I'm a recent college graduate with a great job and an even better hobby - writing Dramione fanfiction! I pretty much write that pairing exclusively, not counting side pairings, of course. I find the chemistry and tension between both Draco and Hermione absolutely intoxicating and there's a lot to work with as far as plot and character go. I love love love the canon pairings (JKR can do no wrong!) but she already wrote them so well that I feel like anything I try to do will fall short. :)
Likes: Kittens, puppies, Johnny Depp, movies, music (rock, alternative, pop, and electronic), musicals, Glee, writing, reading, laughing, baking, and being surrounded by awesome.
Dislikes: Clowns, centipedes, ants, guns, boring-ness-ism.
"The Reminder" was my first HP fanfic attempt. I'm quite fond of it.
"An Aversion to Change" was my second. I love this one, too, and it's pretty darn successful.
"The Resilient" is the sequel to "Aversion." It is completely written and, recently, fully posted. The banner is by the super-awesome CoolCatElly!
(link here: http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb215/CoolCatElly/Theresilient2-1.jpg)
I have a few other ideas that I'm working on, but nothing that will be posted (or even finished...) before "The Resilient" is done.
I am also kicking around the idea of an original fiction, but it will be eons before that even gets close to being interesting to anyone but me. :)
I love reviews (like every author), so you should probably leave one! :)
Enjoy, and thanks for reading!!
Holy crow you killed Hermione!! Ack! And poor Snape!! Dastardly Frend! Ack ack ack!!! I can't believe this!
Anyways, enough ranting. Very exciting chapter. I liked the action and the dialogue/explanations was great. Well done chapter. I can't wait to read more!
Author's Response: thank you so much, i\'m glad you enjoyed it :D :D
Well, thanks the gods that Hermione didn't die. I had a feeling she wouldn't (main character and all) but still...you had me going, I'll admit. That and I wasn't sure exactly how you were going to bring her back.
To answer your question: Really, it's whatever is easiest for you. I, personally, like more frequent updates (keeps the story fresh in my mind), but that's just me.
One little technical note. Watch your spelling. I noticed a few errors in here (Stupefy, Pomfrey being the ones most readily called to mind). Just make sure to proofread thoroughly before submitting. :)
Other than that, great chapter! Keep up the good work.
Author's Response: Thanks for catching those spelling errors! I changed them immediately :D But believe it or not, I proofread like a fiend before submitting anything. Seriously, it\'s scary how many times I will read over a chapter in the course of it\'s construction. But what can I say? I\'m human, slightly dyslexic, and ADD to the freaking max. Sometimes I miss things xD Anyways, thanks for reading!
I really liked this. It was powerful and somehow, for a one-shot, had quite a believable demi-plot. The poetry was fabulous too; you have quite a gift.
Re-reading this at work was such a bad idea - I'm going to end up in tears, I just know it. Lol! Fantastic work, of course. :)
I love this story.
I cried. I laughed. I cried some more. I put off doing a boatload of biology homework. I gasped. I cheered. And then I cried again. This story was an emotional roller coaster and I loved every word of it.
First, I wasn't sure at first how I felt about it being told from Lily's point of view, but it definitely grew on me. You captured her teenage spirit well - the kind of immortal, all-knowing attitude that goes so well with the awkward transition from child to adult.
All your characters were great and stuck to canon well.
The plot was genius!! I absolutely HATED Dick, so you did a really good job. And the twist at the end!! Astounding. I honestly gasped out loud and clapped my hand over my gaping mouth - it was so intense. And at the beginning of the funeral, when I wasn't sure of who died...I swear, I almost broke down completely (thought it would be Harry and I would've *killed* you for it).
But very, very well done! This is going on my favorites for sure!
