Aug 14 2018

WEP Flash Fiction A Change of Heart in Bright Eyes Lifetime #FlashFiction #WEPFF

#WEP #WEPFF Flash Fiction August 2018 Change of Heart
#WEP – Write…Edit…Publish AUGUST Challenge — CHANGE OF HEART

A Change of Heart in Bright Eyes’ Lifetime

By J Lenni Dorner

I get out of my car then turn around, wanting to get back in. My palms sweat, reminding me of the hand that won’t hold mine. I pop a mint into my mouth. When it’s gone, I will move.

The mint dissolves. I force myself to turn around, this time facing the blue entrance door. No more crying over him. He’s made his choice. It’s time to live my life. Turning the steel handle on the door sets all my hair on edge. I’m really doing this. But without him. He took all my best years. No! I go to the mirror near the entrance to look into my eyes. I’m alive, that’s what matters.

“Hey, Bright Eyes.” I turn around, hearing my instructor address me. I open my mouth to reply, but nothing comes out. This is not the time to fall apart. I’ve already been broken. Today is about rebuilding.

I turn the red jumpsuit around, inspecting it, before putting it on. I’m a restless jumble of nerves but excited too. For so long now, I’ve dreamed of doing something wild. Turning around and around in midair seems perfect. I know I’ll be helpless against gravity. And I’ll be strapped to my instructor like a child in a parent’s sling. I’m glad my instructor, my beau, Ethan, is so handsome. But I’m angry that thoughts of my ex continue to creep into my head. I need to be out in the air, to let out a cry of freedom. My instructor, I’m sure, can see the fear in my eyes.

“Check out this view, Bright Eyes!” The closer to two miles high we get, the more I fall apart. He wants me to turn around, face the windows rather than the inside of the plane. If we land wrong, I could literally fall apart.

“I need you,” I whisper as he checks the tandem straps. My need for another person is more than ever, but so is my need to be on my own for the first time since I was twenty. I hold on tight as we jump. The wind catches us. I let go of the forever I thought I’d have with Kota. The small bits of my exposed skin tingle, almost burning with life, making this feel right. If this fresh, clean air is the last scent I smell, it would be worth it. Nothing that feels this freeing could be wrong. Ethan steers us toward the landing zone. A cloud casts a shadow. It’s as if Kota is punishing my good time. He left me alone in the dark. Our end was explosive, it made the machines I was hooked to nearly give off sparks. But the cloud moves, perhaps because I need it too. My forever, whatever years I have left, they start tonight.

skydiving Photo by Eun-Kwang Bae on Unsplash

Ethan and I walk away from the jump site. I promised, weeks ago, I’d tell him why I wanted to do this after the jump was done. “I feel like I’ve waited forever to hear the reason,” he says.

“Once upon a time,” I begin, inhaling his scent of leather and honeysuckle between words, “I thought I was in love. But it fell apart. There was nothing I could do, because I was having a change of heart.”

“The light went out on your love?”

“For Kota it did. He left me in the dark, to face death alone. But the surgery went well, and I’m still alive, here with my new heart. But there was nothing I could say to win him back.”

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“I’m sorry to hear that, Bright Eyes. Have you turned your life around since then? Is that what skydiving was for?”

“Well, every now and then I still fall apart.” My eyes fill with tears. “I still, sometimes, let the loss of our fifteen years together tear me apart.”

Ethan hugs me. I want to tell him that I needed it, and that I need him. But, more than ever, I also need to be by myself, to prove to myself I can be strong alone. It feels so good when he holds me tight. I want to tell him that I’d like this to last forever. We could be right together. Or my new heart could be rejected, and then it’d be wrong to leave him a widower. Maybe we’d make it to the end of my life. But my health would be a shadow on us all the time. I’m like a ticking bomb. His lips mash against mine, his kiss giving off sparks. I really need him tonight. But what kind of forever could we start tonight? No, tonight was about my forever, not ours together.

“In the beginning, when Kota was falling in love elsewhere, and I was hospitalized and falling apart,” I take a deep breath, moving my arms between us. I have to get this out. “There was nothing I could do. Parts of my actual heart were dying, no longer working on their own. And Koto, the light in my life, he took his love to somewhere dark. He left me for a sex doll. Not for another man, or even for a woman, but a Dutch Wife. A robot from Japan. And there was nothing I could say. Unlike me, it won’t die. It has no heart. It will never need an organ transplant.”

He undoes the top of my jumpsuit, lifts my shirt, and slides his hand to my scar. “I prefer a heart, even transplanted.”

I look away, still ashamed of being left for a doll.

“Look at me, Bright Eyes.” He catches my chin.

“I wish he’d lied! I wish I were in the dark about his new love. I’m inferior to a doll!”

“No, Bright Eyes. Turn your thinking around. He left when it got hard. That isn’t your fault.”

“Osiris. I don’t care for nicknames, especially not Bright Eyes. I’ve shed too many tears for such a name.”


