Call me Joy. I'm a college student who, when I have free time (HA), has a love for all things book and music related. College keeps me busy, though... particularly in the fall. I march collegiate band, which if that doesn't sound nerdy enough, I have been writing on various fanfic websites for years.
In fact, I've been writing anything and everything since I knew how to open up a Word document. So much so, I was almost qualified to be an English minor when I got out of high school. Long story short, the credits didn't transfer right, so I'm knee deep in my "real talents" - math and physics (which take most of my time and sanity with them). Oh fun!
Although I try to keep my geeky-ness to a complete minimum, if you make a Wicked reference, I can't guarantee that I won't get a little overexcited...
Make me laugh, and you've found yourself a friend.
Questions? I'm on the beta boards under the same name :] I drabble a lot more than I post full-length stories, so sorry if I'm not the most prolific person around!
He returned with a quiet sadness and a surprising new responsibility to keep him focused. She returned with a misplaced bitterness and the matching position that forced them to work with one another. Yet fear, resentment, and stubborn arrogance kept pushing them apart, even when they were meant to be together.
Winner, Quicksilver Quill for Best Canon Romance. Thank you!!
Wow. Just wow.
I've followed this story for so long, and while I'm sad to see it come to a close, I am greatly in awe of your ability to write Marauder Era James/Lily and I'm excited to see what other plans you have for them.
I could go on and on about this, but I'll finish by saying how brilliant this story was. You captured James and Lily perfectly.
This is one I may just have to read again sometime!
Summary: Sirius, Remus, and Harry share memories and stories as they read through letters the Marauders and friends wrote to their future selves while at school.
"If in doubt, ask Moony"
Haha, loved it! Can't wait to see more! :]
Author's Response: Hi :) So you know what happened to me... I wrote these all last summer, left for the year and totally forgot I began uploading. I was looking around here for some Alphard fics to read, actually, as I prepare to write him in chapter 2 of what I'm doing now. I'm going to finish putting these short letters up as fast as they will let me! I totally forgot you hadn't read these!
Harry comes across Hermione crying in an abandoned classroom after the Yule Ball. A few moments of comfort and suddenly nothing is like it's supposed to be.
'It's not love, what's happening between them, and that's okay.'
Harry/Hermione, only not really
I'm not one to read too much H/Hr, but I have to say, I like how you tied it very close to cannon and still got the essence of their friendship down. Again, really good!
Author's Response: I'm not a big H/Hr person either, so I'm really, really glad that you liked this. Thanks for reviewing.
Summary: In the Final Battle, we know that Remus and Tonks lost their lives fighting; however, we never saw a death scene for the two of them. We don't know what was going on with them during the battle. We only know that Remus came before Tonks, and then we see that they are both dead. This story is my take on how the power of love can never be ignored, just like Dumbledore always said.
I have to say - I am very interested in stories that look at Remus/Tonks or some of the other supporting storylines in DH. I like how you initially had Tonks make the decision to stay behind for her son; I think it shows how she wasn't just this young, spunky girl, but a mother. Then, of course, having her leave for Remus is very much in character!
Some of the dialogue at the end made things feel a little rushed, which sometimes happens when there's a lot of character dialogue to add. Still, I really enjoyed reading this!
Author's Response: Thank you! The end was rushed, but part of that was building the setting of an intense battle, where there isn't time for a lot of situations.
Summary: Ginny Weasley was always overlooked.
Always the youngest,
Always the smallest,
And was never… really given the chance to let her voice be heard.
But sometimes the best insight comes from those who were always in the background.
Her story of redemption,
Proves that she was never just the Weasley brothers’
Oh how I love Ginny-centered stories! You did a great job in keeping the prologue interesting, and I hope to see the next chapter soon :]
Author's Response: this is a 23 chapter story, It's all coming up!
Summary: Four Valentine's Day balls. Four very different encounters.
