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: A sonnet that describes Dobby's point of view at the beginning of Chamber of Secrets.
This is for the Sonnet Challenge in the Poetry Anyone section of the Great Hall by Cheshlin in Slytherin House.
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
Summary: A honeymoon gone awry...A wedding portrait gone blotchy...
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* ^_^
Summary: Of the seven deadliest sins, Ron suffers greatest from envy.
Winner of the Character Petrarchan Sonnet Challenge!
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
Yes! =) The words you chose to replace 'temper' really do add to the depth of the poem and your portrayal of Ron's character. I'm so glad I could help. Go Ravenclaw!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Yes, and thanks again, ma\'am! :D ~GG
Summary: A Petrarchan Sonnet about my favorite Marauder. Oh, the trials and tribulations of Remus Lupin.
Written by LuthAn of Gryffindor for the Character Sonnet Challenge.
Lovely job! You did a great job with Remus's character; your description was great through the octave. The turn is excellent, and the conclusion - He's fee - is perfect. I would only suggest another word for 'more' at the end ; it pops up four times in the last three lines, and although the repetition does work to some degree, I think a different word in that second to last line especially would really make it more meaningful. ('New' perhaps?) Otherwise great job, I really like it - good luck in the challenge!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you so much! Remus is one of my favorite characters, so it was fun to write about him. I am fascinated by his backstory and werewolfness (there has got to be a better word for that!), and I\'m so glad you liked the sonnet.
I agree about the \"more.\" I caught that after I had submitted the poem! I think I\'ll give it another look and see if I can change it. \"New\" sounds like a great suggestion, thanks!
Author's Response: Edit: I\'ve changed the penultimate line, and I think it works so well now! Thanks for the suggestion!!
Summary: Regulus battles his feeling of having no no self-will, aided by a golden, glittering object.
A Character Sonnet Challenge entry, I am Guiding Ray of Sunlight of Gryffindor House.
Hi! You already know what I think but I am going to leave the first review anyway! =) First of all, I think you tweaked it well. The rhythm flows smoothly and the rhythmes are all well-done. What I like best about this is your consistent use of the candle image. Mold, wax, wick, light - all of these words give the poem a sense of unity and depth. I love the turn, and the last line is great - very strong. Nice job, and good good luck in the challenge!!
Author's Response: Thank you, Gina! You really are an angel! *huggles*
Summary: This is my verion of the Grey Lady's story. In a time of famine she falls victim to a witch hunt- yet her legacy will shame them in a time when cooler heads prevail.
For the Sonnet Challenge by coppercurls of Hufflepuff house.
Nice job! You've done a great with the rhythm of the piece; even the lines that continue onto the next flow smoothly when I read it. This sonnet is dark, tragic, and completely unique. What a fascinating take on the Grey Lady! Good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you very much. I\'m glad the flow worked well, this was probably the hardest piece I\'ve tried to write for MNFF. It was going to be a one shot, but the sonnet form just seemed to suit it better. Anyway, thanks again!
Summary: Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed. -G. K. Chesterton
Can the hero slay the "dragon" that hunts his little girl and haunts his nightmares?
This is submitted for my final assignment in Professor Talons DADA: An Introduction to Dark Arts class.
I am proudly saluting you with the sword of Godrick Gryffindor.
A small warning, this story terrified me (and my beta) and made me cry. Read it with caution but please read it.
I just read one of your other stories and stopped by to peak at this one and realized I hadn't left a proper review. You've had a great response to this story, congrats! I enjoyed beta-reading it, it was so creepy. It was a great final project for the DADA class. From the spooky setting to the tense action, it was really engrossing and had the reader really worried and scared for Harry and Catherine. I remember gasping when the Erkling held up her nightgown, how terrifying! I loved the song you included too, that was nice touch.
But the end was what made the story. Fantastic way to bring it full circle with the final "too" at the end - so sad!
It was great and I'm glad you've gotten such wonderful reviews! Good luck with your other projects!
Author's Response: Thank you Gina, thank you for helping me with this and I hope it doesn\'t give you nightmares. ~Kristy
Summary: Merope Gaunt. She has hopes but will she ever have the strength to stand and live them?
Written by crazy_purple_hp_freak of Slytherin for the Petrarchan Character Sonnet challenge.
Hi Suzie! You continue to write amazing poetry. =) Great job with the rhythm on this poem, it is so easy to read. You did a really good job with Merope's character, too. In the octave you can feel her despair; in the sestet there is a bit of hope. The title is absolutely lovely! Wonderful job - good luck in the challenge!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you Gina! *hugs* I\'m glad you like it. I was going to write Merope poem for the last challenge, but it didn\'t really work out. The rhythm always take me ages but I think I got there in the end! :) Your sonnet was wonderful, by the way! :D ~Suzie
Summary: He had told her that he'd be back. She had promised to wait.
