Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Writing Year in Review

What a year that was...

2014 saw the final part of my EPIC nine-book series reaching the shelves, and there was much rejoicing. It was a bit of a scramble to get it written in time, as it generally is, but this book achieved everything I wanted it to achieve, and so I remain immensely proud of it. The ninth book, and the events that transpire within it, had been a secret I'd been keeping for seven years, and it was such a relief to get it out there. Sure, I didn't tie up every last plot thread — in some cases I just ran out of time, in others I decided to be mean and simply not resolve stuff — but it was a fitting send-off, I think.

The publication saw another astonishing Tom Percival cover, plus a very limited black edition which, as it turned out, was an extraordinarily clever bit of marketing by yours truly. It meant that the excitement that first morning was ELECTRIC as everyone rushed to search through each shop. That wasn't my original intent — I just wanted a cool black book — but to follow the tweets that morning as each copy got snapped up... that was awesome.

The reaction to the book was exactly what I wanted, also. True, there was some confusion over the chapters that ended mid-sentence, but all in all, readers understood what I was doing. And then to catch you all out right at the end....

... glorious...

The Dying of the Light got me back touring, of course, and we fit in the Requiem Ball and the Theatre of Shadows, and I once again visited New Zealand and Australia and met loads of enthusiastic readers. If ever my ego was in need of a boost...

And then I got home, and got to work on the NEW book.





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John said...

(Highly doubtful, Ed. Before his release he would have gladly used you but now that he's free he would see you as just another thing to brush aside. No offence...)

Tanya Halcyon (Kas) said...

*tacklehugs Sil*

*smiles, showing her sharp teeth*

Edward Fletcher said...

(None taken J)

Star Inkbright said...

@Velvet: . . .
um.

Savannah said...

(Yes Tia!
*looks at Sil*)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

(/\)
*looks at Tan*
O_O

Edward Fletcher said...

(Bye)

Savannah said...

(What Star?)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

(*grins at Velvet*
I think eating Zaf turned me cannibal xD)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

(Bye Ed!)

Tanya Halcyon (Kas) said...

(Bye, Ed!)

*leans in and scratches Sil's nose with her teeth*

°W°

Fabi -- The killer that sends heart emojis at everyone and hasn't actually killed anyone yet / fashion-conscious fire wraith said...
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Star Inkbright said...

@Velvet: I'm not good at starting things. I don't know what to do. O_O XD

SimpleGamer98 said...

(Cya Ed)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

(*nods at Fabi as if she understands*)

(/\)
Oww..
*rubs nose*

Tanya Halcyon (Kas) said...

(@Jai what are the symbols, uh... symbolising?)

*licks Sil's bloody nose*

*applies some healing magic to ensure it doesn't scar*

(Msd.)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

(That it doesn't interrupt the Beth rp.)
(/\)

*frowns*
*o-kaaaaay*

Chione Asahina said...

(A copy...of Blake....)

Savannah said...

(Oh right, okay Star!
Guys, should we start the thing now? I have an idea how to start...)

Chione Asahina said...

(And Adam that's just...why did you put Bonnie your profile picture?)

Chione Asahina said...

(I don't know what characters to use... I could ruin things if I use Chione... it's winter and she can produce ice and water...)

SimpleGamer98 said...

(I wanted too..)

Star Inkbright said...

@Velvet: Okay. :P How do we start?

*isn't good at starting :O*

Chione Asahina said...

(*Hugs Adam*)

SimpleGamer98 said...

(*hugs back* I love Bonnie ^^)

Chione Asahina said...

(I love Bonnie too)

Commander Sophia Keating (N7 Operative and Council Spectre) said...

Bethany: I could have done that...

Claire: That is so cool.

SimpleGamer98 said...

(If you ever want her back, just say)

Chione Asahina said...

(Ok, I saw that coming. I didn't see the other thing with carol coming. Omg! Daryl and Carol <3)

Chione Asahina said...

