Sunday Street Team Guest Post + Giveaway: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow!

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Welcome to my first Sunday Street Team post for the month of August! If you’ve forgotten what SST is or want more information on how to join, please visit our hostess, Miss Nori’s, post –> HERE.

This month, we’re featuring Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow! Kathleen has offered me some fabulous writing tips to share and is generously hosting a GIVEAWAY for her novel. Check it out!

Goodreads Summary

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

Guest Post

Before we get to Kathleen’s guest post, we’d like to take a second at Sunday Street Team to acknowledge the seriousness of Girl in Pieces‘ subject matter and offer resources to anyone who may be experiencing difficulties similar to Charlotte’s. Please don’t ever be afraid to reach out!

If you or someone you know is struggling and needs help, please consider contacting:

Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
To Write Love on Her Arms: https://twloha.com/find-help/local-resources/
National Runaway Hotline: 1-800-621-4000

And now, on to the guest post!

Top Ten Writing and Reading Tips

  1. Why are you reading this? You should be writing!
  2. It’s good that you are reading this because someday you will be a published author and you can learn from my mistakes (JK).
  3. Turn off your television, iPad, iPhone, iWhatever, and get down to work. You can’t get published if you don’t have something to submit and you don’t have something to submit if you don’t have any pages and you don’t have any pages if you don’t sit down in that chair and turn everything off and start writing.
  4. First Drafts are just that, “first.” They are necessarily messy, mostly awful, generally cause you a lot of pain and angst, but they also contain little glimmers of the story you really want to tell, so give yourself a page count (250? Sounds good) and just write like a demon. And then, baby, THEN, you’ve got something to work with.
  5. You can do this. You can. Someone needs to read the story you are working on.
  6. Find a beta reader.
  7. Read widely. Other genres can influence your work in wonderful ways. Learn from writers—study their style.
  8. Read as often as you can. On the bus, on the train, in bed, on the couch, standing up on the subway. Reading just makes you feel human, doesn’t it?
  9. Find writing friends! It’s so great to meet people who like writing and reading as much as you do! And they are out there! Find them on Twitter, check the board at your local co-op, ask around at your school.
  10. Why are you still reading this! Go write something beautiful, necessary, scary, gory, funny, witty, fantastic, strange, weird, lovely,–whatever it is, just do it, because your voice matters.

About the Author

Kathleen Glasgow lives in Tucson, Arizona. She writes for the radio show The Writer’s Almanac and can probably provide you with some interesting anecdotes about historical literary figures if you asked nicely. You can find out more about Kathleen by following her on Twitter: @kathglasgow, Instagram, @misskathleenglasgow (where she posts about sunsets, depression, spirit circles, and books) or her website: kathleenglasgowbooks.com.

I’m super excited about Kathleen’s writing tips! I hope that you enjoyed reading them through them and that if you’re a writer, you now stop reading this post and GO GET SOME WRITING DONE! Or you can check out Kathleen’s giveaway first. That would also be acceptable. GOOD LUCK!

 

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San Diego Comic Con 2016 Recap #3: Marissa Meyer, Leigh Bardugo, and Books!

My last Comic Con recap is here! Are you all sick of it yet?? Too bad if you are because here we go again and today is all about two more fabulous authors and Hank Green!

Marissa Meyer

So I actually met Marissa on Saturday, Day 2, and it was sort of this hilarious twist of luck that brought me to her. I knew she was signing, but I thought that based on my panel schedule, I wouldn’t make it to see her. So I didn’t bring her books to the con. How stupid of me! And then I ended up with some canceled plans and was looking at the schedule when I saw that her signing started in 20 minutes… and they were giving away 100 copies of Heartless arcs for attendees.


I ran down and got in line so fast, it’s not even funny. But the line was ridiculously long and the Fierce Reads workers let me in unsure if I could stay. They disappeared and Comic Con workers showed up to make sure we had tickets, lest they boot us out of line and clear the walkway of traffic. The last several of us didn’t have tickets, so we thought for sure we were goners.

But then the Fierce Reads gals came back with tickets and she looks at me and hands me a ticket and says, “You’re number 100 in line. You get the last one.”

AHHHHHHHHHHHH *SQUEE*

I died. It was incredible. The line was actually lovely. I talked to a Fierce Reads publicist about her job and what it was like to work in publishing and she was happy to share info. And Marissa herself was a peach! Sure enough when I showed up, there was one ARC left on the table and I got it. So excited! Marissa seemed so happy and I felt like I could have hugged her for being so patient with all of us. Her smile is radiant! Thank you, Marissa, for staying so long to sign for us all!

