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. ;)
Summary: Tom Riddle gathers his Death Eaters in unexpected places.
This is just_the_contrary of Ravenclaw House entering the Poetry, Anyone? Ballad Challenge.
Very nice ballad! The parallel you drew in your author's note is striking. Wonderful job with the rhythm, and your choice of words is great throughout! I have one question: what happened to the gutter man at the end? Good luck in the challenge!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you so much! At the end, the gutter man became a Death Eater and went on to kill Mudbloods, etc. This is what happens when a cunning leader recruits poor people that are desperate for a second chance.
Summary: Two brothers closely bound in blood,
They walked two different paths,
Two choices made (opposing goals) –
One bloody aftermath.
Of blood ties and bravery, and of breaking free.
Written by crazy_purple_hp_freak of Slytherin house, for the Ballad Challenge.
Suzie, I really think this is brilliant. =) You tweaked it well and the new stanza works great to connect the ones previous and following. I read this with a very steady, easy rhythm, with very few exceptions. I think the rhyming is excellent, because it's never forced: it flows from the story, and makes sense.
The story itself is wonderful. You've written a tremendous ballad about this single character and his journey, focusing on the one defining moment in Regulus's life when he steps up to do the right thing. From the very beginning you portray him well, but particularly toward the end when you include his thoughts I felt that you did a wonderful job showing his evolution from Death Eater to exhibiting true bravery.
The overall form of the poem flows very nicely, from a strong introduction to a conclusion that ties it all together. Your word choices always seemed spot on. If it was challenging to write, it doesn't show. I'm glad I could help the little that I did. I really love this ballad. I think you are a very talented writer - keep up the great work!!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review Gina! *squees and hugs* I\'m glad you liked the extra stanza...I wrote it at school just before I was submitting it. *hides*
I love writing about characters such as Regulus - we know next to nothing about him in canon but he seems so important all the same.
Thank you for all the lovely things you\'ve said. And WELL DONE for placing in the Ballad Challenge! You thoroughly deserved it!
Summary: The Dumbledore brothers have a colourful history. One is the scholar, the hero, and the Headmaster we all know. The other... Well, there's that story about the goat.
A little Valentine for the Ravenclaws. Warning: this does contain the goat.
That was great! What a great take on whatever happened between Aberforth and that goat - very original, and lots of fun to read. I liked how many characters you worked in, especially Lockhart. Great ending too! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: I\'m just chortling madly through all these review replies. This was a good Valentine\'s notion, offering up Flitwick and Lockhart and Severus for pondering. All sorts of potential in that. Added to PP\'s musings on the goat and some interaction with ElectronicQuillster on the young Dumbledores, something just went boinging onto the keyboard. (Severus was just as glad to be not yet born for this one.)
Summary: Perhaps the reason Snape really does detest Valentine's Day...
For my fellow 'Claws!
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!
Summary: When Professor Lockhart suggests that the students ask Professor Snape about Love Potions, the bitter Potions master is plunged into a cyclone of memories and the agony of his first and only love, Annabelle.
Dedicated to my wonderful Ravenclaws.
The sequel in Annabelle's perspective is currently in the works.
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. =]
Summary: Ron Weasley has started having some very odd dreams. What do they mean? More importantly, can they help the trio to finally defeat Lord Voldemort? A Ron-centric fic written for HP Quills for a Cause.
Dedicated to my husband who always helps me see the big picture.
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 :)
Summary: Lily Evans has known James Potter for nearly seven years and she has seen him change from a little boy to a slightly bigger, more arrogant boy. But one night, beneath the Whomping Willow, she sees him mature into a man.
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 :)
Summary: HBP missing moment. While Harry was off talking with Scrimgeour after Dumbledore's funeral, what were Ron and Hermione doing?
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*
Summary: While out purchasing potions equipment, Severus Snape runs into a mysterious stranger who tells him the story of Tyr and the wolf. Will it fall on deaf ears, or will Severus listen and hear the words intended to guide him? Rated 3rd-5th years for very mild language.
This is an entry by ProfPosky for Gryffindor House in the New Year's Challenges, challenge three, Myth and Magic.
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 :)
Summary: Voldemort is gone, and so is Harry Potter. Ron is having a hard grieving the death of his best friend, and is wallowing in self pity. Hermione is struggling with the grieving process herself, until she finds Harry's letters.
Important note: After reading Deathly Hallows, this story is officially 'on hiatus' until further notice. Thanks to everyone who read it while I was working on it.
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
Summary: It has been six years since Voldemort died at the hands of Harry Potter. The Wizarding world has moved on, and flourished. However, in the deep of London, one young man struggles to seduce his friend of five years as she remains inept and in the dark regardless of the subtle ways he tries to win her heart.
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*
Summary: What would you do if the world came crashing down on you? What would you do if someone you cared about so much, hurt you so deeply?
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??
Summary: This is a look at Remus Lupin's life from the werewolf bite, to his friends and finally to a bit of romance.
This is for the Sonnet Challenge in the forums from Cwiddy in Hufflepuff House.
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)
Summary: Challenge entry by Hokey of Slytherin
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*
Summary: Is Snape truly a malicious character, or one that is misunderstood? Read his internal struggle over coming from the darkness into the light...
The Character Sonnet Challenge
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!
Summary: A Petrarchan sonnet describing Hermione's loneliness in her first year until she found her friends. User name on the Beta Boards is also Colores, and I am in Hufflepuff.
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
Summary: In the aftermath of the final battle against evil, Ron is given the chance of a lifetime, a chance that has only been given to less than a dozen people throughout all history.
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. :)