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time present 

and time past

are both perhaps

present

in time future.

and time future

contained in time past.

if all time is eternally present

all time is unredeemable.

what might have been

is an abstraction

remaining a perpetual possibility 

only in a world of speculation. 

what might have been

and what has been

point to one end

which is always

present.

footfalls echo in the memory

down the passage

which we did not take

towards the door

we never opened

into the whore’s garden.

– t s eliot (بتصرف)

The Friend.

What do I want? 

Am I lying to myself when I say I don’t want relationships at the moment? I am. Because I do. I do badly, and I see opportunities everywhere. I overanalyze, I make up signs to notice, I fall in love.

… Or do I? Not anymore. I rather “lose balance and sway for a moment before regaining grip” in love. I’ve done it too many times to let myself actually fall. And I’m not wrong.

Name: Anthony. Job description: receiving screenshots from friends of conversations with crushes and love interests and helping them through their relationships. 

Time to tell the mirror what I know she’s heard before: I don’t wanna be you anymore. Be ME anymore. The sidekick. The friend. The mother hen. The couselor. 

Can’t I be the crush for once? The love interest? The cute guy you’re afraid to talk to? The person you rave to your best friend about?

When will someone talk to me because they’re interested in me r o m a n t i c a l l y and not – God, those awful three words – a s a f r i e n d? 

It’s funny but it hurts. I’m tired. I’m done. I’m way too close to turning to people who are interested but who I don’t find attractive at all. And that’s dangerous, because it breaks one of my main morals. 

I’m scared.

Going to snatch some books!

So, WHOOW
There’s a book sale today (the infamous Bookyard I’ve talked about like 100 times here) and I’m about to go and see what I can find! Super excited.
I’ll fill you in with a bookhaul in a few hours!
Also YAAAAASSSSSS THE NEXT FOUR DAYS ARE SCHOOL FREE WOOOOOOOOOO
Bbyee

SECOND TASK – BLOGGERS’ HOUSE CUP

 

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SECOND TASK: SCAVENGER HUNT

This task is going to be a classic good ol’ SCAVENGER HUNT! Very simple: you have to find all the items on the list, photograph them and post them on your house forums. BUT REMEMBER – AND THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT – IN EVERY PICTURE SHOULD BE INCLUDED A SMALL PIECE OF PAPER WITH YOUR HOUSE NAME ON IT, SO WE KNOW YOU TOOK THE PHOTO. A PHOTO WITHOUT ‘PROOF’ WON’T BE COUNTED. Recording videos, if you see it’s necessary, is acceptable as well. You can upload the photos here if you don’t know how to: postimage.org . Here is the  list of items:

1. The complete Harry Potter saga (bonus points for having Quidditch TTA, Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantastic Beasts, and Cursed Child)

2. A nice ribbon

3. A can of coca cola

4. A destroyed cake

5. An air conditionner

6. A childhood game

7. Your favorite TV show on

8. Merchandise from your favorite artist/band (bonus points for every different artist/band)

9. A road sign

10. A bird

11. A plane

12. Superman

13. The moon

14. The oldest email in your inbox

15. A dated magazine
16. Disgusting food

17. Something offensive
18. A multicolored dress (bonus points for wearing it with a multicolored hat)

19. ‘Page 394’ of the book where this expression figures

20. Hershey’s chocolate bar
21. A laughing child (many bonus points if you can fit a crying child in the frame)
22. A Lady Gaga album (bonus points for every extra album)
23. A beautiful painting
24. Your country’s traditional dish (bonus points for different dishes from different players/countries)
25. A hotel

26. Something scary (bonus points for the house with the scariest entry)

27. A birthday card

28. A hairnet

29. An old pair of shoes
30. Your sibling’s hair

31. An elevator

32. A uniform (bonus points if the uniform has your house colors)

33. Something you hate (bonus points for the entry I also hate the most)

34. Your favorite book

35. A forest

36. The view from your window

37. Your pet (bonus points for every extra pet)

38. Grafitti

39. A statue

40. Public restrooms

41. Plastic cups

42. Little ball of fur (huge bonus points if you can get the picture of the title of the song where this lyric figures. Hint: the song comes from a show whose title strongly correlates with the item you have to find next. NB: say the song title is ‘Wooden Chair’, you have to photograph a wooden chair, not a paper where ‘Wooden Chair’ is written).

