Thursday, October 31, 2013

This is my first Writing Adventures post. I know it's getting late. Sorry about that. It being Halloween and all, I was barely able to get to this.
But basically, my Writing Adentures posts will be throwaway posts about whatever I'm writing about or troubles I've had or even (so rarely) some accomplishments.
These posts will be pretty sporadic but since November is NaNoWriMo, it'll be more frequent.
And now I shall begin-

So NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. And I am sooooo not prepared.
I really want to finish it this year. Really I do. I feel like it'll be a living testament to my dedication and completely real return to the world of blogging and writing.
Honestly, I'm a bit discouraged.
My history and English teachers apparently don't like my writing.
I just took a timed essay test for history and it worried me greatly. Apparently only two essays really stood out to him. And while I wasn't surprised, I was still hurt that mine had been forgettable.
But I suppose that's just how it is.
I don't write to impress others.
I write to impress myself first.
And that being said, I don't write anything awesomely on the first try. My copy for my yearbook story took me four tries. Doesn't seem like a lot, but it's those little things in organization that make a helluva difference.
Either way, still discouraged.
Still determined to please these teachers. Which wounds my pride a bit.
But my grade is on the line. And let's face it, I'd love it if my history teacher called me the way my math teacher does sometimes.
But I digress.
(That's my new favorite word by the way. And it has nothing to do with my history teacher.)

I'm excited but scared. I have to do this. This is my goal. 50K words.
That's no big deal right? Piece of cake. I doubt I'll have much time during the week, but I always make time for wandering through the blogs. I'll just set some aside to stare at my cursor blink back at me.
I will be fine.
And if you're joining, I'm sure you'll be fine, too.
Let me know if you need a writing buddy or just someone to talk to(:

-Wolfie
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming books we can't wait to read.

This week I can't wait to read:
Daylighters by Rachel Caine

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Goodreads Summary:

While Morganville, Texas, is often a troubled town, Claire Danvers and her friends are looking forward to coming home. But the Morganville they return to isn’t the one they know; it’s become a different place—a deadly one…

Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated—vampires from humans—they realize that the changes definitely aren’t for the better.

It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation—even for the vampires themselves—the truth is far more sinister and deadly.

Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end

 
Why I can't wait:
I fell in love with this series so fast. It was nothing like I had expected and it just introduced me to a whole new level of YA and vampire series. Seriously, the drama and action is crazy. I love it so much. I can never get enough. But alas *sniff* this is the end. I love Rachel Caine for her plot twists that keep me on the edge of my seat. I started the series when there were about 8 books. I read through those first 8 SO FAST. And since then, I've been impatiently waiting for the next book and the next book and the next book... I honestly think I'm going to fall apart when I finish this book. Just because Morganville and all the people in it have been such a big part of my life for so long. Is that weird? Still can't wait to read it though. The way the last book ended was a total cliff hanger!

Version I want:
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication:      
November 5, 2013 by NAL Hardcover
 

You know what that means?

6 more days!!! Again!

 

Second time that's happened!
(See last week's WoW)
Anyways!

What are you waiting for?(:
 
-Wolfie
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Goodreads Summary:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.


True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

Review:

So I'll admit I had to do a little research before writing this. My book research usually involves reading a lot of other reviews and figuring out what people particularly liked or disliked. The reason for this is that I honestly cannot remember many of the details. I remembered the main plot, as well as a couple other (big) subplots. But I was having trouble with the rest. And reading the other reviews, I saw why. Apparently I was the only one that was swept away by the mystery of this book. I'm just one of those that really enjoyed the mystery. There were a lot of disappointed reviews. I was not disappointed when I read this. That I do remember.

Characters:
Some of the details I forgot were their names. Awful? Yes. But in this case, almost understandable. You don't really need to know their names to identify with the characters. I remember the love between Celia and Marco. I remember all their secret moments and the magic. The magic was amazing. I remember the slightly younger boy and the girl he, for all intents and purposes, fell in love with. The boy who dreamed of finally going to Le Cirque des Rêves. That caught my attention more than Celia and Marco did. And yet I can't for the life of my remember their names.
(Part of the reason for this may be the "lack" of character development in the book. Yes, Celia and Marco aren't really developed very well, but I think that's because it'd ruin their mysterious romance.)
Other characters include Celia's and Marco's instructors. They were rather interesting in my opinion. And there was also a circus performer who's backstory revealed a lot about the game.
There was the guy who threw all the famous invitation-only dinner parties.
But now that's getting into the plot.

