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 poem chronicling the famous Battle of Hogwarts.Many thanks to Jezza and Cazza for their suggestions. This poem placed third in the Battle Challenge at Poetry Anyone?
Nice one, Natalie! I like the rhyming, because I like poems that rhyme, of course. They trip lightly over the tongue, even when they are dark and sad like this. I like how it tells the story so chronologically too - it sums up the battle perfectly.. And it was a lovely ending, looking toward hope but mourning the dead.
Oh, and I loved the shout-out to Neville. :D
Author's Response: I fail at responding to reviews. >.< Thank you for reading and reviewing, Gina. I had a feeling you'd like this because of the rhyming. :D
Dumbledore's Army taught Neville Longbottom how to fight. But soon he would learn what it truly meant to take a stand, to fight back.
This poem was nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Poem
Ooh, that's so cool! There are some great turns of phrase for Neville here - "shadow of a hero" and "soldier for the weak" and then finally 'beacon of courage." So perfect! I like the form, too. I have no idea what it is because I know so little about poetry, but I love that it's structured and formal because that's what I like. Great poem, twin. I can't wait to see Neville live this out this summer! ;)
Hehe, the form is freeform, though it's structured. As far as I know, it has no actual term. It does help to drive the meaning forward a bit. And one thing I needed to get across was to show that Neville deferred to Harry wholly at first as the true Chosen One and the one who would lead the world out of darkness. But Harry wasn't there and no one else was taking the reigns, so he stood to be counted.
And Neville so deserves sweet turns of phrase, for he is Teh BAMF!
Heart heart heart, Twin!
Summary: When Lily Potter is humiliated by her brother, she sees her chances of a date with the lush Greg Cadwallader disintegrate. But rather than hide away in the kitchens, she decides this time that James has gone too far. She wants revenge, but how does she get the punishment to fit the crime?
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling or have any drop of Weasley pranking blood in me.
This story is for Olivia (Apollonius) who likes a certain ship as much as I do, and has written the odd prank in her time. Happy Birthday!
Carole! You sneaky little thing. Apples? Scorpius? Ending on a HIGH? You're a genius, if I'm reading this right. And if I'm not, it's still an adorable little story about the Potter siblings. James is an utter prat, but Lily's revenge was perfect. Nice twist with Greg not being impressed! But really, the nods to your prolific oeuvre are the best, lol. Great story - and happy birthday to Olivia! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you, Gina. Yes it's connected to High - hee hee. i can't not write Lily without Scorpius appearing somewhere, it seems. The green knitted beret is a nod to Nataili's picture she drew in Dean's Corner. It's how I picture her now. ~Carole~
The funeral of Andromeda Tonks was a strange affair, thought Lily Potter. It was hard to understand how so many people could send her off into the next life yet seem to mourn her so little. Or maybe it was just a stark reminder of what it truly meant to die.
But someone understood how she really felt, if only just a little.
This fic is a sort of sequel to one of my other stories, All the Time in the World. It's not necessary to read it, but allusions to events do occur.
And how about a Happy Birthday to Olivia/Apollonious! :D
OMZ! You wrote a Scorpius/Lily! I had no idea. I loved it! First of all, I loved their interaction. Andt as inappropriate as it was, I loved the scene and setting for it. It's sort of dark and twisted but it totally fits you and your style. I thought this was really well done, Jess. Very strong pov and nicely written plus a really original idea that ties nicely to your other story. You should totally write them some more, or think of other strange ways for characters to hook up.
While this is a ship that I will never sail myself, it is a lot of fun shipping Scorpius in as many ways as possible. He can be so many things. My views on Lily are a bit more narrow, but I like to think if dear Albus can fall for a Malfoy, so can his baby sister.
What I really wanted for this story was to show something that is overtly sad, maybe a bit pathetic (Andromeda's death and the lack of proper mourners), but have two people react in different ways, though they feel the same in the end. I therefore needed one person from each side of the room, one Potter and one Malfoy/Black, to represent. And, as it was for a Scolily-shipping Olivia's birthday, the decision is made.
