It saddens me to have to remove the images from my profile, but an update was drastically needed.
I am a proud Hufflepuff, a former SBBC-er, and a member of the lovely group, SPEW. All of these can be found on the beta forums. I'm very proud of my participation and membership in all three and they've all helped me to expand as a writer.
I'm also exceedingly proud to share that I've won the QSQ for Best Reviewer. Well, I just don't have the proper words to express how much of an honor this is for me.
If you're here looking for something to review (which I invite you to do), I would like to request that you review some of my more recent work. While I appreciate reviews on everything that I've written, they're always twice as sweet on something that is rather new. That said, please don't review My Father's World (it is definitely on permanent hiatus) or Miss Myrtle (which exists only for sentimental reasons these days).
Other than that, please enjoy and explore my author page! Thank you!
Oh man....this is seriously good. The plot, the language, the charachters,.... even the cliffie!
The only thing I have left to say (and I think that the rest of your readers agree)
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE!
I don't usually go for H/SS...but this was great! I really enjoyed it :D
This was a very thought provoking story. The parallels between Harry and Voldemort are fascinating, but are rarely explored and, usually, only hinted at. You did an excellent job bringing some of Voldemort’s past into the story and making somewhat startling comparisons between their two childhoods.
I think that an apt characterization of the “relationship” between Voldemort and Harry would be of two lines running parallel and then forking. They would run parallel for the childhoods of both, as their childhoods bear striking similarities, and the fork would begin when they entered Hogwarts.
Both of them, upon entering Hogwarts, had the potential to turn out like the other. Tom Riddle, who was deeply impressed by magic, could have easily decided that making friends who shared his magical traits was more fun than researching his splintered family and learning Dark Magic. In the same vein, Harry could have obsessed over his apparent abandonment by his parents and gone the same way that Voldemort did. His choice, though, is the clear place where their paths fork away from each other. The choice that he makes to be different from Tom Riddle is much too clear, in my opinion. Harry quite literally chose to be a Gryffindor rather than a Slytherin.
After reading the story, though, it was somewhat eerie for me, as I began to think about how easily Harry could have turned into another Voldemort. *shudders*
There are a few grammar errors sprinkled throughout and they detract slightly from the overall quality of the work. Most of them are not serious, but are just small irritations. For example:
“What have you done to yourself now?!” she scolded. “Can’t you stay out of trouble for five minutes?”
You should try to avoid the double punctuation. It is tempting, I admit, to convey shock and anger through a question mark and an exclamation point, but stylistically, it is far better to describe the emotions, rather than letting symbols represent them.
On the note about grammar, you use ellipses a little bit too judiciously. Some of them, especially when they appear at the end of a paragraph, should really be periods. I do, though, like the use of ellipsis in the conversations. They really add the right amount of hesitancy.
The final paragraph of this story is incredible. As per you intention, the first time I read this, I thought it was about Harry. The last line really threw me. And then I went back and read it again and realized how the story could apply to both. You did an excellent job at being specific and yet ambiguous at the same time. At some points in the story, especially when the caretaker is screaming about the injury, I couldn’t tell if you were speaking about Harry or Voldemort. That was extremely well done.
Overall, this was fascinating to read. You write very well and there are really only a few minor grammatical corrections. More importantly, though, your plot was amazing. It was very unique and extremely original. Let’s put it this way: minor grammar mistakes are easy to fix, but the ability to form an interesting and thought provoking plot line is very difficult to develop; it’s a gift.
Wonderful job on the story – I enjoyed it immensely.
That's an awfully sweet gift that Harry gives Natalie!
Thanks for updating and keep those updates comin' ^_^
Well, I have good news and bad news.
The good news is that this chapter is still hilarious on the fifth time through.
The bad news would be that I've had to read this chapter five times.
You can't just leave us dangling on this cliffie here...it's way too good. Please update!! :)
Author's Response: :*) I know I should feel just awful, (and I do!) but that it would still entertain you after reading it several times, is really so nice to hear. :-D Thanks, Indigoenigma.
