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[28 Nov 2004|01:29pm]
Congratulations to the Ravenclaws, who beat us Hufflepuffs in quidditch. I was hoping we'd win, but all's fair in love and Quidditch, right? Anyways, good game, fellows.
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[16 Nov 2004|06:34pm]
[ mood | pleased ]

I am in such a splendid mood, recently! I'm not quite sure why, I think it's that Christmastime is soon. I do really love Christmas, more than any other holiday, I think.

When is the next Hogsmeade weekend? I can't remember. Well, whenever it is, would you like to get a butterbeer with me, Alice?

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[04 Nov 2004|07:20pm]
[ mood | energetic ]

Wow! Wasn't the ball just marvelous? I don't think I've had a better time... EVER!

I'm still excited from it. I don't think I've stopped running on top energy since then! But I'm kind of hoping I'll wind down soon, because I haven't been sleeping all that well!

And wasn't the music just fabulous?

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[29 Oct 2004|03:32pm]
So I said, "What would you think of going to the ball with me?"

And she said, "Sounds like it would be fun,"

Does that mean yes? I mean, I think it's yes. It seemed like a yes. But is it really a yes, or is she teasing me?
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[26 Oct 2004|07:14pm]
So, the ball is coming up. I've been quite busy lately, with the whole writing endeavor, but I think I'm going to break from that for awhile. At least until after Halloween

I'm thinking about asking Alice to go to the ball with me... I don't think she has one of these logs, so please nobody tell her. I haven't decided yet. Despite my normally solid self-esteem, I am nervous about asking her. I just... don't have luck with girls. They always seem to get fed up with me, I'm not sure exactly what it is about me that irritates them, they've never really specified. I've been told more than once that I am too spacey and absent-minded. I'm starting to think any attempts in the game of love are lost for me.

I think I'll keep trying, though. Maybe she'll say yes, you know? I don't want to spend the ball wandering around alone, thinking "what if I'd asked her," right?

Why do these formal events have to be SO stressful?

I need new dress robes, too. If Mum and Dad won't give me any money, I guess I'm going to need to find someone who's good with tailoring charms... I need the hem re-sewn on my robes, although at this point it would just be nice to have some new ones, anyways. Social situations... meh. I'm feeling blah about this ball. I'm not sure that I'll even go, if Alice turns me down.
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[09 Oct 2004|03:02pm]
[ mood | excited ]

I've been writing a lot lately. Not in this journal, obviously, because as of now I'm far to embarrassed at my shotty writing abilities to show anything to people who might actually read it.

I decided awhile ago that I was going to try and write a book. Just to try it. Of course, I failed and never finished it because I got stuck and couldn't think of anything to have happen. I didn't want to just throw it away, though. I kept it, and I found it a few weeks back. I read it and thought to myself, "Now, I can do better than that..."

So I started over again. I'm really enjoying it this time around. It's really fun to read what I've re-written and compare it to the old stuff to see how much I've improved in abilities. It seems that with each new chapter I get better and better. I bet if I finish it someone could read from the beginning and see the progress through the book.

IF I finish.

What do you guys think about it? Maybe I'll become a writer. I'm enjoying it so much, it seems whenever I have a bit of free time I work on it. Some of my dorm mates have even commented on the fact that I spend all my time writing. I don't know, it just seems so much more special this time around.

And if you think about it, it's really just art. Expression, you know? And that's the most important thing in the world! Everyone should write a book. We should ALL write one! Or, we could have a collective effort and all write a book together. Maybe start a writing club. We could meet in the library, it would be so fitting! A big collective effort! Everyone could write their own chapter and then we could meet to read it and assign the next one, so you could see the different language styles from person to person!

My, I've gotten all excited. I wonder if anyone would want to embark on an activity like that with me?

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[26 Sep 2004|03:47pm]
Well, my friends, I have found my journal. You all probably have heard from me by now that I had misplaced it, but I was looking for some photographs today and I discovered it hiding beneath my bed! How lucky, right?

