Tuesday, January 30, 2007

James Somers Interview Part II


Here's the second installment of my interview with Chronicles of Soone: Heir to the King author James Somers.


Sarah: My son started a Soone club. No pressure here... but we are expecting great things from book number two.

James: I'm hoping and praying for great things, too. And I really appreciate the support of young people like your son. Kids really are some of the most supportive fans an author can have...I'd like to join that club, I'll bring the foam lightsabers!

Sarah: Can't do too much damage with foam. You're in! OK... best moment as a published author:

James: The best moment beyond actually having the finished book in my hand, is hearing the wonderful fan reviews of the book. It was written in hopes that others would love the story--that's a true blessing to me as a writer.

Sarah: Worst moment as a published author.

James: As far as publishing is concerned, I haven't really had bad moments, although going through the submission and rejection process is never fun. I'm going through it right now and it's hard to see your work being rejected by certain publishers and such, but it's simply part of the process. I try to just walk by faith and hope the Lord will find a home for each book.

Sarah: I think the author of Gone with the Wind... Margaret Mitchell... got about 40 rejection letters. Someone even said "NO one wants to read a book about the Civil War!" And the rest is history, as they say.

James: Well, I've heard that as well, along with stories like John Grisham not being able to find a home for his first novel and so forth. The industry is increasingly harder to break into and the plain truth is, the many a good story will be passed on because industry pros don't feel the market is right and the risk is worth it. I've read a number of self-published or small press books that I'd take over the big names in a heartbeat as far as the story goes, though.

Sarah: Now that I've recovered from my initial introduction to Simon Cowell, I'm thinking about the "kindness" of honesty. I've been contacted by people who want help getting a publisher. Usually the book's not written. It's just an idea. Some of those ideas are awesome! But getting a royalty publisher to grab an idea... or even a finished proposal... can be a challenge. And people going the self-publishing route need to have their eyes wide open. A top buyer for a bookselling chain once told me that self-publishing can be a path of heartache. "There are lots of garages out there filled with books," is what he said.

James: A little Simon Cowell honesty isn't really a bad thing. The old saying you can be anything you want to be isn't always true. There is such a thing as talent. Some things you can study and work your way into and others you just have a knack for. Being able to lay down beautiful prose, doesn't mean you necessarily have a great story to tell. Personally, I'd rather have the great story and work on the writing chops than the other way around.


Sarah: Yeah, I agree with that. The story has to be there. There are editors at the publishing houses who can polish the prose. Potential authors also need to be able to demonstrate that they have a platform to sell those books. Anymore, that's probably the single-most important consideration, particularly for non-fiction. It's a business...


OK... moving past this little dose of reality... people do get books published. And, as you said, it usually starts with a great idea. So, James, let's say someone's got that idea. Three tips you would give them...

James: First... be sure that you flesh out the idea very well in your mind or on paper before you decide to write a full length novel. You don't want to lose your steam in the middle by running out of ideas and a place to go with it.

Second... be passionate about the story.

Third... something that has helped me, as far as writing, is to see the story in scenes like you were directing a movie. This has helped me to write action fairly well and keep my stories moving along, because I want each scene to have something important happening and driving toward the next scene.

Sarah: OK. This isn't your full-time job. How do you juggle, family, work, ministry, books...

James: It seems like juggling sometimes! I work during the day to evening as a Surgical Tech and then go home to my family to spend time with them. I serve as the Assistant Pastor of our church at the moment, which is a great blessing, and I'm hoping to Pastor when the Lord is ready. Writing is all done in my spare time...yeah, what spare time. Think, very late at night when everyone else goes to bed--there I am pecking away at my laptop.



Sarah: OK, then. You better get back to writing. Me, too!

James: You're right! I've got a manuscript I'm finishing right now for my next series, Perditions Gate: Escape from New Eden. Thanks for inviting me and to everyone interested in the Chronicles of Soone series, I think you'll find the best is yet to come.

Sarah: Can't wait! Thanks, James.

James Somers On Soone: Part I

I chatted recently with author James Somers about life in the publishing world (and life in general).

Sarah: Howdy, James!

James: Hoowdee, Sarah...actually we don't really say howdy in Tennessee. But we do like y'all alot.

Sarah: We like y'all, too. As long as it's friendly, we like it. So, how are things in Johnson City?

James: Things are cold right now--a little dusting of snow but nothing compared to what you guys were getting out your way recently.

Sarah: Yeah, it was cold here. Then again we think it's cold when it's, like, 60... I posted something about American Idol recently. I thought I might have seen you in the Memphis crowd. Was that you?

