Video Game Review: Year Walk

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Video Game Review: Year Walk

Let’s face it: indie games have always had a reputation for being all hype and no delivery, and when it comes to horror titles, many of us find that indie games just don’t have what it takes to scare us silly – apart from a few titles, of course. However, just a few months ago, Funcom released The Park, a one- to two-hour game that puts players into the shoes of a distressed mother looking for her son in an amusement park after hours. It was an excellent showcase of what indie games could be, creating a horrifying story out of a communal fear of amusement parks after dark, and portraying the despair of a mother for her child in a unique way. Of course, The Park is a PC game, and it’s had many amazing games come before it, such as Amnesia, and we know there’s plenty of potential there.

What we rarely see, however, is indie horror games for mobile phones that do what they promise. Despite advancements in mobile technology and the obvious interest in mobile games, horror has been grossly underrated in mobile markets. According to the company behind Free Casino Hunter, 50% of all smartphone activity comes from gaming, and social gaming in particular continues to top the charts, with social games becoming worth $4 billion by the end of this year. It’s difficult to create horror games with the technology afforded by mobile phones, as the smaller screens, and slower processors are often unable to render the gore or create the ambience needed for horror titles. However, some developers have found that the answer lies in minimalist games that focus on a chilling story, and that games created with this in mind can be quite successful.

This brings us to Year Walk, a game by Simgogo, which was released in 2013 to staggeringly positive reviews. It revolves around the ancient Swedish practice of the “year walk”, in which one goes on a pilgrimage of sorts in order to see the future. In the game, the character takes a year walk to discover his future with his beloved, uncovering cryptic clues and encountering many strange creatures from Swedish mythology. The artwork is beautiful and haunting, and many of the puzzles require plenty of thinking outside of the box – and in some cases, thinking outside of the app itself. Along with the game, there is also a “Companion App”, which gives players a better understanding of the lore that the game builds upon.

One particularly interesting thing to note with Year Walk is that the game has also been released on Steam, becoming a point-and-click adventure, but losing most of its interactivity. In the mobile phone version, users would have to solve some puzzles by spinning their device around, and these elements are lost to the PC version. The experience of using the companion app is also lost, as the PC game simply makes use of a built-in encyclopedia to help guide you through your year-long vision quest.

Regardless, the game has some surprising chills. It wasn’t simply because of the occasional jumpscare either. The art was haunting, and so was the music, and the story even more so. It’s a game that showcases just what horror games can be on mobile phones, and it’s perfectly deserving of the near-perfect reviews it got from all the important critics.

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13 Nights of REELZ Scary- Horror Movie Marathon

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It’s that time of year again; time to find a horror movie marathon to satisfy our love of being scared. Every channel it seems has their own marathon running, but they seem to be the same films we already own or the same films they show every year. While repetition is fine, sometimes we need to spice it up and find a new channel and a new marathon to catch the scare we really want. REELZ Channel is providing us with that marathon this year with 13 Nights of REELZ Scary which kicked off on October 19th.

We all love Halloween, but REELZ is offering a more non-traditional lineup this Halloween season. Some of the films and shows include;

  • Fame Kills
  • Murder Made Me Famous
  • Ted Bundy
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • The Amityville Horror Murders
  • Psycho
  • The Real Killer Clown

and many more!

That is one killer lineup (no pun intended)! The focus on real-life horror stories makes this marathon just a little more intriguing than the others that are running. There’s nothing scarier than a real madman. As a horror fan that enjoys a wide array of films and documentaries, I am more than excited about 13 Nights of REELZ Scary.

For full program schedule and channel listing, visit reelz.com/reelzscary. For even more from REELZ, like the REELZ Channel Facebook page and follow @ReelzChannel on twitter.

Horror Pack Monthly Movie Subscription Box Review

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We all know how difficult and expensive it can be to build a horror movie collection, but Horror Pack is here to make it a bit easier and bit less expensive. To start building your collection all you do is follow a link and check your mail, even a zombie could do it.

