Welcome to my author page!
I am a teacher, musician, reader, and avid Harry Potter fan. I am originally from the Midwest and now live a bit farther south. I am thrilled to be a proud member of RAVENCLAW House and enjoyed being a site moderator for a time as well.
I hope you enjoy the many stories and poems I have written. I am proud of them all and appreciate any feedback you might care to leave (in other words, reviews are love!) I've listed them below with a short description since I know trolling through summaries can be tedious. Thanks for reading!
EDIT: Someday I will categorize my stories by genre. Today is not that day. ;)
Wonderful job! I feel so bad for Snape now. This certainly seems possible, and it was very sad for him to have his first love shattered like that. Nice job writing his character. The end in particular wrapped it all up very well. Thank you so much for participating in our little Valentine challenge for the potions master! *turnip hug* ~Gina :)
Author's Response: *turnip hug* right back at ya, Gina! thanks for the great review, and apologies again for not having it turned in on time for V-Day...glad you liked it tho!
Oh my, that is so sad! Poor Snape! There is more to this story, isn't there? Who is this girl, and why did she not only reject Snape but reject the whole idea of love? For a moment I was worried Snape's potion was going to kill her! I'm so glad that didn't happen. This was very bittersweet just as it was. I think you did a great job writing this sad story. Your language in particular really conveyed the tragic feelings of rejection and loss that Snape felt. Wonderful job! Thank you so much for participating in the challenge!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Well, if you want there to be more to the story... I might be tempted to write another one-shot on Annabelle and from her point of view. =]
What an interesting start! I actually bought "Through the Looking Glass" rather randomly last month, I shall have to look at it to see how your story relates. I love the focus on Ron. He will obviously have a big role to play in the final book, and it is nice to read about it from his point of view. The parallels to chess are also fascinating. The scene with the twins was heartbreaking, I feel so bad for Fred! Lovely job, I'm looking forward to reading the next part.
Wonderful job! I can't believe what happened to Pig. And then to use Ginny as bait, except with a twist - great idea. Poor Ginny! What an ending - I'd say more but I have to know what happens next! ~Gina :)
Whew! I'm so glad Ron is okay! =)
I loved the bit in the last chapter with Percy showing up. So Percy was the White Knight, and Ron was the one white pawn? Or was Peter a piece as well? Either way, the chess analogies were great. You did a wonderful job with Ron's character. Now - what happened to Harry?? =)
Great job, I'm glad I finally read this story! ~Gina :)
That was a nice read! You did a good job showing this other side of James's character, and how Lily might react to it. The last paragraph in particular really wrapped it up well. Good job, I'm glad I stopped to read this story! ~Gina :)
Wonderful job, Abigail! That was so sweet. I love missing moments and I could absolutely see this happening at the end of HBP. You did a fantastic job with Ron's character in particular. You captured both their banter and hesitation, and their kiss was lovely. Great job, I'm glad I stopped to read this cute story! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Gina! Thank you so much! I had so much trouble with the kissing part ... And I was worried about them being in character too. Thanks for the affirmation! *hugs*
Wonderful job! This was a great connection in mythology to make to Snape. It was well-planned and very thoughtful; it makes the reader think a bit, doesn't it? I'm still trying to puzzle out the layers. ;) You did a great job with Snape's character, and wrapped it up very nicely with the short scene with Dumbledore at the end. Congratulations on winning, it was well-deserved! ~Gina :)
I can't believe I didn't review this already *headdesk* Sorry, dear! But of course you know what I think, since I had the privlege of beta-ing it! I think it is a wonderful start to a very touching story. You've done a great job setting up the scenario in which Ron and Hermione read these letters, and both are very in character. I feel bad for Ron in particular (what is it with you and Ron now? ;)) So now that the next part is up, I am off to read! Good luck! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Lol. You don\'t have review all of my stories, Gina. Goodness knows that I haven\'t reviewed all of yours >.> I really don\'t know what it is with me and Ron. I think he\'s just grown sweet on me. Lol. Technically, I blame you and Abigail for converting into a Ron supporter *cough* ~Ritta
Aw, Harry's second letter was absolutely heartbreaking! I did not expect Ron to leave, I feel bad for Hermione now. I hope he comes back soon so Hermione will share the letters with him and we can read more. This was such a good plot bunny, I'm almost wishing I had adopted him myself! Great job and good luck as you continue (I know you are working on lots =))
Author's Response: Was it? Aww! I\'m so happy now. I can write \'angst\' Yeah, I didn\'t have Ron leaving originally, but it just seemed appropriate. Lol...I\'m glad I adopted \"Flangst\" here if you think he\'s a good plot bunny. =] ~Ritta
Ritta! Every story you write keeps getting better! I'm SO glad you finally wrote a Dramione story! =) You did a great job setting things up, with the short series of scenes between Draco and Hermione. As usual, you capture their banter wonderfully well. At the same time, you've given them both unique character and made it believable that they would fall for each other. I'm looking forward to reading the second part!!
