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Reviews for Getting the Best of the Gloomilows

DragonIris2018.09.12 - 02:54PM3: The Ballroom IncidentSigned
I know what you mean about controlling nightmares. I had nightmares, every night, for about two years. My motherís grandmother taught her some techniques to cope with bad dreams that I now realize were old folk magick. Some of them worked, eventually. I have always been a logical minded girl so I rolled my eyes initially but sheer desperation made me try them until something worked. However, it didnít work in the way I expected. I didnít stop having nightmares, I developed a knack for lucid dreaming. When a nightmare began, I would realize I was dreaming. The weird part is my consciousness would divide into two partsóthe first was the person in the dream and the second was the part of my mind that knew it was dreaming. I could stay in both places ó watching the dream and experiencing it. This including my dream-self experiencing the emotions evoked by the dream. Additionally, the me that was still in the dream knew what was going to happen right before it did. When the nightmare started to get too scary, I could change the script of the dream into something not scary. I could designate ďnot scary dreamĒ and then choose to experience a new dream. If I sunk into it completely, it became like any other non-scary dream; my watching awareness would rejoin the one in the dream. I lost the awareness it was a dream which meant I no longer knew what was going to happen. If I opted to completely stop the dream, I could either wake up or do something entirely different in that white, misty space. This is a little embarrassing, but probably not surprising: I always opted to go flying. I didnít sprout wings or anything like that, I just flew. It was the most exhilarating experience ever, better than any roller coaster. I didnít fly over terrain or anything; itís really difficult to describe, but Iíll give it a try. If it were possible to fly in a space only big enough to contain yourself while having the perception of a vast space around you that you neither saw nor flew in, that would be it. As for the path, imagine diving into a pool and the initial arc you take through the water before you ascend to the surface. Imagine doing that either repeatedly in a straight line or over and over again while not being able to see or feel when you started over, it just happened. I hope that made sense. If I could draw the path, it would look like the bottom curve of a ďU.Ē Flying sessions never seemed to last long enough but when I woke up, it was morning.

Author's Response: Wow! I really envy you for your lucid dreaming ability! I never got as far. I have dreams in which I realize that I'm dreaming, but then I wake up. Or, my subconscious changes my dream without me becoming aware of it being a dream - by having people running thorough it screaming 'cut', 'cut' - and then the scary scene is on reapeat, but I'm aware that it's just a movie. The thing is that I am hardly ever myself in a dream. I'm mostly like a character in a movie. I have a personal perspective, but hardly anything has do do with my own life, not even the people in it. That makes nightmares more difficult to begin with, as I'm always rather detached. If I could control my dreams, I'd be flying the entire time! I only experienced it a handful of times, but it was beyond description. The funny thing is that I'm aware I shouldn't be flying, and other stare at me and wonder how I do it. And every time, I give the same explanation, wondering why they are so amazed, as flying is really easy: Jump up and simply don't come down! :)

DarkenCoul2018.06.17 - 11:07AM3: The Ballroom IncidentSigned
I love how Severus has become her safe harbor and all the reasons she mentioned make perfect sense. I also love how he feels metaphorically all warm and fuzzy inside because of it lol. I never actually thought about how carrying all that stuff around would have to have a consequence, because of course it would. If matter can neither be created or destroyed, simply change form than just because she make everything weightless in a magical bag doesn't mean she's not going to feel the weight of it, in some form or another. Having it be a constant drain on her energy makes perfect sense too. I love the slowly building relationship, how Severus truly wants to help her, not just out of obligation but because he genuinely desire to, even if he doesn't understand it yet. Lovely chapter!

Author's Response: Sadly, Ms. Rowlings left us a bit in the dark as far as the functioning of magic is concerned. Sometimes, wizards conjure things out of the blue, and I often wondered if these things will remain substantial forever, vanish after a while or only after the death of the wizard who materialized them in the first place. If conjuring is so simple - why can't the Weasleys just conjure or multiply anything they need? How can any wizard be poor? What do they need any money for anyway? These topics will come up again here and there, as I tried to come up with my own explanations for how magic works. I prefer it to be within the laws of physics. If conjuring is turning energy into matter, then the energy has to come from the wizard, and that should be true for every charm that is cast. As to Severus... yes, when things get emotional, he starts floundering. He prefers things to be logical, and his own feelings towards Hermione defy his own reasoning. Too young, to innocent, too Gryffindor - she's a complication, a disturbance in his long established universe of solitude and negativism. His outlook on life in general is 'accept things how they are, because the could always get worse'. Kind of depressing, but at least reliably so. He has yet to come to terms with the idea that he might experience something like happiness. But we'll get there eventually! :) Thank you again for sharing your thoughts on this!

Jong_Kahn2017.12.02 - 01:19AM3: The Ballroom IncidentSigned
Tears came to my eyes when he made her necklace into a portkey to his office. What a gift--especially for what it represents. A short but wonderfully written chapter. Thank you!

Author's Response: This is how I see his character - I might not always find the right words or feel at a loss about what to say, but his actions speak louder than words. That much, I believe is even Canon. :) Thank you for your comment!

loreen772017.11.28 - 11:19PM3: The Ballroom IncidentSigned
I loved your info on PTSD and other abbreviation from Germany. Very cool to learn new things.

Sampdoria2017.11.28 - 06:53AM3: The Ballroom IncidentSigned
Thank you so much for the update, I truly like your story, well plotted and well written.

Author's Response: Thank you very much! It makes me very happy to hear that people like what I wrote, especially if they find it well written. Given that English is not my native language, it's a compliment of the highest order!

loreen772017.11.24 - 10:20PM3: The Ballroom IncidentSigned
Draco stepping in here to help was beautifully written. The idea if the chandelier subconsciously reminding her was an excellent example of a trigger. The portkey is perfect. Very sweet of him to set that up.

Author's Response: Thank you! I looked up the German name for PTSS/PTSD, and it get's even more confusing: There is PTBS ('B' the abbreviation of the German word for 'stress', S is short for 'disorder') or PTBR (R is short for 'reaction'). Funnily enough, PTSS is said to be 'Posttraumatic Slave Syndrome' PTSS, which is postulated by psychologist Joy DeGruy and doesn't seem to be widely accepted. Well, it's probably not important for the story, I just found it an interesting piece of information. :)

Karline2017.11.24 - 02:07PM3: The Ballroom IncidentSigned
What a wonderful storyline. It is so easy to follow the behaviour of the characters and the reasons are sound. The way you build the envrionment it allows for all kind of relations to be used to develop the coming scenes. I am really looking forward to read more.

Author's Response: Thank you very much for your comment! The story will mainly explore the relationship between Hermione and Severus, but Severus' and Harry's relationship as well as one other will also play a role. Do you have a guess which? :)

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