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. ;)
Lovely story! I really liked how you wrote young Remus and his family, it was very good. I thought Dumbledore was very in character as well. I had never thought about him going out to seek a werewolf child, but assumed that he already knew the Lupins and their situation and accepted Remus anyway. But your reasoning was good, and this line: "Dumbledore firmly believed in the practise of telling people only what they needed to know. Nothing more. Nothing less." was great! Very nice job, I enjoyed reading it and would really enjoy reading another chapter - perhaps Dumbledore's meeting with the Lupins and Remus's reaction? ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you! Most people figure that Dumbledore knew of the Lupin's situation first, but my thoughts are obviously different, and I'm glad that they made sense. I'm happy that you thought Dumbledore was in character. :) Thanks, but the story is supposed to stand on its own. It's about "why Dumbledore chose Remus," and not about what happened afterwards.
Very nice! Lily and Remus is really a good pairing, in some ways more real given the little we know about her. Are you continuing this? Are they going to sneak around behind James back? Because I'd love to see the reaction when James finds out!
Author's Response: Thanks for the review! I am planning maybe 4-5 chapters at this point, with perhaps a few surprises. I like Remus a great deal. Nothing against Tonks, mind you, but she wasn't a Marauder and I wanted a Marauder era fic, so... There will be sneakery a-go-go. The question is more which backs it will be behind...
I told you I'd come by for a review - sorry it took me so long! Good chapter, and I love cliffhangers! I think the dialogue here is really good - very natural and snappy, teasing and fun. You've given Lily a really nice, warm character and paired her with Lupin very naturally (which I think I might have said before.) I like reading stories like this because it makes me wonder and anticipate all sorts of things: will Remus tell her about being a werewolf? Or will she find out some other way? How will she react? And what about James?? You obviously don't have to answer those questions but a good story gets the readers asking them. :) Good luck as you continue with these two lusty lovebirds! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks for your review! I'm glad it has got you asking questions! I'm not letting them get bedsores though - there's going to be a mix of types of fun and angst in their future...And James...too bad I can't do what I'd like and just eviscerate him in the courtyard...but he's going to have a decent moment here and there... Thanks for the good wishes!
I love a good ballad! What an original way to develop this character, both the storyline and the form you chose. I like how the poem you sent me goes with this (I assume?) Very nicely done! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Mmm, the other poem does fit with this one, but that's more to do with the fact that I got a bit fixated on Blaise's mum when I was writing another story. This was a fun poem to write, based on the Flanders and Allen songs. I have to thank VV for those prompts in herbology. Thanks for the review ~Carole~
That was so sweet and romantic, I'm grinning broadly! And I'd like a hot, good-listening Australian surfer of my own, please. ;) Seriously, when he appeared I though "OH NO" but he was lovely. I felt bad for him by the time Hermione was telling him everything about Ron! What a nice guy-good job not making him unlikeable. And lovely job with the ending. I could not only feel Ron's nervousness, but I could totally picture them running toward one another, stopping, and then that kiss. YAYAYAY! So, so nice. I'm glad they've resolved things. Can't wait to see how it wraps up. Nice job!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you :) I realise the Australian surfer was a bit of a cliche, but I needed someone a little bit too good to be true to make Hermione realise exactly what she wanted (and you know, he was totally fun to write). I'm glad you enjoyed the chapter - hopefully the last one will be up within a week. ~Hannah
Aww, that is really quite sad! I really feel for Ron here. What rotten timing on those accelerated exams, right in the middle of planning a wedding. But Hermione's trip couldn't have come at a better time, really--as long as he can concentrate and not just be miserable.
You (via Hermione) make a very good point: that they've been together since the were eleven. Merlin, that's a long time. It probably would be good for them to spend some time apart. I could wax on about my own personal life here, but I won't, since that has nothing to do with this review, lol - I just hadn't thought about that with them before.