(Adam I am not taking Bonnie back! she's yours!)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

(Heeeeelp. What background do I do?! Baring in mind I only have dark blue, red and yellow..)


*smiles and squeezes her hand*
Its fine Beth..
Thanks, Claire.
Want a leaf carpet?

Tanya Halcyon (Kas) said...

*purrs* Would you like to role-play, Silente?

SimpleGamer98 said...

(I know, I know but if you ever want to 'borrow' her :P)

Savannah said...

(Can we use more than one character?)

Tanya Halcyon (Kas) said...

(Maybe dark blue and a little bit of red? Inspired by the Union Jack?)

Chione Asahina said...

(I wouldn't say more than two, unless you really really thought that more than one could help.

What do you think, should I use Chione? She would ruin the whole no water thing, people would live with her around.)

Commander Sophia Keating (N7 Operative and Council Spectre) said...

Bethany: *squeezes her hand back* But with me it would take less energy.

Claire: Do you do a normal fabric one?

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

Um..not that I know of...


(Maybe Kas..)

Star Inkbright said...

(Surely we can use anyone/everyone? :S Large-scale, Blogland-wide. :S)

Tanya Halcyon (Kas) said...

(I don't know, Gem. Maybe we need many things happening at once and we have to figure out how to stop them AND who's behind it all and stop them.)

Tanya Halcyon (Kas) said...

(@Jai Maybe?)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

(The background suggestion.)

John said...

(A multitude of intertwined plots seems to me like the best way for this to work, what way nothing is simple and it will take a long time to solve it all.)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

(*sighs*
*has no idea what to do*)

Star Inkbright said...

You know when there's these boybands and you kind of like their music but you don't want to say so much because then people'll think you're one of those fangirl-y fangirls? :/

Anyway, on that note, I kind of like The Wanted and The Vamps. :) I've kind of liked The Wanted for years, actually.

It doesn't move past 'kind of like', though. :P

Star Inkbright said...

Blogger J said...

(A multitude of intertwined plots seems to me like the best way for this to work, what way nothing is simple and it will take a long time to solve it all.)

January 7, 2015 at 8:18 PM

Yes.

Savannah said...

(Gemma, you should be fine using Chi, after all Velvet can do water stuff too but we'll figure something out!)

*the girl finally got away from all the humans and looked at the lake (not the lake where Chi got married, another lake*) the girl walked into the water fully clothed, and started swimming. Everything was fine until she saw the zombie, the girl instantly broke the surface and ran to the town to tell everyone*
(I would just like to say, she is not infected for reasons I can't say yet, it's something to do with the girl)

Commander Sophia Keating (N7 Operative and Council Spectre) said...

Claire: Dammit. Fine, a leaf one.

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

Beth? Wanna make one..?

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

(*finds craft feathers*
*thinks for a moment*
*grins*)

Tanya Halcyon (Kas) said...

(@Jai If you're bored, Tanya asked Sil if she wants to rp.)

John said...

(So uh, the house. Is that still... um... blown up and all?)

Chione Asahina said...

(Ok, i'll use chi... I don't know who else...)

Chione Asahina said...

(Yes...it is...I don't know how to bring her back... or the others...)

Commander Sophia Keating (N7 Operative and Council Spectre) said...

Bethany: What colour do you want, Claire?

Claire: *she thinks for a moment* Maybe red? A dark red.

Bethany: *raises her hand, her palm glowing white, a red carpet forming underneath Claire's feet*

Claire: Awesome! Wait, can you make anything?

Bethany: *she shrugs slightly* I think so?

Claire: Can you make me ice cream?

Bethany: *moves her hand upwards, and ice cream forming in her palm in a small cone* *hands it to Claire*

Claire: *smiles, taking the ice cream* I'm sure I'm going to love this. *starts to eat the ice cream*

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

Oooh ice cream! That's cool! Can you make vodka? And chocolate?
*grins innocently*

Savannah said...

