I was born early on in life. For most of my life I was shorter than I am now, then I gradually grew to my current height.
I live by one motto:
"Revise or Die."
The only stories and series I am currently pursuing at this time are one-shots and the Regulus-centric series that started with 'The Watch Unwinds Until It Stops.' Part of this is because I've lost interest in my former WIPs, but most of it is because I've had computer problems over the past year and do not have access to all of my old work that I've already done and haven't yet posted for stories like the 'Lightning Bond', 'Paint the Silence', and 'A Smile that Explodes.' Those stories are postponed indefinitely.
Laura has been a good friend to Percy for seven years. She took his side during a fight between Percy and Oliver their second year. She accepted Percy the way he was, something most of his brothers couldn't even do. And when the one brother who did understand Percy died, Laura was there to help Percy through it, even though the death hurt her greatly as well.
Yes, Laura has been a good friend to Percy. So why, during their seventh year, is Percy allowing his friend to be lonely and miserable?
A fellow Gryffindor decides to try to ease Laura's loneliness by interfering in her life. The result is that Laura must suddenly deal with new relationships, including an unlikely reconciliation with Oliver.
Laura succeeded in being a good friend when she only had one friend. Now she must learn how to be a good friend to several people... including herself. Oliver/OCComplete!
"Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache; do be my enemy - for friendship's sake." -William Blake
I am really liking this story! I think you're able to capture extremely well the tension and anger - not a lot of writers can do that. I'm hoping that things will get better for Laura though. Being miserable sucks. But your story definitely doesn't.
Author's Response: I'm glad you think that the characters' feelings are coming through, especially since their feelings are a major part of the plot. And don't worry. Things start getting better for Laura soon.
This chapter was really good. I'm excitedly waiting for the next one. It's agonizing torture to keep waiting for Laura and Oliver to get together, but I like it that way. It makes the moment when they do so much more rewarding. I can't stand when the story is all like "and now they're in love" - so boring...
Author's Response: Haha. I agree. If it helps, it was torture writing this story, knowing what would eventually happen but needing to advance the relationship from hate to love so that the story would be more believable.
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This is me fangurling you. I forgot how much your stories can suck people in. Remind me to only read your stories if they're WIP's that don't already have six chapters up. The way you have with words makes a reader want to sit and read every bit of a story you've written, unable to really tear themselves away until they've read all they can. That's a pretty rare gift. I love the whole premise of this story. I love the sentiments you've got, like Arthur saying that not everything turned out they way they'd planned but they've got the best of what did happen. I especially love the relationship between Harry and Sara - they have a love beyond measure and a LOT of trust...yes it's wearing thin, but the love is pulling them through. I can hardly imagine being in Sara's shoes, but you make it so that I almost feel what she's feeling. -resloves to pester you for more....more AL and more Reg/Gin-
Author's Response: *grins* Oh to be able to post Reg/Gin on a site where people actually review. I wonder if I could tone down the smut, just to see what people think of the pairing.
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This is shaping up to be a good story about the Marauder's Era...at least if my instincts are right, and they usually are when it comes to my opinion...
Anyway, really great, and add more as soon as you can - but no pressure, I know how it is to be writing the story.
Author's Response: Thanks. I had to read so many Marauder's Era stories before I could write this one though. I wanted to see how other people saw the characters.
What a supremely good idea. I would definitely join the club to get James and Lily together! Sign me up, wink wink.
Author's Response: Will do. You're the first member (and possibly the only member!. Lol! Thanks for all the reviews though, I'm glad to see that someone appreciates my writing.
HE KISSED HER!!! Ha ha ha! I love that that is the only thing that Sirius could think of to do! How will she react?! You have to add some more quick!
And ps, this is a good story.
Author's Response: I just added the third chapter. Thanks for the reviews! I think you might be my only reader!
Summary: Adhara Jocelyn Black has always been torn between her loyalty to James Potter, her cousin Sirius's best mate, and Lily Evans, the sister she has never known. But in her seventh year everything changes. Join Jocelyn, Sirius, Lily, and the rest of the Marauders as they battle for their lives... and loves...
