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My Scar Is A Meh Face & Other Mindy Updates

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 22 August 2016 · 55 views

Judging by the click rates, comments and general entertainment value of my post about being <a href="[url="http://writerwriterpantsonfire.blogspot.com/2016/08/writing-lessons-in-form-of-stitches.html"]http://writerwriterpantsonfire.blogspot.com/2016/08/writing-lessons-in-form-of-stitches.html[/url]" target="_blank">seriously injured</a>, I should probably try to almost die much more often. Apparently it would be good for my career.<br /><div><br /></div><div>Given the amount of scars I have (idea - scar inventory) I can say with a fair amount of conviction that I will get hurt again fairly soon, and I'll be sure to let everyone know. Just FYI - I am going fishing later this afternoon.</div><div><br /></div><div>I am healing quite well, thank you, and while I was inspecting the damage the other day I noticed that my scar is a meh face. It's not impressed. It thinks I could've done better. It's seen more dedication in divorce rates. It says, muscle was exposed but not bone, so stop bragging.</div><div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-s3WE4lUOtaI/V7sVW0qoYQI/AAAAAAAADo8/6cv6yqkk6xQVWr7BXD4h8r7OFZAwSDsFACK4B/s1600/IMG_2778.jpg"[/url] imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-s3WE4lUOtaI/V7sVW0qoYQI/AAAAAAAADo8/6cv6yqkk6xQVWr7BXD4h8r7OFZAwSDsFACK4B/s320/IMG_2778.jpg"[/url] width="249" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Elsewhere in my life, if you follow me on <a [url="href="]href="https://twitter.com/MindyMcGinnis"[/url] target="_blank">Twitter </a>or <a [url="href="]href="https://www.instagram.com/bigblackcat97/"[/url] target="_blank">Instagram</a> you know that I did a lot of canning last week. I made a vegetable ladder of priorities in my kitchen, a thing that once done, cannot be undone. Count so far: 4 pints honey pickles, 3 quarts zucchini dill pickles, 2 jars blackberry jam, 18 pints pizza / spaghetti sauce, 8 quarts tomato juice, 3 quarts tomato soup, 3 quarts dried corn.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iFsDQCysBNg/V7sWgjNguqI/AAAAAAAADpE/CWmW9POGFr8fUliP49H3GW6GMvNMysYTgCK4B/s1600/IMG_2780.jpg"[/url] imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iFsDQCysBNg/V7sWgjNguqI/AAAAAAAADpE/CWmW9POGFr8fUliP49H3GW6GMvNMysYTgCK4B/s320/IMG_2780.jpg"[/url] width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Yes, you can come over when the world ends, but you need to know ahead of time that it's going to be like the Fight Club Paper Street house - you have to prove yourself on the porch. I'm thinking some sort of skill other than enduring patience. Also, there is no whining in the apocalypse. People always ask me who I am most like of all my characters, and the answer is probably Mother. That should help you decide whether or not you want to come over.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Books, you say? Yes, I write those. Here's some important book stuff that is coming up or going on now!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #6aa84f;">Releases:</span></div><div style="text-align: left;">September 6: A MADNESS SO DISCREET <a [url="href="]href="https://www.amazon.com/Madness-So-Discreet-Mindy-McGinnis/dp/0062320874/ref=sr_1_3_twi_pap_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1471879053&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=mindy+mcginnis"[/url] target="_blank">paperback release</a></div><div style="text-align: left;">September 20: THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES <a [url="href="]href="https://www.amazon.com/Female-Species-Mindy-McGinnis/dp/0062320890/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1471879053&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=mindy+mcginnis"[/url] target="_blank">release date</a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #6aa84f;">Giveaways::</span></div><div style="text-align: left;">GIVEN TO THE SEA signed ARC on <a [url="href="]href="http://www.yabookscentral.com/blog/given-to-the-sea-mindy-mcginnis"[/url] target="_blank">YABC</a>: Ends Aug 25</div><div style="text-align: left;">THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES giveaway on <a [url="href="]href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25812109-the-female-of-the-species"[/url] target="_blank">Goodreads</a>:&nbsp;Ends Aug 31</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div>

