Sheesh, talk about slacking. I don't really know how I missed the fact that there was a new chapter to like my favorite thing ever. Wow. I blame the fact that my car flooded this week. Nothing like gallons of water to keep you on your toes. Anyway (to more fictional and more important things) I think you do an absolutely splendid job of painting the portrait of what it means to be a professional Quidditch player. The professional sports world you are creating is so realistic, I'm starting to wonder that the HP world is in fact real and that you, along with Ms. Rowling, actually live there. Actually, after typing that, I've decided that it's true. No wondering required. I appreciate the fact that you're talking the time to share with a Muggle such as myself.
I just published the first chapter of a new story that focuses on a group of guys who start up a Fantasy Quidditch league and I've been doing so much research it's starting to make my head spin. The point is, you've done such a remarkable job, and everything you write is so natural, I just believe in it instantly. The characters are still engaging and developing, it's just crazy. I'm not sure how you do it. Well, I suppose if I did know, I'd be far more talented! You, my dear, are a wonder.
Yeah...I'm hoping that slap to the face will get through to you. (Oh, stop whining and just put some ice on it. Or, if you would prefer the manly advice, rub some dirt on it, kid.) I just hope it helps you realize that this whole Famous Quidditch Player world isn't something you're going to figure out instantly. I'll tell you to tread carefully, especially where that Mason bloke is concerned (well, think about what you would do if the roles were reversed), even though I'm sure you won't. I'll tell you to not do anything stupid, but I know that's a lost cause. Also, I'd check on Bink if I were you.
PS: The cancer fund was a real decent thing to do. There is a lollipop enclosed. Red and cherry obviously.
Author's Response: WHOA. I don't like floods. At all. Our townhouse flooded a bit when the toilet overflowed just before Christmas and it was a disaster. Ruined a chalk painting I bought in Central Park.
Well, I do love entertaining Muggles. Just don't tell anyone my secret. Something about the professional world of Quidditch really intrigues me and it was a big part of my decision to write the sequel. I wanted to create that world I'd been hinting at for so long in Hide & Seek and BTQC. So I'm glad you like it. It's (obviously) based off hockey, but with a lot of twists.
I can't remember if I've told you this, but the idea behind the Fantasy League is BRILLIANT. I actually looked at it and then got a bit steamed I didn't think of it first. So there's your gold star for the day! Then I wanted to write it. So there ya go :)
The lollipop is satisfactory.
I certainly wouldn't threaten Mason if the roles were reversed. The guy is a real piece of work. So is everyone lately. They seem to think that suddenly everything has worked out and why am I not around as much ... no one has bothered to even ask my schedule. Which, by the way, is completely packed. Not just with silly interviews, but with practice and workouts and scrimages. I'm exhausted and all they care about is that I'm not around for them to complain to.