12th February 2001- Our Dog Takes Drugs

Back to school. Monday morning once again. I hate Mondays, a whole long boring week still to go, but at least it’s a short week this week but next week is the prelim exams which I am dreading. I know I will fail them all, stupid dam things they cause too much stress, a thing everyone could do without. Exams should be abolished for good and people should be assessed purely on class work. Exams suck.

Today in music Jack said to me “Are you coming to the link on Wednesday?” I asked why and he said “You don’t want to be alone on valentines day”. And I asked what was happening at the link and he said “ask Tina, she knows” then he ran away. I haven’t seen Tina to ask her so I sent her a text message but she didn’t reply so I will I have to wait until tomorrow to ask her. Of course I will be going though if Jack is going and he was the one who said I should go. I really do think he is great. He’s just brilliant and I absolutely love him. I’ve never had a crush on anybody like this before but he’s just so unlike anyone I’ve ever met before. He’s just so perfect and unique. Could I have a chance with him? Why not? It’s strange, I don’t feel ugly when I’m around him, I feel great, he just makes me feel fine. I’ve never felt so good about myself as I have recently, Im gaining confidence, I’m finding a place where I belong and friends who are like me and understand me, it’s taken me four years since we moved here to finally get back some kind of life and some confidence. I’m not a hopeless case after all. I can write novels and songs, I’ll be starting my writing course in the future and Tina will be working on my songs and fitting them to guitar. Between the two I will make something of myself, I’m certain, so what do I have to worry about?Who cares what Mam thinks of my appearance and the music I like? She can have her opinion.

oh wait, I almost forgot! It wasn’t an ear infection that Tara had, she went back to the vets today and he thinks she ate a pill when she was out, that’s why she was so spaced out. Our dog takes drugs!

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February 10th 2001- Static Caravans

Weekend. Thank God! Last night, Fergie, my guinea pig, wasn’t well at all. He lost so much weight in just one day, his sides were all sunken in and he just looked horrible, I really thought he was going to die but he looks better today.

Today we went to the SECC to the great outdoors exhibition. There was millions of camper vans, static caravans and touring caravans. The static caravans where nicer than our house, I wouldn’t mind living in one if I was by myself. The camper vans where good too, It would be nice and comfortable to travel in one, far more so than travelling in a car. The things you could do if you had money! And they say money doesn’t buy you happiness, that’s one of those senseless sayings along the same lines as “school days are the best days of your life”. Of course money brings happiness. If you look at the problems people have most of them could be traced back to money, or lack there of. I mean, think how much better life could be if you had loads of money- nice house, nice car, nice clothes, holidays abroad, trips away. If that didn’t make you happy what would? So we didn’t get a nice new caravan or camper wagon but each of us got a new fleece because they had been reduced from £20 to £10, so at least we didn’t come away empty handed.

We saw June and Lorrie, our next-door neighbours at the SECC. There was this old lady when we were looking at one of the static caravans and she was saying “Oh for goodness sake!” at us because she was too fat to get past us. We also saw the fudge seller from Inverness fudge, the one that Grandma had an argument with last year about the price of the fudge. God was that a year ago? It doesn’t seem like it. Time is moving far too quickly for my liking! The years really do seem to fly by and it terrifies me, before I know it I will be an old granny. I don’t want to think about that now, I’ll only get upset like I always do when I think about my own mortality.

February 6th 2001- No Tears in the Writer, no Tears in the Reader

School. It had been snowing again through the night so it was really deep. The bus didn’t get to school until just before the bell because there was traffic jams going all the way past Westerwood and the Wilderness Brae wasn’t moving very fast either. It rained a lot later so the snow all turned to slush.

I had to tell Tina that I can’t go to the Feeder gig, she is still going, I wish I was too. Some of my teachers where off because of the snow, both Mr Belkevitz and Mr Ward. Kelly forgot to bring my tapes in today but she said she would bring them tomorrow, I hope she does because I have double graphic communication and I want some new music to listen to rather than the same old stuff. In my free period I started writing some more of ‘World Against Me’. I mentioned that I was going through a bit of a rough patch but I’ve managed to get it going again. I often think writing can be like pushing a bolder- some times it all rolls along easily for a while and then it’ll get stuck on something and it takes time to get it rolling smoothly again, it never rolls freely all the way to it’s destination. I was plotting out some rough scenes for some quit emotional part of the book such as Travis’s reflection on his time in Throngate and Lee’s pleas for help. I often get quite emotional writing, close to tears sometimes. I once read somewhere “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader”. Hopefully parts of my book will provoke some strong emotion in the readers. This could be something to work on whilst redrafting the novel as some parts of it, I don’t think, are strong enough to create the kind of reaction I am looking for in it’s current state. I want to make people feel sympathy and understanding towards Travis even though he is a vampire, a killer. That’s why I need to bring the conditions he lives in in Edgefield to life. I think it’s possible. I have certainly fallen in love with him even though he’s a murderer. I couldn’t help it.