A Writer's Tribute To Chester Bennington

A Writer's Tribute To Chester Bennington

Saying goodbye to an inspiration
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It was right at the end of my work day when I found out that Chester Bennington, lead singer for the band Linkin Park, had committed suicide. My initial reaction was disbelief, but this soon gave way to heartbreak.

I have been listening to Linkin Park for almost a decade. I discovered them in eighth grade and, as a new writer just barely starting down a path of creativity and dedication to the arts, their music was one of the single most inspiring influences I had. I acquired whole albums at a time; Meteora, Hybrid Theory, Minutes to Midnight and in later years, songs from A Thousand Suns and Living Things. It seemed they couldn't make music I didn't like. I dumped it all into my many novel playlists, and I wrote crazy-fast whenever one of their grungy/screamo songs came on, and with passion whenever one of their softer/electronica songs would play.

Linkin Park music makes up a large part of the playlist for one of the novels dearest to my heart, my science fiction book Blue 15, which I have been writing since 2013. Back when I had graduation and freshman year of college to face, songs like Somewhere I Belong, Easier to Run, Nobody's Listening and Figure 0.9 were helping drive my characters. It gave me something steady and reliable. I remember plugging away at this huge, mysterious project and just falling in love with it more and more each day, partially thanks to its soundtrack.

Without Chester Bennington's voice and Linkin Park's love for music, I don't believe I would write science fiction. I don't believe books like Blue 15 would have ever gotten past Chapter 1. I don't believe my identity as a writer would be anything like it is today. I owe much of my creative growth to this amazing band, and in many ways, to Chester Bennington. The world is a dimmer place without him.

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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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