Leigh Bardugo

Leigh is another one that I sort of just lucked into. I’ve only read one of her books and didn’t pay much attention to her signing, but I turned up at the right time and was able to snag a new Grisha book from the store one booth over and she signed it! And besides being super sweet and having a great sense of self-deprecating humor, her hair is ON POINT! She has that beautiful grey-purple hair going on right now and she totally rocks it. So much thanks to Leigh for being so swell! And giving me a signed Six of Crows poster too. 🙂

Hank Green

I actually ran into Hank Green in the exhibition hall and he was nice enough to snap a pic with me. I’ve now met both vlogbrothers, AGH!

Hank Green

But I also got to attend his panel and he’s delightful! The entire panel was just him taking audience questions about anything and everything, which I wish more panels would do because it felt so personal and relateable. And Hank has not only a great sense of humor and comedic timing, but also a really wonderful way with words. He explained things expertly and was kind as can be with every person. So thank you, Hank, for a wonderful hour well spent!

Welp, that was Comic Con! I hope you enjoyed my recaps if you did actually read them. I had a blast attending since I so rarely get to go to bookish cons and I really hope I’m able to attend again. It was definitely one of the funnest weekends I’ve had in a long, long time!

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Stacking the Shelves [36]: Comic Con Edition!

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews – be sure to check them out!

Ah, Comic Con. You were good to me this year. I was super lucky in both receiving ARCs at the con and also getting copies signed. Take a look!

The ARCs

SDCC ARCs STS

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
Elite by Mercedes Lackey
Replica by Lauren Oliver
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Signed)
The Cruelty by S. Bergstrom

I AM SO PUMPED FOR THESE. Rosamund Hodge is a newer author I have thoroughly enjoyed, so I can’t believe my luck that I won her ARC. I’m also super excited for Heartless and to give Replica a shot. I haven’t enjoyed Lauren Oliver’s writing so far, but I want to give her one more try before I give up on her.

Finished/Signed Copies

SDCC STS

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (not signed)
Red Queen & Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

ACOMAF is the only book here I already owned and took with me to the con to get signed. The rest I purchased with the exception of AEITA, which Penguin Teen gave away to us Saturday morning. The experience of getting these signed was an immeasurable pleasure for me and I treasure each of these beauties so much!

I would like to extend an immense thank you to authors Sarah J. Maas, Marissa Meyer, Leigh Bardugo, and Victoria Aveyard for staying to sign for all of us in attendance, and also the publishers Penguin, Harper, Fierce Reads, Epic Reads, and the book store Mysterious Galaxy for being so generous with their various giveaways to bestow us all with these copies!

As usual, I’d love to see YOUR Stacking the Shelves for this week. So drop a comment or tweet at me with ’em and I’ll check it out!

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San Diego Comic Con 2016 Recap #2: Victoria Aveyard, Fantastic Beasts, & The Vampire Diaries!

Welcome to Part 2 of my San Diego Comic Con recap! A LOT happened on Day 2, so I’m going to jot down some highlights here and save the rest for next week’s Day 3 post since not as much happened that day. Here we go!

Victoria Aveyard

Comic Con is a funny place. I did not expect the publishing industry to be as present there as they were, but indeed they were definitely there. I found that doing rounds of the publishing tables throughout the day when I had downtime was perfect because despite excessive schedules being posted everywhere, there was a lot in between they threw at us unannounced.

I have not yet read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, so I didn’t really realize she was signing. It was during one of those moments of free time when I meandered down to the Harper booth that I found people queuing up for her. You guys are book people so you will probably all totally understand why I promptly made the impulse decision to buy both Red Queen and Glass Sword and jump in line, which I totally did!

Victoria Aveyard

And Victoria is super nice! I wasn’t really sure what to say to her since I hadn’t read her books, but I did mention that I follow her on Tumblr and she got to chatting pretty easily about that. We also chatted generally about how we were enjoying Comic Con so far. Yay, Victoria!!!

Once Upon a Time & The Vampire Diaries Panels

My Saturday actually started with these two panels and I ended up in the former one by accident. I basically ran to get to Ballroom 20 so I could get a seat for TVD, but in my earliness, I didn’t realize another panel was in the same room first. I was so excited when I saw it was Once Upon A Time! I don’t watch that show like I did when it first came out, but I love Jennifer Morrison from House and Hook is SWOON CITY. The panel was very merry overall and I’m glad I caught it!