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The inspiration for this post was not only the prompt “change of heart,” but also part of a true story and the following song:

If you were curious about the wordplay and certain repetition, now you know what I was aiming for– a deconstructed version of the song with a twist.

Aug 12 2018

Best-selling Book Review and a Crazy Update

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard 5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

I love the lightning in the diamond glass crown on the cover.

Everything that I felt should have happened and needed to happen came through in this speculative fiction/ urban fantasy/ future fantasy book. Though I would still like to know how some blood becomes silver, even though I realize that’s just the “mirror” held up to society. This book, the whole series really, is a fantasy version of what happens when one group oppresses another group because they think they’re better for whatever reason, and then the oppressed rise up and prove that equality is always more desirable than oppression.

And along the way, the reader gets to decide if they feel bad for Maven or not. Especially when he thinks about killing the oppressed, creating a war, mostly so they don’t focus on outnumbering the oppressors, a form of manipulation.

I didn’t care for the different point of views of every chapter in book 3 (King’s Cage), but it became even more important in this book. Mare just can’t be everywhere at once, after all! And the inside of Evangeline’s head was far better than I expected.

There’s a hidden staircase revealed by tugging a book on a bookcase. #GeekingOut

I’m happy to say that the book ends with hope. I don’t know if I’d call it a “happily-ever-after” or not, but certainly hope. There’s a scene at the end with Bison, talking about destroying and rebuilding, that I really love and that filled me with hope.

Some of my favorite lines:

“So we can tell our children we did not stand by and watch as children just like them were murdered or condemned.”
With the current movement in America to Keep Families Together, a line like that could not possibly have hit harder. Great writing.

“You know, maybe this rebellion would be further along if they didn’t rely on teenagers so much.”
Ha ha ha, poking fun at all the YA fiction, including this, that has a teenager changing the world. Too funny!

“I can’t do anything my body is screaming at me to do. … Get through it.”
It’s an anthem for the disabled, chronically ill, and for those who struggle with health or mental issues.

“Are you so threatened by the people you spit on that you can’t allow them simple freedom?”
I’m tempted to get that Farley quote tattooed on my arm.

“Because they’d rather bleed themselves than be equal to any blood that isn’t the right color.”
Replace the word blood with the word skin and you have the world I know, with too much hate and a need for equality.

all about the trope 2018 book reading challenge= weather
#WeNeedDiverseBooks #SpecFic


UPDATE:

During #NaNoProMo on Day 21, I discovered that my ebook may have un-hyperlinked some of the chapters. How or why, I don’t know. But I think I have it fixed. Unfortunately, Amazon will not send out an update.

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#Itried

Aug 06 2018

Unless You are Holding Yourself Back #writing

I found a Twitter hashtag the other day while surfing the home feed. With a bit of research, I discovered a group of writers doing 500 words a day and supporting each other. Pretty cool. So I posted about it.

There were several replies and new friends right after I made that tweet. One really stuck out though.

unless you are holding yourself back

Am I holding myself back? Do I do that?
At first I thought, “No.” But then it nagged at me.

I have some surgery scheduled for this month. Self-care? I don’t plan to write after, while I’m coming off the anesthesia and recovering. (That isn’t to say I definitely won’t, just that it’s not planned.) Am I holding myself back by not intending to write that day or two?

Snookums and I are going on a mini-vacation as part of my birthday plans. Away from technology. (That’s not to say I won’t scratch things out with a rock or ash, but I won’t be typing.) Any words I would write, if I write them, during that time would have to be rewritten/ typed in. Meaning more work. I’m not saying that’s bad, but do the words that are rewritten count to the day or not… Is that an excuse, am I holding myself back? Maybe.

And there are days where I plan to just read. And other goals and to-do list items, plus work and family and stuff. Am I holding myself back?

Am I?

Maybe.

Because I planned August with certain goals in mind. And daily writing wasn’t part of the goals. Am I holding myself back by achieving some goals instead of others?

As a writer, maybe. As a rounded person, maybe not.

This is an interesting conundrum.

Word count: 350

Unless I count the emails I wrote, the text-based conversation I just had, the instructions written, plus this post, I’m not at 500 for the day. But I’m running low on time if I want to get other things done tonight. (Like having dinner, bathing, and getting ready for work tomorrow.)

Am I holding myself back? Am I?

I really don’t know. Maybe I am.

Word count: 416

WordPress might be counting the HTML in from the Twitter embedded posts. The number might be inflated. I’m debating how guilty I feel about that. When I’m writing, really focused, 500 words is nothing. It’s easy. But I’m not doing that today. I did not make plans for that day. I maybe should have. I’d have to not do something else. Decide who to disappoint. Though, some of the groundwork I did today means less work for me later, because it sets up a delegation system. Fail today to succeed tomorrow?

Am I holding myself back? I don’t honestly know now.

Word count: 518

Jul 31 2018

#NaNoProMo Day 31 Make an Amazing Hypnotic Brand


Day 31 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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#NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!



read your books develop an understanding of what you offer or write, and that defines who they think you are
That makes me think about Stephen King and George RR Martin in a whole other light.
Actually, it doesn’t, because I tend to separate the writing from the writer. But I admit that I’m strange and was raised differently.

