Hey there! I'm Georgia, or Draco7052 on the beta boards.
So, I thought i'd tell you a bit about myself. I'm fourteen years old, love writing, reading, art, and Tom Riddle. Yeah, yeah, I know he's the villain, but bad is hot! at least I think so. Feel free to disagree.
One of the reasons I love this site so much is the quality of the stories. They really are exceptional.
So I am trying to live up to that reputation in my own writing. At the moment, I'm working on like a billion different stories. Actually, it's more like seven or so.
Even though I don't have many stories on here yet, I thought it would be good to keep a record of them here. I'll organize them by era and then by...I don't know...which ones I like better?
How to Tame Lions
Written for the Random Son title contest over on the beta boards, I rather like this one as it was fun to write.
A little thing about Hermione that was kind of fun to write in the middle of the night.
My very first poem ever, it still holds a dear place in my heart.
Lying in Wait
This was written for Nagini Riddle in the Poetry Anyone? poem exchange. I hope she liked it!
The Chamber is Opened
A series of haiku that were fun to attempt to write.
A sort of experiment on my part, but a good time waster:)
A short story about Roxanne and her struggles to deal with her families prejudices. Wrote this for my Missing Moment's class on the beta boards.
A join effort between Nagini Riddle and myself. A short story where Ron tries to babysit Hugo by reading a fairy tale.
Ugh, this is tiring me. I'll do the rest later.
Summary: In his tumultuous seventh year, Neville thought he had found his life's direction. But the shadow of war covers and changes everything even in Greenhouse Seven.
Written as my Final Exam in the 2013 Missing Moments Class.
Of all your stories that I've read so far, I have to say this is my favorite one. Not only is your characterization of Neville excellent, the plot is extremely interesting.
At the beginning, you have a small snapshot of younger Neville and Professor Sprout. I think this really shows that he's always loved plants and also how he's changed over the years. He's more confidant, and considering how blundering he'd been years before, he now knows how to carry himself like a mature adult. I did like how you show that he's not quite and adult yet Thoth, but tries so hard to be one for his friends' and his own sake.
I read this story twice, and the second time what stood out was a bit of foreshadowing, if you will. Sprout has them plant a hundred seedling, explaining the advantage to having more rather than less. Later, she explains to Neville how they need every resource they can get to fight in the coming war. I really liked that.
It struck me as very sad how Howard, who was such a dynamic person in the beginning had to become quiet and reserved so as to not draw attention to himself. Just another horrible side effect of the Carrow's regime I suppose.
Anyway, another brilliant story, Vicki. Keep up the amazing work.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for this review, Georgia. I think we probably all love our stories as we write them, so it is so gratifying to know that someone else likes them too! My scientific background was an influence for this story, so that might make a reader either like it a lot, or else not at all. It grew from my Missing Moments class last summer, and I developed a head canon for it which was much too large for the one-shot final exam, so I had to extract just this little part of the story for Greenhouse Seven. But I went back to that head canon for the 2014 Cotillion Challenge, which is my story The Crofter and The Snake, the first chapter of which is on my author page now and the last chapter of which is in the queue, hopefully to be validated and posted any day now. Be sure to read it too; you will like it. (My two closest critics, my son and my daughter, say that it is my best story yet.) I am looking forward to seeing some new writings from you too!
Summary: For years, Riddle's Children have been nothing but a slightly irritating faction of self entitled delinquents.
Or so they'd have you believe.
Wizardly storytelling liberties are taken.
Hello, I'm Georgia. I just finished reading this chapter and simply cannot wait to read more. Next gen is my favorite category, and this shows so much promise. Can't wait for the next chapter!
I really like how you took an often cliched character and made her your own. Lily Luna is often portrayed as being either exactly like Ginny, or like Lily. But no child is exactly the same as her relatives. I noticed that you gave her black hair, which I think was absolutely brilliant. Its great when you can take a character and really make them your own.
What confused me a bit was the whole auror training bit. Are they in their seventh year, and it's part of the classes at Hogwarts? I just wasn't sure. Perhaps you could just add a paragraph or so explaining how it works.
Another thing I liked was how you called the old Death Eaters "Riddle's Children." It shows that who Voldemort really was had been revealed. I did think some sort of reference to them being the new Death Eaters could have been added, but I really liked how you portrayed them as really never doing anything. I think without a leader, they weren't all that bold.
The end scene was very surprising and unexpected, and I liked how Lily's thoughts and actions were so frantic. I'm excited to read the next chapter!