Monday, December 20, 2021

Meet the Amazing Blogger - Unwanted Life

Hey readers,

I am happy to introduce you to an awesome blogger who goes by the name of Unwanted Life. If you guys have not heard of Unwanted Life, you are missing out because there are so many interesting and inspiring posts on the blog. You should definitely check it out!

What impact does blogging have in your daily life? How has blogging helped you? 

Blogging in my daily life gives me something to do to stop me losing my mind as I’m trapped at home with nothing to do. Since my health started to deteriorate and I had to give up my volunteer job at a substance abuse charity as a result, I had a lot of time to waste, even when doing my postgraduate degree. Starting my blog gave me something to do and I got to help people at the same time.

I’ve benefited a lot from blogging, besides it helping to keep me sane. It’s allowed me to expand my knowledge through researching my articles and it’s helped improve my counselling skills.

How do you manage to be consistent with your posts? Do you schedule them ahead or do you simply write whenever you want to?

I post a new article once a week on a Wednesday, so I just have to schedule to that deadline. Most of the time I only finish an article a day or two before it’s to be published, but from time to time I get four or more weeks ahead of my schedule. Although that often depends on how bad my mental health is at the time.

I’ve also started doing a monthly meet the sponsors article, which I can never really get a head with, given the nature of how it operates. But so far I’ve got it done by the start of the new calendar month.

What has been your most successful post? Why do you think that is?

My most successful article, since it was published at least, is ‘How Anime Brings Mental Health Into The Mainstream’. Before that, it was a tie between ‘Which Winnie The Pooh Character Are You?’ and ‘Alternative Subcultures: Goths And Mental Health’. My anime article was only published this year, yet it has topped my visits list almost every day since.

I think this particular article is popular because anime is hugely popular. I love anime and watch it all the time, which is why I noticed how mental health appeared in a lot of anime's popular shows. This was what motivated me to write the article in the first place.

Who inspires you to keep going and pushes you to better yourself in your life?

Cosmic Taryn helped keep me going when I thought about quitting, although they didn’t know it at the time. They were just being them; supportive by nature. But it was enough to keep me going. Happy to have met them and have them in my life, even though we’ve never met each other.

How long have you been blogging for? 

I started blogging in January 2019, so it’ll be three years this coming January. Although it feels longer, due to the pandemic.

Is blogging your full time job? If not, what is your occupation and how do you find time to juggle between these two? 

At the moment I do two volunteer jobs on top of blogging. My volunteer jobs only require about six hours a week of my time on average. This leaves plenty of time for blogging as long as my mental health or health issues aren’t playing up too much.

What do you do when you are feeling upset about something but don’t want to share your thoughts with anyone? What do you do in that very specific moment? 

I don’t really do anything. If it’s particularly bad, I may play some really heavy metal loudly or send a couple of messages to my partner to rant. But mainly I do nothing.

I believe that every blogger is different and has their own stories to share through the images, the display, and the title. Is there something that you find unique on your blog? Something that you might not find on any other blog that you visit? 

I’m probably the only mental health blog that has a darker, more negative looking logo, negative name, and darker styling in general. Most mental health blogs use light colours and positive imagery. But my life has always existed in darkness and I’ll always be a goth metalhead, and I won’t hide that. I want to be true to myself and how mental health issues really are: dark.

Is there a time where you really don’t feel like blogging? Did you ever take a break while blogging?

There’s been lots of times where I’ve struggled with blogging, but I don't really take a break. I’m not sure what I’d do with myself if I did. That much free time wouldn’ be healthy for me. But there’s no real specific times where I’ve hated blogging, it’s just my mental health and health issues can drain me of motivation or just make it too hard to do stuff.

I love reading your blog posts and from what I have read, you are always honest and a straightforward type of person. If you don’t like a product, app or anything else, you will tell the readers your honest opinion. That’s how I feel when I read your blog. How would you describe yourself in three words? 

This really stumped me, I had to come back to this one once I’d finished the other questions.

Damaged, but trying

Your blog has great topics including mental health, wellness, physical health, dyslexia and others. What’s your favorite type of posts to write about? 