A brand is the conscious application of performance of product, performance of service, image, and an emotional connection with others.
I did use editing services, and got help with my cover design. I feel that I’m mindful of my “brand” when I’m on social media.

Image is what you project visually, and whether you believe it or not, your visual cues — such as color, font type and size, use of white space, choice of name, and logo – all tell the story of your brand… For an author, that begins with a name
The colors of orange and blue are relevant to the story. Plus, I like the way they look. The idea of white space being clean and nice doesn’t convert to in my head. Actually, it makes me feel very uncomfortable. Maybe that happens if you spend too much time in the forest? The font type and size on my blog comes with the theme. I don’t know how to change it.
custom blog It seems easy enough to read.
what-are-they blog logo JLenniDorner Quill I put those together.
As far as my name, well, people really think about that? What else would I use? “A. Person”?

so they can then ponder what it is they feel
Do I use my blog to make readers ponder what they feel? Or any of my social media? Pinterest maybe.

Maybe your colors are not triggering the responses you wanted. Part of building a strategic brand is engaging in a conversation with those who experience it.

Orange is meant to be friendly, warm, adventurous, enthusiastic, and confident. More meanings: The color orange provides emotional strength in difficult times. The color orange adds spontaneity and a positive way of looking at life. The color orange relates to social communication and it encourages two-way conversation.

Blue is trust, wisdom, loyalty and dependability. More meanings: Blue is a cool and calming color that shows creativity and intelligence. It is a color that symbolizes loyalty, strength, wisdom and trust. The color blue is your helper, savior, your friend in need.

Do the colors on my blog’s background trigger any of those feelings for you?




#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018

LAST CHANCE!

Jul 30 2018

#NaNoProMo Day 30 It’s Helpful to Crave Blogging Fundamentals


Day 30 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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#NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!


day 30


Today I learned that every blog post is meant to be an introduction to my writing and my brand. That every blog post I write is really an ad.
(I feel an urge to delete 70% of my posts now.)

“Your blog’s subject matter should correspond with your book’s main concepts and themes, which should inform the topics you blog about.”

On day 28, the lesson was to make my blog about my author brand. These topics:

  1. Lenni Lenape (Native American) (diversity)
  2. storytelling
  3. writing
  4. legend
  5. characters
  6. urban fantasy/ speculative fiction (integrating into a modern-day story)
  7. read

Other than one post, I haven’t written much about the theme of Fractions of Existence.
One way to determine a theme is to look at who the protagonist is, what the big problem that protagonist faces in the story is, how that protagonist deals with that problem, and what the protagonist learned from the experience — then turn all of that into a general statement of universal truth.

Xavier is a protagonist who is charged with defeating The Eyes in the Shadows by reuniting The Existence in order to save all human life. He learns that he doesn’t want to steal even a brief moment of happiness from someone he loves, even though it breaks his heart and will mean the end of the world.

Gwendolyn then becomes the protagonist. She learns to trust herself and give up everything to take a chance on love.

(*Note: This isn’t strictly a love story, because Xavier would have made the same choice if it were Heath who was missing. And Heath would have given up his life path to be reunited with the Existence, except he’d need the memory flood first. So, in this case, the word “love” refers to the bond between people who care deeply for one another, not strictly romance.)

This brings me to the main themes of Fractions of Existence:

love means sacrifice
trust your instincts

I don’t think I blog about those things in a notable way. However, I do trust my own instincts when deciding what to blog about, so there’s that.

My posts are also supposed to sound like my book. I don’t know if I do that here.

“content that’s engaging and valuable and addictive”
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There’s a look at several of my blog posts from this year.
Engaging= I feel the thesaurus humor post was engaging because it was meant to make my fellow writers laugh. The Colorblind quiz should have entertained readers. The guest post should have made people think.
Valuable= I feel the posts about my goals are valuable because goal setting is important. I also feel that book reviews are valuable to my community. Flash fiction is valuable to my brand. I hope the NaNoProMo posts have been as valuable to you, my readers, as it has been to me.
Addictive= The A to Z challenge is addictive in my opinion.

Both the guest post and the Colorblind post touched on diversity.

The last lesson is to always ask my blog readers to do something. A call to action.

Hey! Please enter the photo contest, spread the word about the contest, like an entry in the contest… you get the idea.




#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018

ENDS SOON!

Jul 29 2018

Value #NaNoProMo Day 29 Better by Using Informative Editing


Day 29 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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#NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!



“Use a Professional Editor”
I did this. http://redlineediting.com
I feel like I learned a lot from it. For example, I learned that I didn’t use nearly enough commas. I asked a lot of questions, not because I doubted the editing, but because there were things I never learned and wanted to understand so as to not make the same mistake again.

