Black Hair: Care and Maintenance Resources

writingwithcolor:

Anonymous said: I have a fantasy world and many of my characters are Black. I remember reading a criticism about how non-black writers writing their Black characters going to sleep without twisting their hair or taking care of it wrong. I was wondering if you could direct me of accurate resources about hair care and maintaining and creating hairstyles.

First, learn what hair type your character has, which varies the sort of maintenance and products they need by some, as well as how they’d style their hair. From there, check out some of the styling and hair care resources below.

Hair type

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Styling

Hair Care

~Mod Colette


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Writing Action and Fight Scenes

yaliteraturebookshelf:

Planning

It can be hard to write effective fight scenes that don’t all sound the same. The best way to start is to plan where the fight starts and ends so that you have a goal and the scene doesn’t go on for ages. Planning an evenly matched enemy or one that’s slightly better keeps things exciting. This means your protagonist doesn’t win in the first five seconds every time and an interesting fight can pursue.

Pace

Action happens quickly in real life and you can mirror this in your writing with short sentences, which quickens the pace. Use less commas and semicolons when writing about something happening fast. You should also alter the pace of your writing if something emotional happens. It’s going to be important, so slow the story right down while it happens, like bullet time in movies, then quicken it up again after. This allows you to put emphases on the important parts of the scene.

Editing

It’s best to write the whole scene, going into as much detail as you want, and then edit it later. Cut out a lot of the detail as this slows down the pace. Decide what’s necessary to keep in and what can be implied. Readers are good at working out things for themselves, so every little movement doesn’t need to be kept in - keep it precise. Only have adverbs and adjectives when absolutely necessary as these also weight sentences down. Use action verbs instead and try opening sentences with them to keep drawing your reader in.

Realism

Unless you’re writing an epic fantasy you should make your fights realistic (even if you’re writing fantasy or sci-fi your fight should still fit into the rules of the world your characters are in). Readers want a fight where they know the odds and who is winning as the scene progresses. You should also be true to your characters and their limitations. Not everyone can fight, so don’t make a character unrealistically good just because you want some action. There are other ways to win a fight without combat.

Consequences

You need to be aware that violence has consequences. In the real world, if a big fight happens people are going to see it and the law is probably going to get involved. So make the outcome of the action realistic of your story world. You also need to show the effects of a fight on your characters. They can’t go through every fight without getting hurt, so show how they are fairing after (physically and emotionally), along with the enemy and the setting if it was a big fight. Fights are pointless if nothing changes because of them, so make the stakes high and personal for your characters.

Thoughts & Dialogue

Don’t forget to show what your characters are thinking and feeling about the situation - either with thoughts or dialogue. Dialogue or written thoughts can break up the scene visually and stop readers getting bored with large chucks of writing, even if it is an action scene. They sometimes skip long descriptions; especially if they want to know how an action scene ends, but tend to stop at thoughts or dialogue. Dialogue also propels the action, while at the same time showing a sense of urgency by how little is said.

Hope this helps you write better action scenes!

Happy writing!


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Writing Tips: Character Variation

thepenspointofview:


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Writing Research - Viking Age

ghostflowerdreams:

The Viking Age is the period from 793 AD to 1066 AD in European history, especially Northern European and Scandinavian history, following the Germanic Iron Age. It is the period of history when Scandinavian Norsemen explored Europe by its seas and rivers for trade, raids and conquest. In this period, the Vikings also settled in Norse Greenland and Newfoundland, and present-day Faroe Islands, Iceland, Normandy, Scotland, Ireland, Russia and Anatolia. [1]

Names

Society & Life

Commerce

Entertainment & Food

Hygiene, Health & Medicine

Fashion

Dialogue

Justice & Crime


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Mirrors - Superstition

bibliotecha-secreta:

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Mirrors are an interest to many metaphysical factors, and folk beliefs that are prominent in many cultures across the world.

Scrying

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Other mediums can be used, such as a bowl of water, a crystal ball, or a pond.