I have finally sent Ch. 40 off to my beta. *wipes brow* Just a little reminder, not all chapters are created equal. *nervous giggle* *ducks out*
Does that mean that it's *gasp* short? Or poor in quality? I seriously doubt the last one....but hey, let's be honest here; I don't really care how long the next chapter is, as long as you like it.
And as long as it fits the plot...
And as long as hilarity ensues between Remus and his mother...
And....you get the picture.
Hallelujah for sending things to betas! Congrats!! :D
Author's Response: :*) I just wrote a long response to answer some of your comments, but I think I should just leave it to the readers to decide. Of course, you can\'t know if I like it, so I\'ll simply say that I would not, and will not post it until I\'m satisfied that I have done the best I can. :) Otherwise, suffice it to say, shortness is not a problem. <.< This is me you are talking to, LOL!
Woah...what a cliffie!
And what a way to end it! The real question is...how long will it take Mrs. Lupin to go upstairs and chew Remus out? Can't wait to see in an update (hopefully really soon) :D
Will James and Lily get together during the holiday? That would be sweet..but I don't think Mrs. Lupin's heart could take it! :D
Author's Response: *LOL* If Richard hasn\'t managed to grab her, she\'s probably on her way now. *imagines the Marauders hiding Remus in the cupboard as she stomps up the stairs* Nah...Remus isn\'t a coward! I don\'t usually give specifics about future events, but I will say that I plan to make James and Lily as close to canon as I can so they won\'t actually \"get together\" until 7th year. So you are right; that is a good thing for Mrs. Lupin. I don\'t think she could handle trying to control two snogging couples. I don\'t want to drive her to the Firewhiskey. ;) Thank you for reviewing, Indigoenigma.
So....how's that next chapter coming? This is a horrible (well, actually, it's excellent) cliffie to leave dangling for over a month. Update soon!......please?
Author's Response: I know...I\'m terrible. :( But it is back from the Beta and pending formatting and slight rework, it will be in queue by tomorrow night. Hope you aren\'t disappointed. :)
Please please please update soon!
I've been hooked on your story from day one and I can't believe the ordeal that Remus has been through.
Was is Sirius at the door? A teacher? I can't wait to find out!!!
Author's Response: Thank you so much. I\'m really glad to hear you are enjoying it. The sad thing is, we all know things are only getting started for our poor dear Remus. :`( *sniffle* Hopefully, there is still some happiness for him, to help get him through. ;) Now I can\'t tell you who it is, but hopefully you will know soon. Thank you, Indigoenigma.
Oh my gosh! Scary punch! Rather like being in Mexico...don't drink the water.
So sweet...Lindi and Remus sitting in a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G....and the best part is; she really likes him too! *cheers*
Yay for a funny chapter!
Author's Response: *giggles* That punch is rather like the antesthetic drug I was given when I had my wisdom teeth cut out, and it WAS scary! LOL I don\'t remember much of what I said, but I do remember the Dentist laughing, and he was really cute...*dies* Yes, she likes him! She may have been a little slow on the uptake, but she isn\'t a total idiot. *te he* Thanks, Indigoenigma; I\'m glad you had fun.
Hallelujah! It only took 37 chapters and I am so incredibly happy. I had such a stressful day, but I came home and saw the notice that you had updated. This totally made my day. Thank you thank you thank you! I can't tell you (as I do not have enough words of praise) how much this means to me.
Author's Response: *blushes* 37 chapters and almost a year and a half…. I guess it was a long time in coming, wasn’t it? I’m very glad it made you happy and the timing was good for you. Nothing like a little (a lot) of fluff to ease the stress, right? Of course, there are some who find fluff stressful…but Remus needed some fluff, so… ;) Thank you, Indigoenigma and you are very welcome. :)
Rereading....and still laughing!
Please please please please update soon....I can't wait to see how this all works out in the end.
Author's Response: I\'m so glad to hear it is still funny! I\'m so glad you would resort to rereading but am sorry too, since it means I haven\'t given you anything new to read. :*( I\'m trying, but this one isn\'t wanting to be written the way the last one did. Once I got the time to write on it, it pretty much wrote itself, but this one...gah! But I am determined! :)
I love this fic! You've captured the essence of both characters perfectly! Which, in my opinion, is rarely done in fanfic. Your portrayal of Dumbledore is particularly endearing; you've managed to encapsulate his sensitivity, humor, caring, and grace into a small story.
