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!
Excellent! It would be great if it could be expanded a bit, but I totally understand about the coffee ;)
You know, this got me thinking, how old were James and Lily when Harry was born? Were they just out of Hogwarts? Early twenties? I really have no idea....
Update soon please!
Awww! That's awfully sweet; I love stories that have Harry's new children in them. :D
I keep rereading this; it's great! Snape has really got that social thing down pat. And I love Hermione's response to the "pumpkin juice".
Author's Response: Wow - I thought this fic just disappeared three reviews after it appeared. I\'m inordinately pleased that it bears re-reading. Yes, maybe Snape does have the potential to manage this socialising thing (assuming he isn\'t the murderer he appears to be in \'Half Blood Prince\') - he\'s pretty suave with Cissy and Bellatrix at Spinner\'s End.
Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing!
Early Christmas morning, not a Malfoy or Weasley was stirring...except Draco and Ginny, who met for Christmas breakfast and ended up making a meal of Christmas kisses.
*A Tale of Two Matchmakers holiday outtake*
Ho ho ho....that certainly is the Christmas spirit!
Author's Response: Exactly! Forget food, live on kisses! :D
Great time travel fic!
I'm really interested to see how this ends up; Harry confessing all? Ginny telling all? James and Lily guessing all? Can't wait to see! :D
My affinity to the journal compels me to keep it at hand. I, too, am rather shabby, and yet there are pages of my life still unwritten.... Remus reflects on his life and love for Tonks in a companion fic to Moonlight and Shadow that parallels chapter nine onward.
Wow...I love reading things from Remus' perspective. It's a refreshing break from Tonks (not that I'd ever tire of her!)...but it's nice to see her from a pov that isn't her own. ˇSu cuento es excelente! :D
Author's Response: Muchas Gracias, eres muy amable! (my one expression, lol) In the HBP fic, I\'m thinking of having Remus\' pov between Tonks\' every chap...kind of like she demonstrated in the limerick entry, :D.
Oof! Heavy chapter! Everything will be better by (hopefully way before) Valentine's day, right?
Author's Response: Things will be merrier by Christmas...if not exactly jolly around Grimmauld, lol.
Yeah, Rachel. I really, really did (I swear!) go to your author page with the intent of reviewing something that you’d written within the last year, you know, so that the review would be on your current writing style. However, I was just glancing through your stories and – being infested with holiday cheer – I felt simply compelled to review this story. My apologies for not leaving you a review on your more recent work. But, whatever, on to the review!
It was a really cute story. Christmas, snow, gifts, the Marauders…all the elements needed for a nice, wintery fic.
James, I thought, was a very interesting character. His thoughts, at the beginning, actually seemed a little bit more mature than I would have thought.
[i] Snap out of it, Prongs, he mentally scolded himself. She doesn’t even call you by your first name — let’s not get carried away.[/i]
I don’t know why, but that seems pretty mature for James. I would have expected that to have come after his encounter with Emmeline Vance, when he realizes that he’s been fairly immature. Granted, though, I think that he realized with Emmeline that his actions had been immature, not his thoughts. So…it works. I was just a little surprised.
And, wow, diamond earrings. Lucky Emmeline! (Sorry, I just had to say that.) It does kind of make me wonder – where did James get those earrings? That’s completely irrelevant to the story, but I just was wondering.
And speaking of Emmeline, the way that it’s written makes me wonder if she and James had a bit of a relationship for a while. Would that relationship (James with a sensible, kind, girl – a Prefect, for goodness sake) convince Lily that perhaps James had matured? I think that, if it indeed happened, it might have. Lily would have seen James in a very different light than the stalker (because he really was and it was creepy) who was constantly at her heels. I don’t know if it was your intention to kind of hint at that with this story, but I couldn’t help but wonder about it (once again).
[i] The low point was a book from Remus, but luckily James had a faint idea of where it had been purchased, and made a mental note to trade it in at the first chance he got. [/i]
That made me laugh. It’s so like Remus to give people books for Christmas (and, um, I do that, too) and it was just so adorable to have James consider it a low point in his Christmas haul. I guess that gift returns are universal – they exist in the Wizarding world as well as the Muggle world. Heh.
Actually, this story (well, the beginning, really) was full of little giggly moments for me. James’ interactions with Sirius were highly amusing for me (and they were actually twice as funny because, as you know, in my fic, The Morning Comes to Early, I have a scene in which Sirius is a very reluctant waker). I thought that your including the phrase, “a rude hand gesture” was a nice tribute to JK Rowling as that is the only phrase that she ever uses to describe such a thing. I don’t know why, but it also seems very Sirius-like for him to have great, untidy heaps of clothing around his bed. Don’t ask me why, but it just seemed to work.
Anyways, I liked this story, Rachel, even though it isn’t one of your more recent pieces. It fit nicely with my Christmas spirit. Merry Christmas!