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The Saturday Slash

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 20 August 2016 · 56 views

Meet my Hatchet of Death (or, some other colorful description&nbsp;<a href="[url="http://rclewisbooks.com/"]http://rclewisbooks.com/[/url]" target="_blank">RC Lewis</a>&nbsp;and I come up with at any given moment). This is how I edit myself, it is how I edit others. If you think you want to play with me and my hatchet,&nbsp;<a [url="href="]href="http://writerwriterpantsonfire.blogspot.com/p/query-critiques.html">shoot[/url] us an email</a>.<br /><br /><a [url="href="]href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oZ52KunZpiM/T_zy5Q521TI/AAAAAAAAArU/EQOi-3pr48Q/s400/NewestSatSlash.jpg"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oZ52KunZpiM/T_zy5Q521TI/AAAAAAAAArU/EQOi-3pr48Q/s320/NewestSatSlash.jpg"[/url] width="247" /></a>We all know the first line of a query is your "hook." I call the last line the "sinker." You want it to&nbsp;punch them in the face, in a nice, friendly kind of way that makes them unable to forget you after having read the 300 other queries in their inbox.<br /><br />If you're looking for query advice, but are slightly intimidated by my claws, blade, or just my rolling googly-eyes, check out the query critique boards over at&nbsp;<a [url="href="]href="http://www.agentqueryconnect.com/"[/url] target="_blank">AgentQueryConnect</a>. This is where I got my start, with advice from people smarter than me. Don't be afraid to ask for help with the most critical first step of your writing journey - the query. My comments appear in&nbsp;<span style="color: #6aa84f;">green</span>.<br /><br />Sixteen-year-old Ephraim Cutler has blood on his hands and a hellhound on his trail. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">I am so listening right now.&nbsp;</span>Ephraim hunts and tends crops <span style="color: #6aa84f;">these are two separate actions but the phrasing can be read as he "hunts and tends crops," like, he finds them, then tends them. Not, he hunts animals and also tends crops. Try saying instead that he <i>relies on&nbsp;hunting and farming</i></span>&nbsp;to care for himself and his mother, who has been slowly going insane since the death of her husband in the Civil War. Fiercely loyal, Ephraim does his best to hide her madness from the neighbors, but small-town folk tend to talk. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">Very good.</span><br /><br />When Ephraim’s mother coerces him into killing an innocent Yankee veteran <span style="color: #6aa84f;">maybe a little reasoning here... if he knows she's a little nuts and yet he still follows&nbsp;through on killing someone for her, we kind of need&nbsp;to&nbsp;know why... otherwise he comes off as seeming a bit simple. Does he think he's protecting her? Their property?</span>, he finds himself in a whirlwind of tribulation. News of his crime spreads through their isolated Appalachian community like a plague. With a bounty on his head, Ephraim flees to the hills and hollers. There, on the darkest night of his life, he is tracked and bitten by a beast that can smell his guilt—the devil’s own hound.<br /><br />Desperate to redeem himself, Ephraim is torn between two clashing figures: Barefoot Nancy, a granny doctor rumored to be a witch—and Reverend Boggs, the local preacher. He must decide who to trust, evade the hangman’s noose, and spare his true love’s heart—all before the hellhound’s bite poisons his soul.<br /><br /><span style="color: #6aa84f;">This sounds awesome and fun and the query is&nbsp;really well done. The only thing I have to say is that the sudden entrance of love and romance there at the end kind of threw me for a loop&nbsp;because there was no mention of any such thing until the very last sentence. Overall though, this is very well done and I'd totally be drawn in by this if I were an agent.</span><br /><br />Some Dark Holler (70,000 words) is an Appalachian gothic, fantasy YA. It is the first book in a planned series. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">Possible hangup there, hopefully it has the ability to stand alone. Usually the best route is to call it a standalone with series potential. However, only say this if that is, in fact, true.</span>

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Book Talk & Giveaway: LAST CALL AT THE NIGHTSHADE LOUNGE by Paul Kreuger

