To everyone who's been asking about updates, and whether I'm okay, I'm fine, but... here's a short announcement:
Thanks to the Tory party's determination to cut Local Government to the bone (although strangely only the experienced (better paid) staff are being encouraged to go) I'm likely to be out of work early next year. When I realised this, I had to make plans.
I got back into writing about six weeks ago unfortunately, a week or so later, my mother had a stroke. :-(
Thanks to the good old National Health Service, she's being well looked after (nursing care, physiotherapy, speech therapy, etc.), and it isn't costing her anything. For obvious reasons "writing time" is now "hospital visiting time" and I'm not sure how long this will last. It seems unlikely that she'll make a full recovery.
I am writing a little, but it's a snatched moment here - another there. For weeks my mind has been on other things, but this week I've started to find a new routine which will (I hope) allow me some time for writing.
I'm only just an Englishman; from North of "the Wall," but South of "the border." The bit that most of England doesn't know is theirs.
I've been a fan for years, ever since I read book one, which is also when I suspected that Harry and Ginny would, eventually, be a couple. This was confirmed to me in the opening Chapters of CoS. I cannot read Dramione, Drinny, slash or, for that matter, any major non-canon pairing. If JKR says that's what happens, that's good enough for me. Why bother re-imagining?
I like action, rather than fluff, though I seem to write a lot of fluff.
I appear to be writing several stories. In fact, I’m only writing one. In chronological order (of events, not writing) my stories are:
Bloodstone: 6th Century (COMPLETE)
Killers: 1940's (In progress)
Germ Free Adolescents: November 1978 (COMPLETE)
Nott: Father and Son: 1990-2000 (COMPLETE)
Molly and Her Daughter: 1992-1999 (in progress)
Chaser: 1 September 1995 (COMPLETE)
Hogsmeade: October 1995 (COMPLETE)
The Hufflepuff: late 1996 (COMPLETE)
Vituperation: July/August 1997 (COMPLETE)
Summer of '97: August 1997 (COMPLETE)
Locket: Winter 1997 (COMPLETE)
Fred and George's Busy Day: August 1997-May 1998 (COMPLETE)
The Pencil Portrait Problem (a Theodore Nott mystery): September-October 1997 (COMPLETE)
Tales of the Battle: May 1998 (COMPLETE)
Grave Days: May-September 1998 (COMPLETE)
The Badly Fitting Coat: June 1998 (COMPLETE)
Vault: June 1998 (COMPLETE)
Aurors and Schoolgirls: September 1998-June 1999 (Progressing)
What Luna Sees: December 1998 (COMPLETE)
Spontaneity: Sunday 28 March 1999 (COMPLETE)
The Mind of Arthur Weasley: Monday 29 March 1999 (COMPLETE)
Anticipation: July 1999 (Complete)
Mistletoe Kisses: 31 December 1999 with flashbacks to 1995 (COMPLETE)
The Girl From DRaCoMC: September 1999 (COMPLETE)
Players Rites: September 1999 (COMPLETE)
Hunters and Prey: February-March 2000 (in progress)
Little Victory: May 2000-July 2021 (COMPLETE)
Disharmony: June 2000 (COMPLETE)
Zoinks! (A Halloween Tale): 31 October 2000 (COMPLETE)
Knavery: March 2001 (COMPLETE)
April Fool: April 2001 (COMPLETE)
Friends and Foes: April-June 2001 (notes and jottings)
Angelina: May 2001 (COMPLETE)
Swimsuit Quidditch: August 2001 (COMPLETE)
The Question: February 2002 (COMPLETE)
The Question (Again): February 2002 (COMPLETE)
MIT: Muggle Liaison Team?: July 2002 (in progress)
The Professor and his Landlady: July 2002 (COMPLETE)
The Secret Diary of Hermione Granger: July 2002 (COMPLETE)
After Breakfast: 7 September 2002 (COMPLETE)
MIT: Secret Keeper: September-November 2002 (COMPLETE)
MIT: Haunted House: Dead: November 2002 (COMPLETE)
Epithalamium: Spring 2003 (In Progress)
MIT: Hampstead Heath Corpse: August 2003 (COMPLETE)
It takes Two: February 2004 (COMPLETE) Potter Family #1
E.C.C.E.N.T.R.I.C. April 2004 (COMPLETE) Potter Family #2
Unspeakable: 2004 (COMPLETE) (co-written with C A Campbell)
First Sight: October 2004 (COMPLETE) Potter Family #3
Bare: October 2004 (COMPLETE)
Exsanguination: A vampire story: September-November 2004 (notes and jottings)
Conceptions: February/March 2005 (COMPLETE)
Conversations: March 2005 (COMPLETE)
Concerns: April 2005 (COMPLETE)
Moon: March 2005 (COMPLETE) Lavender/Mark #1
Brown: April 2005 (in progress) Lavender/Mark #2
Sleepless Night: December 2006 (COMPLETE) Potter Family #4
Yggdrasil: June 2007 (COMPLETE)
Beard Hunters: December 2007 (COMPLETE) Potter Family #5
New Year's Eve: December 2007 (coming soon) Potter Family #5a
Dennis: February 2008 (COMPLETE)
Troth: March 2008 (COMPLETE)Lavender/Mark #3
Ginny’s Rival: March 2008 (COMPLETE) Potter Family #6
Life Goes On: June 2009 (COMPLETE)
Strangers at Drakeshaugh: September/October 2009 (in progress)
Sports Day: June 2010 (in progress)
The Drakeshaugh Dragon: August 2010 (COMPLETE)
Moons: July 2010 (in progress) Lavender/Mark #4
Xmas Daze: December 2010
Owl Post: July 2016 (COMPLETE)
Zygosis: July 2026 (COMPLETE)
James and Me: September 2027 (in progress)
Centuries: 2080-2081 (COMPLETE)
Summary: It took Harry and his friends years to discover who killed Colin Creevey. Ginny and Luna's classmate is the only person whose killer remains free. It is 2001, and the search has been ongoing for a year. Will the killer ever be brought to justice?
