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Dear Journal,

I've started on my homework for this month, but I haven't turned in anything thus far. I've got one more show coming up this year, and as soon as that's done I'll have all summer to do HOL work and be more active.

The HOL Book Club is hosting HOLWriMo which looks exciting, and I'd love to participate, especially since by May I should be a lot less busy and have the time to put into writing at least 6000 words. Also Ravenclaw has started up an Icebreakers activity which has been fun to participate in so far. I'm really liking all the activities that they've come up with.

I finally made it back to the quidditch pitch to participate in a pickup this past weekend, and hopefully I'll start coming to more practices too. I haven't had much free time to bot lately though, and I should really get on that if I wish to improve.

That's about it for this entry.. Most of my energy is definitely focused on the upcoming show, but soon I'll have some time to relax!

Aure

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Dear Journal,

Tech week for our upcoming show has started, so I'm unsure how much I'll be able to be around for the next week. Also it's nearing the end of the year so projects and papers are due soon that I need to make sure I finish. It's really hard to believe that I've almost finished my freshman year of college, but it's also super exciting and there's so much ahead to come.

Schoolwork hasn't been too bad, but for the upcoming semester I'm potentially adding a minor in psychology, which I'm enthused about, but also slightly nervous for since I'll have to take some more classes for it.

HOL stuff has been kind of stagnant for me lately but I finished a couple of challenges recently that I need only turn in so after I do that I'll feel a bit more accomplished. My work is still in its beginning stages but I think that I'll be able to finish it all by the deadline. Hopefully I'll be around more pretty soon!

Aure

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Dear Journal,

It's May! Time sure has been flying by recently! The Spring show was a success and I got to see my family and begin moving some of my stuff out of the dorms. I've also decided recently, with minimal motherly encouraging, to add a second major in psychology which I'm really looking forward to beginning in the fall. Of course, this will also mean a good deal more work, but hopefully it'll help me learn how to manage my time more efficiently. I'm also taking one class online over the summer since it should be one of my more open times to take classes.

I'm essentially finished with college now, but I'll still be here until the end of this week. I don't have any finals left, but I need to confer with the professors of the dance department into how I've progressed over the course of this year. One of our professors is also retiring, so I'm sticking around so we can all wish her a warm farewell with a retirement party. However, since I've been here and had a decent amount of downtime, I've already sent off one of my assignments for May and done all of the HOLLERS and DoHGaS challenges fairly soon after they were put out. Now all that's left is to finish up those few classes.

I haven't started my work for HOLWriMo yet however, and that I am a little bummed about. I haven't even really thought about the world building and the most I've decided is that I'd like to write something in the fantasy genre, however that could very well change once I start putting the pen to paper. Hopefully I'll find it in myself to begin it soon!

Aure

 

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Dear Journal,

It sure has been a while! Since we last talked I finished my first year of college! It was immensely gratifying and I'm so excited for what is to come!

This month sure has been a whirlwind! I would expect to have some time to myself once school ended, and while I do have more free time, I've been busier than I expected.

I did manage to participate in HOLWriMo which made me exceedingly happy, but I really didn't get too much done until the last week of the month, so I'm really glad I managed to hit 6,000 words!

This year's Emerald Cup has begun and the theme this year is Beauxbatons and France! It's been really fun so far and I'm excited to participate in everything else the event has in store. 

Aure

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Dear Journal,

This year is coming to a close, and while I've at least started on all of my final exams and the like, I need to finish them up and turn them all in so I can get some nice quills for my collection!

Coupe d'emeraude has been really fun so far! I'm loving all of the discussions, coloring pages, and puzzles and the IRC activities are really fun as well! We had the first game of Codenames this past weekend and while it took a little bit to make sure we all understood the rules, the game was really fun and I'm glad I'm getting to learn how to play it! We also had the first logic puzzle race last week and I didn't do very well in it which was a little disheartening, but I suppose now I have someplace to work up from..