And don't worry, I will have very good dreams tonight! And would you consider writing a sequel? Please?
Author's Response: Don\'t tell anyone...but I am actually a portrait on his wall and overheard the whole conversation! (I wish) Thank you so very much for reading, and I am thrilled that you thought I did a good enough job to leave such a welcome review. ;-)
It was full moon when the Dark Lord sealed a part of his soul within a magical amulet, and then broke it in half. One half was left to the faithful werewolves to guard. The other half was tossed into the impenetrable depths of time where no one but him could get it. When the first half has been found, the Order of the Phoenix selects Hermione Granger to go back into the past to search for the missing piece. What is waiting for her is a brutal task that will test her beyond her limits, and an undying love that extends beyond the boundaries of time.
No werewolves were harmed in the making of this story.
Update (9 May): Chapter 17, Burning, is up! Enjoy!
Something that I found interesting was how Lily declared that she couldn’t protect Harry all by herself. Heh, the fandom has always depicted Lily as an extraordinary witch – so it was a tad surprising to read that. However, I doubt that Lily couldn’t defend herself and Harry, but I do realize that she’s trying to lay guilt on James. It would be, of course, much easier (if it’s ever easy!) to fight off Death Eaters if there were two adults who knew what they were doing. I actually enjoyed seeing the rather vulnerable side of Lily because it is so rarely written.
I was blown away by the ending! I had nearly forgotten about Ron (bad me!). I can't wait to see how Hermione explains this to Ron, or if she ever talks about it with anyone. Should prove fascinating!
Heh, for hating transition chapters, I enjoyed this a lot.
I enjoyed the moment between Remus and Harry very much. It actually made me think about what poor Remus is going to do once Hermione comes back to the present.
Would he try to talk to Hermione? Would he try to forget it ever happened?
I think, poor fellow, that Remus is remembering how much he loved Jane and he's going through brokenhearted-ness again because he has to relive all of the memories of her while Hermione is gone.
Gah! Poor Remus. For his sake, I hope Hermione finishes the mission and comes back soon!
Excellent job, by the way.
Mmmmm. This was a great chapter. Hermione is really sweet to think about Harry while on the mission at all! His reaction when she comes back with letters from his parents is something that I'd love to see. I wonder what his parents would write. James would probably be a lot more sentimental than Lily would. Not sure where that came from, but just from the way that you've written them, I seem to get that feeling.
Wow. Sparks are definitely flying! I quite enjoyed this chapter, mostly because of the play between Hermione and Remus.
On that note, I thought that when Hermione tells him that she knows he's a werewolf was very well done. There was just the right amount of incredulity from Lupin that someone could actually be a friend (or more than a friend) without getting hung up on his lycanthropy.
I keep thinking as to what will happen when Hermione goes back to the present. Obviously, she leaves that silver ring with Lupin (how else would he have gotten it?). But, I wonder what will happen with Ron.
I enjoyed the banter between Sirius, Remus, and James. It seems just like the sort of thing that close friends would actually do. I’m usually annoyed by the lines that authors have the Marauders throw around, but these seemed a bit more real. The fact that Sirius was serious (sorry!) when he was talking to James at Remus’ house was very nice to read. It really bugs me when authors depict Sirius as always cracking jokes and throwing around corny lines.
This fic was reccommended to me because I wanted to read one that had an excellent characterization of Luna. Well, this surpasses all of my expectations. It was a kind of bittersweet story, which in my humble opinion, are the hardest to write.
Good job on an excellent fic!
Oh, and it's a great song, too!!
*Sequel to Once in a Blue Moon*
*Ch 20 Quote*
It was the happiest Christmas of my life.
Many many congrats on being awarded a "featured story" for this. Even though I personally enjoyed Promise of a Spring Moon more, I don't know of any fic that's more deserving. Congrats again!
Author's Response: Aw, thank you! Like a complete spaz, I\'ve already put a blue ribbon and blurb on my author page. To me every fic is different so they\'re hard to compare. I\'m just glad you like them, doesn\'t matter what order! ^_^