There was plenty of communication. (I might have been a pain in the rear…) I have a scene in Fractions of Existence where Xavier has just taken a shower and is ruminating about an earlier encounter. The scene originally included a description of a large aquarium under his bathroom and these floating planks instead of a floor, which would be difficult for a normal person to use. And there was an interaction with a fish. The purpose was to give the audience another big clue that he isn’t ordinary in Chapter One. After several days and dozens of versions of the same scene, I ended up cutting it. There’s now a brief mention of a fountain in Chapter Three instead.

Since there was nothing new for me to learn or do today, I’m going off topic now:
I had a sale last week to correspond with Amazon Prime day. It went okay, but could have gone better. Nice to see a small spike though.

Sale Results July 2018

Today’s blog title headline score:
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#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018

ENDS SOON!



Jul 28 2018

#NaNoProMo Day 28 Improved Author Brand to Blow Your Mind


Day 28 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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#NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!



Author Brand: “brand the author, not the book”
I’m well aware of this. That’s why all my social media goes to my name. My website is what-are-they, isn’t my name, but it is the brand I want to associate with my writing. That’s the element all of my stories have in common — that there are characters causing the reader to ask “what are they?”!

Also, when I interview debut authors at Operation Awesome, most of the questions I ask are about the author.

Author branding is the same as personal branding: the way you want people to remember you. (in terms of verbs)
I’m a writer who writes books designed to make readers ask “what are they”
I’m a Lenni Lenape writer who writes, reads, blogs, and volunteers in my community.

What are you an expert in? What research have you done for your book? What interests you? What are you passionate about?
There’s a legend passed down through a handful of Lenni Lenape storytellers. Integrating that into a modern-day story with characters who are fun to read about, that’s my answer to all of these questions.

Make a list of five or so keywords or phrases

  1. Lenni Lenape (Native American)
  2. storytelling
  3. writing
  4. legend
  5. characters
  6. urban fantasy/ speculative fiction (integrating into a modern-day story)
  7. read

“consistent with these topics”
If bloggings count as part of writing, then I’m doing okay keeping those seven items as my main topics.
On Twitter, I share/ retweet a lot of #writetips, which is part of writing. I also share #WeNeedDiverseBooks, which, to me, is part of the Lenni Lenape topic. And I share tweets tagged with urban fantasy.

It was a really good, very informative post today. Thanks, Rachel! Click to check out her books on Amazon.

Ohhh… check out my score on today’s headline!
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#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018


Jul 27 2018

Focus First to Fulfill Goals #GotGoalsBlogHop

Got Goals Bloghop
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I’m the “token guy” (wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokenism) in several online communities. That’s true offline as well. The majority of my friends have always been female. One big difference? In the online world, most people don’t know what gender someone is. The drawback to people not knowing? When someone calls me Jenni.

“J” isn’t short for anything. “Lenni” is as in the Lenni-Lenape, my tribe, the Native Americans who are most famous in “white history” for selling Manhattan island and dealing with the land swindle Walking Purchase.

Putting J and Lenni together is just a visual error, and apparently doesn’t give people pause because they know a lot of guys named Jenni or they mentally presume my gender is female because I’m friends with a lot of women.

Maybe there’s a short story hidden in there somewhere. What do you think?


During my NaNoProMo July catch-up, I sought several urban fantasy book review bloggers. There are four I’ll contact after reading certain books they reviewed which are on my TBR. As such, reading these three books are a separate goal.

Read:

  • Inhale by Kendall Grey
  • Envisioned by Nikki Sparxx
  • The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky

Also, thanks to NaNoProMo, there’s a new section on my goal list. Topic goals.

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The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 37 years
  • There’s also the Bucket List.


Current Writing End Goals

From the End Goals of an Author post.

  • Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Find a way (emotionally, mentally) to complete the high fantasy short story.
  • Redo the longer version of the tribal story, then self-publish it in 2018.

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2018 Resolution:

#NewYearsResolution

  • This year I resolve to be more engaged in my online writing community by regularly commenting on fellow writers blogs every month, leaving book reviews, and publishing another book.




Seven Focus Topics

I need to verify that I’m posting about these topics on a regular basis to keep my author brand strong.

  1. Lenni Lenape (Native American)
  2. storytelling
  3. writing
  4. legend
  5. characters
  6. urban fantasy/ speculative fiction (integrating into a modern-day story)
  7. read




2018 Goals:

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2018 Reading Challenge

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Goals for August:

  • Read and review 15 books
  • Do Bout Of Books challenges
  • Work on spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length
  • Comment on 20 blogs
  • Comment on 10 ROADTRIP #AtoZChallenge blogs
  • Write the Beginning post
  • Write
  • Enjoy my birthday!
  • Help pick the new OA team members
  • Find more Debut Authors
  • Fix more Photobucket broken links
  • Follow more All Author group members on Twitter






The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week-long read-a-thon from August 20th through August 26. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize! For all Bout of Books 23 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.