*the girl looks down at herself and thinks that people are more likely to believe her about the Zombie if she looks more presentable*
*whispers* Fluír auga , fluír de volta a onde veu.
*the water disappears and the girl stands alone, dry, and begins to look for someone who can help her*

Savannah said...

(Gemma, does it help that Flo has the powers of resurrection?)

John said...

(I've an idea.)

*The shadowy figure from a few days past surveys the wreckage from the explosion*

Well, that went well.

Commander Sophia Keating (N7 Operative and Council Spectre) said...

Bethany: I'm not making vodka... But I can make chocolate if you'd like. *her hand glows white and milk chocolate forms in her hand* *hands it to Silente*

Claire: You are honestly one of the coolest people I've ever met.

Tanya Halcyon (Kas) said...

(Can I just say

Modding Skyrim is just... it's not working.)

Chione Asahina said...

(Yes, it does. But you would have needed Tsubacki to stich them all back up. They've been blown to bits.)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

Okay..
*takes the chocolate and smiles*
Thanks Beth.
*smiles at Claire's approval*

Savannah said...

(Well... Velvet could reverse the affects of the heat (explosion) and that would bring their bodies back together, right?)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

(*winces at 'blown to bits' and mentally thanks the Lord Claire hasn't settled yet as that was when she was planning for Sil to find out*)

John said...

*Shadows snake among the charred remains of the house, seeking out remains of the victims. As bits of unrecognizable flesh are found by the tendrils of darkness, they are brought before the cloaked man*

Now to put togethher the perfect being to ruel by my side.

SimpleGamer98 said...

(Would I be able to introduce a new character?)

Commander Sophia Keating (N7 Operative and Council Spectre) said...

Bethany: I don't want you to get drunk.

Claire: Can you fill my room with chocolate? Or gummy bears? Yes, gummy bears. I want gummy bears.

Bethany: They'd be bad for you...

Savannah said...

(Yes Xan, that's what I've done pretty much...)

SimpleGamer98 said...

(Haha, yay! :D)

Inky Flame said...

(*sighs*)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

*laughs*
Hmm..Maybe you could have a few gummy bears...

Chione Asahina said...

(Yeah Adam, go ahead. When Blake is putting me back together I might bring in one too)

Savannah said...

(Chloe, what's up? *huggles*)

Inky Flame said...

(*huggles* nothing to concern your pretty little head with)

John said...

(So if someone could interrupt Erebus before he manages to influence Chione as he puts her back together that would be great.)

*Within moments, Chiones body is repaired, only missing what was incinerated by the explosions*

And now for the final touch...

*Smoke-like darkness oozes towards her*

Tanya Halcyon (Kas) said...

*sneaks up on Erebus, if such a thing uis possible*

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

James: Having fun Blake?
*leaning against a nearby tree*

Savannah said...

(Okay... *giggles*'I have a pretty head...
What Blake, like now? Like at Chi's house?)

Chione Asahina said...

(Or you could let her become the goddess of darkness?)

Commander Sophia Keating (N7 Operative and Council Spectre) said...

Bethany: *sighs, her palm glowing white again, a handful of gummy bears forming*

Claire: *smiles, cupping her hands*

Bethany: *pours the gummy bears into Claire's hands*

Claire: Thank you! *eats one of the gummy bears*

Chione Asahina said...

(That's Erebus)

Savannah said...

*drops from the sky onto Blake's head* YOOOO, WHERE THE PARTY AT?!

SimpleGamer98 said...

*a shadow is cast upon a building, standing tall and strong, footsteps sound behind it*
*what most people would expect is a tall dashing, young man but they would be mistaken*
*a gnome appears from the shadows near everyone, taking them by surprise*

Hello fellow peoples! *waves

Savannah said...

(Guys, does anyone want to start the zombie thing now?)

John said...

(Shh they don't know that, he's still using Blake's body.)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

*rolls eyes*
Okay. So...Claire is good now yes?

