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AjZach
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As a Canadian, I can assure you we have lots of ice cream flavours available in stores, at least where I live. Cheese, we seem to only make cheddar and Mozzarella, but there is a huge variety of imported cheeses, even if they cost a bit more.

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Posted : November 18, 2019 12:36 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Well, sounds like the hardcore twitching has started. *passes out cocoa and blankets, reinforces/adds an extra wing to pillow fort*

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : November 18, 2019 12:44 am
officer
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As a Canadian, I can assure you we have lots of ice cream flavours available in stores, at least where I live. Cheese, we seem to only make cheddar and Mozzarella, but there is a huge variety of imported cheeses, even if they cost a bit more.

Oh, good! Knowing that makes my day. Really! A temporary refrain from twitching wotf001 . Apparently Canada raised EU cheese quotas a couple years ago. Yum.

Sorry to disappoint everyone excited by the surge of posts, hoping for some further glimmer of WotF results insight.

HM, R, HM, R, R, SHM*, HM, ?, ?
*Finalist, 2021 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award

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Posted : November 18, 2019 1:01 am
jbaugher001
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Ha! Ha!

It's been over 15 years since I've had Ben and Jerry's. Though, I still wake a nights dreaming of phish food and drooling all over my pillow case. It's only been in the last years that Ben and Jerry's has been available in NZ. But I refuse to pay $14 for the tiny scoop.

In other news, I'm planning my first trip back to the USA in 10 years. (I was holding off to see if I'd won the 4th quarter of a particularly awesome writing contest that would have flown be back to the USA, but that doesn't appeared to have panned out). Anyway, I just printed off the passport details. Mine expired years ago.

Welcome back to your home planet, Henckel! I'm sure it will be wonderful to visit again.

And yes, I am saying the following seven days are likely a good bet that you'll start hearing results. Would I bet my life on it? No, I'd never mess with Sicillians when DEATH is on the line!

Well, let the incessant phone checking commence.

Also, as [probably] the only vegan on the forum, does that make me a Supervillain to the Nation of Ben & Jerry's ? Do I get a cool suit? wotf004

HM, R, Pending

http://www.authorjbaugher.com

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Posted : November 18, 2019 3:32 am
JVAshley
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Also, as [probably] the only vegan on the forum, does that make me a Supervillain to the Nation of Ben & Jerry's ? Do I get a cool suit? wotf004

I will help you hide your Supervillain persona by eating all of the ice cream and cheese for you. wotf001

Well, sounds like the hardcore twitching has started. *passes out cocoa and blankets, reinforces/adds an extra wing to pillow fort*

I am going to try to maintain radio silence until I get my edits finished on this novel and catch up on NaNoWriMo. I will be hiding with my cocoa and blanket in the west wing of the pillow fort where I will be twitching incessantly. Thanks for the addition disgruntledpeony!

Oops! I guess it's not hiding if you tell everyone where you are. wotf017

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Posted : November 18, 2019 3:52 am
JVAshley
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I know I am supposed to be maintaining radio silence.
I know I am supposed to be writing.
I know using so many passive verbs is a sin.
But this is SERIOUS!!!

I just realized that my landline is on the fritz and that's the number I gave Author Services!!! I know Joni will email if she can't get in touch with someone. I know getting the call is a one in a million chance, but I WANT the chance at least.
*throws self on the floor in a full on tantrum*

Okay, I am better now. I called the phone company and emailed Author Services.
*crawls back in the pillow fort to continue writing like a rational human being*

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Posted : November 18, 2019 6:41 am
Disgruntled Peony
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I know I am supposed to be maintaining radio silence.
I know I am supposed to be writing.
I know using so many passive verbs is a sin.
But this is SERIOUS!!!

I just realized that my landline is on the fritz and that's the number I gave Author Services!!! I know Joni will email if she can't get in touch with someone. I know getting the call is a one in a million chance, but I WANT the chance at least.
*throws self on the floor in a full on tantrum*

Okay, I am better now. I called the phone company and emailed Author Services.
*crawls back in the pillow fort to continue writing like a rational human being*

*patpatpat* Sounds like you need a little something extra in your cocoa.

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : November 18, 2019 6:50 am
JVAshley
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*patpatpat* Sounds like you need a little something extra in your cocoa.