BUT THE VAMPIRE DIARIES WAS EVERYTHING I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!

I’ve watched TVD since the first episode aired. It’s one of the few shows I can say that about. And Ian Somerhalder is my #1 celebrity crush. If you asked me to describe (physically at least) my dream gent, Ian would be it. I’m in to his stuff, warm for his form, hot out of the oven for him, haha. don’t judge me please

Ian Somerhalder

The panel ended up being really bittersweet. It was incredible to see them, to know I’d been waiting eight seasons for that moment, and to get to hear them talk in person even if I was sitting so horribly far back in the room. But then they announced that next season is officially the end and they played a special farewell video and Candice King cried! UGH MY BABIES ARE LEAVING ME!!

But as a fan of the show, I felt incredibly gratified to have been given that moment in the fandom and to have seen Ian and crew in person. So lovely!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them FB Live Chat

So for those of you who don’t know, I work for MuggleNet.com, which is the #1 Harry Potter fansite online. I work in the Social Media department for them and it’s because of this work that I was even blessed with a Comic Con pass at all this year. Thank you, MuggleNet fam!

One of my jobs while at CC was to cover the FBAWTFT live FB chat happening in the hotel next door. So I went and it was incredible!

Fantastic Beasts

EDDIE REDMAYNE AND COLIN FARRELL OH MY!

It was pretty thrilling to be so close to them in person, not gonna lie. And so much more of the cast was there than I’d realize would be! Eddie was definitely the standout with his bubbly personality and animated hand gestures. He has a really endearing spirit about him when he talks. Overall, I’m so glad this cast came together and are all so genuinely lovely. I hope it means the film is that much more awesome this fall!

So there ya have Day 2. Day 3 is coming at ya next week!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Give It to Me NOW!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish every week, challenging readers to generate top ten lists about anything and everything bookish. Check it out!

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This week’s topic: “Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card.”

Sailor Moon mangas Vol. 6-12


Cress & Winter

The Mortal Instruments new cover design set

Dresden Files complete set

Rebel of the Sands

Some Kind of Happiness

Crown of Midnight the only one I’m missing in the series

Bloodlines series

Ice Like Fire

Wandering Star

So most of these are entire series or sequels that I’m just simply missing or haven’t been able to purchase yet because, let’s face it, buying an entire series at once is not cheap!

Got a TTT this week? Drop a comment with all the glorious links so I can see!

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Summer of Sailor Scouts Week 4: Manga Read-Along + Giveaway!

Summer of Sailor Scouts

Earlier this year, Cee @ The Novel Hermit, Cristina @ Girl in the Pages, Kristin @ Super Space Chick, Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books & I all discovered that we shared a mutual love and appreciation for Sailor Moon! After exchanging plenty of flailing tweets and constantly bringing up our love for this magical girl story, we felt it was only right to celebrate it – and that’s what happening this July. Every week will feature a brand new blog post per day from each of us, and we’re so excited to be sharing the Sailor Moon love with all our readers!

It’s the final week of Summer of Sailor Scouts!


To wrap up the month, each of us has chosen one of the first five volumes in the Sailor Moon manga series by Naoko Takeuchi to reread and discuss our thoughts. I’ve got Volume 5 and I’m super excited to share my thoughts on this specific volume and what reading the manga series overall is like!

What I Disliked

  • STILL NO COLOR
  • AND NO PRETTY ANIMATIONS
  • Rini. I have never been a Rini fan, so Volume 5 (and subsequently 4 before it) are not my favorite story lines. Once Rini enters the picture she just messes everything up!
  • The conclusion with exploding the planet Nemesis seemed a little weird to me? Like, here is this big bad who seems impossible to defeat and he has both crystals, but then Sailor Moon is able to explode him after her powers have been useless for so long?? Hmpf.

What I Loved

  • Okay, I know I said I don’t like Rini, but I do appreciate that the manga takes the voice acting away, making Rini seem more manageable.
  • The plot line of Volume 5 seems so much darker than the previous installments. Rini has a sort of weird relationship with Prince Endymion (her dad!) as Black Lady (ew!) and everything with Neo Queen Serenity in her slumber seems much more high stakes.
  • TIME TRAVEL!
  • PLUTO!! Oh my gosh, Pluto is so cool! And the way she sacrifices herself, queue the feels!
  • Finally, I really appreciate how much growth Sailor Moon and the Scouts have shown by this point in the series. Everyone is past the getting-to-know-you phase, relationships are established, and the characters have a chance to grow and shine. Especially Sailor Moon. She has some stellar moments that blow her old insecure self out of the water!

