Sunday, 19 May 2019

#SharingSunday


When aging ends at twenty-five and all life ends at sixty, Lock has to make sure that everyone entering their final sleep has the dignity and peace that goes with it.

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[ID A graphic for Lights Out with the release date as July 10th 2019. There's an excerpt on the graphic which reads as:

“We’ve got Jonathon Baker, but he’s also got his granddaughter with him, don’t know how old she is, too little for this that’s for sure. I promised him a quiet corner. You think you can manage that?” I asked her.
“Sure thing, Lock, I’ll take good care of him,” she replied as she walked beside me.
I wheeled back over to the desk and introduced them. “This is going to be your nurse for the event, Clara, she’s a good one and she’ll make sure all your needs are met. May your sleep be ever peaceful,” I said to Jonathon as Clara caught the eye of Sadie.

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Friday, 17 May 2019

Guest Blog with Roxanne San Jose


On Other Books 
"Time Keeper" by Mitch Albom really melt my heart when I read it in the Philippines outside my late grandmother's house because Mitch was able to connect three characters in the story. The ending was touching as they were all accepting and deserving. I remember the font size and "short" the story was which I also enjoyed reading. 

From all the books, this is the creative one because usually it is just one conflict and solution in a story but this.. It is about connectivity among the characters. Mitch Albom did a great job as always.

On my Writing Process
I always start from the head (aka mind) and what I love to write about because I have to be passionate to finish the work. When I wrote, Time Travel, my YA Science Romance Novel I had to think really hard about the story is about, characters, genre, creativity, originality to make it presentable to publishing companies and readers. Then of course, I love doing it.

I took a nearly a year-break because I was in the Philippines.

After I wrote, Time Travel. At first, I did not edit it which was my biggest regret so I did got many rejections and few acceptance from traditional and non-traditional publishers. I almost go with one of the non-traditional publishers but the cost prevented me. This was the time I learned the importance of editing. 

I did my edits twice, sent it to an editor then publishers. 

Thank you so much Joey Paul for the opportunity.

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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Cover Reveal: Lights Ourt [CC]


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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Release Day! 🎉🎉


IT'S RELEASE DAY!🎉🎉


Dying Thoughts - Seventh Death is now out!

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Or in paperback from Amazon and other retailers!


Join Tara in her seventh book as she struggles to save her father from an unknown danger. 

Tara will have the house to herself while her Dad goes on his comeback tour. She has plenty of ideas about what to do with the time. Parties, college work and all the bits and pieces that come from being a student who also works for the police.

It’s only when an accident almost kills Colin that Tara’s life is turned upside down and she is pulled from college to sit by her father’s bedside. Away from home, from her friends, from her life, she has to somehow piece together what really happened on that tour bus and she has to do it with only her gift and a little help from Kaolin.

Only, someone is determined that Colin won't survive his injuries, and if they have to take Tara out in the process, that’s a price they’re willing to pay.

Can Tara solve the puzzle before they catch up with her?

Happy Reading! 

Monday, 13 May 2019

To Read Reviews Or Not - The After Process


TO READ REVIEWS OR NOT

This is something that's been on my to-do list for a while and something I feel like needs to be talked about more. I know that a lot of the people reading my blogs are either other writers/authors or readers looking for a slice of what it's like to be an author. For that reason, I stick to the advice posts and make sure that I present something that everyone visiting is happy with. That's not going to change, but I feel like it's a good idea to have said that upfront for what I'm about to discuss.

There is a mixed bag when it comes to authors reading reviews. There are those of us, like me, who only read them on a certain site. There are others who read every review they can get their hands on, and there are those who don't read any reviews for a variety of reasons. I want to be clear that all of those are very real and valid ways to go about the whole of author life.

But how do you decide which one is you? How do you know which slot you fall into? It's a bit of trial and error to be honest. When I first started out, I would check reviews every day and would always want to read the good, the bad and the in-between. That part of my review check hasn't changed. I don't respond to reviews (and no author should, it's bad practice and the reviews themselves are more for readers than us) but I do like to see what people are saying about my books. About the experience they had while in my worlds. I find that reading both the good and bad gives me a good idea of what kind of books I'm putting out and the effect they're having on the reading world as a whole.