Author's Response: Thanks so much, I\'m glad you liked it! I myself don\'t really read stories about Harry and Ginny\'s children and the next generation, but I think this story, although told from Lily\'s POV, is really about Harry/Ginny, so it\'s a little different. And of course I couldn\'t have killed Harry! :)
Harry and Ginny and the Weasleys believe this.This is why they send their poor Hermione to her granny’s cottage in Ireland on February twenty-ninth, Leap Year, hoping she could also leap back to life and perhaps to love once more, five years after losing Ron in the war.
Hermione doesn't know it, but her parents and the Weasleys plus Harry are not content seeing her slaving away with paperwork and living by routine with a dead look in her eyes.In Ireland, amidst the hills and the romantic whispering of the mountain breeze and the sea, in the handsome seaside village of Ardmore, someone is waiting for her.
…someone waiting for something to complete his own return to life.Someone named Andrei MacElroy...or so he claims.
This had been entered into the New Year Challenge At the Sign of the Green Dragon and won 2nd Place (insert very undignified *squee* here).
Rave reviews. Not your usual Dramione fic. The sequel is up. ~Then Somebody Bends~
Woooow. If I ever had even the slightest doubt in your abilities beforehand (which I totally didn't, I promise you!), this story would've chased them all away.
Absolutely fabulous. Loved all of it; made me cry (my roommate thought I was insane - I attributed it to finals stress, even though they're a good month away...heh). But yeah, brilliant brilliant brilliant!
Author's Response: LOL! Thanks! your roommate has no idea of the power of the written word! Hehe! Thanks for confirming I can do this, Mel! ^_^ We are so insecure, aren\'t we?
Horrifying, and very well written. You described everything that was happening in such awesome detail, but the story and the action didn't get lost in it. Really, really great job.
Not as good as the original ending, but adequate if your goal was to appease the people who wanted a happy one.
Life is so fickle.Full of bends and surprises. Just when you think everything is settled and quiet, something arises, something that makes you feel what you never dreamed you would feel, and face what you don’t even realize you need to face.
And just as unexpectedly, these bends arch to a happy ending...if we tweak them.Sequel to ‘To Love Life Again’. Let me take you back to Ireland with Andrei and Hermione, but will they stay? Something, somebody, is calling them to England.
Andrei becomes Draco Malfoy again. Sparks and verbal sparring fly again. All because of one little girl called Lucie.Hermione Granger never does anything halfway. And Draco is a Slytherin in touch with his instinct of using all his options for his ends.
They understand each other. And with this kind of understanding, comes some confusions and delusions. But just when you seem so certain, then somebody bends...
First, love it!! Just as good as the original, and so captivating! You certainly do Hermione and Draco justice. I love their relationship - it's just the sweetest!! And it seems so natural too. Ah, I just love it.
And black hair? But with the grey eyes. Lovely.
Can't wait for the next chapter!
Author's Response: We might be updated at the same time, Mel. ^_^ I\'m sooo heartened by this review, coming from a fellow Dramiona addict! *hugs*
Aw, so cute!! You've got me completely entranced with little Lucie, as well as Draco and Hermione's relationship. It's natural and nice, with moments of passion and spunk - just like it should be.
Making little Ron a wizard was a nice touch. And I'm glad the MacElroys know everything. It's so much easier to tell the truth than to survive on lies.
Wonderful chapter. Can't wait until they get to England!!
Author's Response: Thank you, Melissa! *hugs*
Yay an update!! I was wondering when one of these was coming.
Of course, I thought it was great. Lucie is still precocious as ever, but it was interesting to find out the bond between her and Draco. I wonder who the 'dominant' sibling is. My guess is Lucie - you seem to have painted her that way already and we hardly know her!
But why the paranoia on her part? Mystery, mystery...I can't wait to know for sure!
Looking forward to when your next will be out!
Author's Response: I\'m nervous about this magic thing I\'ve invented between the two of them. It\'s one of those spur-of-the-moment plot-turn factors. It just came up while I was writing this chapter. I hope I do it right! Thanks, Mel! *hugs*
"With that, he proceeded to show her she was not ‘just anyone’." Gah!! Best line ever!!!!
