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The Diary Project

by Jennifer Heller on May 22, 2010

Last August I got it into my head that it would be a good idea to release my series of thirteen (thirteen!) journals as a blog exactly eighteen years later. Uncensored.

Since then, I’ve gone every which way on the question, “Is this a good idea?”

After much deliberation, I decided to change the names of my compatriots and leave everything else UNCENSORED.

Now, I ask you, as I begin to release these journals…

Thumbnail image for For the Barnyard Boogie I was with Brendan. What is it, fate?

For the Barnyard Boogie I was with Brendan. What is it, fate?

Steve is cute. I think. I’m not sure. Nobody else thinks so. I do not know why I’m attracted to him. He likes me. I think. Larearta says so. On the dusk hike I caught him looking at me. I was laughing. I wonder what was going through his brain. If Steve likes me does […]

Thumbnail image for Jamie likes Steve. That’s something we have in common.

Jamie likes Steve. That’s something we have in common.

I’m confused. Ana didn’t know who Steve is. She is in love big time. She’s making me be the writer for her notes. Now Peter thinks I like him. Ana says I have the neatest handwriting in the whole fifth grade. Is it true? Does Steve know? Jamie likes Steve. That’s something we have in […]

Thumbnail image for Does Steve like me? That is the main subject on my mind.

Does Steve like me? That is the main subject on my mind.

Does Steve like me? That is the main subject on my mind. If he likes me why won’t he ask me out? Tim doesn’t seem to be afraid to ask girls out. Is Steve nice? I don’t know. I wish I dared tell someone I like him. Kelly seems to be avoiding me lately. She […]

Thumbnail image for Tomorrow I have to find out who won the short story contest. I have great faith in The Famous Feline, but I don’t have much self-confidence.

Tomorrow I have to find out who won the short story contest. I have great faith in The Famous Feline, but I don’t have much self-confidence.

Tomorrow I have to find out who won the short story contest. I have great faith in The Famous Feline, but I don’t have much self-confidence. Gotta go chrochet.

Thumbnail image for Christy got mad because I sat with Carolyn at computers. Then we made up.

Christy got mad because I sat with Carolyn at computers. Then we made up.

How can this be? Becky says she isn’t mad at me. Should I believe it? Today Becky and Alex hung around with me. Christy got mad because I sat with Carolyn at computers. Then we made up. I still haven’t found out the winners. I think I will tomorrow. What’s even worse is Steve hasn’t […]

Thumbnail image for At least I got an A- on my math test.

At least I got an A- on my math test.

Steve didn’t ask me out last Friday! Nor did I find out who won the story contest. At least I got an A- on my math test. Should I give up on the fact that Steve might ask me out? He doesn’t see me at all during school. Before and after school are even worse. […]

Thumbnail image for It was like the wheel of life just dropped me off, the wrold had been revolving around me, or even I was just plain invisible.

It was like the wheel of life just dropped me off, the wrold had been revolving around me, or even I was just plain invisible.

I am so ______!!! (mad, ashamed, whats the word?) After the concert (which went great by the way) Becky was really nice. But then she started talking with Sandy and Steve. I felt like a major outcast. It was like the wheel of life just dropped me off, the wrold had been revolving around me, […]

Thumbnail image for Fifth grades been fun, but now it’s almost done. Boo hoo! Boo hoo! Boo hoo! Not!!!

Fifth grades been fun, but now it’s almost done. Boo hoo! Boo hoo! Boo hoo! Not!!!

PHONE, PHONE, PHONE!!! That’s all I hear. Well maybe not.

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