Pretend like this is for chapter 25. I fully enjoyed Lily's bored tone with the Jocelyn/Hector thing, particularly when she says, "Sirius, you're purple." I'm also fully for joining the I'm Failing Potions Club or the club Remus suggested. You had a great tension with Sirius through this whole chapter. The argument between Sirius and Remus was particularly good. I audibly gasped many times through this chapter. And then, obviously, FINALLY WITH JOCELYN AND SIRIUS! Oh man. FINALLY!!! They almost got together so many times. I definitely must say that I felt it was a terrible shame that Jocelyn seemed to not care about any of her friends in chapter 24. And then it absolutely KILLED me when Sirius said, "I can't do this." You're invited to my funeral. But still, he followed her...so there's hope? Oh man oh man oh man. You get the emotions of the readers really well. My roommate and I were totally screaming when we read the kiss. It was a long time coming.
I just read this fic all afternoon today in one go. There are, of course, things that need to be improved, but no one's fiction is perfect. As of right now, this is the best marauder fic I've ever read, and I've been scavenging to find a good one for a while. I don't know why I didn't come across it before, because I've been reading in the "other pairing" romance category for months. Anyway, I hope to get to read more soon.
Author's Response: Thank you for being the first person to admit that my fic needs improving. I love you! *hugs you impulsively* *is embarrassed* Er Ė yeahÖ anyway, you didnít find this before because it was originally published in the ďLily/JamesĒ section, but I realized a few weeks ago that ďOther PairingĒ is clearly its rightful home. However, I didnít move it until just yesterday.
I hate that sinking feeling that, even after all that's happened, all that they've been through, that Sirius and Jocelyn aren't going to be together. It kills me. Sorry I haven't reviewed in a while, but I always keep an eye on your story. I almost woke up my roommate to tell her about your update, but I'll just tell her tomorrow after her tests...
Summary: Telara always knew she was special to her adoptive family. But she never knew how special she really was until Albus Dumbledore took her back to England and the wizarding world. Now she faces her biggest challenge ever. Fitting in at Hogwarts? No Ė she can do that. Will she be able to help Harry Potter win the war against Voldemort? For everyoneís sake Ė letís hope so.
Well, this was a really good chapter. I agree with what the other reviewer said, you didn't stack tons of information on us, but you gave us enough. You kept a good flow all through out and I can't wait for the next chapter.
Author's Response: Thank you! I like your story (HP & the Lightning Bond) too. Chapter 2 should be up soon and my beta has Chapter 3. I appreciate your input!!
Summary: A different sort of alternate universe... It is a world under the thumb of an ancient emperor. Muggle society has been oppressed beyond recognition. Wizards rule over all, their only laws defined by power. This is the story of a rebellion, a family, a traitor, and the long road that leads home at last.
I'm so exceedingly glad to read more of this story. I never thought I would read an AU fic, but the writing all throughout this is amazing and the plot weaving you do keeps me not only hooked, but completely riveted. It's not often I find a fic where I read absolutely every word. I find that I sometimes skim through a line or two, even if I'm basically enjoying a story. So far everything has been so seamless.
I love the way you pull so many canon characters in for cameos. I'm basically heartbroken over Cedric being a Reaper. Just as heartbroken as I was when Fred was taken, and I had that sinking feeling he would be a Reaper. It's so horrific. And why do you choose the ones I'm in love with? I'm going to have to guard those Black brothers with my life. Oh, speaking of, I'm now curious to see where Regulus will turn up.
I do have to confess, as intriguing as the students are, I'm more enthralled with the Marauders, James' parents (I particularly adore his father), and the other adults. I'm so very glad that Sirius' team has broken him out of the asylum. The exchange between the two men at the breakout is lovely. The relationship you have built with the Marauders is so fascinating. Remus is so different, yet it's completely believable. James and Sirius' friendship is wonderful. And the love between Lily and James is always breathtaking, even if it's just in the smallest moments. It's so beautiful.
Fell in love with this line: Percival stopped filing and sighed at his own long-suffering.
I really could go on and on, but I think I'd get to fangurling. And I'm just....guh for the rest of the chapter. I need to collect myself. I love you, Bridget. You're great.
Author's Response: Mar, you know I love you, and you have helped keep this fic alive with your gentle pokes. Thanks for the review and the comments and for just being cool.
Well, you've left me smiling and satisfied.
Except I wish the chapter were longer, of course, as any other rabid fan is inclined to desire. I bear no other substantial feedback right now. Just lots of glee at the update. Absolutely thrilled, and it didn't disappoint. -hugs Bridget-
Author's Response: Thanks dear. It's been a year since you left the review and I'm just now catching up on my responses, but thank you and Peace.