Plot:
Yes, the plot, when you think about it, is not *GREAT*. It's rather simple when you think that it's just a game in which there can only be one winner. I think it's the subplots that add mystery rather than complexity. I can agree to that. But people who don't like it because of the plot are missing the bigger picture. And that's the magic. It's the magic that makes it wonderful and entertaining. It's the backstories and the uncertain future. I loved the detail. Those dinner parties I mentioned earlier? The food sounded DELICIOUS. I wanted to eat the desserts that were described. I wanted to be at those parties. It was crazy. And beautiful.

Rating: 4 stars



Why: I know I raved about how awesome it was, but it's not life changing like some other books. It is glorious and magical though and that is why I loved it.

Recommendation: If you're into magic and romance, this is for you. If you like the idea of dreams and circuses. This is for you.

Quotes:


“People don’t pay much attention to anything unless you give them reason to.”    

“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”  

“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.”  

“Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes. The future is never set in stone, remember that.”

“We lead strange lives, chasing our dreams around from place to place.”

“I have tried to let you go and I cannot. I cannot stop thinking of you. I cannot stop dreaming about you.”  
“But dreams have ways of turning into nightmares.”  
“The most difficult thing to read is time. Maybe because it changes so many things.”

“You think, as you walk away from Le Cirque des Rêves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt more awake within the confines of the circus.
You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream.”

“You're in the right place at the right time, and you care enough to do what needs to be done. Sometimes that's enough.”

-Wolfie

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Goodreads Summary:

Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered.
This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland--known as The Death Shop--are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild--a savage--and her only hope of staying alive.
A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile--everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.



Review:

I'll admit that I did not expect much when I started this book. The sci-fi, futuristic stuff got me from the beginning, but other than that, it started out pretty slow. And then it all started clicking into place. Suddenly words like Aether and Scire made sense to me. Really, all those new terms were exciting, but terrifying because they were so new. I have never read a book quite like this before, in that this post-apocalyptic world is so different from most. I'm trying to think of something to similar to what happens to earth in this book, but I really can't. So maybe that means I have to get back into that genre. But that aside, once the book got going, it GOT GOING. I cannot wait to see what happens next. Will they actually end up together? Does the Still Blue exist? These are the questions!
Overall, I loved it. Really I did.


Characters:
At first I was a little skeptical about the protagonist: Aria. I wasn't really sure what to think about her until she had to survive on the outside. And from there, she grew so much as a character. I am honestly so proud of her. I find her to be believable and NOT annoying. Female protagonists have a tendency to annoy me. Weird? Probably. As for Peregrine (yes, his name is awesome), really grew on me, too. Savage or not, he was a sweetheart and I found myself rooting for him from the very beginning.  Other than Aria and Perry, there are no *major* characters. I found that a lot of people like Roar, and I can't say I blame them. If you read it, you'll see what I (and everyone else) mean.


Plot:
So I've read my share of dystopian novels and in my experience, each one sort of brings a new idea to the table. In this case, the idea of a poisoned earth is not new at all. (Currently reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and that deals with the same idea. And it was written in 1996. I'm pretty sure Philip K. Dick is not the first either.) And the idea of living in domes is not new either. What I found interesting was the context it, as well as the language. I was a bit confused in the beginning. I was convinced the Rossi just made up words to make them up. Don't let that stop you unless you really have a problem with it. It came together rather quickly and the lingo became easier to pick up. So that was actually cool. It was a pretty fast-paced book and I really appreciated that. Getting to know the world Rossi created was pretty great and I think she brought it to life fairly well.


 

Rating: 4 stars



Why: I am totally going to finish this series. I would not mind owning it, except I am currently broke so that might take a while. If I got a copy signed by Veronica Rossi I might just explode because that'd be freakin awesome.


Recommendation: If you're into dystopian or sci-fi stuff I'd definitely suggest this. It's not heavy on romance, but there are a few hints, if that'll satisfy you.



Quotes:

“Oh, this was champ. She’d found herself a Savage prince. Don’t laugh, she told herself. Don’t laugh, Aria.”
“She looked up. 'A world of nevers under a never sky.'
She fit in well then, he thought. A girl who never shut up.”


