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Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from Kalliza
Yay Mike! I so want he and Buffy to get together!

I don't always get to read the updates for your fics right away, but it's always a joy when I do. Awesome job!
Comments from author:
Glad you like the idea of the pairing. Poor Buffy, she tended to get the short end of the stake, relationship wise...

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Review By [Kalliza] • Date [3 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from SpacedCadet
I've been rereading and I seem to have lost something.

If descent is counted thru the maternal or most powerful line, why is Joyce considered to be a Warren, not a Johnson ?

I also found something.

The bit about Simon's hair having auburn highlights first showed up at the beginning of A STRANGER AT THE GATES. You really do plot stuff way, way, way in advance!
Comments from author:
The Houses are named and counted from the first magical in the family, in this case Melinda Warren. Not all families are matriarchal or patriarchal, the Warrens just happen to be the first.

If there is more than one branch of a family, the eldest usually is the senior, though some houses have the line of descent run to the next most powerful living member, in which case it can skip across branches. With Matriarchal houses there is extra confusion since for a very long time as a woman not taking your husband's name upon marriage was not accepted.

Joyce is House Warren, of the Lineage of Johnson, just like her mother, daughters and Aunt. With larger houses, there can be many more branches (The Clampetts are one example)

Indeed I do. ;-)

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Review By [SpacedCadet] • Date [27 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Old Time Traditions" from SpacedCadet
Meier, Barclays and Rothschild Bank

I just caught this. That's a very interesting bank name!
Comments from author:
Three of the largest private banks of London, yes...

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Review By [SpacedCadet] • Date [26 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from SpacedCadet
“Holy cow. That... I mean that could be portrait of us, if we found Hazel...” Rowan whispered. “And like, we dressed like total skanky ho's.”

Any chance that there will be a portrait of the three...with more modest dress...when they are all corporeal ?
Comments from author:
Considering that getting your portrait done is a Meier family tradition, getting away with only one is probably unlikely. ;-)

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Review By [SpacedCadet] • Date [22 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Homes and families" from fanreaderonetwo
I was rereading chapter 88 where they discover that Harmony Kendall is a song mage, and where the family's musical instruments are mentioned.

I'm assuming that the earlier mention of Simon XIV's harp was a Chekov's musket.

Now I'm wondering what Harmony's songs could do if supported by _that_ harp's music.....
Comments from author:
Just chapter 88 or the whole thing?

The harp is indeed magical. But Harmony will be using a completely different instrument that's been in her family for a while.

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Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [20 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from djhardim
Another possibility: the Meier Children appear dressed as the 1950's version of the Mouseketeers, with Simon assuming the role of Jimmie Dodd.
Comments from author:
Oh... Dear. I don't think Simon's choices of moral advice would really have gone over well in the fifties.

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Review By [djhardim] • Date [11 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from Eureka
I would have thought the "Romulus" was from the fact that he played "Quark"...LOL
Loved the chapter and can't wait to see what you write next.
Comments from author:
No, from a really horrible mother...

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Review By [Eureka] • Date [10 Jul 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from (Current Donor)Sulien
Very much enjoyed this chapter, thank you for the update!

One question: how on earth did you come up with Snyder's first and middle names? I can definitely see Cassius (vain and empty), but why Romulus?

Also, I love the idea of the base stones of the abluaria being selected based on each individual's needs and, I gather, personality. I'm curious to see who has which stone.
Comments from author:
Glad you liked it and gladly done.

Well, he wasn't born this way. His parents named him. I just needed names that most people wouldn't like to admit to.

Not just the base stones, also the way they are cut. Some are faceted, others cabuchon cut.

It will come out in the story, eventually. Writing a whole scene where everyone got their stone would take too long and not add much at this time.

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Review By [(Current Donor)Sulien] • Date [9 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from CubsKing
Another excellent chapter. I always look forward to seeing this pop back into the "Most Recently Updated" list.

Keep up the great work!
Comments from author:
Glad you liked it.

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Review By [CubsKing] • Date [9 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from kalahari
In this chapter the use of a private jet is reasonable. With that sort of money, I would prefer a turboprop for the ability to land and start on short grass airstrips, but a jet would be usable for flying coast to coast.

Where does the desire for personal bathrooms come from, I often see in fanfiction? Bathrooms are quite often the most expensive rooms in homes. Sharing a bath by four girls shouldn't be an issue. You can have a bedroom sized room with a window and put in two sinks, a tub in addition to a shower and a bidet, instead of hotel sized mini baths.
Comments from author:
Simon owns both, or at least the Meier Family office does. In this case a larger plane was needed.