One thing that I find very interesting about your storytelling is that, from time to time, things just happen. A lot of authors give incredible amounts of build-up, and you do that to an extent, but you don't put us through too much agony when it comes to some aspects of this story. I've frequently found myself thinking, "Wow, Bridget's already letting this happen? Squee, she does love me!"
At the same time, I guess we are already on chapter 20. And sometimes you torture us with long periods between updates.
I am always intrigued to see the development of JKR's characters in deanine's universe. They George-Moody situation is keenly interesting, and my agony over George's twin being a Reaper is a hard thing to deal with.
"I don't want to disappear too," Isobel sobbed, "like Amy." = There should be a comma after disappear, shouldn't there?
Wendy is an interesting character. Even though I've only seen here for all of four paragraphs, I feel connected to her. Probably because she's helping Isobel and is compassionate for the other children.
I don't like transportation circles. I don't know why. I guess, because it's in Turpin's controlled world, it feels like another way that the wizards can't fully exercise their abilities. Can wizards Apparate in your world? I forget. Anyway, I do adore Quidditch and that it is so significant in your story. The Quidditch life, even outside of the cultists, is very consuming. I've always loved that Harry was so self-conscious early on in his Quidditch capabilities (basically until the end of PoA, if memory serves) and you show it so well here in your own world. Otto's reaction to Harry's situation is great. I chuckled out loud (what, it's night time, I had to be quiet).
All of the details of Bart discovering Melinda tearing James' room apart are great. They create such a quirky picture. The quirky picture helps to alleviate the impact of the deep emotions that are coming for Bart and Melinda. But do you cut off your scenes cruelly on purpose? Really, Bridget, shame on you for cutting the rope there. And then, "Fred's gone," and cutting off there. Though I guess George doesn't know anything else. -pout- Okay, you're ok on that one.
Fantastic. The Bart/Melinda tenstion is absolutely painful, believable, and perfect. I adore Bart. The more Melinda defends Albus and his plan, the more I hate her. I don't care if Albus is smart, he's not connected to emotions and complete goodness. He just has ideals.
Bah, I'd like to comment coherently on the rest of it, but I could no longer resist being sucked in and consumed by your wonderful storytelling. Harry's eyesight adjustment reminded me of the first time I had vision correction and wore contacts. I could see individual blades of grass when I was gazing outside again, and it was lovely. I'm wondering what happens to Harry now - not only the does he go back to school because he's Class I issue, but how does this affect the respossession by his family? And will Isobel be Isobel Potter again? How are they going to work that? George's animagus experience was absolutely brilliant. Heart-wrenching to see the twins together again. What will happen next?! I need more, as soon as you can manage it!
Author's Response: Hey Mar, I\'m so glad you like the chapter and it spoke to you on so many levels. *hugs* The next chapter should clear up Harry\'s Quidditch situation. Isobel\'s return home is a work in progress. :D
Summary: There was something about him that made him irresistible to her. Siobhan Murphy will go to any lengths to ascertain her deepest desires - but when the object of those desires is a married man twice her age with secrets darker than she can imagine, she will find herself caught in a scandalous liaison that she can't walk away from. Not Canon-Compliant.
For some strange reason, I forget (and I know this has happened before, too) that I actually do like this story quite a lot. I was a few chapters behind in updates, even. That’s kind of remarkable since you don’t update this story very often. When I got the update notification, I determined that this would be the month I caught up on this story.
But why would I continue reading a story that I forget that I like? I think I forget that I like it because I’m neither here nor there for Lucius.
That’s where your skill, power, and prowess as a writer comes into play. Even though I’m not fond of Lucius, I become completely enraptured in the story of the girl who is. The richness with which you write has me completely consumed in what is going on in Siobhan’s life. Siobhan herself is not predictable. You have done such a good job of giving her so many layers that she’s as real as any living human being, and is absolutely one of the best literary characters I’ve read. Period. Just in the past few chapters that I’ve read over the weekend, there are many aspects of Siobhan on display to the readers. There is the Siobhan who is rather numb over her separation from Lucius because that’s how she has to be to cope with it. There’s the forward Siobhan who comes straight up to Hermione and Ron when she wants to find out where Harry is. Perhaps my favorite moment of Siobhan’s characterization today was when she went to greet Liam as she heard him coming closer. In that moment, she was so happy, it just spread through to me as I read, and I felt the joy and contentment she must have upon being reunited with her brother.