Which is all well and good if you know going into this author life how you're going to react to your first "bad" review. But if you're unsure, then this might be the piece of advice you need. Know yourself. How do you generally react to critique? How do you react to people thinking negatively of your work? Is it something that's going to cause you undue anxiety? Is it something that you feel excited about? Do you only want to read the good ones? Do you have someone who can read them for you and filter out the things that don't really matter? All of these are questions you can ask yourself, but ultimately it's up to you to decide.

The problem with reading reviews is that sometimes, you are going to have a reaction to them. And it's not always going to be a good one. I have a folder of screenshots on my computer that has all the random pieces of praise I've gotten from reviews and readers, and I keep that because sometimes I will come across a bad review and find myself a little stuck with how to move past it. I open up that folder and find all the positive pieces and it helps to lift me back up. Because lets be real here: bad reviews are going to happen.

It's something I've talked about more on my Authortube channel, but no author in the history of ever only has five star reactions by every single reader. They may only have 5 star reviews on a site, but that doesn't mean that every reader who picked up this book had the same kind of experience. It just means some of the ones with a bad experience didn't leave a review. So once you take that on board, you have to realise that it's going to happen to you. It's going to hurt, and it's going to suck, but you need to move past it.

And if you think that you're someone who can't move past it, then maybe it's time to stop reading those reviews. Either you stick to the positive ones, or you stop all together. I know of authors who have major anxiety and can't read any reviews. And like I said above, that's completely okay. I personally stick to reviews on Goodreads, which may sound odd because a lot of the time, those reviews are a little more critiqued than any other sites, but I like knowing the good and the bad. I know it sounds like something people say and they mean something else, but for me it's actually true.

Does that mean that I don't have any negative reactions to reviews? No, not at all. They will get me down a little, but I have a process that allows me to take on what's needed, and move past it. Like the random praise folder that I mentioned above. It gives me the lift I need and it allows me to see that this is just one readers opinion, it was their experience and it is valid, but there have been more than one reader.

All of that to say that basically it's up to you as an author as to whether you read you reviews. You are the only one who can make that choice and I know of a lot of authors who choose not to. While we're on the subject of reading reviews, I did want to mention a little etiquette thing. If you're a reviewer and you read an author's book and don't like it, don't tag them on your post. That's just rude, especially if they're someone who doesn't like reading any reviews in the first place. While it's your right as a reader to dislike a book, it's also the right of the author to not have to read your review. So bear that in mind.

At the end of the day, there's always going to be ups and downs when it comes to reviews. I think it's something that only the author can decide about and that whatever choice they make, it's perfectly valid as an option. So go forth, read or don't read, and keep writing.


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Friday, 10 May 2019

Interview with Adrienne Clarke and review of Losing Adam


I am delighted to welcome Adrienne Clarke to the blog for an interview and my review of her book: Losing Adam. Here's a little about Adrienne:

A lover of faerie tales, fantasy and gothic horror, a thread of the mysterious or unexpected runs through all my work. My dream is to find readers who will gather round and let me tell them stories that will become a part of their life the way they have become a part of mine. 

A past winner of the Alice Munro short fiction contest, my work has appeared in numerous publications including, New Plains Review, Silly Tree Anthologies, Kyanite Press: Fables and Fairy Tales and in the e-zines The Devilfish Review, Rose Red Review and the Long Island Literary Journal. My first YA novel, Losing Adam, garnered a silver medal in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards. 

To find out more about Adrienne visit her at www.adrienneclarkeauthor.com

And onto the interview!

 Do you read your own genre? Is it a favourite?
I enjoy reading and writing different genres, but YA is definitely one of my favourites. I’ve always been drawn to YA fiction for its passion and idealism. One of the beautiful things about being a young adult is believing that dreams, even seemingly impossible ones, can come true. I think that’s one of the reasons YA fiction is so popular with adults as well as teens; it keeps us in touch with some of that idealism, and perhaps, helps to keep us from becoming too cynical.