I guess the area between mental health and advice, where these two come together, that’s what I prefer to write about. I get to learn as much as my readers when I write about that intersection.

What is your biggest achievement? (Either as a blogger or in life in general) 

I guess my biggest achievement to date is graduating from my postgraduate degree, which was a lot harder to do then it should have been. I lost funding during this degree, so I had to defer a year. Two placements for my clinical hours let me down two years in a row so I couldn’t get my clinical hours. My mum developed cancer while I was studying, and my health issues were getting worse. So it became quite a slog fest to finish.

Do you have a favorite tv show or a favorite movie that you would like to share with our readers?

I guess Star Trek (TV series and films, the whole collection), because it paints the ideal situation of how human society could function in a world without capitalism. All the more important as capitalism leads us to our climate disaster. Plus, sooner or later, almost every single job will be done by robots, so we won’t need to work, so this presents a good replacement model to live by. 

How did you come up with the name of your blog? 

I came up with the name for my blog by adapting the name for my biography that I never wrote. I would have called that book, Life of an Unwanted Youth. So I took the Unwanted part, because I’ve always felt unwanted, dropped the rest, and added Life on the end: Unwanted Life was born.

Do you have a preference between promoting your blog posts on Twitter or on Instagram? Where do you feel you are most active and engage with people? 

Instagram is a waste of time for promoting my articles, I’m not sure how anyone else finds it, but Instagram’s algorithm doesn’t favor any of my posts there. Twitter is far better for traffic, so I’d tell people to invest their time there.

Have you ever met any other bloggers in real life? Would you want to meet another blogger?

I don’t think I’ve ever met a blogger in real life, but then I don’t share my real name or images of my face. With people not knowing who I am, you don’t really end up in situations where other bloggers might get to meet you. But that might change one day. I could see myself revealing who I am at some point.

What are some of your hobbies? 

Not much at the moment, just watch a lot of TV shows, films, and anime, and do some gaming from time to time. I’d love to do more creative stuff, but I just don’t have the space to do that.

Do you have any upcoming projects or any posts that you would like to share with our readers? (personal or blog projects)

I’m currently putting together an article about what it’s like to live with suicidal thoughts, so if anyone would like to share their personal experience of that with me for that article, please contact me. 

I’d also love to share more of people’s stories of feeling unwanted and how that affected them too. If that interests you, please reach out and let's have a conversation about how we can make that happen.

Currently working in collaboration with an arts organization and an artist to create a video of what it’s like to go through an episode of my psychosis. Which is a situation I never thought I’d be in, which is both scary and exciting to be involved in.

What would you do to improve your blog? 

If I had more knowledge about website building, I’d improve it’s loading speed. Google keeps telling me it doesn’t load fast enough, but I’m at a loss about how to make that happen. I might also add a counselling service if my imposter syndrome lessens for long enough.

Unwanted Life is an amazing blogger, if you enjoyed this interview, make sure to check out the blog and all of the social media. Unwanted Life writes about mental health, learning disabilities, therapy and more, you should definitely check it out.



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~ Thank you for reading & happy blogging ~

Friday, December 17, 2021

Guest Post - Tips For Managing Mental Health During The Holidays

Hey readers,

I'm really happy about sharing this post today because it is about a very important topic and its written by a beautiful blogger, Riyah, who writes to inspire people with her lovely posts. This one is to help you get through the mental health stress during Christmas. 

It’s finally December, which means everyone is scrambling to find the perfect gifts, decorations, and everything needed to get into the holiday spirit. Unfortunately, however, this season proves to be the most difficult for us because we tend to sacrifice our mental health for the sake of the “holiday spirit.” As a result, we forget to take breaks, stay active, and even check in with our emotional selves during one of the busiest times of the year. 

While the holidays are supposed to be fun and jolly, that doesn’t mean you should ignore your mental health needs. Your mental health matters year-round, including during the holidays, so today, I will share a few tips for managing your mental health during the holidays. 

Tips For Managing Mental Health During The Holidays

Take a Break From Gift Shopping & Wrapping

I’m not the only one who drives themselves crazy buying and wrapping Christmas presents all month. However, I know how to take a break and separate myself from it for a bit. Remember that It's okay to skip gift shopping this year. But, it's not worth the stress. You can say no to the gifts and instead enjoy the wonders of the holiday season.

