It was rather random I ever discovered fanfics, but so many good things are born of randomness, how wonderful is that?
+Someday I would like to compose a fun frivolous fic. It'll be winter. We'll encounter two people, some birds, a misunderstanding, some beverages, and wishful thinking. I'll take care of the details later.
"Rabidly devouring" oh so delectably perfect.
Author's Response: ::smile:: I\'m glad you enjoyed it, Phoenix3.
You must have a beautiful muse, or maybe you are one yourself =), to have dreamt up such a lovely story. It really is the most realistic Dramione, too bad JKR took Draco down the dark path in HBP. Still, there's hope he'll end up a decent person with some happiness..... Thanks for the fic, i really enjoyed it!
Author's Response: Oh my goodness, thank you so much! Your review has totally made my day! I dunno about Draco being totally dark, he couldn\'t kill Dumbledore, and that says a lot. Ahhh... 7th book must come out now! Haha, anyway, thank you so much for the review. I\'m glad you enjoyed it.
*chuckles* yeah for not liking romance... I haven't read your other fics but this is plain cute--not mushy or gushing or profoundly lovey-dovey. Ah, made me smile, that's nice =)
Author's Response: Thank you for your review. I\'m glad you liked my little poem.
An absolutely brilliant job working off of the text (especially the Amortentia, i noticed that too, so excited someone decided to encorporate it). I read your other fic too--equally remarkable-- ah you inspire me to... go have a beautiful romance and write antiquated love sonnets!
I'm enjoying your story; the style is easy to read, everything is clear and direct but still entertaining. I found it interesting how Hermione's dreams seem a lot like Harry's in OotP.
Author's Response: Hmmm, those following the baddie dreams often resemble one another? Really, the similarity was not intentional!
I\'m glad you\'re enjoying things so far, though. :)
Ron and Hermione are my favorite ship, it's so silly how they argue and can't admit their feelings. *sigh* it makes them so much more interesting.... And you did a lovely job, your writing style is easy and charming, much like JKR's, and the story is so perfectly plausible for their characters! I do enjoy reading your works, write more please!
This has to be my best favourite read all summer, and I read a LOT of GOOD books this summer. *sigh* I guess I just can't resist an excellent Snapefic by VV. The informal Minerva McGonagall at the beginning, the CONCLUSION! the signature clever repartee and characterisations, ooo and the chess game!?! Brilliant. I think you need a golden shrine, with funky dim lighting and mouldy dungeon-like walls of course, to remind everyone why you're the best.
Author's Response: Wow! Now that\'s some review. I\'m glad you enjoyed this one; it was one of the harder ones to write, especially since I hadn\'t tried on Minerva\'s POV before. Thanks!
I also had to say, I constantly find myself wondering what Dumbledore's portrait will be like, if we'll see it much in Book 7. That he would be the normal dozy-head fits perfectly, and is how JKR showed him... but she's tricky. I do agree that Dumbledore's portrait wouldn't give away all the answers...
Rather than blab about all the intelligent writing, I shall summarize: I love your Professor McGonagall. Well really I mean you're just so excellent I love everything. But now I'm nearing stalker-level adoration, so I'll just say I hope your muse never abbandons you, and that the plotbunny never deserts you.
Author's Response: The plotbunnies seem to be eating up a lot of salad and sitting on their fat bunny bums lately, but I\'m sure they\'ll boing again. I\'m glad to know there\'s someone looking forward to that! Thanks again for reviewing!
I really like your Dumbledore; he handles Snape in a similar way that Jo writes him with Harry, only Dumbledore seems to be more successful with Snape. I've always felt the two had a good deal of respect for each other; you've fostered that belief quite well.
Author's Response: Hello! I haven\'t seen you here in a while; good to have you back, and thanks! You know, of the characters I attempt, Dumbledore always seems the most difficult, so this review is reassuring. For some reason I always had the feeling Dumbledore and Severus respected each other without liking each other very much. They\'re just a little too different.
I just noticed the "Protego" connection with Book 5... I really should stop gushing over you and your work, so how's a simple really awesome?
Author's Response: Aw, you noticed... Simple is just fine! Thanks!
Such a light-hearted and goofishly mischevious chapter! And that charm-thingy idea is so clever, and a bunny lol. Oh and I like asparagus too.
Author's Response: Me too, but Lily seems to class it somewhere below Stinksap. Everyone has her quirks. The Marauders couldn\'t be having all the fun, now, could they? *chuckle* Thanks for reviewing!
"exchanging spittle" --putting one off kissing indeed, but humorously at least.
Oh and the added layer of intrigue with worst enemies being family.... mmm this is a brilliant chapter for many more reasons than I've said or could possibly think of.
Author's Response: I actually nabbed that idea from an old roommate, who teased a friend about publicly \"swapping spit.\" It just -- worked. (And the friend was more discreet afterward, too.) Thanks!
