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September’s Ketchup

30 Sep

September’s Ketchup

And here we are, at the end of September, at the beginning of fall. So much happened this month, the main event being the release of Death Before Daylight, but this post will highlight so much more, just in case you missed it.

For those of you just now checking in this month, Ketchup actually means “catch up”. At the end of every month, I write these posts describing what goes on behind the scenes at ShannonAThompson.com. Some of the topics I cover include my big moments, top blog posts, my top referrer, #1 SEO term, and more in order to show insights that will hopefully help fellow bloggers see what was popular. I also hope it entertains the readers who want “extras” for this website.

Thank you for being a part of my life this September!

Big Moments:

I had my three-year blogiversary, which is crazy surreal, and Death Before Daylight released. Finally. I still can’t quite believe it, but I am super happy that The Timely Death Trilogy finally had a chance to release in full for all the Dark readers out there. On top of that, we had a lot of fun during the Seconds Before Sunrise blog tour. If you missed those interviews, guest posts, and features, they are all listed below. And since we’ve talk about two of the three novels in the trilogy, Minutes Before Sunset hit #12 in overall Free Kindle Store, and it became #1 in science fiction, paranormal, and urban fantasy! (It’s still free, too.)

On top of that, you all pushed the sequel, Seconds Before Sunrise, into the top 100 of all its categories, including young adult, science fiction, paranormal, and urban fantasy. Death Before Daylight, book 3, hit the top 100 of paranormal books too. I cannot thank you enough.


Thanks for reading, lovelies. I’ll be signing books next month on October 21 at Headrush Roasters Coffee and Tea in Kansas City, Missouri.

#1 Clicked Item was Minutes Before Sunset on Amazon

#1 Clicked Item was Minutes Before Sunset on Amazon

Come out and see me!

Stay Dark,



Top Three Blog Posts:

  1. Deciding to Change my Writing Plan: Marketing and choosing how to market is vital for an author’s business plan. I talk about how I know when to change mine and how to stick with a new route to reach success.
  2. Book Release: Death Before Daylight: Death Before Daylight released, and it was tons of fun! Thanks for reading!
  3. Cartoons Make You a Better Writer Written by author Grant Goodman, this piece channels your inner cartoon lover to be a better writer.
#1 SEO Term was Andrew Vogel from Under the Dome. Here he is reading Minutes Before Sunset's 1st edition.

#1 SEO Term was Andrew Vogel from Under the Dome. Here he is reading Minutes Before Sunset’s 1st edition.

Other Blog Posts:

Things to do when Suffering from Writer’s Block by C.S. Wilde: A great guest post every writer can use when sufferer from dreaded writer’s block.

Three-Year Blogging Anniversary: I’ve been blogging for three years! This is how it changed my life.

Stopping Guest Posts and New Line-Up: I’m changing ShannonAThompson.com

The Prose Poem by Ann Howells: A guest post by a great poet about poetry.

Writing in Limbo: Between books I take a break to plan.

Book Releases Explained by Sailor Moon: A great reader asked me to explain all the emotions behind a book release. Sailor Moon is my spirit animal, so I used her to express myself.

Writing Update: Take Me Yesterday: I’m currently writing in the second novel of The Tomo Trilogy.

The Sting of Book Release Day: Release days can be fun but also frightening.

Website Wonders: Monthly classic

Guest Posts:

#1 Referrer was WordPress' Reader

#1 Referrer was WordPress’ Reader

Not Just Another Romance: On Mythical Books I wrote about why The Timely Death Trilogy isn’t just another romance, but I mainly focused on how nothing really is.

Favorite Book Covers and Why On LuLo Fangirl I wrote about my favorite book covers and how it affects my reading.

At the end of the month, I also like to take a moment to thank all of the websites who supported me by posting reviews, interviews, and features. If you want to be one of these websites, feel free to join my newsletter or email me at shannonathompson@aol.com. I always love speaking with new bloggers, writers, and readers! I will also share your post on all of my websites.