43. Something explosive

44. A gold necklace

45. 10 water balloons (huge bonus points if you include a video of you throwing them at someone)

46. A set of teeth

47. A collection of things (anything you’ve been collecting) (bonus points for the most interesting collection)

48. A written page from your diary

49. A mirror

50. An outfit with your house colors (bonus points for the best outfit).

51. The Lebanese flag

52. Miranda Sings-like lips

53. A musical instrument (bonus points for every extra instrument)

54. A portrait

55. A french book

56. An alarm clock

57. Fire

58. Something that makes you cry

59. Gold

60. A half-finished puzzle

61. A root beer (bonus points for every extra can)

62. A tree root

63. Groot

64. This number’s square root

You will have 6 days to submit your entry.

Points will be distributed as such:

1st Place: 64 points

2nd Place: 56 points

3rd Place: 48 points

4th Place: 40 points

DEADLINE: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 11:59 PM EST.

ANY HOUSE THAT FAILS TO SUBMIT BEFORE THE DEADLINE WILL HAVE ITS TASK POINTS REDUCED BY HALF, REGARDLESS OF POSITION.

ANY HOUSE THAT FAILS TO SUBMIT IN TWO DAYS’ TIME WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE TASK.

REMINDER: ALL PLAYERS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER TO BLOGWARTS BOARDS!

If you haven’t already, make sure to:

  1. Visit blogwarts.boards.net,

    Register to the forum,

  2. Go to the Welcome thread,

  3. Follow the links to your House Common Rooms,

  4. Register A SECOND, SEPARATE registration to your House forum,

  5. Wait to be approved and start taking part in the task.

BLOGWARTS STUDENTS:

Tara – GRYFFINDRAFT HEAD OF HOUSE

L GRYFFINDRAFT PREFECT

AnnonymousBlog

Shivani.

thchicwithbluehair

thewondrouslifeofalliem

Chloe Lauren

Zoe2600

Gretaawhitaaker

Eve @ Twist in the Taile

ImaginaryplacesonpaperImaginaryplacesonpaper

LittleBlog

hallsofivy

Briana

itsabunthing

Zada

aprmcl

Zyphira

InkpenDaisy

Tanya Sahay

Rants, Raves and Rambles

Keira – RAVENCLICK HEAD OF HOUSE

Luna – RAVENCLICK PREFECT

I Am Donovan

Selfie

Oy30

Aspen

Plethoricate

Jessica

Wanderlust77

Em Is Lost

Sav.the.lion

BooksAnBlabber

Bogorm333

itsjustjudie

amzyinthemiddle

everydayblogger101

littlegingee

Cheyenne Raphael

FashionableFables

DayDreaming Books

Lia

Bookwormgirls123 – HUFFLEPOST HEAD OF HOUSE

Elm – HUFFLEPOST PREFECT

mahjabeen

Lucia R

Farah Edz

MyCrazyObsession

Bella

Genesisthe1st

3liittlebirds

tryingtosimplybe

Elly

TeenageNomadBlog

Bibliophile

ilovemylife

devgunawidjaja

crystalclexr

Lainey

fictionalwritingsandi

Stuti Sood

Silviya

JagsOnline

Flavia – SLIKERIN HEAD OF HOUSE

Melanie – SLIKERIN PREFECT

Iridescence

Ayuhcircus

Trisha Malone

Zimi

JustAverageTeenMe

Kitty

Annabeth

Anonymousteenageblogger

Addlepates

Lifeofaninspiredteen

Allyrocs24

writingpenguinblog

EmilyBecca

Flavia

ozbooksnail

pandaheartsbooks

Julie

Teenella

IF YOU APPLIED BUT YOUR NAME DOESN’T FIGURE HERE, LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!