The scryer is set to a self-induced trance. Initially, the medium serves as a focus for the attention, removing unwanted thoughts from the mind in the same way as a mantra. Once this stage is achieved, the scryer begins a free association with the perceived images suggested. The technique of deliberately looking for and declaring these initial images aloud, however trivial or irrelevant they may seem to the conscious mind, is done with the intent of deepening the trance state, in this trance the scryer hears his own disassociated voice affirming what is seen within the concentrated state in a kind of feedback loop. This process culminates in the achievement of a final and desired end stage in which rich visual images and dramatic stories seem to be projected within the medium itself, or directly within the mind’s eye of the scryer, something like an inner movie. This process reputedly allows the scryer to “see” relevant events or images within the chosen medium.

One of the most famous scryers in history lived in the 16th century and was known as NostradamusHe used a bowl of water or a “magic mirror” to “see” the future in it, while he was in trance.

Superstitions

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  • An association of mirrors with death is common in folklore, and stems from the belief that the soul could become trapped in the mirror, causing death. For this reason, young children were often not allowed to look in a mirror until they were at least a year old.
  • Mirrors were covered during sleep or illness so that the soul, in its wanderings, would not become trapped and unable to return to the body.
  • The peoples of northern India considered it dangerous to look into a mirror that belonged to someone else. It was especially so to look into the mirrors of a house you were visiting: when you left, you would leave part of your soul behind trapped in the mirrors, which could then be manipulated by your host to their advantage.
  • A formerly widespread tradition held that young women gazing into a mirror in a darkened room (often on Halloween) could catch a glimpse of their future husband’s face in the mirror—or a skull personifying Death if their fate was to die before they married.
  • If a mirror falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will soon die.
  • Someone seeing their reflection in a room where someone has recently died, will soon die themselves.


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poppunkmutants:

but have you considered:

  • strong females who don’t denounce femininity or being girly
  • strong females who are “like every other girl” bc why the hell not girls are rad
  • strong females who tear down the culture of girls hating on other girls
  • strong females who are proud to be feminists
  • strong females who support and acknowledge trans women
  • strong females who understand that being strong isn’t synonymous with manly or with “acting like a man”

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thewritingcafe:


Anonymous asked you:
Any advice for creating a creation myth for my fantasy world?

Part I: Creating a Religion
Part II: Religious Hierarchies
Part III: Pantheons, Deities, Mythologies, etc.
Part IV: Creating a Deity
Part V: Religious Sects
BONUS: Ceremonies (birth, death, naming, sacrificing, rites of passage)
WHEN?
When does your world believe the world was made? You don’t have to create a timeline, but you can. Your characters don’t even have to give an actual time period. If the creation myth is about the creation of humans rather than the world itself and if the story involves nearby mountains, they might say “before the mountains were here”.
You can get as specific as you want with the timeline. For example, someone studied the Bible and concluded that the earth was made in October in 4004 BCE.
Come up with different ways to measure the timeline of the creation myth in your world. If one world has three moons that represent three deities, they might believe that it took three thousand years to create the world, giving one thousand years to each moon/deity. Each thousand years could add something new to the world (the natural world (planets, stars, water, rock, etc.), living things (plants, animals, etc.), and magic or something).
WHAT HAPPENED?
It’s quite common for creation stories to start with “in the beginning there was X”. X can refer to a character, a place, nothing, darkness, silence, or anything else you want if it relates to the story. If you start with this structure, something needs to disrupt, change, or add to what was.
Creations can be accidental or intended. If creations are intended, come up with a reason for why they were intended. A deity might have made the world as a gift to another deity or they might have created a volcano as a prison to hold some type of creature that shoots up lava every now and then in an attempt to escape.
CHARACTERS INVOLVED
Literally anything can be a character in a creation myth. Water can interact with deities and animals can talk. Humans can reproduce asexually and giraffes can be stretched until they have long necks. 
If you have created deities, consider putting them into your creation myth. Create relationships between these deities and make sure the events of the creation myth have an impact on the deities as well.
Other times, the creation myth creates deities and other mythological or supernatural beings. In this case, some type of being who is above the created deities will need to exist.
EXPLANATIONS
The creation of the world is not the only thing that a creation myth can explain. They can explain a number of phenomena, such as rain, death, sunrises and sunsets, stars, mountains, and other parts of the natural world.
The creation myth does not even have to be about the creation of the whole world. It might be about the island where your characters live or it might just be about humans.

thewritingcafe:

Anonymous asked you:

Any advice for creating a creation myth for my fantasy world?

