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WELCOME AUTHOR BETH K. VOGT
Saturday, May 12, 2018 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Things I Never Told You

AUTHOR:  Beth K. Vogt

PUBLISHER:  Tyndale House Publishers

GENRE:  Women's Fiction

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Series — Book 1 in the Thatcher Sisters Series

TARGET AGE:  21 and above

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR BETH VOGT TO PATTI’S PORCH. BETH SHARES ONE OF THE VITAL ELEMENTS SHE USES TO CREATE THE KIND OF STORIES THAT HAVE MADE HR AN AWARD-WINNING NOVELIST.

 

 

BETH IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR A PRINT COPY OF THINGS I NEVER TOLD YOU.

 

 

STARTING A STORY WITH A QUESTION

 

 

by

 

 

Beth Vogt

 

 

“I start with a question. Then try to answer it.” —Mary Lee Settle (1918-2005), author

 

Each of my novels starts with a question – a Story Question, to be exact. The Story Question is an underlying question that my main characters are wrestling with – one that’s not easily answered with a “yes” or a “no.” My readers are wrestling with the question too, although they probably aren’t aware of it as they move from chapter to chapter.

 

We’ve all read books that are page turners – where we wonder what’s going to happen next. (Think events.) But recall a book you’ve read when your emotions were engaged. In this kind of book, you’re wondering what choice the heroine is going to make. Or how the hero is going to act. When you’re internally wondering those kinds of questions, that’s when you know the author has fueled the pages with a strong Story Question. You may even find yourself thinking, “What would I do?” – additional proof you’re subconsciously pondering the author’s Story Question.

 

My novel Things I Never Told You just released from Tyndale House Publishers this month. Things I Never Told You is Little Women gone wrong. The Thatcher sisters epitomize the idea of difficult sister relationships.  And yes, there’s a Story Question fueling my novel. Before I wrote the first chapter of Things I Never Told You, I settled on this as the Story Question:

 

Is family always worth fighting for?

 

Did you have an internal response when you read that question? Some of you thought, “Yes! Family is always worth fighting for!” But some of you may have responded, “No . . . I know a family that isn’t worth fighting for.” You might not want to admit it out loud because it doesn’t sound nice or loving or loyal, but you thought it.

 

That’s the power of Story Questions: Trying to answer them creates conflict for both imaginary characters and readers. Why? Let’s consider the sisters in Things I Never Told You. To answer the Story Question Is family worth fighting for?, the Thatcher sisters have to:

 

  • decide to change from who they are in the beginning of the story (Ever heard of a character arc?) 
  • give up something or someone
  • choose to keep a secret or not
  • choose what is false and what is true

 

Sounds a lot like real life, doesn’t it? We all face change, choices, secrets, and truth versus lies.

 

And that’s one of the greatest powers of story: it allows us to wrestle with questions and to find answers. Stories can change us. I know writing stories – and reading them – has changed me because I’ve asked my own questions and found the answers I’ve needed.

 

Book Cover Blurb for Things I Never Told You:

It’s been ten years since Payton Thatcher’s twin sister died in an accident, leaving the entire family to cope in whatever way they could. No longer half of a pair, Payton reinvents herself as a partner in a successful party-planning business and is doing just fine — as long as she manages to hold her memories and her family at arm’s length. But as old wounds reopen and the family faces yet another tragedy, the Thatchers must decide if they will pull together or be driven apart for good.

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A PRINT COPY OF THINGS I NEVER TOLD YOU BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, MAY 22ND AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

 

Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Both a Christy Award and an ACFW Carol Award winner, Beth is the author of ten contemporary romance novels and novellas. Her first women’s fiction novel, Things I Never Told You, releases May 2018 from Tyndale House Publishers.

Connect with Beth online:

 

Website/blog

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

 

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Comments

Beth K Vogt From CO At 5/14/2018 9:23:40 AM

Hi, Vivian: I had a lot of fun writing Things I Never Told You -- and it was challenging too. Trying to get the relationships balanced between the sisters and to set up the next books in the series -- you have to think about the book you're writing and the books to come.

Beth K Vogt From CO At 5/14/2018 9:21:55 AM

Hi, Jennifer: I'm glad you think Things I Never Told You sounds interesting. The sister dynamics was intriguing to delve into. Jerolyn: What a fun name. As an author, I'm alway intrigued by interesting names. And yes, I find developing a Story Question helps strengthen my stories.

Jennifer Hallmark From AL At 5/13/2018 9:26:16 AM

Sounds like an interesting read...

Jerolyn From Colorado At 5/12/2018 9:51:47 PM

Great thoughts for readers and writers! I hope to win a copy of your book; it looks intriguing.

Vivian Furbay From CO At 5/12/2018 6:20:53 AM

Sounds like a very good book.

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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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WELCOME AUTHOR BROOKE COX
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WELCOME AUTHOR H L WEGLEY
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PERSPECTIVE
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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR SALLY CHAMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA POLLARD
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WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
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WELCOME AUTHOR PAULA MOWERY
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LIFE AFTER LIFE BY JUNE FOSTER
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INTRODUCING A NEW BLOGGING COMMUNITY
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WHY WE WAIT
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WELCOME AUTHOR MISTY BELLER
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WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
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WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
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WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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3/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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2/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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2/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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1/24/2015

A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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12/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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11/22/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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10/25/2014

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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10/10/2014

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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10/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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9/19/2014

BY THE NUMBERS
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9/15/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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8/30/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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8/23/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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8/16/2014

SITTING IDLE
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8/10/2014

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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8/3/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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7/26/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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7/14/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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7/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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6/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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6/16/2014

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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6/7/2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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5/30/2014

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
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JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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4/12/2014

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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3/26/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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2/5/2014

A Matter of Perspective
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2/1/2014

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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1/25/2014

Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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1/14/2014

Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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Good-bye to 2013
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1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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Shared Experience
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11/24/2013

Facing the Monster
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Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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5/5/2013

I Can't Do This!
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5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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4/21/2013

Vulnerability to Fear
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4/17/2013

Faith and Fear
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4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
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2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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2/7/2013

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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2/3/2013

Taking Stock
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1/30/2013

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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1/26/2013

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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1/19/2013

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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1/16/2013

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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1/5/2013

Accountability in the Extreme
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1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
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12/26/2012

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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12/22/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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12/19/2012

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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12/15/2012

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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12/8/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
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12/4/2012

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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11/13/2012

Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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11/13/2012

Going Home
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11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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11/13/2012

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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11/13/2012

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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11/13/2012

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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