Scorpius Malfoy and Rose Weasley could never exactly be accused of getting along, but four days over four years test the nature of their relationship. From hatred, to sympathy, to attraction, to perhaps something deeper, Scorpius and Rose find themselves in uncharted territory. Can they rise above their ingrained dislike for one another? Or will their prejudices keep them from realising the true reason they can so easily get under each other's skin?
You did a beautiful job with this story!
Normally, I'm not a big Scorpius/Rose romance reader (or really any next-gen pairing, for that matter), but I was in the mood for something a little different, and I'm so glad I stumbled upon this.
One of my favorite things is how you made them grow up, and realistically so. My only critique is towards the beginning. Since this leaned a little towards Scorpius's thought process, I noticed he's a bit more observant of a girl's hair and clothing choices than the traditional 14-year-old. Not to say the details were unwelcome - the imagery was great - just a little off of what I think a young teenager would be thinking.
Still, you did an AWESOME job. Seriously - I couldn't stop reading those last few paragraphs!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for your comments - it's a particular compliment as you don't usually read Next Generation romance fics! Haha, I thought Scorpius had a fair bit of growing up to do and I'm glad you thought that I made him grow up realistically. You're right, he probably wouldn't be too observant at 14, but since that chapter's from his point of view and I wanted to describe what Rose looked like, I sort of had to do it through him. But you're right - I don't know any boys that age who would notice that much detail! Thanks so much again for review Joy :)
Summary: Petunia sits at her husband's funeral pondering how her family has fallen apart. The last thing she expects is for her nephew to slide into the back pew of the village church to pay his respects.
I love the way you made Petunia remorseful without completely changing her personality. You said a lot about her pain without actually having to go into too much detail - "She lost all dignity and put her head in her hands, shaking uncontrollably" - was an impressive way to set the tone for the rest of the story.
If you can't already tell, I really, really enjoyed this :]
Summary: Hermione and Ginny want revenge for a prank that Harry and Ron pulled on them, and Hermione thinks she has the perfect idea...
This story includes a dollop of love potion, a sprinkling of cheesy romantic cliches, and a generous splash of incredibly embarassing memories for Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.
Once again, the story did not fail to crack me up! Was a really nice break from all this angst I've been reading lately :]
Haha, for a minute there, it was like you were writing sickeningly fluffy slash, which is a strange thing to see in HP, so I applaud you for making it through all of that :D
Who said Hermione can't make a good joke?
Author's Response: Thank you! Yeah, the fluff was deliberate, I thought that a Love Potion would make you think in those horrible, sickening cliches, but it was very difficult to get the sarcasm across!
Summary: In the hours after Voldemort's defeat four people begin their journey towards living a peaceful life. The pain, grief and heartache can only be healed with time and with the patience of the ones they love.
So, I stumbled across this story while looking around for something more than a romance to read, and look what I find!
What I want to say is how fantastically you wove each character's story together without making each one too alike. They all grieve in different ways, and the way that you brought that out was just simply amazing! The way you wrote Ron was most certainly one of the best characterizations I've seen of him.
Thank you for such a good read!
Summary: Petunia reflects on her relationship with Lily before meeting James for the first time.
Written for the SPEW Summer Story Swap
I really liked this! Petunia's unwilling slide into second was characterized really well, and I thought you did a great job keeping her interested in Lily's life, but not too interested at the same time.
Author's Response: Sorry about the time it took me to respond; I thought I'd already responded! Thank you so much for the complements. I spend a good deal of effort trying to keep Petunia interested, but not too interested in Lily's life, and it's lovely to know that I succeeded. Thanks, -Meg
Summary: This is a story about a love of books. It is a story about a boy and a girl united by this love.
Perhaps there's a reason why Hermione Granger values frienship so strongly. Perhaps there's a reason why Hogwarts: A History means so much to her. And perhaps there's more to her life before Hogwarts than we have been told.
This is her story.
This story was nominated for a Quicksilver Quill Award 2012: Best General Story!
I was really, really impressed with this. Hermione is characterized very well, and I am excited to see what is coming with the next chapters!
Author's Response: Thanl you!