Author has written 13 stories for Harry Potter.
Well I'm in my early 50’s and an old-fashioned geek. My wife calls me the "Fount of Useless Trivia" because I had to memorize all that stuff prior to Wikipedia and Google. So when you are reading my fics be warned one of the things I like to do is try to explain a lot of what just sort of happens in the HP universe. So if things seem off or different than canon, there is almost certainly a reason which I will explain in the story.
Even though I'm a bit of a broken combat vet, I do like romantic stories. And by that it doesn't have to be 'romantic' in the sense of romance but 'romantic' in the 18th century sort of way. I grew up watching Star Blazers and got to see a lot of Japanese anime before it became main stream. So I'm all about last charges of the Light Brigade and billowing capes and nature philosophy.
Last Profile Update: 03-23-2016
SAVE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE BEFORE READING MY FICS! READ THE BELOW!
Not writing for the kiddies here. That being said I'm not one to write about nasty just to write it unless it drives the plot. Also I'm finding my writings are a way to deal with a lot of crap I still am processing from my Army/combat tour time. Thus my writing is a bit therapeutic but may sometimes be more for me and not something I expect everyone to enjoy or understand.
Plus except in the stories taking place years later, most characters are teenagers. Teenagers experiment. Teenagers make mistakes. Teenager of confused about things and often unsure of themselves and their place in the world. In my fics this is complicated by the interaction of their maturing magical core and the bodies going through puberty.
Thus they will often act atypically to what you would expect. PLEASE REMEMBER THIS! The addition of magic adds a new dimension of an already complex time in a person's life. In addition, since Harry is the last of his line(s) there is an additional level to the way magic affects him. So if you think a character is acting odd or doing something too mature for a teen their age, I would remind you this is a fantasy story with magic which changes the rules.
Fair warning: I do not like Ronald Weasley...or Molly Weasley and Remus Lupin for that matter. I am not bashing them; what we see in canon shows us that they are not nice people. Plus just because I write harsh things about a character doesn't make it “bashing” so don't bother complaining about it. If you don't like it, right you own Hero Ron and Happy Mother Weasley stories.
ON REVIEWS AND MY FEELINGS ON READER ENTITLEMENT
Let me make one thing very clear. While I may not condone what goes on in a story, these are MY stories written in a style I like to read. I am inviting you along for the ride but that’s it. More to the point in regards to Harry Potter, this is my take on JKR’s work and so if I’m not doing something like she did, well that’s sort of the point.
So while I see some need for trigger warnings, I’m going to do a 180 turn and go back to my original stance: “normal” books lack them and that’s just the way it is. I doubt my angry reviewers spam George R.R. Martin’s email box with complaints about lack of trigger warnings so while I’m no where near his level (in so many ways) as an author, I don’t feel it’s my job to worry about all the possible bad reactions potential readers have. I’ve already said above, not writing for kiddies.
CURRENT STORIES (or at least one's I'm posting on) on FFnet (I do have others only on available on my Yahoo group
HP and the Rejected Path: Actually came about because I was having trouble making Harry "evil" while writing HP and the Order of the Stag. So I decided to split the story and found it going off into a new and exciting direction. This is Harry mad as hell and not taking it anymore. NOTE! This fic is written the way it is due to a challenge to write the characters in ways they normally not. So, for example, it is NOT YOUR DADDY'S LUNA! (You've been warned) and other characters will act in ways rarely seen. This story also has all sorts of nasty things in it. If you have DELICATE SENSIBILITIES then don't be shocked if squicky things happen.
Harry Potter and Hogwarts U: How would canon be affected if Harry entered Hogwarts at 18 rather than eleven? Big changes, quite AU, different sortings and a more realistic take on JKR's world where people actually act their age. (i.e. drink, smoke, have sex, join fraternities, live off campus and the like)
Harry Potter and the Trickster's Gambit: A reboot of the now dead fic, HP and the Order of the Stag. What if the Power Voldemort knows not of has a far older genesis? This is a evil Dumbledore story whose ship is unclear though leaning at least some HP/LL elements. If you can't take a story dealing with gender issues, gender identity and stuff like that, don't even bother.
