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#1 OFFLINE   Prof. Caleb Rothwell

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 07:42 AM

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 09:24 PM

Elisa was currently on a work trip at the UK. Representing the Sweden Oracle, she agreed to write a piece for the Daily Prophet. It was nothing out of the ordinary, a writer from a foreign publication releasing a piece for a local paper as long as there's clear agreement between editors on the matter of copyrights and such. In addition, she also agreed to undertake an apprentice while she was here since she figured it wouldn't be so bad. She coached a girl last summer and it had been pretty great. Anyway, Elisa sent her new mentee a message with a date and time as well as directions on how to get to the Daily Prophet Headquarters. It's probably a quick trip via Floo Network. She also left a message at the reception so they would know to send the student to her desk when he arrived.

 

Her wooden table was neatly organised but the small letter tray was overfull, her mug of coffee on the corner of her desk has already gone cold, the inkwell has already run dry… but she didn't notice any of this as she sat behind the said desk now, stretching her narrow fingers as she perused the draft that she had written of an editorial. Elisa did have some deadlines, and that's more important.

 

[tag;; Francis]


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#3 OFFLINE   Francis Lancaster

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Posted 07 October 2019 - 01:54 PM

(Am I supposed to number this? But jic [1])

 

Francis had so much to do! Internships, NEWT preps, classes, and even though 6th year meant less classes, the workload seemed to be piling up. He knew it was also because he was lagging and falling into a weird depression-non-depression stage but he had to get his stuff together. Taking the floo network as allowed by the Internship head, the boy reached the daily prophet and ran up towards the meeting spot, holding onto his hat that he wore that day. The weather was tight and even though there was no rainfall, he wanted to be prepared. Francis loves his hair and the last thing he wants is for them to get wet. Hoping he was not late, although he is pretty sure he is late, and he's embarrassed also (look at his face!), Francis rushed towards the table where a very pretty lady sat. Okay he's under age and stuff but when he sees a pretty woman, he can tell. Blinking, he smiled at her, still a bit embarrassed. "Um, hi! Sorry I am late. Promise it won't happen again." Lancaster paused, taking off his hat and running a hand through his hair, "I am Francis, the intern who's supposed to meet you... and you're very pretty!" The boy blurted out before he could stop. Sheesh man, she's older than you... 

 

but hey! he's only admiring beauty. 


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Posted 08 October 2019 - 08:51 PM

Elisa was so engrossed in the page she was reading that she didn't really notice much. That was until a boy's voice, too near and loud enough, pulled her off her concentration. She glanced up, her eyes wide and blinking rapidly, a little surprised. But then she rose up from where she sat behind the desk to greet her apprentice. "Oh, are you late?" she murmured, "I hadn't even noticed." Elisa swung her gaze around to a clock then saw that… yeah, he was a bit late. Huh. "It's alright, though don't make it a habit. That's not something you can afford in this particular field of work." She extended a had toward him, offering a handshake when he offered his name. "It's nice to meet you, Francis," she said, then promptly faltered. "I—" The compliment had come unexpected. She was silent for a second, then released a light laugh. "Thank you—and my name is Elisa." Her lips curled to a benign smile and then she averted her gaze and began shoving a few pieces of parchment toward the side of her desk to make it more presentable, which is really nothing but a distraction on her part. Though a Journalist for quite a few number of years now, she still has a hard time speaking with people. Surprising, isn't it? "Would you like something to drink?" she offered first as she went back to sit down.


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Posted 15 October 2019 - 07:32 PM

[2]

 

Francis looked at his watch and then grinned, "A little but won't happen again." No promises though and that was said within his mind. Francis tried his best to be on time but something or the other would delay him. Like his family, he was born with the last minute tendencies so everything he did was last minute and somehow that last minute even proceeded to him being late. It was something he had to work on. Perhaps new years resolution? Till then, he would focus on what was in his hand -internship. He grinned back and nodded at her, "Hi Elisa! Francis, but I guess you know that already?" No, he is not being cheeky. He was sure she knew his name because of the internship file and he knew hers because she had owled him for this meeting. But you know Francis, he likes being extra sometimes. He was tempted to ask for a coffee but he knew he just had one earlier so he decided to politely decline. "No, I am good thank you. So, this is where you work?" His eyes skipped quickly from one desk to another, and to another. He was curious, probably why his interest in being a writer. It would help him go a long way. "Fancy!" Francis finally turned his attention back to the lady and looked at the seat, "I hope you don't mind if I sit?" He asked her before dragging the chair out and sitting. She obviously expected him to sit but it was rude to not ask. Francis wondered what he would be doing. It was his first day so he would be listening to her mostly but he was already excited to work there. Amazing workplace, exciting work vibe and pretty boss! It was all checks.