Also I got to play in the last quidditch game of the year against Ravenclaw and I didn't do too badly! It was pretty fun getting to participate and I'm excited for whatever broom shenanigans will take place over the summer.

Aure

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Dear Journal,

This year is officially over, and we came so close to edging Ravenclaw out of top spot this year! Though it's disheartening we didn't win, it sure has encouraged me to do better next year so that we can finally win it! I've finished all of my classes, and luckily managed to pick up a quill in each one. I didn't manage to get all 300 points available in each one though, which means that I can still do better! I also finally managed to accomplish my goal of earning over 3000 points, so I'm hoping to earn even more next year! We'll see how well I can manage to do that though since I'm adding so many classes. Here's to time management!

Coupe d'émeraude is still going on, though all tasks are due pretty soon! It's been super fun to be a part of, even though I missed out on playing Codenames this past go around, and may end up missing the next round due to a flight. In any case, it was lovely to learn how to play.

There seems to be a ton of things available to do over the summer, so I'm excited to get involved. Ravenclaw has adopted the art department and there are currently three activities going on to earn points for! Unfortunately, for some odd reason I can't log in to the Roost, even though my username and password are both correct. I've talked to people about it, so hopefully soon I'll be able to participate and start next year off with a hefty earning of points.

The Book Club is also running an activity in honor of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone with 90 points up for grabs! I planned on participating anyway, as soon as I have time to sit down and think up a good thing to contribute to the discussion. It's so crazy and awesome that the first book has been out for twenty years, and I'm glad I get to see this 20th anniversary celebration!

Gryffindor is hosting a read-along and an activity for The Tales of Beedle the Bard, so I'm also quite excited to reread that and become more familiar with the stories! Summer Quidditch League is coming up, and I sincerely hope I get to participate, since I'm unsure how much time I'll have to participate in quidditch next year. All in all, there's so much coming up, and I'm excited to take part in it all! Here's to an awesome summer and an even better upcoming year!

Aure

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Dear Journal,

What an event filled summer! Get ready for a not-so-small update!

This summer was filled with fun events and activities. Ravenclaw hosted an amusement park entitled Rowena's Realm with 4 weeks of fun activities centered around the theme. There was a lovely variety of activities and it was really great to participate in even if I fell off the wagon near the end. Unfortunately, this is probably how many of these tales will end.

Hufflepuff hosted Summer Vacations also for 4 weeks where the next week of tasks was revealed by completing the last task of the week previous. These were also all really fun challenges, but near the end I didn't manage to complete all of them. Gryffindor's Beedle the Bard activity was also really fun. I loved that I finally got to read all of the tales. I came really close to nabbing the award, but in the end fell two challenges short. In hindsight, I wish I'd kicked myself to do the two earlier ones I missed instead of counting upon the two that were due the weekend I was moving.

Summer Quidditch League is also going really well. I've gotten to play in a handful of games and have really enjoyed each experience. It's been fun getting to both play and cheer on my team members. Also, this year I decided to sign up for the Seeking Tournament and I'm so very glad I did as I've been having a blast getting to chase after the snitch. I've played two games so far and somehow managed to seek my way to the playoffs. It's been such a good learning experience overall, though I've realized how much more I need to bot if I'm going to be worth my salt.

Now that Hufflepuff's Summer Vacations are over, this month is host to Fantastic Beasts. The first week just finished and it's been good fun so far. I've only read through the book once or twice so this activity will be sure to be a good refresher. As a bonus, there's a shiny award at the end of the tunnel. Speaking of potential awards, I just updated with my first book for the Summer Reading Challenge. I have two more books to go, and while I managed to read a decent amount during July, I think that I'll stick with books I've read in August to end up posting about since I have some exciting books planned. 

