|Review:||teh tarik says:|
Oh, wow! You wrote a caretaker-goes-off-travelling fic for the House Cup as well! Except your caretaker Miriam is 1091823023 times better and more fun than Argus Filch. :P This was such an original story and I honestly loved it because it was so unexpected and I couldn't predict the ending. It's the kind of fic that I love, that starts off from a very specific point in time and space, in this case, after Voldie's Ministry break-in in OotP, and which rapidly broadens rapidly into the larger, more unpredictable world. And Miriam's journey sure is unpredictable.
Your narrative is very stolid and matter-of-fact, and I think this reflects Miriam's characterisation very well. She's clearly a very practical character who can keep her head despite being thrown into a different time era and travelling halfway across the world just to get back to the right time. I love, love, love that descriptive part of the ship voyage. I swear that you yourself are some time-traveller from the past who used to work on one of those olde sailing ships swabbing the decks or tending to the rigging or whatever; honestly, your use of all the ship jargon was a delight to read with all that mainmast and topsail and bowsprit and other such fascinating terms.
I really love the time travel theme of this story. You really took the 'travel' prompt for the House Cup challenge and developed it further to include movement through time as well as through space. It's such a fun idea to think about, that Miriam travels back 150 years back through time, and four months and several thousand miles through space to reach a physical location where she can return 150 years back to time, and when in the right time, travels back all the way halfway across the globe again back to her original physical location. If that sounds convoluted to you, it's actually because I'm quite inept at explaining things. :P Your story was very easy to follow, no worries! :P But it's a very imaginative idea, and it really takes the idea of 'travel' to a whole new level. And of course, it turns out that Miriam helped invent time travel! And then there's Livingstone and actual Muggle history! Gaaah, honestly, there's just so much in this fic that I loved.
The only CC I can offer is that you're missing a large segment of the story. You seem to have missed the part where Miriam goes back in the Pleistocene and meets a herd of woolly mammoths.
Other than that, lovely writing, Kristin! This was so original! ♥
Author's Response: ASDFASDJF;LKSAJ :D :D
Ahh! This was such a lovely review! I don't even know where to start. nkjjhhgfdhf (ok, pulling myself together now.)
I'm so glad you thought the story was original and unpredictable, that's really nice to hear! Gah all these compliments, someone is going to need to pull me off the ceiling where I'll be floating for the next couple of hours. I was worried the inclusion of Livingstone made the story kind of corny, so it's nice that it didn't come across that way! :P
Ah, you caught me, it's true I'm a 150 year old time-travelling sailor! :P (haha, actually though, I did live on a tall ship for a couple of months so the ship descriptions were mostly taken from my personal experience.) I'm glad you liked the inclusion of sailing jargon and that it helped with the imagery rather than just making it confusing!!
Teehee, my original plan was for her to go back to the Jurassic period and meet dinosaurs, but I did the math and it would have needed WAYYY too many Time-Turners, so I had to settle for something more recent! ;)
(I want to type hearts here but they keep turning into Yen symbols when I click "Preview", so just imagine that they're there)
THANK YOUUU for such a kind and thoughtful review, teh! You've totally made my day :)