What is Horror Pack? It is a monthly movie subscription box that sends you your choice of DVDs or Blu-rays. That’s right, you get a choice. You don’t have to settle for the format that they want to send you. This makes Horror Pack even better. Most subscription companies only offer one or the other or they decide what they send you and no matter the format, you have to pay one ridiculous price. Horror Pack’s prices very depending on the format you choose. It is both fair and courteous.

So what is something so awesome going to cost? No matter the format you choose or the subscription length, Horror Pack is more than reasonable with their prices. Keep in mind, you get 4 movies (no matter which format you choose). DVDs are obviously a bit cheaper at $19.99/ month and Blu-rays run at $24.99/month. You get 4 movies per pack which is a pretty good deal and if you live in the US, shipping is free.Shipping is fast; I had my pack in less than a week after I had requested it.

Bad customer service can ruin a business, but you won’t have to worry about it here. The guys that run Horror Pack are fantastic. They are friendly and more than willing to answer any questions you may have.

The pack that I received was DVD as the Blu-ray pack for October was already sold out. I got:

  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose 
  • The Barber (starring Malcolm McDowell)
  • The Orphanage
  • Pro Wrestlers vs Zombie (starring the late Roddy Piper)

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Each movie comes with the shrink wrap on so you know that they are brand new. Buying movies online can be a gamble because you never know how they will be packed or handled; Horror Pack ships in a box wrapped in bubble wrap. There were zero signs of damage to the movies that I received.

I highly recommend Horror Pack to all of you. It doesn’t matter if you are a newbie just starting your collection or a seasoned horror nerd just looking for some non-mainstream titles to add to your already booming collection; this service is perfect.

If you are interested in trying Horror Pack, there is still time (17 days) to get their November pack; DVD and Blu-ray are both still available. Subscribe today at HorrorPack.com.

Be sure to like Horror Pack on Facebook and follow @HorrorPack on twitter for more information and deals.

Playster Streaming Service Review

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In the age of technology, everyone is viewing movies, listening to music and reading books all online. Services like Netflix only offer movies, but the new service Playster offers all of the above in one convenient location for a reasonable monthly rate.

Playster is simple to use and offers a fantastic selection, and no matter what genre you are into, they have something you’re sure to love. They offer one of the broadest collections of movies, music, books and PC games I have ever seen.

How much will a service like this run you? It is $24.95 a month, but you get your first 30 days free. This is a pretty reasonable price when you consider most streaming sites that offer only movies are $10 a month or more, and the price of books in-store are enough to make you think twice.

Horror fans, they have an incredible selection of horror movies and are taking place in ‘Shocktober’. Playster would make for a great Halloween treat for yourself, a friend or a family member.

I highly recommend Playster to all of you that love movies, music and books but you don’t love the price tag that comes along with purchasing them. Give them a shot, you get 30 days free, why not?

Review: Old 37 Starring Kane Hodder & Bill Moseley (Available on DVD Today)

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What is better than a film that stars Kane Hodder or Bill Moseley? A film that stars both of them! The duo of horror icons play Darryl (Moseley) and his little brother Jon Roy (Hodder). Old 37 is a twisted tale that is sure make you think twice about calling 911. 

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Old 37 was written by Paul Travers and Joe Landes, directed by Alan Smithee. Besides Hodder and Moseley, the film stars Jake Robinson, Sascha Knopf, Olivia Alexander, Brandi Cyrus and Kenneth Simmons. 

There are not enough synonyms for “awesome” to use that would accurately convey how great this film is. It is original and chilling with a dash of comedy. For me, it brought back the Chop-Top Bill Moseley, many of the lines that he had reminded me of his lines from TCM 2 when they break into the radio station studio, I was waiting to hear “lick my plate you dog dick!“. Kane did what he does best, he destroyed people. It was a bit like watching him play a combination of Jason Voorhees and Victor Crowley, he was shy, silent and brutal. Combining Moseley’s humor with Hodder’s intensity make for the perfect storm.

