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 story! Very powerful emotions. I love that you wrote it from James's point of view, because I just love him and this shows him as mature and understanding and so lost without Lily. You did a great job with her anger, too. And the ending was cute! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it and like it from James's POV. I really wanted to show him grown up! :)
Did you post this on your LJ? Because I thought I read it except I haven't left a review, I'm sorry! It's very sweet, what a great introduction to two neat characters, the Bast and the osseoraptor. And you totally nailed the atmosphere of a faculty meeting, lol! You did a great job with Snape and Dumbledore as well, and it was neat to see Kettleburn in a story. Great job, I hope you keep writing the Bast! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Yep, you saw it in LOGE. I've always thought it was a shame that we never saw Kettleburn in the stories. A man who has lost multiple limbs must be interesting!
You've created a wonderful backstory to the Stone here - very much in keeping with the Potterverse. Great job so far!
Author's Response: Thanks so much! Glad you're liking it. :) *huggles* ~GG
Oh, oh! It was Dudley! Great ending, SC! And a good look at another side of Pansy. Draco was terrible to her, and you wrote her reaction to the breakup very well. Dudley, ha! That was great. I can just imagine his reaction when he realizes he's fallen for a witch, lol. Lovely job, I'm glad I popped by to read it!
Author's Response: Well, thank you! \r\n\r\nAnd while you\'re imagining, you can wonder what Dudley\'s mummy would think... *snicker*
That was a good story, nice job co-writing! How did the challenge turn out?
I thought there were some really nice things going on here. I loved the Hall of Records, that was fantastic! I thought the idea of Hermione and Ron losing their first child was very plausible and well written. I think Hermione would definitely question it and have a hard time with not being able to fix it.
I liked how she ended up in a library and I though having Lupin there was a nice touch. Good characterization.
It did seem rushed to me at several points, but I know that sometimes happens in a one shot. A bit more detail and description here and there would have set the scene better, and perhaps gotten us more into Hermione's head. For example, we know very little about Sophie but perhaps that is what you intended, which is fine! I did, however, want more detail when Hermione returned - her decision, the actual return, and her reunion. And I although it was primarily about Ron and Hermione, since Harry was there I wouldn't have minded seeing him a bit more.
Overall, a nice, original story! ~Gina :)
I love sonnets! The subject fits the sonnet style perfectly. I thought you did a really good job with rhythm and the turn was excellent. I was particularly struck by your word choices and how they all worked together to give the poem its sad, dark feeling. Great job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks for the wonderful review, Gina. I'm glad you liked the poem.
Good beginning, dear! I do wonder what Draco went through after Voldemort's fall. Loved the letter from Harry, lol. Good luck with the rest! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks Gina! XD It's going to be a lot of fun writing this story. ~Ritta
Trick or Treat!
3. She clicks on her mouse and swipes her wand;
Some stories go up, and some stories are gone.
Stories of her own? Why, she has plenty!
Fewer than one-hundred, but far more than twenty.
Very nice drama here, I love it! You know, I am totally okay with James and Sonia going out now, because Lily needs a good kick in the arse to wake up to what a great guy he is! I really felt like he was following her as much to protect her as to snoop. You really developed his interaction with Sonia so well, so that I was rooting for them to kiss! And then to make him feel guilty about Peter - awwww, perfect! Poor Peter, though. But then Sonia's comparison to Janice Diggory was spot-on, wasn't it? She was totally right. I do hope Peter finds someone, though.
Rich, Rich, Rich. Boy, did James screw up with the wand reveal. I don't trust that barman, cute American or not. Why was he in the forest? I suppose he could have been following a perfectly innocent lead, but I rather doubt it. He's swarmy, but then, like James, maybe my judgement is clouded.
Oh, the drama with the captaincy was awesome. I'm glad Lily fessed up, although I don't see it changing all that much for her and James. I'm thinking after all that he really does need to have some fun with other girls and maybe that will get her attention!
Can't wait to see what you do with Quidditch tryouts now. . . :D
Great chapter! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Innocent lead, eh? Hmmmm, possibly? Possibly not? He is intriguing, I hope and I do have his role in this clearly defined. Ah, James, certainly doing the rounds of the girls in that particular dorm - heh heh. I just can't see James pining forever more when he sees Lily wandering off with someone else. It's not realistic - he's a teenage boy, after all and they tend to be led by their umm ... you know what I;m getting at - ha ha. Thanks Gina. Yes, next stop Quidditch try-outs. ~Carole~
I love it when there is a mystery involved. I'd look up the Brackenfen reference if I felt like trolling through 19 other chapters, but I don't so I shall settle for own my as-yet-unfounded theories regarding the flash git.