Oh this chapter was so sweet I think I just developed a cavity. As always, I love the dynamics you create between the characters, especially Draco and Hermione. Their intimacy is very well written and very relatable. I adore it!!
Marvelous chapter; can't wait for the next!!
Whoa woa whoa, hold it. Courts? A week? Lucie is gone???? You have some explaining to do next chapter, methinks. This is upsetting. Hahaha
In other news, I'm so happy to see that you updated; I missed this story!! I love your vocab and the way you transition from scene to scene. The way Hermione and Draco interact is lovely, as is Lucie and her blossoming relationship with darling big brother. I just hope that this latest snag (Courts?? Seriously?? Gah!) doesn't throw a wrench into absolutely everything. Though knowing you, I'm sure we're in for a treat. :)
Author's Response: Thank you, you. Hee. *hugs* The due explaining will come. Poor darling big brother, no, Mel? I'm so happy I updated, too! ;)
Okay, Draco is the epitome of cuteness. All this 'My Hermione' business. Oh, just makes me giggle. And him being all insecure about Hermione staying with him...it's absolutely charming!
I personally liked how Draco 'proposed'. It was everything you wanted it to be: not contrived and not too suggestive or anything; it was great!
Although I do wonder why you used 'the man' and 'the woman' in the last bit. For the life of me, I just can't figure it out. I mean, it's an interesting device to employ, to be sure. Kinda de-characterizes (although I'm not sure if that's the right word...de-personalizes, perhaps?) the scene. But I would like to know your reasoning, if you're up to sharing!
Hermione is very observant about Lucie. I didn't notice half those things! It worries me, though, because Hermione is right: Lucie needs to be able to laugh and be a child and not so bottled up all the time. Could it be because she knows she's a witch (or different, as it were) and is struggling to hide it? Probably not, but I would like to know.
Anyways, great job! And good luck on NaNoWriMo! I don't participate myself, but I have close friends who do and I've never known them to be more simultaneously stressed and in love with it!
Author's Response: At last, someone hailed the \'My Hermione\' thing cute! *hugs Mel* Thanks, hon! And I\'m glad I\'ve nailed Draco\'s \'proposal\'.
Here\'s my answer about my narration shift at the end, which Ruby also asked about. I quote from my reply to her review: \"As for the last part, it\'s a sneaky author tool, reverting to limited omniscient POV there. I didn\'t want to be in either of their heads (Draco\'s or Hermione\'s), so I had us all watching them instead. Hence, I was given free rein to dangle and not give away their intentions and thoughts.\"About Lucie, we\'ll soon know, I promise.
Ugh, my NaNo is hopeless against my MNFF... *grumbles while running off to submit a drabble* ^-^
“She’s my fiancée.” Whoa. Merlin’s pants.
Oh my good gods, this made me laugh out loud. The sound was then followed by a hearty, "Oh snap!". A bit of foreshadowing, perhaps? ;)
Absolutely adore Lucie...What a charming little girl! Madame La Mott, on the other hand...not so charming. But you do her well. A fuchsia suit...ack!
Great chapter, though!
Author's Response: Aww, first review of the chappie! Thanks, Mel! Foreshadowing? Draw your own conclusions. *zips fingers* I agree about the fuchsia suit! *giggles* *hugs*
Alright, so 'tonight' turned into a few nights...But I'm reviewing now! So that counts! Right?
Right. So this chapter was very good. I have to admit, the beginning part confused me a bit - with the banker and the diamond and the bolded dialogue, but I think I got it in the end.
I love the dynamics between Draco, Hermione, and Lucie. They're very tangible, which makes it great fun to read. I'm also very interested to see what will happen. Will Lucie ever really warm up to Draco? Will Hermione and Draco actually get married?
Author's Response: Thank you for reviewing so faithfully, Mel. Oh, rhetorical questions... Haha. ^_^
Ooooo I loved it!!! I swear, you write *so* well!! I envy your prose and your originality. You write with this awesome kind of dry humor. Like, gods, I wish I knew how to define it, but it's really unlike anything I've ever read.