Check-In With Yourself 

“How am I feeling?”

“Am I doing okay?”

These are the questions you should always ask yourself this holiday season. So take some time in the morning or right before bed to ask and answer these two simple questions. This will help you check in with yourself, acknowledge how you’re genuinely feeling, and comfort yourself when feeling out of it. 

Drink Water

Believe it or not, drinking water is the most important thing you can do this season. As the weather gets colder, your body is more likely to become dehydrated. Your physical health equally impacts your mental health by your emotions. Drinking water helps the body to regulate body temperature and keeps you warm during the winter. 

Create A To-Do List & Stick To It

Prioritizing your holiday tasks and everyday tasks is key to any successful holiday season. Creating a to-do list and schedule helps to ensure that you don’t feel overwhelmed by daily tasks and deadlines. But, of course, it’s okay to say no to anything that is unrealistic or makes you feel bad. 

Make Time For Yourself

Like I mentioned previously, sometimes, we tend to put ourselves on the back burner for the sack of the holiday spirit. But that is not okay. One of the best things you can do to manage your mental health during the holiday season is to schedule some time for yourself. This can be anything like having a spa day, video gaming day, and even a social media detoxing day. Regardless, make sure you schedule things that will help your mental health improve and not become worse. 

Set Proper Boundaries

During the holiday season, family dynamics and friendships become complicated. People start to overstep their boundaries, treat your crappy, and even become entitled to gifts and other materialistic items. Setting boundaries early in the holiday season will help you control your role, life, and how others react to you. 

Stay Physically Active

Daily exercise reduces stress, depression, and anxiety. So outside of gift shopping and holiday errands, it’s essential to stay active through regular exercise. Now, if you’re not fond of going to the gym, there are other ways you can do this. 

  • Going on a walk

  • Doing active household chores

  • Playing with the kids

  • Going for a jog

Why You Need To Focus On Your Mental Health

I hope you enjoyed these seven tips for managing your mental health during the holiday season. This season is full of craziness, and you must keep tabs on where your mental health is. Not doing this will result in experiencing feelings of burnout, depression, anxiety, and even overwhelming stress. 

Your mental health matters and you should always make sure to take proper care of it, even during the busiest time of the year.

If you loved this post, do read more amazing posts on Riyah's blog. She writes about self-care, mental health, wellness and more. I love the way she writes and inspire us through her words. Her blog is very pretty and her posts are always a great read. Do check out Riyah's blog and social media by clicking the links below.

Riyah Speaks



Are you managing your mental health okay? Let us know in the comments. 

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Monday, December 6, 2021

Book Review - Oni - Rise of Shadow

Hey readers,

I am so excited to share my review of Oni-Rise of Shadow, written by C.L. Rue because the story is amazing. In one of my latest posts, I have interviewed this author and his book intrigue me so I decided to check it out. I am happy I did because I enjoyed this book so much. It was a fun read. 


Oni - Rise of Shadow by C.L. Rue is set in Japan. Three friends, Jak, Zeke and Triss go on an after-dark adventure, visiting the Mikumari Shrine. There they find some interesting artefacts. The three friends love an adventure and to explore the local area, to see what treasures they can find, even if it might risk them getting into trouble. 

Another member of the original group was Toshi, who had been friends with Zak for as long as they could remember. When they were children they pretended to be on ‘adventures either across mountain ranges or the Amazon. The habit never left them and they carried on with their adventures but this time in real life. 

What will the artefacts come to mean and what implications will they create for the group?

About the author:

The author goes by the name of C. L. Rue and was born in Milton Keynes but raised in Camberley.  If he's not spending time writing, he is most likely taking a good nap or playing video games. He is currently working on the sequel of his first published novel, Oni - Rise of Shadow. 

