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Good evening, everyone!

It’s been a pretty…”eh” day, so far.

This Wednesday, I’ll be posting some of the lore behind the Awakening Dreams that the Keepers can have as they obtain their powers. Hopefully this Friday, I’ll be able to post more stuff about the Keepers.

In the meantime, if anyone here has Netflix, I highly recommend getting an account there to watch a movie that will not only give you good laughs (if you’re not too PC and against talking food), but will give you a different way of thinking. It’s called Sausage Party. I found it to be hilarious, and despite the more…fucked up parts of the movie, it did make me think a little about my own life.

Anyways, the first day of spring. It doesn’t feel like it here, but there is a change in the air. I just hope the weather warms up soon.

~Arrivederci!~

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Hey everyone. I hope you all are having a lovely day today. Today is, obviously, St. Patrick’s Day–he day of Irish people, food, and drink! I have had a few reasons to believe that I am at least part Irish in descent (my paternal grandmother grew up in the blue hills of Kentucky. Her father was allegedly  an Irish coal miner). Regardless of descent, I hope you all have had a fun (and safe!) day so far. This is gonna be a short post, since I don’t really have too much to say.

Currently watching Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix. I have been enjoying Daredevil,m Jessica Jones, AND Luke Cage, and so far, this series has not left any disappointment. The  again, I have read very little of the comics, and I’m not all too familiar with Iron Fist. This is a good introduction for someone like me, who isn’t that big into comics (or superheros) in the first place.

To celebrate the holiday, I’ve been indulging in Bushwell’s Irish Whiskey and some casual streaming over on Twitch. Earlier I took a crack at Dragon Age: Inquisition, and later, I might stream some Minecraft with my husband and housemate.

I plan on getting straight back to writing and what not this week, once the weekend passes. Over this next week, I’ll be looking over/improving on some of the lore for the Keepersverse and posting it onto here.

Follow me on Twitch and on Twitter for more updates, as well as when I’ll be streaming. I might hop onto another stream later on tonight. If not, then see you all around!

~Arrivederci!~

That moment when things go better than expected

Good evening, everyone. Today went a lot smoother than expected, work-wise. I wasn’t all that stressed today, and we even got a decent amount in tips. I miss days like those.

ANYWAYS, I have managed to get enough money to get the PS4 editions of Kingdom Hearts I.5+II.5. Howeeeever, I’m not getting the game till tomorrow. Why? So I can do a massive stream of it on Thursday night into Friday morning as a St. Patrick’s Day special (of course booze will be involved. If I could only pick one day a year to do a drunk stream, it would be either on New Years, or St. Patrick’s Day). I’m super hyped for it, and I cannot wait to share my favorite source of inspiration with you guys.

Tonight, however, I want to do more research on my list of stones and crystals. I’ve also been working on something for Arc 2, and it’s been going pretty smoothly. Coming out easier than I thought, after not thinking about it for a few months.

I want to post more lore of the Keepersverse on here, but I want to make sure my grammar and such is okay before I do. I remember I used to write a lot of run-on sentences that seemed to never end. The thing I wanna delve into most is how Keepers come into existence and how they get their powers.

The weather up here has been crazy, between the windstorm and snow storm. It’s been really cold, too. I can’t wait till the weather warms up again. We had super nice weather, for, like, three days and them BAM! All of the crappy, bi-polar MI weather hits us almost at once. No matter where you are, I hope you stay safe (and possibly warm. Especially you folks out in New York!).

~Arrivederci!~

What month are we in, again?

Father Winter’s giving us one last snowstorm before his reign ends. It’s been snowing all day, and it’s supposed to snow more tomorrow. Seriously, today, everything looked like it came out of a Christmas card (minus the holiday lights). The title is today’s (and tomorrow’s) running joke.

Well, good news: I finished editing Episode #10, and started working on ideas for Arc 2. Over the weekend, I added a few more stones to my research list. I swear the damn thing’s getting bigger. I’ve also been looking through my idea factory book for another prompt to write. I found one, so I just need to work on that, too.

Not too sure if there’s gonna be a full All-Nighter this week. Most likely not. Instead, it might just be two late nights back to back.