Yes, Thank You *sniff* One more shot if you please. wotf035

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Posted : November 18, 2019 6:59 am
Disgruntled Peony
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*patpatpat* Sounds like you need a little something extra in your cocoa.

Yes, Thank You *sniff* One more shot if you please. wotf035

*pours you a double*

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : November 18, 2019 7:20 am
Eagerink
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It's only been in the last years that Ben and Jerry's has been available in NZ. But I refuse to pay $14 for the tiny scoop.

Oh, now that's horrifying. Practically qualifies as a war crime. I hope you get at LEAST sixteen liters of Phish Food while you're here! $14 is insane.

New Zealand's biggest industry is dairy (they export to China). They can't have us flooding their market with delicious Ben and Jerry's!

But Canada is more horrifying. In most grocery stores, you can only buy chocolate and vanilla (only a slight exaggeration - maybe strawberry, too!). They block imports and restrict production to keep prices high for farmers. There isn't enough milk to make more flavors. Only specialty ice cream shops have high enough margins to pay up and make it work. Similarly, they have few accessible cheese options. Canadians will fill suitcases with cheese before flying back from the US.

Sorry for the rant... I know a lot about milk. It's my job (literally).

Wow! It's so interesting to learn things like that about other countries, I never would have guessed that. Story ideas anyone? A black market for icecream.....

I will sell ice cream half off to anyone who's twitching... send proof and I will tell you the location of my pillow fort wotf011

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Posted : November 18, 2019 7:38 am
officer
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Wow! It's so interesting to learn things like that about other countries, I never would have guessed that. Story ideas anyone? A black market for icecream.....

I will sell ice cream half off to anyone who's twitching... send proof and I will tell you the location of my pillow fort wotf011

Plus some avocado ice cream for jbaugher001!

Fact is often stranger than fiction: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way ... n-in-canda

Cheese-Smuggling Ring Is Brought Down In Canada

"The investigation revealed over $200,000 worth of cheese and other products were purchased and distributed for an estimated profit of over $165,000," Niagara police said.

HM, R, HM, R, R, SHM*, HM, ?, ?
*Finalist, 2021 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award

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Posted : November 18, 2019 7:48 am
SwiftPotato
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Wow! It's so interesting to learn things like that about other countries, I never would have guessed that. Story ideas anyone? A black market for icecream.....

I will sell ice cream half off to anyone who's twitching... send proof and I will tell you the location of my pillow fort wotf011

Plus some avocado ice cream for jbaugher001!

Fact is often stranger than fiction: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way ... n-in-canda

Cheese-Smuggling Ring Is Brought Down In Canada

"The investigation revealed over $200,000 worth of cheese and other products were purchased and distributed for an estimated profit of over $165,000," Niagara police said.

Being part of a cheese-smuggling ring sounds like a life goal, honestly. If anyone can win the contest with a story centering on cheese-smuggling somehow, I will personally smuggle you some cheese.

R, 3rd place Q4 v36!!!
Stories in Apocalyptic, Cossmass Infinities, and Podcastle

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Posted : November 18, 2019 8:06 am
Eagerink
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Wow! It's so interesting to learn things like that about other countries, I never would have guessed that. Story ideas anyone? A black market for icecream.....

I will sell ice cream half off to anyone who's twitching... send proof and I will tell you the location of my pillow fort wotf011

Plus some avocado ice cream for jbaugher001!

Fact is often stranger than fiction: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way ... n-in-canda

Cheese-Smuggling Ring Is Brought Down In Canada

"The investigation revealed over $200,000 worth of cheese and other products were purchased and distributed for an estimated profit of over $165,000," Niagara police said.

Being part of a cheese-smuggling ring sounds like a life goal, honestly. If anyone can win the contest with a story centering on cheese-smuggling somehow, I will personally smuggle you some cheese.

Wow! wotf001 some story ideas are beginning to ferment....

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Posted : November 18, 2019 8:53 am
Henckel
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Just to make the prices all the worse, the New Zealand dollar has hit an all time low exchange rate.

Normally, $.75 on the dollar. Now down to $.54. Tearible for making purchases from usa. But the best time ever to exchange usd into nzd.