James: (laughs) Actually, you might be closer to Memphis than me. I'm at the farthest end of the state from Memphis. Did you make it to the audition?

Sarah: Oh, not me. I cry at Ford commercials. I wouldn't survive it. But I'm pretty sure Jamey did... So, James, you have your first book published!

James: Yes, the Chronicles of Soone: Heir to the King was published last November by Breakneck Books Publishing.

Sarah: And book number two is coming soon?

James: Yes, The Chronicles of Soone: The Rise of Lucin is scheduled for release by my publisher in November 2007.

Sarah: OK... your new cover is intense.

James: I really like the mood that this cover sets for the novel. It gets the point across, along with the title, that some difficult times are coming for the heroes!

Sarah: So without giving up too much, what can you tell us about the good guys and the bad guys in the second book?

James: The good guys are on the run in this next installment and the bad guys are gaining strength and getting ready for a big takeover. Its tone may be a bit like Star Wars III in that the bad guys are gaining power as the good guys struggle.

Coming Soon: James on the best and worst moments as an author... and three tips for getting published!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Finn Fundamentals



Everyone Is Here, By the Finn Brothers

When the brothers opine about God, I'm puzzled. If it's see-through theology you want, you won't find it here. Everyone Is Here is a simmering broth of meet-you-where-you're-at humanity. With awakening acoustics and hand-in-glove harmonies, it's an album that might just furnish a home in your heart.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Truth



..."I AM WHO I AM...."

Exodus 3:14


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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Illusions


"The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we appear to be."

Socrates


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Interesting Reading: "The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life" (Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr.)

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Gladness Come Rain or Shine


I’m all for conservation. But I’m struggling with our new lighting. Todd has replaced the garden variety 60-watters in my kitchen with these new energy efficient bulbs. They kind of slow burn for about ten minutes before light fully shines. So you have to plan well in advance for your lighting needs. Unfortunately, it’s all downhill from there, because when the light does finally stream, it paints the room in this ghastly greenish fluorescence. My kitchen now has all the ambience of Cellblock 14. Sgt. Mahoney could usher all the folks from his holding cell into my kitchen and easily get them to talk. Need a confession? Grab some leg irons and come stand by my sink.

I was making peanut butter sandwiches for the kids' lunch the other morning. Todd walked in and said, “Aren’t the lights working?”

“They’re working great,” I replied.

“Then why are you standing here in the dark?” he asked.

“Because I feel like I’m on death row every time I flip the switch.” I replied.

Combine the look of my kitchen with the unusual weather we’ve been having in Texas. Snow and rain and sleet and heavy, masking gray skies. Everything looks so bleak.

So imagine my joy this morning when I looked out the window and saw the first morning stream of sunlight. It made me smile. I don’t have to live today like a wombat in my kitchen and we can all get outside and enjoy the radiance.

It’s a new semester at Dallas Seminary and we’re studying the Psalms. The poetic and lyrical book of the Bible that teaches us to praise God in good times and bad. I was struck when I saw the sun this morning at my viscerally joyful reaction to the light. It’s a sun I’ve known for 45 years. A sun I largely take for granted. But today, I thank God for that sun. Because I just recently left the darkness. I can almost taste the contrast today.

What I aspire for in my spiritual life, however, is an unshakable spirit of gratitude that looks up to the sky and thanks God for every type of weather (and every type of light bulb, for that matter). That there would be gladness and appreciation irrespective of rain or shine.

I’m a work in progress toward that end. How about you?

"You must live every moment. The good moments, the bad moments, and all the in-between moments. Each one is there for a reason, Jimmy. And only by living each moment will you truly be able to live."

Baseball for Breakfast by Bill Myers


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Blaring on my I-Pod: "'Saving Me" by Nickelback

Friday, January 19, 2007

Mean Idol


Is American Idol a mean show, or what? I watched it for the first time this week (Todd and I have managed to miss entire seasons of iconic television shows because the early end of prime time is the get-little-kids-ready-for-bed push.) So, forgive me for sounding like I just fell off a turnip truck here. But I was jarred by the very premise of this show.

While there were moments of good fun, on balance, it struck me as the modern equivalent of a gladiator event. Tapping into a darker ignoble vein. The part deep within that sighs relief when it’s someone other than us who’s getting bullied or sacked.

You could argue that those contestants get what they deserve. If you can’t sing, why are you auditioning in a singing contest? But can anyone deny there are some who seem, well, somehow disadvantaged? Even perhaps set up by “friends” who encourage them to try out knowing they will miserably fail?

I wondered after watching television this week what it would be like if God ruled like an American Idol judge. If our eternal destiny was tethered to how well we performed. What if we were cold-heartedly judged then surgically cut loose if we failed to dazzle?