Sadly (yet again), I don’t have much to say/show you all here. I got off work late, and when I got home, personal issues cropped up immediately after walking through the door. I also set my alarm when I went down for a nap, only to not hear it and oversleep. I’m mad at myself for this one. I basically lost a whole day to work, personal issues, and sleep. Of course.

~Arrivederci~

Crystal-Clear Friday (100th Post)

Good evening, everyone.

Today has been a rather…off day, for me. I had yet another dream about a lunatic breaking into my house aiming to kill me for stupid reasons,  and therefore woke up in a rather off mood. I think I might be hitting another minor swing of depression that might be making me feel odd, but then again, I think after a dream like that, anyone would be a little off anyhow.

It didn’t help that I’m worried about things financially, and that my husband came home from work really stressed, and I guess some of that just rubbed off onto me.

There are a lot more stones on my list than I thought, and as I go through the crystal bibles, I always find more I plop onto the list. However, I do have a good number that I’ll put onto here (mainly the most common stones such as Quartz/Obsidian/Jet/etc).

Here are links to where you can buy all three volumes of Judy Hall’s Crystal Bible:

Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3

Before I get to the crystals, here’s an explanation I typed to help myself (and to an extent you guys) remember how the affinities and colors worked:

Precious and semi-precious metals play an important role in all time periods of Keepers of Balance. They may come from the earth or sea themselves, but they all have a role to play, metaphysically speaking. These stones and metals play a big role in detecting and clearing Corruption. They can also aid the forces of the Balance (Light, Darkness), Corruption, Natural Energy, the Core Elements (Fire, Water, Earth, Air), and the Sub Elements (Ice, Metal, Wood, Lightning). Below will be a list of stones and metals that are important to the Keepersverse, as well as an explanation of the metaphysical properties, the significance to the character(s)/story, and their roles in the series.

IMPORTANT: The colors are important in several ways, when it comes to stones and crystals. Colors and how they relate must be listed as well. Also, it is important to note that any stone can be used to foster Corruption, as well as to detect/cleanse it. As with Corruption, all stones also can be used to channel pure Natural Energy.

Quartz:

  • Color: They can come in a variety of colors, with each color and type having their own attributes and benefits:

Clear Quartz:

  • Color: Clear.
  • Affinity: Natural Energy.
  • Clear Quartz is the most powerful healing and energy amplifier on the planet because of its unique helical spiral crystalline form. It’s easily found and obtained worldwide. It absorbs, stores, releases, and regulates energy. When acupuncture needles are coated in quartz, the effects increase by 10%.
  • This crystal works at a vibrational level attuned to the specific energy requirements of the person needing healing or undertaking spiritual work (in simpler terms: one size fits all).
  • Containing every color possible, Clear Quartz works on all levels of being.
  • Clear Quartz is like a “natural computer”. They are considered “spiritual libraries” just waiting to be accessed.
  • Because of Clear Quartz’s ability to store metaphysical info, it was highly valued by the Seeker branch of the Keeper Order. They would use it to dowse and gather metaphysical information (i.e. Leyline placement/Leyline health/energy condition/types of energy/etc).

Blue Quartz:

  • Color: Different shades of solid and translucent blue.
  • Affinity: Wind/Water/Ice
  • This stone assists in reaching out to others and assuages fear.
  • Calms the mind. Instills mental clarity and self-discipline.
  • Assists in understanding your spiritual nature.
  • Inspires hope. Fires creativity. Helps with change.

Golden Healer Quartz:

  • Color: Transparent yellow (naturally coated); Translucent gold ( double terminated).
  • Affinity: Fire/Lightning
  • Aids in spiritual communication over a long distance—including between worlds…or realms.

Rose Quartz:

  • Color: Pink.
  • Affinity: Natural Energy (mostly healing)
  • The stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. Teaches the true essence of love. Brings deep inner healing and self-love.
  • Due to its calming, reassuring nature, it is excellent for use in trauma or crisis recovery. It was a well-known “calling card” for the Keepers to leave pieces of Rose Quartz with the people they helped in order to help them recover after the crisis that occurred, and to inspire hope for the future.
  • In the Keeper Order, giving someone a piece of Rose Quartz was a sign of affection, adoration, and even a declaration of love (the bigger the piece that was gifted, the stronger the emotion felt). Wearing matching pieces of Rose Quartz—or waring pieces that were cut from the same stone—indicates a strong relationship that was likely to transcend lifetimes.