Allow me to humor you for a moment re the differences between nz and usa.
...there is no tippi g at restaurants.
if you order a lemonade, you'll get a Sprite or 7 up
If you order a biscuit, you'll get a cookie.
Pickles are called gherkins
Napkins are called servettes (spelling)
Prostitution legal (not joking)
You'll find coke at every corner store, but Pepsi is rare.
Ben and Jerry's have only been in nz for a year

Fun stuff like that.

(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – R
(2020) V37 Q2 – HM
(2020) V37 Q3 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2021) V38 Q1 – Semi-finalist
(2021) V38 Q2 – SHM
(2021) V38 Q3 – tba

Coolest Achievements
(2019) Published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Published in Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2020) Dream Foundry - Shortlisted
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!! (to be published)

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Posted : November 18, 2019 12:27 pm
SwiftPotato
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Just to make the prices all the worse, the New Zealand dollar has hit an all time low exchange rate.

Normally, $.75 on the dollar. Now down to $.54. Tearible for making purchases from usa. But the best time ever to exchange usd into nzd.

Allow me to humor you for a moment re the differences between nz and usa.
...there is no tippi g at restaurants.
if you order a lemonade, you'll get a Sprite or 7 up
If you order a biscuit, you'll get a cookie.
Pickles are called gherkins
Napkins are called servettes (spelling)
Prostitution legal (not joking)
You'll find coke at every corner store, but Pepsi is rare.
Ben and Jerry's have only been in nz for a year

Fun stuff like that.

...how dare you make me cry my own tears? Lemonade is my restaurant staple.

R, 3rd place Q4 v36!!!
Stories in Apocalyptic, Cossmass Infinities, and Podcastle

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Posted : November 18, 2019 1:53 pm
MichaelKingswood
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Prostitution legal (not joking)

NZ is hardly unique in that sense.

In all seriousness, though, it ought to be legal everywhere.

Morality aside, keeping it illegal only drives it underground where it becomes a haven for criminals and degenerates, and creates a recipe for exploitation, trafficking, de facto (and sometimes literal) slavery, and all sorts of other heinous chicanery. Much the same as the drug trade. Making it legal at the very least allows for legal protections for people who choose to engage in that profession, and makes it a hell of a lot more certain that only people who truly choose to engage in it of their own free will do so.

At least in theory.

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Posted : November 18, 2019 4:12 pm
jbaugher001
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Wow! It's so interesting to learn things like that about other countries, I never would have guessed that. Story ideas anyone? A black market for icecream.....

I will sell ice cream half off to anyone who's twitching... send proof and I will tell you the location of my pillow fort wotf011

Plus some avocado ice cream for jbaugher001!

Fact is often stranger than fiction: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way ... n-in-canda

Cheese-Smuggling Ring Is Brought Down In Canada

"The investigation revealed over $200,000 worth of cheese and other products were purchased and distributed for an estimated profit of over $165,000," Niagara police said.

If I win this quarter I expect avocado ice cream on my doorstep wotf011

HM, R, Pending

http://www.authorjbaugher.com

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Posted : November 18, 2019 4:23 pm
Henckel
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Ahhhhhh... legalised prostitution, telephone issues, avacado icecream, exotic cheeses, international exchange rates, and vegans. Here on the WOTF forum, we like to maintain a healthy selection of engaging topical conversations to suite all walks of life.

Tune in tomorrow when we open the floor to such topics as the death penalty, religion, politics, and using yellow Gatorade to write one's lineage in the snow in your neighbours front yard.

(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – R
(2020) V37 Q2 – HM
(2020) V37 Q3 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2021) V38 Q1 – Semi-finalist
(2021) V38 Q2 – SHM
(2021) V38 Q3 – tba

Coolest Achievements
(2019) Published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Published in Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2020) Dream Foundry - Shortlisted
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!! (to be published)

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Posted : November 18, 2019 4:36 pm
MichaelKingswood
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Ahhhhhh... legalised prostitution, telephone issues, avacado icecream, exotic cheeses, international exchange rates, and vegans. Here on the WOTF forum, we like to maintain a healthy selection of engaging topical conversations to suite all walks of life.