“Fine," she said, and frowned. Monosyllabicism. An Outsider disease, and she'd been infected.”

“Aria... everyone feels lost and low. It's how a person acts that makes them different”

“If there was no fear, how could there be comfort? Or courage?”



" 'When you say everything happens in the Realms, do you mean everything?'
Aria laughed nervously.'Yes. Especially that. There are no risks in the Realms.'
Roar's smile widened. 'You simply think it and it happens? And it actually feels real?'
'Why are we talking about this?'
'I need a Smarteye,' he said."

-Wolfie


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Friday, October 25, 2013

So this is my way to take a break and catch up on my posts.
Here I will include any reviews and giveaways I think you'll find interesting.

Reviews:
No Angel by Helen Keeble @ My Friends Are Fiction
All Our Yesterdays @ Chapter By Chapter
Altered @ Live to Read
Attachments @ Lost Beyond the Wall

Giveaways:
Book Event and Giveaway @ The Novel Hermit
Cover Reveal @ Good Choice Reading

Other:
Novel Heartbeat's Goals and Changes

What I'm up to:
I'm currently working on visiting a bunch of blogs and talking to people. I'm considering making a FaceBook page for my blog, but I'm still not too sure. Other than that, I'm almost done with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. So if you're interested in sci-fi, be on the lookout for that review. I'm also going to re-read Enclave and Outpost by Ann Aguirre. If you saw this week's Waiting on Wednesday, then you know why!
I'm also super excited because I got my very first First Reads from Goodreads! Yay!
I'll be starting that today and reviewing it soon(:
 
(Is this not a cute picture?!)

Anyways!
What have you been up to? Visited any cool blogs lately?

-Wolfie

(I know that's not too many links, it'll get longer as I explore some more. Feel free to let me know if you want a shout out of some sort. If you think I should add a linky list, let me know!)
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming books we can't wait to read.

This week I can't wait to read:
Horde (Razorland #3) by Ann Aguirre
 
 image from Amazon
  
Goodreads Summary:


The epic conclusion to the USA Today bestselling trilogy.

The horde is coming.

Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they're not going away. When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them. But the odds have been stacked against Deuce from the moment she was born. She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn't run. With her knives in hand and her companions at her side, she will not falter, whether fighting for her life or Fade's love.

Ahead, the battle of a lifetime awaits. Freaks are everywhere, attacking settlements, setting up scouts, perimeters, and patrols. There hasn't been a war like this in centuries, and humans have forgotten how to stand and fight. Unless Deuce can lead them.

This time, however, more than the fate of a single enclave or outpost hangs in the balance. This time, Deuce carries the banner for the survival of all humanity.
http://us.macmillan.com/horde/AnnAguirre
 
 
Why I can't wait:
The first two books were so much better than I had expected. The second book in particular was pretty great and the ending! It left me wanting so much more and now, it's almost here. 

Version I want:
Hardcover, 432 pages


Expected publication:      

October 29th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends

 

You know what that means?

6 more days!

 

What are you waiting for?(:
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So this is my first review just to get me started here. I haven't been reading a lot of contemporary stuff and I'm hoping a weekend trip to the library will fix that. Until then, this is what I've been up to.

Goodreads Summary:


A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. From the DNA that his crack team of scientists extract, he is able to grow the dinosaurs in his laboratories and lock them away on an island behind electric fences, creating a sort of theme park. He asks a group of scientists from several different fields to come and view the park, but something goes terribly wrong when a worker on the island turns traitor and shuts down the power.












Review


I feel like I grew up with the Jurassic Park movie. It wasn't until middle school that I realized it was a book first. And it wasn't until a month ago that I actually got it from the library. I couldn't help expecting a lot. Even then, I was absolutely amazed. This book was actually written a while ago (1990) so I was surprised by the technology he was talking about. It really amazed me. I'm a bit of a sucker for sci-fi and this got me. So glad I finally read it. Can't wait to read the next one.