Also, over this most recent chapter and chapter twenty-three, I found particularly interesting and very human the way you described Siobhan’s thought process about Lucius. She already knows she’s made up her mind, but she is going to hold out as long as her logic can hang on because of pride. I’m inclined to think it’s also a little bit out of caution for her heart again.
It seems almost silly to review anything besides Siobhan’s masterful characterization, but there is a plethora of other things that you just do so well in this story. First, any character you bring into your story has that feeling of reality from the pimply-faced would-be suitor at the party to Greer and Liam. Neither of the Connolly men are given much face time in the story (thus far, anyway), and yet I feel as if I really know who they are because you showcase them so well in the small amount of time they’re there in the narrative. I appreciate that Siobhan brought up Liam/Kelly, and it was interesting to find out that what I read once in a one-shot by you is something that has continued for two years now between them. I love the way your storytelling is so wonderfully woven and complex. You’ve thought of just everything, and it’s evident as you tell the story that you’ve covered all your bases. There are never any holes, which is wonderful. I suppose this is a residual benefit from spending such a long time writing the story, but I think that’s a benefit to the readers, even though we crave updates.
I am eager to see how the scene you’ve just kept us from between Siobhan and Lucius will play out. I cannot say with any certainty that I know how the two will behave, or misbehave, and I love that about this story. I suppose I could make some fair guesses and probably be close with one or two of them, but I don’t feel when I read your stories that they’re formulaic or predictable. Thank you for that. I look forward to the next update – even though I always forget that I’m eager for it. (But maybe that also has to do with me being given enough time to forget. >> Kidding.)
The chapter, the chapter...-looks at it fondly- -wishes she could have fully enjoyed it- -is too big a fan of flickering!sparks now to enjoy it to the max- However, I did love this, and the foreshadowing of the Dark Mark is so wonderfully done. This is me, applauding you.
Summary: Remus Lupin is a man with a tragic past, filled with pain, suffering and sorrow. But it is also a past filled with great adventure, true friendship and…love? Even though the odds were against him, Remus found happiness at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He had the Marauders, he was a prefect and his transformations were less horrible, thanks to his Animagi friends. What more could a teenage werewolf want? And how long could his happiness last? Remus and the Marauders prove that in the saddest of lives and darkest of times, there can still be moments of bliss.
Remus centric but with a lot of the other Marauders. This story is a romance, but has almost as much general Marauder era background and side story as romance.
Pre-HBP and DH, so some things from DH will be disregarded, as the warning indicates, but some Spoilers will be incorporated.
Quite an excellent chapter! I still feel confident in recommending this story to everyone I know and their cousins and their cousins' ex-boyfriends.
Author's Response: LOL! Thank you, electronicquillster! I am so glad to hear it.
Here's the long and short of it: I'm a mod right, so I can see all the stories that are in the queue, even though I'm only in charge of validating the ones in the J/L category. However, I always pass through "other pairing" on the list on my way to J/L.
Anyway, I get on last night, and I see that Moments of Bliss is in queue, and I practically die! So I hurry and call up my roommate, aka "Roommate of the Quillster", and we get freaking excited and decide that I'm going to read it to her over the phone (she's still at her house for Christmas break). We were absolutely dying!!! This is entirely one of my favorite stories. It is THE Remus story, outstripping all the others by far. I actually hope that I can portray all the Marauders as well as you do in the MWPP fic I'm working on.
I could hardly read it when Lindi and ... OH! Sadness. My voice was practically quivering with anger and sadness! Anyway. Way way way good, and I actually have a question to ask you, but I'll PM you about it latro. I'm waiting anxiously for the next chapter.
Also, though it's totally killing me that Lindi and Remus aren't together, I realize it's only sixth year. There'd be nothing to look forward to if they were together from now until they graduate, etc... 20/10
Author's Response: Thatís itÖIím quitting now before I botch it up!
