Monday, February 16, 2009
My Trip to LA: Part Two

Just a reminder folks. This is part two of a longer blog. Part one is over here.

[...]

I've had the chance to hang out with some pretty cool people over the last year: Peter S. Beagle, Tad Williams, Neil Gaiman. Folks I've idolized for a long time. But I never had this strange vertigo with any of them.

I've thought about it a lot since then, and right now my best guess is this.

I think talking to someone you've seen on TV is like meeting someone you already know. Your brain has become familiar with the image of this person, you know the texture of their voice, their body posture. For all intents and purposes, you know them.

Except you don't. You're just familiarized to the sensation of them. What's more disorienting is that if they're an actor, the personality you've attached to their image isn't really their own. Or at least it's not *entirely* their own.

I don't think it's the same with writers. When you're experiencing our work, you don't see our faces. You might get a peek inside our heads (or think you get a peek) but that doesn't lead to the same visual imprinting that you get from watching someone on screen.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I've probably watched Dr. Horrible over a hundred times since it came out. I haven't watched The Guild *quite* as much as that, but if you count the times I've re-watched each of the individual episodes, I've probably moved into the triple digits by now.

This means that in the last year, I've seen Felicia Day's face more than I've seen the face of my own sister. More than I've seen the faces of any of my friends who all live out of town. More than any real-world face except Sarah's, and honestly, during the week when Dr. Horrible was first released, that particular race might have been too close to call.

I think that's what where this strange vertigo came from. It was some rational part of me hitting my the degauss button in my brain again and again. Helping me realize that the person in front of me was fundamentally different from the person I had been watching on the screen of my computer.

And eventually it worked. I was able to settle down and talk with her and the moments of odd vertigo grew farther and farther apart. Unfortunately one of those moments happened when I was signing a book for her. A signing that I screwed up to a degree that still embarrasses me.

I also have to say that I was really impressed with everyone else at the signing. I know a lot of people must have recognized her, but from what I saw, nobody freaked out on her or hassled her.

Part of this I'm guessing has to do with the fact that we were in LA, but I'm willing to lay a lot of it on the fact that my readership seems to be composed of very cool, intelligent people.

For example, when I was signing books after the reading, a couple folks came up to the front of the line, and thanked me for introducing them to Dr. Horrible on my blog.

I motioned them a little closer and they leaned in. "Be cool about it," I said quietly, excited to get the chance to tell someone who could appreciate the news. "But Felicia Day is here. She's behind you, standing in line!" I grinned, vibrating with geeky joy. Probably looking like a garden gnome who has recently stumbled onto the a particularly interesting patch of mushrooms.

"We know!" They grinned too, just as excited as me.

After the signing, the lot of us went out to dinner: me, my gracious hosts, a few of their friends, and Felicia day.

We ended up at a small restaurant, where I had the best Thai food of my life. And I must say, sitting there, surrounded by rocket scientists, librarians, and other persons of eclectic occupation. Chatting and trading stories with Felicia day. It was my own personal Valhalla.





Lastly, since we're talking about public appearances, I'm going to be having a little reading up here in Hayward in a week or so.

So if you live up here in the north woods of Wisconsin and are not an elk, feel free to swing by. It should be a nice cozy event with just a few of us, so I'll have plenty of time to chat with everyone who comes. Plus, I hear there will be cookies.


February 26th, Thursday, 6:00-8:00

Hayward Public Library
10788 HWY 27/77
Hayward, WI 54843

For more info call 715-634-2161


And back to work for me,

pat

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Anonymous LoL said...

I had the same sensation of familiarity meeting the identical twin brother of my sister's boyfriend (who I knew really well and had been staying with us on and off for 6 months). I knew his mannerisms, tone of his voice, his smile... and my sister's boy was overseas at the time!
Maybe it was the same person and they're still sitting there snickering at me...

February 17, 2009 12:31 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

That picture is hilarious. It's strangely reminiscent of a dream I had the other night. Heh.

Man, those cookies sound good...

February 17, 2009 1:50 AM  
Blogger Sailor Matt said...