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Posted 16 October 2019 - 07:06 AM

She was never really the chastising type so she was grateful that the young man declared that he won't be coming late again, to which she gave an approving nod. Elisa probably wouldn't do anything about it either way but she did have a tendency of trusting people's words too much. In this case, she trusted her apprentice to deal with himself. He seems like a lively and energetic person—which is good because sometimes work really has a way of sucking out your soul (not literally). Things can get tedious in a newsroom pretty quick so it was up to you to stay on top of things.

 

Kayso, now that intros are over and done with, her expression shifted to something a little more professional but maintaining the air of friendliness about. Elisa's offer was politely declined, to which she nodded in acceptance and then went on to answer the subsequent question. "Yes, right here is where everything gets done," she said, gesturing toward her desk and the others around them, stationed in neat rows (although the said tables were anything but neat). Clearly, everyone's been quite busy. He asked her whether he can sit down and she nodded. "Of course," said Elisa, "please do sit, we've got plenty to discuss." She sat back on her own chair and took her wand, tapping it against the side of her mug to warm up her drink again as she was certain it's already gone cold. "Do you have any experience in writing and publishing? What drew you to this line of work and what do you like writing about?" She asked.


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 06:34 PM

[3]

 

Francis was impressed because it was exactly the type of setting he always enjoyed and liked working in, workspaces you called it. Formal offices and having your own thing was too boring and 19th century. Workspaces were much more cooler, you get him? It was a vibe that got people like him motivated to work rather than just kill time and do their own thing. Taking a seat, Francis observed her and the place around him and thought about the question asked. Experience? "Nope, none at all..." Francis wondered if it was okay for an intern to be interested in something they had never worked on... only seen. "But I know its one thing I would really enjoy doing. I enjoy traveling a lot and there is just so much out there and no one knows about it. The thought of wanting to write about those places, things that one witnesses themselves and shares with the person is something I wanted to do. I don't know if its okay for magic folks to do so but you know those mundanes have bloggers... someone who travel the world and showcase it to the world, or write about it. I want to be one, travel blogger and blog about it in the Daily Prophet. Not sure if that can happen but that's where it starts, and draws me to this occupation. I have no experience but I write my own personal things, personal writings, diaries so yeah." He stopped realizing he had probably spoken a lot but when he was passionate about something, Francis loved talking about it, talking about it a lot.


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Posted 18 October 2019 - 08:17 AM

There was something about the young man's eagerness and the visible pleasure in his expression that made her smile. Elisa remembered the old days when she was in his shoes, serving the Sweden Oracle. She can swear that she had the same light in her eyes when she first saw the newsroom… although she probably was not a lively as he was. Now comes the more serious part. Interviews were a huge part of the work they do in this place and that was one thing she was proud to say she's already mastered, despite her apparent lack of skills in socialising. Somehow, Elisa was able to detach herself from a shell of a shy girl and temporarily assume a different persona when it came to such things. She'd kept her expression warm and welcoming as she listened to what he'd had to say.

 

There was no problem with lacking in experience—that was easily remedied. It may take some work but he can gain all the experience he needs in this program. "If I understood it correctly, you want to be a… columnist?" she construed, looking thoughtful for a moment. "What you are wanting is more suited for a lifestyle magazine. The Daily Prophet is more of a news-centred paper. But there's always the society pages, perhaps?" Elisa sat back on her chair, adopting an analytic expression, the gears in her mind turning. "Do you think you can write a piece for me right now?" she suddenly asked. "I know it's on the spot but you won't be graded for it or anything. Just wanted to see what your writing style is like and figure out how we can build something around it, so to speak." She retrieved a fresh roll of parchment, then a quill and bottle of ink and had offered it to him with an encouraging smile.

 

[You may choose to do RPC #8: Writer's Block or #10: Write an article for the Daily Prophet :)]


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Posted 29 October 2019 - 03:28 PM

[4]

 

[RPC #8: Writer's Block]

 

Columnist? Sounded boring for him but he decided to keep that thought to himself. Imagine saying, I am a columnist in the ... paper. Okay, no, definitely not. He was probably going to try find a new name for himself. Cooler if he may add. "Oh really? Thank goodness... I mean Daily Prophet's a bit too formal for me. Do we even have other newspapers in London?" There was the Quibbler but unless he wanted to be considered a lunatic - not so serious writer, he would opt for it. Francis really needs to do his research on what he actually wants to write in. But for now, he needed to do the task in hand. It was too quick but hey! he is all for being spontaneous. "Sure! I'd get onto it right away." He responded cheerfully, taking the parchment from her but digging the quill out of his bag.