FOR ANY NEWCOMERS WISHING TO JOIN THE GAME, PLEASE COMMENT BELOW.

GOOD LUCK, HAVE FUN AND MAY THE MAGIC LIVE ON!

 

FIRST TASK RESULTS – 2ND AND 1ST PLACES – BLOGGERS’ HOUSE CUP

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In 2nd position, and earning 40 points, is:

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HUFFLEPOST

Grades:

Lyrics:

13.38888889/15

Video:

9/15

Presentation:

15.05555556/20

Total:

37.444/50

WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY:

Let me just first say that this is absolutely lovely! Both the lyrics and the sound of it are very soft and sweet, which I think suits Hufflepost just perfectly. There are motives of friendship and standing up for each other, which are some of the most important original Hufflepuff values. The video is rather simple, but overall this is definitely an amazing entry. Great job!

 

Lovely singer again! Love that the instrumental is also recorded by you guys. Love how creative you have been with the lyrics!

 

The pictures are really cute. The HP analogy was very satisfying and I screamed at Butterbeer.

 

Lyrics were amazing, sticks with the whole idea of the theme. Decent video to come with the lyrics (a bit boring though), and a nice touch replicating the Ukulele!

 

Let me just first say that this is absolutely lovely! Both the lyrics and the sound of it are very soft and sweet, which I think suits Hufflepost just perfectly. There are motives of friendship and standing up for each other, which are some of the most important original Hufflepuff values. The video is rather simple, but overall this is definitely an amazing entry. Great job!

 

 

 

WHICH MEANS, OUR WINNERS FOR THE FIRST TASK, AND EARNING 50 POINTS, ARE…

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SLIKERIN! CONGRATULATIONS!

Grades:

Lyrics:

10.61111111/15

Video:

12.77777778/15

Presentation:

16.11111111/20

Total:

39.5/50

WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY:

First off, How To Be A Heartbreaker is definitely my favorite song out of those four, but I tried being as objective as possible. I like the lyrics, they’re just what Slikerin should be about – boasting, threatening, cunning – things like that. Also the video is pretty funny. I’m very glad that I wasn’t disappointed at all and you guys did my favorite song justice!

 

I love the video, especially the parts when they dance :sharon: Great job :golfclap: The best one :golfclap:

 

Great synchronization with the song, lyrics were impeccable, music video was fun to watch and listen to (although not a full grade since it’s an already existing video and video editing is very common these days)

 

I would have appreciated if the lyrics were a bit more original but the video was amazing! And the mic drop at the end… The chaleur!

 

Given a very operable instrumental, could have come up with more creative lyrics. The video was entertaining to watch until the clips started repeating. Lyrics could have been incorporated in the work or Slikerin could have somehow been asserted via a clever trick.
It just didn’t feel very representative of “Slikerin” as a House.

 

AMAZING video! Congratz! Love the lyrics, verry funny

 

AND THAT CONCLUDES THE RANKINGS FOR THE FIRST TASK! ONCE AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE HOUSES FOR THEIR AMAZING WORK.

OVERALL, HUFFLEPOSTS HAD THE BEST SCORES FOR LYRICS, AND SLIKERINS FOR THE VIDEO AND PRESENTATION. FOR THIS REASON, THEY EACH EARN 5 AND 10 ADDITIONAL HOUSE POINTS RESPECTIVELY!

AS THE HEADMASTER WHO HAS ASSISTED ALL OF THE HOUSES THROUGH THEIR PROCESS, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO GRANT GRYFFINDRAFT 5 POINTS FOR BEING THE BEST TEAM WORKERS IN THIS TEAM CHALLENGE. I’M SORRY ABOUT HOW THIS TURNED OUT FOR YOU GUYS, YOU DID WONDERFULLY, BUT THERE HAD TO BE A LAST PLACE.

TASK 2 WILL BE REVEALED SOON! HINT: GET YOUR DETECTIVE GLASSES READY!

 

BLOGWARTS OFFICIALLY OPENS! – BLOGGERS’ HOUSE CUP

Welcome, Bloggers, To Blogwarts!