Part I: Creating a Religion

Part II: Religious Hierarchies

Part III: Pantheons, Deities, Mythologies, etc.

Part IV: Creating a Deity

Part V: Religious Sects

BONUS: Ceremonies (birth, death, naming, sacrificing, rites of passage)

WHEN?

When does your world believe the world was made? You don’t have to create a timeline, but you can. Your characters don’t even have to give an actual time period. If the creation myth is about the creation of humans rather than the world itself and if the story involves nearby mountains, they might say “before the mountains were here”.

You can get as specific as you want with the timeline. For example, someone studied the Bible and concluded that the earth was made in October in 4004 BCE.

Come up with different ways to measure the timeline of the creation myth in your world. If one world has three moons that represent three deities, they might believe that it took three thousand years to create the world, giving one thousand years to each moon/deity. Each thousand years could add something new to the world (the natural world (planets, stars, water, rock, etc.), living things (plants, animals, etc.), and magic or something).

WHAT HAPPENED?

It’s quite common for creation stories to start with “in the beginning there was X”. X can refer to a character, a place, nothing, darkness, silence, or anything else you want if it relates to the story. If you start with this structure, something needs to disrupt, change, or add to what was.

Creations can be accidental or intended. If creations are intended, come up with a reason for why they were intended. A deity might have made the world as a gift to another deity or they might have created a volcano as a prison to hold some type of creature that shoots up lava every now and then in an attempt to escape.

CHARACTERS INVOLVED

Literally anything can be a character in a creation myth. Water can interact with deities and animals can talk. Humans can reproduce asexually and giraffes can be stretched until they have long necks. 

If you have created deities, consider putting them into your creation myth. Create relationships between these deities and make sure the events of the creation myth have an impact on the deities as well.

Other times, the creation myth creates deities and other mythological or supernatural beings. In this case, some type of being who is above the created deities will need to exist.

EXPLANATIONS

The creation of the world is not the only thing that a creation myth can explain. They can explain a number of phenomena, such as rain, death, sunrises and sunsets, stars, mountains, and other parts of the natural world.

The creation myth does not even have to be about the creation of the whole world. It might be about the island where your characters live or it might just be about humans.


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Respectful RP Shipping

howthehelldoiknow:

…a PSA.

I’ve seen and heard many reports of late where a few RPers, some new and some not new, have been pressing their ships on others.

This message is meant to offer guidance on the proper way to approach shipping in the Tumblr RP world.

SO YOU FOUND SOMEONE TO SHIP WITH

You ship it, and another character is the other half of your OTP for your muse. Great!

However, the other Mun:

  • may not ship it
  • may not know you well enough to instantly ship it, or ship it at all
  • may prefer to build a ship rather than simply assuming one
  • may not be a multishipper, and may have one of your muse already
  • may also may not feel that your version of your muse and their version of theirs are truly compatible

Before you put up a starter or hitting someone’s Askbox referring to your respective characters as married, involved, or otherwise sharing intimate moments, embraces, kisses, etc., ask the Mun if he or she is on board with your plan.

It can also save you time if you read a blog’s ENTIRE Info section. I know, some are long (like mine) but a good blog will offer details involving at least some relevant limits. If you’re in a hurry, use your browser’s Find function (Ctrl-F on your keyboard) to search for keywords like “ship”, “multiship”, or “smut”.

SMUTTING

So you’ve got an arrangement to ship, great!

First of all, make sure the person you’re shipping with is interested in smut if that’s where you want to go.

They may prefer the “fade to black” approach, or may not know you well enough to smut your muses. There may be legal impediments to their writing smut with you if you’re under the age of 18.