I love your dialogue here, the casual slang reads so easy I'm envious. Of course, I'm also American so I have to translate half of it, but it's brilliant.
Sectumsempra, huh? I wonder why that popped into Sirius's head first. Nice reference to the WW incident.
I like Sonia, and knowing James is going to end up with Lily before they graduate already makes me feel sort of bad for her.
Lovely chapter so don't stop! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: You love the dialogue! Wow! Not too much for you, then? *gigglysnort* Thank you for reading and reviewing, Gina. With the Sectumsempra curse, I used it in an earlier chapter (when they found Snape's wand) and the fact that it popped into Sirius' head was because I always see him as somewhat attracted to the dark side of life. The fact that he's also strongly repulsed by it shows his innate difference to Snape. It was a bit of a foreshadowing for Harry using it on Draco, too.
I like Sonia, too. I know she's giggly and rather self-obsessed, but unless I truly jump ship and turn this AU, it's not going to end well for her. :( Thanks again, and I won't stop ~Carole~
I loved meeting James's parents! And since I read your original character one-shot not long ago, I'm also enjoying reading more about Martha. Great one-liner at the end, lol! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you for liking my 'old people'. I got some stick for them, but I thought it was important to see James at home and his influences. I think he's far too like Hereward to ever behave properly, don't you? Thanks for the review ~Carole~
The witty banter of the five students is brilliant. And James must have the coolest parents to sit there and go with it so well! They even snuck in some of their own great remarks. Love it! I'm guessing you are foreshadowing something about James's mother, nice job. I'll probably say it again at some point, but I love seeing how your writing has changed since the first chapter! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you so much for noticing the change. I do sometimes think about re-writing those first chapters because I know the Marauders (or my version of them) so much better now. Ah, poor Halley. Yes there's something going on there. Personally, I like Sirius best in this chapter - his timing is just spot on. Thanks again ~Carole~
Well, unlike you, I didn't feel bad for Snape. :P Lily was spot-on: Snape really didn't think anything through and almost got a student killed. She's right to walk away from him, although I can now see it causing more trouble.
See, I can't say I ever really liked Snape. Fascinating character, yes - until the last book. I think this thing with Lily rather emasculated him, though. This scene seems perfectly in character for Snape, and yet it paints him as a bit desperate, doesn't it? Maybe there's a reason so many fanfic writers like writing a strong, sexy Snape: Snivellus is no fun.
But that's just me thinking out loud, lol! Back to this chapter: so there is the big bad American Natalie was moaning about. I'll reserve my judgement until I meet him again. A romantic rival might be a good thing, after all, plus he's a gorgeous American! ;) Is he a little old for Lily? Do 15/16 year-olds often travel around on their own? Just curious.
Love the stuff with Peter again, and the owl was perfect. Snitch. That's canon now. :)
Onward, ho! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Lily is 16 in that chapter. I went youth hostelling with my friends at that age, which was why I thought she'd be okay to do it. Um, Rich is about 20, I think. (Not sure I fixed his age) Ah, Snape, no I don't really feel that sorry for him either, but I'm not so sure he'd have given up straight away on Lily, which was why I wanted that scene by the river. Hee hee - glad you liked the owl, he's sweet. Thanks for Rand R'ing. ~Carole~
Oh, such fun! The detention scene was awesome - great way to introduce more tension to the story, and not romantic tension. Poor Sonia - but it was so awesome to see James so heroic!
The tryouts were well done, too. Loved the other characters trying out, especially Fenwick. Once again your detail to the smallest pieces of canon are great.
And I really like the end as well. Like Juggling, you've managed to completely make me forget about James and Lily and just root for him to be happy with another girl. Maybe that's because we know he pined for Lily already, and so why shouldn't he move on? And of course, then Lily will see her mistake. ;)
The only thing is - did Sirius make the team or not??
Nice chapter, thanks for updating!
Author's Response: Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the review. You'll find out who makes the team in the next chapter ... but I think you've probably guessed. Carla Fenwick is an OC I've had rattling around my head for a year or so. I actually used her as a girlfriend of Sirius' in 'It Takes A Wolf to Prank a Dog', but this is a different version of her. I shall see where she leads me ... ~Carole~
Ooh, nice detail with Barty Crouch, Jr! For some reason it never occurred to me that he was in school as the same time as the Marauders! I like how you've fleshed out everyone's family. And there are several things being set-up nicely here: Hally's illness (can't tell if James knows or not...), the kid who didn't show up to work, Phyllida's lateness, Frank as an Auror. Great details! ~ Gina :)
Author's Response: OOOOH, you've picked up on something ... heh heh heh. Not even my beta remembered that bit. (Won't tell you which bit) Thanks for reading and reviewing ~Carole~
I don't like Rich. At all. Ever. The end.
