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Yet Another Quidditch Challenge Update

 

A Halloween Update for the Quidditch Challenge

Harry was playing like a first-year Slytherin. He couldn’t find the Snitch! Harry couldn’t see the Snitch, or much of anything else for that matter! Normal glasses had years before been replaced with match goggles with prescription lens, but it didn’t matter. He was experienced with rain, fog, snow, heavy winds, and annoying Dementors. The problem was the freezing rain. Except for lightning, it was the only weather condition which could postpone a Quidditch game…if detected before its onset. Once a match had begun, Voldemort himself arriving wouldn’t stop the contest.

As this type of rain comes in contact with anything, especially so high in the air, it will instantly freeze…to the brooms, to their robes, to the balls and bats, and, unfortunately, to the special glasses Harry needed to see. With each passing moment, it became harder and harder to make anything out, and the wind didn’t help. It was as if he was trying to read fine print through a stained glass window while riding a bucking bronco. I’m blind with or without these blasted things! he realized. I have to get to the ground now before I…

Wham!


The decision came too late. Harry couldn’t tell if he’d hit someone or something, or if he’d been the one struck. A falling sensation washed over him. The last thing he remembered before blacking out from the pain was Ginny’s voice calling out his name. He was gone before he could decide if it was real.

 

What's your inspiration?  Baseball season is over now.  Devote the time you're saving to that great story plot that's bouncing around in your head.  It doesn't need to be an enormous endeavor for you.  Ernest Hemingway (no relation) wrote a famous novel with only six words.  All we're asking is a thousand plus.  You can even wear your Albus Dumbledore costume and munch away at your Trick-or-Treat candy as you type away.

Happy Halloween!

 

 

Spenser Hemmingway on 2014.10.31 - 10:44AM (0 Comments)

Another Quidditch Challenge Update

Okay...how about this little tidbit to spark the imagination.

 

Finally, by the light of still another flash, Ginny spotted the Snitch approximately forty yards off to her right.  Breathing a sigh of relief, she directed Harry's broom in its direction only to be nearly knocked from it at the last second by a near miss.  A lightning bolt had actually hit the Snitch!  Its magic had been negated. and it was simply falling.

"Oh crum!" Ginny shouted to the storm as she dropped the broom into a nosedive.  Could she catch it before it hit?  The Firebolt was the second fastest broom she had ever ridden.  Only Tromed Love, the first racing broom Harry had built, could match it.  The Snitch, however, was plummeting like a meteor.  The nose of the broom was aimed straight down, and she was only three or four hundred feet up. 

"Closer...closer...I almost have you she called out to it.  Still hugging the broom, Ginny reached out to grab it, only to have the wind catch and pull it away from her.  Without thinking, Ginny threw herself from the Firebolt, seizing and then clutching the ball to her chest, and only then realizing that she was now the one dropping to earth at breakneck (literally) speed.

Down she fell.  Two hundred...a hundred and fifty...Ginny knew that she was mere seconds from death.  Even if she had bothered to bring her wand up with her that morning, she doubted that she would have had any time for an Accio Firebolt.  It was a manuever that both Harry and she had used a number of times during their stunts...other stunts.  Perhaps it wouldn't even work in this electric storm.

 Yes...Harry was going to be very upset about this.

 

Any inspiration?  We have so much time left with this Challenge, and it doesn't need to be a novel-length.  Shirley, you must have a thousands words in you about Harry, Ginny, and Quidditch.  The rest of you do as well.  Break out that quill true believers!

Spenser Hemmingway on 2014.10.21 - 08:53AM (1 Comments)

Quidditch Update Number One

 

Quidditch Challenge Update:

 

Wham!  Wham! he heard, but he couldn't look.  Harry gripped the very end of his broom as he traveled, and leaped forward.  This time he retained contact with the Firebolt, using it to push him onward to...  Harry grabbed the Snitch, swung under his broom, and allowed the momentum to carry him back on top of it again.  Hogwart's team...the United Kingdom had won the exhibition Quidditch match.