Characters:
My favorite character will always be Ian Malcolm. There's just something about him that I really like. He's a bit cynical and many of the other characters thought he was depressing and pessimistic. Maybe so, but I still love him. The way he talked about chaos theory just made me want to be a mathematician. Okay, not that far, but it was really interesting to read. Besides Ian, there's Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, Tim and Lex Murphy, John Hammond. And some other smaller characters. The most annoying of which is Dennis Nedry. Overall, it was a pretty good cast (of characters in the book.) They all felt pretty real to me. By which I mean that I stopped thinking of them as the characters in the movie. So that was another surprise.

Plot:
Does a sci-fi really get much better than this? It introduced a reasonable sci-fi inquiry and let it play out. What if we could clone dinosaurs? Well, let's make an island and find out. And really, an island is perfect. For scientific reasons, you get to observe the dinosaurs in an isolated environment. (Not that there's much to compare these observations to because nobody really knows what a dinosaur was like.) For business reasons, it was a way to charge whatever you want because who's NOT going to want to go to an exotic resort island in order to see dinosaurs? And then it goes from there. Numerous issues have popped up since the beginning of this project and the ones at the beginning of the novel were bugs in the system. Foreshadowing or what?
Really the way it was written was so great. The way he built up tension and suspense was admirable. I loved how he set up the characters and plot and setting.
It kept my on the edge of my seat until the very end. OF COURSE I knew how it would end. But then I found out that I didn't know and that was absolutely the best.


Compared to the movie

 
The plots are very similar, but as with every adaptation, there are so many differences. I won't get into all of them, but a couple of the minor characters were taken out or merged with the slightly less minor characters. In the book, Tim is the oldest at about 11. Lex was about seven or eight. In the movie, Tim is the still 11, but Lex is the older one. Alan, in the book, loves kids. This is totally different from the movie where he can't stand them in the least. The other major (in my opinion) change is the relationship between him and Ellie. In the book, Ellie is a grad student studying under Alan, while in the movie, there was definitely a relationship of some sort going on. So don't be too surprised about that like I was. As for the plot differences, it mainly has to do with dinosaurs being more related to birds than anything else. There's also a different plot with some runaway raptors and a baby t-rex. But again, I won't get too much into that.


 

Rating: 5 stars

 


Why: I HAVE to own this books and its sequel and I want the pretty bound version from Barnes and Noble

Recommendation: I totally recommend it to anyone into the sci-fi genre or thrillers of any sort


 

Quotes:

 
“The planet has survived everything, in its time. It will certainly survive us.”


“Living systems are never in equilibrium. They are inherently unstable. They may seem stable, but they’re not. Everything is moving and changing. In a sense, everything is on the edge of collapse.”
(Would you like to guess who said that one?)


“Let's be clear. The planet is not in jeopardy. We are in jeopardy. We haven't got the power to destroy the planet - or to save it. But we might have the power to save ourselves.”  


“All major changes are like death. You can't see to the other side until you are there.”  

“And that's how things are. A day is like a whole life. You start out doing one thing, but end up doing something else, plan to run an errand, but never get there. . . . And at the end of your life, your whole existence has the same haphazard quality, too. Your whole life has the same shape as a single day.”  


Malcolm: A karate master does not kill people with his bare hands. He does not lose his temper and kill his wife. The person who kills is the person who has no discipline, no restraint, and who has purchased his power in the form of a Saturday night special. And that is why you think that to build a place like this is simple.
Hammond: It was simple.
Malcolm: Then why did it go wrong?


“They don't have intelligence. They have what I like to call 'thintelligence.' They see the immediate situation. They think narrowly and they call it 'being focused.' They don't see the surround. They don't see the consequences. That's how you get an island like this. From thintelligent thinking."



So what did you think of the movie? Did you know there was a book? Have you read any good sci-fi novels lately?
Feel free to comment. I love talking to new people (:


-Wolfie

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Am I crazy? Yes I am. Should I be doing homework? Of course I should be.
But I made this blog 3 1/2 years ago.
(Yes, it's been that long.)
And I'm known for disappearing for long periods of time. I 'm trying so hard to be consistent here.
Trust me, I am.

Tell you what.
Whoever is actually reading this, please help me out. Links. Comments. Doesn't really matter. I promise I will make time for you if you make time for me. That sounds fair right?
I need a minimum of 100 followers...
And a heck of a lot more page views.
I used to be a decent blog but my super long absence has ruined me.
My age doesn't help me either but that's so beyond the point.