If you had to describe your style in three words, what would they be?
Romantic, lyrical and haunting.

Was writing always your dream choice of career?
Writing is definitely my dream job. Aside from my family, it’s the one constant of my life. I have always been in love with stories and storytelling and I knew that no matter where life took me I would always carve out a sacred space for writing. I’ve experienced quite a few ups and downs in my writing life, especially on the business side things, but disappearing into the imaginary world of story always makes me purely happy.

Which social media do you see as a must for writers?
I suspect that a strong social media presence across the major platforms is important for most writers. However, unless you’re someone who enjoys being online 24/7 (I’m definitely not) it makes sense to focus on the platform that you enjoy interacting on the most. I appreciate the way Twitter allows writers to share their beautiful words – not necessarily to sell books, but to illuminate the beauty of language.

Where do you hang out most online?
My favourite online hangout is Pinterest because it’s completely stress free. A fantasy and fairy-tale fanatic, Pinterest provides endless inspiration for my stories and novels. If I’m feeling a bit flat creatively, or I’m looking for a writing prompt, I can always find beautiful image on Pinterest to get my hand moving again. I also appreciate the ‘quiet’ of Pinterest. I can enjoy my time there without feeling pressure to engage with anyone.

What’s your favourite book you’ve read? 
It’s impossible to choose just one, but a definite favourite of mine is a darkly romantic YA novel called Lady Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt. I feel a powerful connection to the heroine, Keturah, who reminds me a bit of myself. On the surface, Keturah and I have little in common, she’s a peasant girl living in the middle ages, and I’m a modern woman with two children, however, I powerfully relate to her need to tell stories, particularly stories about true love. Keturah is fascinated with true love and I guess I am too; it’s the theme I always come back to. I think I feel compelled to write young adult novels because I’m still very close to the girl I used to be – someone who doesn’t expect miracles but hopes for them anyway.  I loved Keturah’s character so much I named by daughter after her, Juliet Keturah Clarke.

Morning or evening writer?
I’m absolutely a morning writer. Most days, I try to wake up at 5:00am to write before I do anything else. Those precious early morning hours when the house is quiet and still are when I’m at my most focused and creative. This is pure free writing time: no emails or editing or social media. On the mornings I get in my writing time I feel wonderful for the rest of the day. On the mornings I don’t write, I feel off kilter and unproductive. Despite my efforts to protect my writing mornings, life sometimes gets in the way and I need the extra hours of sleep!

If you had a hashtag for your books, what would it be?
#wordsthatshine

Winner of the Silver medal (YA category) in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY).
What happens when the person you love most in the world suddenly becomes a stranger?

Adam and Jenny's world is falling apart. Their dream of attending college together away from home quickly becomes a nightmare when Adam begins hearing the voice of the Snow Queen. Adam's startling transformation from popular drama student into a withdrawn, suspicious stranger leaves Jenny frightened and confused. How can the person she loves most in the world suddenly become someone she doesn't recognize? As Adam drifts farther and farther away into the Snow Queen's mysterious world of ice and snow, Jenny believes she must fight to bring him back or risk losing him forever.

Vividly narrated by Adam and Jenny, the struggle to understand the impact of Adam's mental illness, forces both characters on a journey of self-discovery that leads to understanding about life's uncertainty, the power of first love and the pain of letting go. Drawing on elements of The Snow Queen fairy tale, Losing Adam is a unique combination of drama and romance.

My Review: 5 stars
I loved the cover and blurb of this book and picked it up. I adored it from the first chapter. Jumping into a love story when it seems to be already established, Jenny and Adam both starting college and finally getting to do all those things together without their parents around, but something happens to Adam, he changes, and with it, so does the whole narrative. I loved how well this story was told, how Adam's change was portrayed, how real it was, and very much enjoyed it. Highly recommended for those who love a little heartbreak, but also some really good mental health rep.