Summary: Ginny is stuck at Hogwarts while Harry, Ron, and Hermione are on the run. Blaise knows that no girl can resist him...
Annabel is having a bad day. Her sudden and unexpected meeting with a face from her past is unlikely to improve matters.
This was Northumbrian of Ravenclaw House writing for Round Three of the 2012 Character Triathlon. This is now a longer chaptered story.
Nominated for: Best Original Character (Chaptered) story (for the narrator, Annabel) and Best Next Generation Story - Quicksilver Quills 2013
The locals in a sleepy corner of the Cheviot Hills are surprised to discover that they have new neighbours.
Who are the strangers at Drakeshaugh?
Nominated for: Best Post-Hogwarts (Chaptered) story - Quicksilver Quills 2011 and
Nominated for: Best Post-Hogwarts (Chaptered) story - Quicksilver Quills 2012
Summary: It is 1980, and a lot of people are looking for Lily Potter. Who will find her first?
Summary: Three renegade Blacks, Alphard, Andromeda, and Sirius, must find ways to mourn the loss of two family members.
Summary: A strange and seemingly inexplicable death in London's West End brings an unlikely collection of individuals together. Can Aurors Creevey and Cresswell, and Detective Chief Inspector Wood make any sense of the crime?
Summary: Harry and Ginny visit Portugal for sun, sea, sand, and something else.
Summary: Weddings don't just happen you know! They need planning.
Summary: The Mirrorphone, the latest advance in Wizarding communications. Now, of course, everyone seems to own one. The kids seem to be incapable of living without the device. How did it happen? Who was responsible for the design? To find out we must return to the year 2000.
Summary: The centenary of the Battle of Hogwarts is less than a year away, and the Wizarding world continues to move forward. Modernisation requires change, and some things must be swept aside in the name of progress. Buildings can be demolished and statues, even statues of deceased heroes like Harry Potter, can be relocated. Can’t they?
Hubert Dalrymple has a problem.
Summary: It is July 2020, and Ginny and Lily are discussing birthdays and boyfriends.
February 2000 Newly Qualified (in record time) Auror Harry Potter remains obsessed with “The List.” The ten people still wanted for their part in the Battle of Hogwarts. Their capture is essential. It will bring closure to the events of the past few years. Harry has set himself a target. He wants to see “The Last Death Eater” and the other nine captured before the second Anniversary of the battle. His attempts to meet his target will bring heartbreak, danger, pain, and a lifechanging injury for one former DA member.
Nominated for: Best Post-Hogwarts (Chaptered) story - Quicksilver Quills 2012
Summary: Yuletide: ‘tis the season to be jolly! Unfortunately, for four and two-thirds Potters, jolliness is in short supply. Perhaps it is the season of:
Monkeys; fish and chip suppers; shopping in Knockturn Alley; a werewolf wearing glitter lipstick; a Moon in an eccentric orbit; Dung; snow; and a jolly fat man with a white beard.Hopefully everything will work out.
Consumer Warning: Like many Christmas gifts, this may contain nuts/nut traces. No Father Christmases were harmed during the writing of this story.
Summary: New Year's Eve, (or Hogmanay if you prefer). What sort of imbecile thinks it's a good idea to give a married man with two kids, and a very pregnant wife, a love potion? It should be a time to celebrate. For "the best dad in the world" and his wife, it's time for chocolate biscuits, cocktails, an Auror in a leopard print dress, Dung and Coco.
Summary: In which Draco looks for a girlfriend, and Ginny visits Malfoy Manor.
A tale of Dark Age Magic set in Rome, the fading capital of a once great empire and Gefrin, a tiny settlement beyond the edge of that empire.
Cenau doesn't want to die in the Amphitheatre, but escape seems unlikely. Will her friend Rhea be able to keep her promise? Can they escape?
Nominated for: Best General Story (One-shot) story - Quicksilver Quills 2013
Summary: Sometimes, famous people attract unwanted attention. But minor magical misdemeanours have nothing to do with the Muggle Interface Team, do they?
Summary: Life goes on, but not the same. Everything living thing grows, changes, and matures. Married life is a living thing.
Summary: The past is a different country, and November 1978 was certainly a very strange place.