Very Quick Update:I have not forgotten my fics. I have spent the majority of this school year working on a history project that has taken up all my time and creative fuel. I'm basically done now, so I have been taking some time to ge back to the fics.
Well, for the first time, my story has gotten accepted on my first attempt! PLEASE, REVIEW!! About "A Holy Story": When I first submitted it, I forgot that Polish last names have feminine/ masculine variables. But believe me, that will now fit into the story. ABOUT ME If you're really curious about my username, I went through a phase where I hated my own name because I thought it was bland. Once I got through that phase, I couldn't change the username. Location: Boston area, Massachussetts, USA. School: The one down the block from the loony bin Languages I speak: Russian, English, Pig Latin, and Cousin Itt (which is a cousin of gibberish) I can also fingerspell in American and British. Personality: I have never been considered a stereotypical normal person. I am me, Yulia. I am a very strange person-in a good way! I share my family's twisted sense of humor. I am pretty loud, if I scream in front of you, you have the danger of eardrum damage. I am an Aspie and proud of it! (Aspies are people with Asperger's Syndrome.) It mildly affects my writing though. Philosophy of Life: "Your reward is only as good as the effort you put into acquiring it." This could also be said as, "The output is only as significant as the input." "Every action has an equal and opposite reaction." Favorites (subject to change) Book: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Nighttime by Mark Haddon The Time Machine by H.G. Wells Lost Boy- by David Pelzer The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath 1984- George Orwell Songs: THE BEATLES: Let It Be, Here Comes The Sun, Hey Jude, Across The Universe, You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, You're Gonna Lose That Girl, Help, Ticket To Ride PINK FLOYD: Just Another Brick In The Wall, Comfortably Numb, Wish You Were Here LED ZEPPELIN: The Ocean, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven SIMON AND GARFUNKEL:Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard, Scarborough Fair, The Boxer, Ms. Robinson, Late In The Evening ABBA: Dancing Queen, Money Money Money, Mamma Mia WHITE LION: When The Children Cry, Broken Home OMNIA: Alive, Witch's Brew, The Raven OTHER: Tears In Heaven- Eric Clapton Imagine- John Lennon Dream Away- George Harrison Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life- Eric Idle Concrete Angel- Martina McBride Tum Balalaika- Yiddish Folk Song Food: Rasberry Lime Rickies Actors: Rowan Atkinson Graham Chapman John Cleese Eric Idle Terry Jones Michael Palin Bill Murray Gilda Radner Movie: The Miracle Worker (the original) Searching For Bobby Fischer A Fish Called Wanda Life of Brian The Magdalene Sisters Poets: Maya Angelou Sylvia Plath Nikki Giovanni Walt Whitman Musical: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Wicked Gypsy TV shows: Monty Python's Flying Circus Fawlty Towers Full House Star Trek Ripping Yarns Blackadder Saturday Night Live Gunsmoke Thing to do: Run around town shouting "Albatross!" No joke! THINGS I HATE: This comprises of a long list ranging from Barney the purple dinosaur to George Bush. And Mark David Chapman. Possible Boggart: I just saw "The Excorcist" so I think possessed Reagan is a decent candidate.
Good first chapter! But wasn't it a little short even for a prologue? Still, 10/10
Ye gods, that's cute!
No way! It's a trick from the Dursleys. Tell me it's a trick!
I found this story when I was scanning MNFF, I was bored. But when I read I was no longer bored! It's extremely creative, keep Updating! 10/10
GRINDEWALD'S DEAD! FINALLY!
I also feel sorry for Marcella and the blood-repleneshing potion! I'm a little queasy about blood so I found that part disturbing. Miriam sure is a perfectionist! Worried about staying back for not making two potions right! By the way, the thing for the las chapter, and the first year who was crying over detention from Tom-that brought back some memories from elementary school graduation when they told us about detention. The middle school principal finally had to say "No more questions about detention,expulsion, or suspension" because half the questions were about those three opics and really nonsensy. (Hope nonsensy's a word!) Well anyway, great chapter, can't wait to read the next one!