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Old 37 is a bit like a drama meets horror, it’s almost like watching two different films in one. More times than not, those types of films tend to fall apart and only leave the audience scratching their heads, but the different stories within Old 37 are blended perfectly to make up one awesome movie. The conflict within this film are endless, there is domestic violence, insanity, murder, revenge, betrayal, standard bitchy teenage behavior and so much more. What’s not to love?

The plot twists are insane. I saw a couple of them coming, but it was entertaining nonetheless,I enjoyed it and I am not going to hold it against the film. There were a few that did catch me of guard. Long time horror fans may see what is around the corner, but if you are newer to the genre, you are in for one twisted roller coaster ride.

The cast as a whole was phenomenal. There were veterans and some newer to the game, but everyone was so professional that it was difficult to tell the difference between them. 

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Final Verdict

If you are into disturbing, revenge filled films, Old 37 is perfect. I loved the film and would love to see Travers write another film and include Moseley and Hodder, his writing combined with their talent and chemistry make for one hell of an awesome horror movie. I am going to have to recommend Old 37 to everyone that I know and you should probably tell a couple friends too. 

Get social with Old 37 by liking the Facebook page and following @Old37movie on twitter. You should also check out old37themovie.com for more exclusive videos, photos and awesome merch.

Old 37 is available on DVD today at Walmart, Best Buy and other retailers, so head out an get a copy! Use #OLD37 when sharing your thoughts and pictures.

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BigtimeTeez Review: Crystal Lake Slashers T-Shirt

Convention season is upon us and Halloween is just around the corner, but you have yet to find the perfect t-shirt to wear. Well, might I make a suggestion? The Crystal Lake Slashers T-Shirt from BigtimeTeez.com would be perfect for your next con or Halloween party.

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12047042_10206392743290748_5469614792019986452_nLike the other funny t-shirts at BigtimeTeez.com, the material of the shirt is soft and breathable. They are true to fit, the women’s form fit are quite formfitting, so if you are a little self conscious, go a size higher. The men’s shirts fit fantastically, no need to size up or down. This t-shirt also holds its shape while it’s being worn, no shape-losing stretch occurs. It is preshrunk, and unlike other companies that promise preshrunk but don’t deliver, this one truly is. It also has kept its shape after washing and drying. There has also been no fading as a result of wash or wear. 

The design of the Crystal Lake Slashers t-shirt is both cleaver and awesome. It reminds me11221767_10206392743730759_3268829633671173431_n a bit of the horror hockey jerseys just in a comfy t-shirt form. The design is large, covering the majority of the front of the t-shirt. The screen printing is definitely high quality. There are no signs of cracking or peeling there are also no flaws in the print of the design itself.

My husband wore this t-shirt to ScareFest a couple of weekends ago, and he was asked several time where he got it. It drew a lot of attention for sure, including the attention of Ari Lehman, young Jason from the original Friday the 13th film.

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 What will an awesome funny t-shirt like this cost you? Only $10! That’s right, for a limited time, BigtimeTeez.com is offering ALL of their t-shirts for $10. To sweeten the deal even further, if you spend $50 or more, you get free shipping.

For more exclusive deals, new design alerts and daily chances to win funny t-shirts, like BigtimeTeez on Facebook and follow @bigtimeteez on twitter and Instagram.

Unfriended: A New Reason To Watch What You Post

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2015 has brought us quite a few new horror films, but Unfriended is a horror film for a new generation. Combining bullying and the social media frenzy with some immature, mean teens, the film is the ultimate new age horror. 