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Life Of Joey & Bi-Monthly Goals - May 2019 [CC]


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Tuesday, 7 May 2019

#TEASER TUESDAY


Tara has no living relatives, but someone is desperate to know how her father is doing. Could it be the one who caused all this in the first place?

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[ID A graphic for Dying Thoughts - Seventh Death with the release date just below the title of May 15th 2019. The text for the excerpt reads:
“When did this uncle call, and did he leave a name?” I asked, my voice shaky.
“A few times yesterday and then once early this morning, is there a problem, Tara?” she said, picking up on my tone.
“As far as I’m aware, I don’t have any other living relatives. I don’t have an uncle,” I said, trying to force the words out over the lump of fear now lodged in my throat. “If he calls again, can you get his name please? Or at least a number for me?”

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Monday, 6 May 2019

Dealing With Your Brand - The After Process

DEALING WITH YOUR BRAND

When I was first starting out as an indie author, I didn't know a bunch of stuff about marketing, about branding yourself, or any of that. Some of you have been with me since the beginning, so you know some of the messes I made that I'm still trying to clean up and move past it. One of the reasons I keep at the blog, keep giving this kind of advice is because when I started out in 2005, there wasn't anything like KDP or indie authors. You went through a indie press, but you didn't have the control and responsibility that you do now. On top of that, a lot of the publishing world was very much closed off to those who weren't traditionally published. I'm not absolving myself of blame here, I could have and should have done a ton more research, but I am trying to rectify that by giving you all my own pieces of advice and snippets that I've picked up along my journey.

One of the big things you'll hear talked about is your brand. I didn't really understand it back then, but I have a better grasp in it now. My books are published under the Bug Books label and that makes up my brand. The logo above is on all the spines of my paperbacks and included in all the official documentation that goes with promotion. It's a way for people to recognise me not just by my author photo, but by the little purple bug that adorns my stuff. It was something that took me a while to learn and perfect, so I'm going to give you my top five tips on how to deal with your own brand and make it work for you.

#1 - IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY
While this falls under the After Process series, it's never really too early to start working on your brand. It's not just about a logo and a cool name, but it's about what it represents. For example, people know that Bug Books is linked to Joey Paul who is a young adult author. That's just the basics, but it's enough that when people see the symbol or hear my name mentioned, they will link of the logo. I am still very much a small fish, I'm not talking about just anyone on the street, but people in circles who know of my work. And you can start doing that work whenever you're ready to. It can be as you're gearing up to your first release, or it can even be way back when you start creating your own platform and building your audience. The idea is for people to associate what you write with you and your brand.

#2 - MAKE SURE IT FITS YOUR GENRE
A lot of writers will stick to one genre and will therefore have a different brand for each one. That means the whole works from name, logo and publishing stance. I personally haven't done that. While I started out writing paranormal/mystery, I have since branched out with my first dystopian trilogy coming this year and my fort sci-fi/crime book last year. Now this is a personal choice, I figure because all my books fall under the Young Adult header, it's okay to be having a wide array of genres. Not everyone will agree with me, but again, it's something you have to decide for yourself. However, if you're writing two completely different genres, like say children's books, and erotica, then I would definitely recommend keeping the brands, names and spaces completely different. I don't think I need to explain further. Just be sure of what you're doing and make sure it matches the genre you plan to be in.

#3 - TARGETED MARKETING WORKS

This is where things like Storiad come into play. If you don't know, it's a marketing platform that allows you to connect with thousands of readers, bloggers, other authors and the rest. It also will easily walk you through making press kits and a marketing plan for each novel. And they are highly detailed and a god send when it comes to being a newbie without really knowing what you need to be getting done. It's something I'm pretty new to, but I adore it completely. the way they have everything set up as easy to use will help you work out who to target and what kind of things to do to engage with them, and your brand comes into this, because once you find that sweet spot of people to engage on your author platform, the marketing wail be so much easier.