Seconds Before Sunrise: Young Adult Book Madness, Black Words-White Pages, Endless Reading, Books for Thought, Crazy Beautiful, and Fic Gal

Death Before Daylight: The Examiner, Tamara Morning

Interviews: Kelly P’s Blog, Books for Thought, Blacks Words, White Pages

Features: CTP Death Before Daylight Release Party, Forget the Housework, I’m Reading, Dowie’s Place, Happily Ever After Seekers Book Club, One Guy’s Guide to Good Reads, Waiting On Wednesday, Just AmyShelfbuzz.

Calculated on September 26 at 19,887 followers

Calculated on September 26 at 19,887 followers

Website Wonders

28 Sep

Every month, I share all of the websites I come across that I find helpful, humorous, or just awesome. Below, you’ll find all of September’s Website Wonders categorized into Reading and Writing and Publishing. (Nothing crazy this month, but these articles are AWESOME.)

If you enjoy these websites, be sure to follow me on Twitter because I share even more websites and photos like this there.


Writing and Publishing:

Why Are Readers Punishing Authors for Free Books? By Nerd Girl  I loved this. As a book reviewer myself, I’ve been startled to see the increase in comments about free books being “evil” in its intent.

Can a Novelist Be Too Productive?: “No one in his or her right mind would argue that quantity guarantees quality, but to suggest that quantity never produces quality strikes me as snobbish, inane and demonstrably untrue.”

Top 3 Reasons Censoring Your Writing is Holding You Back: There will be cursing today. Run away if that bothers you. I don’t mind.



A Literary Landscape of Ireland: This was sent to me by the creator, but it’s seriously cool.

20 Soul-Stirring Passages From Shinji Moon’s Poetry That Are Hauntingly Beautiful “You were the one that I wanted to feel the earth rotate with.”

A List of 100 Books Everyone Should Read and fun checkmark list with it.

Tattoos only a book nerd could love: They are lovely.

And that’s all for September! More to come at the end of October. Next post is September’s Ketchup. See you then. :)


After Minutes Before Sunset #12 in Overall Free Kindle, Seconds Before Sunrise hit the top 100 for Paranormal & Urban fantasy.


Thank you for reading!


On October 19, the paperback of Death Before Daylight releases! Two days later, on October 21, you can come see me at Headrush Coffee and Tea Roasters in Kansas City, Missouri for a paranormal talk and book signing.

It will be tons of fun!

Minutes Before Sunset: book 1

AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksKoboGoodreads

Seconds Before Sunrise: book 2

AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksKoboGoodreads

Death Before Daylight: book 3

AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksKoboGoodreads

#MondayBlogs Cartoons Make You a Better Writer

21 Sep


I love cartoons, and I love comic books and manga, and I’m very open about my love for these things. That being said, cartoons and comic books and manga are often depicted as things for children…something I obviously disagree with. J There are many reasons to love cartoons, and today, author Grant Goodman gives us yet another reason to love them. It helps with your writing.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in guest articles are those of the author/s and do not necessarily reflect my own. To show authenticity of the featured writer, articles are posted as provided (a.k.a. I do not edit them). However, the format may have changed.

Cartoons Make You a Better Writer by Grant Goodman

When I sat down to write the first Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve novel, what really drove me was my love of cartoons. I wanted to create—in written form—the cartoon series I always wanted to see.

I grew up with the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I was glued to the sofa when they stormed the Technodrome to fight Shredder or when they teamed up with Casey Jones. Each episode had cool fight scenes, a sci-fi invention, and at least one funny line from Michelangelo. The turtles were my first obsession and they propelled me to join a martial arts school when I was in elementary school.


My elementary school mornings and weekends were filled with Tom and Jerry Kids, Inspector Gadget, X-Men, Spiderman, and Batman: The Animated Series. While most of them were in short story format, the X-Men, Spiderman, and Batman series began to introduce me to the idea that 30 minute cartoons could build a larger story. Spiderman had “The Alien Costume” arc, which gave Venom’s origin story over the course of three episodes. But that wasn’t quite enough. I wanted a longer storyline.

The first episode of Dragonball Z aired when I was in 6th grade and when I saw it, my head nearly exploded. A series in which nearly every episode built off of the last. A cast of characters who did martial arts AND threw fireballs. An entire universe of heroes and villains, legends and lore.