Inky Flame said...

(*listens to the song Mz Hyde*
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y2PCvNYeE8)

Tanya Halcyon (Kas) said...

(Hey, Mill!)

@Erebus Oi, meathead!

Savannah said...

(Hello Millllllllllllllnicetomeetyou)

John said...

*With barely noticeable effort, his voice changes to Blake's*

Hey guys, fancy meeting you all here.

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

(Hi Mil!)

John said...

(That honestly made me laugh, well played Adam.)

SimpleGamer98 said...

(btw, it's Xan (Adam) ^^)

Savannah said...

*dissapears* Sorry, just wanted to land on Blake's head!

SimpleGamer98 said...
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Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

James: what happened here? Something go boom? Blow up your house by any chance, Neanderthal.

Savannah said...

(Okay Xannnnnnnniceroseeyou!)

SimpleGamer98 said...

(Thank you John :D)

Chione Asahina said...

(HE'S USING BLAKE'S BODY?! NO! DAMIT WHY YOU SO MEAN? CHIONE WILL THINK THAT TOO! GOD YOU'RE CRUEL1!)

John said...

Great to see you to, and get out of the shadows will you? That's my thing. For the record I did not blow up my house, I am attempting to piece my wife back together. So if you will excuse me...

*The cloud of darkness draws closer to Chione, almost close enough to seep into her*

Tanya Halcyon (Kas) said...

Hey, Blake, guess what I've got!?

I've I've I've
got got got
a a a
jar jar jar
of of of
dirt dirt dirt

And guess what's inside it!?

SimpleGamer98 said...

(Nice to see you too Velvet and Silente ^^)

Savannah said...

(KMY NEW CHARACTER IS SOMEWHERE STARTING THE ZOMBIE RP DOES ANYONE WANT TO JOIN OR WILL MY CHARACTER EVER FIND SOMEONE TO TALK TO? DUN DUN DUUUUN! Find out in next weeks episode of Blogland Blues... *theme tune plays*)

Inky Flame said...

(I should go)

John said...

(<3)

Tanya Halcyon (Kas) said...

(Aww Chloe... bye...)

Savannah said...

(Mkay Chloe... *hugs*)

SimpleGamer98 said...

(Millhouse will Velvet!)

Tanya Halcyon (Kas) said...

Blake, before you heal her, there's something you should know.

*steps very close to him, looking him in the eyes*

Commander Sophia Keating (N7 Operative and Council Spectre) said...

Claire: Yes. Claire is good.

Bethany: I'm glad. *smiles* *hugs Silente tightly*





Liliana: *appears in a flash of blackness, leaning against a tree opposite James* Fancy seeing you here. *smiles* And I thought you'd have run scared from our last meeting.

John said...

....

*thinks for a moment*

Your unbeating heart?

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

James: I rather like the shadows. And no.

John said...

Then tell me quickly, I would like to have my wife back.

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

*hugs Beth back*
Love you..


James: *glares at Liliana*

Tanya Halcyon (Kas) said...

Oh, the jar thing. No, I left it at home, and it's not a heart. It's... basically, it's a way to defeat anyone in a fight. It rarely ever works, but when it does, it can be used to achieve anything, defeat anyone, even Erebus.

Commander Sophia Keating (N7 Operative and Council Spectre) said...

Bethany: I love you, too. *smiles*

Claire: I'm glad I get to live with you.



Liliana: *smiles at James* Being all quiet, are you?

Savannah said...

*the girl looks around nervously, hoping to see someone that will help her*

Chione Asahina said...

(John just control her already)

Tanya Halcyon (Kas) said...

*Anita appears near the girl*

(Is she the same girl from the lake?)

SimpleGamer98 said...

*Millhouse taps at the girls leg* Hello miss, you doing okay? You look a bit worried there.

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

*nods*
And I'm glad you choose to stay..



James: *smiles* nope.

John said...

... I doubt it.