In any case, HOL updates aside, I just finished moving into my new apartment for the upcoming year! I'm really excited for this year and I'm glad to return to school. However, this is when the rollercoaster that is life comes in, and we'll see how well I manage to keep both RL and HOL at the forefront of my priorities. As I mentioned in my last post, I'd really like to earn more points this year than I did last, so I sincerely hope that can happen.

Aure

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Dear Journal,

Today has been an eventful day and this past month has been an eventful month! Today I was made a Slytherin prefect which I'm super excited about and I look forward to being able to help out more around Slytherin and HOL!

Classes are about to start and I've narrowed my choices down after much debating to Advanced Care of Magical Creatures, Marvellous Musical Theatre - Act 1, Occlumency, Steampunk 101, and Survival, but there are still so many I want to eventually take.

So far I've been managing juggling RL and HOL pretty well, but I will admit that I was scrambling for few deadlines. I tried to do as much point earning as I could over the summer, so I sincerely hope those points arrive soon to give me a nice boost for the school year and hopefully a motivation boost to turn in all my work on time. I'm really excited for the classes I've chosen and I hope to learn a lot this year!

I had a small performance last weekend which went really well, and we've just had auditions for our fall concert at university, so this week has mostly been figuring out what my eventual rehearsal schedule will be. With the addition of this new faculty member, it looks like we'll have a really diverse array of pieces to show at the concert. I'm really looking forward to this year and I think it'll bring a lot of awesome new opportunities!

Aure

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Dear Journal,

Oh what a phrase to write again! It's been quite a long time since I last stepped foot into these halls, but I've missed them all the same. I remember the days where I would poor my soul into keeping my journal up to date, recording everything upon everything in hopes of not forgetting a thing. For some reason the tendency to remember still plagues me even though now I have centuries worth of memories to think back on. I could probably fill my library residence with books about the many adventures I've now had.

I've truly missed Hogwarts. The classes I see students taking call to me and I long to study alongside them and offer up my own knowledge and experiences as Nick had helped me. Perhaps I should pop into Hogwarts more often than I have been; I believe my last visit was over a century ago. How the times and people have changed! I distinctly remember my dorm here in Slytherin. I had a wonderful roommate and we got along so well it was quite spooky. It was a shame that we didn't room together for the rest of our careers here. I miss lying in my four-poster bed, dreaming about all the spells I would soon learn, wondering how much magic was even possible to create at once, and of course stressing about my classes before I had even taken my OWLs.

I miss playing Quidditch and feeling the wind through my hair. I miss eating the castle food, as nothing tastes the same anymore if it tastes at all. Though I don't need food any longer, it is still nice to remember and is a taste I certainly hope I will never forget. I even miss my old teachers, including the ones that gave homework as if we had no other classes. In death I've learned to appreciate even those. I really ought to come back to the castle more often...

Sincerely,
Isolde Entwistle

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Dear Journal,

I dropped off again and RL got crazy.. The Deathday Party was such a fun event, but near the end of it I fell off the wagon so only earned about half the points that I could have which is frustrating. However I was still able to earn the award, so I suppose that's a silver lining. I also disappeared from the end of Gryfftoberfest and now find myself struggling to complete Slyth-o-ween tasks. Eek!

Luckily I haven't managed to miss any monthly class deadlines yet and signed up for both Mx HOL and the Hogsmeade Literary Festival. I also managed to send in something for Wizarding Times though it was short, but any points are good points! Hopefully I'll earn many more this term!

Aure

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Dear Journal,

I sure haven't visited in a while and I sincerely apologize for that. I must have set you aside during the hectic time that was finals. I'm back now though and plan to stay that way. In RL, I'm taking significantly less classes than I did the previous semester which makes it easier for me to spend more time around here, and I've decided on five lovely classes I'm determined to succeed in! That would be Gobbledegook, The Her in Hero, Magical Plants, Languages 101, and Career Advice. I think all five subjects are incredibly interesting and am so excited to delve into the topics.