I might write a sequel to this, but I might not. I like the way this story turned out, and I almost don't want to ruin it with how things in my universe would've ended up (which is them not together).
Thanks for the review, and I'm glad you liked it. I've not been totally happy with my latest work, so it's nice to know that it's not all crud, lol.
Two successive Victory Day parties; two survivors of the War poisoned. Similar circumstances, similar poisons, similar modi operandi.
Henry Chumly is an old, callous, unaccepting, misogynistic and in every way completely unsavoury drunk. Almost coincidentally, he also happens to be the best detective at the new agency of the Ministry, the the Cadwallader-Hundert Agency for Response to Malmagic.
Padma Patil is young, pretty, talented and excited to work at the Ministry, cracking cases and nabbing criminals. Before her application is accepted, though, she has to spend the customary few weeks working under a professional detective. She expects ennui, tasks far below her talents and frustration; but nothing anyone had ever told her prepared her for Henry Chumly.
This is the story (if you ask him) of how Henry put up with the bint and solved the case single-handedly or the story (if you ask her) of how Padma stunned everyone by not only managing to avoid murdering her utter bastard of a superior, but also being the first probationer to play a pivotal role in solving a case. This being a mystery, and in tune with the essence of mysteries, if you wish to find out the truth, you’ll have to read on till the end.
[chaptered; OCs and minor characters; comic mystery]
This is Sainyn Swiftfoot of Hufflepuff writing for the 2011 Mysterious May Challenge in the Great Hall, Prompt 2.
The views expressed by the utterly hateable Henry Chumly are not those of my own. Please do not take offense.
Oh, more and more layers, and more and more great lines! This is a fantastic mystery. I can't wait to see how it resolives!!
Henry is rather disgusting, isn't he? There were times I was reading this and I thought "Did he just really write that??" Which is a GOOD thing - it's always such a risk to write a protagonist that is unlikable. One who is so bigoted (merlin, the things he said about women! And Dirk! Oh My!) and drinks and swears. And yet - the writing is so good that I'm caught up in the reading of it and don't for a minute think, "Forget it, I'm not going to bother." For all his faults, Henry is sort of fascinating. Plus the story is balanced by Padma, which is neat. So kudos for all that. And the mystery bits are brilliant. Have you read/watched a lot of mysteries? It's just so well-done, the set-up, clues, suspects, everything. This is fun and I will get to the next chapter soon!!
Awesome start! You immediately made Henry jump from the page, and I love the contrast of his cranky old drunkeness with Padma's character. I feel terrible for Hannah, though - and even more for Neville! I love your style and really look forward to seeing the mystery play out - good luck as you continue! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Gina! Thanks so much for your review; it made my day :D I'm glad you think Henry is 3D, he's probably the favourite OC I've written on MNFF. The second chapter is in the queue, so you won't have to wait long :D Thank you!
Well, that's an interesting twist. I wouldn't have thought Chumly had such a dark background, so I wonder how it will affect the rest of the story?? If I didn't know better I'd think you were trying to add the detective to the suspect list! Nice twist, either way.
I really am following this, I'm just falling behind, which is too bad because you are building a fascinating mystery here. There are so many layers expertly brought out that I have no idea what might going on, which is a good thing: figuring out a mystery in the third chapter would mean it was too obvious, after all. I just love how you've developed so many suspects and given them vibrant personalities. The visit to the Bones' was very telling as well, I think! But most of all, it was great to see Parvati bite back. I'm still cringing over some of the things Henry says so I like that she can hold her own with him.
Great job and I WILL continue reading!