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 19 August 2016 · 53 views

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.<br /><br /><a href="[url="https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1460388284l/26067633.jpg"]https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1460388284l/26067633.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1460388284l/26067633.jpg"[/url] width="209" /></a>Bailey knows she should have amounted to more. But with a college degree and nothing more interesting than the ceiling in her bedroom back at her parent's house to look at, she's more than happy to accept a job barbacking from her old friend Zane.<br /><br />Zane who used to be just a geek, but who has now graduated to being kind of a suave, cute geek. He could almost make her not regret the last time they saw each other, but it wouldn't matter anyway - his new girlfriend Mona is slick and pretty... and seems to take a lot of smoke breaks.<br /><br />Except Mona and the other bartenders that constitute Bailey's new range of friends aren't your normal students of mixology. They know that tremens come out at night - dark creatures drawn by the dull and slow-witted souls spilling from bars at closing time. Few bartenders have the ability to mix drinks exactly the right way - but those that do can give themselves super human strength, invisibility, telekinesis, or throw fire from their hands.<br /><br />And it's a good thing too, because rumor has it that someone in town is trying to mix the Holy Grail - a Long Island Ice Tea. If they manage it, they'll live forever, and the powerful magic even failed attempts produces draws tremens by the pack... and with the the elite bartenders taking sides against each other, Bailey fears it's about to be last call - for everyone.<br /><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b196" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b196/"[/url] id="rcwidget_gklu7v5n" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script>[/url]

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THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES Giveaway on Goodreads!

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 18 August 2016 · 67 views

A quick heads up for my readers!<br /><br />My publisher is doing a giveaway of 10 copies of THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES on Goodreads. <a href="[url="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25812109-the-female-of-the-species?from_search=true"]https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25812109-the-female-of-the-species?from_search=true[/url]" target="_blank">Click here</a> and scroll down for the giveaway. There aren't a lot of people entered right now, so you're chances aren't half bad!<br /><br />Okay, it's not literally "half" b/c there are 10 copies and a little over 1000 people entered. So it's like 1 in 100 but there are a lot of things with worse chances than that. <a [url="href="]href="https://allthingsmundane.wordpress.com/2010/02/23/wow-what-are-the-odds-of-that-the-chances-of-random-things/"[/url] target="_blank">I found some examples.</a>

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Debut Author Zan Romanoff On Story Origins