Things are going wonderfully for me. I'm down to my last chocolate frog already and eagerly awaiting the next Hogsmeade visit so I might refill my supplies.

I heard the most interesting music today. My mum sent me a copy of a song by a muggle man named Elton John. She said it was popular, it's called Bennie and the Jets. It was really incredible! I highly recommend it.

There's some lyrics, "Hey kids, shake it loose together
The spotlight's hitting something
That's been known to change the weather"

Isn't that just fantastic? I can't stop listening to it. I'm writing her this very moment to send me as much of this Elton John fellow as she can get ahold of.

In other news, I'm starting to feel a bit lonely. I really want to meet someone who I can truly show my heart to. Everyone I've tried to thus far has acted like I was crazy or spacey and been not at all supportive. If only there was someone of my true soul, someone else who wants nothing but love and expression and values connection to others so highly. I don't know, it seems like everyone I meet would rather be reading a book or skipping stones on the lake than talking to me. I guess I am just feeling lonely, though. It happens now and again. Hopefully soon I will feel better again.
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[08 Sep 2004|05:36pm]
I have been so busy! It seems like every time I sit down, I remember something I have to do. It's been this way for about two weeks, just the constant working, no time for personal thought and reflection! It's terrible!

I finally got a bit of relief today, though. It was raining during lunch, so while everyone was eating I went for a walk on the grounds. I don't know what it is about walking in the rain, it's just so peaceful. I walked until classes started again, and I had to Quick Dry my robes.

It was so nice to just have that winding down relaxation. I felt so refreshed. There's nothing more revitalizing than heaven's tears, I suppose. They washed away all the tension and stress from school, and left me fresh and reborn.

On a different note - everyone seems really excited about Quidditch! I'm excited to watch the games, too, I hope Hufflepuff wins. I know that if they work hard enough and keep a good attitude, they might take the cup this year! That's not really what it's about, though, it's about spirit and fun. So as long as the team has fun, I'll have fun watching them.
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[28 Aug 2004|07:37pm]
Well, it's been a beautiful week, but I can't say I'm not happy to see the weekend. Things have felt so rushed to me that I've had to set this journal aside and take care of the rest of my life instead. But now that I have some free time, I'm glad to have the luxury of this little diary to write in.

I'm getting into one of those moods where I really just don't feel like all this work the Professors are piling on. I think I have Seventh-yearitis... you know, where it's seventh year and you're just so eager to be out that you don't want to put that much effort into the schoolwork.

Oh well. I guess I just have to keep forcing myself to sit down and study and blah, blah, blah... it'll be good for me in the long run. Even though I don't know what I want to do with my life... maybe I should just become a writer and spread happy feelings to everyone?

So the Birthday Party for Marlene didn't work out so well, the Cake arrived but I didn't have any plates or silverware so Marlene transfigured some plates (which were really good, by the way) and we ate the cake with our fingers. No one else was there, those forgetful Hufflepuffs. I think she enjoyed the sentiment, though.

Anyways. I have to read a chapter for Transfiguration (which I'm really bad at, heh) so I will write again later.
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PRIVATE [21 Aug 2004|05:39pm]
[Private to Self]

No one is a waste of flesh? I could point out several wastes if you're having trouble picking them out from the rest of us. -- Sirius Black

I've heard things about this boy, Sirius Black, that he ran from his home because of their association with Dark Magic, and apparently they were very "Slytherin" as I've heard it described to me. But how could he say that anyone could simply be a waste? That a person could simply be useless, have no purpose, and if they vanished no one would notice, or that they would notice but they wouldn't care?

It seems strange and upsetting to me that someone who would leave a home because of their hateful behaviour could be so spiteful and cynical himself. It deeply saddens me when people say things that demean the existence of others. Isn't that exactly what the purists think? That muggles are inferior and below them?

I feel bad that people can't see their own bigotries. They think a person is inferior and below them for a different reason, but they think it just the same.