DBZ led me into the wide, wild catalog of Japanese animation that revealed an entire cultural art form that offered a great deal of respect to storytelling in animated form. I watched Vash the Stampede try everything he could do to avoid taking lives in Trigun, I saw Miyazaki’s phenomenal Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, and I was completely swept away by Fullmetal Alchemist.

All of it—every episode of every series I ever watched—has somehow contributed to my abilities as a writer, and it will for you, too. You learn how to plot an action scene that matters, because you see plenty of them that don’t. You learn how to keep two characters pining for each other in order to build tension between them. You learn the importance of a cliffhanger to keep your audience hooked.

Most importantly, however, watching cartoons will teach you how to keep your imagination active, because without a strong imagination, you’re going to write something boring.

If you’re aspiring to write a MG or YA sci-fi/fantasy action series, my best advice to you is to watch cartoons. Lots of them. Go watch the first season of The Legend of Korra for a masterclass in serious-but-not-pitch-black YA storytelling. Seek out Samurai Jack for how to do fight scenes that flow.

This may be the only time anyone in your life tells you this: stop reading for a bit and start watching!

Grant GoodmanBio:

Grant Goodman is the author of the Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve novels, a series for readers anywhere between 9 and 900 years old. His YA lit blog, November Notebook, is for teens, adults, ghosts, robots, unicorns, dragons, and aliens. He teaches middle school English in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Want to be a guest blogger? Now is the time to submit. I will be stopping guest blog posts in November, but before then, I would love to have you on! I am accepting original posts that focus on reading and writing. Pictures, links, and a bio are encouraged. You do not have to be published. If you qualify, please email me at shannonathompson@aol.com.


#SATurday Book Releases explained by Sailor Moon

19 Sep

I love blogging. I love writing articles. I especially love writing articles that readers suggest. That being said, today’s article was inspired by reader, ‪Angela Dellisola‪. Her comment came on the release day of Death Before Daylight…after I made an entire batch of chocolate chip cookies to celebrate. I posted it on my Facebook page, but here was the initial comment: “Congrats! You must be beyond excited! Tired too, maybe, but a good tired…with all the back to back releases? I’d love to read a blog post on your author’s mind right now. J”

First of all, a GIANT thank you goes out to every reader, blogger, follower, writer, and supporter who shared the release. I hope you all are enjoying the finale as well!

But, yes, Angela isn’t wrong. I am exhausted. Beyond exhausted. (Hence all the coffee I was brewing and all the sugar I was baking.) I am thrilled Clean Teen Publishing agreed to release The Timely Death Trilogy back to back like they did, but there was a lot that had to be done to make that happen. Blog posts, guest posts, interviews, teasers, Facebook covers, newsletters, etc., etc. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve left my laptop at all. Even Luna-P is exhausted. (That is my laptop’s name in case you were wondering.)

These moments are rather funny in regards to an author’s life, so I thought I’d explain my time through gifs. Even better, since my laptop endured so much abuse these past three months—and since my laptop is named Luna-P after Luna-P in Sailor Moon—I’m telling my story through Sailor Moon gifs.

This summer and fall, I had three book releases back to back. It was AWESOME, but definitely a lot to keep up with. There’s a lot to do, so you’re always on your laptop. That’s when someone suggests you take a break. You know, go outside. Enjoy the nice weather…

You’re too busy collecting a team anyway. You get your readers, fans, bloggers, and fellow writers together…because it’s time.


But don’t forget the business side of things either. Swag, prizes, booths, etc.

(All worth it too! Which, by the way, I’m going to Penned Con next year in September of 2016!)


So, the book releases and you’re so excited!

And you’re exhausted too. So you sometimes forget silly things….when people are speaking to you.


So you eat. Eating always helps.

giphy-13 That’s when someone congratulates you or posts a review or a number of other wonderful things. It means so much to you.

You actually blush.

You’re kind of glad this wasn’t in public.

Your face looks like a tomato.


And sometimes people say mean things or try to bring you down.

(Crying to your cat helps. This is a fact.)


But that’s what food is for. And friendship. And baths. 

(I made cookies.) 


So, when all the craziness is done and over, you know you had a fun time with readers, writers, and fellow book lovers.