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It is September 1st, and Blogwarts has officially opened its doors after the Sorting Ceremony.

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Here is a list of all our enrolled students so far:

Tara – GRYFFINDRAFT HEAD OF HOUSE

L GRYFFINDRAFT PREFECT

AnnonymousBlog

Shivani.

thchicwithbluehair

thewondrouslifeofalliem

Chloe Lauren

Zoe2600

Gretaawhitaaker

Eve @ Twist in the Taile

ImaginaryplacesonpaperImaginaryplacesonpaper

LittleBlog

hallsofivy

Briana

itsabunthing

Zada

aprmcl

Zyphira

InkpenDaisy

Keira – RAVENCLICK HEAD OF HOUSE

Luna – RAVENCLICK PREFECT

I Am Donovan

Selfie

Oy30

Aspen

Plethoricate

Jessica

Wanderlust77

Em Is Lost

Sav.the.lion

BooksAnBlabber

Bogorm333

itsjustjudie

amzyinthemiddle

everydayblogger101

littlegingee

Cheyenne Raphael

FashionableFables

DayDreaming Books

Bookwormgirls123 – HUFFLEPOST HEAD OF HOUSE

Elm – HUFFLEPOST PREFECT

mahjabeen

Lucia R

Farah Edz

MyCrazyObsession

Bella

Genesisthe1st

3liittlebirds

tryingtosimplybe

Elly

TeenageNomadBlog

Bibliophile

ilovemylife

devgunawidjaja

crystalclexr

Lainey

fictionalwritingsandi

Stuti Sood

Ruth – SLIKERIN HEAD OF HOUSE

fibit – SLIKERIN PREFECT

Iridescence

Ayuhcircus

Trisha Malone

Zimi

Melanie Noell

JustAverageTeenMe

Kitty

Annabeth

Anonymousteenageblogger

Addlepates

Lifeofaninspiredteen

Allyrocs24

writingpenguinblog

EmilyBecca

Flavia

ozbooksnail

pandaheartsbooks

IF YOU APPLIED BUT YOUR NAME DOESN’T FIGURE HERE, LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO OUR NEW FORUM, BLOGWARTS BOARDS!

Blogwarts Boards is the forum where most of the House Cup will be taking place. In addition, Tasks and Results will be announced weekly both on this blog and on the forums.

A warm welcome awaits you in the Great Hall, and prefects will lead you to your respective Common Rooms, which means you will then have to register to your respective house forums. Applications will be reviewed by me, to make sure no students sneak into other houses’ common rooms!

ALL STUDENTS MUST REGISTER TO BLOGWARTS BOARDS AND APPLY FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE HOUSE FORUMS!

Enjoy your first few days at Blogwarts by holding discussions, chatting with friends and meeting new students. Everybody’s free to start up a thread in the Great Hall and get people talking, from Harry Potter, to any books or fandoms, to real life advice, to social debates.

On Monday, CLASSES OFFICIALLY BEGIN! Which means the respective house boards will open, the First Task will be revealed, and thus the race for the elusive House Cup will begin. Prepare yourselves for all kinds of wicked challenges and surprise minigames throughout the competition! The more active you are, the more points you will earn your house, and the better chance you have at WINNING THE HOUSE CUP!

Prefects and Heads of Houses are encouraged to grant House Points whenever they see a student deserves it. Worry not though, we won’t pull any Dumbledore-robs-Slytherin-from-their-House-Cup move à la Philosphers’ Stone. Any awarded (or deducted!) house points will be reported to me so that I can modify the leaderboards.

If you need any help with schoolwork, feel free to consult your house Prefect or Head of House. If they see it fit, they will pass it on to the Headmawkward Blogger, A.K.A me.

FOR ANY NEWCOMERS: IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO SIGN UP AND JOIN IN!

UNFORTUNATELY THE SORTING CEREMONY HAS ENDED. TO JOIN THE GAME, COMMENT BELOW.

HERE’S TO OUR FIRST SCHOOLYEAR FULL OF FUN, FRIENDSHIP AND MAGIC!

