Author has written 18 stories for Harry Potter.
April 3, 2021
Thank-you to all who have read some or all of the stories. For those who liked them, thanks for the kind words. For those who didn't, thanks anyway, just for reading.
It is time for an update. Hope you're all staying safe in this time of COVID. Mask up, keep your bottle of hand sanitizer close by, keep your distance. Don't take it personally. I can assure you the virus doesn't.
--Retired, with lots of time to write. Pottermore sorted me into Slytherin.
--Reading, gardening, painting.
--Harry and Daphne make lots more sense. They always have and always will. Finding a new voice writing Harry and Daphne fiction means it's a very good day.
--Most appreciative of all comments, positive, negative, neutral.
Wheels Within Wheels, Part One was supposed to be a short riff on Harry and Daphne and a marriage contract that comes to light. Surprise! Deal with it, Potter. I can't remember what I had read of that breed at the time but Contractual Invalidation by R-dude and Harry Potter and the Marriage Contracts by Clell65619 were probably in there. After writing Part One (the only Wheels Within Wheels at the time), I posted it as a piece, then someone asked that it be separated into chapters for ease of download, so that got done and the plan was to remove the original. People keep reading it, though. Go figure. It is still up because if people want to read it that way they ought to be able to.
In a related problem, the conclusion of Part One put a sequel in my mind and Part Two practically wrote itself. By the end of Part Two, Harry and Daphne were engaged and cohabiting, Daphne was allied with the portrait of Walburga Black and had become the mistress of #12 Grimmauld Place. With Draco and Astoria about to tie the knot, the logical follow-on was a Harry and Daphne wedding. Daphne finding out she was pregnant at the beginning of Part Three was nothing more than a scale-tipper. Part Three evolved as a long, drawn-out next-gen saga that follows Harry and Daphne's daughter, a witch they named Iolanthe Astoria, her first cousin Scorpius Malfoy and Iolanthe's cosmic twin Rose Granger-Weasley until the commencement of their seventh year at Hogwarts.
An Ordinary Magical Couple and Millicent In Bloom both feature Harry and Daphne but come at them from different angles. Merit and Inheritance revolves around Harry and Daphne but observes them through a little wider scope, dealing with the usual human issues of inherited money versus new (earned) money, selflessness versus selfishness, the importance of family, love, empathy, friendship, acceptance, loyalty and giving and accepting help when the normal buffeting of life intensifies. Petunia in Winter looks at Harry's aunt at the end of her life. She fought demons and conquered most of them. With just one she was forced to negotiate a truce.
Years of Struggle - The Cabman started with an idea for one exchange in one scene, not even a chapter's worth of writing. Then it took off on a very different course. Be prepared for some mysticism and don't look for rational explanations for everything. Harriet Potter and All the Memes is just that. Put them all together in one bag, shake it up, dump it out and see what lands where.
Lavender, Fred and the Bardo, begins with the recently-deceased Fred Weasley and Lavender Brown finding one another shortly after both were killed at the Battle of Hogwarts. They hang around, chat Harry up while he's in-between then go on to the next great adventure.
Harry Potter and His Instant Family is an homage/follow-on to Twins by Andrius. Yes, I acknowledge that fact in the intro. Andrius wrote such a stunning story about Harry and Ron attempting to double-date the Carrow twins, Ron ditching the rest of the party and Harry stepping up and embarking on a relationship with Hestia and Flora, my reader-brain demanded more. Then writer-brain took over and we all had some fun. Read Twins if you haven't already, it is really good.
A Mosaic, etc., is what is says, a loose account of disasters that happened to Harry and the means he employed, with some help from friends, to make something nice out of all the bits and pieces. The narrative isn't too concerned with canon compliance but it stays within the white lines. No, actually, it stays between the guardrails most of the time. Now with a sequel, A Mosaic of Warping Mirrors, roughly following Goblet of Fire.
Under the Fluorescents, Flickering, is a slice-of-life, focusing on Harry and Pansy Parkinson, who dealt with their trauma and frustrations in very different ways. Then they discover they've been looking for something that has been there all along. Similarly, A Need to Give began with a simple idea. A boy and girl meet. There is a parting of the ways. Fate brings them back together. "Oh!" they say. "Now I get it!" I hear from readers demanding, "More Hansy!" Why not? They bring some interesting baggage so there are plenty of hooks on which to hang the plot points. Stay tuned.
On Writing: I have the greatest respect for anyone who will get off Top Dead Center and draft a little fiction. Everyone has a story. Everyone can tell their story, if they just sit down and do it. Thus, it is worth the little bit of extra time it takes to use a spelling and grammar feature. It is also well worth your time to learn the difference in the most common homonyms--there, their, they're and rain, reign, rein. Sure, the readers can sort it out from context. They will know what you mean. That isn't the point. Make that little extra effort to polish your work. We will all appreciate it.
Life can be hard. Share. Be kind to each other. Lend a hand when one is needed. Accept a little help when someone offers. If someone around you is tedious or annoying, it is all material for a writer. Don't get mad. Soak it up, change the names, write it down. Just don't tell them. Regards, B