#4 - USE PROFESSIONAL GRAPHICS

When I first started out, I made a lot of my own graphics. I won't bore you with how terrible they were, and thankfully most of them have been purged from both the blog and the internet, which is a good thing. But if you want a place that will help you make some good, professional graphics then look no further than Canva which is free to a point. I've used them extensively for everything from my teasers, to blog headers and cover reveal posts. I also use Book Brush, which isn't free, but allows you to have a way to put your covers in different settings and have them look 3D and smart. I use that for the headers on my social media. I can't recommend it enough.

AND FINALLY, #5 - GIVE YOURSELF SOME BREATHING ROOM

While it may feel like this is all a whole lot of stuff that you need to get done right now, and it is a lot, trust me I know, allow yourself the time to start small and build up to the big things. While it may seem like doing this that and the other is a guaranteed way to make a name for yourself, it will take time. It's okay to start small and work up to the big things. No one is going to open a twitter account on a Monday and wake up on a Tuesday with over a thousand followers and that applies to all social media. You will have to work on building your brand and it will be a long, hard, process, but you can breathe too. It's okay to take your time.

So those are my five tips on dealing with your brand. Take it slow, but be aware that your image counts for something. Make sure that you use a good photo for your author picture. Make sure you present yourself as you want to be seen. And overall, make sure you take care of you too. Because that matters as well. Good luck!


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Friday, 3 May 2019

Interview with Roxanne San Jose & Review of Time Travel


I am delighted to welcome Roxanne San Jose to the blog for an interview. Here's a little bit about her!

I was born in the Philippines but I now reside in Las Vegas, Nevada. I graduated with a degree in Political Science in University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I work in our family business and I self-published my first book, Annagram, in 2015 about three countries fighting for the islands.

And onto the interview!

In your own writing, which character of yours do you relate to most?
Angelie Thompson because she will do everything for love

Do you read your own genre? Is it a favourite?
Yes, I do read my own genre because it is entertaining

If you had to describe your style in three words, what would they be?
Determined, creative and passionate

What was the first story you ever told?
Probably, my cousins or myself

Was writing always your dream choice of career?
Yes, because I love reading and writing

Do you have a writing space? Pictures or descriptions!
My desk with my computer and my laptop in my bed facing the television

Playlists? Yes or no? And why?
I do have a playlist because it makes me relax while I write

Which social media do you see as a must for writers?
Facebook

Where do you hang out most online?
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Do you have a favourite app for writing?
"Notes" on MacOS

Organised or not?
Organised

What's your favourite book you've read?
"Time Keeper" by Mitch Albom

Morning or evening writer?
Evening

If you had a hashtag for your books, what would it be?
#YA

 Angelie Thompson invented a time machine in 2015 and her boyfriend, John Salvador, was accidentally transported back to 1970. Left with no other option, Angelie journeys through time, searching for John. Along the way, she encounters several adventures, meeting new people on her desperate search for her lover.

Meanwhile, stranded in 1970 and with no hope of ever returning back to his own time, John begins a new life, working as a receptionist in Lesti Hotel where he finds a new love, Elisha.

Conflict arises among the characters due to their complicated relationships and when disaster strikes, it's up to Angelie to save the world with her time machine invention.

The tale of ‘Time Travel’ highlights love, determination and friendship

My Review: 3 stars
The idea was one that sounded intriguing and so I picked this up hoping to be told a story that I could get behind. My issue wasn't the story itself, I felt like there were the bare bones of an intriguing tale woven through the words, but the premise itself felt like it needed a lot of work. Angelie and the others were all good characters, but there was a disconnect between the reader and the story itself. I feel like with time and a good editor, it could be brought up to a place where the story shines through and is more readable.

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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Killing Your Darlings [CC]


And it's time to discuss killing your darlings! #Authortube

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

#TEASER TUESDAY

Tara has always been able to count on Mike to have her back, and yet with everything going wrong, he's the one to betray her first.