 

Harry pulled to a hovering stop, holding the golden ball above his head, and only then taking the opportunity to turn to see what...who had saved him.  Forty feet back, and slowly approaching him, was Ginny on her Wind-Duster broom.  Her smile was a cross between amusement and intense pride.  Every other bit of her countenance was demonstrating complete exhaustion.

 

 

Does this little passage give anyone any ideas?  The Challenge is wide open!  Harry/Ginny, Quidditch, and run with it.  Try a story.  Have some fun.  We know you really want to.

Spenser Hemmingway on 2014.10.11 - 05:22AM (3 Comments)

Quidditch Challenge (2014-4)

 

 

“Take me out to the Quidditch match!

Take me down to the pitch!

Buy me some corned beef and Bertie Bott’s!

We promise no hex when they take their shots!

Then it’s hoot, hoot, hoot for the home team!

If they crash it’s a shame!

But it’s one, two, three catch that Snitch!

It’s the old Quidditch match!”  

 

Yes true believers, it’s the start of another Quidditch season at Hogwarts.  Harry and Ginny have taken to the air again on their brooms in search of Quaffles, Snitches, and untold glory.  Anything can happen, and “anything” is a very broad word.

Your Challenge is to write our favorite couple into a Quidditch-central story.  Excitement, action, suspense, and (as always) creativity are as much the goal as Harry catching that golden ball or Ginny catching her favorite wizard.

Rules:

1. All general submission rules apply. Stories over 20,000 words are discouraged but not prohibited.  R-rated stories are allowed but discouraged. Judges are not required to read stories over 20,000 words or any R-rated stories.

2. All entries must be submitted under Quidditch Challenge 2014-4, sub-category of SIYE Challenges and be submitted by midnight SIYE Time, Saturday, November 15, 2014.  That gives you 45 days.

3. Completed stories are seriously preferred.  Multiple chapters are allowed as long as all the requirements are in the chapters that are submitted by the deadline.

4. The categories for judging are Best Overall, Best Game Action, Most Humorous, and The People’s Choice Award.

Naturally, this Challenge is the perfect excuse to plop down with a tub of popcorn to watch all your favorite baseball, football, or fútbol games…as research.  

 

*** With my thanks to Spenser Hemmingway for his 100% contribution.  I can't sing that well.

 

Sir Ollivander on 2014.10.02 - 08:02AM (7 Comments)

The Winners Are...

Sorry for this to be so late.  Here are the winners of the Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Awards for July/ August 2014.

 

 

Congratulations to all who were nominated.  The nominations are open for September/ October DSTA.

~Jenn, DSTA Admin

jennyelf on 2014.09.13 - 12:53AM (8 Comments)

Time to Submit Votes!

Well, everyone, it's time to load up the Hogwarts Express to head back to school.  Here at SIYE, it's time to cast your votes for your favourite stories for July and August.  The stories with the most votes when the polls end the night of September 10th will win the Dumbledore Silver Trinket Awards.  Head over to your profile and cast your vote today!  The ballot, much like the Hogwarts Express, will only be open so long...

~Jenn, DSTA Admin

jennyelf on 2014.09.01 - 12:53AM (2 Comments)

And The Winners Are....

For the "Married Lives" Challenge 2014-3, we had one story submitted.  It was still voted on in the different categories by the staff at SIYE.  The results are...

The award for Best Overall goes to In the Family Way by pleurocoelus

The winning story is now prominently listed in our Featured Stories section.

The 2014-4 Challenge will start October 1st.

I would like to thank the staff of SIYE that sent in their votes.  You know who you are.  Your time to help out is quite valuable. The Challenge would not exist if nobody judged them.  The People’s Choice Award was not used as there was only one story.

 

Sir Ollivander on 2014.08.31 - 03:44PM (1 Comments)

The Married Lives Challenge (2014-3) is now closed

SIYE has one story submitted for this Challenge so the judging will be simple.  The SIYE staff will have the next fourteen days to read the story and determine what awards it deserves.  The People's Choice Award will not be used as there is no competition.  Watch on August 31 for the posted announcement.