I agree, funny pic. Who gets the credit for this? It takes me half and hour to draw a stick man.

February 17, 2009 7:19 AM  
Blogger Oresika said...

What if you are an elk?

February 17, 2009 8:32 AM  
Blogger buzz said...

You are a lot closer to Minneapolis than Milwaukee, way up nort' der, hey. You should come to Milwaukee once in a while. :)

February 17, 2009 8:42 AM  
Blogger marky said...

Matt, matchstick men worked for LS Lowry, so there is always hope. I love the picture as well. In full colour no less! I take it that mighty Authors take girlies to the moon on their love missile on a regular basis?

February 17, 2009 8:49 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

Marky said: I take it that mighty Authors take girlies to the moon on their love missile on a regular basis?

My god, Marky...

You, sir, deserve a round of applause for that.

February 17, 2009 9:24 AM  
Blogger Sailor Matt said...

A round of applause, and a beer. Buy yourself a beer on me, Marky.

February 17, 2009 9:31 AM  
Blogger marky said...

Joe, I thank ye. I always do my best to lower the tone. I'm the Benny Hill of Blogging!

February 17, 2009 9:36 AM  
Blogger marky said...

I'll settle for a half Matt, beer is for breakfast! Because I mentioned Benny Hill, I’ve now got an urge to chase the secretaries about my office!

A bit like this! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDX5c3nXexc

February 17, 2009 9:53 AM  
Blogger Sailor Matt said...

You'll settle for a half? What's a half?

February 17, 2009 9:59 AM  
Blogger marky said...

It's a measure of whisky, my good man.

February 17, 2009 10:07 AM  
Blogger Sailor Matt said...

So it is! Thanks for learnin' me.

I googled "half whiskey" and got a bunch of flower garden props. Serves me right.

February 17, 2009 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Snall Trippin said...

What's wrong with elk...

February 17, 2009 11:59 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

Sailor Matt said: I googled "half whiskey" and got a bunch of flower garden props. Serves me right.

I googled 'love missile'... I advise against it.

February 17, 2009 12:08 PM  
Blogger Pierre said...

Well said Pat!

I was at the L.A. signing (second row, your right side). I have to say you appeared to remain cool through the whole thing, even though you were geeking out in side :)

I did notice Felicia and was happy to see she was there, yeah being in L.A. you have the chance to see some people that we become familiar with via TV, etc. In that context I tried to think of her as another fan waiting with the rest of us (albeit cuter than some).

Now if it had been a convention or a presentation she was giving I'm sure we'd have provided the appropriate attention to her, but it was your show :)

February 17, 2009 12:09 PM  
Anonymous LiquidWeird said...

Darn. I'm an elk.

Poot.

:(

February 17, 2009 2:25 PM  
Blogger logankstewart said...

Indeed, Pat, an excellent picture. Same artist from the Survival Guide, perhaps? Or do you have a hidden talent?

Love missle. Girlies. Ha ha ha.

February 17, 2009 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Mark S. said...

If I'm not mistaken (and many apologies to the artist if I am), the artist is BJ Hiorns, whose work I used to enjoy at UWSP in the mid-90's.

You can see more of BJ's work at:

http://jackiesfridge.comicgenesis.com/

February 17, 2009 6:34 PM  
Blogger Lilith said...

Wow, that's amazing that you got to meet up with Felicia Day. And it is almost like meeting up with a cousin that lives far away - Knowing almost everything about them, yet never meeting them.

By the way, do you draw your own pictures on your blog? Because those are pretty cool.

February 18, 2009 10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read the Wise Man's Fear has been removed from your publisher's 2009 calendar, and that now the release date is April 2010. Maybe I am way behind and everyone already knows this, or maybe (fingers crossed) it is not true....

Say it ain't so, Pat.

February 19, 2009 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a bookseller and I heard this too. It looks like Wise Man's fear won't be published this year. I was also told the publishers don't have an pub. date for 2010

February 20, 2009 11:47 AM  
Blogger Sefarina said...