In the end, that’s just how it’s done, and you enjoy it to the end of the world—the good, the bad, the awkward moments and cat-cuddled moments, the emails, the interviews, and the missing reviews. The broken links, the extra posts, the phone calls and texts. The tweets and WordPress friends and loving bookends. The prize giveaways, the winners, the ones who will stick around for a chance to win again. The ones who were always around and still around, and the news faces that have blended in. The newsletter crew, the street team view, and the fellow authors I’ve called friends. A group of people, all together, for one release moment, and you wish it never came to an end.

The book release is a book release, but it’s so much more than that.

It’s a celebration, a moment to be with all my Internet family and friends.


Now for my little Dark announcements.

Poster_Small_V - Book shop signingAll three books in The Timely Death Trilogy are now available! The first book is even up for free. For those of you waiting for the paperback of Death Before Daylight, don’t panic! It releases on October 19. Speaking of October 19, you can expect my newsletter to go out then and from now on every month on the 19th.

On October 21, you can come see me at Headrush Coffee and Tea Roasters in Kansas City, Missouri for a paranormal talk and book signing.  It will be tons of fun!

Last but not least, the Seconds Before Sunrise tour is coming to an end, but here are all the lovely posts you should check out!

Guest post – Not Just Another Romance – on Mythical Books.

Interview with Kelly P’s Blog.

Spotlight on Dowie’s Place and Forget the Housework, I’m Reading

Seconds Before Sunrise Reviews on Black Words-White PagesEndless Reading, and Young Adult Book Madness!

Death Before Daylight Reviews on The Examiner and Tamara Morning.

Stay Dark,


#BookRelease Death Before Daylight!

15 Sep

Before I share a letter, here is where you can find Death Before Daylight:

AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks, KoboGoodreads

Don’t forget! The first book is free. :)

Reviews from lovely bloggers!

Reviews from lovely bloggers!

Letter from the author: (Oh, wait. That’s me.) 

Wow! This is surreal. Just a couple years ago, I thought my publishing journey was over. Then, I signed with one publisher only for it to close down two weeks before the original version of Death Before Daylight was supposed to release. Posting I Lost My Publisher this past January was the hardest article I had to write, but that article was followed up with the best article I ever posted. On February 11, I shared Huzzah! I Have a New Publisher, and now, the journey has reached this point.

Special thanks first goes out to Clean Teen Publishing for taking on The Timely Death Trilogy and making it into something beautiful and real. They’ve been too kind to me these past few months. I’m rather a scatterbrain, and sometimes, I get (honestly) too excited and say really cheesy things. But they’ve helped me, supported me, directed me, and even sent me a birthday card. (Squeee!) I feel truly honored to be supported by such an amazing team, and I am forever grateful for all the CTP authors I’ve been able to befriend, too. I am home.

My next thanks goes out to all those wonderful Members of the Dark helping today: Legends of Windemere, Crazy Beautiful Reads, awkwardMEOW Productions, Just Amy, SDAV Reads, Endless Reading Blog, Ky Grabowski, Chris Pavesic, Mel’s Shelves, and Macy <3 Stories. The winner of the signed paperback is Chris Pavesic! For your chance to win prizes and read first, join the newsletter here.

After all this past year’s craziness, Death Before Daylight is NOW available. (Finally!) As the author, I felt terrible that the last book in The Timely Death Trilogy never reached readers of the first two books. I am a reader, too, after all. I know how much time everyone invested in reading my work, so when I didn’t hold up the end of my bargain, I was…Well, you read all those articles. In fact, you’re the reason my publishing adventure continues, and I could not thank you enough. Even then, I thank you once again for your love and support. I appreciate every last one of you, from the bottom of my writer’s heart.

I know it’s been nearly nine months since you originally expected it, but I’ve finally been able to hold up my end of the author-reader bargain, and I hope you enjoy the conclusion after all this waiting time.

For now and forever,

Stay Dark.

Stay Lovely.


Death Before Daylight

DBDcoverBook 3 of The Timely Death Trilogy

Two eternities. One ending.

“Harmony would only come with destruction.”

The moment Eric and Jessica are reunited, they are torn apart. After the appearance of a new breed of shades and lights, the powers shift for the worse, and all three descendants find themselves face-to-face in the Light realm. When Darthon is in control, the last thing everyone expects is to finally hear the truth.