Harry Potter and the Thin Blue Line: The prototype “post-Hogwarts” fic for me. A magical cop drama where we see Harry as a Hit-wizard working for MI-7. A suspicious death sets him off on a mission to find out what is going on with his new partner, forensic pathologist DMLE Agent Morag MacDougal, MD. A lot of how I see the post-Hogwarts world will be defined in this fic.
Paging Dr. Bell: Dr. Katherine Bell, famous wizarding psychologist, has been asked to tell her account of her (mostly unknown) contributions to the defeat of Voldemort for the 15th anniversary of the event. An AU take of things told mostly from Katie's view. See how she helped Harry and Hermione learn to love each other so Harry will have the power Voldemort knows not. Mostly a fluffy/lemony/romantic take.
COMMON CHANGES TO CANON: Here are some things which are found in almost all of my fics. They are my fanon, if you will.
Spells: It may seem a bit OCD but I cannot stand JKR's faux Latin spells because she has too many false friends and often throws in non Latin. If spells are going to be Latin stick with Latin. Thus I have changed many canon spells. For example I have switched this to lectiomension. Read HP and the Rejected Path's first chapter author's notes to find out why. It's all there. Plus I have an MS-Excel spreadsheet available on my Yahoo group (zArkham's Asylum) which has all the spells, what they mean and what canonical spell (if any) they represent. I realize this is a bit off-putting for many of you but it was something which constantly bugged me as I created new spells and wanted more consistency
Character Ages: In most of my stories, people will start at Hogwarts either at 12, 14 or in one case 18. If so, all canonical ages will be changed accordingly.
Black is Black: In my fics, Andromeda is the oldest daughter and not Bellatrix. Also in my fics Narcissa also has the black hair with a patch of white like you see in the films. As will be seen, however, because of how I see wizards and witches aging differently than Muggles , Helen McCrory is shown too old to be Narcissa. (Her mother might look like her but not Narcissa) More about Narcissa in later a/n and chapters. A good photo example to work with is Andromeda looks like Monica Bellucci. Thus Bellatrix and Tonks also look a lot like her.
Divination Changes: While not seen in most fics (generally since I don’t start that early in the series) my view of magic and the Harryverse in general means there is a big change in how divinations is done. So for stories like Paging Dr. Bell or other fics where this change really doesn’t affect canon too much, here are some basic changes.
: A mandatory class for everyone third year. However the class is broad in scope and is taught in conjunction with Sinestra and Vector on a rotating basis. The class is mandatory given how divinations relates to Runes and Arithmancy.
: Basically magical math and numerology. However as anyone who knows a bit about magic, anything with ‘mancy’ means it’s about divination. So again one has to have a basic understanding of divination to take this class even if the “math” is being used less for divination and more for something like spell creation.
Obviously in fics with this Hermione wouldn’t have walked out of divinations as she did in canon. However my version of Trelawney is more focused and the first divinations class is also more in-depth. It is obvious that JKR had no concept of divinations past the general “gypsy reading your tea leaves” concept.
LONG DELAYED COMMENTS ABOUT MISOGYNY
A lot of things have been going on in our culture regarding women’s rights and what seems to be an increase in awareness of how much a rape culture we have. I’ve actually been very tempted to pull almost all of my stories. Why? Because in many ways they play into a lot of the crap which feeds crimes against women. It was not my intent nor do I condone what people might read into my work. However it's there and I have to deal with it. I feel that any rationalization I give will be just that; a rationalization. Yet I rarely get many women (or men) complaining. Is it because I have few women reading my stories? I don't know. I do know that I will continue to try to have reasons for what characters do even if it does look like I'm just giving an excuse for my writing.