My review:

Before even getting into the book, I was already curious about the title. I thought that it was pretty creative and interesting. I love the Japanese culture and the fact that this novel is set in Japan is just perfect for me. I also love the names of the characters as they are unique. I have never read a story similar to this one so I definitely appreciate the originality of the novel. I love how it was fun and easy to read. As I read, I could imagine the scenes in my head which was amazing because I feel like I was moving along with the pages. I feel that you can get attached to the characters and their friendship too. I got attached to mainly one of the characters but I loved all of them as they all have different personalities and add to the story. The novel brought me to another world which I loved.  I really enjoyed reading this novel and I recommend Oni - Rise of Shadow to anyone who wants to enjoy a great book in one sitting.

I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to interview such an amazing author and now to read his first published novel. I am happy to say that it did not disappoint and I am looking forward to the next one. 

If you want to know more about the author, you can always follow him on twitter and read the interview by clicking the links below. 



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Do you think this type of novel might interest you? Would you give it a read? Comment below! 

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

Meet the Writer - L. A. Nolan

Hey readers,

I am here to introduce you to an amazing author, who's book, Blood & Brown Sugar is trending on Amazon in various categories such as Crime, Thriller and Mystery. L.A. Nolan is a full time writer who finds inspiration through his motorcycle journey. He's a member of a motorcycle club who writes passionately while being a wanderlust in India. Let's now get to the interview and get to know L.A. Nolan better. 

To start off this interview, tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1966 and was the first Canadian born member of my family whose roots are set firmly in Liverpool, England..

I began fiction writing in the late 1980’s after earning a short story and fiction composition diploma from Granton University. I experienced some early success in monthly magazines.

My restlessness eventually led me to settle in the Asian sub-continent, with India as a  base of operations. Many years of extensive travel through Asia ensued.

Motorcycling became the focus in 2014 and I joined a motorcycle club. After breaking several bones on a desolate mountainside in the Himalayas, I returned to New Delhi and refocused on my true passion of storytelling.

I’m now living in Bombay with my wife, a sarcastic beagle named Sweeney Todd,  and two very naughty motorcycles, Wilhelmina and Elvira. I’m writing full time.

I would love for you to share a little about your book, Blood & Brown Sugar: The Ride of His Life, with our readers.

The seeds of this novel, Blood & Brown Sugar, took root in my mind during some extensive motorcycle journeys through India. Between 2017 and 2018 I rode over 60,000 km with my motorcycle club throughout the country. That's a lot of time inside your own helmet, a lot of time to think. It’s an intoxicating combination really, a writer's mind being seduced by the majestic landscapes of India.  It’s difficult to explain unless you have experienced it. But suffice to say, I realized that somehow I had to capture the pure essence of wanderlust and try to write about those sensations and the experiences from those trips. It was just a matter of creating a story in which to convey those emotions and state of mind. 

I had no idea that desire would manifest itself into a crime thriller about motorcycles, guns, and heroin, but it did.  

The story centers around Alex Crossman, a simple young man, leading a peaceful, mundane existence. Right up to the moment he accidentally injures a member of Montreal’s most nefarious motorcycle club, the Chevaux de Fer. As recompense, Alex is forced to travel to India and escort the Club’s latest drug shipment home.

While under the watchful eye of the Club’s Indian contingent and ensnared by the seductive charms of its president’s mistress, Ipsita Chaudhary, Alex begins his dark and agonizing metamorphosis from a law-abiding citizen to outlaw biker. 

Now, inescapably leveraged into the gang’s sinister world and with the Narcotics Control Bureau in hot pursuit, he struggles to resist the incessant pull of this dark and unfamiliar lifestyle. A lifestyle fraught with tainted love and criminal behaviour. Long dead ghosts from his past whisper to his subconscious, luring him down a twisted and terrifying path of self-realization.

During a final showdown in the jungles of Goa, Alex’s conscience and ego clash in a culmination of good versus evil, love versus hate, and face off in a battle for dominance of his soul. With his moral compass skewed, he is left directionless and desperate.

In a nutshell, it’s the deconstruction of a nice guy from light to dark. I truly wanted to explore that and hope the readers feel the torment of Alex and enjoy the read.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Oh! Only three? Hmmm, let's go with adventurous, passionate and introspective.

What is one song that you could listen to till this day and not get tired of it?

Anything by The Beatles, but if you need specifics, Strawberry Fields Forever.

If you could have a wish fulfilled right now, what would you wish for?