*He pushes Tanya to the side and urges the cloud forward. It sinks into her skin without a trace, jolting her to life. Albeit with a dark twist*

John said...

(We're gonna need to find an open post soon.)

Savannah said...

(Yes Tia)

*the girl spins around, noticing Mill, she jumps back into Tanya, then moves to a position she can see them both, frantically looking back and forth*

Chione Asahina said...

Chi - *Eyes open, glassy*
B-bl...blake...

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

(Run, run to the next post)

Commander Sophia Keating (N7 Operative and Council Spectre) said...

Claire: Why?




Liliana: *tilts her head at Erebus* Raising the dead? That's always fun.

SimpleGamer98 said...

What's wrong miss? *looks intrigued*

Star Inkbright said...

Thanks Sil. :) :)

John said...

*Looks back at Liliana*

Well, this one happens to be special to me. You know, on the account of us being married.

*He kneels down next to Chi, smiling through Blake's face*

I'm here, you're alright now.

Savannah said...

(Thanks Jai!)
*looks down and points in the direction of the lake*

Inky Flame said...

(dammit I cant stay away
*punches a wall*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogDnZFbkBxY)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

I missed you..

Tanya Halcyon (Kas) said...

*pounces Chi*

Remember the happy times!

...

*Tanya puts her arms in front of her to show she's unarmed*

Savannah said...

(*hugs Inky, I'm sorry...)

Savannah said...

*jumps back a little with the sudden arm movement*

SimpleGamer98 said...

The lake? *looks over at it* It's perfectly still miss. *twirls an end of his moustache in his fingers*

Chione Asahina said...

Chi: *Looks as if she's going to collapse*

W-water...

Savannah said...

*shakes head slowly*

John said...

*He places a hand on Chi's shoulder and they sink into their shadows. A few moments later they rise at the shore of the lake*

Inky Flame said...

(for what?)

SimpleGamer98 said...

What? What is it miss? *looks back at the lake* Use your words..

Chione Asahina said...

Chi: *Flops into the lake like a fish out of water*

(I have to go in 10 mins, i'll see if I can get on my tv)

Tanya Halcyon (Kas) said...

(I have to go. Good bye, guys. I'm sorry, Seirsha :c)

Savannah said...

(I'm sorry that you can't stay away if you want to...)

*the girl slowly mutters* There was... Something... In the lake...

Chione Asahina said...

(Sorry Tanya, didn't see your comment)

Inky Flame said...

(its not your fault...)

Commander Sophia Keating (N7 Operative and Council Spectre) said...

Claire: And I missed you... So much.

Bethany: I, too, and glad you decided to stay.



Liliana: How very peculiar. *tilts her head at James* How about you? Have you recovered?

Savannah said...

(No worries Tia!)

Savannah said...

(Okay... *hugs*)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

*smiles, resting her head on Beth's shoulder*
We both are...




James: *goes to glare but sneers instead*
That? That was nothing.

John said...

*As soon as she dives out of sight his smile disappears*

I wonder if I'll even have to influencer her at all...

SimpleGamer98 said...

*looks a bit surprised* Something in the lake? But those people are near it right now!
*uses a spell and teleports to Blake and Chi* Sweet dairy! You two need to more away from here!

John said...

(Influence*

Man it's hard to type properly with all the weird italics I'm doing...)

SimpleGamer98 said...

(move*)

Inky Flame said...

(*huggles*)

Savannah said...

*staggers away from Mill, looking at him frightened*

Star Inkbright said...

@J: Yeah, it looks complicated. O_O)

Savannah said...

(Chloe, would you like to rp with Velvet, she left her reflection at Tanya's)

Chione Asahina said...

Chi: *Opens her eyes wide, takes a deep breath and grins*

SimpleGamer98 said...

(Gemma, if you want to, just text)

Chione Asahina said...

(I'll try and get on the blog)

John said...

*Looks down at the Gnome*

...

And what exactly are you?

Chione Asahina said...