Check with the other Mun to see what’s on the table. If you’re unsure of legal considerations and are concerned, ask the other mun their age. If their age makes you uncomfortable, say so, and be honest when you say whether you are over 18 or under. I’m a tumblr “Illuminati” (over 25) and am uncomfortable, given the laws in my country, with smutting with an underage person. That’s enough to get me labeled a sex offender!

It may be an impediment for your partner (legal or moral), so be honest and respectful of your partner.

And if your partner says they’re uncomfortable writing smut in general, prefer not to write smut, or are not sufficiently comfortable with you IC and/or OOC to write smut, respect that.

People have a right to refuse RPs and writing topics that make them uncomfortable.

UNSOLICITED ASKBOX SMUT

If someone hasn’t recently (like within 12-24 hours tops) posted a meme looking for smut in their askbox, and you don’t know the mun well enough to know if it’s welcome, DO NOT SEND IT.

If you’ve got an inclination and aren’t sure, ask first. You might have something triggering in your plan. The person may just not be comfortable with getting unsolicited smut.

Sure, a lot of us are dirty buggers who loves us some smut, but send it ONLY if it’s solicited or you know the mun is receptive to getting it.

If smut is solicited in reblogging a meme, it’s fair game, but try to avoid anything too triggering. You wouldn’t want to hurt or upset your prospective partner. 

NOTPs

Do try not to shit on anyone else’s ship. You may not ship it but they may either think it’s glorious, or fun, or their OTP. You can say it’s not your cup of tea. You can say “I don’t ship this because ________.” (I often do this with my opinion of the pre-Flashpoint Nightwing/Starfire ship).

In other words, it’s fine to have and express an opinion, but do it respectfullly.

Don’t just say, “Eeeww, Joker/Babs is gross how can you ship that!” (I don’t ship it, but I know of another Babs who did in the course of her RP. She got crap for it constantly.)

Someone’s ship(s) might be considered cracky to you or others. It might be perceived as downright disgusting. It might just plain stretch credulity. But do be respectful.

SAVIOR IS YOUR FRIEND

If you see a particular ship come up on your dash, or RPs which involve someone whose style you heartily dislike, just install Tumblr Savior and put in the relevant blacklist details such as the URLs or keywords. Some of the Tumblr extensions such as xKit also offer blacklisting options.

You can also do this for other triggers you have provided that those you follow tag their posts accordingly. 

Tumblr Savior is available for:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Opera
  • Safari

Note: Some installations may require or work better with the Greasemonkey extension installed as well as Savior.

YOUR PARTNER LOST THEIR MUSE

This REALLY sucks, dude, and you’ve got my sympathy. Maybe your partner’s muse is generally struggling, or they’re having trouble writing a reply for your thread, or maybe even they’re intimidating by your quality. This one isn’t limited to shipping - it’s more general to any sort of IC interactions in all RP formats and forums.

Don’t fret. It doesn’t mean you suck, or that your partner thinks you suck.

Sometimes a muse will only cooperate with certain threads at a given time, or will lose the muse entirely for a ship or line of character development.

If you think your owed reply is missed, it is acceptable to drop them a line after a few days, particularly if they’re active with other threads. They may have just missed a notification, which tumblr may have eaten.

But don’t:

  • Harangue/guilt trip the other mun for failing to reply
  • Spam their askbox with more than one note every few days, at most, and only then if they don’t acknowledge your first note (as sometimes tumblr gets hungry and chows down on an ask)
  • Seek to publicly humiliate or badmouth the other mun for not replying

DO:

  • Be accepting of your partner’s challenges with their muse and IRL/AFK
  • Be appreciative of the opportunity you’ve had to interact
  • Be forthright with your partner(s) if you’re in a position where you’ve lost your muse or otherwise need more time or can’t reply to a thread for a while

IN CONCLUSION

Force Shipping = Not Cool

  • Talk to your partners if you want to ship before you start sending stuff.
  • Know their limits.
  • Read their ENTIRE info page so you know what their limits are. If you can’t find one, ask for a link. 

