SIYE Time:7:49 on 26th May 2019

Reviews For Fires of Time

Reviewer: TomBombadil Signed Date: 2018.04.15 - 02:27AM Title: Thimble and Block


Thank you for your replies to my recent reviews ... they have helped me quite a bit! Lovely, hope-filled chapter with a great reflective discussion between a Rob and Hettie!

Author's Response:

Certainly! Very glad to have helped! I have, for reasons ranging from professional to enrichment to pleasure, read a pretty broad range of things over the years and have learned various ways to read some of the stranger and/or more impenetrable stuff and derive enjoyment. As far as writing something like FoT, it was a fascinating challenge -- very gratifying -- but SIYE may not be the best venue for experimental stuff. Surprisingly, it won awards, but I doubt it will ever garner more than perhaps a quarter of the readership of my more mainstream stories.

Anyway, all that said, this particular chapter (and several more subsequent ones) are pretty 'normal' :)

Reviewer: CoffeeGuy Signed Date: 2018.02.01 - 07:17AM Title: Thimble and Block


Intriguing little interlude. Ominous in ways, but also uplifting.

Author's Response: Little interlude -- exactly! It was sort of an accidental happening, courtesy of a combination of the holidays and a somewhat tricky cycle through the different plotlines. Anyway, very gratified that you enjoyed it!

Reviewer: MollyandArthur Signed Date: 2017.12.27 - 04:27AM Title: Thimble and Block


Definitely an important scene between Hettie and Rob. They managed to be both incredibly depressing and sweetly hopeful. No one could ever accuse them of just giving up! Well done!!!

Author's Response:

I'm very glad you liked the way this turned out -- thank you Kimberly!

In the first draft, I addressed the same material, but in a much more light-hearted way -- more irreverant; less contemplative. However, although this pair is capable of being funny, I realized during this past round of edits that this was not the time for frivolities. Hence a fairly comprehensive rewrite.

In any case, I'm grateful for the feedback!

Reviewer: RighT3rantZ Signed Date: 2017.12.25 - 02:45PM Title: Thimble and Block


Nice to have a little fluff chapter between two of my favorite AU characters.

Hettie's throwback to Splinters reminded me of the desolation of that world, which (surprise surprise) had slipped my mind!

I have a great appreciation for the delivery of the wand. Given the circumstances, and who was handing it over, I was expecting it to be colored as though it were yew....

To the shared Winter Solstice, cheers to the author and my fellow reviewers.

Author's Response:

Indeed! And here, then, are (still current) cheers to Yuletide, and belated to Yalda Night, and the many other names and manifestations!

I'm astonished that you said 'yew'. Are you like Hermione, gathering bits of ringing insight from whither you do not know? Don't answer that -- you keep your secrets and I will try to keep mine... until I give all mine away, an then I shall want yours.

Yes, there was an earlier draft of this that was actually much fluffier, however I decided to amplify the 'desolation' and reduce the frivolity... The result is 80% indistinguishable from the original. But, however much I enjoy silly banter, I'm far more pleased with the intense symbolism and personal growth. Hettie obvious has become a witch, and the depth of her 'depth' is further underscored, but Rob too in increased, regaining the quiet virility that he had in Splinters.

Thank you very sincerely for another mind-boggling review!

Reviewer: Gin110881 Signed Date: 2017.12.25 - 05:54AM Title: Thimble and Block


Wow, Hettie proves she's a smart girl. Now that she has, just like Ron, a wand, she's even a smart witch. I'm curious what she'll do with her wand.

Moreover, I'm quite curious who's in charge of the fire project. I can't imagine that it's Ol' Tom himself, the hard work usually is beneath him, isn't it? Since the fires probably have nothing to do with potions I guess Snivelus Snake's is out of scope for this job, too.

I wonder if Hettie has given us a short impression of the end of the story. I do hope so.

Thank you so much for this great little interlude. I wish you peaceful and stress-free holidays.

Author's Response:

Peaceful and stress-free holidays -- a wonderful wish, indeed! I hope to live up to that, but that will take some cooperation from the other motorists I expect to see over a busy week starting tomorrow. Regardless, the thought is mot thoughtful!

An interesting question you raise! Keeping in mind that un-lucky Luce rather bungled things in Splinters (though perhaps managed to seed for himself a bit of insight to learn from), one wonders what role may be left in the hands of ever-present 'Malfeasance'. One may also wonder whether there is anyone else competent enough to leave this in the hands of? JKR did not conjure up a whole cadre of evil geniuses...

In the spirit of this wonderful day, I will [*SPOILER ALERT!!!*] confirm that Hettie's plucky optimism is not without merit :)

Thank you for your kind readership, Martin!

Reviewer: Aurorofthelight Signed Date: 2017.12.24 - 08:52PM Title: Thimble and Block


Well this chapter is an unexpected and pleasant Christmas Eve surprise! Definitely a very interesting tete a' tete between Hettie and Rob! And now Hettie has a wand! This just keeps getting more and more interesting! Speaking of all your 'fires', for some weird reason I keep expecting Smokey the Bear to show up with his shovel! I re-read the last 2 chapters before reading this one and got the strange feeling I was suddenly in Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" but with the ghosts of Chritmas past, present and future in one big scene! Or maybe it's because the George C. Scott version(my fav) is playing on my TV while I write this! I must also admit I'm sipping on another rum eggnog! If you are in England, then I believe it's already Christmas there! I'll be toasting this story story tomorrow morning with a Mimosa made with Bollinger Champagne, which is a family traditon on Christmas morning! Hope you have a blessed and Happy Christmas! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

Author's Response:

Thank you for another wonderful / insightful / thought-provoking note, Cosmo!

Given the fact that our readers span some 40+ countries, I typically tend to use the more generic 'happy holidays' as a greeting, however Dec. 25 is the day to get all sentimental about that which the day brings. For anyone of any other culture who wants me to echo something fundamental from their own home, I'll be happy to, but right now I will quote Tiny Tim in saying, "A Merry Christmas to us all; God bless us, every one!"

Fascinating that my own blend of times, fates and shifting eventualities should have evoked a Dickens analogy. I consider Jo Rowling to be one of the most Dickensian writers of the late 20th / early 21st century, but I myself am generally less so. Perhaps something to aspire to?

Love Bollinger! Hope your Mimosa is merry and spritzy!

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