Oops, I meant Padma, not Parvati - sorry, I just read Carole's mystery with Parvati. :)
But, I'm glad I had to come back because in the sixth paragraph from the end or so you said 'Hannah' and I thought it was supposed to be 'Susan' since her dad was talking, but wasn't sure. He's hiding something, I think. Funny line about elf-made wine. :)
Good luck as you continue! :)
~Gina (again) :)
Summary: As soon as he saw her, Draco knew she was the one. But Astoria wasn't like any girl he had ever met. To get her, he would have to become something beyond who he was. He would have to get his life back in order and change for good.Written as a birthday present for two fierce lawyers of Ronald Weasley - Amanda/ahattab33 and Lori/WeasleyMom. Disclaimer: I am not J. K. Rowling. Winner of the 2011 QSQ's Best Canon Romance Story (Chaptered)
Natalie. Really now. I had no idea you could write such fluffiness! Hee hee. I'm teasing.:D It was a great ending. I particularly liked the previous chapter, because not only did Draco come clean, but he did so in an appropriately Draco way. Even better was Astoria's guarded response, so it was nice to see her completely warmed up to him here in the epilogue.
Lovely story-see, canon can be fun, too! ;)
Author's Response: I started off with fluffiness, believe me! And then somewhere along the line, I became dark, angsty and twisted. D: Thanks for all the reviews for this fic, Gina! I am ashamed of replying so late. :/
Poor, poor Draco! So you gave him his confidence back and then ripped it right out of his hands. You meanie. ;) Nice surprise with Astoria being there. LOVED the tension between them at the end when they almost kissed, that was so well done! Obviously Draco's got it pretty bad for her if he would stop mid-shag with Trixie. Not sure if I can personally picture him crying over a girl - last time he cried, the Dark Lord was threatening to kill him and his family - but it is in character for your story and how you've set him up. Please give him a break soon, though! ;)
Author's Response: Please give Jamesie a break soon, is all I have to say. But I am happy you find Draco weeping in character. I think he was too exhausted by that time.
Aww, poor Draco. Nice job showing his lonliness, especially after he was caught spying on Goyle. That was amazing, that you could convincingly give Goyle a girlfriend, lol. I'm very intrigued by Astoria and wonder how Draco is going to win her over after her opening declaration. Nice start, Natalie!
Author's Response: I'm sorry I never responded. GAAAAH. I am glad you found Dater!Goyle convincing hahaha. Thanks for the review!
I like this Pucey girl! Goyle is wonderfully dense. I like how you've used him as a catalyst for Draco. I still feel bad for Draco, but I have to admit he's getting a bit whiny. He needs some snark back. Loved the little details about Goyle's post-battle life and Draco's soujourn in Italy. Will keep reading...
Author's Response: Pucey is definitely too good for Goyle, but I think she loves being in control, and Goyle allows her to do that. Hehe. Glad you're liking it so far!
I like what you've done with Daphne's character. Playing with Draco was fun to see. I also like how he's starting to get his old self back...physically. I do think he would push back at Daphne a bit more. Then again, the war had its consequences and you've painted his confidence as one of them. I do hope he gets it back, though!
Shame about Astoria being taken, although I suspect there's more to that than Daphne's letting on...
One more chapter! Nice job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Ahh... Daphne, love of my life. I think Draco was a bit stunned by the news to react properly. His snark is coming back soon! Thanks for R&R.
Natalie, this was the best one yet. The old Draco is coming back, yay! I thought the scene where he stood up to his family and left the house was fantastic. Just perfect. Loved him setting up house. :) And then the job you chose for him was spot-on as well. I could totally see him doing that, and his attitude finally came out in that interview. Now, time for him to start courting Astoria! Lovely job here and good luck as you continue! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: In spite of everything, I am sad I couldn't fit in the courting itself into the story. :/ In my early fics, I had Draco working in the Dept of International Magical Co-op, but I think this suits him better. I was too forgiving back then. :)
Summary: As Head Girl, Lily Evans is used to the odd things that happen at Hogwarts. Very little fazes her – especially when it comes to the Head Boy and his gang. But when she discovers there’s a new girl at Hogwarts, who has entranced all her friends, she’s determined, along with James, to find out the identity of the mystery witch.
After all, since when has Hogwarts accepted American Exchange Students?
And just why has Peter stopped eating sausages?
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling and if I was I wouldn’t admit it and put my name to this piece of silliness.