Smoky Quartz:

  • Color: Brownish to blackish hue—sometimes yellowish.
  • Affinity: Natural Energy
  • Smoky Quartz is one of the most efficient grounding and anchoring stones, and at the same time, it raises vibrations during meditation.
  • Has a strong link with the earth and base chakras (Root, Sacral, and Solar Plexus).
  • Very protective. Relieves fear, stress, depression, and brings emotional calmness. Fortifies resolve. Alleviates suicidal tendencies.
  • Teaches how to move on.
  • Aids in accepting the physical body and the sexual nature, enhancing virility and cleanses the base chakras, allowing for more passion to flow freely.
  • Alleviates nightmares and manifests your dreams.
  • When it comes into contact with negative emotions/energy, it gently dissolves them.
  • Promotes positive, pragmatic thought. Can be used in scrying to give clear insight and to neutralize fear of failure.
  • Dissolves contradictions, promotes concentration, and alleviates communication difficulties.
  • Facilitates moving between alpha and beta states of the mind and aids in clearing the mind for meditation.

Obsidian:

  • Color: Brown, black, blue, green, rainbow, red-black, silver, gold-sheen
  • Affinity: Darkness
  • Obsidian is a stone with no boundaries or limitations. As a result, it works extremely fast and with great power.
  • Its truth-enhancing, reflecting qualities are merciless in exposing flaws, weaknesses, and blockages.
  • Impels us to grow and lends solid support while we do so.
  • Best used underneath the guidance of a qualified therapist/experienced stone-user, as it can bring negative emotions and unpleasant truths rushing to the surface. Needs careful handling.
  • Can facilitate in going back to past lives to identify and heal festering emotions or trauma that has carried forward to the present.
  • A very protective stone. Can form a shield against negativity. Absorbs negative energies from the environment.
  • It can block physic attacks.
  • Efficient in getting to the root of problems and mops up energies as a result.
  • Vitalizes soul purpose. It eliminates energy blockages and relieves tension. Anchors the spirit into the body.
  • Brings clarity of the mind and clears confusion and constricting beliefs. Reveals the source of the stress and confusion. Once revealed, Obsidian expands consciousness, helps relieve unease, and increases confidence when delving into the realm of the unknow (physically and metaphysically speaking).
  • Helps you know who/what you truly are; a “stone of self-discovery”. It brings you to face with you “shadows”, and teaches you how to accept and integrate it.

Black Obsidian:

  • Color: Reflective deep black
  • Affinity: Darkness
  • A very powerful and creative stone. Grounds the soul and spiritual forces into the physical plane, bringing them under the direction of the conscious will, making it possible to manifest spiritual energies on earth.
  • Encourages and enhances self-control.
  • Magnifies all negative energies so that they can be fully experienced and released.
  • Healing from the Black Obsidian can reach back to past lives and can work on familial/ancestral lives. Black Obsidian composts the past to make fertile energy growth of the soul.
  • Very protective. Repels negative energy (Corruption), and disperses unloving thoughts. Facilitates the release of old loves and provides support during change.
  • Balls of this stone are powerful meditation and scrying aids, but should be used only by those who can consciously process what they see, and use it for the highest good of all.
  • Use with Clear Quartz to ground and articulate what is revealed.

Blue Obsidian:

  • Color: Dark blue
  • Affinity: Water/Ice/Air/Darkness
  • Aids in astral travel, facilitates divination, and enhances telepathy.
  • Supports communication skills.

Gold-Sheen Obsidian:

  • Color: Shining gold against black
  • Affinity: Lightning/Fire/Darkness
  • Very useful for scrying.
  • Takes you into the future and past—deep into the core of the problem.
  • Eliminates any sense of futility or ego comfort. Releasing ego involvement, it imparts knowledge of spiritual direction.
  • Balances energy fields (and the Leylines)

Mahogany Obsidian:

  • Color: Dark brown with a black backing
  • Affinity: Wood/Earth/Darkness
  • Has a gentler energy than Black Obsidian.
  • Resonates energy with the earth and trees.
  • Grounds and protects, gives strength in times of need, vitalizes purpose, eliminates energy blockages, and stimulates weak auras.