Review of Goals for July:

  • Read and review 6 booksNaughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Work on spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Comment on 20 blogsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Write the SPIRIT postMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Write Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Get the A to Z Challenge survey results published
  • Do the Blog Ahead Mini Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Missed #NaNoProMo so catch up Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Find more Debut AuthorsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Work more with the #KeepFamiliesTogether movementMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Fix more Photobucket broken linksNaughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Follow more All Author group members on TwitterNaughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal

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FILLING AUTUMN 2018 SLOTS!

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Jul 27 2018

Psychology Magic and Owl Spirit and Day 27 of #NaNoProMo Cheer

Click! The first animal you spot will reveal a lot about your personality.

I came across this but of psychology. There’s an image. Whatever animal you spot first is supposed to say something about you. I noticed the owl first.

If the owl was the first animal you spotted then you are the kind of person who is wise, calm, and yet powerful. You do not act in a rash manner and you take your time to pick your battles but when you do, you are as swift and merciless as an owl.

Your wise soul, however, is what guides you and makes you who you are. Your ability to see through people and their false acts gives you an advantage over them and your intelligence remains your greatest asset ever.

Blog All About It Challenge for July– Spirit
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In an #AtoZchallenge post, there’s a story where my spirit animal (guardian spirit) is a lobster, or really it’s myself. But for today’s post, here’s a look at what having an owl as a spirit animal could mean:

Owl Spirit Animal
WISDOM · SILENCE · MAGIC · TRUE SIGHT · SOLITUDE · ENLIGHTENMENT · SECRETS · NIGHT · CHANGE · OMENS · VIGILANCE · DREAMS · FEMININE · INTUITION · STEALTH · MYSTERY · INSIGHT

(Oh good, I can pretend people keep changing my gender because the owl has feminine energy.)

Symbolic meanings for the owl are:
Intuition, ability to see what others do not see
The presence of the owl announces change
Capacity to see beyond deceit and masks
Wisdom
The traditional meaning of the owl spirit animal is the announcer of death, most likely symbolic like a life transition, change

(That last one explains why I’m writing a pre-dystopian book series.)

Night Eagle
This site says that Native Americans call the owl the Night Eagle.
Yup, all of us. All the tribes. Most of the sites are willing to differentiate between the Greeks and the Celts but figure that all Native Americans have a common vocabulary.
The site has a funny pun though.
“In Native American superstition Owl represents sacred knowledge”

Anyway, it’s still fun to look these things up. I don’t believe the Internet can give you a quiz to reveal your actual spirit animal or guardian spirit. I’m not going to call it cultural appropriation, because that would be like calling flavored water and flavored vodka the same thing.

Speaking of owls, did you know that the Operation Awesome Team is looking for new members? Check out the post!


Day 27 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!


Today was a review of the week. Nothing to post about that here. Way to go and congratualtions to the winners from May. Speaking of winners, please check out my photo contest! There’s still time to enter. Just click the image:



#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018


Jul 26 2018

To Complete #NaNoProMo Day 26 Make a Tantalizing Author Platform Behind the Scenes


Day 26 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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#NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!



“Do you know that statistically speaking, if you want to sell 5000 books during the first week of launch, you either have to invest HEAVILY in marketing and promo opportunities, OR you’re going to need an email list or engaged group of over 25,000?”

I had over 7000 in one Plugin, and/or over 6000 in the WordPress “subscribers” list. I don’t know if that counts as email, or if there’s a crossover between the two.

“a Facebook group – and I stick to group not Facebook fan page”
I belong to half a dozen dead groups. I don’t know what I’d add to a third Facebook thing. I barely keep up with the profile and page.

“most self-published authors will sell less than 100 books”
Okay, thanks for the heads up.

Build An Author Platform

Start Early — Check.
Identify WHO your book is written for. — I’ve worked on this a few times.
Create content that is appealing to your target audience — There are several years of blog posts here for that purpose and with that intention.
Seek opportunities for visibility — I should do more of this.

Here’s how today’s blog title headline scored:
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Jul 25 2018

#NaNoProMo Day 25 Awesome Idea to Donate Books to Selected Libraries


Day 25 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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#NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!



The post suggests making Bookstore appearances and going to Conventions and Book Festivals, all where I could Pass out business cards, Flyers, and Book swag. None of that is going on today in my world.

Name Drop your book/ Tell them you’re an author! For a good time, picture me (okay, since you probably don’t know what I look like, picture Michael Spears) holding up Fractions of Existence and pointing between the book and myself for three minutes, and a person standing there nodding and smiling.
“Yeah, that’s a book… Book… Bah ooo ka… No? Uh, you want me to read it to you? No. Okay, sorry. Umm… You want me to message the author? Look, I’m really busy here. Okay, no, sorry. Oh, you’re the author? Oh! And that’s your book. Ah, okay. Well, congratulations. I’m gonna go now.”
Okay, now picture I at least think ahead and put a post-it note on the book.
“Oh, you’re the author? That’s nice dear.”
I’m sure this works out better for people who aren’t me. But thanks for the advice.

Pass out ARCs – Free titles may seem like it hurts like heck but ARCs are a great review opportunity and who says no to free books? Actually, I know a few people who have “too many” books on their TBR and thus are, in fact, turning down free books.