Whow 2010? Are you joking? I really hope you are!

Guys, if this is true I'm going to need some chocolate to calm down. And it's 11 p.m. for me, so I'll have to go to a gas station. Still, if I get lost on my way to town through all the snow it's not so bad, as long as they find me until 2010 ;-)

I'm babbling right now, see what you did?

February 20, 2009 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

remember that Pat took about seven years to write Name of the Wind and plan the trilogy. So writing quickly may not be one of his strengths...
Fortunately for us however, writing amazing novels is :D

-Sean

February 21, 2009 6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, you talk about Felicia an awful lot...

Does Sarah read any of these blogs?

February 22, 2009 9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I'd rather have another great novel late than a mearly ok one now, it would be nice to have a little more info on how late "late" is going to be. I think fans will be forgiving, even if the wait is giving us serious withdrawl symptoms, if we just have timely info. I was shocked when Amazon just abruptly removed it from my preorder and when i checked, I couldn't find any info.

John "WarPlayer" Hill

February 23, 2009 1:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm suprised and a little bit disappointed that we're getting this info second hand and not from the source himself. Just explain it Pat, we'll understand!!

February 23, 2009 4:23 AM  
Blogger Sailor Matt said...

To be fair to Pat, there really doesn't seem like much to explain. If he's working on the book in February, it's a pretty fair chance the book won't be on shelves in April.

I can't imagine any reader feels worse than the writer does about missing a published deadline.

Cheers, Pat. When the book gets done, we'll be ready to read it.

February 23, 2009 6:48 AM  
Blogger Kvothe the Raven said...

I've been checking Amazon, and it seems that The Wise Man's Fear is still slated for an April 2009 release. Only it will be with a different publisher, Gollancz, instead of DAW.

February 23, 2009 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat has said here, and other places, that Amazon makes up their dates, and that we'd hear here when HE knows when it'll come out. However, it's worth noting that it takes between 3-6 months to get a book into print after it's "done"- so even if Pat finished it tomorrow, it probably wouldn't hit shelves until July/August.

February 24, 2009 9:17 AM  
Anonymous BJ Hiorns said...

Good eye, Mark S.! I'm back to help Pat with cartoon art for his blog. We had so much fun (nostalgically speaking) with the College Survival Guide, it seemed logical that I keep illustrating for him. Alas, my webcomic is on indefinite hold...
I'm glad you guys approve of the 'toons!

February 24, 2009 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I just looked the second book up on Barnes and Noble and it says the release date is April 2025. Ouch!

Course, everywhere else seems to think it'll come a bit before then.

February 24, 2009 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Mark S. said...

I WAS thinking about running up to Hayward Thursday, but alas, mother nature is apparently going to intervene with 6-10 inches of snow....

February 24, 2009 10:22 PM  
Blogger Bryce said...

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February 25, 2009 1:26 PM  
Anonymous Turtle Learning Center said...

I'm not sure why, exactly, but the apparent feeling that we're somehow owed a post about the progress of the book and when it might be released makes me uneasy. I don't think we are. Pat's nice enough to let us in on some stuff he doesn't have to, including the fact that he's secreted himself in a cabin in the woods somewhere for the express purpose of working on the book we're waiting for. That seems like more information than we're actually entitled to and we should be grateful to have it.

Just sayin'.

February 25, 2009 6:57 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I'm surprised the hardcore fans did not already know about this:

http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.com/2008/10/wise-mans-fear-news.html

It's been around since October last year. I toculd be out before April next year though, just depends when Pat is done. It's frustrating, but it's ready when Pat feels so, not when we all want it. I'd personally prefer to wait longer for what he feels is his best, and in the meantime there is a tonne of great books to read.

Keep going Pat, I'll buy it whenever it comes out.

February 26, 2009 7:14 AM  
Anonymous D. Pickles said...

Hi, Pat. I meant to come to your reading today at the Hayward Library, but this improptu Wisconsin weather we're having has thwarted my attempt. Any chance you'll ever be enticed to appear at the Superior Public library, in the near/far future - or maybe Hayward again some day?