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Unfriended was written by Nelson Greaves (Sleepy Hollow TV series) and stars Heather Sossaman (Desecrated), Matthew Bohrer (Weed Shop: The Musical), Courtney Halverson (The Hammer), Shelley Henning (Ouija), Moses Storm (The 4 to 9ers), Will Peltz (Paranoia), Renee Olstead (Still Standing) and Jacob Wysocki (Pitch Perfect). 

Shelley Henning, Blaire, was phenomenal. She is a genuine actress; her emotions were believable which made the film feel more authentic and more terrifying. You want to feel bad for her, but you know she’s not innocent. 

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Anyone that loves 80’s slasher films can appreciate a good jump scare; Unfriended is full of them. There is no visible killer and it’s a bunch of teenagers on Skype, so how else are you going to make the film terrifying? Loud bangs, lights going on and off, camera malfunctions, you get the gist. Every jump scare incorporated in the film only add to the already frightening story line. I appreciated the effort that was made to creating the scares. It may not get some of you horror veterans, but if you want to introduce a younger fan to horror and scare the pants off of them at the same time, Unfriended will get the job done.  

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There isn’t much character background given, but throughout the film, their darkest secrets are brought to light. By mid-film, you will find yourself almost rooting for their demise. Typically in a horror movie, there is at least one innocent soul, but everyone is guilty in Unfriended, everyone has a secret.

When the trailer first debuted, I heard a lot of mixed feelings, but after watching the film not once, but twice for myself, I can honestly say that for a “teen thriller”, the film is incredible. If this type of film is the future of the genre, I’m OK with that. Unfriended is original, thrilling, suspenseful and visually awesome. Whether you have been watching horror movies for decades, months or days, you will appreciate this one. I am 26-years-old and have been a horror nerd since I was about 7 and my niece (who watched the film with me in theaters) is 14-years-old and becoming a horror nerd, we both loved it. As previously mentioned, if you are looking for a film to introduce a horror nerd in training to the genre, Unfriended is perfect.

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I love a good paranormal horror movie, and when you throw technology into the mix, it is even better. Unfriended is not just a ghost story, but I feel it is also kind of a cautionary tale. Teens partied, one got out of her mind drunk, her friends posted the video to the internet, girl got bullied, girl killed herself. Underneath the fake horror is a real horror story, cyber bullying; sure, nobody gets this kind of punishment, but kids do die over this very same stuff. Unfriended is like a boogeyman story for the tech generation. 

All in all, Unfriended is a quality “new age” horror film that I would watch again. I am going to have to recommend this one to you guys; give it a watch and let me know what you think.

Unfriended is currently available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD in the US, and is currently available on Digital HD in the UK and will be available on DVD and Blu-ray September 7th.

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Get social with Unfriended on Facebook and twitter (@UnfriendedMovie).

***CLOSED***GIVEAWAY: 3 Pairs of VIP Tickets to a Screening of Old 37 Starring Kane Hodder & Bill Moseley

10308567_10152259655427198_2895418115968223221_nWould you like to see Old 37 before its October 6th DVD release? I have teamed up with Big Picture Media to give you that opportunity.

What Is Old 37?

OLD 37 exhibits two crazed brothers who intercept emergency calls in their father’s old ambulance to perform their own heinous medical procedures. Fast paced and blood soaked, OLD 37 taps into the most basic human fear, vulnerability. The words “don’t worry I’m a paramedic” will make you think twice before dialing 9-1-1. Praised by the indie film and horror world, OLD 37 recently won Best Film and Best Kill at the Montreal ComiCon Horrorfest along with Best Feature at HorrorHound! The feature is jam packed with stars such as Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley and Brandi Cyrus. The soundtrack includes The Used, Circa Survive, Night Riots, Sheppard and many more.

Prize

The prize is a pair of VIP tickets to a screening of Old 37 in Chicago, Long Island or Massachusetts. We are giving away 3 pairs, and the winners get to choose tickets to the screening closest to them.

When & Where Are the Screenings?

