this fic has been *overwhelmingly* positive. I'm glad I started it because it has been both a fun fic to write and cathartic in some ways.
I like it! It's really sweet... and I liked the way you explained cliches. It gave me a new perspective, since I'm normally annoyed by them. Also, I think that a third 'D' word that would have worked is "desperation," hee hee! :)
Author's Response: Haha, yes, desperation would have fitted in here. Thanks for reading and leaving a review, I'm glad you liked it. I tried to keep away from the cliches a little bit (although you probably noticed that the plot is a lot like OotP). Thanks for reviewing.
That proposal was so sweet! You're really talented. (actually, it sounded sort of like my parents' story of their proposal- minus a castle in ruins and a dead evil overlord, obviously). Keep writing!
Author's Response: I said "awww" really loud when I read this review!! You made a girl real happy :) I'm curious as to how your parents' proposal was like this . . . :) but life is full of delicious mysteries and one young teenage author can hardly hope to know the resolution of all of them!
Neville Longbottom is about to be measured for his first set of Hogwarts' robes when Gregory Goyle's father makes the mistake of insulting him. And in front of his grandmother, too ...
NOTE: Contains one (mild) sexual reference only.
Awww! That was a sweet ending... And clever of old Gran, too. :)
glad you enjoyed Gran's clever vengeance. Neville's as lucky to have her as she is to have him, even if she can be a bit crusty at times!
Thanks for R & R-ing,
Kara's Aunty ;)