Rainbow Obsidian:

  • Color: All colors of the rainbow against a stark black backing
  • Affinity: Natural Energy
  • One of the gentler Obsidians, but also is one of the most protective.
  • Cuts the chords of old love(s) and gently releases hooks that others have left in the heart,

Red-Black Obsidian:

  • Color: Dark red mixed/streaked/swirled in black
  • Affinity: Fire/Darkness
  • Raises the vital force lying dormant within one’s self until activated by the practice of yoga; which leads one towards spiritual power and eventual salvation (kundalini).
  • Promotes vitality and brotherhood.

Silver-Sheen Obsidian:

  • Color: Bright silver against black
  • Affinity: Light/Darkness
  • Enhances meditation and is the perfect crystal for crystal gazing.
  • Very helpful when journeying out of the body.

Apache Tear Obsidian:

  • Color: Black
  • Affinity: Darkness
  • Is often small, smooth, and water-worn; found mostly in the United States.
  • Much gentler than regular Obsidian.
  • Excellent for absorbing negative energy and for protecting the will and metaphysical energy.
  • Comforts grief, provides insight into the source of distress, and relieves long-held grievances.
  • Stimulates analytical capabilities and promotes forgiveness. Removes self-limitations and increases spontaneity.

Snowflake Obsidian:

  • Color: Black with white flecks
  • Affinity: Light/Darkness
  • Often placed on the second (Sacral) chakra.
  • Calms and soothes, putting you in the right frame of mind to be receptive before bringing to your attention ingrained patterns of behavior. Teaches you to value mistakes as well as successes.
  • Stone of purity and balance, provides balance to all aspects of the body (mind, body, will).
  • Helps to recognize and realize “wrong thinking” and stressful mental patterns.
  • With the aid of Snowflake Obsidian, isolation and loneliness become empowering.
  • Helps with meditation.
  • Can be used as/in an elixir.

Fire Obsidian:

  • Color: Black with scintillating fire-colored flashes
  • Affinity: Fire/Darkness
  • Helps you hone your soul to its brilliant best.
  • Absorbs and transforms darkness within itself.
  • Known for its grounding, protective, releasing, and penetrating metaphysical qualities.
  • Has high spiritual vibration. Draws metaphysical energies to you and fires up the transformation process for your spiritual being.

Spider Web Obsidian:

  • Color: Black with white “webbing”
  • Affinity: Light/Darkness
  • Recognize patterns that hold you in the past, the controls you put in place, and how you manipulate yourself and others to protect the “status quo”. Symbolizes the web that you wove in order to survive.
  • Helps to break all the patterns of the past, strips you bare, and helps you realize the true beauty of the heart and soul.
  • Brings your innermost designs to light; creates a web of light that supports what you desire.
  • Gives strength in times of need.
  • Alleviates dark moods.

Jet:

  • Color: Black
  • Affinity: Darkness/Wood
  • Coal-like—usually polished and small. Very common. Found worldwide. Formed from fossilized wood, despite looking more like coal. Very lightweight, very soft.
  • Guards against violence and illness. Provides protection during spiritual journeys.
  • Has been used as a talisman since the Stone Age. Used in the olden times to protect from “entities of darkness”. It is said that those who are attracted to this stone are “old souls”, who have a long experience of being incarnated on the earth.
  • Can be used to open psychic experiences and to assist the quest for spiritual enlightenment.
  • Psychologically, Jet promotes taking control of life. It balances mood swings and alleviates depression, bringing stability and balance.
  • Jet should be set in silver.

Bloodstone:

  • Color: Red-green
  • Affinity: Natural Energy
  • Basically a green Quartz flecked with red or yellow jasper. Often a medium-sized, tumbled stone.
  • An excellent blood cleanser and powerful healer.
  • Believed to have mystical and magical properties, controlling the weather and conferring the ability to banish evil and negativity, and to direct spiritual energies.
  • Heightens intuition and increases creativity.
  • An excellent grounding and protecting stone. Keeps out undesirable influences. It stimulates dreaming and is a powerful revitalizer.
  • Gives courage and teaches how to avoid dangerous situations by strategic withdrawal and flexibility. Encourages selflessness and idealism and aids the recognition that chaos precedes transformation. Assists you in acting in the present moment.
  • Calms the mind, dispels confusion, and enhances the decision-making process. It can revitalize the mind if you are mentally exhausted. This stone assists in adjusting to unaccustomed circumstances.
  • Helps in grounding the heart energy. Reduces irritability, aggressiveness, and impatience.
  • Assists in bringing spirituality into everyday life.