Sir Ollivander on 2014.08.16 - 08:57AM (2 Comments)

Happy Birthday Ginny

It is now 11 August in Hogsmeade, London, The Burrow at The Ottery St. Catchpole, Devon, and the in city of Firefly, Freedonia (another one for you kids to Google).  Ginny Weasley was born 11 August 1981.  We here at Sink Into Your Eyes would like to wish this half of our special couple a very wonderful birthday.

 

For those who seem to ask every year, SIYE posts five birthdays a year--Harry, Ginny, Bonnie, Daniel, and of course JKR.  Please do not take this in the wrong way--we love Dobby and Neville, but we're a Harry/Ginny site.

 

The Holyhead Harpies are hosting the birthday party this year.  I've been told repeatedly that I'm not to come near the hall.  This is at the request of the banjo-playing house-elf band providing the entertainment (at a location undisclosed to me).  Could...someone please tell me if everyone has a good time.

Mischief managed!

Spenser

Spenser Hemmingway on 2014.08.10 - 11:34PM (3 Comments)

SIYE Server

Hi all,

Early next week - Monday/Tuesday the SIYE server will be moving. This may mean there could be up to 24 hours of downtime. Hopefully at the end of this the server will prove much more reliable.

 

I will keep everyone informed with exact times.

 

Edit: Siye will be down between 1200 and 1600 GMT on Tuesday 12th August.

 

Cheers,

Bear

Bear on 2014.08.08 - 04:02AM (1 Comments)

Completed Reads
What Do You Do With A Drunken House-Elf...Early In The Morning? by Spenser Hemmingway
**February Dumbledore Silver Trinket Award winner for Comedy.** What do you do? It was supposed to be a morning where Harry could get caught up on his sleep. Ginny and the little guy have other ideas. One-shot short story.
Rating: PG
Category: Post-OotP, Post-OotP
Genre: Comedy, Humor
Warnings: Negative Alcohol Use
Words: 4649
Chapters: 1
Published: 2006.02.25
Updated: 2006.02.25
Hits: 3935
Reviews: 21


Recently Updated/Added
The Seeker Daughter by GHL (G)
May 2004: It's being billed as the Hogwarts match of the decade! The best Gryffindor team in ages is set to clash against the sleek, defending champion Slytherins. Both squads are stacked with young stars whom Harry and Ginny have mentored, and the Potters are on-hand to mingle with their adoring acolytes. Yet amidst the excitement and good will, lurks a spectre of pain and betrayal -- a brilliant yet prickly Slytherin seeker whose bewildering legacy Harry knows he can no longer defer.** Starting lineups posted! ** (click link; scroll half way down page)This was actually supposed to follow another story ('Trix'; writing ongoing; posting to begin in November) but the Quidditch challenge came out too durned soon, so I'm trying to give you enough background for the current story to stand alone, without spoiling Trix. Hope you enjoy!
Rating: G
Category: SIYE Challenges, SIYE Challenges
Genre: Drama, Humor
Words:
Chapters: 3
Published: 2014.10.09
Updated: 2014.10.30
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 1472
Reviews: 17


Coming Home by HPmum2014 (R)
She left after the battle, thinking she wasn't good enough for the hero of the wizarding world. He loved her enough to let her go, although he had never told her of his feelings. Will the seven year reunion of the DA be enough to convince Ginny to stay, and will Harry get the chance to have the one thing he's always wanted.
Rating: R
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Angst, Comedy, Crossover, Drama, Fluff, General, Humor, Poetry, Romance
Warnings: Dark Fiction
Words:
Chapters: 4
Published: 2014.10.16
Updated: 2014.10.29
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 2471
Reviews: 30