Ask for reviews I’ve done that. It hasn’t worked well thus far.

Libraries – Donate to libraries!

Allentown, PA “The library reserves the right to discard any donated material without notifying the donor. Unfortunately the Library cannot accept all donated material.”
Bethlehem – Accepts money.
Berks County “Donate funds, books, time, and more.”
Easton The Library gladly accepts books.
Emmaus — They actually might accept books.
Northampton We are currently not accepting book donations.
Philadelphia Donation of books may be delivered to The Book Corner, a secondhand book shop selling general interest titles to benefit public libraries.

That’s a summary of a few of my PA area libraries. It looks like Easton, Emmaus, and some of the Berks County libraries might accept book donations.




#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018


Jul 24 2018

Day 24 of the #NaNoProMo has Odd Blog Topic Tools


Day 24 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
https://badredheadmedia.com/nanopromo




#NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!



What will your next blog post be about?
Some more #NaNoProMo, the goal hop update, some book reviews during Bout of Books…

Do you know what your audience is actually interested in?
Hopefully in books, writing, blogging, living life, and maybe in volunteering, Native Americans and/or Diversity.
(Are any of those among your interests?)

BuzzSumo is recommended by the post, but it isn’t free.
SEMrush– to use the software, fill out the form and get 10 free requests.
Hawkeye is just a demo.

Well, that’s disappointing. I spent 45 minutes coming up with a blog title, and now this post doesn’t live up to it!
day 24

Okay, I gained a point by fixing it to more accurately reflect today’s reality.
day 24-1

“Your headline shows a strong negative sentiment. Headlines that convey stronger emotion tend to perform better.”

Well, I feel pretty negative about blog topics being just three paid services.

I get free ideas on Pinterest all the time. It’s just a matter of having time to write all the posts!




#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018


Jul 23 2018

Seize #NaNoProMo Day 23 with Audacious Thrilling Headline Boosts


Day 23 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
https://badredheadmedia.com/nanopromo




#NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!



Emotional Headlines. This isn’t something I think about normally. I know “clickbait” is all the rage, but I hate when I go to a blog post and it’s barely related to the title. That’s the quickest way to keep me from coming back.

https://coschedule.com/headline-analyzer
I went to the suggested site and put in my intended headline for today: “Day Twenty-three of #NaNoProMo is About Emotional Headlines.”

There was a form to fill out to get the results.

Day 23 #NaNoProMo Emotional Headlines @JLenniDorner 1
Day 23 #NaNoProMo Emotional Headlines @JLenniDorner 2
Day 23 #NaNoProMo Emotional Headlines @JLenniDorner 3




Looks like I could do better. So I tried. Several times. 73 is the best score I could manage.


Seize #NaNoProMo Day 23 with Crazy Thrilling Headlines Tips


Day 23 #NaNoProMo Emotional Headlines @JLenniDorner 4
Day 23 #NaNoProMo Emotional Headlines @JLenniDorner 5
Day 23 #NaNoProMo Emotional Headlines @JLenniDorner 6




Negative? A “strong negative sentiment”? That is NOT my goal!




Day 23 #NaNoProMo Emotional Headlines @JLenniDorner 7


Seize #NaNoProMo Day 23 with Audacious Thrilling Headlines Boosts


Day 23 #NaNoProMo Emotional Headlines @JLenniDorner 8
Day 23 #NaNoProMo Emotional Headlines @JLenniDorner 9

I can see the merit in this. And perhaps it becomes easier with time. But spending an hour just to write the title of a blog post? Wow. Also, I have a typo in there. “Headlines” should be “Headline.” Typos happen more often when frustrated by the basic need for a title. But I saved the links, and I might use this from time to time.

I am curious about the headline basis I use at Operation Awesome nearly every week.

Day23 OA1

A score of 61 and “neutral sentiment.” Can I do better?

Day23 OA2

Not by much, but it’s interesting to look at.

Day23 OA3
Day23 OA4
Day23 OA5
Day23 OA6




#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018


Jul 22 2018

Day Twenty-Two of #NaNoProMo is About Smart Links


Day 22 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
https://badredheadmedia.com/nanopromo




National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!



Amazon is more than just one store— it’s actually 14 different storefronts across the globe!
I knew this, as I had to set up my biography in multiple languages.

Amazon built the Associates Program
I knew this too, as I’ve been a member for a long time.

Here’s the link that is supposed to go to all the Amazon stores.
getbook.at/FractionsOfExistence



Happy news! I recieved another review on Amazon. Someone else who seems to like my characters as much as I do.

It’s amazing how good a review can make you feel about your work.



#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018


Jul 21 2018

Day Twenty-One of #NaNoProMo is About eBook Design


Day 21 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
https://badredheadmedia.com/nanopromo




National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!



The main point of today’s lesson seems to be driving home that, with ebooks, the reader can change the look of the book, so try not to screw up the base model.

Trying to figure out if you’ve done that right is a whole other ball game.