Moonstone:

  • Color: White, cream, yellow, blue, green
  • Affinity: Light
  • A “stone of new beginnings”.
  • Strongly connected to the moon and to the intuition.
  • This stone is reflective, and reminds us that, like the moon herself, everything is part of a cycle of change.
  • Its most powerful effect is that of calming the emotions.
  • Moonstone makes conscious the unconscious and promotes intuition and empathy. Encourages lucid dreaming, especially at the time of the full moon.
  • Used to enhance psychic abilities and to develop clairvoyance. Wear as a pendant to encourage acceptance of your psychic gifts.
  • Calms overreactions to situations and to emotional triggers.
  • Has very feminine energies. It balances out the male-female energies, and aids men who want to get in touch with their feminine side. It is the perfect antidote for the excessively macho man or the overly aggressive female.
  • Has receptive and passive energies. Opens the mind to sudden and irrational impulses, serendipity, and synchronicity. Care has to be taken that it does not induce illusions in response to wishful thinking.
  • Soothes emotional instability and stress, and stabilizes the emotions. Improves emotional intelligence. When placed on the solar plexus, it draws out old emotional patterns, to that it can be understood and then dissolved. Provides deep emotional healing.
  • Very helpful in cases of shock and trauma. Can be used to calm and soothe hyperactive children.

Scolecite:

  • Color: Scolecite can come in a few different colors. It can be white, yellow, and even clear. Yellow Scolecites can aid in Lightning-based attacks and energy, often giving it a boost.
  • Affinity: Light
  • Translucent, ribbed crystal. Can be made into a translucent palm stone.
  • It can be found in India and Iceland.
  • It can be easily obtained.
  • Infuses peace into the core of your being, connecting you to the highest (or most powerful) energies in the universe.
  • Assists with lucid dreaming and dream recall.
  • Meditate with it to reach the deeper meaning of significant dreams

You may have noticed that, for most of them, their roles in the story and their significance to some of the characters is missing. That’s mainly because I wanted to get the bulk of the research out of the way for all of the stones before trying to find places to fit them in the story/characters. I will also, at some point, be listing and detailing their uses in the episodes as well.

I still have to cover the Tiger’s Eyes, the Topazes, and the metals as well (my only complaint with the Crystal Bibles is that I can’t find an entry for Rainbow Moonstone).

Next, let’s move on to Haven for a moment. I have an idea as to where to start for the new name for the story. Both of our (lovely) leading ladies, as well as some of the side characters, all have one thing in common (besides for living in the same town): secrets. This is a story about secrets, as much as a story about two women falling in love with one another. It’s about secretes, and feeling safe enough to let others know about your secret. To help myself immerse in the story and characters I long to write, I’ve started coming up with just random scenes that may or may not make it into the book. I started a snippet on my phone the other day while I was out (worked on it some more while I was at the eye doctor’s yesterday). A scene that sets up the friendship between Sasha and her long-time friend, Keito (subject to name change), and a scene where our leading ladies, Sasha and Cheryl meet for the first time.

Because of the windstorm on Wednesday, a large portion of Metro Detroit is still without power. They may not have power again until Sunday…meaning we’re probably gonna be swamped this weekend. Not looking forward to it.

I kinda wish I could do more for my 100th post. It is a milestone I’ve been looking forward to since I’ve started this blog. I’m glad I still managed to do something, at least. Although now is a good time for me to thank everyone who has liked my posts, or followed me on here and on Twitter. You guys are awesome, and a good portion of the reason why I’m still writing these blogs. It makes me feel less pent-up, getting down some of my creative endeavors, and even how I feel/think. I may not come off as the best person, but I’m still super grateful for everything I have, and for anyone’s and everyone’s support.

~Arrivederci!~

Women’s Windsday

The title is that because of two reasons: 1) Happy Women’s Day, everyone! 2) It’s been very windy in my area, today. A large portion of Metro Detroit has been without power all day, and at my work, we’ve been running off a generator for a large portion of the day. I love wind. Air is possibly my favorite element, Aquarius is a FIXED AIR SIGN (NOT A WATER SIGN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!), and I just love how the wind feels against my body and hair. As a kid, when the weather was nice, I even was allowed to partially stick my head out of the window to catch the wind (Partially, and not on the highway). If I were ever a Goddess, I would be one over wind and air. The freedom, being able to drift or fly…it elates me.