Bound by YelloWitchGrl (R)
The battle is over, there is life to be lived, peace to be enjoyed and trouble following close at their heels.Ginny hasn't seen Harry since the dust settled from the battles with Voldemort, but when an unexpected piece of news draws them together will they be driven apart or become bound?Follows Canon to the best of my knowledge.The warnings are just to be safe. I don't know that they're all needed, but I'm putting them up just to cover my bases. If you have any questions or concerns, please message me.
Rating: R
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Angst, Drama, Fluff, Romance, Tragedy
Warnings: Dark Fiction, Death, Disturbing Imagery, Extreme Language, Intimate Sexual Situations, Mental Abuse, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Negative Alcohol Use, Rape, Sexual Situations, Spouse/Adult/Child Abuse, Violence, Violence/Physical Abuse
Words:
Chapters: 17
Published: 2014.07.08
Updated: 2014.10.28
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 19849
Reviews: 215


Death of a Soul by SparrowTail (PG-13)
After the encounter with Voldemort in the Ministry of Magic, Harry has found himself having spouts of anger that have been highly irrational, and sometimes even without slightest provocation. Other times he's dealt with stressful situations with his previous grace. Is Harry suffering from a mental disorder due to his recent and long-term sufferings or is there something going on behind the curtains of his mind? Harry returns to Hogwarts and explains this to Dumbledore who has an odd reaction to his predicament. Meanwhile Voldemort has grown stronger and bolder with his plans and attacks on Muggles and the Ministry. One thing is clear. After the prophecy Harry finds himself with no choice but to prepare for war with against of the most powerful wizards in the world.
Rating: PG-13
Category: Post-OotP, Post-OotP
Genre: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Death, Disturbing Imagery, Mild Sexual Situations, Violence
Words:
Chapters: 1
Published: 2014.10.27
Updated: 2014.10.27
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 442
Reviews: 5


Brighter Days by jeka1215 (PG-13)
The war is over, and it's time to move on, but how? What happens next? Follow Harry, Hermione, and the Weasleys as they struggle to pick up the pieces of their broken lives and get out of the shadow of the pain they all feel. They're moving towards the brightest days of their lives, but they have a long way to go to get there.A/N: Finally updated! Also a new rating based on some upcoming chapters. Stay tuned!
Rating: PG-13
Category: Post-DH/AB, Post-DH/AB
Genre: Drama, Fluff, General, Romance
Warnings: Mild Sexual Situations, Negative Alcohol Use, Sexual Situations
Words:
Chapters: 19
Published: 2011.02.22
Updated: 2014.10.27
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 22830
Reviews: 89


Hail Odysseus by Brennus (R)
After believing that Harry Potter died in a house fire at the age of ten, the Wizarding world is shocked when he returns out of the blue, just in time to attend his seventh year at Hogwarts. They're even more shocked when he's Sorted into Slytherin.
Rating: R
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Death, Disturbing Imagery, Extreme Language, Intimate Sexual Situations, Spouse/Adult/Child Abuse, Violence/Physical Abuse
Words:
Chapters: 12
Published: 2014.08.25
Updated: 2014.10.27
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 19440
Reviews: 236


Royal Highness by scalefeather (R)
The Royals of the magical world had claimed the throne and are ruling with glory.When a secret hidden document is discovered , it needs to be fulfilled or the royals were gone for good. Problem : The ones who can fulfill it aren't very cooperative.
Rating: R
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Humor, Romance
Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations
Words:
Chapters: 3
Published: 2014.10.14
Updated: 2014.10.27
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 1221
Reviews: 11


Comatose by RwriterR (PG-13)
Harry Potter awakes from a coma into a new world built on foundations of lies and deceit. What happened to him? And why have his friends and family turned on him? Harry Potter may have won The War, but can he win his life back?
Rating: PG-13
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Romance
Warnings: Disturbing Imagery, Mild Language, Negative Alcohol Use
Words:
Chapters: 4
Published: 2014.08.26
Updated: 2014.10.25
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 2167
Reviews: 26