Author's Response: Wow, thank you so much, Kelly! I wasn't expecting this at all, and I really appreciate your feedback. I can definitely see what you mean with James' mature thoughts toward the beginning. I agree - they seem more fitting for the end [or a sequel], considering that his encounter with Emmeline is what made him start thinking about taking things slow in regards to Lily. Come to think of it, I think it would be slightly more fitting to just leave that scene at James fantasising about Lily, without the mature conscience. Thanks for pointing that out. No one's really said anything about that before, but now that I think about it, it makes a lot of sense. I'm not entirely sure what I intended with James meeting Emmeline. Part of me likes to think that she had a significant impact on him, just talking for a few minutes, and that they never spoke again. But I agree, it's very likely that they could have had a relationship after this... actually, I do really like that idea. Perhaps I can get around to writing something like that... well, expect it in the next couple of years, anyway. LOL, the reason that I didn't say where James got the earrings is because I have no idea. >.> Perhaps there's a shop for it in Hogsmeade? Hee, I'm glad you liked the beginning with the brief Sirius and James interaction, because that was easily my favourite part of writing this fic. There's something very satisfying about writing the Marauders. Merry Christmas to you too, dear! Thanks again for the review! *hugs*
I read this a while ago, but only just now realized that I never left a review! Sorry about that....
Anyhow, this was such a cute story! I was giggling so hard when the girls were plotting how to use their love potions.
And when Claire added that she thought that Molly and Arthur were engaged already, I couldn't help but smile at how correct she was.
And how Molly puts up with Arthur's obsession with Muggles....that was funny! I could completely see him talking so seriously about telephones!
Author's Response: Thank you very much for the compliments! :D I\'m glad this one still gets some reads (it\'s my little baby first writing attempt). Glad you enjoyed! Phily :)
That was very interesting to read. I've read several fics now about Narcissa's marriage and this is one of the better ones.
If you really want to go off on an entirely different path, I have found that the truly fascinating fics are written in the first person, instead of the third person. It is always fun to see how an "evil" person is written in the first person.
Major props though for capturing the idea that this marriage was for conveniance, not for love.
Author's Response: I actually thought about writing in the first person, but it just didn\'t seem to feel right, so I just settled for her point of view. Glad you liked the \"convenient marriage\" aspect...that was just always how I pictured it!
Love the idea...as I love most H/G fics.
You have an excellent writing style; keep it up and keep your readers happy (that's a good thing to have, by the way, happy readers) with updates really soon! :D
Author's Response: LOL, I love H/G. Thanks, I really appreciate that comment. Happy authors have happy readers! The next chapter is with the beta!! Thanks so so so much!!
Really powerful ending - I love it!
Keep it coming!
Author's Response: Thanks for the review! (And for loving my story!)
Wow! Excellent job. I really liked it.
I love it when the twins are in romantic situations...they just have such vivid personalities that really enlived any story.
Thanks for posting!
When detention ruins his plan to take Ginny to Paris via the Room of Requirement, Draco brings Paris to Ginny, with the help of a house-elf named Slinky.
*A 'missing moment' story inspired by A Tale of Two Matchmakers.*
So sweet! I love having my Saturday's (read: homework filled days) interrupted for new fanfic.
Such the best! :D
Author's Response: Saturday is homework-filled day? Caramba! Seems wrong, to work on a weekend...I thought everybody\'s workin\' for the weekend! :D
HA! That was great! I'm so happy to see a happy Cami/Sirius fic because we all know that the end of OoTP is sneaking up on us...*sigh*
Author's Response: The way I\'m writing the story it won\'t be for awhile yet, lol. Avoidance? :D I have to have them be as happy as possible, since memories are all she\'ll have, and the thought of him falling behind the veil without being loved like that is the real tragedy!
Brilliant story you have here! The imagery is especially powerful. I think that the description of everything around the Gaunt house being "dead" was quite fitting.
I also liked how Dumbledore acted in this story. He seemed to have just the right amount of inner humor, perserverance, and dedication.
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm glad you think so :)
It takes a thief to catch a thief, but when Auror Ginny Weasley goes beyond the call of duty to catch Draco Malfoy red-handed, he catches her off guard, professionally and romantically.
That was nice. Being the history nerd that I am, all of the references to Egypt just made the story for me. It’s cool to integrate Harry Potter and history!! If I ever get my lazy self around to writing a fic someday, I’d somehow throw in random historical references….just to keep people on their toes :D
One thing, though. What happened to the Princess Bride? There was a perfect opportunity to throw in the “As you wish line” - but no….are you branching out? :D Just thought I’d ask….
Author's Response: Yay for you wanting to keep people on thier toes!
I was trying for something different than Matchmakers, so I stayed away from PB references, appropriate as they might have been. Hehheh about branching out. I\'m trying to write original fiction, so it was good practice not using one.