This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff writing for the 2011 Mysterious May Challenge in the Great Hall, Prompt # 1.
I also dedicate this to all those of you who love a good MWPP cliche.
Thanks Nat-a-tat (hestiajones) for the beta job especially in the last chapter.
Cool. So someone is walking around having an extremely lucky day, huh. Poor James. Nicely done, though - the whole scene with Slughorn, and then with Dumbledore. And you keep weaving in this new girl and this strange effect she seems to have on everyone. Hmm, I wonder if the two things are connected?? Well, don't tell, you've done a nice job stringing things along, so please keep it up and good luck as you continue! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: I am glad you're enjoying this. It's so silly but it was fun to write it. The new girl ... she could be very important. Thank you for the review. ~Carole~
Nice cliffhanger! I really like that James and Lily are sneaking around, that's cute. Loved everyone's interactions, your Marauder dialogue is always so fun to read. I'm obviously curious who hexed James. Given my own history for beating him up in every single fic I've written about him, I'm definitely wondering about this American exchange student and your influences for her character. ;)
Great start, looking forward to more! And if you need help with American dialogue, I've got some experience! LOL! ~Gina ;)
Author's Response: I don;t need any help with the dialogue ... and that's not me being arrogant - ha ha. You'll find out why if you get to the end without your inner cliche radar making you wince. Thanks for the review, Gina. ~Carole~
Summary: Staring out of her dusty office window, Parvati Patil - now running a detective agency with Seamus Finnigan and Dean Thomas - is surprised when the glamorous Karis Flint arrives. Why would a rich society woman hire such an inexperienced firm? But when Karis explains that the Cordalis Diamonds have gone missing, along with her son, they know they have to take the case. For Karis' son is Blaise Zabini, the Slytherin from their year currently involved with Lavender Brown.
With Jonah Flint threatening to call in the Law Enforcers, can they find Blaise and the diamonds before the day is out?
This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff and this is my entry into the Great Hall Mysterious May Challenge - Prompt #3 - The Private Detective.
I am not JK Rowling, whoever told you that defamed her dreadfully.
Thank you Hannah/Bob (coolh5000) for beta'ing this story.
All chapter titles are songs from Elvis Costello. I'm not him either.
Lovely ending and great fun throughout! I had a feeling Parvati would show up with the answer, and that it would have to do with the rhyme. And I had a feeling there was something going on with the rhyme - and that it might even have to do with the Davises (sp?) So yay for you setting up subtle clues and me getting them, but another one for you still throwing in nice twists with Draco and then Blaise.
I think one of my favorite parts, though, was the calm ending - the boys in the pub, the girls back at the house. I just really enjoyed all their interactions. I also love your enigmatic hints at Parvati/Dean/Seamus or some combination of them. And of course the new name of their detective agency is hilarious. ;)
A very nice mystery, Carole! Well plotted and well paced, with great characters and some nice twists. Good luck in the challenge!
Author's Response: : D Thank you, Gina, my number 1 fan - or rather only fan - ha ha ha.I did have fun with this mystery - mainly because I love Lav and Blaise so much,so I'm pleased you enjoyed it, too. I wondered about the end because it seemed a bit indulgent, but when I read mysteries, I like all the other bits that don;t actually pertain to the mystery and yet are part of the story, so thank you for appreciating the last scenes. Ta lots ~Carole (who is very pleased this challenge is over)
I'm trying to work it out, since I can sense you've set some more clues. You've also cluttered the suspect list with the Malfoys some more. But really, the stuff with the paintings makes me most suspicious. And I can't help but wonder if there is some sort of secret message in the dress exchange, esp. with the Davises. I have no idea what the Lavender poem might refer to, though. But obviously Padma knows something so that will be interesting to see in the next chapter! Fun to figure out, Carole!
Author's Response: Thank you for reviewing *insert annoying smiley face - hee hee*. Okay, you could be on the right track ... but then again, I might be spinning you a line. There are a few more twists and turns yet (but only two more chapters). Ta again. ~Carole~