BOO, it’s over! *cries eternally* We certainly hope you enjoyed SSS this month. We had a ton of fun putting it together! If you’re a new fan of Sailor Moon, I hope our posts have inspired you in some way to keep reading/watching the series. And if you’re an old fan, I hope you’ve enjoyed revisiting the story with us.

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway because time is almost out! Good luck to everyone and have a groovy Sailor-rific summer!

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San Diego Comic Con 2016 Recap #1: Sarah J. Maas, Game of Thrones, & Penguin Books!

I went to Comic Con!!


Never in a million, bagillion years did I think I would make it to Comic Con. It was an absolute blast and there were so many more bookish happenings than I anticipated, that of course I have to do a recap and share the stories. And I want to start with Friday, my first day at the con, because that is the day that a dream of mine came true! Stayed tuned to the end for details on a swag/book GIVEAWAY!

Sarah J. Maas

So my dear friend from MuggleNet.com, Elayna Mae Darcy, and I made it to Comic Con on Friday by about 8am and we were luckily able to check in right away. I asked her if she didn’t mind tagging along with me to the Mysterious Galaxy booth post-haste because I knew that Sarah J. Maas was going to be doing a signing there at 11:30 and Elayna happily agreed.

I WAS SO NERVOUS JUST GETTING TO THE TABLE. I never know how author signings are going to go, if they are going to be as strict as the moderators claim. Sarah’s advertisement on the Throne of Glass Facebook page said limit 75 people, one book each, all from 11:30-12:15, aka 45 MINUTES. Thankfully, book people are the loveliest and it was not nearly so stringent. 45 minutes to usher through 75 people (which I was told upon arrival was suddenly only 50) and only one book! GAH!!

But I bought my book and they handed me a card with a time slot and it was all much more chill than I thought. The book store employees were charming and very easy going. So indeed, I MET SARAH!

Sarah J. Maas

*Commences Freak Out*

Before I get in to meeting Sarah, which thankfully did happen, a little backstory is necessary about why this experience was made so special for me.

When I was in high school, I made a very close friend in Sam. Sadly, Sam and I floated apart from each other in college just due to distance, time, and different lives. Then about two years ago I was shopping in Barnes and Noble, browsing the YA section (as we do), when I saw a fellow YA-lover hunched over the bottom shelves perusing. It was Sam.

We reconnected and it was as if our friendship had never been on pause. She bought Throne of Glass that day and I had already read ACOTAR, which she too later read. Maas is a key piece in what reunited us, so she’s pretty special to our friendship.

Now as many of you know, I have yet to read ToG. I know, shame shame. Sam lent me her copy and then shortly thereafter announced that she had been accepted to a publishing program in Denver and would be moving away again, which made me incredibly sad, more so than I told her because I wanted her to be happy going on her adventure, and yet I’m so heartbroken to lose one of the few friends I have in the same city as me.

I tried to return her copy she lent me, but she told me to keep it as a parting gift, that she needed a hardcover anyway. *Cue the ugly cry* So while I brought ACOMAF with me to Comic Con, a book purchase was required to get a ticket to the signing, so I bought a new copy of ToG and had Sarah sign it for Sam. I told her about Sam, how she is my brave threadsister, how scared she was to take this leap of faith in her life/career, and I think Sarah enjoyed hearing our little story. Sam was super excited when I sent her the picture of the signed book. I hadn’t told her I was doing it!

AND SARAH STILL SIGNED MY ACOMAF COPY!!!

Sarah J. Maas

Forget one book a person, she was perfectly happy signing all the books for us fans. 😀 I had left a stickie note in the book with my name on it to make it easier for her and I had also put a comment on there that said, “Thank you for Moriel,” because after Feysand, it’s my FAV ship of the series. She barked out a laugh when she saw it and shouted, “Moriel!” and told me how she was so pleased I liked the pairing because she didn’t think anyone would ship it when she wrote them.

I SHIP IT SARAH. I SHIP IT HARD.

And she dedicated the book to them to boot. I DIED. So, so, sooooooo incredibly pleased!