I'm not sure why, but his comment really hurt me, because I know that there are people that would say the same thing about me. "Frank, you fucking hippy, you're such a waste," or "Frank, you don't even know what you want to do after you leave, you're such a waste,"

That makes me feel meaningless and depressed, and I can't comprehend that anyone would want someone else to feel that way, no matter how much they might dislike them. So a note for the future -- Never let anyone make you feel less than human. Never let anyone say that you are worthless. Never let anyone say that someone else is worthless. Never let someone be humiliated or upset by things others say in your presence.

I guess I just see the world differently than other people. I don't know that thinking the way they do will ever make the world better. I mean, is saying that someone is a waste of flesh going to make that person become productive or loving? No. But telling them that they are worth something, that they can do anything, and that you love them? I think that will make a difference.

Because it made all the difference when it was said to me.

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[20 Aug 2004|12:23pm]
[ mood | enthralled ]

I've done a full and spontaneous recovery!

I don't think I've felt this content in a long time. It's as though everything is going my way, classes are smooth like a "well oiled machine," as my Mum would say.

I feel connected again, and not just with the students in my house, but with everyone. It's like every time I talk to someone I feel that thrumming energy of life, and no matter where I am, I am always connected. Like a spacey sort of sixth sense, I guess. I just feel like everyone is beautiful and wonderful in their own way, no one is a waste of flesh. It's impossible to be a waste of flesh.

I see sadness in some people's eyes and I wonder how they can be sad when there is so much life and spirit and soul in this school. Sometimes I just want to hug them, but I'm afraid to do something like that because of past experiences. The most I can do is smile and think happy thoughts to or about them and hope that they somehow percieve the goodness in the world around them.

I heard this muggle band called "The Beatles" for the first time two days ago. I'd heard of them before from Muggle-Borns and some of my relatives, apparently they're this enormous hit, but I hadn't actually heard any of their music until now. I didn't talk about it at the time, because I wasn't sure how I felt about them yet. It's come to my attention that they're possibly one of the greatest things I've ever heard, from muggles OR wizards. There's a certain song called 'Here Comes the Sun' or something like that. Absolutely glorious. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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[17 Aug 2004|12:20pm]
Well, it's lunch time and I'm going through my third review of an essay I have to turn in. I usually do three, the first for technical errors, like spelling and punctuation, the second for grammar and general structure, and the third for overall flow and wording. Sometimes I have other people read the essay, too, in case I missed something. It's always helpful, I think, to get another person's opinion.

However, my mind is wandering an awful lot, so I thought I'd take a break before I start again. I feel very isolated today, as though I'm the only Hufflepuff in my classes. Maybe I'm just reclusive or something, but I feel like I haven't connected with anyone in my house on a deeper level than "small talk", at least not yet this year. Everywhere I look, people are "small talking", no one really makes an effort to get to know each other, or explore each other's minds on a deeper level.

Just a thought, and it's time for me to finish that third review of my assignment. I'll leave off with the general wondering if anyone else is feeling as disconnected as me?
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[15 Aug 2004|07:51pm]
Well, I suppose I'd better jump on the bandwagon here and write in this journal. I just got it in the mail from Mum, and it seems to be that a lot of students here already have them. That's great though, the more the merrier, right?

I think these diary things are just brilliant, because they're such an easy way to keep in contact with people and express your feelings to the whole world. If there's anything the world needs right now, in such a prejudiced time, it's emotion and expression, because only through that will others know how they effect the world around them.

Speaking of expression! This summer, I heard gospel music for the first time. It was amazing! I'm not a Christian, either, but let me tell you something... anything where people find meaning and joy and hope is good. And Gospel music conveys that to every extent! Or maybe I'm just a complete sap. Which is completely possible, too. What can I say? I'm a hopeless romantic and that includes my vision of the world.

There seem to be a lot of bad feelings going about here on the journals. I hope that doesn't last too long, it bothers me when people are feeling bad. It seems like it takes so much out of the mind and soul, doesn't it? Depression and anger just drain people into empty shells. It's enough to make people crazy, you know? Let's be a bit friendlier and get people back up in spirits.

Romantically yours,
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