Anyway - sorry I missed you today. I would really have liked to be there. Thanks!

February 26, 2009 1:00 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

apparently there's been a lot of talk about how you know, author's are people too,

John Scalzi talked about it today

February 26, 2009 6:47 PM  
Anonymous Jana said...

Hey, people!
Let's quit with the "i'm so disappointed" complaints and whines, okay? Pat's been saying in blogs for months that he's working (present tense) on The Wise Man's Fear. If he's still writing it, of course it won't be in print in two months. But we all know that when it does come out it's going to be phenomenal. So why don't we suck it up and be nice, hmm? And I'm saying that with love and camaraderie.

February 26, 2009 6:48 PM  
Blogger June Gorman said...

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February 26, 2009 7:06 PM  
Anonymous June said...

Wow. I came back to comment on this blog, finish "LA:Part Two" after I had just finished your book. I was, as a lot of "wild" women have to be, so truly impressed with things you "understood" in that book.
I am new to this, so terribly excited that I could now go on to Book Two -- not knowing...
Then, your funny cartoons today. Letting me down so gently. Explaining so much more than I deserve. It made it ok. I trust you. I think you deserve to have a life. I know too much about finding that poisoned-tipped needle in a huge mountain of sweet smelling hay and pricking yourself over and over with it -- a strange madness I think it's healthy to learn how to manage, if not cure. If I could learn how to find and gather instead each of those hidden Selas flowers also there, I would make a bouquet of them and teach you how, as well. As a teacher, it is a skill I would like to be able to teach all my students -- the one I first must master for myself.
So, if there is anyway...consider this your Selas Bouquet, place it close to your writing table everyday, and think only of how much those many flowered thoughts are being sent your way with care...
to do what you do best, in your own time.
Thank you for the book you wrote.

February 26, 2009 7:08 PM  
Blogger drey said...

Pat ~ Since we cant comment on your f*ing longest blog post ever, I'll say it here. Take your time. The Name of the Wind was fantabulous. I want the Wise Man's Fear to be that, too. And yes, have as much fun as you can - whatever fun freezing your a$$ off in WI means. =P (I'm in the south-eastern part of the state)...

February 26, 2009 7:31 PM  
Blogger Rob McDonagh said...

Hi Pat,

Get the story right. We'll be here when you're done.

In our (childish) fantasies, you being as brilliant as you are inevitably leads to books spontaneously leaping from your subconsciousness fully formed - and we get to read whole books.

heh.

We get it. Do what you're good at. We bought the first book because we get it.

February 27, 2009 1:13 AM  
Blogger seasoup said...

Hey Patrick, I haven't read or even heard of your book, but I just read your Thursday, February 26, 2009 blog and went to Amazon and immediately ordered it. There couldn't be a better recommendation then a writer fed up with fans incessantly bugging him for book 2.

February 27, 2009 2:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat,
I am the anonymous who got this thing started last week. "Say it ain't so" and all that. I just wanted to say take your time. You are kind enough to let us in a little through your thoughtful blog, and that refreshing approach can make us feel entitled. You do not owe us an explanation for anything, yet you often offer one up anyway. I, for one, am not going anywhere -- I am still waiting for Martin, Sanderson nee Jordan, and I waited 20 years or so to see if Roland would ever glimpse the Dark Tower.

Thanks again for making us feel like insiders. Hopefully, your faithful readers continue to reward your thoughtfulness with more spoonfuls of sugar in your cereal than turds.

Adam

February 27, 2009 9:41 AM  
Blogger gapyeargirl123 said...

I wonder if one of the reasons this comment thread is seeming so negative in the later parts is because the hundreds of readers who love the books, and are patiently waiting, and are, in fact, aware of the fact that a book takes time, didn't feel the need to comment. There are only a few people saying the negative stuff, comparatively. I think it's a shame that they feel the need to share that here, though.

I'm happy waiting, Pat!

February 27, 2009 10:50 AM  
Blogger Bryce said...