Essentially, Sarah was the loveliest creature alive. These books have been another step for me in feeling well and happy this year and I’m so delighted that Sarah was every bit the charmer I imagined her to be. I left shaking with a giddy smile on my face and walked out of the exhibition hall when it was over, sat down in the first spot I could find, and just sobbed. It was such a good experience!

Hall H Line – Game of Thrones

After Sarah, Elayna and I reconnected to try and find our way into the infamous Hall H line so we could see the Game of Thrones panel. Alas, we were naive in our ways and did not know how that line works. So we sat in it for almost two hours and didn’t get in. Boo!

What’s Up with Penguin? Panel

Elayna ended up having to get back in the Hall H line for a long overnighter (Comic Con Hall H is NUTS), so I was free again in the afternoon to peruse. After doing a sweep of the various publishing tables snagging swag and just generally taking in the exhibition hall (also NUTS in there), I attended the “What’s Up with Penguin?” panel.

Two editors from Penguin’s ACE Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi division and one marketing rep from the YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi division chatted for an hour about various upcoming titles from authors like Jim Butcher, Sabaa Tahir, and the like. I recognized most of the YA titles from book blogging, but it was really nice to see more of the Adult titles and see what’s gotten popular. Steam punk has definitely jumped on the scene!

So that was DAY 1 of Comic Con! Next week I’ll put up my Day 2 recap and Day 3 the following week.

Also, check me out on Twitter because I’ve got a special giveaway going on this week only of some of my extra Comic Con book swag, including the Comic Con special edition of An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Feeling Inspired!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish every week, challenging readers to generate top ten lists about anything and everything bookish. Check it out!

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This week’s topic: “Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them.”

  1. Learn new languages
  2. Travel more!
  3. Write a book of my own
  4. Start a book blog *LOLZ*
  5. Cosplay
  6. Learn how to draw better so I can make my favorite characters come to life in fanart
  7. Be more adventurous and try to meet new people
  8. Learn how to HTML code
  9. Date
  10. Have all the cats

Well that was fast! What has reading inspired you to do? Does your list have anything in common with mine? Share it below so I can check it out!

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Summer of Sailor Scouts Week 3: Sailor Moon Swag + Merch!

Summer of Sailor Scouts

Earlier this year, Cee @ The Novel Hermit, Cristina @ Girl in the Pages, Kristin @ Super Space Chick, Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books & I all discovered that we shared a mutual love and appreciation for Sailor Moon! After exchanging plenty of flailing tweets and constantly bringing up our love for this magical girl story, we felt it was only right to celebrate it – and that’s what happening this July. Every week will feature a brand new blog post per day from each of us, and we’re so excited to be sharing the Sailor Moon love with all our readers!

IT’S TIME FOR ALL THE SWAG + MERCH, YOOOOOOO!


This week, we’re featuring our favorite Sailor Moon merchandise, whether it’s things we already own or things we dream of one day buying. On to the merch!

So firstly, this purse from Isetan is adorable! They have an entire line of these babies and wallets in the different scout color schemes. I love when nerd attire is made fashionable so that it doesn’t scream fandom, but cool people in the know would get it.

sailor moon nail art

I WANT NAILS LIKE THIS. Vics_nails on Instagram has an insanely cool tutorial on how to do these.

This one was a recent find for me, but holy smokes, Hot Topic has a replica! MUST MUST MUST. Why must it be so expensive? *sigh*

Sailor Moon

As far as things I personally own, I don’t actually have much. I am slowly working on getting all of the newer manga editions and have the first five volumes so far. And these buttons above I got at LeakyCon a few years back. I chose my homegirl Serena plus Sailor Venus. 🙂

So while there are like a million gagillion Sailor Moon products out there that I love, those are some of my top picks! Do you have any Sailor swag? Share it with me so I can check out all the pretty!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Travel Edition!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish every week, challenging readers to generate top ten lists about anything and everything bookish. Check it out!

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This week’s topic: “Ten Books Set Outside The US (I don’t know about you but sooo much of what I read is set in the US and I love finding new recs of stuff set outside of it!).”

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Paris, France

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Sweden

Geek Girl by Holly Smale
England

The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
Germany

The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
England

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
Russia

The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt
[Okay, most of this takes place in the US, but part of it is in Canada!]

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
All over Europe

Even Angels Fall by F.L. Darbyshire
England & Ireland

My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows, & Cynthia Hand
UK

This list was surprisingly tougher to make than I thought! A ton of books I thought of initially were totally set in the US. WHOOPS! But I still like it. If you have a list, please drop a comment with it so I can check it out and go travel the world!

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