I did notice a typo that sort of made me giggle:" trainee author " - I imagine you meant "trainee auror" but the idea of a trainee author is rather amusing, esp. for Ron. :)
Finally, I wonder if you've thought about using more descriptive narrative in your writing, especially during dialogue. It may be a personal preference, but I wonder if things might feel a bit less rushed if we had a bit more of something like that--descriptive dialogue tags here and there, a bit of action while talking (sounds cliche but people gesture, make faces, pause and sigh and smile and such), some more internal thoughts. It may not be what you were going for with this story, but it was something I've noticed and I hope you don't mind me mentioning it.
All right--be nice to these two. Good luck with the next chapter, I hope it's coming along and Ron and Hermione are cooperating!
Author's Response: Yay, Gina! Thanks so much for all the reviews - it's lovely to hear from you :). I'm glad you've been enjoying the story - the next chapter is planned but has stalled a little due to me being unable to write happy endings :p And yes, I think I probably did mean auror lol - whoops!
Thanks for the comment about the dialogue/narrative balance - Kara mentioned it to me too when she betaed and I think it's something I need to work on. I tend to worry that I'm waffling/being unnecessary when I narrate and so I get bogged down in dialogue instead - I'll try and work on a better balance for the last two chapters.
Hi Hannah! Lovely start. I could totally see Ron going to Harry for advice and proposing at the castle totally makes sense. Way to go, Ron! This was very sweet and I look forward to reading more, even if it takes me a few days to catch up. I'm glad you've come back to it - writing is fun, isn't it? Good luck! ~Gina :)
This is really fascinating, because I never really thought about how Hermione would handle a wedding in both worlds. This solution made a lot of sense. And of course Hermione must have other family, so I thought it was neat to see them finally tell her grandmother about her magic.
It felt a bit rushed at times, yet by the end I could see see perfectly why Hermione would be so stressed out and upset with Ron. You totally nailed the feeling of trying to please everyone but yourself (and I speak from experience!) so I feel for them.
Looking forward to the newest chapters soon!
Awww, that's very sad for Ron! You write him very well, and I particularly liked his talk with George. The bit with Hermione at work was also really clever and a good twist on the trio coasting through life rather easily after the war. Nice job, Hannah!
Very sweet! I like the idea of something like this bringing them together, in this subtle way. It had a touch of the dark times, but was hopeful as well. Nicely done! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you! I really wanted to make a one-shot where there wasn't any drama over the pair of them getting together, so I'm glad you liked it :D
Nice start, very original! I like that it's not a pureblood marriage law, like most fics seem to be (although I have never read a marriage law fic myself) You made this very plausible with a great explanation. And I already wonder what Percy's secret is and who will be matched with who if they are deemed acceptable. Good luck as you continue! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Oh, Gina! *hugs* I haven't touched this account in ages and I see I missed lots of reviews in the process. Actually, this story was written and completed in 2006, my first year here and I just haven't finished reposting. I guess I miss my VA status! LOL!
That was wonderful!! First of all, I can totally relate so you nailed the first-time mother shock and panic. And you picked the *perfect* character to write, because I absolutely believe this is how it would have gone for Hermione. But I *loved* how you brought Astoria Malfoy into the story - and set them up on a playdate as well! Great job working with canon by expanding it and making it real. This was just so well written, well paced, and the characters were perfect. Wonderful job, I really liked reading it!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you very much for the glowing review, Gina. I don't write a lot of the Trio so I'm particularly pleased that you liked my characterisation of Hermione and the others. The credit for Astoria's appearance really has to go to the wonderful Prof Laura, because she set the prompt.
Oh, and I think the idea of continuing it could really work. It doesn't have to be a long chaptered story, just a bit more. Maybe we could see Astoria and Hermione meet up for a few playdates and swap stories, and then when their husbands find out it falls apart. Just an idea! But I totally understand keeping it as a one shot too, it's a nice look into the future. ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Mmm, actually I do like the idea of 'playdates' and the like. I think Hermione would relish the freedom of not being a 'Weasley'. They're a lovely family but must be overwhelming at times.
Thank you for your comments, Gina. It is appreciated. Carole xxx
Aw, that was very cute! What a great idea, to play Teddy and Victoire against each until the very end. You built both of their characters well and made it believable that they would both hate and like each other. I love how you connected the last bit to the scene from the epilogue; I only would have liked a bit more at the end. Fantastic job with the prompt and really bringing out it's meaning, and in canon! Kudos and good luck in the AG! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you!