You can always count on your wife to tell you when you're being a douche. At least, I can, and I can't begin to remember all the times that has saved me. I want to be an author, pretty bad, but my writing's just not up to snuff yet. I have a lot of days where nothing comes out (writing you dirty minded peoples). After reading Pat's latest blog, my wife kindly reminded me that I'd been a little harsh and demanding on a comment on this thread. Call it stress, call it whatever, I was a douche and I'm sorry Pat. You finish your book when you damned well please, and I need to remember that the mere fact that you can write a book I only WISH I could write means I need to shut my trap and wait patiently. Again, sorry.

Bryce

February 27, 2009 10:54 AM  
Blogger Sefarina said...

Ok, I've also commented, kind of wondering if it was true and stuff. I never meant it to be harsh or rugh or anything but pure astonishment of an addict ;-)
Still, I feel I should say something.

Dear Pat, I remember reading your book for the first time and telling my friends that I've never read anything alike. I told them that it is a perfect composition, like a melodie noone has ever been able to play before. Remembering this I have to admit me being a big numpty, just thinking anyone could do this in no time.
Sorry, I realy mean it.

Take your time, I will buy your book whenever it hits the shelves.

February 27, 2009 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Dwynnie said...

After reading the Longest Blog, sounds like now would be a perfect time to head to Old Hayward/Musky Capital and have a Cream Ale... Wish I could have one now, but way too far for me to drive...

February 27, 2009 2:50 PM  
Blogger Chad said...

You're just like Martin. Kidding, kidding.

Martin doesn't actually work on his book.

Thanks for the update. Good luck with the writing.

February 27, 2009 5:49 PM  
Blogger Hans said...

Don't worry, Pat. Take your time, do your best, we'll still be here when book 2 is done. Don't stress too much over it either - live a little.

Best wishes,
Hans

February 27, 2009 8:24 PM  
Anonymous Vic said...

Oh yeah, I knew those of us who adore you and your work would all find a space to congregate.

Turn off the comments, ha! Can't fool us! ; )

Look, I actually have an editor waiting on my fantasy novel at the moment... I can't get it finished. Favourite quote pinned to my forehead right now?

'I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly past.' Douglas Adams.

So I get it. I REALLY get it. I've written twenty versions of one paragraph that has been itching at me and I'm only just now happy with it. It is a slow old process.

I've been thinking about getting myself a blog to attach to my website... but I need another excuse to procrastinate like I need a hold in the head.

*sigh* Back to the grindstone.

February 27, 2009 9:42 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Since I can't comment on your most recent post - Just wanted to say thanks :) As a panting fan it means a huge amount that you actually take the time effort and interest to tell us all this.

I'm glad someone else sent you the e-mail though - I was on the very verge of cracking and begging for information :) *hugs* in case they help.

-A-

March 1, 2009 9:12 AM  
Blogger GregM said...

Dear Patrick,
As an actual semi-professional writer (paid! not enough to live on, but enough to pay almost 3 months' rent), I've been following the George R. R. Martin saga with appalled amusement--good god, people, it took me a year to write a full-length *play* once--Martin's working on a massive, multi-character epic. I'm working on a much simpler novel than either you or Mr. Martin & it's now a frustrating headache.
The good news, for you, is that as soon as I finish "Special Topics in Calamity Physics," "Perdido Street Station," and Terry Pratchett's "Moving Pictures," I'll be buying "The Name of the Wind," having found it thanks to this blog post.

March 1, 2009 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your writing is much appreciated! I also appreciate being told that the book won't be out on the due date. The book is the book. What does it matter if it comes out tomorrow, or a year from tomorrow, or five years from tomorrow? I'd much rather wait for a book that's fully fleshed out than one that's rushed.

March 2, 2009 9:27 PM  
Blogger Leonard said...

The Name of the Wind is the only fantasy book that I can confidently recommend to friends and colleagues. Keep up the good work!

March 3, 2009 12:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat,
I love you. Don't tell Sarah.

-Sean

March 4, 2009 3:39 PM  
Blogger Sudbrocks said...

good luck with the book pat! I'm excited to read it when it comes out!!!