Sorry - I hope I'm not supposed to. He lied to Lily about being a Muggle-born and he's so obviously casing the school for something! And even if he's not, which he is, he's still incredibly cocky and so, so rude to James at the Quidditch pitch. Bah. You've inspired strong feelings in me - which is a good thing, I suppose. Just don't let me down: get rid of him. Please.
Okay, now that's out of the way, I can say it was good to read an update! James and Sonia are very sweet and I loved the end when he did the right thing by her and admitted everything. Wow, Sirius was a real jerk there for a bit. The only problem with James standing up for her was that it was obviously harsh for Peter, and I feel a bit bad for them both and what that might mean for their friendship. Well done on that twist as well. I also like Phyll.
I hope the next chapter is coming along well… and that Rich goes back to his stupid Quodpot game in America asap.
Just kidding…sort of.
Author's Response: I'm giggling that one of my OCs is inspiring such hatred - hee hee hee. Trouble is, I usually write them and then start liking them (sigh Sonia) but with Rich there is a very, very clear story with him which will become apparant. yeah, he was pretty rude to James, but he'd see it as showing interest. Phyll wasn't impressed. Bear in mind that Lily really hasn't had a boyfriend before, so she's going to be a bit bowled over no matter how savvy she usually is.
Thank you very much for the review. Made my day. >br>
FABIAN! That's so fricking cool!! I love it!
Very nice way to bring the war into Hogwarts. I feel bad for the girls. I love how James is settling down. Poor Sirius, being blasted off the tapestry. Do you go into how that makes him feel at all later on? And THANK YOU for not putting Lily and Snape back together as friends! ;)
Author's Response: I wouldn't put them back together as friends, it's not ... CANON - ha ha. No, I think that's it now for them. Hmm, there is a little bit of contemplation from Sirius about his family in another chapter, but not sure where you've got to yet. Ah, Fabian Prewett - what a guy! Thank you ~Carole~
Oh, I liked the Fat Lady, she was fun! And great way to introduce Frank and Alice. McLaggen was the best, though - great connection!
Lovely moment with James watching over LIly, and great little spat at the end!
It might take me a while to catch up, but I'm finally reading it! Yay! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: YAY! You're reading and reviewing. Wow, I look at these early chapters and think 'Huh?', ha ha, I do still like my Fat Lady, though. ~Carole~
Ah, you write original characters so well. Loved the insight with the Boggarts into James and Sirius's character! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: I think that's possibly one of my favourite characters because I've started to love those girls rather a lot - possibly because I want to be one of them. Thanks for the review, Gina. ~Carole~
Noooooo, cliff hanger! Don't be too long, because I must know how James defends his Sonia! Or vice versa, lol.
I think I've said this before, but I love that Fabian is on staff. Very cool scene. And I KNOW I've said this before, but I still don't like the flash git and I'm VERY glad that James, Fabian, and Lily's friends have issues as well.
And good for Peter, taking it like that. Although you could be setting something up, I suppose...
Good chapter, my dear!
Author's Response: Mwahyahahahahahahah - it's the thought of Rich Soule that keeps me writing - heheheheh. Actually, no, there's a scene I am desperate to get to even thought the road is now very long and tortuous. (Darn plot bunnies!)
Thank you so much for the review, Gina, much appreciated. ~Carole~
There's the bit about Sirius I was asking about then. I quite liked it! Wow, you've given him a really grim home life, but a really great attitude. I like how how protective he is of Regulus. Not sure of the scope of the story, but I hope it reappears.
Loved the bit about Amortentia, especially Remus and James's talk. I wonder what Lily smelled? I hope to find out next...
Oh, and I like how James and Lily differentiate between calling each other by first or last names—probably because I did the same thing, lol!
Author's Response: You'll find out what she smelled in a few chapters time. It's complicated by her the scent of coffee. Sirius and the grim homelife. We saw enough of Grimmald place to see what it was like, but also I wonder if things would have been better for him if he hadn't been Sorted into Gryffindor. Plus I think Sirius - even pre-Azkaban - is a ripe candidate for depression. Not sure why I'm saying that in this response - ha ha - but that's some insight into my take on Sirius for you. Thanks again ~Carole~