While Jessica learns the reason of her creation, Darthon’s identity is exposed to Eric—and only Eric—and Eric can no longer defend himself. With the eternities of the Light and the Dark resting on Jessica’s shoulders, she must choose who she will be—a light or a shade.

In the end, someone must die, and the end is near.

Now that I shared the letter, here is where you can find Death Before Daylight (again):

AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksKoboGoodreads

Happy Reading! 


For those who want the latest news, this post isn’t over yet. ;)

I’ll be giving away TONS of prizes this Friday, September 18, from 7-9 p.m. (EST) on Facebook. Join the CTP Death Before Daylight Release Partyand come have fun with fellow Dark readers. The paperback for Death Before Daylight releases October 19.


In other news, the Seconds Before Sunrise tour is underway, and here are the latest posts: Interview with Books for Thought, guest post – Favorite Book Covers and Why – on Lulo FanGirl, and a spotlight on One Guy’s Guide to Good Reads.

For local fans, I’ll be doing a Halloween book signing and paranormal talk at Headrush Roasters in Gladstone, Missouri on October 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. (CDT).

See you there!

#WW Writing in Limbo

9 Sep

This may be personal in regards to my writing life, but I’d be surprised if it were unique to me. During and right after a book release, it’s difficult for me to write. Not because I don’t want to, but because I end up spending hours upon hours on Luna-P (a.k.a. my lappy toppy) for interviews, guest posts, and social media in general (all of which I love, but it results in some sore eyes). So, for a little while after releases, I’m in a limbo period.

What is a limbo period?

Well, for me, it’s just Dante’s way of saying I’m in wait. I’m not writing right now; I’m simply waiting for the right time to write again. I’m resting, so to speak.

I’ve seen a few people call this writer’s block, but I want to clarify that it isn’t writer’s block, because I could write. (And, as you’ll see below when I talk about what I’ve been doing, you’ll see, in fact, I do write sometimes.) But it’s more like a mental vacation to regain energy and focus.

Maybe I’m the only one who does this…but I doubt it. We all need rest, after all, and I’m still productive during this limbo time.

Coffee and chocolate helps limbo too!

Coffee and chocolate helps limbo too!

What do I do during the limbo?

I mainly analyze where I’m at and where I want to go. Ex. What novel do I want to release next? What about books after that? What do I want to do differently with that novel? Covers? Events? Local events? Traveling?

I set goals, and I try to make them realistic, and I tell myself it’s okay if I don’t make them (but how cool would it be if I do?)

I’m currently in this writing limbo phase. Since Minutes Before Sunset and Seconds Before Sunrise have released during the past two months—not to mention Death Before Daylight releasing on September 15—I’ve basically been in limbo for a little while now. And I’ve been enjoying it. While I did complete the rewrite of November Snow—See? You can write during limbo—I have focused a lot of my energy on where I’m going next. For instance, I want to release November Snow next. Then, I think I’ll return to The Tomo Trilogy (good news for you Take Me Tomorrow fans!) In fact, I was analyzing the sequel, Take Me Yesterday, just other night. I also want to try to get more swag for readers and hold two to three local events this fall for the paranormal season. I think it’d also be nice to offer signed box sets of The Timely Death Trilogy this October. So, look out for that. I’ve even taken some time to think over my blogging plan, and I might talk about this more in the future, but I’ll probably be ending guest posts in November (so now is the time to submit at shannonathompson@aol.com). I plan on using the Monday slot for old posts (we’re talking two-year-old blog posts) that were really popular, but are in need of a rewrite.

I’m planning and plotting—and not just books—and I’m having a great time.

Limbo doesn’t have to be a scary place, or an unproductive place, or a place of worry. It can be saved. In fact, it can be looked forward to. It can even take you places.


Death Before Daylight, book 3 of The Timely Death Trilogy, releases in six days! That being said, the paperback has been moved to October 19, but I hope you all enjoy the last book of the trilogy! You can pre-order it here:  AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks. (And, of course, the first book is free: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks.)


The latest teaser released

In other news, the Seconds Before Sunrise blog tour is underway. Most recently, we were on Just Amy for a spotlight, but I’ll share more interviews and such soon. If you want to participate in the release day blast for Death Before Daylight, sign up here.