March 4, 2009 10:03 PM  
Blogger Joey said...

Remember when you gave me and my wife a single hair from your beard? Well, we took it home thinking nothing much of it. Everything was well for the most part of that first week with Hair but then it all changed. I....I really don't know how to tell you this. We need you to take the hair back. Please, oh God of Abraham help us, and take the hair back.

March 5, 2009 11:34 AM  
Blogger Joey said...

Remember when you gave me and my wife a single hair from your beard? Well, we took it home thinking nothing much of it. Everything was well for the most part of that first week with Hair but then it all changed. I....I really don't know how to tell you this. We need you to take the hair back. Please, oh God of Abraham help us, and take the hair back.

March 5, 2009 11:35 AM  
Blogger Trystel said...

Sweet mother, your blog is awesome, dude! I can see why your agent might want you to ixnay on the ostingpays in order to ocusfay on the ookbay, but damn, it's a great blog. Thank you for putting the time into the comics and lengthy comments that are just as fun to read as your book.

Can't wait for the second book...no, strike that. Can wait! CAN wait! Make it what you want before it gets released into the world. I will appreciate it all the more.

Btw, have spent many extended weeks in frigid-ass Chippewa Falls working on a go-live project through the course of two winters and would daily wonder how in the world the pioneers decided to settle there and build communities. I can see them going for it in the beauty of spring/summer, but after that first winter, what sane pre-electricity family would say, "Hey, let's do this every year for the rest of our lives, and make our children do it too!" Your pondering about dryer venting was hysterical AND brilliant! Thanks for the laughs. ;-)

March 5, 2009 1:04 PM  
Blogger karma_spike said...

Well, I'm sure(hope) it's been said a thousand times, but take your time with your work. I just got into your series, fom GRRM's link, and I love your book. I don't write, but I do understand deadlines. But if your book ("your" being the correct word) isn't up to your standings, keep working until you think it's ready. Until then, have fun with all you do!

March 5, 2009 7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not going to feed you the same old "take your time, we understand" bullshit, nor am I one of the "dickholes" that would bitch at you.
This is your baby, not ours. We wait for the pleasure of welcoming your new "child" into this fantastically retarded world.
I will play it straight with you; I just picked up your novel today! In 11 hours I have read half your book. I have read "The Wheel of Time" series 7 times through(1-11). I've read all of J.R. Tolkien's works. I most recently just finished the "A Song of Fire and Ice" series in two weeks. I've read Philip Pullman's "Dark Materials". But through all of these amazing series', I can't help but be blown away by the magnitude of your creativity and the extreme bounds of the lexicon you provide you character with. Bravo! I will be finished with this novel in two days, but at that point I will be forced to wait.

March 6, 2009 3:21 AM  
OpenID jay-of-lasgalen said...

I'm disappointed about the delayed publication of 'The Wise Man's Fear', of course I am - but I know it will be worth the wait!

Thanks for letting us know the official position - and I just loved the cartoons :)


Jay/Jan

March 6, 2009 12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the second book and the first movie are coming out when when when when when when when when when? and yes im EXTREMELY impatient for more Kvothe. :)

March 7, 2009 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm also someone who found your book from GRRM's link to your comic strip. I'm not finished with it I have about 15% to go (darn Kindle and their locations)and I'm thoroughly enjoying it!

I'm not thrilled that your and GRRM's fans have been such ass-hats to you both.

I'd not heard of your book before they started harassing GRRM about ADWD and he linked to your site.

I'm really glad he did I was looking for a new book to read at the time. :D

I look forward to enjoying book two when it comes out :)

March 8, 2009 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Dwynnie said...

So glad that I checked the comments today! I can now go spend more money and grab a copy for my Kindle! Finally!

March 10, 2009 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep up the great work :)

April 5, 2009 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just finished book one. One of the best books I've ever read. Best of luck finishing book two. I'm sure it will be worth the wait! Thanks for the awesome read!

September 26, 2009 5:08 PM  

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