Smutting

  • Don’t assume your partner(s) are willing to write smut with you.
  • Be willing to ask your partner(s) their age if the possibility of underage smutting is not acceptable to you
  • Accept if people are uncomfortable writing smut (with others, with you, or in general)

Askbox Smut 

  • Don’t assume your partner(s) looking for smut if they haven’t asked for it or you don’t have a strong sense that they’re willing to accept unsolicited smut.

nOTPs

  • Don’t rip on others’ ships.
  • If you don’t ship it, be respectful when you say so.

Savior

  • Use Savior to avoid triggering content and RPs which are likely to annoy/trigger you.

General

  • Accept that muses sometimes don’t cooperate
  • Be kind to and appreciative of your partners 

FINALLY…HAVE FUN, BUT MAKE SURE YOUR FUN ISN’T DISRESPECTFUL TO OTHER MUNS’ LIMITS OR ENJOYMENT.

Thank you.


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Writing about writing: Smut

chocochipbiscuit:

I had a hard time (har har, sex joke!) writing smut, so started trying to figure out what was working and what wasn’t. This self-indulgent thing is the result.

Under a cut for smuttery, my work process, and unsolicited writing advice to the world at large.

For my own purposes, I’m clarifying and pulling together some of what I find interesting when I read/write smut. I don’t know if it’ll be interesting to anyone else, but here it goes!

What I like in smut:

  • Communication and talking things through. I don’t just mean  consent (though I like that too! Except when I don’t. I fully admit the hypocrisy and decided this has its own section) Essentially, I really like when everyone involved is having a good time, chatting (or not, according to preference) and it’s just swell and dandy. And there’s body language too; reacting to one another’s presence, or when eyes catch and one partner starts giggling and the other gets offended and then the first person has to explain they were just happy, so please don’t be offended honey. Not all communication’s verbal, but there should still be an exchange of sorts going on.
  • Character. That’s the number one reason I like erotica more than random actors/actresses banging away on redtube or some other pornsite. I like feeling like I’m seeing/reading people having fun. Not that everyone has to be sunshine and roses (hello there, I’m guilty of writing God/Dog and I fully admit that no one can rationally call him a healthy individual) but it makes the sex feel more personal and intimate. And that is hot. One of the things I like when reading is when it’s in a character’s voice and as they get more excited or things heat up, the sentence structure changes. It’s very immediate, it’s a neat writing trick, and it helps me as a reader get caught up in it.
  • Physicality: There’s so much more to it than insert Tab A into Slot B (and I’m not just talking the act of penetration, though that’s not everyone’s cup of tea) that I find going through just the motions sort of… well, bland. There’s sensuality too; the way someone’s thigh feels, the softness of their hair brushing over their partner’s shoulders, scent and taste and the way their breath catches. All those things build up the scene and make things more immersive.

What I don’t like in smut: I apologize if any of this sounds like kink-shaming. I don’t normally like dwelling on the negatives, but sometimes I read something that feels like it should be hot, and it certainly checks off all the boxes on stuff I should like, but it just leaves me… unfulfilled.

  • Lack of author awareness on power dynamics or consent issues. For me something that could be hot (and hello, I do like kink and sometimes unhealthy relationships) ends up feeling foul and nasty when it feels like the author is trying to romanticize or glamorize it. 50SOG is the best example for me because even though the actual kink acts are hello-yes-I-do-like, everything else is… ick.
  • Purple prose: I realize this overlaps with wanting good writing in general (and really, good writing applies to everything, not just smut in particular) but it strikes me as especially jarring when an author tries to get ‘creative’ with language. Then we get such monstrosities as ‘shafting her velvet membranes’ or ‘sucking the dewy pearl from the plum-like glans of his manhood.’
  • Sort of overlaps with purple prose, but… very gender-specific language that doesn’t need to be. Like the ‘manly’ shape of someone’s shoulders. No. There isn’t a ‘manly’ shape. Maybe the strong lines of someone’s collarbone, or the bend of their neck, or something else nice, but there’s no need to mix up gender essentialism in there. Similarly, a ‘womanly’ hourglass figure. This might just be my own personal biases though, since I can go feminine to manly with a change of clothes and posture. The only places where it doesn’t bother me as much is if it’s in the character’s voice and the character is more likely to see it as a gender thing, but that gets into a grey area that overlaps with author awareness.