Author's Response: I know what you mean about being queasy about blood. I can write about blood, but I just can\'t look at real blood without turning green around the gils. :-0 Yeah, sometimes you just can\'t help but run across those people who ask really dumb questions, and it\'s like \"Huh?\" lol Thanks for R&Ring this chapter! :-)
Ah, graduation! I love 'em! "Parting is such sweet sorrow." 'Cause graduations are sorta sad and sorta happy and sorta fun all at the same time! Can't wait for the next chapter!
Author's Response: Graduations are supposed to be happy, but like you said, they\'re also sad because it feels like you\'re leaving something behind. I should have the last chapter with my beta sometime this week... hopefully... :-)
Good chapter, 10/10, just one thing: Shez (do you mind me calling you that?) how come when I clikced on your story it had the same warning as stories that, using the old rating are rated 'R'?
Author's Response: I don't mind you calling me Schez. :-) As for the rating, I'm not sure. When they switched the rating system over, my story was listed as a "6th-7th year" fic. I'll switch it over to "3rd-5th" now.
Good job! Other than a couple of typos, there are two things: The first is that don't the students choose their subjects at the end of the second year?
The second is what did the chapter title stand for?
I'll give this a ten anyway, I really like this chapter!
Author's Response: The chapter title is referenced to the fact that World War II has started and is seeping heavily into the wizarding world. That's why the Daily Prophet's title was: “Muggle England Declares War Against Muggle Germany. German wizarding school, Durmstrang, under attack.” As for the other classes, Miriam was just writing in her diary what classes she had picked the year before. I realize now that I should have mentioned them in their second year chapter. lol
I'm probably going to be reviewing every chapter I read! This was a great chapter, 10/10! Just a few things. In Miriam's dream the tall hooded figure said, "Your brother will be joining me." If that was Voldemort well wouldn't he say something like, "This is your brother in the future?" And unless you're ignoring a lot of aspects of Tom Riddle's history, Dumbledore said in HBP, "The hat placed him in Slytherin the minute it touched his head." or something like that. It didn't take the hat a long time to sort Tom.
Author's Response: Thanks for reading all the chapters. :-D You rock! The tall hooded figure wasn't Voldemort, it was Grindelwald. He was the Voldemort of the 1940's. Also, all of the canon used in this story was pre-HBP, that's why my version differs from book 6. :-)
This is good! I just found it at some point and satrted reading it- I couldn't stop!
Author's Response: Thanks! :-D I hope you like the other chapters as well. I'll try and update sometime soon. Thanks again for R&Ring!!
Ohhhhhhh, sometyhing to keep readers in suspense over the time that you can't update. Wonder what Miriam, Marcella,and Sophie are going to do! 10/10 I really like this chapter!
Author's Response: Thanks! I'm hoping the chapter I submitted before the queue closed will get added soon. *crosses fingers* :-)
Oh, this can't be the last chapter! *Sobs.* Well, it's been a great read, and good luck with future writing!
Author's Response: I\'m sad too that it\'s over. :-( But there will be a short continuation. I just don\'t know when it will be finished....
Okay, do you mind me submitting so many reviews? If you look at the dates of the reviews I submitted three in one day!
Another great chapter! 10/10 again!
I thought this chapter had some depth in it. Tom Riddle, Voldemort, the person who everyone thought had no love in himself, loved his sister. And Miriam loved him.
But I'll repeat it, if you don't want me reviewing so much I won't.