The point here is that I think I have a chance and for now my plan is this:
I will post every day.
I will stop doing posts like this.
Posts will be about things like-

Reviews:
books I recently read and books I read a while ago but would like to tell you about
 
Eagerly Awaiting:
books I cannot wait to get my hands on
 
Just For You:
links to a bunch of blogs that I have found, most of which have pretty cool contests
 
My Writing Adventures:
I will try to focus on just my writing here, but a lot of it reflects my everyday life. Maybe you'll find it interesting, maybe you won't
 
Sadly I won't post contests because I have no money or prizes as of yet.
But if it all goes well, I'll get to host some blog tours soon.
I anticipate that it'll take a while, which I'm not too upset about. But my goal is to have this place up and running by New Year's.
Which would make my resolution to be frequent posts and pure awesomeness.
 
I'm debating changing the style of this blog a bit.
If you have any suggestions, feel free.
So away I go, to spread the word!
Feel free to help me out.
See you in the interconnected nets!
 
Wolfie
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hey guys, I'm back!
Just letting you know that I have signed up for a few mailing lists. Maybe I'll be in one of them fancy tours soon.
For now, I'm mostly reviewing on Goodreads, so you can check out the links that are now all over my blog.
Speaking of Goodreads!
All my recent activity helped me win a giveaway!:D
So now I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my Goodreads First Reads:

Hunts in Dreams by Tom Drury

YAY!!!

Meanwhile I am entering contests like crazy in the hopes of winning a few physical books. Because I am such a fan of those and I cannot buy my own books for a while, so I'm relying on giveaways!

Eventually I'm hoping to get some books from the actual authors and publishers. But I'll wait patiently for that because I'm going to be SWAMPED for a while.

Until then, why don't you enter contests with me?

Like this one. I am totally jealous of this one:

Nick over at Nick's Book Blog

I mean, 1000 GFC followers. That's crazy.
I remember how happy I was when I got 50.
I can't imagine how crazy excited she was when she saw her number hit 1000.
But that's besides the point!

In case you missed the link, here it is again:
http://nicksbookblog93.blogspot.com/2013/10/1000-gfc-followers-int-giveaway.html

Enjoy!(:

-Wolfie
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Yes, I got my title from a Coldplay song. For all you awesome people who know that the song is called The Scientist, for whatever reason.
But anyways!

This is yet another update post. I'm trying to get into an official company that'll send me books to review, but I'll admit that I'm scared because I don't have much free time and I'm not blogging consistently yet, and I'm scared of mailing stuff because stuff happens and so these are all my weird paranoid doubts...

I'm trying to get back out there, but it's hard. When I started this, I had Arlee Bird helping me out and now it's been so long, I'm not sure how to reach the people who've been following me since the beginning. Which makes it even harder to try to get MORE followers and overall it's just difficult. So I'm at a bit of a crossroads, with no time to really think about it too much.

That being said, if anybody is actually reading my posts, I'd appreciate some comments. Those are unbelievably helping, I'm learning as I get back into this. If you have a blog of your own, I'd appreciate a little shout out. If you have a solution for my book reviewing future, that'd be great. I'll be honest when I say I'm a little lost and I'm not sure who to go to for help...

Now we're done with the depressing part of this...

And on to the update part of this

JUST FINISHED:
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

UP NEXT:
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick

Sadly, I  have to return It by Stephen King before I can read it *sigh*
But I'm getting back into this no matter what.
And if I can get some YA novels to review, that'd be great.
Seriously, leave a comment or email address or something, I'd love to talk to you.

Slightly alone in the woods here

-Wolfie
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Sunday, October 6, 2013

So I'm not posting particularly regularly... Like at all.
Sorry about that, I'm still trying to get the hang of things and usually blogging is not my top priority, just because of school work and I'm trying to tutor and volunteer and it's just crazy.
That being said, I'm going to start talking about books more, yay!

Currently I am reading
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Up Next:
It by Stephen King
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Richard K. Dick
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

After that I'm eagerly awaiting the LAST (very very sad about that) Morganville Vampires book called Daylighters.
Wow, I love that series.
If you must read about vampires, please do us all a favor and read the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine.
Please!

Anyways, it is getting late and I've been sleep-deprived this weekend!
For reasons I will tell you all about later, don't worry.

Wolfie
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