And then you might have to tell us how Pansy Parkinson ended up a Weasley!! ;)
Author's Response: Thanks, Gina! *squishes*
You know I love alternating POV\'s (definitely my style) and I was worried that it wouldn\'t flow or seem sort of chopped up, but I\'m glad it worked nicely. I\'m also happy you pointed out their playful banter. Thanks!
As for Pansy with a Weasley....*trails off*
I wanted to read another one of your poems and thought this was a great title. It was also a good poem! I really liked the rhyme scheme you used, with two lines rhyming and a third that sort of concluded each stanza. It flowed very well. I also liked how the poem told a story, as sad as it was. You could really feel the bitterness of this piece. Great job! Thanks for my lovely banner, and CONGRATS on making the top ten list!
PS. What couple did you have in mind when you were writing this piece??
Nice job! This is a good look at Remus's character. The octave sees him alone and is rather sad, and the sestet shows him finding both friends and love and is hopeful. Good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you for your help with this poem, and thanks for the review!!! 8)
That is very cute! I see you are keeping the happy couple a secret. For some reason when I read it at lunch my thought was Snape and Lily; I think I must have read something else that had them in my mind, because now I think it's Neville and Ginny. Anyway, I think it is very well done, and the title ties to the eighth line very nicely. Good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Yay! You are right, Neville and Ginny are the ones I had in mind while writing this. =) I\'m happy you liked this, Gina! Thank you for the very kind review, it means a lot to me! *hugs*
Nice job! Your use of language really adds to the overall tone of the poem, particularly the rhymes you chose to complete each line. The end is great! Good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you very much! Yes, I befriended my thesaurus when I wrote this sonnet...it is good to know that some of my AP English skills are rubbing off in my writing! Thanks again for a lovely review!
Nice job! I like how you described Hermione in the first four lines, and then changed in the next four lines. The turn going into the sestet was very good. I love the line :"They would laugh and smile under the sun" I wonder if you couldn't rearrange things a bit to end with it? Another time maybe. =) Good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Hey, thanks so much! I am thrilled that you enjoyed it and your compliments are making me grin. =) Thanks for the advice; it would be difficult to change, but not impossible. Maybe next time! -Colores
Very nice! The idea of the three Keepers of Time was very original, and I love the focus on Ron getting to change something. You picked a great moment for him to want to change; when he mentioned first year I thought it would be the chess game. But you tied his desire to change what he said about Hermione back to his declaration of love perfectly. I really enjoyed your story! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Yay! I\'m so glad you liked it. Thank you for your review. And for actually writing a review that\'s made me feel like my writing meant something. :)
Great job! I love how different this is from most sonnets, focusing on a character given little attention in fanfiction. The poem fits Dobby perfectly! Good job with the rhymes and good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you so much Gina! I don\'t have a clue what lead to me thinking of Dobby, but it was fun to write about him. Cyns
The honeymoon going awry led to the portrait going blotchy and the portrait going blotchy could lead to the honeymoon going very awry!What's a witch to do except perhaps travel time, to save the portrait and the honeymoon?
Hermione meets the master of Time-turners, however, and gets much much more than she bargained for...This is LucillaJoanna of Hufflepuff, traversing A Shift In Time in the Spring Challenges...
...and won Second Place!
Hi there! Nice start! You've done a great job setting up this story. I loved the beginning scenes with Ron and Hermione, and the way you separated them so Hermione could go on her adventure alone was well done though so sad. I was a bit confused when Hermione ran off to the Rashleigh estate; perhaps a sentence or two earlier in the story introducing the estate as being nearby where an eccentric man lived would help make that clearer. Also, how did Hermione *know* to go there for help with the portrait? That said, I loved what you did with his character! Having his time traveling selves pop up to visit was brilliant. His deal with Hermione was a great way to get her to the past. I look forward to seeing how you interweave Hermione with the story of his portrait; and I'm really hoping that after it's all said and done he will fix her own and her and Ron will make up! Like I said, great start - good luck with the challenge!!
Author's Response: Hi Gina! Oh my, thank you for such honor of a review from the legendary Gmariam! *bashful smile* The Rashleigh estate and Rashleigh\'s being the Time-turner inventor is introduced when Hermione had just gone out into the moor. Afterward, she didn\'t *know* to go there for help, she didn\'t even know if he was still alive and residing there, but, true to Granger-impetuosity-when-desperate, she just...well, *went for it*. That said, thank you so much for the encouragement and the advice, Gina! And yes, I will have them make up. I don\'t write sad stories! *hint hint* ^_^
Fantastic job! This sonnet really showed Ron's character development wonderfully. The rhythm is excellent and I absolutely love how you concluded it with "The jealous beast has given way to trust." What a great line! I would only suggest seeing if you could sneak in another word for 'temper,' since it did pop up three times. =) Good luck in the challenge!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you so much, Gina! I took your advice about the \"temper\" thing (I didn\'t realize how many times I had used that word...) and it *definitely* makes the poem more powerful. I really appreciate the constructive feedback, so again a HUGE thank you! You\'re a gem! :D ~GG