Author's Response: I don't mind. I'm glad your submitting alll these reviews! :-D You totally rock! Unfortunately I won't be able to add another chapter until queue opens back up, which won't be until Jan. 2. :-( But it'll give me time to send more chapters to my Beta. Thank you once again for all the kind reviews. :-)
Hurray, an update! That sometimes happens to me, the way Miriam was staring at the index for twenty minutes. I was once in a store and I was day dreaming and I ended up staring at a Chevrolet commercial that kept repeating itself for a long time. Tell me, I'd like to know, where did you get the name Vipera? I'm interested. And by the way, I don't think Rectusempra is a tickling charm. There were a few typos, but regardless of that, I'll give you a 10/10. And by the way, something I read in the latsest MNFF news post-you're not supposed to bold the title of your story, it has to be in normal font. Thought you might like to know. Please keep updating!
Author's Response: Hi! I drew the whole 'index incident' from myself, lol. Sometimes I'll just stare at a page and not realize what I'm doing until a few minutes later. :-) Re: Tom's Pet Snake - I don't remember where I came up with the name. This part of the story was written close to a year ago and some of the finer details of how I came up with my names seem to have slipped from my mind, lol. I think I came upon it when I was looking at a webpage for snakes. The name kind of jumped out at me and I think that's how I came up with it. Re: The Rictusempra Spell - I double checked the Lexicon and it's indeed a tickling charm. :-) Yeah, I saw the MNFF post. I already took all the bold out of my story titles, but thanks for telling me, though. :-) And thanks for the 10!
Good chapter! 10/10. But Dumbledore seemed a little OOC. Wouldn't he care a little that Hagrid had tried to raise the wolf cubs because they lost their mother? The part with Vipera good! I'm getting to the next chapter now, expect a review soon!
Author's Response: True, now that you mentioned it, I\'m sure Dumbly would have been a little more kinder to Hagrid and the cubs. I remember in book 2 (I think), that said he had gotten in trouble, and that\'s what I went with. Thanks for the reviews!!! :-D
Oh my gosh! Will we find out what everyone is teasing Tom about? Was it lipstick. Awesome chapter. Although it's sort of sad that Miriam had to quit Quidditch. Bt it was for a good cause so it was okay.
Author's Response: The teasing was not just about the lipstick, but the whole \'make-up\' package. Miriam spared him no mercy! lol Yeah, but I had to have her quit Quidditch. Her schedule was getting too full with tutoring Hagrid.
Good chapter! Schez, couldn't you at least write a one shot version of the continuation story? Kind of like a reunion with Miriam and her friends and they talk about what's been happening? Please?
Author's Response: The one shot sounds like a good idea. :-) Thanks! I\'ll try and start it sometime soon, but I can\'t say when I\'ll get around to writing it as I\'m already in the middle of another fic. lol I\'ll have to think about what to write.... Thanks for R&Ring, btw! :-)
Great! 10/10 Can I just ask you a question? What are your feelings for Tom Riddle. this chapter got me thinking.
Author's Response: My feelings for Tom -- Well, I think he was really, really cute before he became all snake-y like, lol. (Look at CoS movie.) Seriously, I think Tom was definitely a misunderstood kid with a lot of stuff going on in his life. I'm not sure I liked exactly how JKR described him as being evil most of his life, when she said that nobody is born evil. But oh well.
Yay! I've been checking practically every day to see if you updated! This was a good chapter except in the sentence, "Listen here Black, do you know where to look," there was no space between "you" and "know". Just thought you might like to know. This is a good chapter. So Tom is getting even further into the darker side of things. I give this a 10 and update soon!
Author's Response: Sorry to have kept you waiting. It takes freaking forever to get a chapter approved anymore, lol. I'll be sending two chapters to my beta instead of one, so I can get them up sooner. :-) Thanks for the alert on the space between "you" and "know." I'll have to go and fix it. :-)
That chapter was nice. I think Miriam is kind of like me with tests. I like how Miriam keeps changing her mind about Tom. 10/10 again!
Do you mind if I ask you for a favor? I've been R&Ring your story. Could you R&R mine?
Author's Response: Glad you liked it and thanks for the 10! Sure, I'd love to read yours! :-D I'll take a look at them right now.