*Click on the events to view their pages on Facebook*

How To Enter

  • Simply follow Old 37 on one or all of their social media accounts listed below.
  • Comment done once you have liked and or followed (you can comment on this post or below the post shared on social media)
  • If you share this post, be sure to use #Old37Giveaway

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3 winners will be chosen at random and announced on Tuesday, September 1st at 5pm EST. via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Good Luck!

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Etsy Spotlight: Hatbox Ghost

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In a world where remakes, reboots and mass production rule, it is hard to get your hands on anything unique anymore. Everything at popular mall stores are generic and being worn by millions of others, but thanks to sites like Etsy, you can find those one-of-a-kind, unique pieces that you have been searching even the darkest crevices of the internet and the darkest halls of your local mall for. In this new series, I will spotlight an Etsy shop that offers the most unique goods your spooky little heart desires. The very first shop I would like to spotlight is one run by a beautiful ghoul named Niki Giallo called Hatbox Ghost.

What is Hatbox Ghost?

As previously mentioned, it is an Etsy shop. Hatbox Ghost specializes in jewelry and other spooky accessories, so guys, if you’re looking for a gift for that special ghoul in your life, Hatbox Ghost is the shop to visit.

What can I find in the Hatbox Ghost shop?

The better question would be “what can’t you find in the Hatbox Ghost shop?”. Everything from earrings, rings, pendents, cocktail party hats and more to cuff links for the guys. Pieces inspired by your favorite horror films and television shows. Nothing but unique beauty, no mass produced generic pieces that every horror fan owns.

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Like what you see? Visit Etsy.com/shop/TheHatboxGhost for more amazing pieces and to support local art. If you want to get 15% off the already great prices at Hatbox Ghost, use the code ghoulschool (valid through the month of August).

Also, be sure to support the shop by liking Hatbox Ghost on Facebook.

Advice: Social Media: 10 Tips To Use It To Your Advantage

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This is the age of self-promotion where likes, followers, retweets, favorites, pins, views, subscribers and whatever other terms have been coined by the birth of social media decides whether or not you and your work make it. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to utilize these tools to help them gain success, and a lot of times, social media is a way to self-sabotage. Facebook, twitter, Instagram or whatever site your into do not come with how-to manuals; I have been lucky enough to see success via social media, and I am going to share with you how I personally utilized today’s tech world to grow my own brand. I hope these 10 tips will help you see success.


  1. Be Social

I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but some people really don’t understand how to be social online. When someone comments on your work, messages you or compliments you in anyway, respond. Even if it is just a simple “thank you”, let your audience know that you value them, their opinions and their time. Don’t get labeled a snob, if your “fans” feel that you are cold with them, they will be less likely to care about what you’re trying to promote. Even some of the biggest celebrities try to maintain an open social dialogue with their fans. With sites like twitter and Instagram, copious amounts of followers is the main goal. Some people do follow back pretty much everyone that follows them, but you do not have to. Use your best judgement when returning a follow; some accounts are spam and some are just “follower collectors”.

2.  Be Active

Again, another no-brainer, but another step that is usually ignored. When you create a social media account, use it, don’t create it and forget about it. I’m not saying that you have to live your every waking moment on it, but try to post and update regularly. The less active you are, the more it’s going to look as though you don’t really care, so your followers aren’t really going to care either. Not to mention, it makes you look a little more professional.

3.  Be Courteous 

No matter how many friends or followers you obtain, don’t get the big head and don’t become an egotistical jerk. No matter if someone is complimenting you or being a total jerk to you, respond with the utmost courtesy. This is one of the hardest things to remember, it is easy to grow an ego with people constantly complimenting you and it is even easier to go blow for blow with an online bully, but maintain and be as sweet as can be.

  4.  Don’t Litter

With the lines of communication being as open as it is with celebrities, it is very easy to get carried away and post your every project on their pages or tweet it to them about a million times a day, DON’T! Where it is perfectly acceptable to send it to them once or twice in the span of a week or 2, don’t get nutty and litter their feeds with your projects. It will get you labeled a pest and chances are, they will block and or ignore you from then on out. Create your own outlet to share your project, you can litter that page as much as you’d like with your projects.