 

Don't think him weird but he always carried a quill and ink bottle and this one specifically is his favorite. He would always right from it.

 

First date in España: Yay or Nay?

 

Vacations are all about hitting different destinations. That's what I have been doing ever since I was 7 years old; mooching around the streets while savoring on different cuisines, swaying to the beat of music and scoring the beaches whenever I got a chance. This time the trip was a little different compared to all my solo trips or bachelor outings. It was my first date with a girl I had met during a short visit to a not so neighboring school. Instead of the same old traditional date, we decided to take a detour of Ibiza, Spain. For all those wondering if it was a good idea to risk a first date, then I must say don't fret my boys, it will be the best thing that happens to you.

 

 

Francis stopped writing, thinking hard. Was the english okay? He was trying to be casual the way he has seen those mundie bloggers do it but was it too casual? What else was he supposed to write? About the beaches and the food? The ambience? He started thinking hard, and looked up at Elisa, his supervisor. "I think I am going wrong? Not sure? Like I don't know what to start with. Little help, please?" It was like his brain had stopped working... and it did happen a lot of time but in those times, he had no clue who to go to. Right now, he definitely did.


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Posted 05 November 2019 - 08:48 AM

(Sorry for the wait!)

 

Elisa put her arms on the desktop and steepled her fingers, wearing a contemplative expression. "I think you would be more apt for a magazine, actually," she mused, quiet for a few more seconds, and then said, "… but we can figure out that part later." Her shoulders rolled back in a light shrug. She was unsure what type of writer her apprentice would be—and knowing should help a lot in determining where he would be going after he'd finished his schooling. Anyway, Francis quickly got to word doing what she asked, taking the parchment but opting to use his own quill. That was fine, she can respect the preference.

 

In the meantime, Elisa picked up another parchment to read through, picking up a quill that she reserved for editing since it has a very narrow tip which enabled her to make little notes and corrections on the margins and borders. They succumbed to a companionable silence, nothing but the sounds of a quill scratching against their parchment being audible… until the apprentice spoke up. Elisa lowered the parchment she was reading and turned her attention at him, eyes then drifting toward his parchment that was covered in black ink yet to dry. She peered over it, not wanting to smudge his writing, and skimmed it quickly. It's about Spain and going on a date—and she couldn't help but flush a little at that as she recalled her own recent trip in the country. But this was hardly the place for reminiscing so she cleared her throat, hoping that her reaction had gone unnoticed, then offered some nuggets of advice. "Okay, so a useful tip in writing for a publication is to make an outline first. It helps organize your thoughts and helps your figure out what to put in your paper and some editors require it from writers before agreeing to see a finished piece. It should have an opener, content, then conclusion," she paused. "We should've started this activity with that. I'm sorry." Elisa gave a rueful little smile at that. "But you're off to a good start. Just that we need to organise it first—like, determine what parts of the country do you want to specifically highlight? Just tourist destinations and food? Enumerate them and then elaborate on them." Her lips curled to an encouraging smile. "Did that advice help?"


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Posted 11 November 2019 - 05:57 PM

[5]

 

Francis grinned at her suggestion, fully agreeing with her. Magazine sounded interesting and if you ask him, he doesn't really care if it is a wizarding magazine or not. As long as he was working in an interesting environment, he was good. Plus, working with the non magical folks could be fun too. She was right though. It was something he would figure out later. Both of them were caught up with their work, Francis working on his article while his mentor/ supervisor working on her own thing. The writer's block was really getting to him and this was not the first time he has faced something like that. Usually, in his situation, he just ignores and stops working on the piece. Doesn't give it more time but he knew he could not leave everything incomplete.

 

He was listening to her, writing down the tips given. An outline! Why did he not think of it. Because it made perfect sense. If he had an outline, he can elaborate on it. It would not stop the process of writing and he would not leave his work incomplete. The second part was organizing which was relevant too and he quickly jotted them down. "Yes, a lot! Thinking of outline now, if I have that, I would probably keep going on and no blocks. You know I do write but I am always out of ideas... okay not always but most of the time and it mostly ends up in me giving up that piece of writing." He knew that was a bad aspect as a writer but everyone needed to develop different right? Plus, they all had their weaknesses and he was in the beginning stage.