If you don’t have a reason to smile today, let me give you three:

1. God is just. (Deuteronomy 32:4)
2. God is good. (Habakkuk 1:13)
3. God is merciful. (John 3:16)

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Blaring on my I-Pod: "Until the World," by The Afters

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

What Does This Mean?

Photo of Paul Ricoeur


One of my favorite blogs is The Blogging Parson (http://mpjensen.blogspot.com/) by Oxford doctoral candidate Michael P. Jensen. Michael is a scholar with an exceptional gift for making the arcane make sense.

Last week, he had a quote on his blog that's stuck in my head like a tune you can't shake. The author of the quote is French philosopher Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005). Source is The Narrative Function, Semeia (1978).

Could we not say that by opening us to the different, history opens us to the possible, while fiction, by opening us to the unreal, brings us back to the essential?

What might he have meant by this?


(Photo source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Ricoeur)

Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Trinity



Check out my other blog at: www.trinitarianism.blogspot.com. This was my final project for a seminary course on the Trinity and will remain online for a month or so.

Feel free to use this material (not for profit, please!) so long as you attribute the original sources found in the footnotes. Also, please refer to www.flickr.com for photo restrictions before attempting to copy or distribute pics. Type in the name of the photographer in the "search" window and find the exact picture to see terms and restrictions.

(Photo by Mark Lawrence used by permission. All rights reserved. Check out Mark's incredible artwork at: http://flickr.com/photos/marketseq/.)

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Ask Greg...



The Question:

"Is it OK for married men or women to have social relationships with members of the opposite sex? Can I be friends with someone I know from work? I am not attracted to this person and he is not attracted to me. So this is not like an affair. Just a friendship. What do you think?"

The Answer:

People plant hedges around their property to provide a physical boundary that makes it difficult to cross from one area to another. Hedges also communicate a non-verbal message to other that says, “This is our space, please do not come in.” Our marriages need hedges as well.

Billy Graham has made it a life-long practice to never be alone with another woman that is not his wife. Any time he was talking with his secretary, he’d leave the door open. Any time he went to speak somewhere, he specifically requested to be picked up at the airport by another man. Bottom line—he is never alone with another woman other then his wife, Ruth. And while some might think this is too radical of an approach, you have to admit there can be no question of his integrity or his intentions.

Here’s the deal: While there may be no attraction at this time, were you to be struggling in your marriage at some time in the future, there’s no way to say there would not be an attraction that develops. If we want to protect our marriages, we have to be proactive, rather than simply reactive. In my mind, that means being purposeful about avoiding friendships with those of the opposite sex once we are married (and starting to back away from any opposite-sex friendships once we’re engaged to be married). For further reading, I suggest Jerry B. Jenkins book, Hedges: Loving Your Marriage Enough to Protect It.


Do you have a question for Christian Counselor Greg Wells? Contact me at: sarah@sarahonderdonk.com. All questions will be handled confidentially!


Coming Next Week: What happens when you love your fiance... but your parents don't!



Greg Wells is the Director of Counseling Services at 121 Community Church and the counselor at 121 Counseling Services. An ordained minister, Greg is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife have been married for eleven years, and work together raising their two daughters. Greg counsels on variety of issues, including trauma/abuse and intimacy in marriage.

You can contact Greg directly at: counseling@121cc.com.

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Uh-oh...



Todd and John were glued to football playoff action on Saturday night. I knew my vote for a Hallmark Classic was going nowhere, so I slipped into the computer room to catch up on a little writing. Then around 10:30, I heard this primal clamor coming from the other room. It sounded like "Oh, NO!" in desperate, gutteral unison. I figured the sky was falling, the chip bowl was empty, or the Dallas Cowboys were going down. I don't care much for football, but I do enjoy drama. So I sprinted into the TV room to get the scoop.

"The quarterback messed up!" John wailed.

"That's the season," Todd said.

The boo-hoo vibrations were almost palpable.

"Well, shucks," I said, sensing straight away I'd failed to convey the appropriate measure of sympathy befitting this manly upset. "Gee whiz,"I chirped, "more chips, anyone?"

They were too bereaved to eat. So I left them with what remained of their sad, sad show. "The Hallmark programs are tender, but never so depressing," I offered, helping myself to a few crumbly Tostito remnants.

The next morning at breakfast, I thought it would be nice if I followed up.

"So, John," I asked, "about last night... was the quarterback having a bad game?"

"No," he replied, "he was having a great game... just a bad moment."

