I'm a 26-year-old engineer who has become "obsessed" (that's the word my wife uses, anyway) with Harry Potter. Of course, she also accused me of being in love with Ginny Weasley once, so.... *shrug*
I write (and read) stories like the ones on this site as a way of escaping from the real world for a while.
Currently, I'm working on two chaptered stories (see below), which I update just as fast as the amazingly awesome Moderators will let me. I know I get frustrated when it takes forever for a story I'm reading to get updated, so I try to avoid giving other people that same frustration. :D
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My good friend Abby created a second banner for A Stolen Past, and it was too good not to post. Here it is, for your viewing pleasure!
Okay, I'm really hoping two things: (1) that the stranger turns out to be one of the "good guys" and (2) that you update very soon. This was a good chapter which helped advance the story and build suspense. Hope to see more soon!
Rivah, I think your writing just gets better over time. I really enjoyed this chapter -- I can only hope to be as good as Harry as time goes on (well, except for the forgetting the anniversary part). Anyway, fabulous job on the chapter.
Author's Response: Thanks Nuw for the compliment, it means alot. I have no doubt you will be as good or better than Harry. Thanks for taking the time to review, I know how hectic your schedule is.
Very nice, Rivah. I love the way you're always able to capture the emotions of the characters -- it's something I've noticed in your poetry, and it continues in this story. The encounter between Harry and Ginny was both heartwrenching and sweet; it was one of those moments that's sad, yet hopeful at the same time. Well done.
Author's Response: Experience, age and living with five drama queens(sibs not husband and kids), it prepares you for any emotion. Having left someone I really cared for for reasons outside both of our control, this part was pure sense memory. Thanks for the kudos. I hope the next chapter warrants the same compliments.
Yay! This was such a nice chapter, Rivah; so sweet, but without being overly so. I especially like the way you emphasize friendship as the foundation of a good marriage -- so true. About the botched proposal: I get the feeling that there's a real-life story there. Is there, or was it just a particularly funny bit of inspiration you had? Either way, I really enjoyed the chapter, and I'm sure your note at the beginning is completely right. Oh, and if there really is a spell for changing diapers, could you teach me? ;-)
Author's Response: I also agree that friendship should be the base of every marriage. It makes for a relationship of understanding and cooperation. The proposal part was a bit of inspired thought. My hubby did not botch ours up. I was totally surprised. If I knew a spell I would teach you but alas I have been doing it the hard way. Thanks for taking the time to review. I know how crazy your schedule has been. It means alot.
Hello there, Rivah. I just wanted to drop you a quick note saying that I think this poem does a very good job of portraying Ginny's worry (and a bit of her frustration) after being left behind. Although it doesn't seem to flow quite as easily as some of your other poems, I don't really see that as a bad thing in this case, as it only helps set the desperate tone. I especially liked the phrase "I am riddled with doubt," although I think I would have liked to see the word 'riddled' capitalized. ;-) I haven't seen a new post from you in a while, so it's good to see you're still writing. I look forward to another installation of your chaptered story when you get the chance. *hint hint*
Author's Response: I knew that the meter was off but i agree with you it sets the tone of realism and desperation. As Abby said this poem was totally emotion driven and only in re reading it did I see it\'s connection to HP. I honestly was more intent of purging some frustration and let whatever was upsetting me flow freely. Becuase the connection to HP was an afterthought I actually would have never thought to capitalize riddle. It is an ingenious idea. As for the chaptered story, I am waiting for my second beta to finish. As soon as it gets back to me, I will put it in. I am actually almost done with chapter three.
I like it; it's dark and hopeless, as Draco's future should be. ;-) I think you've done a very good job of capturing Draco's fear while still keeping his false bravado. Good work.
Author's Response: Thanks again. I mean that literally. ;)
Okay, I can't believe I missed it when you posted this first chapter! Then I got smart and added you to my Favorite Authors list so I won't miss one of your new stories again.
I have to say that I'm flattered that Voldy likes my writing so much that it moved him to tears. At first, I was worried about that e-Crucio, but then I remembered he had lost his magical powers and breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Anyway, Schmergo, this was just as funny as TDLB. I loved it, and the oblique references to just about everything were hilarious -- you really seem to have a knack for that. Can't wait for the next chapter! I see it's already in the queue. Yay!
Author's Response: Why, thank you, nuw! I was rather worried by the fact that you hadn\'t reviewed, because I was scared that the e-Crucio had killed you. (Voldy may not have any magical powers, but computer viruses are always potent.)
Okay, it's a little weird reviewing a story when I'm listed on the account (I am, after all, the 'N' in 'NA'), but since I haven't actually worked on this story I don't feel bad about it.
This first chapter is nice and enjoyable, and I'm interested to see where you decide to go with it. Good luck!