 

"Maybe I can take this back to the castle and work on it? Show you next time when we meet? This way it will give me more time to think about this piece." Francis did not take a lot of classes that term so he wasn't complaining of homework. Hence, why he has asked it himself. He wondered if she would be okay with it. It was almost time to leave and then he had plans for the evening as well.

 

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Posted 17 April 2021 - 02:58 PM

Internship RP for Beckett Evans (Points to be given to Gryffindor)

 

#1

 

It was that time of the year again, which brought them interns. While for the last few years Vlad had found himself refraining from being actively involved in the same because he had a young kid to look after at home. With both the parents working busy jobs, him and Ana would have to take day offs with a rather planned structure, more so that they could be actively involved in Nadia's life rather than just leave her to the care of sitters. But now that their youngest had indeed flown the nest and gone to school, he had a lot more time on his hands and he wanted to get back into the zone of being heavily involved with the prophet - and that included being involved with the interns. He had sent an owl to Mr. Evans, giving him the directions to the Prophet office. Vlad peeked into the desks area, where the receptionist should have directed the boy to if he had arrived.


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Posted 19 April 2021 - 09:13 AM

(1) 
 
Beckett looked at his papers that indicated that he was supposed to meet Mr. Dimitrov here, at the Daily Prophet, as part of his internships. He had written down that he wanted to do a journalistic route since he figured that if he wanted to be a writer he should get the grip of how journalism works and start from there. All best writers he knew had started their careers writing for the newspapers (muggle and wizard) and Beckett wanted to take the plunge in the right way. So, he brushed his robes, he adjusted his tie and took a deep breath, walking in and asking the lady at the front desk about Mr. Dimitrov's office. 
 
After being pointed out to the right place, Beckett found himself looking at Mr. Dimitrov face-to-face as he had taken a peek out to see if he had arrived just as he was pointed by the last receptionist told him See that tall guy over there, peeking over? That's him and Beckett took another deep breath to calm his nervousness. He smiled as he stretched his hand out. "Good day, Mr. Dimitrov. My name is Beckett Evans, I am here to be your intern!" he said with all the confidence he could muster out. Beckett was nervous around people of authority, same nervousness that faded away once he got used to the other person's personality. 


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Posted 01 June 2021 - 03:36 PM

(Internship Extra Credit post - Spring 2021)

You have been instructed to report on a quidditch game, but it was the most boring game you've ever seen. How do get people to read your article anyway?

 

Beckett was looking at the notes he had taken from that game. It had been the Appleby Arrows vs the Montrose Magpies, England vs Scotland. The match had gotten so much hype over the last couple of weeks that it seemed to be the... the... game to end all games! Aaaaand it turned out to be such a snooze fest that even the most dedicated fans started to leave the stadium... no one cared who got the snitch, the game was boring!

 

So, he had quite a problem. Overall, Beckett did not like quidditch and that was not a secret: he joined his house's team because he wanted to impress a boy (and a girl) and now he had nothing to prove on that game. He was good, he just didn't like it. And because he didn't like it, he was looking at his notes because he needed to make this game seem interesting. For his readers, right? Which at this point, Beckett could guess he could count them with his hands and most of them had to be his family. He sat up and curled his lip, biting it as he did whenever he was nervous or was thinking of a hard problem. He couldn't lie. He couldn't just... make up a game, could he? No. 

 

He started to write. "Under the spring sun, two countries came together to settle scores on the quidditch field. Scotland, with the Montrose Magpies and England, with the Appleby Arrows. The battle of two titans, riding their brooms to psyche the other's mindset: more than just quidditch players on brooms carrying their quaffle, swerving bludgers and speeding snitches, the mind games started early. A parade of broom skills was presented, both teams hard on the mid-field, taking their priced quaffle, the defenses as tight as an iron wall. This writer was at the edge of his seat as he could see the passes, the blocks, the falling heroes whenever the bludgers hit their targets...." 

 

Beckett sat back and looked at the written text on his block. It wasn't like he was lying, right? The boring part was that the game had been a defensive game, and very little score attempts... because both teams kinda sucked. He was just... embellishing the words! But he needed something else. Before continuing, Beckett thought about the title; people read headlines, and he needed a great one in order for people to read his article. 

 

"Arrows hit their Magpie targets! 160 - 10 Blow!" 

 

He looked at it again. Okay, so he probably needed to work on it, right? But... it was a start! He sighed, and continued....

 

 

(439 words)

 

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