5.  Don’t Abuse DMs and Messages

This goes hand-in-hand with “don’t litter”. With the lines of communication so open and your favorite celebs at your fingertips, it is easy to get overzealous and get what I like to call, “DM Diarrhea”. It is totally fine to send the occasional private message or DM to a celebrity, but do not over do it. It is easy to become a pest, so when reaching out for a statement or collaboration of some sort, go the professional route and email or use an agent. This also applies to non-celebrities. Don’t so it to anyone, it’s a bad move, career suicide even.

6. Be Yourself

So many people create an online persona nowadays that are nothing like they truly are. Don’t get me wrong, it is OK to hide your personal identity, for example Bleedingcritic, he wears a mask and does not use his real name, there are weirdos out there, so it is fine to not disclose every bit of information about yourself and some people go by different names in their professional life. In that case it is fine to keep that persona, but if you are online as yourself and trying to brand yourself and not a character, don’t lie your ass off and try to be someone you are totally not. Even if you are trying to market your character, be true, don’t change things because you think it will be more “accepted”.

7.  Don’t Buy Friends, Followers, Likes ETC.

There are tons of services out there that will give you “social media fame” at a price, but it is desperate and wrong, not to mention, expensive. If you have the money to invest in social media followers, invest it into something a bit more lucrative like a new website, new computer or something that will truly help you achieve success in what you are trying to accomplish. The numbers may look good, but they aren’t real, spend the time and money into attracting legitimate followers and views. Every social media site offers sponsorship or sponsored posts, invest in a Facebook ad or a promotion on twitter if you really want to go that route. By doing this, you will target the correct audience and gain the views, likes and followers organically.

   8.  Don’t Be A Troll

We’ve all encountered an internet troll here and there, they are annoying, so don’t be one. What is an internet troll? 

 One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument.

Also referred to as an attention whore. Where it is fine to mention or write about “trending” topics, don’t do so for the sake of causing an argument, and don’t feel the need to comment on every single one. While trolling may bring you a lot of attention, most of that attention will be negative.

9. Network

There are sites like LinkedIn that were created for the sake of networking with others of similar professions and interests, but you do not have to rely on just those sites. You can use any social media platform to network yourself, services or products. Connect with those of similar interests, it will help you substantially, and most sites do the majority of the work for you, so capitalize on it.

10.  Ignore Bullies/Haters

The final and possibly most important bit of advice I have for you may be the hardest to follow. Ignore the hate you receive. If a negative comment is truly meant as constructive criticism, don’t ignore it, but if someone is coming a you on a fairly regular basis with nothing but nasty comments, it is time to ignore or hit the block button. Bullying has escalated with the birth of social media, and it isn’t going to go anywhere since the bullies can now hide behind a keyboard and can remain completely anonymous. It is impossible to ignore or block them all, but I started to view the hate as compliments. If that person(s) takes the time out of their day to comment, even if it is to tear you down, yo have affected them enough to get their attention. I have run into multiple occasions where negative comments have ended up getting me more views and positive praise. What is the first thing you do if someone posts something any makes comments like “OMG this is horrible” or something else along those lines? You click on it to see what the hoopla is, right? Bullying is never OK, but it is also hard to avoid these days, just do your best to ignore it or spin it. Don’t let it discourage you from being you and doing what you love, bullies are just miserable jerks that are going nowhere in a hurry, at least you are putting good into the world and doing what makes you happy.


I hope these above tips help you see the success that you deserve. What I forgot to mention in the previous paragraphs, be patient, the success won’t come right away, it will take time, and because of that, the success you do receive will feel that much more rewarding when you do achieve it. Hang in there, work your butt off and you will get where you want to be.

 

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