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Glub...

Halloween...

Gaming and trick-or-treat night with friends and family...

Stranger Things...

Must keep free time to focus on NaNo prep...

Focus... Write... Focus...

...then the cats wake me up at 2 a.m. and I binge out at Netflix.

Mischief Managed.

-Dave

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