I honestly don't know what to do. When one is hyper-alert about certain things, everything is suspect. You can argue for and against almost anything. So I will continue to try and make my writings palatable and not another thing which keeps women down. I know I'm probably failing already but I'm at a point where I can argue to go forward, to go back and to just give up. Right now in my life, I've given up too many times. I am committed to finishing what I started. I hope you all will continue to give your feedback and allow me to respond. I also know that some of you will just hate what I write and I'm trying to do better with trigger warnings. Many people feel these are stupid but if anything, I know about triggers and how things which fly by others can make others very uncomfortable and bring back bad memories.
Do not be surprised if I go back and make some changes especially in cases where there is rape or attempted rape. In the past, I've made comments about using them to drive the story, but after watching such things from feminstfrequency regarding the Damsel in Distress trope, I find I cannot defend that action as easily anymore. Please respect this decision if my changes make you feel the story to be not to your liking.
If anything I am reminded that I'm breaking one of my own rules. I have decried how often TV shows and movies take an easy path when with a little thought, a way could be made to make things work. The transporters of Star Trek are my biggest peeve. If the writers had given a little more thought, they could have avoided so much of the issues the transporters bring up. The biggest being it is hard to have tension when you can simply be beamed away. So while I stand by my scene in Son of a Marauder, I would not use (even if I was so inclined) to have Luna's weirdness come about due to a sexual assault or something like that. Killing a loved one or rape is the easy out to give characters motivation.
In short, I cannot please everyone but I cannot just say, "I can only please myself" because I am part of a bigger whole and if many of us individually please ourselves without regard to others, then nothing gets done in the way of change. I will try to be better but I can only try. I have my own issues I'm trying to work out through my writings so I have that to contend with...even if that also feels like a rationalization.
HOW TO GET A REVIEW IGNORED OR MOCKED
Review as a Guest: Why? Because I can count on one hand (and not use my thumb) the number of quest reviews which have been positive. If you don't have enough love of the medium to create a profile so we can take you seriously then troll someone else. I have, however, finally turned off the guest review function so hopefully this won't be a problem anymore.
Tell Me I did X or Y mistake relating to Canon: As mentioned above, I’m writing AU fiction. Thus if I say the sky is yellow, then it’s yellow. End of Line.
THOUGHTS ON WRITING IN GENERAL
I've stressed a lot because I find myself wandering from one story to another. After discussing it with my wife (also a writer) I've gotten to the point where I'm not going to worry about it. I will finish all my stories. I just find that my style of writing is such that I need to write what I'm excited about. I put of writing on my first fic, Harry Potter and the Order of the Stag, for more than a year. I then started working on it again. Of course I quickly realized that I probably wasn't going to finish it. However many of the issues I finished made its way into current fics and most probably future fics. So yes, for you the reader, I understand your pain because I have favorite authors who I wish would quit working on stories when the story I want is left untouched. However, since no money is being made off this, I have to do what is the most enjoyable to me.
Also it is important to know of a certain writing style I use. When a character says something and I put a single quotes then it means either the word was said with a sarcastic emphasis or the person made air quotes and I don't want to interrupt the flow of the narrative by writing that bit out. Here are two examples.
"So then Ginny sits down and 'accidentally' bumps into Harry" -- Here the word accidentally is said sarcastically.
"Oh so are you can Hermione going to go 'study' now?" Katie said with a smirk. -- Here the word study is probably accompanied by air quotes even as it is emphasized.
In either case, it is intended to show emphasis of some kind and probably means the word isn't to be taken in its usual connotation.
MY YAHOO GROUP = - Be sure to say why you want to join or I'll think you’re a spam-bot! Also, right now the amount of original content is mostly story ideas, my musings, polls and obviously the message forum where I broach ideas to the group. I do intend to write original content just for there. Not sure when that will happen but I've plans for it. A lot of discussion here directly impacts how my stories turn out.