I'm an American Jewish male of mostly-Polish descent, born in 1960, married with two children. I was born in Michigan but now live in Rhode Island. I work as a Professor of Legal Studies; my other occupations or part-time jobs have included lawyer, actor, IT project manager. My hobbies include pottery, science fiction and amateur astronomy (don't even *begin* to mention the Astronomy OWL in OoP to my face).
I first heard of HP in 2000 when Terri Gross interviewed Jo on the radio; I've been hooked pretty much ever since.
I love to write, but haven't written any fiction for more than 20 years -- until I got the idea of doing some HP FF, and here I am.
My fiction is also posted on Phoenix Song (same pen name there as here), and on SIYE (except for stories that wouldn't be appopriate there). I have a satire of shipping in general and H/G shipping in particular posted there -- the story is called "A Slow Boat to Shipper's Hell", published under the name "kschneyer".
I will also try to post all of my stuff on my livejournal page, where I am known as "Rhetoretician."
Bragging: So far I've had:
- A "Featured Story" here (Counting to Five Thousand),which also won Runner Up for Dark/Angsty Fiction in the Silver Quills for 2007;
- A winner of the Dumbledore Silver Trinket Award for one-shots on SIYE (Minding the Baby);
- A First Prize for Fiction in the Phoenix Rising Challenge (for The Torch, a story that also won Judges' Choice for HP Specific stories in the Quill-to-Parchment competition); and
- Another featured story on SIYE (While You Tell Yourself the Truth).
The lovely banner above was created for me by Hansolohpfrk.
Summary: The Malfoys are entertaining, and it is time for little Draco to go to bed. He, of course, can think of better things to do than sleep.
Very lovely. The second-person voice is not easy to pull off (I know from experience), but this was exactly the right place to use it. Also the very difficult balancing of Snape's disdain, his fear, his dignity and even (gasp!) a little compassion, was handled beautifully. The voicing is superb. Well done. ~Ken
Summary: Professor Granger deals with a pair of students who have inherited a knack for trouble...
Wonderful. I think that epistletory writing is great, and too few people attempt it nowadays. It allows the characters to speak with their own voices and lets us imagine the rest. Hermione was a teeny bit out of character in her scribbles to Ginny, but that's okay. Keep up the good work.
Summary: Summary: What happened on that fateful night at Godric's Hollow and the (still!) unknown events that followed in the next twenty four hours, before Harry's arrival on Privet Drive? What motivated the actions and decisions that were made in the years leading up to the defeat of Voldemort? The truth is neither black or white - only complicated shades of grey. Behind the stories of Lily Evans, Severus Snape and Peter Pettigrew we learn that we are all vulnerable to evil.
(written between HBP and DH - story is complete)
Hi Shelly. I don't know how far I'm going to actually get in this, but your LJ comment this week really intrigued me, so I'm starting. You know I write angsty stuff myself, so this seems right up my alley.
First reaction to the prologue: Intriguing; makes me want to read more. Reaction to Dumbledore's action: Horrified that he would take a memory from an infant. Must've been some awful memory.
Author's Response: Hey, Ken! I\'m glad you are here! I hope you\'ll stick with this and offer up your comments!