That was really well-done! Congrats on first place. You've done a great job with Dumbledore's character, and wrote a perfect interaction between him and McGonagall. What was really neat was that I was trying to figure out what it might be a prologue for, and then at the end when McGonagall says "Just get the Potters to safety." it clicked - how original! I was thinking it was after OotP and yet it was really set long before that - which goes to show how similar the two wars with Voldemort were. Nice writing to be able to throw that twist at the end. This would be a great prologue to a story about getting the Potters to safety that year. Nice job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you so much, Gina. What a lovely review. :)
A set of haiku telling of Molly Weasley's own war against Voldemort.
**Implied character death
I like it! It's very unique - usually if someone tells a story like this through poetry, it would be a ballad. I really like what you've done with the haikus, it's very striking. Unfortunately, since I have no idea what the structure is of a haiku, I can't really comment on that aspect, other than to say I think you had some strong word choices and you did a good job carrying the story through each haiku. Congrats on being a featured story! ~Gina :)
Congrats on winning the challenge! I don't know what the prompt was, but this was a nice idea, to show how so many different characters reacted to the reopening of Hogwarts. You set it up well and got our 7th years to return in a very believable way. It was great to see Hagrid and Slughorn as HOH, Hermione as Head Girl, Neville as Head Boy, Draco and so many others - even a great line from Snape! I particularly liked how you introduced Astoria Greengrass. I'm curious why, in your opinion, Harry and Ron didn't return?
The idea of sewing up tensions between the houses with the Slug Club and common room receptions was neat, too. And the way the castle repaired itself - of course it would! Brilliant!
There were some places where the narrative became somewhat confusing and could use some more breaks to make it clearer. At the beginning it was about Hagrid and all of a sudden without any break it switched to Slughorn. I had to reread it a few times to figure it out. It happened a few other times where the POV jumped around as well. The story worked fine with multiple viewpoints but only needed more breaks - a line or asterisks - to separate those shifts better for the reader.
I also thought the dialogue was a bit stiff at times - the big thing that jumped out at me was the lack on contractions. Hagrid was great, but I would suggest loosening up the rest of the dialogue and not being afraid to use contractions - these kids weren't so formal, after all! :)
Again - congratulations! ~Gina :)
Have you ever thought about those moments that really defined your life? The ones that were pivotal, life-altering? They can be as obvious as your wedding day, as defining as the birth of your child...or as small as a moment in time, as subtle as a glance between one person and another.
The greatest moments of our lives can sometimes be the shortest and simplest of them all.
A missing moment from the Half-Blood Prince and part of the "Moments" series.
I liked it! Second person almost always pulls the reader in and makes it feel so much more immediately. Given that this is also present tense, I thought it was very effective to experience and feel what Ginny was doing at the time. It just wouldn't read the same as first person or in past tense.
It's lovely to think that they did have these brief moments of happiness during sixth year, before they broke up. The end was wonderful - very mature and profound. Lovely fic, Amanda!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: OMG OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE I NEVER RESPONDED TO THIS This is one of the first stories I ever wrote- and I didn't plan on writing it in second person, it just happened that way. Which is ultimately why I think it worked, because it just kind of flowed out of me for the scene I was trying to write rather than my trying to shove second person into a scene, if that makes sense. In my own head canon, they have lots of these little "dates" and times alone for poor Harry to be normal- for his life to seem like "someone else's" when he breaks up with her. Thanks for the read and review! <3 ~Amanda
Fantastic poem! Congrats on winning the QSQ! I love how you've written something so affirming interspersed with something rather dark from the book. Great connection and interplay. Love your word choice, all perfect for what Harry must have felt then. Great job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Oh Gina thank you! I forgot to reply to this review. Sorry! I still grin like a mad woman every time I think about the QSQ. It was such a lovely surprise! Thanks for reading and reviewing.
Well done! It's so sad, and yet so beautiful, with such a bittersweet ending. You are a very talented writer- good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks Gina. It was tough and personal to write so I'm pleased it didn't come across as mawkish. Carole xxx