I decided that I wanted to revamp my entire bio, considering how long it was getting. Be warned that this bio CONTAINS DEATHLY HALLOWS SPOILERS.
So hi! I'm Jerri, also known as Just Tink- as in, you can JUST call me TINK. I answer to Tink, JT, and Jerri, but if you want to make up another, cooler nickname you're welcome to. As you can see, I love Disney- though not as much as Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived Even Though He Died. Sort Of.
So how AWESOME was Deathly Hallows? I mean, really. Best book ever, by far. I cried for about twenty-four hours straight, but other than that I really couldn't have been happier with it. Because- "They were SNOGGING!" =)
Currently I have finished writing my chaptered fic, Late Bloomer, (!!!!), and as soon as I can beta it I'll get it up on the site. As my beta is a mod (and a fantastical one at that) it may still be awhile, but there will be no two month lulls- I promise.
I also have two chaptered romance fics in the works- one, a Percy/OC, that disregards DH, and one, a Victoire Weasley centric fic called 'Offending Her Highness' that is chock-full of spoilers. OHH will be up soon as a one-shot, and after Late Bloomer is finished I'll work on expanding it. My Percy fic is still in the early stages of development, so expect OHH to be worked on first. I'd also like to get some new humor stories up, as well as expanding on plot bunnies given to me by DH- I'm itching to write missing moments from that book.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the stories I have up! (And for the record, I love the Quicksilver Quills and if nominated will probably fall down dead. But since that is unlikely, I urge everyone to get over to the boards and nominate their favorite stories! Yes, even if they're not mine. Your favorite story's author will probably give you cookies.)
Summary: Minerva McGonagall comes of age during turbulent times, marked by a horrific Muggle war and the cunning predations of a malevolent, long-lived warlock named Grindelwald. Her own life is marked by struggle: her mother's mysterious mental disturbance; her friends' troubles, which she feels bound to ameliorate; and the looming responsibilities she faces as sole heir to Connghaill Keep. This book, the first in a series, records her last carefree summer and her first year at Hogwarts. The series itself, titled "Before the Beginning", follows Minerva through her formative years,from 1936 through 1945, the end of both the Muggle war and Grindelwald's freedom, and the rise of a new Dark Lord.
The milieu, the protagonist and most of the characters belong to Jo Rowling. The plot is my own.
Thanks to my most excellent Scots, Brit-picking, and history-savvy beta, Ewan Munro. I owe him much more than thanks. Here's to you, Ewan! Most patient beta a girl ever had.
another great chapter! I'm quickly developing a soft spot for Gig, and you were right, the accents, except for Goodie Gudgeon, whose lines I still have to say out loud, are getting easier to understand. On to the next chapter with anticipation!
Author's Response: Oh, wow--saying the lines out loud. I wonder, do you go in for acting? I did once , and used to read books aloud a lot, especially when the accent or personality was particularly intriguing. Gig is a sweetie, and as a storyteller with a fertile imagination, a good foil for Minerva who is a more prosaic, practical type.
oh, wow. What a chapter! So Ma is schizophrenic? Wow again... I didn't see that coming, although I certainly wondered what was wrong with her. Did she kill her father, then? A heavy chapter, but you did a good job keeping it from being too much with Goodie Gudgeon's humor. Can't wait to keep reading!
Author's Response: Schizo? it certainly looks that way, don\'t it? But just wait a bit. The whole story isn\'t told yet.
Another favorite new character emerges in the form of Jacko! Though your chapters are short, they're definetely satisfying. Can't wait for more!
Author's Response: Jacko Gwynn is a good \'source\' character. Even if he doesn\'t actually show up much in the story, everybody knows him and he can be quoted and emulated a lot--especially by Gig.
Sigh. I do love a good romance. Iffie is a great character. Although this chapter was a bit fillerish, I didn't mind, simply because it was so well written. You should consider writing a story that's all romance.