Written for the SPEW 007 - prompt: "chase".
Aw, Rachel, that was so sad, and yet the last paragraph was so sweet! I don't know the song, but you certainly did a good job of weaving a story around it. So Ron left in order to keep Hermione safe? I like how Ron questioned his reasons, that was very honest of him. I'm sort of curious what he was doing - was he involved in the war? I hope so, since I don't think he would just run away after Harry died. I am also curious where Hermione went, where she is waiting. But that is not the focus of the story, so that's okay, you don't have to tell me! (Although you could write the story from Hermione's viewpoint, perhaps even using the same song, and add it as a second chapter) You did well with exploring Ron, and left him with a bit of hope at the end, which was nice. Lovely job!
Author's Response: Aw, thank you Gina! No, I actually have no idea where Hermione went. o.O But she\'s not dead. That\'s all I know. *cough* I don\'t think I\'ll be adding to this, so your mind is free to envision Hermione wherever she needs to be. :D Thank you so much for your lovely review!
Summary: A grieving Hermione Granger never expected to find love after Ron Weasley died, but, in the high hills overlooking Loch Ness, she does.
Originally written for Julie/myownmuggle for the Ravenclaw Spring Fic Exchange. Charlie/Hermione. A big thank you to Abigail/joybell423 for beta-ing this for me!
Fenn! This is absolutely lovely - knowing Julie, this is a perfect story for her. :) You did a great job with Hermione's character in particular, capturing her mood changes from peaceful to purposeful - I really liked that. I loved the pendant, that was a wonderful touch, and the end was perfect! They didn't kiss, but the last line leaves the reader with so much hope. You set up the beginning of their relationship really well here - are you planning to continue? I think you could. Great job, I'm glad I read your story!
Author's Response: Hey Gina!
Thanks so much for your sweet review! I\'m so glad to hear that youl liked my story--the ending, too. =) I\'m not planning to continue it, but who knows? Maybe in the distant future when I\'m short on plot bunnies I\'ll come back to it.
Thanks so much! ~Fenn
Summary: A missing moment from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. What was going through the minds of Professor Umbridge, Hagrid, and Professor McGonagall the night Hagrid was fired?
Wand_Waver2006 of Ravenclaw House's entry for the A Different Viewpoint Spring challenge.
Yay, it's done! I'm so glad you took up this bunny and entered the challenge, great job! I think you did really well with the idea, and presented a really strong version of what was going through these characters' heads that night. I thought your use of details was very good (Draco and the hippogryff, the house-elves) and I loved the red swamp frog insult!! =)
I just have one question you might want to clarify:
“Wands at the ready, boys,” barked the stout woman, stopping at the door to the creature’s hut. “This won’t be easy.”
Did you want her to say "This *will* be easy." or "This *won't* be easy."? It was sort of confusing with Dawlish's comment afterwards.
I hate to even mention it but it should be easy to nip up. You did a great job! Good luck in the challenge!!
Author's Response: Hey Gina! Thanks for dropping by. Change was a good boy--stood still for all his shots, ate all his food. Kept me awake at time, but it was worth it. Thanks again for lending this bunny to the center, and for a nice review!
Summary: Nymphadora Tonks is sent to the Department of Mysteries to meet someone for her boss, Kingsley Shacklebolt. Unfortunately she isn't given directions as to how to find him. This leads her to wander lost through rooms she had no idea existed.
This was written for the 4th run of the Gauntlet by Cheshlin of Slytherin House.
Great job with the Gauntlet prompts, I bet this was so fun to write. You did lovely with Tonks' character, I especially enjoyed seeing her meet her loved ones. I also liked the water room, it reminded me of Alice in Wonderland for some reason.. And of course, it's always neat to see an original character like Declan return! Good luck with the challenge!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for a great review! I had a great time writing this, and when I found out it was in the DOM I HAD to include Declan. :) I work him into almost every story I can. hehe. Cyns
Summary: Late night conversations leave Lily Evans taking advice from the most unlikely of people.
Hey Rachel! Nice story, I loved how in character Lily and Sirius seemed; let's face it, we don't know much about them as teenagers, and your characterizations were well done, believable, and enjoyable. I liked how Lily was always questioning herself for talking to Sirius about herself; it makes me wonder what was going through his head.