In a flash, my thoughts turned from football to humanity. And all the people who have led otherwise decent lives only to "blow it" somehow in an instant. And how we tend to lock onto the bad and forget the good.

The headline on MSNBC.com on Sunday morning was "Cowboys QB Blows It." He had a good game, on balance. But one slip at a critical moment collapsed the season.

If Jesus were writing the headlines, you have to wonder what He would say about a costly moment of failure. Would His words be spiteful? Would He shake his head in disgust and set out to find some winners to adore? I think not.

I must confess I do have a place in my heart for Oklahoma University. I was born in Oklahoma and it was there that my dad received his Master's Degree. So I actually stayed in the same room as the television last week when OU played Boise State.

Near the end of a tight game, the Boise State quarterback threw an interception that allowed OU to get on top with just over a minute left in regulation play. The Boise State quarterback took what must have felt like a death march back to the sidelines and who knows what was going on in the field. Because every camera and every eye was trained on him. In an instant, he went from talented, bold quarterback staring down the giants... to one who blew it.

The ending of the story was a good one for that quarterback, however. He shook off the doom, played brilliantly in a game that lapsed into over-time, and Boise State won the game. So we all forgave him. He was redeemed by his works.

Consider what we have in Christ. We can blow it, as we do from time to time, and be free of bitter recrimination. We are not defined by our sins, but by our relationship with Him. Jesus isn't writing headlines about our slips and skids or tapping His mighty foot anxiously waiting for us to work our way to a state of redemption. Christ loves you no matter what. His headline for your life is not: "Mary Jane really messed up at 6:32 p.m. on May 14, 2006." Instead, it's something like this: "She is my child and I will always love her." On good days, bad days and every day in between.

Are you unsure of where you are with Christ? Please check out the series of posts on the gospel message that appeared last week. There's no better place to be than with Christ.

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

A Matching Game!

____ "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."

____"...But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."


Fill in the Blanks!

A. Apostle Paul
B. Oscar Wilde

(This quiz was a lot easier than my Trinitarianism final.) Top quote belongs to Oscar Wilde. Other one comes from the Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 10:13). Two opposing views. One says cave to temptation. The other says find a way out.

Oscar Wilde might have courted the truth a little closer if he'd said there are two ways to avoid temptation. He's quite right in affirming that yielding to temptation will get rid of it. Only problem is, then you've got a bigger issue: sin. How about that second option? Scripture tells us God will always give us a way out. For certain temptations, particularly sexual, there's only one course of action: flee. (1 Cor 6:18).

Are you tempted? You have two options. But only one of them is right.


(Oscar Wilde at Wax Museum by mharrsch; see http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=149497796&size=m for restrictions.)

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Thoughts on Tradition



As the nation said its final farewell to President Gerald Ford this week, I was transfixed with the spectacle and majesty of tradition as it played out in brilliant military, civilian and religious pageantry. From the angelic chorus of age-old hymns to the thundering reverberation of 21-gun artillery fire, the tribute paid to President Ford was soulfully evocative and rich in ceremony. I wondered what contemporary expressions could swell the emotion and bestow the honor befitting a man of such goodness and un-sung virtue.

You have to wonder what God thinks about our traditions. Those held and those broken. Is there a place in the present for the past? Did Gerald Ford deserve anything less than a glorious, ceremonial farewell?

I love contemporary music and modern worship. I enjoy it personally and I see the positive impact that it can have on others. But in our zeal to flow with the current of a postmodern world, are we being impetuous and dangerously wholesale in our abandonment of things past? Does everything that once knit us together need to be supplanted by the trendy and hip?

I was reminded of a sermon I heard about by one who was, perhaps, too quick to junk tradition. A pastor who encouraged his flock to ignore their biblical commentaries and listen to what God told him. Can we rightfully take the scholarship and divine workings of ages past and click them into the recycle bin? Was God not alive in the minds, hearts and souls of generations of scholars who came before us? So that they and future generations would be well served and enlightened?

Is there a place in the present for the past?

Former presidential speech writer and columnist Peggy Noonan recently opined about the Ford funeral in The Wall Street Journal:

... I didn't plan to watch it, but every time I saw it I couldn't stop. Why do we do this, dust off the pomp and circumstance and haul out the ruffles and flourishes? It's not only to mark a death, even of so respected and highly charged a figure as a former president. Why do network television chiefs and newspaper editors decide not to leave the story until it's over, even when from day one it seems stale?

Because it's not stale. We're renewing.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Heart of the Gospel: A Summary




Christ died for my sin and arose from the dead.

