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Joined 12-04-00, id: 28452
Author has written 8 stories for Harry Potter, and Misc. Books.
I am twice your age with half your experience.
Job: visual artist.
Hobby:playing with language.
Email: textualsphinx@

Now sign up as as 'Textualsphinx', not 'Sphinx', since numerous Sphinxes have appeared in Potterdom since I first chose the name from "Goblet of Fire" in September 2000 to Review with. A very kind reader, Corgi, has collected all my stories together and given them stylish fonts and colourful backgrounds. You can find them at http:///people/Corgi/textualsphinx.fic.

Many thanks Corgi.

Another kind reader, JOdel, has done an exquisitely illustrated version of my best story, "To Sever the Lining from a Cloud". You can find it (and many other gems by JOdel herself and others) at her site "Red Hen Publications". Here is the link: http://


Gryffindor Super-ego, Ravenclaw Ego, Slytherin Inner Brat - but few quizzez are so Freudian.

I usually get Sorted to Gryffindor. I don't know why. My fics are Slytherin-sympathetic with pronounced Ravenclaw leanings.

A random selection from my favourite books:

Zadie Smith: "White Teeth" (A Must-read if you want to understand England.)
Adam Thorpe: "Ulverton" (ditto. *Incredible* language. A masterpiece. He hasn't matched it since.)
Toni Morrison: "Beloved" (of course) "Paradise".
Italo Calvino: "Invisible Cities"

Bertolt Brecht: "The Good Person of Setchuan" and all his theoretical writings.

Augusto Boal: "Theatre of the Oppressed" (a classic. More radical than Brecht).

Michel Foucault's "History of Sexuality".

Charlotte Bronte: "Villette" (Better than "Jane Eyre", neurotic where "Wuthering Heights" is psychotic.)

Primo Levi: "If This is A Man", "If Not Now, When"
Jean Rhys: "Good Morning Midnight" and "Wide Sargasso Sea"
George Elliot: "Middlemarch" "Daniel Deronda"
Jeanette Winterson: "The Passion"
Albert Camus: "La Peste"
Silvia Plath: "The Bell Jar"
Angela Carter: "Nights at the Circus"
Kasuo Ishiguro: "An Artist of the Floating World"
Darien Leader: "Why do Women Write More Letters than they Post?"
Milan Kundera "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting" and "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (Overlook his sexism, because his analysis of Kitsch is so memorable.)
Linda Grant: When I Lived in Modern Times
Tracy Chevalier "Girl with a Pearl Earring" (take me to Delft NOW) and "Falling Angels".

Fantasy (for the under-20s)
Ursula Le Guin: 'Wizard of Earthsea' quartet.
Elizabeth A Romey: Lera of Tymoria, the Dragon Mage.

The Golden Age by Arsinoe de Blassenville reviews
Post DH. In the wake of victory, Harry struggles with life, love, and the reform of the British wizarding world. He learns that life is complex, and that happy endings are fleeting. Chapter 24- Dreams: The Unicorn in Kensington Gardens
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 24 - Words: 97,015 - Reviews: 1153 - Favs: 752 - Follows: 376 - Updated: 4/21/2008 - Published: 7/26/2007 - Harry P., Hermione G. - Complete
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The Deathsong of Ahmed AlGara reviews
HEY - DON'T IGNORE THIS - you don't get many CHAUCER fanfics! Modern twist on the most offensive of the tales - The Prioress's, and all too relevant to current crises.
Misc. Books - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,047 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 9 - Published: 12/3/2003
A Decoding of the Heart reviews
It's the prequel to the sequel of another writer's fic/Of a pairing (Snape 'n Granger) that still makes some people SICK/ Dare to visit Snape's strange quarters almost sunk in Hogwart's Lake/ Where he patterns out sad days observed by Salomé, his snake.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 5 - Words: 48,653 - Reviews: 282 - Favs: 120 - Follows: 68 - Updated: 4/4/2003 - Published: 6/19/2001 - Severus S., Hermione G.
Snape the Knife's Sorting Song reviews
'A sinister little number to the tune of Mac the Knife' that had half the firsties sneaking back to the boats.
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Parody/Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 524 - Reviews: 69 - Favs: 153 - Follows: 23 - Published: 11/18/2002 - Severus S.
Being Millicent Bulstrode reviews
Millicent Bulstrode's only sin,/Apart from being a Slytherin,/ Is to look like the kind of masculine hag/No Gilded Youth would want to shag. So I'm making her a HEROINE.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,246 - Reviews: 81 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 19 - Published: 5/20/2002
A Sorting Song by Severus reviews
BLOODY BRILLIANT Award Winner. Who but Severus would write a song that insults every house but his own in polysyllabic rhyming couplets? If Rowling were in her grave, she'd be spinning..
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,378 - Reviews: 482 - Favs: 1,293 - Follows: 153 - Published: 3/25/2002
Why Slytherins Are Sexier reviews
Severus is forced to give his theories on why Slytherins are sexier. Yet-to-be-attatched snippet of 'Decoding of the Heart'
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,434 - Reviews: 118 - Favs: 134 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 12/20/2001 - Published: 7/3/2001
Letter from Exile one Merciful Morning reviews
Here's angst laced with humour and tender enchantment; good grammar and lexicon serve as enhancement. And how can you not want Snape's wholesale Redemption. Or thoughts about Sex - sufficient temptation? Voted 'BEST ROMANCE' in Bloody Brilliant Awards.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 13,477 - Reviews: 384 - Favs: 440 - Follows: 52 - Updated: 6/25/2001 - Published: 12/5/2000
To Sever the Lining from a Cloud reviews
O read me, review me I live for your praiseAnd this sweet touching tale has taken two daysIt dripped through my head when, too scantily cloaked I got caught in a rainstorm and thoroughly soaked. 'GOLDEN QUILL' and 'BLOODY BRILLIANT' award winner.
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,247 - Reviews: 158 - Favs: 183 - Follows: 16 - Updated: 6/25/2001 - Published: 12/8/2000 - Severus S., Lily Evans P.
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