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 16 August 2016 · 46 views

Inspiration is a funny thing. It can come to us like a lightning bolt, through the lyrics of a song, or in the fog of a dream. Ask any writer where their stories come from and you’ll get a myriad of answers, and in that vein I created the WHAT (What the Hell Are you Thinking?) interview. Always including in the WHAT is one random question to really dig down into the interviewees mind, and probably supply some illumination into my own as well.<br /><br />Today's guest for the WHAT is <a href="[url="http://zanromanoff.com/"]http://zanromanoff.com/[/url]" target="_blank">Zan Romanoff</a>, debut author of <a [url="href="]href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25883035-a-song-to-take-the-world-apart"[/url] target="_blank">A SONG TO TAKE THE WORLD APART</a>. She also writes essays and fiction, mostly focused on food, feminism, television and books. She graduated from Yale in 2009 with a B.A. in Literature, and now lives and works in Los Angeles.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1450372376l/25883035.jpg"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1450372376l/25883035.jpg"[/url] width="211" /></a></div><b>Ideas for our books can come from just about anywhere, and sometimes even we can’t pinpoint exactly how or why. Did you have a specific origin point for your book?</b><br /><br /><i>The origins of A Song to Take the World Apart are definitely murky: when I first started writing about Lorelei, it was in a short story, she was in her 30’s, and the focus was really on her bartender boyfriend. Luckily someone in a writing class suggested I switch the perspective to hers, which was the right thing to do: as soon as I started writing about how she’d figured out what her powers were and how to use them, I realized that I had stumbled onto an idea that let me talk about a bunch of my favorite subjects—music, magic, adolescence, family inheritances, women’s place in history and myth, to name a few. I sort of let myself pretend I was still writing a short story until I was many, many words in, though.&nbsp;</i><br /><br /><b>Once the original concept existed, how did you build a plot around it?</b><br /><br /><i>I always have a hard time describing this book to people because the concept and the plot are essentially both: a girl figures out who and what she is. Song was a nice first novel that way, because it really is a pretty straightforward journey: Lorelei doesn’t know what’s going on with her or her family, and then she finds out! Most of the work of the book was building out her emotional world: her relationships to her family, her friends, her boyfriend and his friends and his family, etc. It’s pretty much all emotional arc that drives the plot (such as it is) in the book.</i><br /><br /><b>Have you ever had the plot firmly in place, only to find it changing as the story moved from your mind to paper?</b><br /><br /><i>Yes, yes, lord yes. I’m not much of an outliner, but I’ll usually keep a handful of blank scene documents in the sidebar of my Scrivener file with notes reminding myself where I want to go next—scene titles like “pool” or “conversation with X,” just so there’s some skeleton in place. I’d say typically about half of those scenes end up getting written. Sometimes those changes are minor, and sometimes whole emotional beats end up getting scrapped when they go. The plot of Song also changed semi-significantly in revisions with my editor at Knopf—it ends up in pretty much the same place, but how it gets there is different than in the early drafts…</i><br /><br /><b>Do story ideas come to you often, or is fresh material hard to come by?</b><br /><br /><i>I can come up with ideas like crazy—most of which I know immediately are just funny concepts, things I’ll never actually sit down to write out. Then there are a handful that seem compelling enough to start working on, which sometimes pan out and sometimes don’t. I have not yet figured out how to tell the difference between the two, which is frustrating, because I can only work on one piece of fiction at a time.&nbsp;</i><br /><br /><b>How do you choose which story to write next, if you’ve got more than one percolating?</b><br /><br /><i>So far this hasn’t been a problem in terms of starting projects—what happens more often is that I’ll be a third or so of the way through something and struggling and start thinking maybe this was the wrong idea, maybe I need a new one.</i><br /><br /><b>I recently got stitches in my arm and was taking mental notes the entire time about how I felt before, during, and after the process of being badly injured. Do you have any major life events that you chronicled mentally to mine for possible writing purposes later?</b><br /><br /><i>Oh god, I don’t think anything has ever happened to me that I haven’t mined for writing purposes. I’ve actually written about that! Now I’m mostly conscious of it, but it’s been really fascinating to get through writing these first two books and see how much stuff gets put in them that I’d been saving for years without quite knowing why—details about houses that have stayed with me, stories about outrageously rich people in Los Angeles doing outrageously rich people things, emotional dynamics from friends’ families that I found fascinating—truly all kinds of stuff. &nbsp;</i><br /><br /><a class="rcptr" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b193/"[/url] rel="nofollow" data-raflid="2071810b193" data-theme="classic" data-template="" id="rcwidget_iv4v85jh">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script>[/url]

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Pre-Order THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES & Get A Signed Postcard!

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 15 August 2016 · 53 views

My next release is fast approaching!<br /><br />THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES will be out on September 20th, and I'm very excited to get this one out into the world. If you're excited too, let me know by pre-ordering the book and emailing me either a screen cap of your pre-order email receipt, or a pic of your printed receipt if you ordered from a physical bookstore.<br /><br />Already pre-ordered it? Cool. Same thing applies.<br /><br />Send proof of purchase along with your address to me: mindy (at) mindymcginnis (dot) com and I will send you a FEMALE OF THE SPECIES postcard, signed by yours truly.<br /><br />I know other authors might do cool things like make you jewelry to thank you for pre-ordering, but I am really only good at this one thing - writing. So to make up for that I'll rub my face on each postcard before I mail it.

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Book Talk & Giveaway: THE CAT KING OF HAVANA by Tom Crosshill