When I first uploaded the ebook of Fractions of Existence, for reasons I still cannot figure out, the link to Chapter Three was missing. Perhaps because I have a Chapter 3 and a Chapter 3.14. In some cases, trying to fix it destroyed all my chapter hyperlinks except for Chapter 3.14.


Fractions of Existence ToC
Microsoft Word and Kindle Cloud Reader

Fractions of Existence ToC error
Kindle Paperwhite

Fractions of Existence ToC
Kindle Reader for Android

I think it’s fixed now. But I’m not sure how to check.

Here’s why the choice of font and size for an ereader is inconsequential.

Fractions of Existence Ch 7 Regular

Fractions of Existence Ch 7 large
(Both as seen on a Kindle Paperwhite)

I had help with my formatting originally, but not when I tried to fix the missing chapter link issue. Clearly, this is a subject on which I need fruther education.



#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018



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Jul 20 2018

Operation Awesome is looking for Volunteers and Day Twenty of #NaNoProMo

Operation Awesome is searching for three new volunteers to join the Team! Interested?

Regularly #read and create a #blogpost #idea about
#WriteTip #WritingAdvice #QueryTip ?
Know about #writing #WritersLife #authors #publishing #SelfPublishing #IndieAuthors #motivation #inspiration ?
Consider volunteering @OpAwesome6 #blog https://goo.gl/forms/oGLdh2gnZER6abSJ2





Day Twenty of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
https://badredheadmedia.com/nanopromo


National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!
Today was a review of the week. So I have nothing to post here about that.



#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018



Sale #BookBoost July 2018 Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner #SFF #UF #PNR
Please check out the book sale. Ends tomorrow!


Jul 19 2018

Day Nineteen of #NaNoProMo is About a Social Media Scheduling Tool


Day 19 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
https://badredheadmedia.com/nanopromo




National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!



My scheduling tool of choice is Buffer. I’ve tried others, this is the one I like. The Chrome extension makes it even easier to use. And I love the “social media report card” that shows me every week how well my shares have done.
Buffer Report Card @JLenniDorner

Facebook isn’t going to allow social media scheduling for profiles anymore. (Pages yes, personal profiles no.) There’s also a theory that the algorithm shows scheduled posts less often.

Again, looking at this, I’m amazed how well I’m doing on Google+, a platform I barely understand.

While I use Buffer, some other members of the Operation Awesome team use Hootsuite. Speaking of Operation Awesome, you should check out the post over there on Friday. Big news!



#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018



Sale #BookBoost July 2018 Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner #SFF #UF #PNR

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Jul 18 2018

Day Eighteen of #NaNoProMo is About Book Marketing Strategy


Day 18 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
https://badredheadmedia.com/nanopromo




National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!


Set your objectives

Have ten book reviews on Amazon by September 2019

Tactics

Social Media goal = Offer likable and relevant content, connect and intrigue readers
Blog goal =
elevator pitch for blog of @JLenniDorner
Blog intention: Create a direct connection between myself and my readers (or potential readers), allowing them feel like they know me. To be accessible and approachable.

Game Plan

Do you want to build a platform?
I work on my author brand all the time, so yes.

Do you want to use paid advertising?
Not especially, but I’ve used some.

Will you be wide or KU exclusive?
My reference book is wide. Fractions of Existence is Amazon only because that allows me to put it on sale/ special.





#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018



Sale #BookBoost July 2018 Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner #SFF #UF #PNR

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Jul 17 2018

PHOTO CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT #Win #ContestAlert #PhotoContest

Sale #BookBoost July 2018 Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner #SFF #UF #PNR

Please check out the book sale, and please spread the word! Click here to Tweet, please.

PHOTO CONTEST DETAILS BELOW



Day Seventeen of #NaNoProMo is About Podcasting


Day 17 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
https://badredheadmedia.com/nanopromo


National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!


I’m a mute. Anyone want to listen to a Podcast of me clicking my tongue, clapping, or snapping my fingers for fifteen minutes a week? Think I’d sell more books if I tossed a microphone up a tree and let readers listen to sounds of nature? (Pretty sure that’s been done to death.)

So I’m doing something else for today’s NaNoProMo.
It’s PHOTO CONTEST TIME!!! Intense Excitement! image

How to ENTER:

Leave a link in the comments on this post. One link entry per comment.

What that entry link should go to:

Take and post a picture of the cover of Fractions of Existence to your favorite of these five social media sites: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+, or Tumblr and tag JLenniDorner.
Each of the five social media sites above is hyperlinked with J’s accounts.
The link to YOUR POST with the picture of the cover of Fractions of Existence is the one to put in the comments here.

How long this will run

July 17, 2018 until August 1, 2018 at 6pm Eastern time.

PRIZES

Best Photo will win a $20 (Twenty US dollars) Amazon eGiftcard.
Most Liked (likes, hearts, plus ones) will win a $10 (Ten US dollars) Amazon eGiftcard.
Best use of HASHTAGS in a post will win a $5 (FIVE US dollars) Amazon eGiftcard.