Author's Response: Yay! Glad you liked it^^ And yeah, that would be a bit odd, wouldn\'t it? Thanks for the vote of confidence; I hope this goes over as well as we hoped. Thanks again and good luck yourself ^_~ ~Miss Moony
Wow. It took a lot of stamina just to read that; I can't imagine what it must have been like to write it. It was a little awkward at times, but on the whole and amusing and fun poem. :-)
Author's Response: Thanks so much! I know about the awkwardness . . . I kind of noticed it, but it\'s quite hard after you\'ve rhymed about a thousand times. :) I\'m so happy you liked it! ~Lindsey :)
Hey there! I finally made it here to leave a review. My initial reaction to this first chapter was a smile, because I've got a sort of similar plot bunny bouncing around in my head (sadly, it's for a very long story and will probably never actually get written, but we'll have to see).
Anyway, I like that you've made it so Harry's departed loved ones can help him, but it's not easy for them to do. I mean, if it was easy, then why wouldn't they have helped him before, right? I also like the idea of Harry's love for his friends and their love for him being the key to his magical power. All in all, I really enjoyed the chapter and I'm looking forward to the next one.
Author's Response: Hi Nuw, I\'m happy you got some time to read ch 1! Isn\'t it funny how great minds think alike. I just didn\'t have time to do a long version of this idea. Chapter 2 has run into a delay with one of the mods, so if you\'re interested, visit SIYE, where the complete story is up. The idea for the story came from online discussions of what Ginny\'s part will be in Deathly Hallows. I think she -- and the other friends, even his departed parents, godfather, and Headmaster -- will play a crucial role in Harry vanquishing Voldemort. The story evolved from that belief. Given how busy you are, thanks for taking the time to read the chapter and leave your much appreciated review. See you soon at Almost or Myths! -- Jim
Very touching and insightful poem, Rivah. To be totally honest, after DH was published I became probably the most anti-Snape person I know (not because my feelings for him changed, but because pretty much everyone else's did). I think the reason for that is because, after seeing his history with Lily, I can't bring myself to call what he felt for her "love". It seems more like a stalker-ish obsession, to tell the truth. James loved her enough to want to change for her. Severus just wanted to change her to fit his own ideals.
I wanted to tell you all that because I didn't want you to think you'd made me think less of him. You have done a very good job of capturing the emotions here -- and actually, now that I think about it, the poem is from Snape's perspective, and in his mind, at least, what he felt for Lily was true love. So for the purposes of your poem, forget all about my Snape rant. ;-)
Sorry, Rivah, I've been ranting a lot in reviews lately, and it's going to get me into trouble. Just know that I think you did a lovely job here -- I think most of us have experienced "unrequited love" at some point or another, and both your content and word-choice do an excellent job of conveying the despair with just a tiny glimmer of hope that characterizes such a one-sided relationship. I especially like the phrase "the heart none believed was there." Not only is it a wonderfully poignant phrase, it's also a perfect description of Severus Snape, a character who was able to bury his emotions so thoroughly that he fooled Voldemort for years and became a bitter old man before the age of thirty.
Bottom line: I really enjoyed it. Sorry for the incoherent ramblings; if I happened to type anything offensive, you know it wasn't intended. Talk to you later!
Author's Response: I am not offended in any way and I honestly enjoy your rants. It was all on topic so I think you are safe. Thank you for the compliment. I kind of agree with you about him being a little stalkerish. I think since he had no love to draw from in his life, this was the closest he could get. Speak to you soon. Rivah
Schmergo, I can't even begin to tell you how much your writing has matured since I started reading The Dark Lord's Blog way back when. You've still got the same wonderful sense of humor and ability to tie in random pop culture references and whatnot, but your stories have depth to them now. The portrayal of George outgrowing Fred in this story was truly heartwrenching, despite the hilarious asides about the carnivorous plants, hitting on Saints, etc. The ending was perfect as well, with all being forgiven once they're together on the other side once again. Oh, and I loved Molly saying, "In your underwear drawer!"
The jokes aside, the depth you began demonstrating in "Draco's Trick or Treat" and "How Ironic, Mr. Malfoy" has only grown and matured in this story, and I was really able to feel for both Fred and George--I couldn't decide whose side to take, and I think that was the point. Neither one was right or wrong, they were just in very different circumstances. "Love A Duck!" hasn't shown this sort of depth (yet, anyway), but I get the feeling that it's meant to be a bit sillier--which I'm totally cool with. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I thought this story was hilarious and poignant at the same time. In short: Did I love it? In your underwear drawer!
Author's Response: *Jaw drops* Nuw255, wow! Thank you so much! I\'m glad you didn\'t know whether to side with Fred or George, because I didn\'t want either one to be the \'hero\' or the \'villain.\'
Yes, \"Love a Duck\" is sillier than this story... it turns into one of those kooky madcap adventure things. ^_^
I\'d also like to thank you for saying that my writing\'s matured since Dark Lord\'s Blog. That\'s what I personally think, but most people think my stories after it can\'t measure up to the blog. *shrug* I wrote that one as a joke on the mods. I\'m a bit prouder of this story.