Author's Response: Fillerish, yes. My beta said that too. The chapter is sort of important to elicit sympathy for Minerva\'s parents. There\'s a reason for that which will show up towards the end of the book.
ooh, love the description in this chapter- you have a knack for it, especially when it comes to describing the beast. *shudders* Loving Gig, as always. ~Jerri
Author's Response: I love all of JKR\'s beasts. can\'t get enough of them.
"and there was that time he let us watch when he pulled that big scab off his knee"... best. line. in the story. =) It's good to see that underneath it all, Minerva's really just a normal kid with magic. On to the next chapter! ~Jerri
Author's Response: I can\'t say it\'s an original thought. I got it out of Tom Sawyer; he offered his friend Jim a look at his icky scab if he would help him whitewash Aunt Polly\'s fence. I do believe Minerva has more than a bit of Tom sawyer in her.
ooh.... the plot thickens! I really enjoyed reading the Argument- one so big it deserves to be a proper noun. Can't wait to see what happens next! ~Jerri
Author's Response: We won\'t see the Macnairs much, but when we do, they\'ll always have an impact.
yay! She got the right wand! I really liked how you worked in her present day dislike of divination. The whole 'choosing' process was quite interesting.
Author's Response: Yay Rowdie! Yes, I like thinking that there are lots of different family customs in the Magicosm, just like there are with us Muggles. The subject of the wand choosing will come up again when she gets to Hogwarts. I was gratified that JKR decided to spend a lot of time in the final book describing how a wand interacts with its wielder. I haveto agree with her, and I think handing wands down must increase their power.
Phew! I was sure for a minute Petey was a goner... loved the story of Sir Nick thrown in there. An excellent, if unfortunate, story.
Author's Response: Sir Nick is so much fun to write, poor, unappreciated, put-upon fellow that he is. I think the story of the Headless Hunt in CoS is one of my favorites.
Summary: It seems like it has always been there, always haunting. An immortal item, with an immortal purpose. Death. The word has always made me shiver, but no matter what it canít escape me, despite how hard I run away from it. Yet here I am, standing in front of the very thing that causes it, where everybody goes after their final breath.
What happens when Harry learns the truth about the mysterious veil?
This is witchdragon of Gryffindor originally submitted for the New Year's Challenge: The Deathly Hallows
well, this pretty much blows my story out of the water. =) Excellent, excellent, excellent times a kajillion job. This is definetely the best story I have read in a couple of months- it's going on my favorites (much as I hate to say it. =) )
Author's Response: Wow, thank you so much!
Summary: Lord Voldemort made a deal with someone who even he considers superior, and if he doesn't fulfill his side of it, then he'll be mortal again!
I am Schmerg_The_Impaler of Hufflepuff house, and this is my submission for the Deathly Hallows prompt in the New Year's Challenge.
Although this story's a one-shot for the challenge, I may add more chapters after the contest is over.
EDIT: Dude! This story came in second in the "Deathly Hallows" prompt of the New Years' Challenge! So, let's do the "2nd Place Dance!" (It's a lot like the Cha-Cha slide.)
very nice! I was a little unsure how you'd do without me cracking up every three seconds (stupid, I know) but it was well worth it! A definite ring of Terry Pratchett to it, if you've ever read him. Nice job!
Author's Response: Thank you! I\'ve never actually read any Pratchett, but my friend says that his books are pretty good, so I guess that\'s a compliment. ^_^
Author's Response: 9 months later: I\'ve now read every Discworld book, and that is a massive compliment, dude.
Summary: It's the sequel to "The Dark Lord's Blog," guys! (And girls... and, I don't know, gender-neutral people and centaurs and walruses and parameciums and shrubs and stuff.)
Several months have passed since Filch came into possession of Voldemort's magical powers, and he has taken over Hogwarts.
With Filch serving as The Dark Lord Snoogerblossom, the position of Hogwarts caretaker/janitor is open. Seeing as Voldemort wants his magical powers back, he and his extremely attractive new sidekick, Mungo Phelps, go undercover at Hogwarts, with Mungo posing as a transfer student and Voldemort posing as the new janitor. Wacky high-jinks ensue.