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[ID: A graphic for Dying Thoughts - Seventh Death with the release date just under the title as COMING MAY 15TH 2019. The excerpt reads: 
“A car driven by someone ran that bus off the road. I am as sure of that as I am that today is Thursday and that tomorrow will be Friday. As sure as I am that it will probably still be raining when I leave. Is that sure enough for you?”
“I didn’t mean that I didn’t believe you-,” Mike started to say, but I had already made my decision. I grabbed my phone out of the plug beneath Mike’s desk, pulled on my still damp coat and headed for his office door. “Tara, you know I would never doubt you.”
“And yet,” I said, turning around slightly. “You do.” 

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Monday, 29 April 2019

Uninspired Blog Posts - The Craetive Process


UNINSPIRED BLOG POSTS

It can be a headache for me trying to come up with blog posts every week. For a long time it was a case of writing them well in advance and posting them whenever I felt like it. Then for a period after I started to post every Monday it would be something I did on the Monday it was due, but that sometimes meant that I was working well into the night and still no closer to knowing what to say. And then I hit on the idea that along with my usual end of month stuff, I would write the coming months blog posts as well as the one for the first of the next month. It was a headache in the beginning but now I've gotten into a routine that when I'm running out of ideas, I look at my sticky note and start to brainstorm as well as going over what I've covered in the past six months or so.

Because a lot of what I post on a Monday is advice, I don't want to be doing too much along the same topics, but I've also made them my own too in that I will, around releases and such, have character pieces that I write and publish closer to that time of the year. I never usually have more than a couple of months worth planned because the ideas can be hard to find. It's a creative thing for me just as writing is that a lot of the time a topic will come to me and I'll have to write it down. Usually when I get low on ideas, I fall back on what's done well before. I have my mini series with Spoonie Writer, Trials Of A Crime Writer and Trials Of An Indie Author, and they're pretty easy to narrow down too because they have a specific readership and meaning on the blog.

You could say the same for the After Process. It's pretty easy to work out what belongs in the pieces that happen once you're published, but when it comes to the Creative Process, well, sometimes I'm just stumped and unsure about what to do. A lot of the time I'll sit down at the end of the month, once I've recorded my final vlog and are getting ready to wrap everything up and then it's about pulling teeth to bring out the blog posts. And I know I'm not the only one who feels like that, so why do I keep doing it?

Simply put, it's something I do well at. I get a lot of interaction, less so on the blog, but more so on the places that it's cross-posted to that tell me that my advice and snippets of wisdom are well received and wanted. My audience is telling me to continue. Same with the Friday posts where I promote other authors, it's something that gets a light shined on my blog, but also makes me feel like I'm sharing the wealth as it were. And those are all good things.

But today, when I sat down to write, I realised that I just didn't have a full calender for the coming month. I didn't know what to write about, what to advise on and given that I'm still coming back from burnout (piece found here) and have talked about taking a break to refill my creative well (piece found here) I thought I would be honest and talk about what happens when you're just not inspired to write an advice piece. The question can sometimes be simply answered by just not doing it any more. I've covered why I don't take that route, but it might be one open to you.

The other side of it is that I like my schedule the way it is. I have excelled at getting myself to make the most of my time, my energy and all the others things that are needed from me to stay both mentally and physically healthy, but also to keep writing which adds to the first two. Sometimes that means that I just don't have time to think up a specific piece of advice, and I guess what I'm trying to say in a roundabout way is: that's okay.

There is so much pressure both in the actual writing community and from ourselves to be pouring out this and that twenty-four/seven. And sometimes you just can't. Sometimes your brain is saying nope, your body is having a fit and you just can't produce what you normally would. And I don't feel like enough people say that, guess what? It happens to us all and it is okay. You are not weak. You are not a failure. This is not the end of you. You will get through this. And you will be okay.

So take a breath and just hold onto that. There's no shame in having an off week. I go through stages of having them weeks in a row. But also don't be afraid to ask for help, to reach out, there are people around you who care and they will listen, and if they don't, then reach out to someone who will. You gotta take care of you, and that's more than okay.

So that's my wisdom for the day. Now I'm gonna curl up with a good book and call it done!


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