Sometimes--no, mostly, but it doesn't bother me overly much--I don't know which you're suggesting/supporting, that Sev really does love Lily but can't understand it, or that what he feels is the non-romantic caring he thinks he has for her. Hmm, it's really just another reason to keep reading and thinking...
Author's Response: You know, I\'m not sure myself, and could make a case for both. I think that given his past and beliefs about himself, he cares for her too much to love her, if that makes any sense at all. Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Clever indeed. And good entertainment for us.
Author's Response: Thanks! Glad to know this story is still gathering a few chuckles. It\'s one of Mama\'s overlooked favorites!
Ya know, I just realized you've been dressing Pansy in pink, which although I find repulsive, is quite in her character. Sneaky you to be so attentative.
p.s. I am very much enjoying your story.
Hey I know you posted this story ages ago, so long that you've probably forgotten it, especially seeing as it hasn't garnered any reviews, which I find very lamentable because this was marvelous! No really, I enjoyed this one-shot. I particularly enjoyed the POV of the great-grandmother's portrait. Narcissa was pretty spot-on and I think you explained her very well. Besides that, the execution was excellent, not too frilly, good characterisation and combination of action and dialogue.
Bravo, I say!
Hum. I really don't think original even begins to describe this fic... I almost feel that I'm too far into Severus' character. Not! Should I hate him, should I admire him, should I applaude him, should I slap him... should I wish my boyfriend could read minds.... A provacative story, in many ways.
Author's Response: Thanks! Tonks apparently has second thoughts about that particular talent, no? The plethora of \'should I\' seems exactly right for a response to Severus\' actions in almost any case, so I\'m glad to see this worked!
I love how you captured so much emotion--frustration, anxiety, heartache, desire, discomfort, longing, disappointment. More than just being a good read, I think it's an accurate account of someone in Ron's position--whether it's someone with a lack of privacy, someone suffering disappointment, someone with battling internal-external issues--goodness it is hard to be a teen sometimes, isn't it? I liked it.
Author's Response: Thanks! You know, I remember the teen years pretty vividly and don\'t miss them one little bit. This was half-tricky to write, with a lot of planning time before sitting down to do it, but the planning paid off -- from there it wasn\'t so hard.
Just reading again.... When I get lonely, I like the comfort of something familiar, like an old well-loved blanket =)
I just noticed what a wonderful setting the thunderstorm is. I can't say why because usually with thunderstorms I think of energy, but it works so well. As do the short sentences; ha maybe it wasn't intentional but the shortness of the sentences with the way you wrote Ginny and the Weasleys so dejected and quiet are just perfect together. It extends into the narration the feeling of being so drained that summoning the energy to be emotional is just too much and really what's worth it anyway because the world is bleak and hopeless. Yup all of that.
"I know how much, Ginny,” he said with misery. “It’s called love, honey.”
*tear* So sweet, that's just like my daddy.
And Mrs. Weasley. I forgot to mention her in my first review. Oh she is such a umph great character here. It's exactly the way Molly Weasley would be in such a situation; her fussyness can get annoying, but the way she's just so incredible broken, for Harry's sake, I think more than Ginny made me feel so sad for everyone's loss.
Waiting for a loved one to die is a terribly wretched experience, I think because it it really is a hopeless situation--there's nothing really to be positive about. Turning from Percy, to Remus, to Ron and Hermione, and to Ginny, seeing how each of them is suffering--it is so so so cripplingly sad. Ah it's so cruel of you to write something so depressing so beautifully! Heartless!
Just kidding, I love it. Ah man it's just to good though. Definitely at the top of my list of tearjerkers. Every other paragraph there's something so touching, or so meaningful, something relatable, or something so perfect that one can't help but read this fic and cry and wish one could sing angelic songs because in the end there's such an enveloping sensation of warmth. It's that reassurance that love prevails and persists, and although everyone is resigned to Harry's fate, not one gives up on love. Mmm lovely. I'm going to sleep now with that wonderful thought. Love.
Oh gee, keep writing AstroFire, k?
Author's Response: AHHH!! I hit the submit button with a very long response and... \"Please log in\" :/ I lost everything! I will give you a worty reply for another excellent review, Phoenix3 :) but now I have to run (I have to go to my french class). For now this short reply with a big thank you :D
Author's Response: I\'m finally back! Sorry for taking so long to reply :/ I\'ve been very busy lately, but I decided to do this before any more time goes by :)
Well, I decided to put a thunderstorm because I\'m entranced by the sky :) I love the sky, but even more when the sun is setting or when it is night. I don\'t know why, but I look to the sky and feel. I know it sounds weird, but that\'s the way I work :) Anyhow, the reason for the thunderstorms is that, to me, they mean not only power (impressive power), but also conflict, turmoil, and even sadness (depending on my mood). I can\'t explain how much I love nature, but I do (lol).