Chi: *Comes back up and a black robe flows over her body*

Commander Sophia Keating (N7 Operative and Council Spectre) said...

Claire: It will take some getting used to...



Liliana: If it's any consolation, it could have got me laid.

Inky Flame said...

(No...I don't have the heart tonight )

Savannah said...

(Okay Chloe, my email is open if you want...)

Inky Flame said...

(Thanks)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

It will..but hopefully not too much..



James: *glares* Mhmm. Please. I doubt anyone would want time with you, never mind the heartless beast.

SimpleGamer98 said...

No need to be so rude Mr, I'm Millhouse Manastorm, the Gnome. We'll skip the pleasantries just now however. The lake has something in it and we need to leave, now! *looks out onto the lake*

Savannah said...

*screams as the zombie rises to the surface*

John said...

And why is that?

*He beckons to Chione, smiling with her husbands face once more*

SimpleGamer98 said...

*begins to push Blake and Chi away from the water* That's why! *points at the Zombie* Now c'mon, move your butts!

Savannah said...

*stands there in shock and slowly moves towards the lake* *stops at the edge and kneels, moaning*

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

Ashlea: *wakes up from earlier*
*screams at how many people there are now*
*stares at the zombie*
*moves to the girls side, crawling*

SimpleGamer98 said...

*yells over to the girl* Miss what are you doing?!

John said...

*Tilts his head*

I still see no reason for us to leave.

Savannah said...

*hugs Ashlea, crying*
Níl, mo bhaile , mo bhaile álainn!
Fan ar ais chréatúr olc , fanacht ar ais !

Commander Sophia Keating (N7 Operative and Council Spectre) said...

Claire: Yeah. That's true. I want this to feel like home, you know?


Liliana: And that is where you're wrong. Many, many people want to spend time with me. Who wouldn't? I even had several nights with Silente and her angel girlfriend Bethany.

SimpleGamer98 said...

You don't know how many there are Mr, for all you know there could be hundreds or thousands! *makes gestures with his hands as he talks*

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

Ashlea: *hugs her back*
Calma síos! Tá sé ceart go leor go mbeidh, t-daoine scary déileáil leisAshlea: *hugs her back*

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

Yeah..I hope it does end up feeling like home.


James: *grunts*

John said...

...

And?

Chione Asahina said...

(on tv)

Commander Sophia Keating (N7 Operative and Council Spectre) said...

Claire: I'm sure it will.

Bethany: I hope it will. I want you to be happy.



Liliana: Jealous, are you?


(I will be back soon.)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

(Okay...can I have advice? So on my art work I want feathers, but I don't have glue. I THINK we get some time next lesson to fix it, but I'm not sure it'll stick, even with hairdryer help. I also have loads of homework due tomorrow to do..what do I do?)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

*nods*
So do I...


James: hardly.

SimpleGamer98 said...

That's a lot, I don't think you'd be able to handle them Mr..

(Yay Gem ^^ *hugs*)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

(I mean, I could use paint to stick them..
But that could take ages.
And I'm already tired.
And French and physics homework..
And also other art work...)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

(And my damn head hurts..
*sighs*)

Chione Asahina said...

*sends a fist of shadows into the zombies head*

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

(And I've graphics homework due Friday..)

Savannah said...

*looks at Ashlea and smiles*
Ashlea , tá mo ainm Ceann Tíre. It means headland which is what Ness means, as in Loch Ness. But you can call me Nessie I guess...

Savannah said...

(Try do the homework for tomorrow, how much do you need to stick?)

SimpleGamer98 said...

(As Gemma is using her TV it is slower than a laptop and it may take her a while to post/reply)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

(@Velvet uh...almost an A4 page worth of feathers..and art is also due tomorrow.)

Chione Asahina said...

(this is so hard)

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

Ashlea: *smiles*
Nessie is a nice name..

Jai (Silente Tempest - St Of Sinners) said...

MWAHAHAHA

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