I just wanted to stop by and say a few words to you, my dear. I've read this story before, and also some of your other works, and I am just hopelessly addicted to your style. It's so poetic and dark and heartbreaking - I am so envious. I wish that my words could evoke such beauty and pain, I really do. Your two Harry/Hermione stories broke me to pieces, and I am still waiting for Before:After to be updated. Never stop writing. You have a true gift. I hope, in addition, that you write other things besides fanfiction: poetry, novels, something. Because words come to you in a way I've never seen them come to anyone before, and that is something to be treasured. I (selfishly) hope you write more Harry/Hermione in the future, because I keep coming back and re-reading those two fics. And I hope to see an update on Before:After, because it was lovely as well. Like I said, never stop writing. I know I'm not the only true and adoring fan out there. You mentioned in one of your review responses to me that you didn't feel like your writing was good lately, so I just wanted to give you a little extra encouragement - It is good. It's better than good. It's breathtaking. So keep going.
Love to you and your lovely words,
Author's Response: See, there you go again and make my day :)
First of all it's really funny that you should review He's Left a Mark of all of my posted fics. This is the one fic I'm always thinking about deleting, thinking about editing. I actually stray FAR away from it, afraid to start cringing whenever I start reading it. This was my first attempt on writing the style I use now - so this was my first feeble step towards They Did it Better, Before: After, anything really. My style's all over the place in this one and it's more poetry than anything, really, but it shows how much I've evolved as a writer and I treasure it for this. I just thought that it was funny that you chose this particular fic. And I'm rambling. Sorry.
Now, I'm so so so so incredibly flattered by all these kind words. You make me feel like a star haha and I am eternally grateful for that. I don't think I'd ever be able to stop writing, I tried once, and it kind of just bubbled over anyways haha. I'm trying to write other stuff, too, I'm trying to figure out if this is what I want to do the rest of my life and generally just trying to grow as a writer. This is what I live for, so it means the world to me whenever I get recognition. I'm almost finished with the last installment of Before: After, promise. Other fics just kind of caught up with me and I got distracted... And yeah, Harry/Hermione fics will definitely be coming again down the line - they're my favourite pairing, so don't you worry, my dear!
Basically, what I wanted to say in this (novel-length) reply is thank you. This means so so so much. I think everyone as a writer is very self-conscious and I'm no exception. And it really is for reviewers/readers like you that I write, it's what pushes me and makes me want to write more and more. So thank you. It means the world.