The Book Club has returned with the Harry Potter Book Festival and I'm having such a ball taking part in discussions and researching more about reading. I'm also really enjoying the Magical Winter Olympics taking place in the Hufflepuff common room and am determined to earn an award. I've been a little more active on IRC lately because I really do want to improve my Quidditch skills and it's been wonderful interacting more with everyone. More updates are sure to come soon, so I'll try to keep you updated!

Aure

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Dear Journal,

I can't believe it's been such a long time since my last entry! I sincerely apologize, but unfortunately cannot guarantee replies will be any less sporadic in the upcoming months however much I'd like them to be. I'm debating upon whether I think I'll actually have enough time to participate in this year's Emerald Cup, but I think I'll base it on how much work I get finished this weekend. After that, I'd like to hopefully participate in whichever quidditch shenanigans occur this summer, but again I'm unsure of my available dates as things seem to simply be compounding upon each other in RL. I'll try to post again soon and with a little more substance, but until then wish me luck!

Aure

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Dear Journal,

It sure has been a while! This term is over halfway over and I haven't done nearly as much as I've wanted to this term! My time should be freeing up extensively soon, so I plan on finishing all of my assignments for classes with term deadlines, but I haven't sat any OWLs yet which I'm upset about. Everything sure has been busy, busy, busy, but I hope to be around more at least for the next couple months. I haven't played in a quidditch game yet this year, or managed to submit anything to a newspaper, so there's still a lot to do! Wish me luck!

Aure

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*dusts off cover*

Oh that's where you went! Sorry it's been such a long time. It seems like time has both flown but also stood steadfastly in place for ages. It's nice to write down some thoughts again though.

So, it's a new year! Plus it's the year that I'm finally getting to my OWLs. They're pretty daunting for sure, but I don't think I'll mind them that much. I do find most creative things enjoyable, and even writing essays are fun when they're about topics I like. I just finished up visiting the Land of the Sweets and it was such a fun thing to do over the winter! So many other students found their way there too and we had some really fun experiences and got to watch some beautiful dancing. I'm currently working on some artwork, and I hope that it'll turn out the way I'd like.

Assignment wise, I turned in almost everything I wanted to this past term. I only missed out on a few things I really wanted to get to, but this term I'm going to try and pace myself better and earn as many points as I can! I also set a few HOL goals late last year so I hope I'm able to live up to them. I still need to earn all the points possible in two more classes, but I think I can do it. I'm excited for the new class list to be released as I have no idea what I'd like to take yet. Here's to a good end to this year!

Aure

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Dear Journal,

I’ve once again been given the amazing opportunity to be a Promising Student and I’m very excited to work with my fellow PS to bring a fun and unique activity to the Dungeons! I’m quite excited for this term as well. It took me a while to narrow down all of the interesting classes, but I finally managed to pick five.

The Book Club is doing Book Bingo once more and since I didn’t quite meet my reading goal last year, I’m hoping this activity will help me meet it this year. I’m also having a blast at the Winter Fling! I’ve thrown a few snowballs and made some lovely memories with everyone! I’m hoping to earn lots of points and scales this term to make up for the last few, and maybe we’ll even be able to bring home the House Cup *crosses fingers*

I’m also having a blast with the library and art department projects! They’re encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and just create things which is always a lovely time. I encourage everyone to stop by and either submit to a project or check the submissions out and offer some feedback!

Aure

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Dear Journal,

Wow this month kind of flew by! Winter Fling just finished up and it was such fun. I'm so grateful for all the fun it brought to the Dungeons! I submitted my first puzzle to the puzzle exchange instead of just completing puzzles, so that was kind of fun. I also got some great feedback on my art and library department submissions that I'll make sure to consider in future submissions. I've completed a good amount of homework so far this month, but I'm still working on my Divination OWL. Since it has a part that needed three journal entries from different days, I managed to put it off a little.. It's really coming together now though, so I'm excited to finally submit my first OWL!