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 12 August 2016 · 68 views

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1455568425l/25721332.jpg"]https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1455568425l/25721332.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1455568425l/25721332.jpg"[/url] width="211" /></a></div>Rick might have a few thousand slugged away from his cat-video content aggregator site, but that doesn't make him cool with the ladies, oddly. After a breakup he meets Ana, a girl who can dance salsa like nobody's business... and its definitely not his business, even if he is half-Cuban. Determined to make an impression, Rick takes some classes.<br /><br />And while the classes help, he's pretty sure he's still flying under Ana's romance radar, even if they re becoming friends. When the aunt he's never met calls from Cuba to invite him to visit them in Havana, Rick isn't totally in love with the idea of returning to his deceased mother's homeland - after all, she never wanted to talk about it.<br /><br />But the trip would coincide nicely with Ana's own family crisis, and if he can convince her to get on a plane with him what other magic might come about in Havana? Armed with clunky part white-guy moves and leaving behind plenty of instructions for his cat-loving site moderators, Rick gets on a plane for Cuba, alongside his would-be girlfriend.<br /><br />They quickly learn that there's two sides of Cuba - the tourist-aimed side that only plays music from The Buena Vista Social Club and hosts dance contests that a sleepy kitten could win - and the other side, where buildings collapse and Rick's cousin's friend can be kidnapped off the street in broad daylight for a blog she runs.<br /><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b192" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b192/"[/url] id="rcwidget_a0hdns5m" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script><br[/url] />

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Wednesday WOLF

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 10 August 2016 · 59 views

Okay guys, now that I'm home all the time I figured it was a good point to revitalize the Wednesday WOLF. I've got a collection of random information in my brain that makes me an awesome Trivial Pursuit partner, but is completely useless when it comes to real world application. Like say, job applications. I thought I'd share some of this random crap with you in the form of another acronym-ific series. I give you - Word Origins from Left Field - that's right, the WOLF. Er... ignore the fact that the "from" doesn't fit.<br /><br />Here's a little something I learned while writing A MADNESS SO DISCREET. I was working on a scene where a character needed to say something along the lines of, "Somebody call the cops!" Now, aside from the fact that they wren't <i>calling</i> anyone, I couldn't finish the sentence because I didn't know what policemen were called in Boston in the 1890s.<br /><br />Were they police? Constables? Bobbies?<br /><br />Ironically, I don't actually remember what the answer was, but I learned something cool while trying to find out.<br /><br />The reason why we call police "cops" is because their badges were originally made out of copper - hence they were first called "coppers" which became shortened to "cops."<br /><div><br /></div><div>Fifteen minutes worth of research later, I was able to finish my one line of dialogue.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>And I got a blog post out of it :)</div>

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In Which I Become A Full-Time Writer

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 08 August 2016 · 62 views

Some people talk about the compulsion to write, or the compulsion to read. I definitely suffer from both of those (the latter more often than the former, regrettably) but my true addiction is giving books to other people. I give away my books, wheedle copies of other people's books away from them for someone else, and have accounts on every swap site - all in the service of getting books for other people.<div><br /></div><div>So that's why I've been working in a library for almost 15 years.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Unfortunately the school district I work for is in a serious financial crunch, and it's come to a point where my job in the library was the one in the crosshairs. I'm honestly - truly - surprised that my aide position has lasted as long as it has in the climate my district has found itself in. I was offered another position - within a classroom - but I don't teach or tutor for a reason.</div><div><br /></div><div>1. Lack of patience</div><div>2. Inability to understand your inability to understand</div><div><br /></div><div>You can see, there's a reason why I never went for an educator's license. I know my strengths and weaknesses, and I don't have good qualities for a classroom setting. Another person would, I'm sure, serve the students better, and get more value out of the position themselves.</div><div><br /></div><div>So... I'm now a full time writer.</div><div><br /></div><div>It's a little scary, a lot sad, and entirely freeing. I've been living on a school schedule since I was 5 years old. Cicadas singing has always made my stomach drop a little because it means summer is almost over, and since resigning last week I've been able to simply listen to them for the first time in my life, not use them as a natural clock for the death knell of my mid-afternoon naps.</div><div><br /></div><div>School hasn't started yet, and I've already been back in my office twice. Once because a student at band camp (who didn't know the only reason I was in the building was to resign) asked me if we had a copy of a novel she needs for English class (and of course we do, and of course I went and got it for her because that's who I am at my core), and the second time to grab a used book for a swap account I run on behalf of the library.</div><div><br /></div><div>I think I'm going to end up back there once or twice a week as a volunteer (okay fine, probably twice) &nbsp;because it's part of my identity to match people to books.</div><div><br /></div><div>And also because I have a Keurig and a mini-fridge there and I don't feel like moving them.&nbsp;</div>

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  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 05 August 2016 · 88 views

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