Tune in tomorrow when we open the floor to such topics as the death penalty, religion, politics, and using yellow Gatorade to write one's lineage in the snow in your neighbours front yard.

wotf017

Just so long as we stay away from truly contentious issues, like which is the best ammo type.

wotf011

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Posted : November 19, 2019 4:18 am
jbaugher001
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The twitching is getting out of control. On Friday I had a spam caller hit me and I almost crashed my car, haha.

Anyone else feeling it? How many of you have subbed to Q1 already?

HM, R, Pending

http://www.authorjbaugher.com

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Posted : November 19, 2019 11:06 am
Henckel
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Yep. Yesterday I thought about it so much that I broke down and bought the large container of Ben and Jerry’s (thanks to our discussion a few days ago) and ate the whole thing while watching last year’s ceremony on YouTube.

(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – R
(2020) V37 Q2 – HM
(2020) V37 Q3 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2021) V38 Q1 – Semi-finalist
(2021) V38 Q2 – SHM
(2021) V38 Q3 – tba

Coolest Achievements
(2019) Published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Published in Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2020) Dream Foundry - Shortlisted
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!! (to be published)

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Posted : November 19, 2019 11:53 am
officer
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The twitching is strong. I watched some of Netflix's new series Love, Death & Robots to distract myself. There's an episode called "When the Yogurt Took Over," based on a short story. Not exactly ice cream, but John Scalzi beat us to it! What are we supposed to write now?!

On the plus side, we have proof that dairy-themed science fiction is commercially viable.

HM, R, HM, R, R, SHM*, HM, ?, ?
*Finalist, 2021 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award

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Posted : November 19, 2019 12:08 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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*whispers* Tomorrow is Thursday.

Every day is Thursday. But still.

*throws up hood, disappears into the dark*

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : November 20, 2019 6:15 am
SwiftPotato
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*whispers* Tomorrow is Thursday.

Every day is Thursday. But still.

*throws up hood, disappears into the dark*

I was thinking this too. Been checking my email way too often for the past few days. I always expect rejection and hope for placing, but I just wanna know either way!

R, 3rd place Q4 v36!!!
Stories in Apocalyptic, Cossmass Infinities, and Podcastle

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Posted : November 20, 2019 7:02 am
JVAshley
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Posts: 263

*whispers* Tomorrow is Thursday.

Every day is Thursday. But still.

*throws up hood, disappears into the dark*

disgruntledpeony?
Psst, where are you?
I have chocolate.
Should I just eat it?
Wait! Where did it go?
Who's that it the pillow fort?
This is getting very scary!

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Posted : November 20, 2019 7:12 am
Disgruntled Peony
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*whispers* Tomorrow is Thursday.

Every day is Thursday. But still.

*throws up hood, disappears into the dark*

disgruntledpeony?
Psst, where are you?
I have chocolate.
Should I just eat it?
Wait! Where did it go?
Who's that it the pillow fort?
This is getting very scary!

I am darkness. I am the night.

I am a walking chocolate craving. *scarfs down the stolen offering and huddles deep in the pillow fort, cloak up*

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : November 20, 2019 7:30 am
Thomas Woodward
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Definitely beginning to feel the effects of extended twitching this week. Sleep has been...spotty at best. It would be awesome to see some more of us forumites win this quarter! wotf008

5x R
10x HM
2020 Superstars Writing Seminar scholarship award recipient
"No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure." — Ernest Hemingway

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Posted : November 20, 2019 10:17 am
Henckel
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Silver Member
Posts: 417

Just want to wish all of you good luck. wotf009

(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – R
(2020) V37 Q2 – HM
(2020) V37 Q3 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2021) V38 Q1 – Semi-finalist
(2021) V38 Q2 – SHM
(2021) V38 Q3 – tba

Coolest Achievements
(2019) Published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Published in Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2020) Dream Foundry - Shortlisted
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!! (to be published)

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Posted : November 20, 2019 11:02 am
JVAshley
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Just want to wish all of you good luck. wotf009

And to you as well, Henckel

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Posted : November 20, 2019 11:23 am
Wulf Moon
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Today is the day I knew. Perhaps tomorrow will be the day for you!

It is, after all, Thursday.

Best of success to one and all! The Force is strong among you.

~Moon~

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