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Penname: Rhetor [Contact - ]

Real name: Ken

Member Since: 2006.08.06

Last Login: 2021.03.14


Yes, that\'s right, the name is \"Rhetor\" now; I asked Dino to change it for me. Why? Because that\'s the name I use on all my other fanfic sites, and I wanted to be consistent.

These days I\'m spending my time writing original fiction rather than fan fiction. I\'ve actually had a few stories published! Actually that\'s another reason for using the name \"Rhetor;\" the old name was too close to my real one, and there is still some bias against fan fiction writers out there in the publishing world. If you\'d like news about my original fiction, send me an e-mail here or on LiveJournal and I\'ll tell you how to find it.

I\'m an American male of eastern European Jewish extraction. I was born in Michigan in 1960 and have been living in Rhode Island or its environs since getting married in 1987. I\'m still married and have two children, born 1994 and 1999.

I first heard of Harry Potter in 2000, when I was driving to the grocery store and heard an interview of JKR by Terri Gross on NPR. Then my daughter\'s godmother gave her a copy of The Sorceror\'s Stone nine months later and I was hooked. I find that I have come to care inordinatly much for the well-being of these characters; it disturbs me.

I was never any kind of \"shipper\", and before HBP I had a bet with myself that Harry would fall temporarily in love with Luna (which would mature him) and possibly have some sort of fling with Tonks (because I felt she was being deliberately sexualized in the text). I did think Ginny was probably his eventual destiny, but I had no clear idea of whether that would materialize during the seven-book series. Anyway, a fellow can cheerfully admit that he\'s been wrong.

I have loved writing since I was old enough to spell, and wrote quite a lot of fiction and poetry when I was in my teens. Since then my writing has all been drawn towards nonfiction and I haven\'t had much chance to write \"creatively.\" SIYE gave me an opportunity finally to do some writing, and was a joy; now I\'m writing original fiction and loving it, and I have all of you to thank.

I\'ve also had great pleasure in coming to know -- only through e-mail exchanges and reading their work, but still -- many interesting and clever authors, betas, staffers and members on this site, some of whom have become good friends.

I want to thank all those who elected Minding the Baby as the \"Best One Shot\" for August of 2007. It\'s my first DSTA win, and I\'m delighted.

I\'ll try to post all of my stories on my LiveJournal page, and I\'d love comments or conversations emanating from there as well as from here. I also post on Phoenix Song ( under the name \"Rhetor\", and also on, under the name \"Rhetor\". Some stories that might not be within spec for SIYE will appear there. Here are my non-SIYE stories:

  • The Torch, a post-HPB one-shot that is mostly about Hermione. It won the \"Phoenix Moment\" Challenge that was sponsored by The Sugar Quill and The Leaky Cauldron.

  • The Only Way Out, a one-shot about the fate of Fabian and Gideon Prewett.

  • Returning Were As Tedious, a multi-chapter fic (still WIP as of August, 2007) about the education, life and times of Severus Snape. It\'s designed to be canon-compliant, except for certain particular assumptionsI made before DH was publishesd.

The user picture is Marta\'s (a.k.a. artdungeon) lovely drawing of a scene from Chapter Two of Counting to FIve Thousand.

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A Slow Boat to Shippers’ Hell by Rhetor starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 121]
What would Harry and Ginny think of being shipped – especially if they were on a ship? A satire of everything and everyone we hold dear.
PG - Post-Hogwarts - Comedy, Fluff - Warnings: None - Words: 36515
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 6 - Published: 2006.10.31 - Updated: 2007.07.06 - Hits: 22092

Counting to Five Thousand by Rhetor starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 57]
One decision leads to an army of consequences, and a lifetime is not too long to spend amending them.
PG - Post-HBP, Post-Hogwarts - Angst, General, Tragedy - Warnings: Death - Words: 12001
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 3 - Published: 2006.11.14 - Updated: 2006.12.15 - Hits: 14270

Minding the Baby by Rhetor starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 43]
** Winner of the August 2007 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award for Best One-Shot **
Andromeda is left alone with Teddy, or so she thinks.
PG-13 - Post-DH/AB - Angst, Fluff - Warnings: None - Words: 3437
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2007.08.03 - Updated: 2007.08.03 - Hits: 12488

On the Headmaster's Wall by Rhetor starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 56]
Centuries pass; memories fade. No one remembers the sacrifices made to win the war. Only the portraits on the Headmaster’s wall, and one portrait in particular, is able to tell the story.
PG - Post-HBP, Post-Hogwarts - Action/Adventure, Angst, Romance, Tragedy - Warnings: Death - Words: 10459
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 3 - Published: 2006.10.05 - Updated: 2006.10.09 - Hits: 16714

Quartet for Separated Voices by Rhetor starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 9]
Four voices, separated by years and miles, consider the decisions before them. Each agonizes, each worries, each vacillates. Each decides.
PG - Post-HBP - Angst, Drama, General, Romance - Warnings: None - Words: 4220
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2007.07.16 - Updated: 2007.07.16 - Hits: 3466

Report on the Excavations of Sites HH-87 and HH-88 by Rhetor starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 20]
Archeologists excavating the ruins of Hogwarts find more than they expected.
PG - Post-Hogwarts - Angst - Warnings: Death - Words: 2597
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2007.04.17 - Updated: 2007.04.19 - Hits: 6627

Savoring Patience by Rhetor starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 31]
Harry and Ginny realize they have time.
PG-13 - Post-DH/AB - Fluff, Romance - Warnings: Sexual Situations - Words: 2121
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2007.08.01 - Updated: 2007.08.01 - Hits: 8546

The 312th Edition by Rhetor starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 34]
History, sadly, is not really written by the winners; it's written by the historians. Someday we will all be (at best) footnotes in somebody's history book. How much of our passion or devotion will filter through to the distant reader of that book?
PG - Post-HBP, Post-Hogwarts - Angst, Comedy, General - Warnings: Death - Words: 2560
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2006.09.06 - Updated: 2006.09.06 - Hits: 6145

Challenge Winner While You Tell Yourself the Truth by Rhetor starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 36]
** Winner of Best Adventure (Tie) in the December Engagement Challenge **
A frightened voice in the dark calls out a name. Whose name will you call when you are the one awakening? Moment by moment and breath by breath, you tell yourself the truth.
PG-13 - December Engagement Challenge (2006-6) - Action/Adventure, Comedy, Fluff, Humor, Romance - Warnings: Extreme Language, Sexual Situations, Violence - Words: 6869
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2006.12.29 - Updated: 2006.12.29 - Hits: 6592

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