Your plot is captivating and realistic and your characterization is great. You had a chance to reinvent Hermione (which you've done beautifully) and get inside Draco's head (which, again, has been nearly flawless). I love how you've explored his feelings towards the Trio in the last bit.
The dialog...oh the dialog!! It's so in-character and natural! Like, I can see them having the conversation and it's really not awkward. For example, the hospital scene where she makes him touch her or even the kiss scene (which was *amazing, by the way!!) could've been unrealistic, but you pulled it off and made it seem like, 'Oh, of course this is what they're going to do.'
It's like you're writing this as if it's a movie - like you can see everything in three dimensions and are working with a team of writers and directors just to come up with the perfect script and staging...it's all very impressive.
And their thoughts! Oh, they kill me! So funny and so true! I can't tell you how many times I've argued with myself in that same way. It's a brilliant story device!!
Anyways, I could go on for pages, but I think I'll just summarize the rest: love it, you're brilliant, please write more, great job!!!
Author's Response: *BLUSHING* Majorly. All of that really means alot coming from you, becuase I think you\'re a phenomenal author as well. I\'m glad you like the dialoge and the internal monologues. I have a lot of fun writing them. I talk to myself like that as well. It runs in the family. Thank you for appoving of the kiss scene. I debated on whether or not to even include it, but my friend lily_and_james threatened lots of pain if I did not. I can\'t thank you enough for the wonderful review. You have once again made my night. Chapters 9 and 10 are complete, so the next couple of updates will be soon. Keep reading!
Ooooh man, okay, if I wanted to highlight my favorite parts of the chapter, I would have to highlight the entire chapter. I absolutely loved it. The explanation of Hermione's magic and why she was left behind was both realistic and terrifying - I can't even articulate how angry I am at Harry and Ron! Ugh! What complete, self-centered, moronic arses!!! I want to hit them. The accusations, the blame! Hermione doesn't deserve any of it!
But Draco...oh, he made everything all better. His rejoinders were hilarious and his protectiveness (and the kiss!!) were so wonderful. Very in character for such canon ooc actions. It was absolutely brilliant.
And my favorite line of the chapter has to be, "Exhaustion is no excuse for limiting one's vocabulary." Oh man, Hermione has it so right.
It's crazy how believable she is as a character. So much has changed and you can tell, but it's still so natural! None of your dialogue seems trite or contrived - everything just flows!! I know I say that nearly every chapter, but honestly, I just can't stop raving.
Awesome job so far. Love your writing, love your story. Keep up the wonderful work!!!
Author's Response: God, I always end up blushing by the time I finish reading your reviews! I really can\'t tell me how flattered I am that you think so much of TBW.
I think the dialoge, between Draco and Hermione especially, is so much fun to write. I really enjoyed including Harry and Ron this time \'round, too. And... they will continue to be complete, self-centered, moronic arses in later chapters, I promise.
All in all, I\'m glad you approve. This chapter was so long in the queue that I thought it would be rejected. Thank you so much for your amazing review! I\'ve already started chapter 12 (which is a very important chapter), so hopefully I\'ll be able to get it posted before the queue closes for Christmas. I\'m looking forward to an update for your fic, too!
Oh my gods, SO GOOD. I know I say it all the time, but it's seriously true all the time. Everyone is in character, the plot is wonderfully intriguing, and the dialogue! Oh the dialogue is top-notch. It's fresh, believable, not contrived at all! It's clever and witty and absolutely perfect. You can capture character, tone, and atmosphere just right almost every time and it really never ceases to amaze me.
I'm happy Hermione is letting go of Harry and Ron. Really, they don't deserve her help at this point, although Draco's totally right: they'll be at her feet begging for help within a week. Choosing Draco over them is a monumentally better choice for more reasons that I can name in one review.