However, today, I’m a little nervous of this windstorm ripping through the Metro Detroit area. It’s uprooted some trees, tore street signs off their posts (I may or may not have one of them), and as aforementioned, downed some power and cable lines. There’s a tree in our backyard that looks like it’s about to fall. No, seriously, the dirt around it is cracked, and the few cement slabs that serve as a “walkway” in the backyard has been slightly uprooted from the roots underneath as well. I just hope it doesn’t fall on the house.

Anyways, there’s gonna be no All-Nighter tonight. I have an eye exam tomorrow, so I need to get some sleep for that.

Much to my joy/dismay, the PlayStation 4 editions of Kingdom Hearts I.5 and II.5 ReMix comes out TOMORROW. Last I heard, they weren’t gonna be coming out till the 28th of this month! I had financially planned to pre-order and purchase the games on opening day, but because the release date was much sooner than I originally thought, that won’t be possible. I’ll just have to wait until the end of this month to purchase the games. I still plan on doing my mega-stream for the game the very evening I get it, however.

I noticed that I’m rapidly approaching my 100th post. In fact, this Friday’s post will be the 100th post on this blog. I’m honestly proud of myself, despite sometimes missing a day. I look forward to these posts, and I look forward to the comments/likes/follows I usually get. I feel like I accomplish something by writing these. Plus, they are a good way for me to (rather vaguely) vent about my day-to-day life.

I wanted to do something special for my 100th post, but I don’t think I’ll be able to do anything too spectacular. However, I am nearly done with my list of stones, crystals, and metals that are in/important to the Keepersverse. I plan on posting the complete list on here, as well as links (hopefully) to where you can buy the lovely books that Judy Hall has made on the subject.

As for anything else creative-wise, I’m still editing Episode #10. Because of my slight change in style and the re-classification of the Corrupted Effigies, I have to, once again, edit all of the Episodes from Arc 1. I’ve been thinking over Haven again (mostly about a name change), and have been pondering over the overall art style of Keepers of Balance…mainly for the book/episode covers.

Yikes…the power in my house has been going in and out, meaning that my connection is rather unstable. Hopefully this windstorm doesn’t do too much damage. If you’re in the area, then stay safe, everybody, and don’t get blown away!

~Arrivederci!~

Busy Moonday

Just as the title says, my day has been kinda busy.

The best place to start would be my work day. I had a lot of things to do today, but between me, my co-worker on shift today, and the luck of the day, we managed to get all of it done, plus some. We have a big order tomorrow, but I even managed to do some of the prep work for that, too. I only hope the person “in charge of the order” of it remembers that I did half of the work for him, and hopefully, I don’t walk into chaos tomorrow morning. However, I doubt that the work I did will be worth anything, so because no other place will hire me at $9.50/hour, I have to stick with it.

I’ve been editing Episode #10 and working on other KoB-related stuff. Because of my mostly-organized KoB-Inspiried musical playlist, my mind has been more tuned into KoB than anything else.

This week, I don’t plan on having an all-nighter. My weekend was worse than hell (thanks to the mismanagement, and the hellish bad luck I seem to have, the nice weather, and not one, not two, but three separate conventions going on in the same fucking state, plus some emotional, personal shit that I’m not willing to recall here), and plus I’m not looking forward to the rest of my week.

Might as well get this out of the way: I loathe my job. I’m not good at pretending to be nice to strangers I could care less about, and I never wanted to be in the food service business. Working with my husband only made things worse, cause I feel even more pressure. I’m not good enough to be able to stay at home and write/draw/make music for a living, and I’m not good enough to make myself a Pateron so I can be financially stable to stay home and work on Keepers of Balance, plus other series/stories I plan to do. I don’t know what to do…but I also know the standard of living has increased over the past few years, meaning that I no longer make enough money to live by myself without moving into the wrong side of 8-mile.

Regardless, I am but a small piece of a larger portion, and…I dunno, anything to help me get through this.

~Arrivederci~