Artemisia Bly
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Joined 10-12-07, id: 1396793, Profile Updated: 02-26-13
Author has written 1 story for Harry Potter.

Artemisia Bly had very much enjoyed watching her first fanfic -- heck, her first novel ever -- grow. [And grow some MORE, see below, Feb.2013]

And now, over a year since that first chapter got scribbled out in ink on the back of an editorial about "Deaf education in the Potterverse," we arrive at the end of Chapter 7. An early Yuletide gift to you, rather bittersweet for me! Was it a boatload of work? Heck, yeah. But was it fun? Absolutely!

For those who are startled by the term "firstyears", it actually is a very ordinary term among those who hang out among New England women's colleges, and I think it fits this school as well. "FreshMAN"? Naaah...

As a hard-of-hearing person who grew up pre-ADA, I do envy some of Cait's (and her cohorts') advantages; I would especially love a trumpetvine of my own. And some of those signspells.

Full credit goes to J.K. Rowling for the concept of wizarding schools which exist in among the ordinary 20th-21st-century world; of international broomstick sports such as Quiddich and Quodpot, and the idea, and name, of the Salem Witches' Institute. Also, of course, she gets full credit for the very useful word "Muggle".

Having said that, the particular interpretation of SWI which exists in this story is all mine, as are all of the characters who work, study and visit there. Also, the concept of wizards and witches who sign, rather than speak, their spellwork, is also mine.

This story is dedicated to all you other "solitaires" who have survived public-school mainstreaming.

Happy reading!

AB,

a proud New England native with Canadian roots

(no, it's not THAT "broomball"...)

UPDATE!

Hello everyone:
yes, it's been a long, long time since Cait Leo's firstyear struggles!
There will be more to her story: she spent part of her fifthyear ghost-busting (and getting her driver's license), and her sixthyear is shaping up rather normally, or as normal as life at a magical school can be.
Penny is agitating for Cait and Meg to spend some time overseas in England, land of Harry Potter himself, once they are in seventhyear studies, with its mandatory off-campus practicum. So a new fanfic will be in the works.
In the meanwhile, I have some big news to announce -- the NON-fanfic version of "Handful of Spells" has become a real BOOK! Look for it by title at harvard.com.
-Artemisia B.

A Handful of Spells reviews
A hard-of-hearing girl thinks she'll finally fit in at the Salem Witches' Institute. But her spoken spellwork's shaky, and broomwork a challenge. Then she meets Deaf wizards who sign their spells, instead of speaking them ..
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 9 - Words: 75,979 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 12/14/2008 - Published: 10/14/2007