How I try to write smut: I admit I’m guilty (or have been, even though I still try to work on it) of writing the things I specifically said I do not like. I also try to stay closer to the things I do like. I generally start out with an idea of the actual actions I want in the smut (spanking? Okay! Oral sex? Who’s giving?) and what is going through each character’s head besides ‘omg hot yes do want now.’ I try to think who’s in control, who is leading, who might be nervous, who wants some reassurance during the sex, that kind of thing. So that will get me through my first draft, and then I go back and try to tweak it for characterization and sensuality and word choices and all that.

I’m just another amateur writer of erotica though, so it’s not anything too fancy or amazing here. D:

Non-con vs dub-con: Non-con generally isn’t my cup of tea, and while both non-con and dub-con (as generally defined in fandom, at least) are definitely not okay in real life, I think they fulfill different niches and fantasy when it comes to smut. I personally prefer the pornier side of dub-con, which I define as where the characters are physically enjoying themselves even if the headspace gets a little strange sometimes. However, courierduster has an even better definition I’m quoting below.

Dub-con is justified by the characters taking part in the sexual acts. Non-con is justified by the writer.”

And I fully admit I’ve written dub-con. Watching definitely has dub-con. Parts of God is in the Simplest of Beasts get very rough, but stop just shy of dub-con only because one of the parties happens to consent. (Though admittedly, consent issues with a mentally unstable nightkin are always going to be grey in my opinion.) And Pain qualifies as dub-con (to me) even if there are no elements of coercion. I admit all this because 1) I have a very clear separation of fantasy from reality, and 2) I admit I may be biased because I do write and enjoy some of that material.

Final disclaimer: I am just another amateur smut writer without any real professional background. I just read, think, and write what I like. I have a lot more thoughts regarding kink, consent, and my own personal biases/comfort levels with writing smut, but this is a more general piece.


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            SIN IS THEIR SPECIALITY... AND BUSINESS IS BOOMING.
Statistics show that most mortals sell their souls for five reasons: sex, money, power, revenge, and love. In that order.
Most of our residents helped build these statistics by making the so-called, and strangely common, deals with the Devil. They got their end of the bargain — but no one ever told them it stopped there. Even after selling their souls, the now immortals try to live a normal life, but with Lucifer for a boss, they can’t just forget their duties and settle down for domestic bliss. To pay for their deals, not only did they have to give up their shiny old souls, but are now working for the “dark side”, too.
It doesn’t matter if they enjoy it or get along with their angelic counterparts; as long as they keep the damnation circle going, they have nothing to worry about. Because after all, that is exactly what Hell employs them for.
These creatures live among humans, who have no idea that something wicked is at work in Prague’s demon underground…

MAIN PAGE  ◆ ASK ◆ PLOT ◆ NAVIGATION ◆ SPECIES ◆ CHARACTERS

Opening this Monday, Sept 29th! 
            SIN IS THEIR SPECIALITY... AND BUSINESS IS BOOMING.

Statistics show that most mortals sell their souls for five reasons: sex, money, power, revenge, and love. In that order.

Most of our residents helped build these statistics by making the so-called, and strangely common, deals with the Devil. They got their end of the bargain — but no one ever told them it stopped there. Even after selling their souls, the now immortals try to live a normal life, but with Lucifer for a boss, they can’t just forget their duties and settle down for domestic bliss. To pay for their deals, not only did they have to give up their shiny old souls, but are now working for the “dark side”, too.

It doesn’t matter if they enjoy it or get along with their angelic counterparts; as long as they keep the damnation circle going, they have nothing to worry about. Because after all, that is exactly what Hell employs them for.

These creatures live among humans, who have no idea that something wicked is at work in Prague’s demon underground…

MAIN PAGE  ◆ ASK ◆ PLOT ◆ NAVIGATION ◆ SPECIES ◆ CHARACTERS

Opening this Monday, Sept 29th! 


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