The path to salvation—why and how—can be summarized like this:

1. We all sin. (Romans 3:23)

2. Sin threatens to eternally separate us from God. (Romans 6:23)

3. Jesus, the Son of God, paid a “ransom” for our sins by dying on the cross. (Romans 5:8)

4. Then He rose from the dead! (Matthew 28:6)

5. We, too, can overcome spiritual death by turning from sin (repentance) and putting our trust in Christ. (Ephesians 2: 8-9)

Have you put your trust in Christ?

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24)

I told you recently about a woman named “Sheila” who believed that the words to a prayer were the key to salvation. We looked recently at the real key, which is trust. As we embrace the truth of Christianity and make the decision to follow after Jesus, it is appropriate and essential that we begin a life-long journey of fellowship with God in prayer. That we express to Him our heart-felt desire to turn from our old ways and begin living a new life in Christ, using whatever words you wish.

Example:

Dear God, I know that I’ve done bad things. I know my sin deserves to be punished. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for me and rose from the grave. I trust that Jesus is the only way to heaven. Thank you for forgiving me. And thank tou for giving me the promise of heaven. I pray this to You in the name of Jesus. Amen.

If you have made a decision to put your trust in Jesus Christ today, you have taken the first step on an incredible journey!

As you launch your walk with Christ, the most important "tool" you will need is a good, understandable translation of the Bible. Visit amazon.com or your local retailer. NIV and NASB are popular translations.

If you're not plugged into a local church, I'd encourage you to find a group of believers to celebrate your decision and help you along the way. Living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area? My church (121 Community Church/Grapevine, TX) would be thrilled to have you visit:

www.121cc.com

There are a other resources:

A Guidebook for New Believers by Bette Nordberg (AMG Publishers, 2003)

The New Joy of Discovery in Bible Study by Oletta Wald (Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2002)

Questions about repentance: Type "repent" in search window at www.bible.org

Questions about baptism: Type "baptism" in search window at www.bible.org

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Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!



"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come!"

2 Corinthians 5:17



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The Heart of the Gospel



We saw yesterday that spending eternity with God requires trust or faith in Jesus Christ. But to get to the point of faith, we need to understand what it is that we believe and why we believe it.

“It’s one thing to know the facts,” said Dr. Douglas M. Cecil (The 7 Principles of an Evangelistic Life, Moody Publishers 2003), “but it’s quite another to agree with them and accept them as being true.”

In Dr. Cecil’s book, he cuts to the heart of the gospel in ten words:

Christ died for my sin and arose from the dead.

Let’s look at four decision factors that shape our faith in Jesus Christ:

I. Who is Jesus?

"I and the Father are one." John 10:30

Jesus Christ is the Son of God who stepped into our world as a uniquely divine-human being 2,000 years ago. The ministry of Jesus on earth is a matter of biblical and non-biblical historical record.

II. What did Jesus do on earth?

He gave us precious insight into God. He brought us truth. He showed us how to live. He died on the cross. He rose from the dead. He provided for us an incredible gift and hope.

III. Why was the death and resurrection of Jesus important?

1. God created a “contract” with mankind in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15-17) that was broken. When Adam and Eve caved to temptation and took forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:6), they exercised an option to sin that has plagued us ever since.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

2. Sin not only poisons our lives, but also threatens to separate us eternally from God. This separation is the ultimate death. Mercifully, God had a plan to save us. He sacrificially offered His Son as a “ransom” for the penalty of our sins.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

3. Then, in a miracle that could only be achieved by an all-powerful God, Jesus rose from the dead!

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:6

IV. How can I benefit from what Jesus did?

You can be free of the ultimate anguish of eternal separation from God that awaits those who reject Jesus Christ. The promise of everlasting life in heaven is yours simply by putting your trust in Christ.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.“ Ephesians 2: 8-9

Back to Trust...

So we come back to the matter of trust. In yesterday's post, Dr. Cecil compared trust to the confidence we place in the person who flies our airplane. We trust in other ways. When I go to McDonald’s to buy an ice cream cone, I hand the cashier a dollar bill. She and I don’t shove everything aside and check serial numbers or get a conference call going with federal counterfeit experts. We trust implicitly, automatically, innately… that the dollar bill is currency of real value.

Placing our trust in Jesus is infinitely more secure and meaningful than any confidence we place in pilots or dollar bills or anything else in our natural world. But these illustrations give you a sense of what we mean by trust. There’s a book called “Even the Demons Believe.” The title is provocative because it makes a contrast between what it is that we believe, intellectually, and what it is that we hold, internally. Trust in Christ involves belief, acceptance and commitment. It’s an intellectual decision that is internalized in the mind and the heart... then lived as the Spirit of God shines through us.

Coming Soon: A Summary and What Comes Next?


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