 

BLOGGERS’ HOUSE CUP – SLIKERIN STUDENTS REVEAL

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THE SORTING HAT HAS SPOKEN

AND THE STUDENTS WHO WILL BE JOINING BLOGWARTS’ FIRST YEAR IN SLIKERIN ARE…

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Ruth  SLIKERIN HEAD OF HOUSE

fibit – SLIKERIN PREFECT

Iridescence

Ayuhcircus

Trisha Malone

Zimi

Melanie Noell

JustAverageTeenMe

Kitty

Annabeth

Anonymousteenageblogger

Addlepates

Lifeofaninspiredteen

Allyrocs24

writingpenguinblog

EmilyBecca

Flavia

ozbooksnail

pandaheartsbooks

Congratulations, new Slikerins! Special congrats to your new Head of House, Ruth! Ruth will pick her prefect this time around because I have no idea who to choose without feeling guilty! Would either of you wish to step down, please contact me. You will ALL be receiving the link to your new private forum shortly, where you will be discussing and working on tasks and challenges!

REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN AT ANY POINT OF THE COMPETITION. IF YOU STILL HAVEN’T APPLIED AND WANT TO JOIN PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK ON THE FIRST BANNER.

HAVE FUN IN BLOGWARTS!

BLOGGERS’ HOUSE CUP – HUFFLEPOST STUDENTS REVEAL

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THE SORTING HAT HAS SPOKEN

AND THE STUDENTS WHO WILL BE JOINING BLOGWARTS’ FIRST YEAR IN HUFFLEPOST ARE…

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Bookwormgirls123  HUFFLEPOST HEAD OF HOUSE

Elm HUFFLEPOST PREFECT

mahjabeen

Lucia R

Farah Edz

MyCrazyObsession

Bella

Genesisthe1st

3liittlebirds

tryingtosimplybe

Elly

TeenageNomadBlog

Bibliophile

ilovemylife

devgunawidjaja

crystalclexr

Lainey

fictionalwritingsandi

Stuti Sood

Congratulations, new Huffleposts! Special congrats to your new Head of House and Prefect, Bookwormgirls123 and Elm! Would either of you wish to step down, please contact me. You will ALL be receiving the link to your new private forum shortly, where you will be discussing and working on tasks and challenges!

REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN AT ANY POINT OF THE COMPETITION. IF YOU STILL HAVEN’T APPLIED AND WANT TO JOIN PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK ON THE FIRST BANNER.

HAVE FUN IN BLOGWARTS!

BLOGGERS’ HOUSE CUP – SORTING RESULTS!

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And the Sorting Ceremony begins!

As the newbies gather around the Sorting Hat in the Great Hall, the tension is high. The Headmawkward Blogger stands serenely by the side, excited to see where his first ever students will be sorted.

‘May I have your attention please?’ He asks calmly.

The ongoing chit-chat hints to him that he may not have it after all.

‘Sonorus’ he says pointing to his throat. ‘WILL YOU GIVE ME YOUR BLOODY ATTENTION YOU LITTLE – ahem – I think that will do. Very well! Welcome, welcome, to our humble school! I am so very pleased to see you all here ready to learn’

‘Learn?’ says Elm. ‘LOL. I’m here to win that cup!’

‘Gurl bye’, says L. ‘I’m here for the banquets.’

‘Very well… Then… I guess we’ll eat!’ declares the Headmawkward Blogger.

‘NO!’ they all cry out.

‘Is this old dude for real?’ snaps  Selfie.

‘We want to get sorted first!’ inquires Luna.

‘Fine, fine’ retorts the old dude. ‘You will all take the Sorting Hat test and shall be sorted into the most fitting house! Also, I will be randomly choosing a Head of House and a Prefect for each house. Most importantly, be honest. Good luck!’

Ladies and Gentlemen (and Bloggers), the sorting results are in!

After an inexcusably long sorting ceremony, all 52 of you have been sorted into their respective houses: Gryffidraft, Ravenclick, Hufflpost and Slikerin. But I am a messy bitch so I will keep you hanging a few more hours until I post the results for each house separately.

See you soon!