Author has written 1 story for Harry Potter.
Hello! My name is Jacey. I am 20 years old and I live in Florida. I finally have a story up. Let me know what you think of it. I could use a little constructive criticism.
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Jacey-isms (for those rare moments when I actually say something that makes sense)
An author always puts part of themselves into his or her work.
The best way to forget the sorrows in your own life is to immerse yourself in another's life (a reference to reading, in case you didn't pick it up).
About Before It All:
Lydia Paz Michaels (Serrao) was born on November 9, 1979. She comes from a halfblood family. Her father, Brendan Richard Michaels, married muggle-born Alejandra Maria Serrao Ramirez. Her father went to Hogwarts while her mother went to a school in Spain. Her brother, Lucas Manuel (3/16/82), disappeared while he was out for a run during the summer of 1996. He was presumed dead. Her mother, father, sister Leanne Isabel Michaels-Sikorski (6/24/75) and her brother-in-law Dimitre Josef Sikorski (11/14/72) were killed during the war. Her father was the ambassador to Spain, leaving him to be a prime target for Voldemort. Voldemort had tried to use Brendan Michaels as a medium to further control Europe, but Michaels resisted and was therefore killed by Voldemort's Death Eaters. It was by pure luck Lydia wasn't killed that day.
Lydia has waist-length dark brown hair, bright blue eyes, a tan complexion, and is around 5'6". She has five earrings in her left ear and two in her right. She also has a tattoo on the lower right front side of her abdomen. It is in remembrance of those who died in the war. It's of a phoenix and the words "Death ends a life, not a relationship."
The name Lydia means "noble kind; of the noble sort". Her middle name, Paz, is the Spanish word for peace. Serrao, as you can see above, is her mother's maiden name.
More information about Lydia's memory modification: Lydia had Dumbledore erase all her memories of Harry and what happened with him and his family, what happened to Remus and Sirius, pretty much anything connected to the prior generation. She wanted to keep the memories of her family and her friends, but had him perform a substitution spell to change their names in her mind. She also had him make her believe she had attended Phoenix Academy prior to 1977 Hogwarts instead of 1998 Hogwarts. Her family members’ first names are all the same, with her father’s surname being changed to Serrao and her mother’s to simply Ramirez. Padma’s name stayed the same, as Patil is a common Indian surname. She remembers nothing about coming back from the future. She believes her whole family was killed by Death Eaters.
Some of you may remember me posting two separate family trees. After much hard work and rearranging, I have consolidated it all into one tree for better accessibility. Enjoy!
Before It All Family Tree:
So, I thought you might like to know the names of the students of the graduating class of 1978, so here's my version:
Gryffindor: Sirius Black (M), Lily Evans (F), Remus Lupin (M), Mary Macdonald (F), Peter Pettigrew (M), James Potter (M), Tracey Sullivan (F), Elizabeth Taylor (F)
Hufflepuff: Adrian Burke (M), Bradley Crawford (M), Dirk Cresswell (M), Adonis Demetriou (M), Jordan Harrison (F), Amanda Hart (F), Rosemary Meadows (F), Justin Stebbins (M), Uriah Wilkins (F)
Ravenclaw: Stephen Abbott (M), Bertram Aubrey (M), Mary Brown (F), Kaitlyn Johnson (F), Ryan Johnson (M), Anthony Knapp (M), Heather Nichols (F), Lydia Serrao (F), Rachel Summers (F), and Ian Williams (M)
Slytherin: Michael Avery (M), Belinda Edwards (F), Eden Merritt (F), Corinne Milano (F), Cody Mulciber (M), Geoffrey Nott (M), Severus Snape (M), Cadence Vogel (F), Henry Yaxley (M)
Captains: James Potter (Gryffindor), Adonis Demetriou (Hufflepuff), Anthony Knapp (Ravenclaw), Corrine Milano (Slytherin).
Gryffindor: Jael Berkowitz (5), Chaser; Sirius Black (7), Beater; Nadiyya Khan (6), Keeper; Isabella Lloyd (3), Chaser; James Potter (7), Chaser, Captain; Harmony Prescott (4), Seeker; Oliver Wright (5), Beater.
Hufflepuff: Dirk Cresswell (7), Beater; Adonis Demetriou (7), Beater, Captain; Nelson Lowry (5), Chaser; Gabriel Malone (6), Chaser; Rosemary Meadows (7), Chaser; Aditi Patil (6), Seeker; Daiki Yukimura (4), Keeper.
Ravenclaw: Tamsin Bennett (6), Seeker; Sachairi Calhoun (6), Beater; Thomas Irving (5), Beater; Kaitlyn Johnson (7), Chaser; Ryan Johnson (7), Chaser; Anthony Knapp (7), Keeper, Captain; Flutura Simonides (4), Chaser.
Slytherin: Regulus Black (5), Seeker; Belinda Edwards (7), Keeper; Corinne Milano (7), Chaser, Captain; Kevin Myles (6), Beater; Blossom Norwood (4), Chaser; Blythe Norwood (4), Chaser; Mal'akhi Rose (3), Beater
Quotes about writers and writing
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." - Douglas Adams
"There are two kinds of writer: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder." - Brian Aldiss
"The story...must be a conflict, and specifically, a conflict between the forces of good and evil within a single person." - Maxwell Anderson
"Either a writer doesn't want to talk about his work, or he talks about it more than you want." - Anatole Broyard
"Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don't see any." - Orson Scott Card
"When men ask me how I know so much about men, they get a simple answer: everything I know about men, I learned from me." - Anton Chekhov
"It is perfectly okay to write garbage--as long as you edit brilliantly." - C.J. Cherryh
"Books aren't written, they're rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it..." - Michael Crichton
"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way." - E.L. Doctorow
"If you start with a bang, you won't end with a whimper." - T.S. Eliot
"It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does." - William Faulkner
"I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within." - Gustave Flaubert
"Observe, don't imitate." - John M. Ford
"If you haven't got an idea, start a story anyway. You can always throw it away, and maybe by the time you get to the fourth page you will have an idea, and you'll only have to throw away the first three pages." - William Campbell Gault
"The writer's genetic inheritance and her or his experiences shape the writer into a unique individual, and it is this uniqueness that is the writer's only stuff for sale." - James Gunn
"It's better to write about things you feel than about things you know about." - L.P. Hartley
"Fiction is about stuff that's screwed up." - Nancy Kress
"You may be able to take a break from writing, but you won't be able to take a break from being a writer..." - Stephen Leigh
"Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending." - Henry Wadsworth Longsfellow
"We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to." - Somerset Maugham
"Writing is its own reward." - Henry Miller
"Children read books, not reviews. They don't give a hoot about critics." - Isaac Bashevis Singer
"By writing much, one learns to write well." - Robert Southey
"The first chapter sells the book; the last chapter sells the next book." - Mickey Spillane
"The only way to learn to write is to write." - Peggy Teeters
"Fiction writing is great. You can make up almost anything." - Ivana Trump
"I never want to see anyone, and I never want to go anywhere or do anything. I just want to write." P.G. Wodehouse
"Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up." - Jane Yolen
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