I suppose I should say something like health and happiness for my family and loved ones. But in my heart of darkness, I’m thinking about the New York Times bestseller list for Blood & Brown Sugar.

According to you, at what point can you start calling yourself a writer or an author? 

To me, you can be a writer anytime. If you scribble out short stories or blogs, pen poetry or keep a journal, you’re a writer. All you really need to do is write and share it, I think. But Author? In my mind, that is only achieved after you’ve become published. 

Who inspires you the most in your daily life? 

My wife. She is an engineer and has reached a high level of prominence within the male dominated government agency in which she works. She is very well respected among her peers and yet remains humble and soft spoken. It astounds me how she seems to effortlessly navigate through any obstacle in our lives or her career and  how she reluctantly acknowledges any praise for her accomplishments. It amazes me to be honest. She keeps me grounded and manages to gently deflate my ego whenever needed. 

Have you always wanted to be a writer? If not, what did you want to be?

I have. Although in the early years, that manifested itself as being the class clown. I’ve always been a story teller. 

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I’m an old school biker first and foremost. I live by that code and would spend every waking moment on my bike if I could. I also play guitar and sing. I was the frontman of a rock and roll band in Delhi for a few years. That was a blast. I’ve dabbled in acting, a few bit parts in some Bollywood movies and a few commercials and web series. But it always comes back to writing. That's my true passion. 

Do you simply open a blank page and begin writing? Or do you plan everything ahead?

Interesting question. It really depends. I don’t have any specific formula. For Blood & Brown Sugar, there was an inkling, I had a basic plot idea, a few characters, a rough opening, middle and end. But I basically let the characters write that and I just followed their eb and flow.  Other times, it all comes in a flash. There was a short story I released in the Chandrayarn Anthology called Sabbat Of The Kali Daayan. I remember I was having dinner with my wife. It was around Halloween last year, a mental image popped into my head about witches huddled around a campfire. I excused myself to go to the washroom, and by the time the door swung shut behind me, it was completely written in my head. All I had to do with that one was put it on paper.  The novel I’m working on now has been very well planned. Months of research and character development before I even started writing it. So, it varies. I just go with whatever way a story presents itself to me.  One thing that is constant though - after I get the initial itch, I’ll let it simmer for a few days, even weeks. The ones that are worth writing don’t go away, the others fade.

When writing, do you listen to music or watch tv shows? Or do you fully focus on your writing?

Just writing. It’s like a tomb at my place while I’m working. Even my puppy knows not to bark. 

Is there a specific author that inspired you to write? If so, who’s the author? 

Oh goodness, so many. I couldn't possibly name just one. There are a few passages that truly inspire me - death creeping over the foot of the bed in The Snows Of Kilimanjaro by Hemmingway, the horse drawn carriage being pursued by wolves in Dracula by Bram Stoker, the sheer terror of Stephen King in all his work, the sticky sweet prose of Anne Rice in the “Interview” collection that I find myself happily reading while she slowly cuts off my air supply, the masterfully built suspense created by Robert Harris in Fatherland, the gut punching horror of Ira Levin’s Boys From Brazil. How could I possibly choose? 

If you could invite over three writers for dinner, who would they be? 

Another impossible question! Okay, Harris, King and Hemingway with Shakespeare on standby in case one of them cancels! 

What is a type of genre that you would never read? 

Never say never. I’ve read all genres. But I’m not a huge fan of romance or erotica. 

Is there something about you that no one really knows but you would like to share here? 

Sure...Those closest to me know this, but it’s not common knowledge. I am a writer of horror and thrillers who is absolutely terrified of witches. Seriously, even the nice ones who follow Wicca. Pure dread for me. A dear friend of mine is wiccan, and no matter how she tries to convince me otherwise, I’m certain that she boils the fat of young boys to make flying potions. 

What is the best part of writing for you? What is the worst part?

The best part is favorable reviews. Not for fame or glory, just the deep satisfaction that comes knowing you have truly entertained someone, giving them a brief reprieve from their daily routine, by transporting them somewhere of your making. Invoking happiness, sorrow, horror, whatever the emotion, purely through the power of your written word. That's the real kick for me.  The worst is the business side of things. Sweating the submissions, the marketing and promotion, and the final edits are extremely painful for me. To paraphrase Stephen King, I’m not very good at slaying my darlings.