How to WIN

J will contact the winner(s) via the link provided in the comments.
The winning entrant(s) will need to reply, to contact J, so the prize can rewarded. An email address will be needed to send the egiftcard. That email address will be not be used for any other purpose, nor will it be sold, nor shared with anyone except for the Amazon order placement.
Please be sure your link works and goes directly to your post.

Best Photo:
The judging criteria are based on the use of the Fractions of Existence cover and the clarity and quality of the picture. Creativity 50%; Originality 30%; Quality 20% will be used in determining the winners. J Lenni Dorner will be the judge.

Most Liked:
The post with the most likes (likes, reactions, hearts, plus ones) will win. In the event of a tie, a random generator will pick a winner.

Best use of HASHTAGS:
As long as you’re creating a post anyway, may as well throw a few hashtags on it, right!?!
Creativity 25%; Originality 25%; Relevance 50% will be used in determining the winners. J Lenni Dorner will be the judge.

#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018

Rules/ Legal Stuff

1. Eligibility: This Campaign is open only to those who comment at the http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com on this post and who are 18 years old as of the date of entry. The Campaign is void where prohibited by law. The Campaign is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

Facebook Tag JLenniDorner WhatAreThey
(Facebook may require one to use a desktop rather than mobile to tag J.)

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING.
There are several legal ways to get a picture of the book cover of Fractions of Existence. For example, one could use a laptop and go to the Amazon Sale Page and zoom in on the cover, then use that zoomed in image in the picture. Or one could print out one of the quotes, which has the cover image attached, and use that in the photo.

2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of J Lenni Dorner as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Campaign.

3. Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on Jul 17, 2018 at 11:57am Eastern and ending August 1, 2018 at 6pm Eastern. All online entries must be received by August 1, 2018 at 6pm Eastern. “Likes” will stop being counted at that time.

4. How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by submitting an entry using the comment section on this post. The entry must fulfill all Campaign requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of J Lenni Dorner. You may enter only once per comment. You must provide the information requested. If You use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of J Lenni Dorner.

5. Prizes: The Winner(s) of the Campaign (the “Winner”) will receive Amazon e gift cards via email. Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by J Lenni Dorner. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted except at J Lenni Dorner’s discretion. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for J Lenni Dorner to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

6. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. One person may win more than one prize.

7. Winners Selection and Notification: Winner will be selected by J Lenni Dorner. Winner will be notified via the direct link provided in the comments within five (5) days following selection of Winner. J Lenni Dorner shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 15 days from the time award notification was sent, the prize may be forfeited. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Campaign is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY WINNER (AT J Lenni Dorner’s SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE CAMPAIGN, AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.

8. Rights Granted by You: By entering this content (photo, post, and blog comment), You understand and agree that J Lenni Dorner, anyone acting on behalf of J Lenni Dorner, and J Lenni Dorner’s licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Campaign, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes. without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent. By entering this content, You represent and warrant that your entry is an original work, and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, You will be disqualified at the sole discretion of J Lenni Dorner. If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, You shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless J Lenni Dorner from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which J Lenni Dorner may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right.

9. Terms & Conditions: J Lenni Dorner reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Campaign should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond J Lenni Dorner’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Campaign. In such case, J Lenni Dorner may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by J Lenni Dorner. J Lenni Dorner reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Campaign or website or violates these Terms & Conditions. J Lenni Dorner has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Campaign, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to: the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Campaign may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, J Lenni Dorner reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law. Do not enter pictures of anyone with a soul, or any person living or dead, without their expressed consent.

10. Limitation of Liability: By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless J Lenni Dorner and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the Campaign and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.

11. Disputes: THIS Campaign IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF the United States AND Pennsylvania, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Campaign, participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Campaign, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in PA having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances shall participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Campaign). Participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

12. Privacy Policy: Information submitted with an entry is subject to the Privacy Policy stated on the J Lenni Dorner website. To read the Privacy Policy, click here.

13. Winners List: The winners will be mentioned in a blog post in August 2018. http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com

14. Sponsor: The Sponsor of the Campaign is J Lenni Dorner.

15. The Campaign hosted by J Lenni Dorner is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Google, or any other website.

16. By commenting with your link, You, the Contestant, have affirmatively reviewed, accepted, and agreed to all of the Official Rules.

Now go take some pictures!

One entry per comment, please.

Jul 16 2018

Day Sixteen of #NaNoProMo is About Writing a Compelling Book Series

Sale #BookBoost July 2018 Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner #SFF #UF #PNR

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Day 16 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
https://badredheadmedia.com/nanopromo




National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!


  • get to know my characters ☑
  • Layers That Build Towards the Next Book ☑
  • lingering questions at the end of book ☑
  • Larger Plot for the Entire Series ☑
  • Introduce New Characters in Each Book ☑
  • none of the same locations as the first book There are new settings, but the characters also visit some of the old ones.

Well, it looks like I’m mostly on a good path for the next few books. I’m still hoping to have at least ten reviews on the first one before a launch the second.

Do you have any tips like this from your favorite book series?



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