Featured Stories
The Prevailing Counterpoint by GHL (PG)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best Completed **
"We can prevail," Ginny whispered. "I mean sooner. Not later. Not months and months of people dying and lives being torn apart..." As the summer of 1997 draws to a close, Harry and Ginny return to Hogwarts to forge unlikely alliances, protect the innocent, and dispel the encroaching darkness. Propelled by powerful convictions and enlightened by a reclusive pair of mystics, they glimpse an unlikely path to victory.Making the most of every day in a race against the clock, our two protagonists move all of the pieces into place: teaching, learning and refining their way toward a perfect strategy to quell the mounting threat. But one sudden disaster tips their world on end: armed with love, humour and steadfast friendships, they careen wildly toward the ultimate clash.This is a modest attempt to explore where Matt Fake-a-Smile's thrillers 'Taking Control' and 'Free Life' could have taken us if the stories were extended. This plot presumes rigorous Rowling canon through the end of Order of the Phoenix, followed by Matt's divergent post-OotP theme. Most of the characters in this story are the intellectual property of J.K. Rowling, and many of the remainder are the products of Matt's imagination. ***This story is published with Matt (fake-a-smile)'s permission and in full SIYE knowledge.***
Rating: PG
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Humor, Romance
Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations
Words: 258834
Chapters: 24
Published: 2014.03.02
Updated: 2014.08.23
Status: Completed
Hits: 29032
Reviews: 131


The Perils of a Permanent Marker by HPmum2014 (G)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best Comedy **
James and Al have got their hands on their Dad's permanent marker. Look out Harry and Ginny!
Rating: G
Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts
Genre: Comedy
Warnings: Mild Language
Words: 4152
Chapters: 1
Published: 2014.06.30
Updated: 2014.07.02
Status: Completed
Hits: 1812
Reviews: 14


Bound by YelloWitchGrl (R)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best Drama **
The battle is over, there is life to be lived, peace to be enjoyed and trouble following close at their heels.Ginny hasn't seen Harry since the dust settled from the battles with Voldemort, but when an unexpected piece of news draws them together will they be driven apart or become bound?Follows Canon to the best of my knowledge.The warnings are just to be safe. I don't know that they're all needed, but I'm putting them up just to cover my bases. If you have any questions or concerns, please message me.
Rating: R
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Angst, Drama, Fluff, Romance, Tragedy
Warnings: Dark Fiction, Death, Disturbing Imagery, Extreme Language, Intimate Sexual Situations, Mental Abuse, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Negative Alcohol Use, Rape, Sexual Situations, Spouse/Adult/Child Abuse, Violence, Violence/Physical Abuse
Words: 69560
Chapters: 17
Published: 2014.07.08
Updated: 2014.10.28
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 19849
Reviews: 215


Now and Forever by Northumbrian (G)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best One-Shot **
The centenary of the Battle of Hogwarts is less than a year away, and the Wizarding world continues to move forward. Modernisation requires change, and some things must be swept aside in the name of progress. Buildings can be demolished and statues, even statues of deceased heroes like Harry Potter, can be relocated. Canít they?Hubert Dalrymple has a problem.
Rating: G
Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts
Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fluff, General, Humor, Romance
Words: 7688
Chapters: 1
Published: 2014.07.09
Updated: 2014.07.10
Status: Completed
Hits: 2482
Reviews: 32


In the Family Way by pleurocoelus (PG)
*** Winner of Best Overall in the Married Lives Challenge ***Harry and Ginny are both nervous about their meetings with friends, for completely different reasons.
Rating: PG
Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts
Genre: Drama
Warnings: Spouse/Adult/Child Abuse
Words: 1848
Chapters: 1
Published: 2014.08.15
Updated: 2014.08.16
Status: Completed
Hits: 1788
Reviews: 10


Hail Odysseus by Brennus (R)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best New Story **
After believing that Harry Potter died in a house fire at the age of ten, the Wizarding world is shocked when he returns out of the blue, just in time to attend his seventh year at Hogwarts. They're even more shocked when he's Sorted into Slytherin.
Rating: R
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Death, Disturbing Imagery, Extreme Language, Intimate Sexual Situations, Spouse/Adult/Child Abuse, Violence/Physical Abuse
Words: 109243
Chapters: 12
Published: 2014.08.25
Updated: 2014.10.27
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 19440
Reviews: 236





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