It's an American cultural thing, and growing steadily in Western Europe too. In a house as large as Hooghwater the en-suite bathrooms are larger than minibaths, being former bedrooms.

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Review By [kalahari] • Date [8 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from Cordyfan
A nice long chapter, with a great deal going on.

Amusing reaction from Willow and Rowan on the paintings and the progress on the spell. Glad to see that they finally realised they were being a tad bratty, before the grounding was extended!

Looking forward to finding out more about the wards around Hooghwater and hopefully seeing some more of them being set at some point. Of course, Buffy hasn't encountered a werewolf yet.

Daphne is so far out of her depth at first acquaintance, it's easy to feel sorry for her.

I hope Joyce has some prank of her own, to pay the others back for their little Sound of Music trick.

Good to see that common sense is prevailing with Willow and Rowan and they're asking for help and advice on removing some of Rowan's memories.

Interesting scene at the Nexus, especially the images it gave each of them.

Snyder versus Simon's lawyers? That'll be very interesting, especially as the little troll probably isn't as valuable to Wilkins as he thinks and the latter won't stick his neck out to help much.

Thanks for writing this.
Comments from author:
Willow and Rowan are growing up. It had to happen some day. ;-) It helps with a lot of things.

There's a weird mix of wards at Hooghwater. And wardsetting will be a lesson that comes up soon.

Daphne's resilient. She'll get used to it. ;-)

The problem is that there is only one Joyce and a lot of others to prank...

Snyder doesn't really stand a chance, no. Poor Romulus.

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Review By [Cordyfan] • Date [8 Jul 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from (Current Donor)Shieldage
So, Simon's father is easily accessible from the manor now? Cool.

Buffy is getting memories of a wish verse type world without Simon? Ouch. Marigold running unchecked... No charity houses... So many threads unraveled. Would be cool if one of the main vampires, like John Smith, took vampire Willow under his wing and helped her claim the Meier fortune...

Heh, thanks, now I'm reminded of how cataclysmic it would be for that world if the main storyline hadn't happened in The Secret Return of Alex Mack.


Here's the method I found, hope it helps.

Copy your formatted text and paste it into

This will give you the proper i and b tags, but it may also add extra floating groups of p and br tags, leading to excessive line spacing.

If you don't want to remove the excess line breaks by hand, copy and paste the converted text into

This will fix the line breaks so they are all nice single breaks, but also do some weird stuff such as eating your (identical to each other) hr section breaks, so you need to replace those and make sure it didn't rebreak any of the formatting. You might also need to cut the last of these extra long line breaks as it may still be intact at the end of the document.

Then copy and paste it all into the Add Chapter section. If clicking next leads to a Preview with errors, clicking Back will return you to the text entry section with all the p formatting TtH hides suppressed and some of the more broken stuff dropped completely so it's easier to work with.
Review By [(Current Donor)Shieldage] • Date [8 Jul 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from DofEire
Some 'splainin', indeed! Thank you! I hope you continue to feel better. :)
Comments from author:
A lot more later. I hope so too...

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Review By [DofEire] • Date [7 Jul 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Witches and Confused mothers" from fanreaderonetwo
No, she was burned out before she had her children. She wanted Willow untrained so she could take her over. She didn't any unconcious defences from, her children, or the risk that the three of them together would discover magic. So she made sure that two were dead and one was thereby damaged, if she knew it or not, from birth.

Sheila Rosenberg Moritz wasn't a nice woman before she got burned out. It didn't get better after. (This is the mental instability Simon is so leery of)


So the evil bitch knew about and _cooperated_ with Marigold?

Wouldn't it have been easier to merely make sure she only carried one fetus?
If nothing else I suspect that carrying three fetuses is a
_major_ Pain in the Whatever, which the self-centered bitch wouldn't have liked.
I'm sure she knew about effective potions to induce abortions, tho making sure one healthy fetus survived might be a problem.
Comments from author:
I'm not saying anything about Marigold. But Wilkins had Rowan and Rack has Hazel and they are two very powerfulo souls to barter with, so bearing them to term was an 'economically sound decision...'

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Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [7 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Some 'splainin'" from DieselDriver
Very nice chapter. Lots of twists and turns and lots of fun stuff. Well told.
Comments from author:
Thank you, glad you liked it.

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Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [7 Jul 14] • Not Rated
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