The end was so cool, what a kiss! Who wouldn't want to kiss Sirius Black at that moment. I like that you didn't make them awkward afterwards; he smirked - perfect! - and she smiled. I'm dying to know what she wrote afterwards. ;)
Very nice Lily/Sirius moment! I'm glad I stopped to read it tonight. :)
Author's Response: aww, thank you Gina! I really appreciate the review, and I\'m so glad that you thought I did an accurate job with the characterizations; I was a bit worried! *loves*
Summary: Snape has compromised his position as a spy by alerting the Order to Harry’s mission to save his godfather. Dumbledore has a solution to Snape's problem. Set directly after the argument between Harry and Dumbledore at the end of Order of the Phoenix.
Nice missing moment! It seems very plausible to think these two spoke before the scene in Spinner's End, and you did a good job especially at showing Snape's anguish at agreeing to what Dumbledore asked of him. Actually, I don't see a lot of discrepancy in linking this with your other story: Snape simply agrees that Dumbledore is expendable here, which could be interpreted very vaguely. Occlumency would work too. Good luck as you continue with this series of stories!
Author's Response: I\'m glad you found it plausible and especially glad that you thought I did a good job showing Snape\'s anguish *beams* Good point on the lack of discrepancy -- thanks! And, of course, thanks for the luck as well!
Summary: The Gryffindor Trio: Harry, Hermione and - Draco?
Draco Malfoy is sorted into Gryffindor. What has the Sorting Hat seen that we haven't?
This story is set during OotP.
Submitted for the May One-Shot Challenge - You Sorted Where? by red and gold of Ravenclaw
Nice job with your entry for the One-Shot Challenge! You did a great job Sorting Draco into Gryffindor. It was very believable, and yet you kept Draco's snarky character and the tense interaction between him and Hermione (for a moment I thought this might become a Dramione piece! ;)) The set up at the beginning was well-done, and the end with Fawkes was great! Good luck in the challenge!
Author's Response: Gina~ Thank you so much for your lovely comments! No, no Dramione this time, unfortunately, but I enjoyed the interaction between Draco and Hermione, regardless. :-) I\'m glad you liked the end with Fawkes. I thought of you when I wrote it, so I\'m glad you were my first reader and reviewer! It makes it even more special! *hugs* ~Andrea
Summary: I was trying to get to sleep the other night, but I was really angry with love and romance and formal occasions that endorse love and romance. This scenario came to me quite suddenly, and I had to write it out. Bellatrix and Rodolphus became my pawns and I have managed to turn what was originally about me and my frequant angsty moods into a May challenge entry. Sorry this is late and unbeta’d.
This is an entry into the May one-shot challenge. Both Bellatrix and I are Ravenclaws.
Nice job! I liked seeing this first meeting between Rodolphus and Bellatrix. You did a great job of bringing out both of their characters. Good idea to put Bellatrix into Ravenclaw; she seemed both bitter and pleased about it, which was very believable. I especially liked reading Rodolphus's thoughts and seeing him gain some confidence by the end of his encounter with Bellatrix. It is interesting to think he was seduced more by her than by the Dark Lord. So what happens next? How do they end up together??
Good luck in the challenge!
Summary: All Hallow's Eve was the night that changed Harry's life forever, and every year it returns to vex him.
Entered for the Rondeau Challenge by Gigi of Ravenclaw.
Oh, that's great, nice job! I love that you wrote about something so specific. You did a strong job telling a short story here about that terrible night. Good work with the rhyme and rhythm as well. Good luck on the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Aw, thanks Gina! I do much better when I have specific guidelines to poetry, rather than freeverse. I had a lot of time on my hands at work when I wrote this one...lol. Coming up with all the rhymes took some definite time though. Thank so much for the review and the luck! :D ~GG
Summary: A Lucius/Narcissa rondeau.
Written for the Rondeau Challenge by hpluver365 of Gryffindor.
Sorry it took me so long to leave a review, but I just finished my own and have finally gotten around to reading your finished product.
Wonderful job! I think this turned out really well - the rhythm flows nicely and the rhymes don't ever seem forced. The turn is *great*, one of the best turns I've read in the entries so far. It really helps define the couple you are referring to. I definitely think it fits Lucius and Narcissa, and I think it could apply to their son as well.
Again - great job, and good luck in the challenge!
Author's Response: Hey Gina! I\'m glad you like it! Thanks so much for all your beta help! Best of luck to you as well!
Summary: The final battle is what every one's life depends on. How much can the wizarding world suffer?
1st place in the Rondeau Challenge!
Nice job! I really like the refrain and how you tied everything to it. Your word choices really lent the poem a tense feeling as well. Good luck in the challenge!
Author's Response: Thanks so much, I\'m glad you enjoyed it!