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Joined 03-07-07, id: 1232005, Profile Updated: 08-10-15
Author has written 2 stories for Harry Potter.

It's been a long time since I've updated my profile, and as I've seen other people do on their profiles, I'm going to get a few fanfiction peeves off of my chest. I've been reading Harry Potter fics for a long time now, and have written two lengthy stories, so here are a few observations. Well, OK, they are rants more than observations.

1. Enough with the bashing! Ron bashing, Ginny bashing, Molly bashing, Dumbledore bashing. Enough already! It's boring. It's been done a million times, and it's lazy literature. Sure, these characters can have faults, but they are much more interesting as flawed individuals rather than evil or incredibly stupid idiots.

2. "I suck at writing summaries." I cringe when I see that. If you can't write a decent summary, why should I read your story? Also, if you misspell five words in your summary or don't capitalize any words, don't expect me to click onwards.

3. Rewriting canon "with a twist." Why do so many stories just follow canon with a few changes here and there? No matter how much you change it, it isn't very interesting because we've already read it and know what is going to happen. One way or the other, Harry is going to rescue the philosopher's stone, or kill the basilisk, or survive the tri-wizard tournament. If you are going to write a story, then make it your own.

4. Abandoned stories and yearly updates. It really isn't that complicated. If you are going to post a story on this site, you obviously want people to read it. To then abandon a story (without removing it with an explanation) or update it once every two years is an insult to the readers who have done you the favor of reading your work. Updates preferably should be made on a weekly basis, but at the very least once per month. If you can't meet a once per month schedule, then don't start in the first place. The best advice I can give is not to post your first chapter until you have already written at least five.

5. Why, why, WHY do people insist on Sirius calling Harry, "Pup." Or even worse, "Cub." Please! It's not funny, it's not cute, and it is not something Sirius would say to Harry, who is not an animagus and whose patronus is not even canine in nature. This is one of the worst creations of fanfiction which has for some inexplicable reason been copied by countless authors. If you must use a nickname, "Prongs Jr." or "Prongslet" at least have some logic to them. In the same vein, I hate the nickname "Mione" for Hermione. It really sounds stupid.

6. "The rating is T for now but I may change it later." No, no, no! The rating is for the story as a whole, so even if you are only going to have one chapter where Harry is romping in the hay with a partner, or where there is serious violence, then the entire story should be rated M right from the beginning. Some readers do not want to read M rated stories, so if you know that there will be M rated material at some point, then rate it M right from the start.

That said, I still enjoy a lot of stories out there, so by all means, if you have the urge, give it a try. I enjoyed writing my two stories, but I believe that my fanfiction writing days are over. G.

(This first posted on Jan. 10, 2009) I published A Serpent's Sacrifice on a different site in 2006, but I never got around to posting it here. Early in 2007, I discovered that my story had been plagiarized by someone on Fortunately, that issue was resolved easily enough, and I thought that it would be best for me to post my story here, which I have done. I would love to read your reviews.

A Serpent's Sacrifice is a "canon" seventh-year story combining mystery, drama, angst, action/adventure, a little humor and romance. It has been very well-received, and I think you will enjoy it. In 2007, I posted a second and entirely different seventh-year story, The Bottom of the Lake, which is what I like to call "semi-canon." I finished it the day before Deathly Hallows came out, and it deals largely with the effects on Harry of having to destoy the horcruxes. Again, I hope you take the time to review.

I am a late forties man living in Southern California who stumbled on Harry Potter fanfiction a few years ago. After reading a number of stories, I decided that I would give it a try myself. Thanks for giving my stories a read, and let me know what you think of them. If you have any questions, I'll be happy to respond to your review. Happy reading. G.

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The Prisoner's Cipher by Ecthelion3 reviews
AU. Years after his defeat of Voldemort, Harry Potter remains a willing and secret prisoner of the Ministry, but not all is what it seems. Harry has a plan, and the world will never be the same.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Mystery - Chapters: 9 - Words: 69,457 - Reviews: 425 - Favs: 1,547 - Follows: 1,821 - Updated: 8/15 - Published: 8/21/2011 - Harry P., Hermione G. - Complete
Harry's Story by Natasha Vloyski reviews
Harry is on his own, ready to hunt down Snape and Voldemort and destroy them. This story is complete.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 29 - Words: 87,448 - Reviews: 83 - Favs: 33 - Follows: 31 - Updated: 6/2/2010 - Published: 3/22/2007 - Harry P., Severus S. - Complete
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The Bottom of the Lake reviews
In between the Ministry & Voldemort, Harry searches for horcruxes on the run. Scrimgeour has ideas on how to combat Voldemort, who realizes that he must guard the remaining horcruxes. Harry and Voldemort are destined to meet at the bottom of the lake.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Suspense - Chapters: 35 - Words: 155,556 - Reviews: 248 - Favs: 197 - Follows: 77 - Updated: 7/20/2007 - Published: 6/23/2007 - Harry P., Hermione G. - Complete
A Serpent's Sacrifice reviews
The magical world unravels after sixth year. The Order of the Phoenix is an empty shell, so Harry must act independently. Voldemort's lying low, but for how long? Follow Harry as he finds and destroys the other horcruxes and deals with unwanted celebrity.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Angst - Chapters: 45 - Words: 225,939 - Reviews: 548 - Favs: 489 - Follows: 213 - Updated: 6/19/2007 - Published: 3/11/2007 - Harry P., Hermione G. - Complete