Join Voldemort as he tries to get back his magic, kill Harry Potter, steal Gryffindor's sword to make a shiny new Horcrux, romance Minerva McGonagall, discover Sirius's secret to becoming a chick magnet, and swallow a teaspoon of his pride to mop up spills the Muggle way and wear an unflattering uniform! WARNING: Extremely silly and very out-of-character.
If you haven't read "The Dark Lord's Blog," well, what are you doing? GO READ IT NOW! Just click on my author name and you'll be directed to my chaotic author page, which lists all my wacky stories.
This is on hiatus, dudes. Ooh! But it was twice nominated by nice (and insane) people for the Best Humour Fic award in the Quicksilver Quills thingy!
Also, some wonderful loony nominated Mungo Phelps for Best Male OC, making him if possible even more conceited! (No one had the heart to tell Mungo that he was designed as an example of a terrible OC.)
EXCITING NEWS! "The E-Journal of an Evil Janitor" is now continued as a Twitter blog! Go to Twitter dot com and find thedarklord666. Voldy's waiting!
Shmergo! You rock! Again! After reading through all your reviews (it's true, I have no life) I realized that nobody mentioned the head on reference! (I think. Maybe. Well, anyway.) Best part of the chapter, in my humble opinion. It took me a second to figure it out, but then it just hit me like the door hit Voldy. The parentheses organization in chapter one was great too- although I would have liked to see more parentheses in this chapter. =) Keep up the great work!
Author's Response: ^_^ You know, I don\'t intentionally include an overabundance of parentheses, that\'s just how I write, and I noticed that I had a LOT of them in \"The Dark Lord\'s Blog,\" so I mentioned it in Chapter Uno. It\'s funny when people are sad that my writing wasn\'t MORE flawed! As for the head-on thing, I\'m so glad you got that one. Not everyone\'s seen that commercial. (Nice analogy with the door, by the way!)
A short breather from the war and the wedding...Molly is in her rocker, in her Prewett heirloom eye mask.
Ron and Hermione are in the window seat, discussing rain, honeymoons and stilettos and... that thing they really should get to discussing.They do get to discuss it.
And Molly had a treat.This was an entry to the first Skele-Gro Challenge at MNFF Betaboards.
Aw, that was great! Really cute. This falls under the 'loved it' category for sure.
Author's Response: thanks, jerri! ^-^
Summary: With Harry dead, and Hermione's true love marrying another girl, how will she cope? Will she ever come to the realization that she might acutally not be that girl for Ron Weasley?
Based on 'I'm Not That Girl' from the beautiful musical, 'Wicked'.
aww! What a sweet story. The second I heard this song I thought of the two of them, but when I tried to write a one-shot on it I couldn't make it work. I'm glad you did. The little reference to 'Dancing Through Life' at the end was nicely done, as well. Two small typos, I believe: in the part of the song right after Lavender receives Hermione's present, you left off the 'l' in girl. Also, for the verse 'blithe smile, live limb', I believe it's supposed to be 'lithe limb'. Other than that, great!
Author's Response: Thanks! Add to your favorites!
Author's Response: EDIT: Problem fixed! Thanks again!
Summary: Late night conversations leave Lily Evans taking advice from the most unlikely of people.
Rachel, how do you manage to write these stories so well every time?
I really enjoyed Lily's characterization in this story- she reminded me a lot of Hermione, and you made her interesting and conflicted without conflicting anything Jo has written, which is difficult. I never thought of Lily writing, but the explanation she gave was very nice- it made sense, especially when Lily started ranting about how she needed to keep her plot secure because nothing else was. This is an odd comparison, but she sounded a lot like an anorexic person- only instead of trying to control her body, she's controlling her story.
