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Review:CambAngst says:
Hi, Amanda!

I saw your status update about this story a while ago and it's been on my "to read" list ever since. I do mean to finish Diamonds Into Coal soon, but I have a hard time resisting a good Ginny story.

My head is spinning with questions after this chapter. This could well be because I'm over-thinking things, but that's what I'm best at. Play to your strengths, I always say. ;)

Ginny seems to have a lot of different things pulling at her psyche. She seems to be adjusting well to life as a stay-at-home mom and homemaker in the organizational sense, but it also seems that she feels a certain void in her life. Her memories of being possessed by Tom Riddle's diary also continue to haunt her, although not to a debilitating extent. There are more commonplace stresses as well: having a new baby in the family, having a husband who seems to work a lot and a sense of having lost touch with some of her oldest friends. You mention in your author's note that mental illness is an interest of yours and I feel like you set the table very well for a story that could go either way.

I really loved the fact that you sprinkled in just a bit of humor. Mental illness -- if that's what's actually happening to Ginny -- is a heavy subject. I think it really helps to lighten the mood a bit every so often. As she cradled her two-month-old son, she remembered with some degree of fondness how she had foolishly granted Harry full power over what to name the baby so long as she could have another one. -- Seems like Harry got something approaching carte blanche on naming all three kids. Only Lily's middle name was conceivably Ginny's choice.

Let's see, some other things I liked: I really liked that you show Ginny home-schooling James. This is one of the very few fics I've ever read where the author actually addresses how magical children are educated before they start at Hogwarts. I thought you did a great job with Ginny's nightmare. You kept the concept of her losing herself to Voldemort nice and subtle. That's something I've always enjoyed about your writing, actually. You're never one to belabor a point when you have the option of being understated and letting the reader figure it out for themselves.

I'm really, really interested to see where you're heading with this. Has something of Tom Riddle survived, or is Ginny just suffering from what we might refer to -- rather misogynously -- as "bored housewife psychosis"? Or has the damage inflicted on her mind by the diary horcrux simply taken this long to manifest itself? Lots and lots of possibilities. I can't wait to see your story play out!

Author's Response: Dan! I have really neglected CoB but I do intend to return one day--it's just a matter of finding the time. For now, thanks so much for stopping by to check out my new fic!

I chose the backdrop of Ginny's seemingly normal adult life because I thought it would provide a good setting for the disruption that mental illness and unexplained phenomena can cause. She lives a quiet, boring life, a little too quiet at times when compared to her glory days as a Quidditch pro and her status as the wife of the Man who Conquered Voldemort. Her nightmares are enough to wake her up, but normally she's able to put them aside and move on with her day--but for how long?

Hah, glad you liked that comment about Albus. Poor Harry owes debts to so many people that he'd have to have a Weasley-sized family to treat everyone to a namesake. You're right--perhaps Ginny would have liked to be the one to have a Molly instead of her older brother.

I'm also pleased to hear that you enjoyed the description and the scene with Ginny teaching James. I think you're onto something with that "bored housewife psychosis" comment--how much will Ginny go through before people start giving her side-eye about whether she's telling the truth, and what is the real truth here? Guess you'll have to read on and find out when I post the next chapter in a week :)

Thanks again for your lovely review, Dan!

-Amanda


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