Ah, the short sentences... Well, I didn\'t planned it, but I did plan it... if that has any sense. The thing is that I follow certain process when writing. First, I write all the story as good as I can. Then, I read it over to check for mistakes and stuff (or at least I try ;) ). After, I remember the feelings I had when writing a scene/chapter I\'m making sure is okay, and I try to see if the sentences are in accord with the mood and atmosphere. Sometimes, I feel certain part needs long, detailed sentences. Other times, I know it has to be kept short but meaningful. Now, it may sound too complicated (or even farfetched), but it\'s not very difficult. I just \'feel\' when it\'s right.
Aw, I liked that scene, too. I really didn\'t have it in mind. Well, to be honest, around 90% of the story wasn\'t planned. The thing is that when I write something, I usually have an scene or an idea I want to transmit. For this story, I had the last scene where they hugged and sun set, and the very beginning, but that\'s it. Everything came to me as I started writing. Maybe I\'m too desorganized, I don\'t know, but that\'s the way it works for me :D
It\'s really a big compliment that you tell me Mrs. Weasley was in character :) That\'s the way I imagined her, but I wasn\'t totally sure if it was the way she would react (I tend to have very little confidence in the things I do, not only in fanfiction but also in life. Don\'t ask me why, it\'s just the way I am :| ). I felt very bad when writing her because I somewhat got in touch with her pain, and I would definitely not want to be in that kind of situation :/
I agree with you: it\'s a terrible experience. However, I do think there\'s something good; you can put all your affairs in order and say good-bye to all your beloved ones. Aw, thank you very, very much for so kind words :) I don\'t enjoy writing angst for the pain of others, but I do love the internal growth you can get from such experiences. This story made me think about all the things that I have. It made me appreciate more life :) Of course, that\'s my personal opinion!
Yay, I\'m in your list! :) I\'m very glad that you found a meaning in every piece of the story. I do my best effort to transmit feelings or messages through simple or complex things. I\'m of those dreamers that believe in the poetry of the flap of the wings of a butterfly. For example, in \"Come Back...\" I tried to transmit things through nature and music. In \"Ocean Soul\"... well, in OS there are many things that kick in: the sea (that great expansion of water, waves, rhythm, and power), innocence, a starry night, and redemption. In this story are two main scenes: the waiting room, and, obviously, when Ginny goes to Harry\'s room. The last scene is my favourite though. It almost made me cry when I wrote it. I\'m not the crying type of person, but it just touched me very deep.
I think that would be the idea I try to express the most: \'love prevails and persists\'. That\'s the idea I dream with, and it is what I believe in. Yes, it is a wonderful thought :)
I will keep writing :D It is reviewers like yourself who give me the courage and the encourage to keep writing, to keep trying. I know I\'m not a great writer, but writing really stirs something inside me, more when I write \'powerful\' scenes. Sorry if I sound too emotional in this review :) I\'m listening to a song called: \"Comptine d\'un autre été : L\'après-midi\" by Yann Tiersen. An incredible piano song! I\'ve listened to it more than twenty times, and I can\'t get tired of it. It has really inspired me. I think I could write a one-shot using that inspiration :) Image how much I like it that I even went to internet for the partiture and I spent three hours practicing it on the piano. It is not ready, but I advanced a whole lot.
Thank you very, very, very much for another wonderful review! I can\'t express how much it means to me all the reviews I get. Some are meaningful than others, but I\'m very grateful for each one of them. Thank you so much for making my day :D
PS: I submitted the first chapter for the chaptered story like a week ago, so it should be up at any time now. I had submitted it before, but it got rejected. Not for grammar or anything, but because I didn\'t know I couldn\'t recommend another person\'s story :x Thanks for sticking up with me, Phoenix3! :)
Author's Response: Yet another PS: Sorry for the all the mistakes in my response. It\'s late and I tend to think what I\'m writing and not realize that I don\'t actually write everything. :)
So heartwrenchingly sad, but believably so. You had me in chills and nearly in tears--that doesn't happen a lot.
While some people might say it's cliche for someone dying (especially a young person) to ask his/her lover to forget him/her, with enough and proper emotion it really works.
I really liked how before the first poem/song Harry lightens up and there's a gleam of the old, hopeful Harry we all love.
And the best part is it's not too long, the emotions never were overwhelming. If only you would write something playful and humorous, think what joy you could bring to the world!
Author's Response: Oh, Phoenix, before saying anything else, I want to thank you for taking the time to review my stories. It really means a lot for me, and I value it a lot :)
Sleeping Sun was my second fanfic. I like how it came out. And yes, I was afraid it could be cliché, but the truth is that once I have one idea in my head (that I like a lot, of course), then I have to write it.
Heh, curious you mention it. I\'ve been wondering lately how would I do in the humor section, and I have no idea. Sometimes I get some pretty good ideas (or at least in my opinion) but I\'m still not sure :)
Thank you very, very much for taking the time to review, Phoenix3!