Sirius, as well, is nicely done- too often authors mess up his character, but you portrayed him well. It made sense to me the way he acted, which is more than I can say when I'm reading most stories with Sirius in them.
The only thing that I wasn't as crazy about was the kiss- it seemed a little sudden to me, paritcularly as it was described as 'passionate', which to me didn't fit with the tone of the story. I sort of expected Lily to kiss him quickly or something and then leave.
Other than that, I really enjoyed this story- keep up the great work, Rachel!
Author's Response: Tink! Thank you! *huggles* I agree about the kiss; I\'m thinking about going back and editing this later. *giggles at comparison* Odd as that is, I sort of agree; Lily does seem a bit anorexic in that she wanted to be able to control something in her life. Thanks for the compliments on characterization; I was afraid I\'d completely messed these two up. *shifty eyes* Thank you again for a wonderful review! :D
Summary: CoS missing moment.
'It's that Ravenclaw prefect, Penelope Clearwater,' said Ginny. 'That's who he was writing to all last summer. He's been meeting her all over the school in secret. I walked in on them kissing in an empty classroom one day ...'
I think 'aww' describes this excellently. I love Percy, and I thought he was well characterized here. This is going onto my favorites!
Summary: Twenty years after the final battle against Voldemort, Harry Potter is the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts. He is teaching his sixth years how to perform a Patronus Charm, but one girl, Ambrine Thomas, just can't seem to get it. Harry helps Ambrine find the perfect memory to conjure her Patronus and, in doing so, brings up old wounds and forgotten feelings that run deeper than even he realizes.
I am BeautifulDreamer07 of Gryffindor answering the June One-Shot Challenge Prompt, Best Patronus Ever.
Good job! I find it interesting how you characterized Harry- I'd be interested in looking more into why he hid. I really enjoyed the Ambrine flashback- Lavender was well-done. I had a little trouble believing that Harry's patronus would change, but well done overall!
Author's Response: Perhaps I\'ll do a prequel or a sequel when the challenge is over. :) Thank you for the review!
Summary: As Ron tries out his hand at Patronuses during the last D.A. meeting, a memory comes to mind that still brings a smile to his face.
I am beauty and brains of Gryffindor for the June One-Shot Challenge.
aw! That was so cute! Robbie Weasel- that's an awesome name. Ron was well characterized in this, as was Hermione. I loved the little otter, as well. I'd be interested to see how the weasel protects Ron, though. Good luck!
Author's Response: Thanks very much!
Summary: Silvanus Ollivander would do anything to protect his daughter. The only question is whether his best will be enough to save her.
Honourable Mention in the June 2007 One-Shot Challenge - The Best Patronus Ever.
oh, wow. This was a truly excellent story! Silvanus was a beautiful character, and I got all teary when he told his Patronus to circle Helen. I'll admit I was shouting, 'Helen! When you had her! That's your memory!' in my head as he ran through the others, but it was realistic since he was under harsh circumstances. I also liked his unhappy memories- an interesting selection. Great job! I'll have to read the other story now as well.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I have to admit I felt like a rather mean person in giving Silvanus those unhappy memories. Hopefully the happy ones make up for it. Thanks gain for your lovely review and I hope you enjoy Going Through The Motions as well.
Summary: A seemingly simple rescue mission gets out of hand when Bill is faced with more than just your typical Death Eaters.
This is a submission to the June one-shot challenge by LadyAlesha of Hufflepuff House.
what a sweet story! It's so easy to mess Fleur up as a character, but you did her very nicely. Bill's emotions were also excellent, and I liked the Patronus. It was quite a short story, though- I would have liked if you had gone more into it in places, such as why Ollivander was captured or a little description of the Dementors. I loved the ending, though- very powerful. Good luck!
Author's Response: Thanks, I\'m glad you liked it. I basically just took one of the theories put forth in HBP about why Ollivander is gone, that he was captured by Voldemort and the Death Eaters and used it because it was convenient. I didn\'t really think about why he was captured, I\'m afraid.