On September 18, Clean Teen Publishing will be hosting an event on Facebook from 7-9 p.m. (EDT) to celebrate the release. I’ll be there and giving away a TON of Dark prizes, so feel free to join us by clicking here.

rp But there are more events to come! Keep an eye out.

Stay Dark,


#MondayBlogs: Things to Do When You’re Suffering from Writer’s Block

7 Sep


Writer’s block. Oh, horrid writer’s block! It’s such a common fear (and problem) with many writers, and today’s guest blogger, C.S. Wilde, tackles the topic fearlessly and humorously. 

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in guest articles are those of the author/s and do not necessarily reflect my own. To show authenticity of the featured writer, articles are posted as provided (a.k.a. I do not edit them). However, the format may have changed.

Things to Do When You’re Suffering from Writer’s Block by C.S. Wilde

You want to fill that blank page so bad, but the juice isn’t flowing.

Feels familiar?

We’ve all been there, but do not fret, fellow writer. There are many ways to turn your lack of inspiration into a ton of productivity!

Fun fact: You usually get writer’s block because you don’t know what to do or where to go with your story. Basically, your muse is telling you it needs time to figure things out.

By the way, muses can be very nasty. Mine in particular loves getting drunk and flying to Vegas every weekend, and she slept with my boyfriend once, so we don’t exactly get along.

Photo provided by C.S. Wilde

Photo provided by C.S. Wilde

Anyway, here’s Things to Do When You’re Suffering from Writer’s Block, or alternatively, What You Should Do When Your Muse Flies to Vegas and Sleeps with Your Boyfriend:

  • Write a new story. Can’t figure out what to do with your current manuscript? Start a new one! You might even find the answers to your old story’s problems inside your new one. *mind blown*
  • Outline your current project. This is usually done at the beginning, but don’t worry, you can definitely do it now. Write down a general description of your scenes/chapters from beginning to end. This will give you the big picture, and having the big picture will help you figure out what to do next.
  • Write a short-story. This is one of my favorites. It’s a fantastic way to gain experience points and perhaps earn some extra bucks.
  • Revise an old story. Maybe it’s time to work on that project left forgotten in the bottom-drawer. Plus, it’s always great to check your old stuff to see how much you’ve improved.
  • Start a blog about something you love. This one will feel absolutely great. An example: I love humor, but I’m not exactly Tina Fey, so I started a humor blog without high expectations, and it does surprisingly well!
  • Write to a friend. I get the craziest dialogues by texting with my BFF. One of our best exchanges: “I shall name my boobs Awesome and Nutcracker. Nut is clearly the badass of the duo.” To which she replied, “I’m naming mine Kim and Kanye.”
  • Engage in forums for writers. You can learn a LOT from fellow authors, and you can make awesome friends who will support you along the way. Here’s a good place to start.
  • Write an article and submit it to magazines. This is another way to add good and old fairy dust to your cv, and maybe earn some extra bucks (plus experience points). The Write Life is a great place to start, and here’s a list of 25 sites that pay for guest posts.
  • Draft a query letter, tagline, or blurb for your book. Seriously, that’s the hardest thing a writer can do. If you manage to go through THAT, you can surely get your story back on track.
  • Write your author bio. It’ll make you feel all fancy and stuff.

The possibilities are endless. And you know, stories are jealous little things. If you start looking elsewhere, they’ll go after your muse and bring her back by the hair. Caveman style.

Take that, Britney! Yes, my muse’s name is Britney.

Cheers and happy writing, everyone!

About C.S. Wilde:

C.S. Wilde is just another author, here to entertain people. She writes about fantastical worlds, love stories larger than life and epic battles. She also, quite obviously, sucks at writing an author bio. She finds it awkward that she must write this in the third person, and hopes you won’t notice.

She exists here, and twitters here.

Want to be a guest blogger? Now is the time to submit. I will be stopping guest blog posts in October/November, but before then, I would love to have you on! I am accepting original posts that focus on reading and writing. Pictures, links, and a bio are encouraged. You do not have to be published. If you qualify, please email me at shannonathompson@aol.com.



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