I absolutely loved your version of "The Talk" between them. It was sweet and emotional and really telling. Although I must admit, you have me a little worried. I sensed the tiniest bit of foreshadowing, which scares me to itty bitty pieces. I hope I'm making something out of nothing (well, not nothing, as such - I hope I'm not making something out of really well-written dialogue), but you're clever, so it probably does mean something.
And what was that with Absalom?!?! He's found the great white cat?? Well, that's obviously Hermione, but what the devil does it have to do with the price of newt's eyes?? Seamless introduction of a new plot point, by the way. I'm terribly excited to see where you go with it.
Wonderful chapter, as always. You're brilliant, should write professionally, and are way too cool for words. :)
Author's Response: I think you\'re one of my favorite reviewers of all time. Really, I mean that. Let\'s see if I can address your many points...
Again, I\'m glad you love the dialogue, because it is by far my favorite part to write. You have no idea how relieved I am to hear that you liked their version of \'The Talk\'. As I said in my author\'s note, I wrote that scene four times, had a complete mental breakdown to my beta, and finally wrote what you read. It\'s a tedious process. I thought it was really important to establish immediately and firmly where Hermione stood with the Harry and Ron and that decision will become very important in later chapters. And I agree, choosing Draco was most definitely the better choice :)
Ah, our good friend Absalom... I adore him. Those two short paragraphs have been used to introduce and huge and monumentally important plot line that will slowly come into focus as the story progresses. Just know that he\'s been looking for her for quite some time, along with a few others.
This is me blushing... Thank you so much. I do aspire to be an author one day, I\'m just waiting for the inspiration. For the time being, you get to enjoy my fanfiction :) Lucky you.
Thanks again for reviewing, and I can\'t wait for more from you! What happened to that one-shot? Anyways, good luck with the mods!
Author's Response: Sorry, I missed one... what was that itty bitty bit of foreshadowing that has you scared to pieces? I might be able to put your mind at ease. Or make it worse, but it\'s up to you...
First: I totally didn't realize that you read my stories!! Although I thought your penname looked familiar, I just couldn't put two and two together...thanks!
Second: I totally loved this chapter. Draco and Hermione working *and* training together?? My friend, you just created the perfect setting for some genuinely interesting interaction! ;)
Third: Animagi! Yes! Stroke of genius! I can't wait to see their progress!
Fourth: I know the hawk and the cobalt-eyed man are one in the same, but who the devil is he?? It's going to bug me forever!
Fifth (wow, this is quite a list...): How dare Ron and Harry think that leaving Hermione behind was for the best! Bollocks, I say! She was the backbone of that group, no matter if they admit it or not. Although had they taken her, you'd have no story and then where would we be?
Sixth: What the devil happened to Hermione???? I don't even have a theory, but for some reason, I think Draco will find out while Harry's there or in Harry's presence and they're going to have quite the throw-down because of it. But any way you're going to reveal it will undoubtedly be interesting.
Aaaaanywhos, great story!!! No worries about them being OOC - you show their maturity very well while still keeping them youthful. Keep up the awesome work!!
Author's Response: Wow, I am *so* blushing right now! Thank you so much! 1. \"The Reminder\" was one of the first fics I read on this site (and one of my favorites) and I follow \"An Aversion to Change\" religiously. 2. Thank you, I thought so too. They\'ll be learning to work together, but they\'ll be able to vent their frustrations on each other at the same time. 3. I\'m glad you approve. Hermione becoming an Animagus was the whole basis of this fic. I had the idea, and built the plot from there. 4. As for our feathered friend - it won\'t be long. 5. I agree. I never felt that she was given due appreciation in canon, either. Here, they are going to be real pricks, so if you\'re a Harry or Ron fan, be forewarned. 6. Ah...what happened to Hermione will explain many things and you will be even more angry with the boys for leaving her like they did. And there will be a throw-down, but all I will tell you is that it will be of monumental proportions and will impact greatly the direction of the plotline. Thank you so much. It\'s such a relief to hear that they\'re not OOC. Hopefully *crosses fingers* chapter eight will be up by the end of the weekend. :)