As an author, what is something that you aim to achieve? 

International best seller.  Again, that may sound vain, but it’s not for the notoriety of it all.  It’s just the most accurate way I know of to be sure I have reached my audience and made them happy. 

Are you working on a novel or a project at the moment that you would like to share with our readers?

I have a few projects on the go. A Crate Of Rags & Bones is a collection of horror and thriller short stories that should be released later this year or early 2022. The sequel to Blood & Brown Sugar, Blood & Bombay Black, is in its final stages of editing, and my work in progress is a bit of a departure for me - a historical drama set in India at the end of WWI called A Mad Dog & His Englishman.

Do you have a favorite quote that you would like to share?

Absolutely! My all time favorite is by Friedrich Nietzsche:

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

 How poignant! It describes me to a tee, the dancing fool that I am! 

Is there anything that you would like to add or share in this interview?

I would of course love to plug my book that has just been released and is receiving some really great reviews. It is available on most major book retailer sites.  Here is the link::

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~ Thank you for reading and happy blogging ~

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Meet the Author - Lindy S. Hudis

Hey readers,

I am pleased to introduce you to a great author, Lindy S. Hudis. She's not only an author but also a filmmaker. Being a busy mom, it is not easy to do it all but here she is inspiring the world. Hudis has a lot more interesting things to share so let's get to the interview and get to know her better! 

To start off this interview, tell us a little about yourself.

First of all, thank you for having me on your blog! Us artistic types need to stick together! Well, I’m a California girl living with my hubby, two teenagers, one dog and four cats. I write when I have the time, being a busy mom and all. I studied acting and creative writing at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. It was a fun time. 

When did you first consider yourself an author? 

I guess when I got my first book, WEEKENDS, published. It was quite a shock after months of rejection letters. I really felt like I had accomplished something. 

What’s your favorite genre to write about? 

Honestly, I like to write in all genres and I consider myself a multi-genre author. To me, I am simply telling a story. 

I read that you are not only an author but also a filmmaker, how does that feel? 

Orsen Welles once said that film is the most emotional medium in the history of the world, and I tend to agree. Books and movies can really take a reader/audience member to another place. I want to be able to make people feel, and to be transported to another time, place, and situation. Film and literature are very much alike in that way. 

Can you tell us more about your latest book? 

HOLLYWOOD UNDERWORLD is the first in a series about Tinseltown and the many lives of the people who live and work there. It’s a crime fiction story. If it were a film it would be considered Film Noir. It’s about a courageous single mom and personal manager who gets help from a very handsome crime boss to find a missing actor client of hers.  

What was your dream as a child? 

To be an actress! I did live that dream for a bit. Back in the 90’s I worked on the television shows SUNSET BEACH, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN and BEVERLY HILLS 90210. I also had a small part in the feature film INDECENT PROPOSAL. That was a fun day of shooting. Then I got married and did the mom thing. I just sort of fell into writing from there. 

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would it be? 

Judy Blume or Jackie Collins. Both of those super talented ladies inspired me to become a writer.

Are you an early bird or a night owl? 

Early Bird, definitely! I m up at 5:30 am every morning. Cats have to be fed, kids have to get ready for school, and doggie needs to pee. 

Do you prefer watching a movie or reading a book? 


What is your current favorite song? (If you have any)Do you have any pets? If not, would you like to have one? 

Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run. The story of my life!

What is your favorite season? 

I’m a summer girl! I could never live anywhere else other than Southern California - the land of the Endless Summer

Do you have any tips for writers who just began their journey? 

Don’t give up and write a little bit everyday! My father-in-law was the late, great writer Norman Hudis. He was a huge influence on me. He said to write a little bit everyday even it if is just one sentence. At least you would have written something. 

Are you working on anything right now that you would like to share with our readers? 

I have gotten started on the second installment of Hollywood Underworld! I can’t tell you any more secrets!

You can follow her on twitter and check out her blog by clicking the links below. 


Lindy In Paradise

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