Author's Response: I canít get over how nicely my story is being received. So, did you read it before it was out of queue? Is that sort of like having insider information? I do hope you have a one-rate telephone plan as this was my longest chapter yet. Iím so glad you are enjoying it and letting me know. *beams at wonderful review* Thanks for understanding about the Remus/Lindi delay. I sometimes worry that it seems like Iím simply dragging it out to torment, or that I have lost focus, but it really all plays into my grand scheme. *glances around shifty-eyed* I'm sure I donít need every detail I put in, but I wonít really know what is superfluous until Iíve written the last chapter. At that point, it will be easier to look back and edit. Of course, by then the damage is done, eh? Aw, the advantages of posting only completed ficsÖ But for now, I hope everyone will accept that Iím not writing things just for the sake of entertaining myself, (though that is a huge part of it *grins guiltily*) and I am going somewhere with each installment. I just hope, in the end, it is clear what I was doing. ;-)
Author's Response: Oops, I don't think I said Thank you...Thank you for reviewing!
Such a lovely chapter. I can't tell you how much I love this story. There were a couple of chapters that weren't quite as good as the rest, but the last one and this one are back up to par. One of the things I truly enjoy is how much you cover 'the werewolf' thing. It's a huge part of Remus' life, and you illustrate that so well. I loved WP&P's actions/reactions during 'woodyashagga' - they're so fiercely loyal and protective of their best friend and his hairy status. And a random note...me and two of my friends have taken to a bit of 'woodyashagga' conversationalism whenever we want to talk about your story.
Author's Response: Thank you, electronicquillster, Iím so glad you enjoyed it. I wish they could all be as enjoyable as the very best one, but some chapters just donít work as well, (or Iím just not consistent enough to make them work, *blush*) Every time I go to hit the submit button, I worry if this will be the chapter that turns off my readers, but I tell myself that hopefully, after sticking with me for this long, you will all keep coming back with the hopes that there is another good one coming if the current one is a disappointment. I imagine most of us have those worries, eh? So thanks for the encouragement, it keeps me going!
I agree that the werewolf thing is central to Remusí life and character. It is what made him who he is and I just love him so much, I have to explore that. Iím glad you like that aspect of the story. And W,P&Pís relationship to Remus is what makes me like them. From most of the things JKR has actually shown us or about them as teens, sometimes, the fact that wonderful Remus cared for them so much and vice versa, is the only redeeming quality I can find in them (as teenagers of course). They must have been more than the snippets weíve seen or he wouldnít have been friends with them.
Woodyashagga conversationalism??? O.o I really want to know what you mean by that. And I love the idea that you actually discuss my story with friends! How flattering. I wish I could be a fly on your wall! :)
Oh, and I'd been dying for you to update, so I was completely ecstatic when I saw your new chapter!
Author's Response: Oh, I know it took a long time. Sorry about that. Iíll try to keep future waits to a minimum, but Iím glad you looked forward to it. Thanks, electronicquillster!
One thing that I never cease to love in this world are your chapters of this story.
Moony, youíve always got such a great grasp on your characters. Iím almost constantly suspicious of Sirius and James, and even though theyíre always up to something, sometimes even pranking dear Remus, Iím feeling as loyal to them as he is. If I were in Remusí shoes, Iíd roll my eyes at them frequently, yes, but Iíd still stick with them.
I love the plethora of background layerís youíve got. Thereís James with the broom, and that upcoming race with Lindi; then weíve got Remusí extended family. A lot of authors would simply ignore the extended family of anyone not in the house of Black, but you donít, which I love. And then, on top of that, youíre just brilliant, what with the present James and Sirius get for Remus. Seriously! I was laughing so much when I read about all of those gifts.
Iím (im)patiently awaiting your next fabulous chapter.
Author's Response: Mar! *tackles* I\'m so glad you\'ve dropped by. ;) I haven\'t had the best of weeks and this was just the thing to brighten my day. :-D Suspicious of James and Sirius? O.O As you should be! *TEHE* Iím glad to hear you enjoy all the background info/side story stuff. I sometimes imagine readers want to slap me and say, ďjust get on with it!Ē LOL But it all plays into the story, at least in my twisted little mind, so Iím glad you arenít annoyed by it. I have always been one of those people who canít tell a story without filling in all the details, and sometimes going off on tangents, that to me, are important to the outcome of the tale. @.@ So anywayÖ*stops rambling* Thank you so much for the fabulous review. I really needed it. :)
I know I have been sorely testing all my readersí patience levels and Iím sorry. I will post an update on my writing status on my Authorís Profile page.