My fellow Promising Students and I have been cooking up some fun and I'm really pumped for how things may go! It's been really fun to plan something since it's been a while since I last brainstormed an idea and saw it through to fruition. Admittedly I haven't done too much reading for Book Bingo :( but I did start participating in their weekly Beginnings and Endings and Flash Fiction. Both are such fun to partake in!

RL has been a bit hectic too, but at least it's still kind of sticking to its usual schedule. It's been nice in a strange way because it's reminded me that I may be more resilient than I think. I'm looking forward to things getting back to normal though!

Aure

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Dear Journal,

Happy March! The SerpenTimes deadline is coming up and I'm so excited to read everyone's submissions. I've just sent in a couple exclusives myself, but there's still time to cook up other things. I also wrote an article for the Wizarding Times and am excited to read their upcoming issue as well. I even dusted off my old poetry journal to add a new page in there. 

Classes are still going well. I successfully submitted my Divination OWL and I really enjoyed the process, so now it's time to begin on my Herbology OWL. I love plants, despite not being too good with them, so I'm excited for this one. I've been trying to submit to all the library and art department prompts, but I missed just one last month. I'll just make sure to get them all done this month!

I'm really excited to start hosting my first activity as a Promising Student! We've worked really hard on brainstorming and I think it'll be so fun to see it happen.  IRL, this upcoming week is my "Spring Break", in quotes because it's not really too much of a break. But it will be nice to have a bit more free time during the first week of our activity.

Aure

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Dear Journal,

The first week of Spring Staycation has been great! It's been such fun to see people get involved with our activity, and I've loved looking through people's creative responses to the prompts. The second week has just begun, so I encourage everyone to go over and check it out! 

I feel as though I haven't done very much homework recently, so luckily I sent in several assignments ahead for my classes with monthly deadlines. I joined the SerpenTimes staff in time for this past issue though, and it was such fun reading through everyone's submissions. I need to get started on my Paw Print submissions since the deadline is so close! I love that they offer poetry as an option, as I took Poetry Writing here on HOL and really enjoyed it!

"Spring Break" was good. I didn't do too much outside of the ordinary, but luckily the weather was nice enough to do past-due work on my car this past Sunday. I've been having fun keeping up with Read-Along and talking to my sidekick, so I'm hoping for good things this spring!

Aure

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Dear Journal,

It's unbelievable that April has already begun! I found myself a bit scattered yesterday trying to ensure all my work was turned in on time. I suppose the month just managed to get away from me. Spring Staycation has been going great so far and I'm having a lot of fun reading everyone's food recommendations. Just over one more week left!

I never mentioned that I got a new cat recently. He was found outside the store my friend works at and wasn't microchipped or anything, so we've taken him in to our home. It's definitely been an adventure so far (he has way more energy than both myself and our other cat!) but totally worth it. I've also finished up all of my dance pieces for my studio's recital and it feels great to get that off my shoulders. The days feel a bit repetitive recently, but I began talking to a friend I hadn't spoken to in a while so that is managing to brighten things up.

April is also the month that I have two OWLs due so I really need to get working on everything a bit sooner so I can get it all turned in. I powered through other class assignments for the first two months early on, but now I need to really schedule my time well to keep earning as many points as I can as we near the end of this year.

Aure

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Dear Journal,

It hasn’t been too long, but it feels like it’s been ages. One of my jobs is closing down at the end of this month after surviving as a small business for 16 years and understandably its dedicated customer base has been stopping in whenever they can before the closing date. This means my days have been a lot busier lately than they used to be, but it’s all still a rewarding process that I’m glad to be a part of.

Unfortunately, I haven’t made much headway on my various assignments and two OWLs that I need done by the end of the month, so there’s still a lot to do. Tomorrow closes up Spring Staycation which has been such a blast! I’m very glad to have helped organizing it and have had fun taking part here and there as well :)  Here’s to finishing up all my work soon also!

Aure

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