Sisterhood of the Travelling Journalthing

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One thing about me is that I love getting things in the post. So, this year, I vowed to gain a pen-pal. I found the most amazing and creative solution.

M’collegue, Jemma, and I have recently started something called the ‘Journalthing’. It is just your ordinary, A5, hardback notebook, sent by post from one of us to the other, adding a new entry each time. There’s no real theme or rules when it comes to the Journalthing, we just write, draw and compose a few pages of our thoughts then return to sender, so to speak.

We shall adorn it’s plain, purple cover over time, and the additions to the inside cover shown below can give some indication as to how it will turn out.

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Jemma's handiwork on the left, and my own on the right.
Jemma is the boudacious blonde and I am the green-haired goddess in both instances.

So far the Journathing has featured:

From myself

-a typewritten note

-a Streetwalker!Cathal centrefold

-a rendition of JohnJacobJingleHeimerSmith

-and quotes

From Jemma

-a proclamation of love to me

-a claim that she is a lizard [in caps]

-a poem about Tribbles

-and a picture of AdventureTime!Matt and his Expensive Cardigan.

Along with other

 

From what I see, this venture can only go very well, especially seeing as we are planning to spend time in both London and Austria together this summer. There shall be future updates as to the progress of, and additions to, the Journalthing.

Nos da~

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My favourite book

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My favourite book has to be ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower,’ by Stephen Chboski. I am going to sound all dramatic and clichéd now, but this book really saved my life. My previous favourite book had been ‘The Catcher in the Rye’, which is quite similar, but this book topped it. I don’t know whether it was because it was in a more modern setting, or because it actually made sense for Charlie to have a mental breakdown, but it just appealed to me more.

It is a book about adolescence, but not your usual teen drama rubbish. It is about introversion, which I can really identify with, and about the effect of  the suicide of a loved one, which, unfortunately, I can also identify with.

Another aspect of Charlie’s personality that is similar to mine is his  tendancy to be fascinated by words and their power. He talks about quotes and lyrics, and finding them inspiring. I am the same. And I don’t mean rubbish, pop, lovey-dovey song lyrics, that teenage girls put as their status on Facebook, and say that it’s like the song was written about her and her boyfriend, who have only been going put for a couple of weeks, but she loves him, she really does.

I’m talking about beautiful phrases, marvels of the english language, that are put to the music that you can almost hear when the words are merely spoken aloud. I love the musical and poetic quality of certain words and phrases, and Charlie mentions this as well. There is one thing Charlie says that he adapted from a song lyric, ‘I want to feel infinite’. This was very moving for me and I remembered it ever since. I am actually getting it tattoo’ed on my ribs, one of the sorest places to get tatt’ed, it means that much to me.

On the other hand, my favourite series of books has to be Harry Potter. I just love how J.K. Rowling really thought about the story and made it fit in with the real world. I was always fascinated by the idea of magic and witchcraft, but the books really make you believe that it is possible for this whole other world to be hidden away behind the back wall of a pub in London that nobody notices.

I pretty much grew up with Harry, and the books were a large part of my life [even though I never liked Harry’s character. The ‘bad boy’ Draco was always my favourite]. I have a Harry Potter themed tattoo, and plan on getting more. The books are beautifully written, and are so plausible, that I still live in hope that my owl just got lost on my 11th birthday, and it’ll arrive eventually.

My Top 3 Blogs

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I love blogs of all types. I personally have a Tumblog and a YouTube channel as well as this and there are many different styles of blogs that I follow. My 3 favourite bloggers of all time have to be YouTuber, Charlieissocoollike, artist Zappa Blamma and writer Neil Gaiman.

CharlieissocoolikeCharlie is a nerdy 20-year-old from England. He lives with his friend and fellow famous YouTuber, Nerimon. He makes comic shorts, music videos and vlogs. He can play many instruments, and has a band called ‘Chameleon Circuit’, who perform songs based on the series ‘Doctor Who’. He often uses his YouTube fame to help raise money for various charities. He formed a band with some other famous YouTubers [Nerimon, Hexachordal and Eddplant], called ‘Sons of Admirals’, and helped promote ‘ChartJackers’ who both released songs for charity.

Zappa BlammaJohn is a 18-year-old student and artist from London. He is a chronic doodler and posts his creations on his own website. He sells some of his pieces to pay for his art supplies. He hasn’t had an art class since he was 13, but he doesn’t let that stop him. He did an interview last year which can be seen here. He draws mainly dinosaurs and monsters, though sometimes he does math or logic jokes in the form of short comics. He also promotes his work by attaching small adhesive stickers, or painted tiles on walls, bus-stops and doors.

Neil GaimanNeil is a famous horror and fantasy writer, and is one of my favourites. He has written alongside Sir Terry Pratchett in the book ‘Good Omens’, and his own book ‘Stardust’ was made into a very successful film. He has won many awards for his works, but finds it rather humbling and doesn’t hesitate to answer a fan’s question. He has his own website which features his journal. He blogs about the most ordinary things in his life with all the wit and wonderful penmanship that he applies to his books, which makes it great reading.

Highlights of my first year in college

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There are a few high points of my year in college, but the best were

  • My first ever day

and

  • Christmas time

On the first day, I was overwhelmed. It was all new and shiny, and kind of larger than life. I didn’t know anyone, and was afraid I was going to get lost. I recognised a few faces from the registration day, but not many. We were given a tour by Anya, and a guy started making jokes. I’m not great at that whole ‘socializing’ hogwash, but I decided ‘new step, new me’ so I introduced myself to Dave, and we’ve been pretty much inseparable ever since. I’d to go to his apartment at lunch for a free cup of coffee, which was always a plus. I discovered that we had ‘Creative Design’, which was fantastic because I had given up art in school and regretted it ever since. There was also a writing class, which was basically English, that I loved too. English had been my favourite subject in school.

I absolutely LOVE Christmas time, but it was especially great during my first year of college. I’d get to the college and disembark from the bus, bundled up in a coat, scarf and hat, and then walk the long way through the Engineering building, greeting familiar faces on their way to get a cheap cup of coffee, then the Whitaker building and out into the cold for the last stretch to the Carrolls Building. There were so many hipsters photographing untrampled snow, that I made it my duty to walk in front of as many of them as possible on my way to the door, ruining their shot. It cheered me up for the whole day. The whole place really was a picture though. It was covered completely in snow, the garish sun throwing its light on it, making it sparkle like a blanket woven from spiderwebs. People joined together to build snowmen and throw snowballs. They’d return inside to defrost their fingers by wrapping them around a cup of coffee, and peel off sodden layers of coats, stray snowflakes still melting on their hair and eyelashes.

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